Tag: 80s

cereal bar shoreditch

More than 100 varieties of cereal will be on offer at London's first cereal Cafe to be found in Shoreditch.

A joy for all cereal enthusiasts (and we know there are many of you out there) the cafe will offer cereals from around the world and will open this December.

Called the Cereal Killer Cafe, it is the brain child of identical twins Alan and Gary Keery who will also host a huge collection of memorabilia at the cafe, made up of 80 vintage boxes including, Pokémon, Bill and Ted, The Addams family, and Cabbage Patch Kids. These guys are serious cereal fans.

Customers can choose up to 13 different types of milk and 20 different toppings to go on your exotic cereals which will include the likes of Oreo O’s from South Korea and Poppin’ Fruity Pebbles from America - a berry flavoured mix with popping candy.

Alan says: ‘We remember how exciting cereal was as kids and we are trying to recreate it in our cafe, so you’ll be surrounded by a lot of vintage cereal memorabilia to stir up the nostalgia in all of us. We’re putting our own twist on a regular bowl of cereal by letting you customise it with different milks and toppings. This will be a cafe experience like no other.”

If you have other sugary needs then you will find 18 flavours of pop tart, toast, and coffee from Allpress coffee on Redchruch Street.

The café will be found at 139 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, spread over two floors decorated with cereal history from money boxes to skateboards, and bike reflectors to milk bottles.

It will be open 7am to 8pm from December 10.

In a true homage to the 80s cartoon Rainbow Bright - incorporating both the brightness and the darkness of Murky and Lurky these new adidas trainers might be too much for some but we are finding something pretty compelling about them.

Raf Simons and adidas have created these new trainers together ready for autumn winter yet they might be more suited to this summer.

Take a gander and see what you think.

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back-to-the-future-deloreanThere seems to be no end to the musical adaptations of well loved films hitting London and Back to The Future is the next one to et the lyrical treatment.

One thing to feel relaxed about is that many of the original creative team on board, it will be adapted for the stage by a group that includes director Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg’s production company and writer Bob Gale.

The 1985 comedy sci-fi, which starred Michael J Fox as time-travelling Marty McFly is a firm favourite in any 80s child's heart. 10 years in the making the musical will feature new music and songs as well as some old classics which include Huey Lewis & The News’ The Power Of Love and Chuck Berry’s Johnny B Goode.

You can find out lots more here.

My love for 80's & 90's Nintendo is up there with my love for pre Tommy-'boat-loving'-Lee-dating Pamela Anderson, in the list of things from my childhood that will never die. Though it was only a couple of years ago that I thought it might be fun to try and reclaim some of my favourite games & hardware from my youth for a nostalgia fix.

As with most retro shopping, it all started on eBay, finding myself a NES Zapper light gun for a few quid which, without the NES console was not the most practical purchase, but it was worth the money just to hear the distinctive and highly primitive sound of the trigger once again. Why? because the age old saying of 'it's the little things that count' plays a huge part in retro gaming, the little things can evoke the biggest memories.

Those with the tech savvy know how might use Emulators to some extent but then you're missing out on half the experience, the small important things such as the original controller and the feel of its buttons or the almost ritual cartridge blowing before slotting it in, then paired with a coin collect sound or the boss at the end of a certain level you remember defeating! it can take you back to when you got so happy with yourself you ended up doing the Carlton dance in your Batman PJ's only to have your jealous friend hit the reset button (ps, 20 years later and it's still not funny Warren...) it's all priceless.

However it turns out that retro gaming does have a price, and though there is the odd bargain around prices are constantly rising as the games become harder to get hold of. A few years ago you couldn't get a £5 trade in for an old console, but now, in the right place you could get double what you originally paid for if it's in great condition. So with the rise of all things 90's, now would be the ideal time to get your pixel passion fired up again wile the affordability window is still ajar.

One thing to remember though is that the best nostalgia moments are when you stumble across the things you forgot about, sadly Google is yet to invent the 'search my deep sub conscience' feature so there is no faster way to come across things than to just start browsing and searching. Watching retro game youtube collection roundups do help, but we found London has an alternative that goes that one step further than just seeing the game on a screen.

Retro Game Base in Streatham is a store that lives up to its name and specialises in all the things my inner child (and likely your's too is you were born in the first part of the 80's) loves. In the store you can scan shelf upon shelf of games and more to find all the goodies you forgot about and even see the games in action as the staff (when not serving you) will be hammering away on the controllers in true retro shoot 'em up style. Retro Game Base is also the ideal place to buy the important little things eBay sellers sometimes forget to include on their items (like the battery cover for a Gameboy I purchased) and if that has not convinced you to pop down, just know that they have retro arcade machines too, which you can buy or play (while trying to convince your girlfriend it would fit nicely in the corner of your front room instead of the cats bed).

And just when you thought things couldn't get any better in terms of old school gaming in London, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes have launched an 80's and 90's Throwback Club Night (which we hope will be on going) in partnership with Retro Game Base. On the 31st of August you can head down, drink, bowl, dance to old school tunes but most of all, play SNES, Megadrive, Dreamcast, Saturn, PS1, N64 and more till 3am! I think it's safe to say you will see me there fairly tipsy challenging everyone on the original Mario Kart or attempting to pull of ridiculous Killer Instinct combos, I might even be in my Batman Pjs.

reflex clubIf you long for leg warmers and shoulder pads then Reflex London is where you're going to want to spend the latter evenings of your week.

Running weekly from Wed through to Sat night (there are breaks for the daytime in between), Reflex offers an 80s cheesefest for anyone that loves a bit of neon and the fact that they have cocktails called The Knightrider.

Music follows suit with Top of The Pops classics all coming together under one big glaring glitter ball.

Reflex, 17 Watling Street, EC4M 9BB. Wed 9pm-2.30am, Thurs 9pm-3am, Fri-Sat 7pm-4am. Prices vary. reflex-london.co.uk.