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The Muppets hit London: What do Henson’s heroes want from their trip?

Posted at 3:30 pm, March 28, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Muppets hit London.

To mark the release of ‘Muppets: Most Wanted’, Jim Henson’s colourful assortment of heroes travelled to London in search of drums, swamps and high end fashion. Being the generous folk we are, here at Time Out we did our best to help them get what they wanted, especially Animal, he looked at us weird. 

 

Animal, Muppet

Dear Time Out,

WANT DRUMS NOW!

ANIMAL

Dear Animal,
Manners are of paramount importance in British culture. You’d do well do learn your pleases and thank yous. We’ll forgive you, though, because you’re so bloomin’ adorable! Wembley Drum Centre is what you’re after: the shop is absolutely huge and you can bash away at everything until you’re red in the face. Oh, you already are? For some really out-there percussive action, you should head to Dalston’s Café Oto. Its programme is packed with committed kit-botherers,there’s not much to break in the place and your weird hair will fit right in

Kermit the Frog

Dear Time Out,

I love London! The weather here reminds me of back home. But sometimes I like to find a nice quiet spot to soak, visit my British cousins and hide from, uh, pigs. Any ideas?

Kermit the Frog

Dear Kermit,
Hiding from the pigs? We hear you. Give Scotland Yard a swerve, and head to the watery wonderland of London Wetland Centre’s Pond Zone in Barnes. One of the world’s most high-tech swamps, it has underwater cameras you can control and loads of pond-dipping activities to take part in. The rest of the Wetland Centre is equally enthralling, with all manner of delights from birds to otters. You’ll be in frog (not hog) heaven.

The Great Gonzo

Dear Time Out,

I’m planning a simple get-together so that several thousand friends can come watch as I once again attempt to defy gravity and sanity with one of my world famous daredevil and performance art shows. But I need just the right venue, the kind thrillseeking Londoners will flock to in droves (or cabs). Whatcha got? 

The Great Gonzo

Dear Gonzo,
You mad loon, you’ll do yourself a mischief if you’re not careful. So we have something daring, but safe, in mind for you: scaling the heights of the Millennium Dome. Up at the O2 offers 90 minute expeditions over its roof of with incredible views across the city. If you want a venue for Saturday night that’s equally hair-raising, but more intimate,may we suggest the N41 night bus?

Fozzie Bear

Dear Time Out,

My nephews are with me in London. They know that I’m a world-famous comic (Two peanuts were walking down the street… one was a-salted! Wocka wocka!). And while I’ve taught them everything I know about comedy, they want to know more. Is there any place where they can learn the fine art of British comedy?

Fozzie Bear

Dear Fozzie Bear,
Take your nephews to a comedy workshop aimed at little ’uns called Comedy 4 Kids at Soho Theatre. They get a chance to do their own sets if their jokes measure up (sure any relative of yours will be fine). If you want more, try Knock2Bag, which stages big-name gigs in Bethnal Green and Shepherd’s Bush. Ultimately, though, almost everyone in London is a brilliant comedian.

Miss Piggy

Dear Time Out,

Anyone can shop for British fashion in Britain, but as a diva I like to be difficult and so I want to know the best place in London to see something more, well glamorous. Capeesh? I trust you’ll want to make moi happy with an answer. 

Fabulously yours,

Miss Piggy

Dear Miss Piggy,
Mais oui, bien sûr! If you hanker for high-end couture, trot gracefully down to the V&A for its new show, ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014’ which opens on April 5. Those Europeans sure know how to dress. Armani, Gucci,Fendi, Prada… You just won’t be able to actually wear any of it. If you simply must try before you buy, this city’s streetmarkets offer a host of non-fake designer desirables and their stallholders have endless patience for the diva-ish customer.

Dr Honeydew and Beaker

Dear Time Out,

Greetings! As world renowned scientists, my assistant Beaker and I are always interested in discovering the best places to watch science-in-action, or at least see things smashing into each other real fast. Where can we go to see such a thing?(MEEP! MEEP!)

Scientifically yours,

Dr Bunsen Honeydew & Beaker

Dear Dr Bunsen and Beaker,
If it’s collisions you’re after, head down Oxford Street and watch people trying to walk and text at the same time. It’s like Brownian motion! For something more boffin-y, our wonderful Science Museum has a show based around Switzerland’s fiendish Large Hadron Collider. The things colliding may be tinier than atoms, but they still smack together with enough force tomake some people worried they might destroy us all. The show will really light a fire under your test tube, and you’ll feel like a proper meddler-with-nature in a particle physics lab. Just don’t touch that button, whatever you do.

‘Muppets:Most Wanted’  is out in cinemas on March 28.

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