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Friday, 24 June 2016

Ab Fab stars to appear at London Pride

Join Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone as they add an Absolutely Fabulous sparkle to the Pride Parade in London 2016 with Stoli® Vodka


Absolutely Fabulous is back with a bang! Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone will be making an exclusive appearance to ensure Pride 2016 gets off to an electric start! The nation’s favourite fashion icons will be launching the Absolutely Fabulous in association with Stoli float, created to celebrate the release of Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (In cinemas 1st July), which is set to be a highlight of this year’s event. 

Created in partnership between Stoli and Fox Searchlight Pictures, the float will embody all the glitz, glamour and style associated with the iconic series and its much-loved cast. The float will party its way through central London on 25 June in celebration of the LGBT community, as part of the largest UK Pride event which attracts over 1,000,000 visitors each year. 

Stoli is delighted to be continuing their relationship with Sink The Pink, the infamous East London performance collective and LGBT movement who will add their unique edge to the float via a troupe of Ab Fab inspired performers. Prepare to be dazzled as a whole host of Patsy and Eddie lookalikes recreate iconic looks from across the years, whilst performing to a soundtrack mixed from behind a pair of giant red lips by iconic LGBT-scene DJ Jodie Harsh, who also has a cameo appearance in the film. 

Looking for an after party? Those that work up a thirst whilst watching the parade can head to Freedom Bar in Soho, the exclusive Stoli Ab Fab hub, to try out a series of specially created Stoli cocktails inspired by the movie. Cocktails include the ‘Sweetie Darling’, ‘The Bombshell’ and the classic ‘Stoli Boli’.

Set for release on the 1 July 2016, the Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie follows Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) who are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. But when they accidentally push Kate Moss into the river Thames at an uber fashionable launch party, Eddy and Patsy become entangled in a media storm surrounding the supermodel’s untimely demise and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more! 24 JUNE 2016 London Pride Parade takes place on June 25th. 





Karaoke Booth Hire for Up to 15 With Pizza and Cocktails at The Old School Yard (Up to 87% Off)

The Deal

The Old School Yard

School Disco Nights and Gaming events are regularly on the calendar at The Old School Yard where they play party tunes for the young at heart. The bar prides itself on its retro vibe and puts on plenty of entertainment for diners and drinkers, all within a short walk of Borough and London Bridge stations.
Karaoke, Pizza and Cocktails

Wimbledon Themed Afternoon Tea with Pimm's for Two or Four at 4* Amba Hotel, Charing Cross (45% Off)

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Amba Hotel Charing Cross, London

Amba Hotel Charing Cross, London is a four star Victorian hotel, housed within a Grade II listed building. It offers a range of guest rooms featuring flat-screen TVs and Nespresso coffee machines. Guests can visit the hotel's restaurant to enjoy a wide array of dishes and afternoon teas, while the bar serves up a selection of cocktails. The venue also boats a variety of function rooms that can play host to events such as weddings and business meetings.
Wimbledon Themed Afternoon Tea

Three or Six Cocktails at The Escapologist, Covent Garden (Up to 65% Off)

The Escapologist is a new cocktail den, based in the former headquarters of a Victorian secret society. The bar is part of the Adventure Bar Group with bars located on several London locations, such as Clapham, Battersea and Covent Garden. The bar serves a wide array of cocktails, spirits and wines that can be combined with a choice of 12-inch pizzas and desserts. The venue also offers room hire for private parties and events.

Picnic in the Sky with Cocktails for Two at Michelin-Starred Galvin at Windows, Park Lane (Up to 52% Off)

The Deal

  • Two guests can sip on a choice of cocktai each and share a six-piece picnic hamper
  • Picnic hamper for two includes: mini burger | sausage roll or Scotch egg | gazpacho or chilled soup | crudites with dip | Korean chicken | strawberries and cream
  • Choice of cocktails includes: Pimm’s | Aperol spritz | mojito
  • Alternatively guests can opt for a bottle of beer or a glass of house wine

Galvin at Windows

Fine dining is paired with fine views at this critically-acclaimed, Michelin-starred, triple-AA-Rosette-winning behemoth of a restaurant. Set on the 28th floor of the Hilton Park Lane, the restaurant offers panoramic views over Hyde Park and London's iconic skyline. In-between trying to spot their house, diners can savour the fruit of the kitchen's equally lofty ambitions in the form of bold, creative takes on classic French haute cuisine. The 1930s – almost Gatsbian – decor, the well-considered wine and cocktail list and the award-winning service are other standout features of this dining emporium.
Picnic in the Sky with Cocktails

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Design Museum - Goodbye Shad Thames

Goodbye Shad Thames

When the Design Museum opened its doors in a former banana ripening warehouse, transformed into a 'Bauhaus on the Thames', Shad Thames was still a no go area, of abandoned warehouses, and empty lots. The whole area has been transformed in the last quarter of a century. We will miss the river, and the views, but we are looking forward to a new home that will serve us even better.

