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Sunday, March 16 2014

DesignMyNight’s top five upcoming events

Guest post by Luke Sillett, Editor at DesignMyNight.

Luckily for us, London is full of quirk-heavy happenings, perfect for experiencing something a little different in the face of bog-standard events up and down the capital. At DesignMyNight, we’re passionate about finding the very best venues, events and goings-on in London. Take a look at our top five upcoming events not to be missed.

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Drunch – Gin on a Boat
Drinking, on a boat? You betcha. Drunch does exactly what it says on the tin. Hosted by ‘The Butler’ (of Butler’s Gin fame no less), you’ll be literally ferried around the canals of East London in a kitted out canal boat, whilst being treated to expertly made and personalised gin-cocktails courtesy of the main man himself. Ahoy there, captain! Mine’s a Pickle Juice Martini if you please.


Simon Drakes House of Magic
Hosted in a mysterious mansion in central London, Simon Drake’s magic extravaganza is a wildly unique event boasting a two-course dinner, an enchanting magic show and spooky-cum-hilarious tours of ‘the haunted cellar’. The ‘Springtime Surprises’ event at the end of March is set to be a stonker.

Simon Drakes

Pop Up Ping Pong at Boxpark
Famed for throwing ping-pong parties all over London, the guys at PUPP are this time hosting their popular event from Boxpark Shoreditch. There’ll be burgers, boozing, dancing, and of course, plenty of wiff-waff. Beats the gym, surely? Of course it does; see you courtside.

Pop Up Ping Pong

Black Cat Cabaret
Held at a secret palatial building in King’s Cross, The Black Cat Cabaret boasts decadent performances, impressive acts and a debaucherous vibe. Head here for an exclusive dinner whilst you enjoy the varied show, before partying on down till the early hours at the infamous Black Cat after-party. Expect acrobatics, cabaret and plenty of ahh-inducing moments.

Black Cat

Kinema and Kocktails at Cellar Door
Hosted from a former public toilet, Kinema and Kocktails is a weekly event at Cellar Door; a luxurious cabaret bar sitting underneath an opulent London hotel. Showcasing a number of cult-classics ranging from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ to ‘Some Like It Hot’, each week the venue is transformed into a cutesy pop up cinema. On top of the cult-movie, guests are also treated to a silent film accompanied by the legendary Pete Saunders on the keyboard. Eat that, Sunday hangover!

Kinema and Kocktails

Saturday, March 15 2014

Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology @ Science Museum / until August 2014

Mind Maps - Stories from Psychology at Science MuseumTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10:00-18:00

@ Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD

Free entry


Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology, explores how mental health conditions have been diagnosed and treated over the past 250 years.

Divided into four episodes between 1780 and 2014, this exhibition looks at key breakthroughs in scientists’ understanding of the mind and the tools and methods of treatment that have been developed, from Mesmerism to Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) bringing visitors up to date with the latest cutting edge research and its applications.

Bringing together psychology, other related sciences, medicine and human stories, the exhibition is illustrated through a rich array of historical and contemporary objects, artworks and archive images.

Friday, March 14 2014

Video art from Africa @ Ben Uri Museum / Friday 14th – 30th March 2014

Rehema Chachage - Kwa baba 2010TIME AND PLACE:

Mon 13:00-17:30
Tue-Thu 10:00-17:30
Fri 10:00-15:30
Sun 12:00-16:00

@ Ben Uri Museum, 108a Boundary Road, London NW8 0RH


The exhibition presents a selection of African video art that stands beyond the clichés that remain associated with the dark continent and the postcolonial image. It seeks to bring viewers closer to idiosyncratic readings of African video art and its thematic concerns which are largely ignored. ‘Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy’ (SFIP) contextualises African video art within a larger cultural framework.

Project SFIP is a multi-national exhibition process and a platform for critical thinking, researching and presenting African video art.

The technocultural revolution has democratised cultural and artistic practice through everyday access to new media. At the same time, the pervasive presence of technology in our lives has raised questions around privacy, surveillance and ownership, the dominance of Western media in globalisation, as well as the privilege of access in the developed world.

The SFIP network is dedicated to the diffusion of new experiences worldwide through film and video. It is unfortunate that contemporary African art remains largely associated with sculpture and painting. Much work remains to be done in adequately researching the creative energy of the continent, especially within the last decade.

Thursday, March 13 2014

Bookbed @ Peckham Platform / until 23rd March 2014


Tue-Fri 11:00-17:00
Sat 11:00-16:00

@ Peckham Platform, 89 Peckham High Street, London SE15 5RS

Free entry


‘Bookbed’ invites you to explore the library in the context of twenty-first century technologies. With a giant bed as its centrepiece, the exhibition will provide a platform to share your experiences of learning and self-education.

