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Converse One Star Hotel on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February 2018

Welcome to a hotel like you’ve never experienced before. The Converse One Star Hotel is two days of the freshest sounds, style and sneakers served with a smile. 🏨

Go down and explore five floors of exclusive sneaker drops, rooms curated by the likes of A$AP Nast, Yung Lean & MadeMe and a series of special guests rolling through.

RSVP on Facebook

Located in the heart of picturesque Shoreditch, proud to offer:

  • Loud neighbours and zero sleep
  • Staff with attitude
  • All-nighters in shoebox rooms
  • The freshest sneakers as standard
  • Queues round the block for the gift shop


151-155 Wimbourne Street, London N1 6TA

12pm – 6pm and 8pm till late

Free! Book online

Gilbert & George: The Beard Pictures and Their Fuckosophy at White Cube until 28 January 2018

THE BEARD PICTURES are violent, eerie, grotesque, lurid and crazed. They show a dream-like world of paranoia and destruction and madness. Their strange sickly colours and creeping, smashed up, absurd landscapes confront the viewer with relentless aggression. THE BEARD PICTURES depict a world bereft of reason, in which negotiation no longer exists. 🔞 🔞 🔞

Gilbert & George take their place within THE BEARD PICTURES as intense, red, staring, empty-headed and sinister versions of themselves. Their eyes are shadowed and bizarrely prettified. Mutant, impish explorers or dead-headed sentinels, they seem to look at, into and through the viewer. They look possessed and serious. They look as though their spirits might have left their bodies. They look stern, absurd, imprisoned, mocking and mocked.

In each picture they wear beards that are surreal and symbolic. Beards made of wire mesh, beards made of beer foam, beards made of flowers, beards comprising rabbits with snakes for tongues. Secular and sacred, the throwback emblem of hip millennial youth as well as a mark of religious faith, the beard is depicted in THE BEARD PICTURES as both mask and meaning: a sign of the times.

In some of THE BEARD PICTURES, the artists stand either in front of a barbed wire or mesh fence, or behind one. Elsewhere, rusted steel rods sprout from collapsing buildings of pre-stressed concrete. In yet other pictures, Gilbert & George are unsmiling comic grotesques, with tiny bodies and huge heads. Behind them a blank silvery void, extravagant ornamental foliage, wire mesh fencing, newspaper advertisements for bouncers, builders and sex workers, the heads in relief of popes, monarchs, worthies and heroes.

Aggressively absurd, trashing contemporary artistic niceties but resonant with intense symbolism, THE BEARD PICTURES turn history into a mad parade, their mood shape-shifting between that of science fiction, lucid dreaming and Victorian caricature. It is a vision and a form which brings to mind Oscar Wilde’s account of Walter Pater’s ‘Appreciations’ (1889): ‘others are medieval in their strangeness of colour and passionate suggestion, and all of them absolutely modern, in the true meaning of the term modernity. For he to whom the present is the only thing that is present, knows nothing of the age in which he lives.’

In the half century that they have lived and worked together as Living Sculptures, embarked on a visionary journey through the modern world, always together and always alone, Gilbert & George have made fiercely singular Anti-Art that is poetic, primal and emotionally driven. Order and madness are held in tension, vaudevillian and nursery rhyme absurdity take on the air of paranormal ritual.

The more the viewer contemplates THE BEARD PICTURES, the more Gilbert & George appear like poltergeists within the cause of art and spirit sentinels within a world gone mad. In this chaos of trashed aesthetics and reversed values, all has become symbol and surface: mad symbols, presented with deadly seriousness. And as such they study the viewer.

In keeping with their career-long merger of cultural and artistic provocation, the FUCKOSOPHY of Gilbert & George exhaustively employs the common yet taboo swear word to create a vast directory of absurd, unusual, amusing, bland or memorable statements. As with their GODOLOGY the artists interrogate the nature of a culturally primal word through myriad repetitions, each in a different context.


