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Greenall’s Gin unveils ice cube pop up on the Thames

LOCATION Queen’s Stone London between 12:00pm – 4:00pm
DATES 22 July
NOTE  Drinks will be limited to one can per person, aged 18+ with ID only and will be subject to availability

Created to solve the age-old problem of warm G&Ts in summer, the installation will offer over a thousand free gin and tonics, all served at the optimum temperature of 5C, to help keep the capital cool during the anticipated freedom week heatwave

Love the warm weather but hate warm drinks? Don’t worry, this summer there’s no need for Londoners to break an unfashionable sweat about how to keep their G&Ts cool, as Greenall’s Gin has announced it will be bringing a giant ice cube to the capital this month – and the best part of all? The installation will be offering over a thousand of ice-cold gin and tonics for free.

Taking over the Embankment at Queen’s Stone in London on Thursday 22nd July, the original handcrafted British gin will be giving away over a thousand of ready-to-drink gin and tonics*, perfectly chilled to the optimum G&T serving temperature of 5C, to help solve the age-old problem of warm drinks this summer – so whatever the weather, all’s good.

With mirrored walls creating a mirage-style reflection of the view from London’s iconic South Bank, the G-Instagrammable installation is designed to provide a refreshingly cool oasis for passers-by. Inside the ice cube the walls will be lined with perfectly chilled gin and tonics, served to you ice cold by a Greenall’s barman.

Boasting a blend of eight botanicals from around the world, the cans served at the Greenall’s Ice Cube are made using the brand’s London Dry Gin which is available to buy in selected stores nationwide**, alongside its range of summer-inspired flavours such as Wild Berry Pink, Blueberry and Blood Orange & Fig, as well as the latest addition to the range, Black Cherry.

Stacey Kong, at Greenall’s Gin said: ‘’Despite the uncertainty of the British weather, one thing is for sure, no one enjoys sipping on a luke-warm drink. We’re therefore proud to be just the tonic for Brits this summer with the launch of the Greenall’s Ice Cube and can’t wait to serve our award-winning gin to the capital later this month.”


Money Heist

LOCATION London TBC
DATES Coming soon TBC
WEBSITE https://moneyheistexperience.com/

Money Heist is an immersive experience based on Netflix’s hit show Money Heist (also known as La Casa de Papel) which will take place in cities across the USA, Europe and Latin America. 

Question is do you have what it takes to pull off a seemingly impossible heist? Now you can find out by taking part in a mission that will test your ingenuity, nerves and courage. 

Fans of Netflix’s hit show, also known as La Casa de Papel, can become part of the iconic gang and test their skills in Money Heist: The Experience. The fully immersive experience based on the global hit show will launch in cities across the USA, Europe and Latin America beginning Summer 2021, including Paris, Miami, Mexico City, London and New York, with more cities to be announced in due course.

The action-packed experience will thrill diehard fans and newcomers to the story alike, as participants find themselves in a brand new heist based on the show, Netflix’s most popular non-English language series. Recruited into the notorious gang by Lisboa for a series of heists on spectacular international targets, participants will have their nerve tested as they attempt to follow The Professor’s plan, and break into jaw-dropping landmark sites in cities around the world, such as La Monnaie de Paris on the banks of the Seine. Ultimately, guests will find out if they have what it takes to infiltrate the vault and earn a spot in the gang.

Co-produced by Netflix and Fever, the leading entertainment discovery platform, Money Heist: The Experience is a high-energy theatrical event featuring a unique storyline that happens in parallel to the show. Each experience will be uniquely adapted for every specific region and unique venue it is taking place in. Each city’s venue will be announced shortly before the opening date, adding to the drama of every participant’s personal storyline.

Greg Lombardo, Head of Experiences at Netflix, said: “Money Heist came out of Spain but captured the imagination of the world. Now Money Heist: The Experience will bring the show even closer to home. From the moment you book a ticket, you will be at the heart of the gang. Slip into your red jumpsuit, put on the iconic Dali mask, and step into the world of the heist for an experience of a lifetime.”

Attendees can expect astounding visual effects and unexpected plot twists that could be experienced differently from one attendee to the next, as you interact with actors at every turn. For those planning to take up their city inspired code-name and join the gang though be warned, you might become the target being hunted by the police.

The waitlist is now open for those wanting to be the first to find out further information. To ensure participants safety at each event, ticket capacity will be limited, with strict covid-safe measures in place. Local covid-guidelines and restrictions for each city will also be strictly adhered to.

Note Attendees will be required to wear face masks at all times and must adhere to COVID-19 Government guidelines. Hand sanitiser stations will be available to visitors on-site. 

