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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Pasta for Two £9 or Four £18 Spagbowl - Moorgate

Spagbowl

Moorgate-located Spagbowl offers a wide selection of traditional Italian cuisine. The lunchtime menu includes pastas, salads and sandwiches, while customers can also choose to start their morning with a cup of aromatic coffee and sweet breakfast meals, such as croissants or rice cakes.

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Full menu is available here.

Sharing Platter and Cocktails for Two or Four at The Rising Sun (Up to 54% Off) - Pimlico

Meze and Cocktails, Pimlico

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Choice of platter includes:
  • Meze: halloumi | falafel | jalapeno poppers | cos cos salad | olives | hummus | pitta bread
  • Rising Sun: chicken wings | ribs | onion rings | jalapeno poppers

Stonehenge and Bath Tour for Child or Adult with Premium Tours (50% Off)

Premium Tours

Holding a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Premium Tours is a company that provides a wide range of tourist services, such as tours and hotel reservations. The tours include top tourist destinations in the UK, such as Stonehenge, Bath, Leeds, Windsor and Highclere, as well as various London trips, including open-top bus rides. Those wishing to venture to the other side of the Channel can also participate in a Paris day trip.

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Stonehenge
Stonehenge is home to the famous collection of stones which form one of the most historic monuments in the world. Explorers can ponder the meaning of this Salisbury plain World Heritage site and marvel at its mystery.
Bath
The tour then pulls into the Georgian city of Bath, with plenty of shops, traditional tea houses and classic British pubs to explore. Trip-goers can meander through streets lined with period architecture, visiting the Georgian Pump Room and the city’s 2000-year-old Roman baths with an audio headset.

Somerset House - August: A month of film inspired events and exhibitions

What’s On at Somerset House – August 2016. Image © James Bryant
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
4 - 17 August 2016
Join us for London’s premier outdoor cinema experience, with fourteen nights of cult, contemporary and classic films. Projected on London’s largest outdoor screen in full surround sound, including three UK Premieres with special on-stage introductions, from Pedro Almodóvar at the premiere of Julieta, and Viggo Mortensen, George Mackay & director Matt Ross at the premiere of Captain Fantastic. You can also vote for your favourite Kubrick classic, with the winning film announced on the night.
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick. Image © Peter Macdiarmid
Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick
An exhibition of art inspired by the master filmmaker, in partnership with Canon
until 24 August 2016
West Wing Galleries, West Wing
‘mind-bending and haunting’ – The Telegraph
Don’t miss our major exhibition inspired by master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. This cross-disciplinary exhibition brings together a host of major contemporary artists presenting work in response to the Kubrick archives. See the likes of Joseph Kosuth, Thomas Bangalter and Anish Kapoor in a truly audio-visual experience presented by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder James Lavelle.
Summer Screen Prints
28 July - 17 August 2016
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
Free admission
Print Club London returns with an exhibition of limited edition screen prints inspired by the films ofFilm4 Summer Screen. Seventeen artists have been invited to illustrate a film of their choice from the programme, that will be available to buy in the exhibition. This year there will be a programme of workshops, talks and events running alongside the exhibition as part of Behind The Screen, including live screen-printing on the night of the screenings.
Summer Screen Prints: Film Poster Exhibition
Behind The Screen
Behind the Screen
28 July – 14 August 2016
Expand your Film4 Summer Screen experience and join us for exclusive shorts, insider industry talks and tailored workshops for adults and families, bringing the world of cinema into sharper focus. Learn more about the Victorian’s obsession with vampires, see the best up and coming filmmakers with Film4 and Random Acts shorts, learn how to make a magazine and influence people with Little White Lies and hear High-Rise director Ben Wheatley and producer Andy Starke in conversation, amongst other highlights.
COMPETITION! Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick partners Canon are offering you the chance to win one of ten Canon EOS M10 cameras.
Canon
MORE EVENTS THIS MONTH:

Utopian Voices Here and Now
Until 29 August 2016
Site wide
Free admission
See free displays, installations and performances across our site from a group of contemporary artists, brought together for UTOPIA 2016. This dynamic range of works showcases the utopian visions of young UK-based artists, giving voice to the issues most affecting them today including the body, gender, sexuality and race.

