What’s coming or happening in London?

London is always changing with vast array of pop ups and new popped up venues and experiences from restaurants to new shows.

Optical SHOW (25 – 27 Jan)
Abd el Wahab SUPPERCLUB (25 Jan)
Secret Theatre IMMERSIVE THEATRE (28 Jan – 6 Apr)
Gingerline TV Dinners IMMERSIVE DINING (4 Dec – 6 Feb 2020)

Yaatra SUPPERCLUB (26 Jan)
Terra Mundo IMMERSIVE SENSORY DINING EXPERIENCE (12 Feb – 16 Feb)
Four Play THEATRE (15 Jan – 22 Feb)
Undetectable THEATRE (12 Feb – 7 March)
The Morning After THEATRE (22 Jan – 1 Mar)

Peppa Pigs THEATRE (14-15 April & 30 – 31 May)
Eleven98 SOCIAL DINING EXPERIENCE (various dates)
Sea Life London Lates MARINE LIFE MUSEUM (various dates)
WeFiFo SUPPER CLUB (various dates)
Only Fools IMMERSIVE DINING SHOW (various dates)
The Avenue London Cookery School MASTERCLASSES (various dates)

The Zombie Bus VR / ESCAPE ROOM Kickstarter (date TBC)


optical

Dates: 25 – 27 January
Cost: Free
Venue: ExCeL Centre
Website: www.100percentoptical.com

At Optical there will be a showcase of the latest eyewear, an unrivalled educational seminar programme and exclusive product launches, 100% Optical, encompasses everything from fashion, latest equipment, lenses, and business services. With record numbers planning to attend, here are 10 highlights not to miss.

  • Hundreds of exciting new product releases, exclusive show offers and competitions from Safilo, Luxottica, Mondottica, De Rigo, William Morris and more
  • 100% Optical’s ‘studio area’, the place to find luxury, unique and independent frames, has more eye-catching eyewear brands than ever before. Championing independent eyewear designers, this is a selection of must-see brands in an ultra-cool industrial space in the heart of the Eyewear zone – essential viewing for boutique practices seeking a point of difference
  • Demonstrations of the latest equipment and technologies from suppliers including Topcon, Heidelberg Engineering, Nidek, Zeiss, Optos and Mei-Cam
  • Sponsored by Luneau Technology, Zeiss, Birmingham Optical, and Charmant, the improved Future Practice Hub is an opportunity to see how practices can evolve in the coming years from a clinical, regulatory and professional perspective, via a consulting room, diagnostic suite and dispensing area. In each area, tailored CET content will be delivered through discussion and hands-on skills workshops from a range of industry-leading speakers, on contemporary subjects
  • New for 2020, ‘The 2020 Future Series’is a selection of debates, keynote presentations and discussions that will look at the opportunities the future holds, including how practices will change with advancements in technology; how independent opticians can be at the heart of the rebirth of the high street; and how fashion and retail trends will evolve in the next decade
  • In partnership with the Association of Optometrists, 100% Optical will be delivering a comprehensive and world-leading educational programme, including keynote lectures each day from leading international experts, with additional CET seminars around the show 
  • A new addition for 2020, the Love Eyewear Awards will champion and promote eyewear amongst independent and major designers, manufacturers and retailers. Taking place from 7.30pm on Saturday 25th January at ZeroSette, these exciting awards have been judged by a selection of high profile industry figures
  • A new year signals a new vision for exclusive product launches and styles, all showcased on the 20-20 catwalk sponsored by Transitions with three shows each day visualising the latest colours, designs and styles
  • Don’t miss the display of the finest eyewear in the Forgotten Eyewear Museum, made in the last 75 years from Mark Jensen, author of the book ‘Forgotten Eyewear’
  • Discover the RCA Eyewear Design Competition, established by 100% Optical and the Royal College of Art (RCA), where the theme for 2020 is ‘love’. The shortlisted design will be displayed at the show and the winning design will be announced on Sunday 26 January

Abd el Wahab UK

Date: 25 January
Cost: £35
Venue: 1-3 Pont St, SW1X 8 London, United Kingdom
Website: https://m.facebook.com/events/s/lebanese-cooking-masterclass-l/456635128353011/?ti=icl

Whilst you may have eaten a Lebanese dish or two in your lifetime, it’s not often that people say they have tried cooking Lebanese food at home and if they have, there is usually a problem getting that authentic feeling.