Dead Ringers Live

LOCATION The Big Top at the London Wonderground, Empress Place, Earl’s Court, SW6 1TT
DATES 17th – 29th August 2021
PRICE Ticket prices start from £16.50 
WEBSITEhttp://www.londonwonderground.co.uk/whats-on/dead-ringers-live

The legendary BBC Radio 4 series is set to land at the Underbelly in Earls Court this August for a special live residency at the London Wonderground. Tickets are on pre-sale through TodayTix until 9th June and then will go on general sale through London Wonderground from 10th   June.

Starring the dream team of Jon Culshaw, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey, the show will feature a mixture of classic sketches, new material and of course the trademark sharp and political humour for which Dead Ringers has won critical acclaim over its nearly 20-year history. Now is your chance to see some of Britain’s favourite impressionists give famous celebrities and politicians the Dead Ringers treatment including Jeremy Vine, Donald Trump, Theresa May and many more! 

Jon Culshaw is warmly regarded by many as Britain’s best impressionist with an unmatched versatility and a catalogue of over 350 voices and impersonations including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Professor Brian Cox, Barack Obama, Alan Carr, John Bishop and Michael McIntyre. He has starred in ITV’s Newzoids as well as the hugely successful BBC Radio 4 comedy Dead Ringers, which is now onto its 18th series. Other recent appearances include Frank Skinner on Demand With…  and Channel 5’s The Cars That Made Britain, where Jon spoke about his passion for old cars, such as the Ford Cortina, further showcased through his stint on Top Gear’s Extra Lap. Further TV credits include Spitting ImageThe Impressionable Jon CulshawThe Nightly Show, Parkinson, The Royal Variety Performance, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 2DTVHead Cases for ITV, and Jon Culshaw’s Commercial Breakdown (BBC1) and BBC1’s The Impressions Show alongside Debra Stephenson.  Jon is also a regular guest on current affairs programmes including The Now Show and Secret World (BBC Radio 4).

Debra Stephenson  Debra Stephenson is one of the UK’s best loved and critically acclaimed impressionists, comedy performers, actresses and singers. As a comedic impressionist she is perhaps best known as star of BBC One’s highly rated The Impressions Show, with her other impressive credits in the field including BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringers and Rich Halls Election Breakdown. As well as the critically acclaimed ITV’s Newzoids. As an actress Debra has had long running roles in Coronation Street and Bad Girls (both for ITV), whilst her entertainment credits include The Friday Night Project, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, Young Hyacinth and Let’s Dance For Sports Relief to name just a few.

Duncan Wisbey is an actor and impressionist, and as well as starring in Dead Ringers, he is best known for Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression, as well as the CBBC series Ultimate Brain.


Moulin Rouge

LOCATION Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London
DATES 12 November 2021 onwards
PRICE Ticket prices start from £25 
WEBSITEwww.moulinrougemusical.co.uk

“At its heart, Moulin Rouge! The Musical isabout a group of artists fighting to keep their stage show alive. That element of the story has felt very real for us as a company, as we’ve contended with the Covid shutdown and delay to our UK premiere. But now we are so excited and so honoured to finally confirm that our show will form part of a revitalised West End. We cannot wait for the red windmill to start turning in London!” said producer and CEO of Global Creatures, Carmen Pavlovic.

Directed by Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love at the National Theatre, Tony Award®-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew JacksonPeter and the StarcatcherMoulin Rouge! The Musical has a book by John Logan (Tony Award® for Red, three-time Academy Award nominee, including for Gladiator and The Aviator), choreography by Sonya Tayeh (Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner), and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). 

Through the pandemic, the production process has progressed wherever possible, including holding auditions for the UK cast.

Alex said: “The last 12 months have proven uniquely challenging in engaging with performers as we look to cast the UK production. Nevertheless we have all been astounded by the perseverance and sheer talent of those we have seen, and I am excited to see the cast coming together.

It feels great to finally be confirming our UK premiere dates. I am thrilled now that we can look forward to bringing Moulin Rouge! to life in London and to welcome our audiences”.

The design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award® winner Derek McLane (sets; his credits include Beautiful – The Carole King Musical), Tony Award® winner Catherine Zuber (costumes; credits include The King & I, for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Costume Design), two-time Tony Award® nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (hair and wig design; credits include Come From Away) and Sarah Cimino (make-up design). Casting is by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is produced by Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan OAM for Global Creatures and Bill Damaschke. The Executive Producer in the West End is Patrick Murphy and General Management in the West End is by Playful Productions.

