The nights are drawing in.. maybe someday soon we'll see some pumpkins in the supermarkets (seriously.. where are they??) and it's that time of year again to decide how you'll celebrate All Hallows' Eve!
We are advocating getting involved at home - get the decor out - decide what spooky form you'll take and get your little proverbial bottoms over to Rentuu.com to find a whole lot of stuff to make your Halloween party go with a scary bang.
From Halloween costumes through to lights and speakers that can be hired for just a couple of pounds a day you can put on a great party at home with minimal effort (it all gets delivered and collected) and minimal moolah.
So imagine this - you have rented your Halloween costumes - tick. You have lights and speakers for dancing later into the evening - tick. You have the Xbox set up with a projector to play large as life scary games all night. A Chocolate fountain (make that a spooky white Chocolate fountain with some green food colouring thrown in!) and a popcorn maker for hungry ghouls and ghosts.....seriously now - what more could you want?
So enjoy the indoors this year and put on a spook spectacular - besides, it's far too scary to be outdoors at night...
After being the talk of the town throughout summer, the truly unique Magic Roundabout has raised the bar once more with exciting plans to transform the site for winter, into a tented, heated, ‘Decades’ inspired wonderland.
Stepping through Old Street tube station you’ll take the stairs through Time and Space and pop up into a homage to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The brand new themed areas include a slightly bonkers version of Woodstock with some serious flower power and a super sexy 1970s Playboy lounge, complete with sheepskins and log fire. The Main Bar will be an all out 80s disco with futuristic art and palm trees and finally, the VIP Area will take you right back to the early 90s; oh the patterns, oh the Fresh Prince colours!
The winter relaunch also sees Smokin’ Lotus take the reins from White Men Cant Jerk who are off to pastures new. Smokin’ Lotus is the creation of Rosalind Chick who uses old family recipes as inspiration for her BBQ menu. In just two years Smokin’ Lotus has risen through the ranks and was voted no 42 in Time Out’s top 50 street food traders 2017. The main ingredients are smoked in Rosalind’s home-built smokehouse and the 11 hour slow smoked beef brisket with hoisin sauce and Japanese-style creamy potato salad mash cannot be recommended highly enough. Smokin’ Lotus will complete the award winning street food offering for winter which already includes Skins and Burger Bear.
Throughout Autumn and winter the venue will play host to a huge range of events, highlights include an immersive Halloween party on 28th October in collaboration with Budweiser, a Liquid D&B party from Sine with Commix headlining on 4th November and our Wasted Chic Christmas Market on 5th December. The venue is also available for private hire throughout the season and makes a very original Christmas party venue for groups of up to 500. You can check out the full line up of events and the Christmas Brochure, plus make enquiries via the website:
The line for the Pam Hogg show outside Freemasons' Hall is always a heady mix of suspense and excitement, heightening into a frenzy as her loyal fans of the glitterati arrive, each one looking more spectacular than the previous. It’s Friday night, the end of the first day of LFW, and we are ready to let our hair down.
You can’t help but feel that you’ve accidentally stumbled into the midst of a legendary party as you take your seat the ornate vestibule. Members of Duran Duran chat to All Saints while Pandemonia sits across from Jaime Winstone, and everyone seems to know each other. Finally the lights dim, but that doesn’t calm the crowd – as soon as the show starts, people are dancing, singing and whooping their appreciation for the clothes and the woman we are all here for.
What follows is a riot of seventies-inspired brilliance. Catsuits lead the way, skintight and covered in abstract coloured shapes that creep onto models’ faces, ranging in colour from head-to-toe silver to reveal-all nude.
Suddenly Anita Pallenberg, Italian pin-up and muse of the Rolling Stones, appears on the catwalk, brandishing a cane and sporting a draped gold lurex top and trouser combo that shines almost as brightly as she does, followed by sultry dresses that ooze over the models’ bodies.
Longtime Pam Hogg fave Alice Dellal brings up the rear, donning the first of a series of structured dresses in metallic shades with huge underskirts, covered in more of the motifs that run through the collection.