- Deyan Sudjic, Director

Moving Sale

With only two weeks left at Shad Thames new lines have been added to the moving sale and prices further reduced. Plumen Drop Top Shade was £55.95,  now £30.
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Become a Member

Experience the new Design Museum first by becoming a member. Join now and you will receive an invitation to an exclusive Members’ Preview, giving you a sneak peek of the new Design Museum before it opens to the public. From 1 July the relaunched membership scheme offers access to even more exhibitions and a brand new Members' Room. Your membership will be valid for a year beginning 24 November.
 
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Cycle Revolution

Last chance to catch Cycle Revolution before the museum closes on 30 June. Celebrate the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition and see where design and innovation may take the riders of the future. 
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Hello, My Name is Paul Smith

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith continues its worldwide tour with a three-venue stop in Japan. The Design Museum’s Director, Deyan Sudjic delivered a talk at The Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto entitled Paul Smith’s Britain, and how it changed the world. The talk explored how Paul’s style has reflected the changes in Britain as a centre of design, fashion, music and style.
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On Loan

From July, the Design Museum will be On Loan to you before opening on 24 November 2016. Look out for events, talks and pop-up exhibitions in the coming months. In July, the museum will be hosting a talk at New Designers exploring this year's Designer in Residence theme - Open.
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Somerset House - London Design Biennale 2016 - Tickets On Sale Now

London Design Biennale 2016
Book now for London’s major new design event taking over the whole of Somerset House in September. See monumental installations from some of the world’s best designers, from thirty five countries including Austria, Israel, South Africa, Albania and USA, presenting newly commissioned works that explore the theme Utopia by Design.

Austria - mischertraxler studio LeveL
Austria
mischertraxler
mischertraxler’s large-scale kinetic lighting installation is set in motion by the smallest changes to the air current around it. Its form unwittingly created by the viewers’ movements to produce a state of constant flux that is both graceful and chaotic.
Israel - Aid Drop Yaniv Kadosh ACT Shenkar ┬ ®SashaFlit
Israel
ACT Shenkar
ACT Shenkar presents two innovative projects: a device for parachuting supplies into disaster areas, and Louder, a pair of speakers designed for deaf people, one a floor surface that transmits vibrations felt through the feet and the other a visual speaker with textures that move in response to rhythms and beats.
South Africa - Porky Hefer: Pelicanus Iris - Image © Adriaan Louw
South Africa
Porky Hefer
Porky Hefer will be exhibiting his signature hanging constructions that are both working seats and fantastical creatures. Hefer’s playful nests are symptomatic of a new era in South African design that is built around themes of equality and unity.
Albania ® Helidon Xhixha
Albania
Helidon Xhixha
Helidon Xhixha’s installation takes the Renaissance city layout – built around a central core – as its starting point.  Using his trademark reflective surfaces, the installation is a space for both interaction and personal reflection (literal and metaphorical), highlighting the need for a cohesive society in the midst of a migration crisis.
USA - Installation view of Immersion Room - Photo Matt Flynn ® 2014 CooperHewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
USA
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Cooper Hewitt’s immersion room will envelop you in a truly sensory and interactive experience using digital pens. Visitors will be able create their own personal utopias in this 360 degree installation.

Tickets £15 (concessions available)
Booking fees apply

London Design Biennale is part of UTOPIA 2016: A Year of Imagination and Possibility
UTOPIA 2016

Transport for London - Weekend travel information 25/26 June 2016

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Weekly travel update to help you get around London this weekend, 25-26 June. Most of the network will be open with services running as normal, but please check if any of the following affect you.





London Underground


We are undertaking a comprehensive improvement programme across London’s transport network, including the modernisation of the Tube.

For a map showing the planned line closures for this weekend and also bus replacement information, please click here


Circle line
There will be no service on the entire line. This is to allow us to carry out station improvement work at Moorgate, Barbican and Liverpool Street and track replacement work at Aldgate.

District line
Trains will not run between Tower Hill and Barking while we carry out track replacement work at Aldgate East and Plaistow as well as Crossrail construction work at Whitechapel and station improvement work at Stepney Green.

Hammersmith & City line
There will be no service between King’s Cross St. Pancras and Barking. This is to allow us to carry out track replacement work at Aldgate East and Plaistow as well as Crossrail construction work at Whitechapel and station improvement work at Stepney Green.

Metropolitan line
Trains will not run between King’s Cross St. Pancras and Aldgate. This is to allow us to carry out station improvement work at Moorgate, Barbican and Liverpool Street and track replacement work at Aldgate.




London Overground


On Saturday and Sunday, there will be no service between Highbury & Islington and Shadwell due to Crossrail construction work and Shepherd’s Bush and Willesden Junction, due to Network Rail infrastructure work.

On Saturday, trains will not run between Surrey Quays and New Cross, due to Crossrail construction work.

On Sunday, there will be no service between New Cross Gate and Crystal Palace/West Croydon, due to Network Rail track work.
 