The musical, which features a lavish, immersive set, follows aspiring writer Christian and dancer Satine as they fall in love. But pressure mounts on Satine as her boss, Moulin Rouge owner Harold Zidler, relies on her to appease the Duke of Monroth, whose money will keep the establishment running. 

Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film comes to life onstage, remixed for today in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Moulin Rouge! The Musical invites you to enter a world of passionate romance and eye-popping splendour… a place where Bohemians and aristocrats revel together in electrifying enchantment… a place where all your wildest dreams come true!  

Bringing Moulin Rouge! The Musical to the stage was a decade-long journey, spanning 3 continents, encompassing 75 songs credited to 165 songwriters, administered by 31 publishers, representing over 160 years of music, including recent hits released since the movie premiered 20 years ago. 

The Moulin Rouge! The Musical original Broadway Cast Album, which debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Cast Albums Chart, is available at all digital and streaming providers by Baz Luhrmann’s label, House of Iona, and RCA Records. Click here to listen to the album.

Prior to the pandemic, Moulin Rouge! The Musical had been performing on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre where it opened to widespread critical acclaim on 25 July 2019. Productions have also been announced for Australia, Japan and a North American Tour.

A theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and — above all — love, thisis more than a musical… it is a state of mind. Welcome to the Moulin Rouge!


Witness for the Prosecution By Agatha Christie

LOCATION London County Hall, The Chamber, County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB
DATES 14 September 2021 to 20 March 2022
PRICE Ticket prices start from £12 
WEBSITEwww.witnesscountyhall.com.

Since opening to critical acclaim in 2017 Witness for the Prosecution has captured the imagination of thousands who have been gripped by the case of Leonard Vole, accused of murder in cold blood. Director Lucy Bailey, whose current projects include Oleanna, (currently touring the UK and soon to open in the West End) and the upcoming production of  Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Royal and Derngate/ UK tour), thrillingly places the audience in the thick of the action, as Agatha Christie’s enthralling tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them.

Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high.  Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?

The twists and turns of the case are played out in a spectacular courtroom setting inside the iconic London County Hall as prosecution battles defence and witnesses take the stand to give their shocking testimonies. The production received Best Revival nominations at the 2018 Olivier and WhatsOnStage Awards.


Far Too Late

LOCATION Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London
DATES starting from Friday 25 June 2021
PRICE Ticket prices start from £19.50 (during previews) 
WEBSITEwww.andrewlloydwebberscinderella.com

‘Far Too Late’ is the latest in a string of acclaimed tracks from the album of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella which is set for release on 9th July. The album, written and produced during lockdown in the UK, features voices from the cast of the highly-anticipated new musical, as well as some soon-to-be announced, high-profile guest vocalists.

The release of ‘Far Too Late’ comes after it was first revealed to audiences in September 2020 with a performance by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Carrie Hope Fletcher in a stripped-back Her Majesty’s Theatre, home to Phantom of the Opera, in London.  

The world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, the first new production to open after the coronavirus pandemic, will be at the Gillian Lynne Theatre on 25th June. Cinderella is a new romantic musical comedy featuring an original story and book by 2021 OSCAR® winner Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) and lyrics by Tony & Olivier award winner David Zippel (City of Angels). Laurence Connor (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, School of Rock) directs, with choreography by JoAnn M Hunter​​​​​​​.

Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Cinderella in this new production.  She has starred in Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Addams Family (UK Tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour), Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), and most recently played Fantine in Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre.  She is also a bestselling author and social media personality.


Spitafields Music 2021 Festival

LOCATION Spitafields, London
DATES 1 to 11 July 2021
PRICE Various
WEBSITESpitafields Music

Spitalfields Music has today announced the line-up for its 2021 Festival, which will take place from 1-11 July. The festival will see the return of extraordinary live performance to the heart of London’s East End following a year of unprecedented global uncertainty, which saw the 2020 festival reimagined as a digital offering.

Programmed by the festival’s guest curators, composers Errollyn Wallen, Edmund Finnis, and journalist and broadcaster Kate Molleson, alongside Spitalfields Music Chief Exec, Sarah Gee, the 2021 festival will bring together acclaimed artists, composers and performers working across different genres, traditions and styles for ten days of events exploring the extensive range and resilience of classical music.

World premieres and new music will be performed alongside classic repertoire and cross-artform collaborations in iconic East London locations. From Christ Church, Spitalfields to Café Oto in Hackney, audiences and artists alike will experience the unifying power of live music, and its ability to transcend borders, languages, communities and culture.

Fifteen new works premiere at this year’s festival, including new pieces by Errollyn Wallen, Alicia Jane Turner, Lola De La Mata, Howard Goodall, Charles Amirkhanian and Edmund Finnis.