AOI World Illustration Awards Exhibition 2016
in partnership with Directory of Illustration
1 – 29 August 2016
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Free admission
Returning for a fifth year, the World Illustration Awards Exhibition presents highlights from this year’s shortlist of contemporary illustration, entered by emerging and established talent to the Association of Illustrators’ (AOI) annual competition.

Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings
Until 11 September 2016
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
★★★★★The Guardian
Explore an astonishing series of Victorian watercolours by the long-forgotten spiritualist artist, Georgiana Houghton. Detailed explanations on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including several Renaissance artists, as well as higher angelic beings.

Learning
This month we reimagine our exteriors in Robot and Avatar creation workshops for families and young people, explore the cinematic history of the building in spotlight tours and look at the future of UK education in a workshop by Dash & Dem. We also continue looking into the mind of Stanley Kubrick in weekly spotlight tours and listen in on Utopian Voices with an eclectic series of talks.

From our friends at the IWM London
Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies
Until 8 January 2017
See over 200 objects and go behind the scenes of iconic war films including Casablanca, Saving Private Ryan and War Horse, exploring how film-makers have found inspiration from war's inherent drama to translate stories of triumph and tragedy into blockbusters for the big screen.

From our friends at BFI Southbank
Big screen classics at BFI Southbank
Until 31 August 2016
Coinciding with Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, daily screenings this month and next include a host of Kubrick titles ranging from Lolita to Citizen Kane to 2001: A Space Odyssey alongside films the legendary director was inspired by – tickets just £8.

FORTNUM & MASON - NEW for Summer | The BBQ Bucket

Picnic

Picnic season is here at last and to celebrate, we've assembled every al fresco essential required for truly memorable outdoor dining experiences. Explore delicious fresh food, sunny day tipples, our famous Champagne Pops and adventure-ready Picnic hampers, and get lost with Fortnum's this summer.  View All Picnic Items
Celebrate the start of barbecue season with our all-new BBQ Bucket and make the most of the glorious sunshine. After all: Britain love to 'Q... SHOP BBQ BUCKET

Fighting Fit Fencing: Workshop or Four-Week Beginners Course from £25 (71% Off)

The Deal

Beginners can jump straight in to fencing action with the choice of a fast track 3 hour workshop, or a four-week course covering all the basic knowledge needed. A health and safety talk will start things off, followed by understanding footwork and blade basics, and finishing up with duels and prizes for the winners. Participants also receive access to the Fighting Fit membership site as a level one fencer on completion of the training.

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The Merchant

Located close to Caledonian Road Tube, Fighting Fit Fencing instructs participants on the use of entry-level fencing foils. Classes for a range of ability groups and ages are offered, as well as events and membership packages. Fighting Fit are also keen to emphasise the safety of the sport, though some unintentional bumps and bruises might be picked up, as well as the potential cardiovascular, muscular and agility benefits.

Burger, Milkshake and Sides for Two or Four at Meat Rack (Up to 53% Off)

Burger, Milkshake and Sides

Meat Rack

Meat Rack is a restaurant that specialises in serving steak and burger meals. Both meat lovers and vegetarians can find dishes that will suit their preferences, and complement them with a milkshake of their choice. Apart from burgers and steaks, Meat Rack also serves buffalo wings with homemade dips, as well as salads and a variety of sides.

