I'm a massive fan of The Hoxton (Hotel). I've been a full-on convert since I used to do all my meetings there about 7 years ago- it had cocktails and comfy sofas and my office didn't. They have supported me with WJ London events and more and I am always impressed by their roster of events not to mention the hotel and brand as a whole.
That's why, even though I've already done a marathon runner round up this marathon-relevant event needs it's own post.
The Hoxton are teaming up with lululemon to put on the Marathon Shakeout Event, taking place this Saturday (21st April).
As with almost all of The Hox's events, it's completely free to attend. Guests and those setting out on the ambitious 26-mile slog can drop by to get their hair braided by Blue Tit (free), have a sports massage from Recovery Massage Therapy (free), and join us at one of the 3 sessions, covering pre-race nerves and more.
Find out more here
Learning an instrument is a great hobby. I was recently reminded of my piano learning days when I found a lonesome piano on a recent trip to Bordeaux. The hotel guests were treated to me trying to remember the only thing I successfully learnt to play... the opening to the snowman. Poor people.
I came home with all the intention to start learning again. But then I'm thinking a piano's a pretty big item to introduce into the flat so maybe, Monday Ukulele lessons are a better option.
Adding to the plus points of learning a portable instrument, it turns out there are free lessons on offer! Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen's new Ukulele Hootenanny is led by professional teachers, so you will really learn at this quirky event.
Every Monday regular Ukers, beginners or anyone who is just Uke curious can gather together to play and learn. Hire one of the house Ukes for the night or bring your own.
Ukulele-ing can be thirsty work so there's also 241 cocktails between 5-7pm and food from the award winning Orange Buffalo to fuel the music making.
Music policy: Uke renditions of singalong classics and modern pop
Find out more here.
Carnaby is such a great area in central London. The community vibe with the shops and restaurants always creates great additional value over and above a simple shopping destination. It always seems to be a little bit brighter, more buzzing and more personable than it's neighbours around Oxford and Regent Street.
In the last year or so it's put on some really great free talks and workshops and it's newest announcement looks set to add to these.
Carnaby has announced a brand new four-day festival for May 2018, the Carnaby Style Weekender, celebrating fashion, lifestyle, food & drink and beauty to kick start the new season.
Over 50 shops and restaurants are offering discounts, freebies and masterclasses over the four days including Cowshed, Office, Skinny Dip, Urban Decay and 1 Carnaby x Sweaty Betty.
Jack Guinness hosts the official launch of the Weekend with a fashion panel on Thursday 10 May in the Carnaby Hub. Other free workshops across the weekend include: Breddos Tacos’ cocktail masterclass, Jack Wills’ t-shirt screen printing session and a collage workshop from We Built This City.
Carnaby Style Weekend takes place from Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May 2018
I'm not into SNES myself but I know a lot of you lot are and if you are, this is a pretty cool event.
A free SNES gaming lounge is coming to Ace Hotel Shoreditch on the 15th April.
To celebrate the final day of London Games Festival, the team will be setting up a SNES Gaming Lounge in the Ace Hotel Lobby from 12-4pm, giving gamers and nostalgic SNES enthusiasts the chance to play a few of the classics including Super Mario Kart, Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting and F-Zero on a big screen.
If you rack up the most wins you'll also have the chance to win a £100 bar tab to spend at the recently revamped Lobby Bar.
If you're interested in taking home the trophy just need to RSVP here: https://www.acehotel.com/calendar/london/london-games-festival-snes-gaming