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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.

Drunch

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

Friday, November 8 2013

Friday @ Drink Shop & Do / Friday 8th November 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: till late

@ Drink Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX

Tickets: free before 23:00 £3 after

www.drinkshopdo.com

Friday night at DSD is the best place to start your weekend. Music, cocktails and dancing across the upper floor and basement.

Monday, August 12 2013

Summer Sale @ Dover Street Market / until Thursday 15th August 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Open:
11:00-18:00 Mon-Wed
11:00-19:00 Thur-Sat

@ Dover Street Market, 17-18 Dover Street, London W1S 4LT

www.doverstreetmarket.com

Our favourite designer shop and gallery is the best place to check during the sales. Expect discounts from labels including Comme des Garçons, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent, Simone Rocha, Peter Pilotto and Erdem. Discounts increase as the sale continues.

Wednesday, March 6 2013

Barnaby Barford: The Seven Deadly Sins @ David Gill Galleries / until 12th April 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

Open:
Monday – Friday 10 – 18:00
Saturday 11:00 – 18:00

@ David Gill Galleries, 2-4 King Street, London SW1Y 6QP

Free entry

www.davidgillgalleries.com

“I think it’s all about love gone wrong,” says Barnaby Barford, when contemplating the true meaning of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’. For centuries, the extremes of human desire or motivation have been articulated by the seven words: Pride, Sloth, Gluttony, Wrath, Lust, Envy and Avarice.

Sunday, February 10 2013

Chinese New Year Festivities @ West End and Trafalgar Square / Sunday 10th February 2013

TIME AND PLACE:

From: 10:00 – 18:00

@ Central London, West End and Trafalgar Square

Free

www.visitlondon.com

London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other “Kung Hei Fat Choi” (or Happy New Year).

Chinese New Year schedule
10:00
The parade begins in Trafalgar Square and the colourful floats and beating of drums can be followed through Chinatown ending in Rupert Street at 23:00.

12:00
On the main stage in Trafalgar Square, the Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, Munira Mirza, His Excellence Liu Xiao Ming and Stanley Tse, President of Chinatown, will commence the Dotting of the Eye ceremony, which will bring the dragons and lions to life.

13:00 – 17:30
Live entertainment on stage including performances by Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter Emmy The Great, the world-renowned Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance, Paul Potts and performers from Guangdong and Sichuan Provinces.

17:55
A stunning fireworks display will mark the end of the day’s celebrations.

Wednesday, September 5 2012

I am a Camera @ Southwark Playhouse / 5th – 22nd September 2012

TIME AND PLACE:

SHOW STARTS: 19:30

@ Southwark Playhouse
Shipwright Yard, (Corner of Tooley St. & Bermondsey St.),
London,
SE1 2TF

Entry: £9/£13/£17
The earlier you book the cheaper it is.

southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/the-vault/i-am-a-camera

Paulden Hall Productions in association with Folie à deux Productions present ‘I Am a Camera’ By John Van Druten.

Directed by Anthony Lau

Harry Potter star, Harry Melling, joins a stellar cast at the Southwark Playhouse in the play which inspired ‘Cabaret’. Part glamorous whirlwind of Berlin Bohemia, part harrowing depiction of the Nazi’s rise to power.

Cast:
Harry Melling
Rebecca Humphries
Freddie Capper
Joanne Howarth
Sherry Baines
Oliver Rix
Sophie Dickson

Creatives:
Director-Anthony Lau
AD – Becky Catlin
Composer & Musical Director – Angus MacRae
Lighting Designer – Nicolai Kornum
Designer-James Turner
Assistant designer – Helen Ricahrdson
Costume Designer – Sarah Booth
Stage Manager – Susan Ellicott
Assistant Stage Manager – Sophie Goody

Thursday, August 23 2012

Showtime: Kings Cross @ Granary Square / Thursday 23rd August 2012

TIME AND PLACE:

12:00 – 18:00

@ Granary Square
King’s Cross
N1C 4AA

Entry: £FREE

www.molpresents.com/showtime

Enjoy a free display of different talents near the canal in the centre of London. International performers will gather and give you a
great show.

Performers include: Red Poppy Ladies’ Percussion – having performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, these ladies will fuse Eastern and Western music in their first London performance. Upswing – their performance ‘Loved Up’ will provide a spectacular and fast-paced performance of aerial dance and hip hop. Lyrix Organic – ‘Relay’ will combine the talents of a poet, a beatboxer, a freestyle rapper and an acoustic singer. Mark Brew – a range of disabled and non-disabled artists will perform in ‘Nocturne’, a choreographed dance exemplifying beautiful moments shared between people. Bash Street – the street theatre group will use silent comedy, circus skills, magic and music to tell the story of ‘Strongman’, which is inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 film ‘The Circus’. Food will be provided by local favourites eat.st.

Monday, March 5 2012

Super Superficial Flash Sale with Shoparazzi @ Super Superficial / Monday 5th March 2012

TIME AND PLACE:

Open:
Mon – Sat: 11:00 – 19:00
Sun: 12:00 – 17:00

@ Super Superficial (Covent Garden), 22 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LN

@ Super Superficial (Carnaby Street) 17 Fouberts Place, London, W1F 7QD

Free entry (read below for details on how to get the discount)

www.shoparazzi.com
www.supersuperficial.com

Super Superficial is a boutique shop in two central London locations selling t-shirts designed by over 50 talented artists.

The designs range from playful to mildly subversive with an underlying social commentary.

Get £40 store credit for only £20. You don’t have to spend the credit right away – you can keep hold of it and use it at any time in the next 3 months. Store credit can only be used in-store (not online).

Buy the store credit on the Shoparazzi website: www.shoparazzi.com

For more discounts Like the Shoparazzi Facebook page and Twitter feed:
www.facebook.com/shoparazzi.uk
www.twitter.com/shoparazzi_uk

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Saturday, February 18 2012

Wiggle presents Gavin Herlihy @ Paramount / Saturday18th February 2012

TIME AND PLACE:

11pm – 7am

@ Paramount
Centre Point
103 New Oxford Street
London
WC1A 1DD

Entry: £16.80 Here MOTD

After another smashing NYE jolly up 385 feet above London at Paramount, a night that saw tickets sell out a week before the party, Wiggle is back with a bang for 2012 and delivers you lucky people another stellar line up to kick off their first gig of the year.

Gavin Herlihy’s music has been a constant feature on underground house and techno’s most iconic labels for the last few years. Forthcoming releases on Visionquest, Crosstown Rebels, Culprit and Leftroom are backed up by previous outings on scene leaders like Cocoon, Cadenza, Get Physical and Buzzin Fly. As comfortable writing sublime deep house as he is at crafting no-nonsense future techno, few artists have achieved such a broad base of label support as this enigmatic Irishman.

With support from Alex Arnout, Eddie Richards, Nathan Coles and Rob Pearson all featuring, this should be an absolute cracker as per.

Lineup:
Gavin Herlihy
Alex Arnout
Eddie Richards
Nathan Coles
Rob Pearson

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