Tag: retro


We are transporting you back this Tuesday with, retro North-London trio Social Skills, who have released their pop-art visual for new single "Let Go Of Letting Go".

The visual sees front man Scuta confusing his addictions over an electric beat with a 70's pop twist. Based on the acceptance of personal vices, the track speaks about becoming who people want you to be and the heartache of change.

Social Skills are a distinctive band, bringing back a much needed synth-pop sound.

Watch "Let Go Of Letting Go" below:

Words: Corrie Parris


North London three-piece Social Skills, return after the success of their debut single "It's Invisible", with another magnetic, electro cut titled "Let Go Of Letting Go".

Reviling in their signature retro sound, the new single combines kaleidoscopic guitar rifts with tranquillising vocals to create an indie-pop gem. Bound to leave you letting go of all your troubles just in time for the weekend, enjoy below.


Words: Corrie Parris

Photo: fb.com/larryjdotphotography
Photo: fb.com/larryjdotphotography

Soho’s underground sensation Cahoots is keeping the winter blues at bay with its splendid Squiffy Picnic now available on both SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS. Every weekend, guests will be whisked away from the hustle and bustle up above, to a tranquil garden party down below, complete with wicker picnic hampers filled to the brim with delightfully British cuisine and cocktails circa 1946.

Upon arrival, the stationmaster will greet guests with a refreshing Sipsmith Summer Cup Cocktail before heading down the apples and pears. Guests can sift through the fancy dress box for sunhats before sitting at their picnic tables laden with a tartan blanket, flowers and a dedicated hamper menu that pays homage to food and cocktail favourites from post-war Britain. Guests have the option of three different hampers including, The Spivs & Scoundrels, Starlets & Sirens and Aristocrats & Fat Cats, all of which are packed with scrumptious fare and delightful tipples for the ideal picnic experience. 

The Spivs & Scoundrels picnic basket will arrive filled with the choice of one comforting Brilliant Ale, Shepherd Naeme IPA, Double Stout or Spitfire as well as a cheeky hip flask of Sipsmith Gin and tonic water. The Starlets & Sirens, ideal for glamour gals, includes a bottle of red, white or rose wine as well as a hip flask of Sipsmith Sloe Gin and tonic water. For a little bubby, the Aristocrats & Fat Cats hamper includes a bottle of English sparkling wine, and a hipflask with Cognac or Sipsmith Damson Vodka to knock back.

All three squiffy hampers are filled to the brim with a selection of ration-inspired sandwiches including cucumber, smoked salmon and cream cheese, salt beef and horseradish and jam. For sustenance, the hampers will also come with a delicious homemade pork pie, boiled eggs, and a selection of British cheese with Quince jelly. For dessert, the hamper will be filled with an indulgent homemade tiffin, sweet lavender shortbread and Victoria sponge cake along with a traditional British sweet selection to polish off the cocktails with.

Picnickers can look forward to a jolly knees up with live jazz, swing and lindyhop. There may even be a cheeky sing-a-long around the piano later in the evening!

The Inception Group also own and operate 80s themed nightclub, Maggie’s, Barts, a hidden cocktail bar in Chelsea inspired by the Prohibition Era in the 1920s, the acclaimed Bunga Bunga, an Englishman’s Italian, Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke venue in Battersea, Mr Fogg’s Residence a Mayfair based bar modelled on the actual home of Jules Verne’s most famous adventurer, Phileas Fogg, Cocobananas, a Brazilian beach club, Beaver Lodge, a mountain cabin bar and dance saloon based on the winter cowboy log cabins found in Wyoming and most recently, they launched Mr Fogg’s Tavern, a Victorian Pub, Gin Parlour and Salon in Covent Garden.


Cahoots Presents The Squiffy Picnic

Saturdays: 2-5pm

Sundays: 3-6pm

Reservations are required



13 Kingly Court





             Monday - Wednesday:  5pm-1am

             Thursday - Friday:         4pm- 2am


                        Squiffy Picnic: 2pm-5pm

                        Drinks: 5pm – 3am                   


                        Squiffy Picnic: 3pm-6pm

                        Drinks: 6pm-12pm               


Slot car racing in London, stories barNostalgia alert! TRAX Slot Car Racing is London’s first and only slot car bar, coming to Stories. Based on the 1960’s American trend, slot car bars were a place to drink, graze and compete for gold and glory on plastic tarmac. On 19th May, coinciding with the Monaco Grand Prix, Stories brings you the twice-monthly Trax tournament to get the pulses, as well as cars, racing.

So here’s how it works: four unique race tracks, all designed in an 80’s neon street-racer style (cue Ryan Gosling / Drive fans) are set up, with a firm grip and a good trigger finger at the ready. The competition is played out across the evening depending how many races you win, with a retro arcade machine and sega mega drive to keep busy between races.

Get creative by personalising your car in a special custom shop, either on a purchase or rental basis. 80’s inspired cocktails will be available on the night, as well as side games such as a rally course, a drag straight, a stunt track, and a free old school racer arcade machine to maintain your reaction times. As the evening plays out, your scores will be projected for all competitors to see. But don’t fear we have prizes for the bottom end of the leader board too…

The prizes: best designed car on the night; 1st place (bar tab), 2nd (novelty gift) and 3rd (joke prize) place racers, and we will even put a prize in for the penultimate car of the night. Also expect prizes for the fastest lap and the top racers of the season.


30-31 Broadway Market London E8 4QJ

Nearest travel: London Fields station / Cambridge Heath station

Tuesday 19th May 2015

7pm - 11pm

(held 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month)

£5 entry fee per person upon arrival to play (free to watch)

Street FighterThe Three Compasses in Dalston are back with their second Old Skool Gaming event on Saturday 13th December. A really fun one... prizes to be won and food served from street food favourites Le Bun. 




2pm - 5pm (all players must register by 2pm to play FOR 2.30pm start) £2 to play Played on Dalston’s largest screen using the classic SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) Solo players for each game (2 at one time) instant knock out 


The overall winner takes all getting all (of the entry money) and a meal for two and runners up will receive a £25 bar tab. 

ADDRESS/WEBSITE: The Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Ln, London E8 1NH http://3compasses.blogspot.co.uk 

Twitter: @LeBunUK @3compasses #LeBunSocial

 Le Bun French/American diner food served: 12pm – 10pm on the day. https://medium.com/le-bun-social