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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.

Plymouth Gin and the Rivington Greenwich are celebrating World Gin Day on the 10th June with £5 G&Ts  all day long!

Celebrate World Gin Day on 10th June at the Rivington Greenwich who are inviting you to enjoy £5 G&Ts all day at their pop-up with Plymouth Gin. As the spirit continues to be one of the nation’s best-loved drinks, this year will mark the 9th anniversary of World Gin Day, so why not go and celebrate the occasion with Plymouth Gin?

Plymouth Gin is a living legend in the gin industry, as it’s a little-known fact that it was the world's first spirit to be called 'dry gin' when it was first developed in 1793. It is the only English gin to be granted a Protected Geographical Indication from the European Union. Loved both by the British Royal Navy and by famed explorers, Plymouth Gin sailed the seven seas and travelled from pole to pole, gaining notoriety at every port of call.

If you’re looking to broaden your gin horizons, then look no further then these limited-edition cocktails available all summer! Rivington Greenwich’s marine terrace is also the perfect location for guests to enjoy one of the specially created gin cocktails, inspired by the rich maritime heritage of the Navy Strength Gin and Royal Navy tradition. They include:

  • Five Knots - Plymouth Navy Strength Gin, Homemade Jasmin and Grapefruit Sherbet, Lime Juice, Soda & Homemade Jasmin Essence Sprits - £9.25
  • Cinnamon Smoke - Plymouth Navy Strength Gin, Campari, Antica Formula, Kamm & Sons Islay - £9.75
  • The Pennant - Antica Formula, Lemon Juice, Merlet Apricot Brandy, Orange Juice, Plymouth Gin, Plymouth Sloe Gin - £9.50
  • The Gimlet - Plymouth Gin, Lime Cordial - £8.50

 

new sculpture at greenwich

This September, in collaboration with Greenwich Peninsula, the London Design Festival has commissioned A bullet from a shooting star, a Festival Landmark Project and outdoor installation at Greenwich Peninsula by British sculptor Alex Chinneck, taking the unconventional form of an inverted electricity pylon. 

The 35-metre high structure has been designed to be seen from a distance, and can be viewed from North Greenwich Station, the Emirates Airline cable car, the Thames Clipper service, Canary Wharf and all planes that fly to and from City Airport. Illuminated at night, the work acts as a literal beacon and will project a maze of latticed shadows.

A bullet from a shooting star contains a combined length of 1186m of steel weighing 15 tons. There are 450 pieces of steel with 900 engineered connection points. The foundations will include 19m deep piles within 78m³ of concrete.

Referencing the industrial history of the site which once included the largest oil and gas works in Europe and a steelworks, Alex Chinneck will create a lattice of steel, that resembles an upside down pylon, leaning at a precarious angle as though shot into the earth. The construction and materials will reflect the same visual and material language of multiple structures across the Peninsula, particularly the redundant gas tower located on site while also evoking the idea of power generation and supply.

To complement the external installation, NOW Gallery will house Straight jacket star jumps, a 20-metre-long curled up pylon opening 19 September. The work creates a physical and material tension between the object and the glass space in which it stands. Like a ship in a glass bottle, the wound-up 20-metre-long pylon defies logic to fit within the 7-metre-high space, coiling under apparent tension to fit within the room.

Both installations defy logic through structural deception by presenting the same object in a very different way: A bullet from a shooting star is outstretched and confident whereas Straight jacket star jumps is reserved, recoiled and contained.

Chinneck's indoor and outdoor works have been conceived to share a dialogue that links the East and the West of the Peninsula. Physically separated yet sculpturally connected they will encourage visitors to explore both areas of the expansive and extraordinary district and unravel its rich history.

Alex Chinneck says "Every project I produce is contextually sensitive and so each installation responds to the environment that supports, surrounds and includes it. It is this philosophy that distinguishes the sculptural decisions behind the two installations. In a similar fashion to my previous projects, which have seen bricks bend, stone hover and tarmac curl, the effortlessly rolling metal transcends its material nature by assuming an apparent and pleasing flexibility."

Jemima Burrill, NOW Gallery curator, says "The enigmatic nature of Alex Chinneck's exploration of materials made him the perfect candidate for a NOW Commission.  We are always looking for work that will surprise and delight our audiences giving them an insight into a design world but at the same time questioning what design is. Chinneck is also creating a significantly larger work in collaboration with London Design Festival on the peninsula.  His investigation of the pylon theme stretches and curls up, exploring how this significant form can work in different environments.  Chinneck's past work both in scale and ambition left us sure he would respond to the both spaces in an exciting and unusual way.  We look forward to seeing the results."

Bicester-village

A designer outlet centre, similar to Bicester Village in Oxfordshire, could be coming to the O2 in Greenwich. Plans are in the early stages and a mall with more than 100 shops is proposed, according to the Evening Standard.

Designers such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana have been suggested by the American-owned AEG Europe.

It’s hoped the addition of the designer shops will bring in more shoppers in the day time who will then spend money in the nearby restaurants.

Planning permission has been secured from Greenwich council for about 230,000 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor of the O2.

Image: Evening Standard

jaws jameson cult film club screeningAs far as watching a film in London it's fair to say that we no long have to settle for some out of date popcorn and an uncomfortable seat. There's a whole range of pop up events that give film screenings a fresh feel.

Our favourites of all of those experiences is the Jameson Cult Film Club which this month is marking its return to London with a screening of Jaws. Brilliantly it's taking place at the Greenwich Yacht Club and they're making the space over to look like Amity Island.

Before the screening there will be a 70s style beach party complete with a BBQ and of course, as much Jameson as you can handle.

You can get details of the event, which is taking place on 15th August, over on their Facebook page.