Hosted in their Belgravia home, their chefs will lead you through an incredible masterclass where you will learn to prepare and cook: Kale Tabbouleh, Frikkeh Muhammara, Chicken Taouk, Fatteh Shrimp and Eggplant. Once you have learnt how to and prepare all these dishes, you will sit down to enjoy all the incredible things you have prepared.

Join them on their Lebanese Cooking Masterclass.


Secret Theatre : The Invitation

Dates: 28 January – 6 April
Show Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Town Hall Hotel, 8 Patriot Square, London E2 9NF
Cost: £39.00 – £109.99
Website: https://www.designmynight.com/london/whats-on/immersive/the-invitation?t=tickets

Experience an immersive experience with Secret Theatre and transport yourself into the sole of a Masquerade Party where a dark secret lies.

Don your disguise and become part of a devilish narrative of action, murder and intrigue.

The Invitation is described as ‘Eyes Wide Shut Meets SE7EN’, Secret Theatre Project’s highly-anticipated new show takes place at the fictional Masquerade Palace, in the wonderfully historic Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. Upon entering the ball all guests will be given a set of instructions. Everything is not what it seems though. Will you be able to unravel the secrets, discover the hidden clubs withing and solve the what happened.


Gingerline TV Dinners

Dates: 4 December to February 2020
Times: various
Venue: W1 London Studios
Website: https://www.gingerline.co.uk/tvdinners

Gingerline’s TV Dinners is an unapologetic, tasty piece of nostalgic 90’s fun complete with the fabulous food that makes Gingerline events so unique.

“Broadcasting” live from a “W1 London Studio” (in the recently opened IMMERSIVE | LDN– a three floor, immersive theatre and event space in the West End)

Gingerline’s TV Dinners gives audiences an incredible, four-course dining experience, set within a gameshow format.

Gingerline have been doing what they do best – concocting new and untested dining formats.

And this time, they have created a whole. Entire. GAMESHOW.


Yaatra

Dates: 26 January
Address: Notting Hill
Sittings: 13:00 – 18:00
Cost: £45
Website: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/yaatra-supper-club-culinary-journey-through-south-india-tickets-87283747037

Yaatra Supper Club provides diners South India cuisine covering five Indian southern states, where coconuts are abundant and the plentiful water fuels the boundless rice fields and terraces. Food is traditionally served on Banana leaf with various dishes to sample and enjoy.

Expect traditional flavours using spices and the fresh ingredients of South India. Our four course menu will take you on a journey from the backwaters of Kerala to the hills of Karnataka and the beaches of Tamil Nadu.

Did you know that South Indian food is the healthiest of all Indian food.

Diners will enjoy:

  • Four courses of bright and beautiful South Indian dishes inspired by the travels of the Chef Niku team;
  • Access to our resident mixologist, Derrick Hillman, who has hand-crafted four delicately spiced cocktails/mocktails, each paired carefully with a course*;
  • DJ Ari Houmous providing the musical backdrop to our culinary journey;
  • Our famous Yaatra games.

*Bottomless drinks: You can add “bottomless option” to your tickets for £20pp to include bottomless paired cocktails, mocktails or prosecco for 2 hours.


Terra Mundo

Dates: 12 February – 16 February
Address: Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EY
Sittings: 18:30 – 20:00 or 20:30 – 22:00
Cost: £95
Website: https://www.terramundoexp.com/

Terra Mundo is a sensory dining experience presenting three courses inspired by three distinctly earthly environments of Forest, Fire and Ocean. Each course has been fabulously constructed and perfectly paired with drinks with flavours amplified and enhanced by musical soundscapes and 360-degree immersive projections that will brings all diners tastes, sights and sounds of Terra Mundo vividly to life.

Visit their website to discover more.


Four Play

Dates: 15 January – 22 February
Address: Above the Stag Theatre, 72 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP
Performances: Tuesday – Saturday 7:45pm, Sunday 6:15pm
Cost: £25
Website: https://abovethestag.org.uk/whatson/four-play/

Four Play is a darkly comiclooks at sex and commitment in the 21st century. Exploring the muddy dynamics of faithfulness and infidelity, the play questions what it takes to make a couple truly ‘compatible’.