Full dates here and more information about each event below:

  • Thursday 1 July, 8pm: Never to Forget – Christ Church, Spitalfields      
  • Friday 2 July, 7pm: Open Call Showcase – Rich Mix
  • Saturday 3 July, 10.30am, 11.45am, 1pm: Music & Mindfulness – Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf 
  • Saturday 3 July and Sunday 4 July, 2.30pm & 4.30pm: a place to call home – The George Tavern  
  • Sunday 4 July, 11am: Secrets of Stepney Green – Walking Tour – Stepney Green Underground
  • Sunday 4 July, 2pm: The lingering history of Limehouse – Walking Tour – Westferry DLR 
  • Wednesday 7 July, 7.30pm: Ratchet Attach It – Christ Church, Spitalfields
  • Thursday, 8 July, 8pm: Ongemang: exploring the spaces in between – Café OTO
  • Friday 9 July, 6.30 & 8pm: Aberdeen – Hanbury Hall
  • Saturday 10 July, 8pm: Manchester Collective x Edmund Finnis – Christ Church Spitalfields
  • Sunday 11 July, 10.30am: Pigmalion – Genesis Cinema
  • Sunday 11 July, 12.15pm : Bach Rework’d – Genesis Cinema
  • Sunday 11 July, 4pm: Dancing with Apollo – The Octagon, Queens’ Building, Queen Mary University of London 

Circus 1903

LOCATION Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
DATES 16 December 2021 to 2 January 2022
WEBSITEwww.circus1903.com

The world-class performers at Circus 1903 are limbering up in preparation to entertain thousands of people as they flock to the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall this Christmas to marvel at the wonders of the Golden Age of Circus. Producers are delighted to announce today that the show will return for its third Christmas season at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall from 16 December 2021.

Ringmaster David Williamson said: “I’m so happy that Circus 1903 is returning to Southbank Centre this festive season. There’s no better tonic for tough times than the sights and sounds and magic of the circus! I’m excited to get in front of an audience again and hear the roar of the crowd and see the smiling faces of the children as they thrill to our amazing show.”

Producer Michael Stevens said: “Circus 1903 has become an important part of the holiday season, for audiences old and young, and so we are delighted to be able to bring it back to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall this year. After such a long period of not being able to see each other or to go out, this is a wonderful opportunity to get together at Christmas and celebrate while enjoying one of the most extraordinary shows on earth!”

Hosted by the charming and charismatic ringmaster David Williamson, Circus 1903 will feature many of the incredible acts from previous years, including Peanut and Queenie, the most charming elephants on any stage around the world. A range of dizzying new acts will join the troupe to astound and mesmerize audiences this festive season.  The full line-up will be announced in due course.


Between the Bridges

LOCATION Queens Walk, Southbank, London
DATES from 27 May 2021
ENTRY – Between The Bridges is FREE apart from on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm when entry is £5. Advance table booking is recommended.
WEBSITEwww.betweenthebridges.co.uk

Music, food and and so much more…

MUSIC LINE UP INCLUDES – GILLES PETERSON, CRAZY P (DJ SET),  JOE GODDARD (HOT CHIP), NORMAN JAY MBE, EROL ALKAN, SAVAGE DISCO, THE BEAT HOTEL, SUGGS (DJ SET) + more

FOOD + DRINK LINE UP INCLUDES – CLUB MEXICANA, BURGER + BEYOND, FLANK OG, THE CHEESE WHEEL, EL POLLOTE + more

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE – MINI GOLF, DRAG BRUNCHES, THEMED CRAFT MARKETS + more

PLUS – UK’S FIRST LICENSED TEJO EXPERIENCE

Opening from May 27th on London’s South Bank, Between The Bridges is a brand new venue, with a unique programme of eclectic non-stop entertainment, top-tier street food and  London’s largest outdoor drinking area for the summer – over 4000 sq ft!

