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 Hartnett 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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…
I think we all got a bit freaked out last Thursday when weather reports suggested that we were going to be hit by an enormous storm surge. And then the apocalyptic storm came and went and we weren’t all underwater. We got off pretty lucky and it’s all thanks to the Thames Barrier. Many parts of the UK were left devastated as one of the worst storms in 60 years rampaged through the country on Thursday and Friday.
The Environment Agency predicted the tidal surge could be worse than the one that hit in 1953, when over 300 people died and tens of thousands of homes were destroyed. As a result, the alarming decision was taken on Thursday to close the 520 metre-long barrier to protect London from the estimated flood chaos (as illustrated in the picture above).
Good call guys! Chief executive of The Environment Agency Dr Paul Leinster said of the measures taken to save the capital: ‘We estimate that at least 800,000 homes and businesses have been protected by flood schemes in the past 24 hours.’
We thank you Thames Barrier!
They might have internal satnavs, but what do London’s cabbies really know about the city? From good fish suppers to bad loo breaks and worse passengers, four of London’s finest share what they’ve learned on the job. Interviews by Eddy Frankel.
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There’s a growing trend for French Dips in London – where sliced meat is dipped backed into its cooking juices before being put into a sandwich. The latest place to get on board is Dip & Flip. One half burger joint (where the patties – beef, chicken and veggie – are of course ‘flipped’), one half hot sarnie joint (there are currently two choices of ‘dips’ – lamb and beef, both served with a small side of gravy for extra dipping), it’s perfectly pitched between the pubs and bars of the Northcote Road and the commuter spill-out of Clapham Junction station. Read the full post…