Rafe and Pete have hit a rut. After seven-and-a-half blissfully happy years, their lack of sexual experience is driving them apart – so when they proposition mutual friend Michael to help out with their problems, knowing full well that Michael has his own partner Andrew, what naively seems like a simple solution, quickly spirals out of control.

Is it harder for couples to commit, now more than ever? Will Rafe and Pete survive the twists and turn of modern love?

Four Play also takes a refreshing and honest look at how relationships survive a digitally swamped world where conversations play out behind screens and love is displayed in a flurry of selfies. Peeling back the lid on how gay relationships work in a modern world inundated with dating and hook-up apps, Four Play finds a natural home at Above The Stag – famed for programming work that tackles these issues head on.


Undetectable

Dates: 12 February – 7 March
Address: Kings Head Theatre, N1 1QN
Performances: Tuesday – Saturday 8:30pm, Sunday 4.30pm
Price: Premium £25 / standard £19.50 / concession £18
Website: https://www.kingsheadtheatre.com/whats-on/undetectable/about-the-show

Tom Wright’s tender, funny and uplifting love story is back by popular demand to open the King’s Head Theatre’s Spring 2020 season following a critically acclaimed, and highly successful run at the venue in early 2019.  Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE will be reprising his role as director with Lewis Brown (Tuck – Wales Millennium Centre; Sense and Sensibility – US National Tour) and Freddie Hogan (2 Pints of Lager and a packet of crisps – BBC; Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – BBC), both returning in their celebrated roles as Bradley and Lex respectively.

Undetectable tells the story of a hunky dream boy Lex and bright spark Bradley who fall for each other. Big time. After three months, Lex has decided that tonight’s the night but Bradley’s not so sure he wants to go all the way…

A love story for the post-chemsex generation. With wisdom, wit and honesty, Tom Wright’s play explores the intricate emotions, moral dilemmas and personal demons we all take to bed with us.


The Morning After

Dates: 22 January – 1 March
Address: Above the Stag Theatre, 72 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP
Performances: Tuesday – Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 6pm
Price: Tickets £25 (previews 22 & 23 Jan priced at £15)
Website: https://abovethestag.org.uk/whatson/the-morning-after/

Premiering in 2012 at Arena Theatre in Bratislava and since then having been performed all over the world, Peter Quilter’s (best known for his Broadway play End of the Rainbow, which has this year been adapted for the film Judy, starring Renée Zellweger) fabulously farcical ‘The Morning After’ is a modern comedy about love, sex and relationships that has been appropriately reimagined with a same-sex couple narrative for its UK debut run at Above The Stag, the UK’s only dedicated LGBT+ theatre space.

Thomas wakes up surprised and naked in a young man’s bed, and as the memories of last night’s one-night-stand come flooding back, he gets quite the shock when the young man’s mother pops her head round the door to not only bring them breakfast in bed, but to join them for a chat and a gossip about the night before.

Thomas soon finds himself caught up in a family of crazy eccentrics for whom no subject or behaviour is inappropriate; and that morning’s antics is only the first sign that this is a family that doesn’t do privacy. Or, it turns out, goodbyes…

Will this overfamiliar family’s actions stunt a potential budding romance, or will their openness help to show Thomas that living your life with everything out in the open can be really quite liberating? Either way, it’ll be a ‘morning after’ he’s not likely to forget.

Set entirely in one bedroom, The Morning After is about looking for love and how differing views on ‘openness’ can affect a blossoming relationship. Amongst the humour, the writing highlights more serious topics of human flaws of hypocrisy and dishonesty and asks the question; who, in the end, has the right to judge which route we take to finding love?

Quilter’s play will be directed by Above the Stag’s recently appointed Artistic Director, Andrew Beckett (whose previous credits include Above The Stag’s pantomimes, Boom Bang-A-Bang and Offie Award-winning production of Grindr: The Opera).

Peter Quilter’s plays have been staged in more than 40 countries around the world and have been translated into 30 languages. The Morning After has enjoyed successful productions at The Capitol Theatre in Warsaw, The Satirical Theatre in Sofia, The Comedy Theatre in Dresden, the Arlequin Theatre in Paraguay, The Peace Theatre in Ostrava and The National Theatre in Romania. Quilter also has had three very successful shows in West End, London and one hit play on Broadway, been nominated twice for the Oliver Award for Best New Play and Best New Comedy, as well as having received three Tony Award nominations.