From the organisers of Winterville, Brockwell Park Festivals, original Field Day and in partnership with Peppermint Bars, Between the Bridges’ mammoth entertainment line-up kicks off with electronic titans Crazy P (DJ Set), alongside funked-up disco duo SilkGilles Peterson will shake the South Bank on June 5th with an eclectic mix of all genres to get revellers on their feet, whilst Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Jay Carder will bring the electronica to the riverside for a very special show. Also joining the line-up, Madness legends Suggs and Raf Rundell from The 2 Bears will host a DJ sets, whilst Glastonbury and Marrakech favourite, The Beat Hotel, will join forces with vinyl oracle Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and Nabihah Iqbal for the late-June slot when Glasto would have taken place. Festival staple Norman Jay MBE will join the billing in July, sharing the month of music with genre-bender Luke Una, Run-Dem founder Charlie Dark and an incredible set from east London’s favourite, Savage Disco. Other acts joining the programme include Afternoon DelightGuilty PleasuresNoble & HeathOld Dirty BrasstardsWe Are The Sunset and many more – Summer 2021 by London’s riverside is destined for good times. Cementing place-to-be status, Between The Bridges will become the location for activities this summer with date-perfect mini golf, weekly themed markets, all sashaying Drag Brunches with Ru Paul’s Drag Race winner Lawrence Chaney and fan favourites including Baga ChipzTayce and Ginny Lemon. Racers can expect games, lip sync battles, live performances, death drops and much more. Exclusively taking place aside the Thames, famous Colombian game, Tejo, will head to the UK for the first time ever! What is Tejo you ask? Second only to soccer in its home country as far as games go – Tejo is a big game with a small bang, participants can expect chills, thrills, and gunpowder skills! Lining the magical riverside location, food stalls will include festival favourites, Club Mexicana,  the Latin-inspired El Pollote, prime-cut specialists Burger and Beyond, instagram -ready The Cheese Wheel, barbecued jackfruit from Club Mexicana and many more exciting options across the entire duration. Weekly themed craft markets will include upcycled, retro and vintage finds, jewellery and fashion stalls, wellness and mindfulness, plant markets and LGBTQ+ Pride market and sustainable finds. Marcus Weedon, Between The Bridges Director says,“We’re very excited to bring this brand new event series to this huge and iconic space on London’s South Bank. Celebrating the best in London culture, Between The Bridges will provide entertainment, activities, food, and drinks for everyone and we have worked hard to guarantee this will be London’s most exciting programme across Summer 2021. We have taken careful steps to ensure safety is at the forefront of all of our event plans and location design and we can’t wait to open our doors this May and welcome the world to London’s most exciting location this summer. ”Between The Bridges will be brought to London from the co-founders of Winterville, Cross The Tracks, Mighty Hoopla, Wide Awake, South Facing, the original founders of Field Day, Bugged Out! and in partnership with festival, bar and event solutions specialists, Peppermint Bars.


Monopoly

LOCATION Tottenham Court Road, London
DATES 14 August 2021
PRICES ranging from £48pp plus
BOOK www.monopolylifesized.com

Global play and entertainment company, Hasbro, Inc. and GAMEPATH (a new division of international theatre producer SELLADOOR WORLDWIDE) are pleased to release the very first details of the MONOPOLY LIFESIZED experience – a new, participatory gameplay attraction bringing together the best of the iconic board game, escape rooms and team challenge – the first of its kind in the world – due to open in London on 14 August 2021.

Tickets are on sale now via the website, and the team are seeking the biggest MONOPOLY fans in the UK to be among the first on the board.

All the most well-loved elements of a classic MONOPOLY gameplay have been translated into an exciting 4D experience on a full-sized board that teams of players will move around, participating in challenges as they go in order to acquire properties, earning money as they PASS GO, GO TO JAIL, picking up a CHANCE CARD and maybe getting lucky landing on FREE PARKING…

MONOPOLY LIFESIZED is an immersive, on-your-feet version of the world’s favourite family game brand. Experience the thrill of trying to stage a heist in Mayfair, competing against a clock to build some of London’s iconic buildings, solving a baffling murder mystery, stepping into the world of codebreakers…

The MONOPOLY: LIFESIZED experience will take place at 213 – 215 Tottenham Court Road, a 22,000sq ft building over three floors in the heart of the West End: THE COURT – the first in a series of central London venues dedicated to live gameplay. The building will house a retail outlet selling a wide range of Hasbro game merchandise, THE TOP HAT – a destination MONOPOLY-themed bar and restaurant serving signature cocktails and a quintessential British small-plates menu – plus three individually designed and unique main gameplay boards – Classic, The Vault, and City – and a Junior Board – making it a brand-new destination attraction where people can eat, drink, shop and play all under one roof.