White Cube Bermondsey
144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Free entry

Winter rooftop (with heating and retractable roof!) at Dalston Roof Park this winter 2017

Opening its winter doors (with roof and heating) for the first time ever, Dalston Roof Park has events throughout winter. It has regenerated itself for the ‘Winter Roof Park’ series where you can expect special events for Christmas and New Year plus parties with special guest DJs, an array of movie nights, screenings and talks. There will also be excellent food and drinks available. The space is dressed with a winter theme with heaters and a cover to stop the cold getting in and keep you toasty! 🎉 🔊 🎅 🙌 ❄️ 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 🍺 🍷

The food selection will include winter warmer goodies, mixing it up at a range of events across winter the team are planning Christmas lunches, special parties alongside incredible cheese dishes plus batches of warming mulled wine.

All profits made at Dalston Roof Park support the work of Bootstrap Company a registered charity. The Bootstrap Fund help to support social ventures and creative companies within the building.

Winter Rooftop Cinema
Every Wednesday welcomes the rooftop cinema screening winter classics with comfy cushions, seating, pillows and duvets keeping all attendees snug and entertained.

Thursdays see a revolving door or guest promoters including food and drink offers!

Friday’s and Saturday’s
There will be a range of events from free entry house night with party starters Rave Culture to a Christmas knees up with Odyssy Records while CTRL Sound will host a winter party with more to be announced.

New Year’s Eve
Join for an intimate sky-high celebration to welcome 2018 in style! View London’s fireworks from above while party purveyors behind Pop on Over parties & Odyssy Records bring the beats. It will be the best rooftop party in London.


Dalston Roof Park, The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL

Tue – Thu 5pm – 11pm
Fri 5pm – midnight
Sat 3pm – midnight

Various, some free and some ticketed. Book online

Beazley Designs of the Year at Design Museum until 28 January 2018

Explore the present and future of architecture, fashion, digital and more. Discover over 60 global projects which have been nominated for this year’s awards.

Now in its 10th year, the exhibition brings together over 60 global projects across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport – featuring film, virtual reality, audio and objects representing the breadth and variety of this year’s designs.

See the original Pussyhat, symbolising women’s solidarity in protest of President Donald Trump’s sexist remarks and the Refugee Nation Flag, created to represent stateless athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Be transported to 1920s France with the help of VR goggles, to explore rooms featuring furniture by Pierre Chareau, the great Art Deco architect.

Nominated by renowned academics, critics and designers, each project has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to design.

The public vote is now open. Explore each category below and cast your vote! A jury of industry experts will decide on the overall award winners in January 2018.


Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG

10am – 6pm

£9 book online

Basquiat: Boom for Real at Barbican Art Gallery until 28 January 2018

Basquiat shocked with enigmatic paintings focused on subjects as disparate as graffiti, jazz, classicism, his Caribbean heritage and contemporary racial politics. A self-taught artist and former graffitist his rise to fame was meteoritic. The face of underground culture, he performed in the film New York Beat alongside Debbie Harry, collaborated with Andy Warhol, produced murals and installations for hip nightclubs and embarked on a brief romance with Madonna (rumour has it he introduced the fledgling pop star to gallerist Larry Gagosian and foretold her stardom).

Although he is best known for his frenetic canvases, Basquiat also experimented with textiles, music, poetry, photography, film and even drawing in his own blood. In his tragically short life he produced an astounding amount of work that remarkably still remains unrepresented in any UK collection.

The exhibition seeks to affirm his significance as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century, while also exploring his position as a key figure of popular culture during this period. The show includes important paintings, film clips and his lesser-known drawings.