Peppa Pig

London dates: 14- 15 April and 30 – 31 May
Address: Queen Elizabeth Hall
Price: £20 Adult and £16 Child
Website: https://www.peppapiglive.com/my-first-concert.php

Peppa Pig–My First Concert is a fun and interactive introduction to a live orchestra that will take Peppa Pig fans on a magical musical journey.

This unmissable production is based on Entertainment One’s popular animated television series and gives children a chance to experience their first concert in a way that is truly meaningful to them. Specially designed for the youngest audience members, this allows them, together with Peppa, to discover an orchestra for the first time. Children and their families can sing and dance along with Peppa to her favourite songs, watch as Daddy Pig learns how to conduct an orchestra (and all the mishaps and mayhem that involves!), explore all the different sounds that the many instruments make, and get a chance to enjoy familiar Peppa tunes as well as discovering some exciting orchestral pieces-all selected to be perfect for little ones, to capture their imagination and introduce them to a whole new world of music. There’s no better way to give children their first concert experience than with a much-loved children’s character–and characters don’t get much more well-loved than Peppa herself. Flautist and children’s concert specialist, Jane Mitchell,has been heavily involved in the creation of this union between children’s entertainment and live orchestra. As Creative Director and principal flautist of critically acclaimed British chamber orchestra Aurora, Jane is incredibly well respected in the world of classical music; but in this new production, she has worked alongside arranger Iain Farrington to interweave beloved Peppa Pig songs into classics by Beethoven and others,including Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Grieg.Jane says “Orchestras are sometimes seen as in accessible for young audiences. Breaking that down is incredibly rewarding-and playing Muddy Puddles alongside Mozart is amazing fun. The Peppa Pig audience is mostly under five,so that ‘Wow’ experience is really important. If you can reach them through a character they know and love, it’s a golden opportunity.


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Eleven98 

When: various dates throughout the year
Location: various locations

Eleven98 is an immersive social fine dining experience.  Showcasing incredible produce grown on their doorstep in the London Borough of Hackney, chef Aidan Brooks brings pop up experiences to Hackney offering guests a fun six course tasting experience.

Aidan Brooks is a professional chef with over eleven years experience working in various restaurants all over the world from Barcelona to London. ​ Aidan has worked within a various restaurants and even Michelin-starred ones.  With lots of experience behind him he then went on and run his own kitchen Vanilla Black which is in the City of London. 

Since leaving Vanilla Black he now runs his own self-funded social and private dining experiences and pop-ups. 

Eleven98 donates a portion of it’s proceeds from all ticketed events to some great Hackney-based charities, as well as various other good causes dear to Aidan.

Check out his latest pop ups and book via https://www.eleven98hackney.com/reservations


SEA LIFE Merlin Entertainments

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The Sea Life London Aquarium is open throughout 2019 VIP late night openings.

The famous attraction on London’s South Bank reopens after hours for an exclusive, adults-only, late night experience which allows you to encounter extraordinary marine life in all its glory.

  • Enjoy a welcome glass of Prosecco upon arrival
  • Enjoy a walk through Shark Walk 
  • Explore the Atlantic Cove area
  • Explore the Pacific Wreck display where you can grab a drink at the bar.
  • Admire the giant green sea turtles as you pass through the Ocean Tunnel.
  • Take in the Ocean Invaders which is the home to Jellyfish.

Make your evening a different one and catch up with friends surrounded by turtles and stingrays, book early to avoid disappointment!

This event is for over 18’s only and you may be requested to show your ID on the door. Your ticket includes entrance to the Sea Life London Aquarium and one glass of Prosecco on arrival. All other items of food and drink are available to purchase separately at the event.