MONOPOLY LIFESIZED will consist of a 75-minute gameplay segment on a 15 x 15m board, featuring 8 Properties, 2 Utility Companies, 2 Train Stations, Jail, Free Parking, Go, and Just Visiting. Each board can host between 8 and 24 people split into 4 teams, all playing against each other. Each team will have their own personal MONOPOLY token –, Scottie Dog, Boot, Racing Car, etc. – leading them around the game, taking scores, and giving hints where required. Each property square will have a full-sized location specific room behind it that players enter to participate in a challenge to ‘acquire’ that particular property. The challenges will be a mixture of physical and mental puzzles and games that will test players’ skills and lateral thinking, and will be themed appropriately for the square, featuring either some historical or current day relationship with that part of London. MONOPOLY: LIFESIZED will be created by a team drawn from across the immersive theatre, tech and escape room worlds: creative producers are Tom Beynon and Paul Mansfield, with set design by Tim McQuillen-Wright (designer for Secret Cinema experiences Stranger Things, Blade Runner, and Moulin Rouge), costume design by Sarah Mercade , sound design by Luke Swaffield, Production Management by Entourage, and Scenic Construction by Scene2. Clockwork Dog are Gameplay Consultants and Operations bringing on board their extensive experience in designing and building immersive and technically impressive escape room games.


Six By Nico

LOCATION London
DATES 17th May – Sunday 27th June 2021
PRICES Starts from £37 per person
BOOK https://www.sixbynico.co.uk/

It’s hard not to get excited when the Circus rolls into town. The arrival of the blue and red ‘Big Top‘ is quite an event with dazzling high-wire acts, clowns splattered with custard pies, jugglers, magicians and unicyclists.

Inspired by memories of the ‘THE CIRCUS’ experience, Chef Nico Simeone and his team have created a show stopping menu seasoned with a little bit of mystery, a little bit of magic, and a whole lot of joy. From the sweet smells to the festive music, the ambiance of the Circus is especially uplifting – bringing people and families together with adulterated fun and comforting food.

After a downer of a year, the team at Six by Nico knows how to turn a meal into a show. If your favorite memories consist of Ferris wheels and fried dough, ‘THE CIRCUS’ menu will be right up your alley this Spring. From Monday 26th April in Scotland (Glasgow and Edinburgh) and from Monday May 17th in England (Manchester, Liverpool and London) at Six by Nico restaurants will showcase the flavours of upscale carnival food and surprise and delight guests looking for the greatest feast. 

– Six by Nico Restaurants will reopen from April 26th – 
The new six course ‘THE CIRCUS’ tasting menu includes ‘Waffles & Ice Cream’ – Chicken Liver Parfait, Compressed Peach, Potato Cris; ‘Candy Butchers‘ – Beef Carpaccio, Burger Sauce, Aged Parmesan, Pickled Cucumber; ‘The Illusionist‘ – Chicken Ballotine, Crushed Artichoke, Brown Shrimp, Caper & Raisin Puree; ‘A-Crab-atics‘ – Sole, Baby Courgette, Bergamot Gel, Crab Tortellini & Bisque; ‘The Greatest Show‘ – Smoked Flat Iron, Wild Garlic, Black Truffle Emulsion, Ox Cheek Pasty. 

The final act ends on a sweet note with ‘The Grand Finale‘ – Peanut Butter parfait, Rhubarb Compote, Blood Orange, Candy Floss. 
The vegetarian alternative boasts six delicious courses of ‘Waffles & Ice Cream’ – Goats Cheese Mousse, Compressed Peach, Potato Crisp; ‘Candy Butchers’ – Beetroot Tartare, Burger Sauce, Aged Parmesan, Pickled Cucumber; ‘The Illusionist’  – Herb Gnocchi, Samphire, Crushed Artichoke, Caper & Raisin Puree; ‘A-Crab-atics’ – Sole, Smoked Tomato Compote, Bergamot Gel, Crab Tortellini & Bisque; ‘The Greatest Show’ – Smoked Cep Mushroom, Black Truffle Emulsion, Crisp King Oyster, Wild Garlic and ‘The Grand Finale’ – Peanut Butter parfait, Rhubarb Compote, Blood Orange, Candy Floss. 

 – Chef Nico Simeone from Six by Nico Restaurants –
Chef Nico Simeone said:
“Who amongst us doesn’t have fond memories of a visit to the circus when we were young? The circus is a fascinating visual and our re-opening menu is full with colorful unpretentious, playful dishes. Everybody needs a little extra excitement right now and our team had lots of fun developing and creating this theme as we prepare to reopen our Six by Nico restaurants across the country.”


Eleven98

LOCATION Secret location
DATES Various dates (bookings from 17 April)
PRICE Varies
BOOK https://www.eleven98hackney.com

East London’s favourite supper club Eleven98 by Chef Aidan is back!

Book and enjoy a dining experiences by Michelin-trained Chef Aidan Brooks at his Chef’s Table for an innovative and sustainable seven course fine dining tasting menu.