Barbican Art Gallery, Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Thu – Sat 10am – 10pm
Sun – Wed 10am – 6pm

£16 book online

Halloween @ Junkyard Golf Club / 31st October 2017


Doors: 19:00-22:30

@ Junkyard Golf Club, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Tickets: £9.50 book online


For one night only, Junkyard Golf Club will throw open its gates to a thrilling Day of the Dead celebration, which will immerse revellers in a Halloween experience like never before. Putters will come face to face with a series of spine-tingling performances as they make their way round Junkyard’s crazy golf wasteland which will undergo a macabre Mexican makeover for one night only. Performers on the line up include jugglers, unicyclists, LED hoopers and The Magic Ball Man.

Junkyard Golf Club is teaming up with el Jimador to transform its crazy golf labyrinth into a Day of the Dead scarefest of pant-wetting proportions. 🎃

If you’re brave enough you can expect scare actors, magicians and circus performers, all bringing the Day of The Dead festivities well and truly to life.

Putters are invited to sip on a selection of Junkyard’s chilling cocktails as they wind their way round some of the creepiest golf courses this side of hell.

Thrill-seekers are invited to don their best skull faces, pick up a club and explore the horrors that be in this Day of the Dead golfing freaky fiesta.

Illuminating India @ Science Museum / until 31st March 2018


Doors: 10.00–18.00

@ Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Tickets: free and some exhibitions require tickets


Illuminating India is a season of exhibitions and events that celebrates India’s contribution to science, technology and mathematics. 🇮🇳

At its heart are two free major exhibitions: 5000 Years of Science and Innovation
and Photography 1857–2017. Respectively they present a kaleidoscopic history of scientific breakthroughs in India and a unique photographic survey of the country’s technological and cultural development.

The varied event season spotlights the diverse scientific and cultural fabric of India and includes film screenings, music and dance performances, conversations with experts and much more.


5000 Years of Science and Innovation

Photography 1857–2017

The Terrible Infants @ Wilton’s Music Hall / until 28th October 2017


Doors: 7.30pm (3pm Wednesday and Saturday matinees)

@ Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, Whitechapel, London E1 8JB


Les Enfants Terribles bring their multiple award-winning show, The Terrible Infants to the magical surroundings of Wiltons Music Hall for the first time.

Based upon a series of twisted tales, this fantastic spectacle blends puppetry, live music and story-telling into a highly sensory theatrical feast suitable for big kids and small grown-ups! Featuring narration from Dame Judi Dench.

Meet Tumb, the boy who eats his mum, Thingummyboy, with a face even his mother forgets, Little Linena, the material girl and of course little Tilly and her terrible tail. Roald Dahl meets Tim Burton in this hugely theatrical, funny, sad, silly, junk-filled, puppetry packed, dark, delicious, magical piece of performance.

This unforgettable 10th anniversary production follows the huge success of The Trench, The Vaudevillains and the Olivier Award-nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground.

Hackney Carnival @ around Hackney / Sunday 10th September 2017


Doors: 12:00–20:00

@ Hackney



Feathers, glitz and fabulous dance routines are set to return to the borough’s streets. Hundreds of performers will take to the streets, with a procession weaving through the borough to cheers from Hackney’s local residents, all celebrating the borough’s thriving culture, creativity and community cohesion.

There will also be an all-day children’s play area in Gillett Square and another in Hackney Town Hall Square from 12-4pm, as well as a carnival finale party at Ridley Road and Gillett Square featuring global foods, arts and music.

Schools and community groups will be involved in creating vibrant carnival decorations which will transform parts of the route into a riot of colour.

RSVP on Facebook.

The Robot Zoo @ Horniman Museum and Gardens / until 29th October 2017


Doors: 10:00-17:30

@ Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ

Tickets: £7.00 book online


How do chameleons change colour? What makes grasshoppers leap so high? How do bats see at night? Enter the fascinating world of the Robot Zoo and discover the mechanisms that give animals their amazing abilities.

This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. Interactive exhibits also give you the chance to try jet-propelled squid racing, shoot a chameleon’s ‘tongue-gun’ and even design your own ‘mutant’ robot creature. 🤖

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