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The Mince Pie Project isn’t just about stuffing spiced sweet treats int your gob. That’s part of it, naturally, but this is eating with a purpose. The project, now running for its third year, auctions off creative mince pies from 100 top chefs (Michel Roux Jr, Lorraine Pascale, and Raymond Blanc to name just a few) for charity.
Each chef creates two boxes of their signature pies, one is auctioned off to the highest bidder (last year Duck and Waffle’s Dan Doherty’s gingerbread mince pies went for a staggering £1,900) and the other is put into a raffle so anyone can get involved at just £2 a ticket. This year they’ll be supporting Food Cycle and Kids Company. Last year they raised a whopping £30,000 for charity and the project is hoping it can surpass that this Christmas. Get your paddles prepped and let the bidding commence…
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If your favourite bit about clubbing is waking up with overwhelming nausea, a headache and a mouth drier than an old toasted sandwich, ‘conscious clubbing’ probably isn’t for you. But for everyone who loves the dancing and hates the hangover, please read on.
The angelic clubbers at Morning Glory are back with a Christmas Special tomorrow morning (Dec 11) at Oval Space, bringing the usual free wake-up massage station, a superfood smoothie bar, coffee kiosk and motivating dance team. You and 800 other clubbers will be blasted with music from The Loose Cannons, DJ Annie O and DJ Charlie Chuckles as you party from 6.30am until 10.30am, leaving the club feeling refreshed and full of endorphins, rather than a pukey, kebab-smeared mess. Ally Swadling
Get your tickets at morningglory7.brownpapertickets.com and read about our previous experiences at Morning Glory.
We all love facts about our fair city so here’s some nice London trivia to start your week. These are sure to impress your colleagues at a dull work Xmas lunch… Read the full post…
It might not surprise you to hear that the London Dungeon is shunning traditional Christmas festivities this year. That’s right, no jolly men dressed up as Saint Nick, no sweet little elves, and certainly no angels. Instead, they’ve gone for a scary alternative that will take visitors back 200 years and lead them through a terrifying tale of icy murder.
Guests will be suspected and questioned, before a haunting meeting with the Ghost of Christmas herself. There will then be the opportunity to ‘meet’ some of London’s creepiest criminals in the depths of the dungeons – Sweeney Todd, Jack the Ripper, and Mrs Lovett to name a few – which should provide an alternative to the usual seasonal merriment.
Do you dare? If so, The Ghost of Christmas runs at the London Dungeon from December 2 to January 5.
Do you run an exciting business that you reckon could go far? Even further than ‘The Apprentice’ finalists and their ideas for a retail marketing headhunting e-commerce telecommunications platform? Then the good folks at The Camden Collective may be able to help.
They’re about to launch C/159 – a pop-up marketplace with 3,000 square feet of space to showcase the best new, creative London retailers, and they’re looking for applicants to run permanent market stalls between February and October 2014. The marketplace has been created inside a disused shop and now has space to house 10 stalls of varying size. Sounds more fun than a stint in Lord Sugar’s boardroom, if you ask us. Lois Bryson-Edmett
If you reckon your business could profit from a spot on Camden High Street, submit an application at camdencollective.co.uk
Everyone needs a jeans line. Or, if you prefer big words, a ‘diffusion’ line. It allows the hoi polloi to have a little taste of what you offer, with reduced formality and a reduced price tag, whether it’s a dress or a restaurant. In the case of Angela Hartnett, it means creating Café Murano, a casual spin-off of her smart Italian eatery Murano. Not that this is any ordinary caff – oh no, this is where the original Pétrus once sat, where Gordon Ramsay trained disciples including Harnett and Marcus Wareing, back when they were all still talking to each other.
Does this new incarnation live up to its fabled history? Read our review of Café Murano.
Milk, white, dark, orange, mint, hazelnut, chilli and salt – we could go on. Chocolate has come a long way since its Mayan beginnings. There’s an abundance of flavours, a multitude of brands and it’s available pretty much any way you like it, including raw. It’s fair to say we’re a world that can’t get enough of the sweet stuff. There’s even festivals to celebrate all things cocoa.
As part of London’s Chocolate Festival, Unreal City Audio and Cocoa Hernando have produced a theatrical tour of Georgian London’s chocolate houses. The tour will feature Aztec slaves, dukes, Spanish conquistadors and, of course, chocolate. Led by Dr Matthew Green, the tour offers a glimpse into the world of gambling and depravity at establishments such as ‘White’s Chocolate House’. Participants will also get to sample authentic hot chocolate from the era, including ‘Monsieur St Disdier’s Baroque Chocolate’ (1692), which promises to be a cut above your standard cup of Bournville.
The tours will take place on December 14/15 (11.30am and 2pm), starting at St James’s Church, Piccadilly. Tickets are £15 and can be purchased from unrealcityaudio.co.uk
Nothing says ‘whoa, it’s December’ like a bumper crop of film and TV releases. In the week’s Time Out magazine, we’ve chatted to a chap who’s in two of the biggies coming up this month. Martin Freeman is the man of the moment with ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug‘ opening this Friday Dec 13 and the new series of ‘Sherlock’ making a welcome return to our screens on New Year’s Day. In our interview, he talks about fans imagining him and Sherlock having sex and how he enjoys fighting wargs (giant wolves kept by orcs).
Elsewhere in the mag, we find the best 24-hour eateries in London, reveal London’s best independent shopping streets and go behind the scenes at ‘Fuerzabruta‘. We also talk to Idris Elba about playing the late Nelson Mandela, reveal our albums and dancefloor fillers of the year, review theatrical vampire fest ‘Let the Right One In‘ and count down London’s top 10 cock-ups.
Grab your magazine at your local tube station this morning or pick it up from one of hundreds of locations across London, or subscribe for 50p a week.
Looking for fun stuff to do this week? Why not let us be your guide. Here’s what our editors recommend in the worlds of film, music, clubbing, cabaret, comedy, theatre, art, and good old television. Enjoy!
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If you need another excuse to stuff your face this month (we doubt it), it’s time for another birthday in the Meat Liquor family and you know what that means – 50 percent off! Hot off the heels of the original Meat Liquor’s second birthday last month, Hoxton’s Meat Mission is turning one this week and they’re offering half price food for everyone who books a table on Sunday December 15 – and who brings in a balloon.
Book ASAP on email@example.com as judging by the queues at the last birthday celebration, tables will be snapped up quicker than you can scoff a deep fried pickle.
It’s always difficult to know exactly what to do with leftover sprouts at Christmas. Do you go all Ottolenghi and disguise them with fancy condiments to feed to your relatives on Boxing Day? Or give them to the dog and hope it doesn’t squit in front of the fireplace? How about using them to light up your Christmas tree instead? Unlikely as it seems, you may be able to do just that very soon. Because clever clogs from The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair have built the world’s first ‘Brussels sprouts battery’, which was used to illuminate an eight-foot fir on the South Bank for 24 hours last week. Here comes the science bit: copper and zinc electrodes pierce 1,000 sprouts, creating a chemical reaction that generates a 63-volt current – enough to make the LED lights twinkle with sprout goodness. But what will the creators do if it ends up breaking down? Not a problem: they can just eat them all and create their own wind turbine instead. Alexi Duggins
Friday December 13 is Christmas Jumper Day, helping to raise money for Save the Children. It’s basically a ‘put on a Christmas Jumper and give some money to charity’ type of deal.
But if your wardrobe lacks a chunky festive knit then you’re going to have to invest in one. Here are a few suggestions… Read the full post…