Enjoy a social dining experience and enjoy a showcase of Aidan’s incredible produce which is grown on his doorstep in the London Borough of Hackney. The Eleven98 experience always begins with a quirky cocktail on arrival, made using Haggerston-produced spirits from the 58 Gin Distillery. Then you’ll take a pew, sit back and delve into a sequence of seven carefully curated tasting courses, based entirely on Hackney sourced produce. All of the fruits, vegetables and herbs on Aidan’s menus have been organically cultivated or foraged in the borough, and everything else has to
be Hackney produced or sourced. They are very proud to say that sustainability and environmental mindfulness are at the very heart of their ethos. Aidan’s interactive style of service means he’s on hand to offer insightful details behind each dish as it’s presented, explaining where things were grown or where they came from. This makes the whole experience way more than just a meal.

Bookings are open from 17 April, beginning with Saturday lunch services from 2pm. This will be with a reduced capacity. The seven course tasting menu will be served al fresco in the picturesque garden of our secret new location, and bookings can be made here!

Then from Friday 21 May Eleven 98 will be moving back indoors for Friday and Saturday night 7pm slots, continuing with the reduced capacity.

If you’d like to book out the whole table during April, May or early to mid-June, just get in touch with Aidan via his Private Dining page here.

From 25 June Eleven98 hopes to be able to return to full capacity with no restrictions.


Swamp Motel

LOCATION Live stream
DATES Various
PRICE from £45
BOOK https://swampmotel.co.uk/live

Swamp Motel creates entertainment that blurs boundaries between theatre, film and gaming. By giving audiences a pivotal role within story-worlds, Swamp Motel’s innovative productions are always live, social and thrilling whether experiencing them from your sofa, your desk or in an unexpected venue.

Their online experiences combine the artistry of immersive theatre with the thrill of an escape room, made for the internet. Their theatrical events allow audiences to experience new and existing stories in the most unexpected ways, made for live.

Choose from either

Plymouth Point
The Mermaids Tongue
The Kindling Hour


Doctor Who Time Fracture

TAKING BOOKINGS NOW

DATES 26 May onwards
PERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday to Sunday at 6.30PM, 7.15PM & 8PM
Matinees: Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays at 12.30PM. 1.15PM and 2PM
LOCATION 19 South Molton Lane, London, W1K 5LE
PRICE £47- £57 plus booking fee.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW BOOK VIA https://www.immersivedoctorwho.com

#BeTheHero  #immersivedoctorwho

Doctor Who: Time Fracture, a new immersive theatrical event from the team behind The Great Gatsby, the UK’s longest running immersive show. Officially licensed by BBC Studios, Doctor Who: Time Fracture will take place at Immersive | LDN, a former military drill hall dating back to 1890, from 17 February 2021, with tickets available through to 11 April 2021.

1940 – it’s the height of the Blitz. A weapon of unknown origin destroys a small corner of Mayfair, and simultaneously opens up a rift in space and time. For decades, UNIT has fought to protect the people of Earth from the dangers it poses, but they’ve been beaten back as the fracture multiplies out of control.

Earth as we know it is at stake – now is the time for you to step up and be the hero. Travelling to impossible places, confronting menacing monsters and ancient aliens along the way, it’s a journey across space and time to save our race, and our beautiful planet.

Featuring an original story arc, Doctor Who: Time Fracture will invite audiences to become immersed in the world of Doctor Who. Placed at the heart of the story, audiences will meet Daleks, Cybermen, Time Lords and many other strange and mysterious characters as they travel across space and time to discover amazingly realised worlds and undertake a mission to save the universe as we know it.

Doctor Who:  Time Fracture will allow guests to meet a character from Time Lord Victorious, BBC Studios’ brand new multi-platform Doctor Who story.

Working in close collaboration with BBC Studios, Director Tom Maller (Secret Cinema’s Casino Royale, 28 Days Later, Blade Runner), writer Daniel Dingsdale (Dark Tourism, Stardust, The Drop Off) BBC consultant James Goss (Dirk Gently, Torchwood), Production Designer Rebecca Brower and the creative team at Immersive Everywhere will bring to vivid life the worlds of Doctor Who giving audiences a chance to experience the Doctor’s adventures like never before.

Director, Tom Maller said:

“We are incredibly excited to be at the creative helm of this project. It has been an enjoyable experience already, working with BBC Studios to make sure Doctor Who: Time Fracture not only meets the extremely high expectations of fans, but exceeds them.

Writer Daniel Dingsdale added:

“Drawing from the rich legacy of Doctor Who, which spans over half a century, we are creating an adventure that will entertain both fans that have immersed themselves in the show’s universe for years, and audience members who will walk in from the street having never seen an episode. It’s going to be an absolute blast.”

