Category: CLASSES

This June, 12-18, Merchant Square, Paddington is running a unique free workout experience, Floating Fitness, as part of their ongoing health & wellbeing campaign. The week long event will take advantage of the newly opened Floating Pocket Park, hosting classes al-fresco in the garden of this floating park on the Grand Union Canal.

Run in conjunction with Virgin Active Health Club, activities are free to join and equipment is provided so all you need to bring is your workout gear. Classes include yoga, pilates, meditation and paddle boarding, and are suitable for people of all levels and abilities. Designed to fit around your schedule, the classes will take place throughout the day as well as before and after work. A special series of candlelight yoga classes are also available for those looking to unwind after work under the stars

The Book Club in Shoreditch is launching a new monthly cultural event series in a bid to educate millennials in everything that school Sex Ed missed out (i.e. most of the fun stuff!).

Jenna Mason, Arts and Culture Events programmer for The Book Club said:
It's been years since our generation had “the talk”. And even for those of us lucky enough to have had more than the cursory video or mechanical (and fairly awkward) biology lesson, so much is and was ignored, excluded or just not Show-And-Tell appropriate.’

‘In Sex Ed for Grown Ups, we’ll be covering subjects like pleasure positivity, LGBTQIA* issues, sex work, masculinity and BDSM - all presented by scientists, artists, historians and educators through talks, workshops, film and performance. Your sex life will thank you!’

Upcoming events:

Kissing, Cuddling, and Pegging Oh My: What millennial men get up to on a Friday night?

Date: Tuesday 21st February 2017, 7.15-11pm

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From bromances to pegging, in this provocative talk sociologist Professor Eric Anderson will introduce his ‘Inclusive Masculinity Theory’ and explain how and why masculinities are softening among young men.  Whereas homosexuality was highly stigmatized in the 1980s, decreasing homophobia has made bisexuality more visible and socially legitimate today. And happily, research shows that most of today's young men understand that sexuality is complicated. Being less concerned about being thought gay among peers, this culture allows young men to show feminized masculinities and to be considerably less rigid in their approach to heterosexuality – whether that’s kissing and cuddling other males, enjoying their own anal sexual experiences or having stronger emotional relationships with their dude friends.

BDSM for Beginners

Date: Monday 13th March 2017, 7pm- 8.30pm

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Curious about the world of BDSM but don’t quite know where to start? Join award winning professional Dominant, performance artist and sex educator Master Dominic for this introductory workshop in kink, and gain confidence in the BDSM essentials. Topics will include consent and negotiation, roles, types of play, equipment and more. Bring your questions, a notebook and an open mind! Fully clothed, open and inclusive. And have no fear - there will be no audience participation! All welcome, suitable for singles and couples/thruples+

 

 

Pleasure Positivity with Ladies Come First

Date: Tuesday 16 May 7:30pm – 9pm

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With just a third of women experiencing orgasm during sex, it’s time to break the pleasure taboo and create more egalitarian sexual connections!

Sophie Holloway from Ladies Come First is here to fill the pleasure gap in sex education, particularly from a female perspective. In this talk, find out how a lack of information, deep rooted gender inequality and society’s shame around expressive female sexuality is standing between women and their pleasure, and unlock the tools to counteract this. Knowledge is Queen, so come and learn some basic principles and tricks to understand and increase pleasure. Through Sophie’s Guide to the Female Orgasm and some special take-home activities (cunnilingus and colouring-in, anyone?), find out what could happen if we brought female pleasure out of the shadows…

PierreJoulet_FleurDesReves_main_logo_portraitphotocreditBompasParrwebOn Monday 4th July, guests to this year's Masterpiece London will have the chance to taste Perrier-Jouët’s top cuvees and delve into a mysterious and decadent world of design, with a workshop in thermocromatic colour changing flowers.
 
Running for one day only, the exclusive workshops will be hosted by the legendary food and drink pioneers, Bompas & Parr, in the beautiful surroundings of the new Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace at Masterpiece. Visitors will be able to pick up chameleon blooms and savour Perrier-Jouët champagne whilst creating their own unique colour-changing flowers.   
 