Until February 2017, there are closures on the Gospel Oak to Barking line as follows:
 Trains will not run between South Tottenham and Barking for the entire period
 At weekends, there will be no service between Gospel Oak and Barking
This is while Network Rail carry out major works to enable new, longer trains to run from 2018. For more information, please click here





TfL Rail


On Sunday, there will be no service between Liverpool Street and Shenfield until 08:30, due to Network Rail overhead power and track work.

For the latest status update on London Underground, London Overground and TfL Rail this weekend, please click here

For an overview of planned track closures for the next six months, please click here





Buses


Bus users may be affected by the following this weekend. While we will try to maintain a good service, buses may be delayed or stop short of their normal destination:

Hayes - From 23:00 tomorrow, Friday, until 05:00 on Saturday, and at the same times on Sunday/Monday, M4 will be closed eastbound between junctions 3 and 2. This is for resurfacing works.

Wembley - From 15:00 until around midnight on Friday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including the A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to events.

Central London - From 06:00 until 20:00 on Saturday, there will be various road closures in the area, including Whitehall, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, and parts of Oxford Street. This is for a parade. For more information, including affected bus routes, please visit tfl.gov.uk/weekend

Greenwich - From 06:00 until 22:00 on Saturday, there will be road closures in place for an event, including College Approach, King William Walk and Greenwich Church Street.

Morden - From 09:00 until 13:00 on Saturday, there will be road closures in the area, including A24 London Road northbound, at the junction with Central Road, and southbound at the junction with Morden Hall Road. This is for a march.

Central London - From 07:00 until 13:00 on Sunday, Pall Mall will be closed westbound at the junction of Waterloo Place. This is for an event.

Wimbledon - From Monday until 10 July, traffic is likely to be busy in Southfields, Wimbledon Village and town centre. Parking restrictions will also be in place. This is due to the Wimbledon tennis championships.

To check whether your bus is affected this weekend, please click here





Roads


Road users may be affected by the following this weekend:

Hayes - From 23:00 tomorrow, Friday, until 05:00 on Saturday, and at the same times on Sunday/Monday, M4 will be closed eastbound between junctions 3 and 2. This is for resurfacing works.

Wembley - From 15:00 until around midnight on Friday, roads around the stadium will be busier than usual, including the A406, Harrow Road and Wembley High Road. This is due to events.

Central London - From 06:00 until 20:00 on Saturday, there will be various road closures in the area, including Whitehall, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, and parts of Oxford Street. This is for a parade. For more information, please visit tfl.gov.uk/weekend

Greenwich - From 06:00 until 22:00 on Saturday, there will be road closures in place for an event, including College Approach, King William Walk and Greenwich Church Street.

Morden - From 09:00 until 13:00 on Saturday, there will be road closures in the area, including A24 London Road northbound, at the junction with Central Road, and southbound at the junction with Morden Hall Road. This is for a march.

Central London - From 07:00 until 13:00 on Sunday, Pall Mall will be closed westbound at the junction of Waterloo Place. This is for an event.

Wimbledon - From Monday until 10 July, traffic is likely to be busy in Southfields, Wimbledon Village and town centre. Parking restrictions will also be in place. This is due to the Wimbledon tennis championships.

For the latest status update on road travel this weekend, please click here





Santander Cycles


The following docking stations will be out of service this weekend:
 Derry Street, Abingdon Green, Broadwick Street, Moor Street, Frith Street, Wardour Street, Golden Square, Soho Square and Portland Place, for events
 All Saints Road, for resurfacing
 
For the latest update on docking station availability, please click here
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BBC Audience - Join Dr John Cooper Clarke as he records his new show for BBC Radio 4

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Dr John Cooper Clarke at the BBC
The Bard of Salford has lived a full and fascinating life. He's spent the last three decades distilling his experiences into some of the funniest and most accessible poetry of the past 50 years and his work is as relevant as ever, recently featuring on albums by the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B; on numerous TV shows including The Sopranos and even popping up in the GCSE syllabus.

Dr John Cooper Clarke at the BBC will find Britain's foremost alternative national treasure doing what he does best; cracking jokes, telling stories and performing verse from his legendary back catalogue of world class poetry.

"We comedians looked at him as someone who'd been there and done that, if he never wrote a poem in his life he'd still be a star as a stand-up." Arthur Smith

"1979 or 1980 people became aware of the alternative comedy thing happening - Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall, The Comic Strip - but people do forget there was someone ahead of the curve there: it was John Cooper Clarke." Stewart Lee

"He was a huge inspiration for me." Bill Bailey

"I wouldn't denigrate him by calling him just a comedian. He does more than comedy, he transcends it." Steve Coogan

Dates: Saturday 2 & 9 July
Venue: BBC Radio Theatre
Doors open: 8.15pm
Recording starts: 8.30pm

To apply for tickets, visit bbc.co.uk/showsandtours.

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