Louis Hartshorn, joint CEO of Immersive Everywhere said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with BBC Studios to bring the incredible universe of Doctor Who to life in a way that only immersive theatre can. We can’t wait for audiences to step into the world of The Doctor, and find themselves closer to the action than ever before, in this expansive and ambitious new show.

Based on everything we know now, we are confident that Doctor Who: Time Fracture will be able to go ahead as planned in early 2021 and will be taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our audiences and full creative team.”

Doctor Who: Time Fracture will take place whilst adhering to the social distancing guidelines announced by the UK Government this month. Immersive Everywhere will also be operating a no-questions-asked exchange policy where customers who are no longer able to attend can exchange their ticket for an equivalent ticket on an alternative date.


WEST END MUSICALS SILENT DISCO WALKING TOUR charity supporting

DATE Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 14:30
DURATION OF TOUR 2 hrs & 30 mins
BOOK VIA www.silenttours.net/tours/west-end-musical-silent-disco-walking-tour

MUCH LOVED WEST END EVENT REOPENS TO GIVE THEATRE LOVERS A TASTE OF THE WEST END WHILST THEATRES REMAIN CLOSED

£5 FROM EVERY TICKET SOLD WILL BE DONATED TO THE THEATRE ARTIST’S FUND

Silent Tours, producers of Silent Disco Walking Tours (Westend)  Trip Advisor’s number 1 ranked walking tour for London is delighted to announce the team will once again lead musical theatre lovers through the streets of London, as restrictions on outdoor entertainment are lifted.

As musical theatre enthusiasts are unable to go to an indoor venue to see shows, Silent Disco Walking Tours, which has been running for two years, offer the chance for audiences to get their musical theatre fix safely, as they are taken on an all singing, all dancing tour of the West End. 

Visiting 20 theatres across the West End, guests are given commentary, facts, anecdotes along the way all of which make up a fascinating and vibrant history of London’s theatre.

In between stops, audiences listen to musical tracks selected from shows that are playing or have played at each of the venues via a Silent Disco headset. Attendees are encouraged to sing, dance and have fun throughout as they experience a slice of musical theatre, whilst maintaining social distancing.

Producer and tour host Shaun Ames said “whilst the recent government grant to the arts has been celebrated and welcomed, theatres and indeed all arts venues wait anxiously for news on how the funds will be allocated. As we cautiously welcome a return to the possibility of indoor performances, we’re well aware that for theatres, most will find the need for social distancing prohibitive, which is likely to mean that doors remain shut for months to come.

We hope that by relaunching our tours, we can not only provide musical theatre lovers with a chance to experience a slice of the West End in a socially distanced and responsible way, but also give people a chance to learn the rich history of West End Theatre and to understand how vital a part of both the culture and the economy it really is. In addition, we plan to give back what we can by donating a portion of the ticket sale to the Theatre Artist’s fund”

Tickets cost £24 for a tour that lasts between two hours and two and a half hours, £5 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Theatre Artist’s fund (https://theatreartists.fund) which has been set up by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK whilst theatres cannot operate.

As an outside event, Silent Disco Walking Tours are fully able to go ahead in compliance with government guidelines – by ensuring that all guests wear face masks – provided by the company and each tour has reduced its capacity to 16 people per tour.


When: various dates throughout the year
Location: various locations

Love cookery books, love cooking, love socialising then you will love The Cookbook Circle club.

The Cookbook Circle club in for fans of eating, cooking and meeting new people. But mostly eating.

The Cookbook Circle was created by Victoria Durant and Hannah Quinn – two people slightly obsessed with recipes, new places to eat and ogling Instagram posts of delicious things. 

Victoria and Hannah’s mission is to bring people together and get everyone cooking using the cookbooks that they have currently, rather than always buying new ones. Each month they bring a new theme and members get together, cooking a dish from a recipe found in a cookery book (or online!) and socialise. It can be sweet, savoury, veggie, vegan or meaty. As The Cookbook Circle is all about cooking, eating, exploring, discovering and socialising.

So grab your cookbook, dust it off and show it some love and share your dish with others. As every month at The Cookbook Circle it is all about eating and discovering new dishes which we have made from one of those books that we may of neglected.

With a different theme every month the question is what will you cook and what new recipes will you discover whilst eating, sipping and socialising at The Cookbook Circle?

February’s theme is comfort food – because it’s still winter and we need cheering up.

​Bring along a comforting dish on February 24 at 7pm, as well as the cookbook it’s from (if you feel like it). Recipe cards are provided so you can take down any dish that caught your eye and tickled your taste buds on the night.   

Members who attend will get lots to eat (and leftovers to take home) and a lovely community to share your love of food.

Discover more via https://www.thecookbookcircle.com

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