NOTE: the Penguin Point display is not open on After Dark events

Dates available:
Friday 25 January 2019
Thursday 14 February 2019
Friday 29 March 2019
Friday 26 April 2019
Friday 24 May 2019
Friday 6 September 2019
Friday 18 October 2019

To discover more unique late adult type events run by Merlin Entertainments click here


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WeFiFo

Love food?
Love Supperclubs?
Love making new friends?
Then you’ll love WeFiFo

What is WeFiFo you might ask……

Well it is an amazing supper club for all food lovers that love to cook or eat or both

Cook
Anyone can host an event at WeFiFo. Whether it’s dinner at your kitchen table, a picnic in the park, a BBQ on the beach, coffee and cake at a community hall or brunch on a barge, it couldn’t be easier and we will be there to help you every step of the way! Post your event on WeFiFo and tell your guests what they can look forward to. You can host an event for friends, for charity, to earn some extra pocket money or even to launch a career.

Eat
If you are looking for a truly unique and affordable eating experience then think WeFiFo! Simply search by location or scroll through our featured events and reserve your seat at a table that takes your fancy. WeFiFo will send you all the details you need to ensure a perfect experience and we’ll put you in touch with your host so you can tell them everything they should know about

Earn
WeFiFo offers a great opportunity for aspiring cooks to achieve financial independence but WeFiFo also likes to reward hosts, guests and community spirit with cookies, our online rewards. Watch your cookie jar fill and you can spend yours on attending events, acquiring new skills or on unique WeFiFo merchandise.

Share
At the heart of WeFiFo is a desire to share. We want you to share your talent with the world by hosting an event and by bringing people together to share food, stories and laughter. After an event, guests and hosts can review each other to share their feelings about what made the event special. And our family of cooks each have their own area of expertise that they are keen to share with you… with their help you’ll soon have a whole new set of skills.

Look and book any of their amazing supper clubs click here.

Which Supperclub will you attend?


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Only Fools

Love immersive dining shows, love Only Fools and Horses? Then you’ll love this comedy dining show.

It’s the show you’ve all been asking for – and it’s brought to you by the people behind the worldwide smash hit, Faulty Towers The Dining Experience.

This fully immersive experience transports audiences to The Nags Head, to meet the pride of Peckham in a night of wheeling, dealing and eating.

The fun starts from the moment you join the Trotters and their friends for a knees-up.

Meanwhile, they try to drum up some cash and make a cheeky saving on the side. But why is the pub closed on the busiest night of the week? There’s money to be made and debts to be paid!

Click here to book


The Avenue School of Cookery

The Avenue London Cookery School 

Love cooking?
Love food?
Then you’ll love this cookery class The Avenue London Cookery School.

The Avenue was established back in 2004. The Avenue London Cookery School is a family run school and thrives on all things foodie

They love to teach students of all ages and levels to understand more about food. So stop relying and following instruction via cookbook start treating recipes as sources of inspiration and guidance instead.

They offer 3-hour evening classes to 2-week Chalet Host courses as well as corporate events and anything bespoke for those special occasions!

Individually, and as a team, they have years of experience; discovered skills and have handy tips to share with those who want to join them on their kitchen adventures.


The Zombie Bus

KICKSTARTER project
Dates: TBC
Location: TBC London 
Help the Kickstarter project via clicking here.

Immersive VR and ‘live’ Zombie Experience wants to break out in London.

The Zombie Bus is a terrifying and innovative experience. The experience features a fully customised bus, ‘live’ zombie actors and the latest virtual reality technology.

The Zombie Bus is made up for the ‘end of days’ event, gruesomely covered in zombie blood and apocalyptic graffiti. The bus heads for the port to escape the city-wide zombie invasion holding up to 26 brave participants at a time.

Each participant is given a specially made virtual reality gas mark powered by Oculus Go. Under the hood, the experience is brought to life through a mix of showtime VR and custom-built tools. Strobe lights, smoke and special effects combined with voice over and locally shot video footage blur the lines between what’s real and what’s undead. Hands-on ‘live’ zombie actors add to the interactive experience taking each participant through a horrifying, tension-filled and fun journey.

Already a success in Ireland, The Zombie Bus creators are looking to bring the invasion across the water to London through a crowdfunding campaign and calling for supporters to book a seat on the bus now.

The Zombie Bus Kickstarter campaign launches on Tuesday 22 October and runs through to Thursday 28 November 2019. Kickstarter backers will be amongst the first to try the Zombie Bus experience in London with early bird passes starting from £16. Plus, many other exclusive offerings including being made into a VR zombie.

The Zombie Bus London Kickstarter Campaign Preview https://bit.ly/31YsRJY

Question is are you brave enough?

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