Ruth Beale’s practice includes performance, drawing, video work and the collection and the collection and re-presentation of archive material.

Wednesday, March 12 2014

Benedict Drew: Heads May Roll @ Matt’s Gallery / until 20th April 2014

Benedict Drew Heads May Roll at Matts GalleryTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Wed–Sun 12:00-18:00

@ Matt’s Gallery, 42–44 Copperfield Road, London E3 4RR

Free entry


For his first solo commission at Matt’s Gallery, Benedict Drew presents a large-scale installation. The work scrutinises the effect and intent of mediated images, synthesised voice and the fractured narrative of instructional speech.

This immersive exhibition attempts to make sculptural the absurdity of a life spent staring into a screen and the social anxiety induced by ‘smart’ objects via an alternative sci-fi stage set comprising of a landscape of objects, sound and projection. Its content responds to the super saturated, psychedelic properties of LCD technology and the disorientating potential of electronic sound. Drew critiques contemporary consumption via a fantastical future world in which the image, word and body are exhausted.


Tuesday, March 11 2014

Martin Creed @ Hayward Gallery / until 27 April 2014

Martin Creed at Hayward GalleryTIME AND PLACE:

Mon 12:00-18:00
Tue-Wed, Sat-Sun 10:00-18:00
Thu-Fri 10:00-20:00

@ Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Tickets: £12.75 book online


Over the past two and a half decades British artist Martin Creed has pursued an extraordinary path by confounding the traditional categories of art.

Winner of the 2001 Turner Prize, Creed is recognised around the world for his minimalistic approach that strips away the unnecessary, but preserves an abundance of wit, humour and surprise.

Crossing all artistic media and including music, his art transforms everyday materials and actions into surprising meditations on existence and the invisible structures that shape our lives.

This exhibition will be the first major survey of Martin Creed’s work, spanning its most minimal moments and extravagant room-sized installations.

Monday, March 10 2014

James Thiérrée – Tabac Rouge @ Sadler’s Wells / from 25th – 29th March 2014

Compagnie du Hanneton - James Thiérrée - Tabac RougeTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sat 19:30

@ Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN

Tickets: from £13 book online


James Thiérrée has been described by London’s Metro as “a master of theatrical spectacle, whose adventures in physical hallucinogenics defiantly reject categorisation”. He’s one of Europe’s most endlessly inventive artists, constructing epic dream-like spectacles, and his new show Tabac Rouge blends a spectacular fusion of dance, circus arts and theatricality with stunning sets and costumes on a breathtaking scale. Tabac Rouge explores the fascinating world in which mystery, mirrors, music and movement combine to catapult you into the strange logic of dreams. The imposing sets create a dark and ominous environment; a massive panel of tangled tubes and mirrors re-shapes and move incessantly across the stage whilst dancers execute random steps in space.

Hofesh Shechter – Sun @ Sadler’s Wells / 20th – 23rd March 2014

Hofesh Schechter – Sun at Sadler’s WellsTIME AND PLACE:

Thu-Sat 19:30
Sun 16:00

@ Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN

Tickets: from £13 book online


Sun is the most recent show from Hofesh Shechter, one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists. Described by The Daily Telegraph as “the only dance-maker on Earth even attempting shows this eye-poppingly packed with wit, energy and ambition” Sun tells the story of liberation from the struggles of an emotive and often angry world. The show features Shechter’s trademark powerful and highly physical choreography, 14 world-class dancers and an eclectic soundtrack.

Sunday, March 9 2014

Lazy Sunday @ Victoria Park / open all year

Victoria ParkTIME AND PLACE:

Open: 07:00 – dusk

@ Victoria Park, Grove Road, London E9 7DE

Free entry


Victoria Park is one of London’s most important historic parks and its oldest public park. Visited by millions of Londoners for nearly 170 years as a place of healthy recreation, sports, play and relaxation.

The park is the largest in Tower Hamlets at 86.18 hectares in area and has one of the highest visitor numbers of all the London Parks with around 12 million visits per year. The park is bordered on its northern boundary by the London Borough of Hackney.

Nearest stations: Mile End Tube, Hackney Wick Overground and Cambridge Heath rail

Victoria Park family

Saturday, March 8 2014

Hackney Flea Market @ Abney Hall / Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March 2014

Hackney Flea Market at Abney HallTIME AND PLACE:

Open: 11:00-18:00

@ Abney Hall, 73a Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AS

Free entry


London’s best flea market is back this weekend with an excellent selection of handpicked stall holders selling the best mix of salvaged, unique, lost and found, and couture items. There’ll also be the veteran sellers from markets including Spitalfields and Bermondsey selling alongside up and coming designers.

Cafe Milk & Grain will provide the best homemade delicacies and local DJ Private Avalanche will keep you entertained.