The elegant Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace will offer a tranquil, outdoor retreat to guests this year. The space will be ornamented with delicate floral decorations, eye-catching Perrier-Jouët displays, limited edition bottles and grand long tasting tables, where guests can enjoy Perrier-Jouët’s exclusive Champagne range.
 
With a rich heritage intrinsically intertwined in art and design, Perrier-Jouët is a natural partner for the Masterpiece Fair. Inspired by its first artist collaboration with Emile Galle in 1902 to create the iconic Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque bottle, the brand has upheld a continued connection to the design world and proactively advocates an Art Nouveau philosophy.
Monday 4 July 12pm-1pm / 1.45pm-2.45pm / 3.15pm-4.15pm / 5.15pm-6.15pm / 7pm-8pm

Price without Masterpiece ticket: £45
Price including Masterpiece ticket: £60  

 
Tickets available to purchase here.

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Here's one for London kiddies on half term - Profiterole Classes from Piquet.

Get ready for three opportunities to give your little ones a lesson in icing, dusting and piping over the holidays.

On three selected dates, celebrated Chef Patron Allan Pickett will be turning the elegant surroundings of The Fir Room into the ultimate candy-coated playground with a series of DIY profiterole decorating classes. From fruit-flavoured creams and chunky chocolate chips to Jelly Tot gems and tons of glitter, the kids can release their inner-chef and pipe their way to profiterole paradise. There will also be a selection of animal-shaped shortbreads and cookies to decorate (and eat of course!), all freshly baked on-site from the acclaimed Piquet kitchen.

Located just a stone’s throw from Oxford Street, the classes will run from 10am – 11.30am on 21st July, 4th August, and 18th August. Tickets cost £15 per child, which includes refreshments, a paper chef hat and the opportunity to take home all of their candied creations – and whilst the kids get messy – parents are invited to sit back and relax with complimentary tea and coffee.

Whether it’s a children’s party or a sweet morning treat to kick start a day of fun-filled activities – choux away summer holiday boredom at Piquet!

To book tickets, please call the restaurant on 020 3826 4500.

 

Piquet

92-94 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EZ

www.piquet-restaurant.co.uk | T: 020 3826 4500

Twitter: @piquetLDN | Facebook: PiquetRestaurant

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The famous public St. Pancras piano, donated to the station by Sire Elton John himself is to be used in free week-long bid to reignite passion for music!

One of London’s top piano teachers will be giving free lessons to people of any ability for five days from Monday 23rd May, on St. Pancras station’s public piano. With millions of pounds cut from Arts Council England’s budget in recent years, the hope is to inspire more people to consider music.

A musical initiative by London-based professional services matchmaking company www.Bidvine.com will see one of the capital’s top piano teachers teaching members of the public of all ages and abilities how to play the piano – for free, in a bid to shine a light on the lack of funding for the arts and inspire people to discover a passion for music.

According to figures released in late 2015, Arts Council England has had its government grant cut by 36 per cent since 2010 ‘and is likely to face further squeezes’.

More than fifty percent of young children were taking part in activities like learning to play a musical instrument in 2010, with the number now having fallen to just one in three.

The lessons will take place at the world-famous St. Pancras piano, from Monday 23rd until Friday 27th May. The 15 minute long lessons can be booked online via http://blog.bidvine.com/piano-st-pancras and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

There are four sessions available between 11am and 12pm every day of the week and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Teacher Barbara De Biasi is the founder of Fireworks Music School and studied at the Royal College of Music. Fireworks is one of the best rated music schools on Bidvine, and Barbara is donating her time as an initiative partner.

Fireworks Music School is an independent institution based in London, which teaches all classical instruments, including piano, guitar, drums, saxophone, cello, violin and singing. The school has more than 300 students and 100 teachers, hand-selected from the most prestigious music conservatoires in the world, including the Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

To book, those interested need simply to enter their name, email address and preferred day and time of their free lesson. When successfully booked in, they will receive a confirmation email back.