Boots are thigh-high beauties that even Kim K might be afraid of, hair is either big and in rollers or short and choppy in colour pop shades. Make-up, too, doesn’t shy away from the limelight – huge sweeps of bright colour, from pink to blue, cover eyes and well beyond.
As the final walk commences, there’s certainly no smattered applause here – for the first time in all my years at fashion week, I see people discarding their adored phones to stand up and welcome the legendary Pam Hogg onto the stage amidst her merry band of superstar models. Pam has once again managed to put the P into party with her loud and totally proud collection – the clothes and the models were just as rock and roll as the guests and everyone had a blast. We already can’t wait until next time.
Ministry of Sound is branching out! It's handing back the massive DJs, putting away the alcohol and catering to an altogether younger generation this half term for new London kinds event Rave-A-Roo.
Your raving days dont need to be over just because you have a little one in tow..you now have six opportunities over half term to show your kids how it's done at Ministry of Sound.
Confirmed dates are Saturday June 4, Sunday June 5, Saturday June 18, Sunday June 19 and Saturday July 2.
Imagine an indoor festival vibe with a focus on the whole family partying together and getting their rave on….and you have Rave-A-Roo; a new clubbing mash-up of festival fun for all the family. Expect live Djs, incredible hosts, spectacular light shows, stage performances, confetti mayhem finale, a UV tattoo station, the disco ball games, neon crafts, funky soft play, baby glow toys and special guests.
Plus kids TV stars Go!Go!Go! (as seen daily on Nick Jr.) with an all new electro show in the Rave-A-Roo Main Room. Go!Go!Go! have enjoyed touring around the UK and Asia in 2015 following their last sell out shows at the Shepherds Bush Empire.
Said event co-founder, Jenny Kane: “After a sold out first event we’re delighted to be back at Ministry of Sound with six new dates. At Rave-A-Roo kids can be themselves, dance, let loose, create, watch or just chill. From babes in arms to grandparents, everyone is invited to join in the madcap fun."
For a time-out from the dance floor, and for the little ones who can’t go quite as hard, mini party animals can catch their breath in the Glow Chill Room - plus a bespoke area for babies - whilst parents watch their little faces light up.
With a fully licensed bar (and tea, coffee and snacks), spotless surroundings, a convenient onsite buggy park, baby changing with handy supplies, professional security, carefully monitored sound levels and beautifully lit rooms, Rave-A-Roo offers a unique and safe environment for families.
Further dates in iconic venues around the UK will be announced later this year.
Rave-A-Roo is proudly sponsored by LilGadgets.
Sessions are 12pm to 2pm and 3pm to 5pm.
Tickets are priced £10.00 (earlybird), £12.50 (advanced) and £15.00 (on the door). Babes-in-Arms go free (but must have a ticket).
Late-night Mardi Gras carnival with authentic live music, an immersive New Orleans costume parade, plenty of liquor and dancing on London’s
South Bank Kansas Smitty’s and Shotgun Carousel are extremely excited to invite all saints and sinners to Fat Tuesday – London Mardi Gras 2016, happening from Friday 5th- Saturday 6th February 2016. Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day – whatever you choose to call it; this February the New Orleans inspired party of the year is being brought to The Vaults in London Town.
Swap that batter for gumbo because this February, the carnival spirit of the Deep South will take to the riverside of the South Bank. Live music from The Kansas Smitty’s House Band will lead the heady crowds of the costume parade fronted by the glorious performers of Shotgun Carousel.
This year, Smitty’s House Band explores a different side of the sound of New Orleans, bringing you gritty funk, soul, zydeco and brass band classics that define ‘swamp rock’ – guaranteed to transport you to the heart of a 9th ward dive bar.
Then it’s along the South Bank to the atmospheric Vaults where the King and Queen of Mardis Gras 2016 will be crowned to the toast of the finest spirits this side of Louisiana, and the music won’t stop till dawn.
Leave your inhibitions at the riverbank and raise a jar to the vibe of the year. Love, accolade and prizes will go to the most elaborate, imaginative and outlandish costumes, so bring your beads and come as your sinful self and get loose.