Category: HAPPENINGS

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

Dinosaurs In The Wild is ready and waiting to impress and scare the bejesus out of you near the O2. Ok, it's not THAT scary but it's probably not for young and faint-hearted little ones- so be warned.

All jokes aside Dinosaurs In The Wild is really impressive. Staff and actors fully immerse you in the experience which hinges upon your time travel trip back into dino times and a special base that has been set up to study these prehistoric creatures.

You are taken through a series of rooms and levels looking out through the viewing galleries, learning about and seeing realistic eggs hatch and more.

We came away truly impressed and feeling that it was well worth its £29.50 ticket cost (tip, it's £25.00 if you go off peak).

It's certainly wakes up dinosaur facts - We promise you'll be impressed.

 

Watch out for parking - although this place looks like it has parking out the front, it doesn't. You need to park in the North Greenwich Station/O2 parking. It's £6 for 2 hours and it's a five-minute walk down the road if you park to the back of the carpark where there's an exit. As the tours are timed I would factor this into planning.

 

Dilara Findikoglu - London Banking Hall

A low lit room, combined with the classically inspired architecture of London’s Banking Hall set the scene for Findikoglu’s AW/18 collection, where we see Findikoglu’s designs reflect some aspects of a Tim Burton gothic styled film. The models makeup vaguely reminiscent of an renaissance styled painting, the clothing itself featuring structured jumpsuits and pin-stripe blazers adorned with a selection of renaissance styled images - particularly focusing around eyes and hand drawn female figurative portraits and photographs, lending the collection a totally eerie but super cool perspective.

The collection featured elements mainly around the use of leather and PVC, focusing on the prominence and stand-out reflective aesthetic of these materials. Patchwork cut outs are seen emblazoned along open neck blazers with other items adorned with patterned silk sashes around areas such as the waistline complete slashed open dresses.

With the images reflecting the inspiration around the clothing, as we see several of Findikoglu’s designs draw inspiration and focus around different historical periods, ranging from the iconic broad shoulder pads of the 80’s flanked against exaggerated white cuffs and overgrown shirts, Iconic Sphinx and snake-like patterns commonly associated with the ancient Egyptian culture and the gown wearing, open upper torso dresses popular within the Tudor period.

Accessories are an abstract but all necessary feature within this collection as we see several pieces including miniature figurines, broad open angular diamond jewellery, nude photographic portraits and those all too necessary items of cutlery which lend an all-too-cool steampunk inspired look to the clothing.

(Why go hunting around the office for a clean spoon when you can carry one with you at all times right?)

Angular neck pieces were also on show, which had a life of their own altogether. With other items following suit such as large angular belts encrusted with the signature steampunk cogs, gears and  lengthy beaded tassels. There’s even a Bladerunner themed Zhora PVC shawl - who couldn’t resist this?

Words: Nathan Mills | Fashion Week Writer |

Images: Joshua Atkins | Fashion Week Photographer | Website

On Thursday 16 November, Seven Dials are inviting you to join them celebrating the festive season with the annual Christmas lights switch on, shopping party and sing your heart out with an immersive performance by festival choir Some Voices.

The fun filled evening includes an exclusive 20% discount and experiences from more than 70 brands including Benefit, Pierre Herme, FRESH, Larsson and Jennings, Tredwell’s, Dinny Hall, Rixo, Urban Outfitters, Fred Perry, Office, Duke and Dexter, Vans, Knomo and Finisterre.

The Seven Dials Loves Christmas launch is free, to register for a ticket visit SevenDials.co.uk. Ticket holders can grab a free glass of Glögg, the classic Scandinavian hot spiced wine from Nordic Bakery at their pop up bar on Earlham Street, with free street food tacos by Monmouth Kitchen on Monmouth Street.

Try your hand at free wreath making on Earlham Street, or take your purchased gifts to the free gift wrapping station* on Neal Street. The lights switch on at 6.30pm will take place around the central iconic Seven Dials monument, which will transform Seven Dials into a festive wonderland to be enjoyed throughout Christmas.

A bespoke musical arrangement has been created for switch on moment by Some Voices, which will see seven festival songs performed including All You Need Is Love, Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, and Stay by this mega-choir. This is set to be one of the largest gatherings of the festival choir collective to date.

Also, opening on the night is the Seven Dials Loves Christmas pop-up, including a Christmas floristry from tea experts, Tregothnan. Here they will sell their traditional wreaths, edible festival garlands and their British teas in baubles. The pop-up will also host a series of free festive workshops at 37 Neal Street, open for three weeks only. Including bauble calligraphy, bespoke cracker rolling, fashion illustration, Christmas cocktails and wreath making, as well as free Seven Dials wrapping paper available while stocks last*.

To register for a free ticket for the Christmas light switch on, and workshops please visit SevenDials.co.uk.

Seven Dials is the perfect destination for your Christmas shopping needs and experiences. With quality British brands, high profile international labels, one-off flagship boutiques, beauty and grooming salons and a host of unique restaurants.

Keep up to date with all activities at SevenDials.co.uk and follow @7DialsLondon
#SevenDialsChristmas

Frights, Camera, Action! This Halloween, Royal Lancaster London is directing something spooky, and the biggest twist in this thriller...everything is black and white!

Built in 1967, Royal Lancaster London is going back to the 1960s for Halloween to celebrate its 50 th Birthday. Re-launching following a mega £80 million renovation – or re-‘vamp’ – the hotel is ‘thrilled’ to announce the hair-raising Halloween Afternoon Tea, available from 17-31 October 2017.

Indulge in a truly spook-tacular experience with the Halloween Afternoon Tea, inspired by 1960s classic horror movies. A very cold welcome awaits you, with Alfred Hitchcock classics flickering from a projector and The Little Shop of Horrors’ Audrey sitting on your table. Don’t feed her meat!

Pull the curtains back on a scene of savoury classics; though not all is as it seems... are you brave enough to try the Axe-Carved Beef with Horseradish; the Ominous Crab Sushi and the Pitch Black Pudding Scotch Egg?

Sink your fangs into an array of sickly-sweet confections so good they could bring the dead to life. Things get grisly with a Cursed Blackbird Macaroon; Psycho Marbled Lollipops; Black Sunday Battenberg; Night of the Living Tart; and a Haunted Panna Cotta.

The final nails in the coffin are the Chocolate and Coconut Scones, served fresh from the oven with Homemade Blackberry Jam and Clotted-Blood Cream. The Halloween Afternoon Tea is accompanied by a selection of fresh loose leaf teas and a glass of Lanson Black Label or the slightly sweeter Lanson White Label.

Royal Lancaster London invites you to embrace your inner Hitchcock and capture a chilling photograph of the Halloween Afternoon Tea. To enter, all photos must be in black and white and use the hashtag #WeAlwaysScare to win a complimentary Christmas Afternoon Tea.

The 1960s Halloween Afternoon Tea is priced at £35 per person and is served from 2pm
until 5.30pm.

Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Reservations on 020 7551 6000 or visit www.royallancaster.com