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Milkshakes may include: banana | bubblegum | chocolate | strawberry | vanilla
Sides may include: triple cooked chips | mac and cheese | onion rings | homemade coleslaw

The Golden Hinde II: Golden Tour for One, Two or a Family (Up to 43% Off)

Tour of The Golden Hinde II

The Golden Hinde

A full-scale reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's legendary galleon, The Golden Hinde II drops anchor at Pickford's Wharf near bustling Borough Market, welcoming buccaneers for insightful tours and swashbuckling galas. Just minutes from London Bridge station, this homage to the historic Elizabethan vessel that brought the first Englishman full circle about the globe is also kitted out with a licensed bar serving all manner of pirate grog.

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Double Decker London Bus Tour and Thames Cruise for Adult, Child or a Family (50% Off)

Open Top Vintage Bus Tour: Child (£15), Adult (£20)

Premium Tours

Holding a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Premium Tours is a company that provides a wide range of tourist services, such as tours and hotel reservations. The tours include top tourist destinations in the UK, such as Stonehenge, Bath, Leeds, Windsor and Highclere, as well as various London trips, including open-top bus rides. Those wishing to venture to the other side of the Channel can also participate in a Paris day trip.
Open Top Vintage Bus Tour with Live Professional GuideTake your seat on our beautifully restored double-decker bus and marvel at all of London’s highlights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. What better way to see the highlight of London than from on boards a vintage double-decker bus? Enjoy great views of Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye as we meander through the streets and history of our great city.
Quick Photostop at The Tower of LondonJoin us at the Tower of London that was built nearly a thousand years ago and is now home to the Crown Jewels protected by the famous Beefeaters. The imposing former palace was once used as a fortress and a prison and you can see Traitors Gate where prisoners entered the Tower for the last time!. We stop for photos and a history lesson from the guide before our cruise.
Short Trip on the River ThamesNext we take a short trip on the River Thames (Operated by Thames Clippers) that passes Shakespeare’s Globe, Cleopatra’s Needle and London Bridge before we arrive at Embankment pier, re-join the bus and head for Buckingham Palace.

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the official Royal residence of Her Majesty the Queen, and  we make our way to the perfect spot to watch the world famous Changing of the Guard ceremony as the Queen's soldiers, dressed in their fabulous tunics and busbies march to military music.
- See more at: https://www.premiumtours.co.uk/tours/open-top-london-double-decker-bus-tour#sthash.c3nt6cvj.dpuf

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Choice of Design Workshop for One or Two at Midas Touch Crafts

Lampshade-making

Create bespoke and unique lampshade using the same techniques that the professionals use. Participants will learn all the tips and tricks of the trade from the expert interiors textile designer who will tutor for the day and teach how to beautifully construct a lampshade from scratch to be either hung from a ceiling or attached to a lamp base.
Photo Transferring
The course is designed to enable beginners to the art of photo transferring, to learn all of the basic techniques associated with this craft. Photos transferred onto wood, material, and glass during the course can be taken home
Flower Arranging
Learn all the secrets about the conditioning and choosing of the correct flowers, lines and working with wire, creating the perfect symmetrical vase scene setting table centrepiece as well as the perfect hand tied bouquet

Midas Touch Crafts

The family-run Midas Touch Crafts boasts around three years' experience offering workshops and private classes imparting various crafting knowledge. Designed for students of all ability levels, sessions look at learning various crafts such as making natural beauty products candle making, glass engraving, chocolate making, soap and many more.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gets five star reviews

Jamie Parker as Harry PotterImage copyrightMANUEL HARLAN
Image captionJamie Parker, as Harry Potter, wears the wizard's famous round glasses
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won five-star reviews from critics, with one describing it as "a game-changing production".
The play, written by Jack Thorne, is set 19 years after the seventh and final book in the series by JK Rowling.
It opens officially at the Palace Theatre, in London's West End, on Saturday.
Audiences have been urged to "keep the secrets" since the play began previews in early June.
Presented in two parts, the play - showing the stars of the wizarding saga as adults in their mid-30s as their own children head off to school - stretches over five hours.

'A triumph'

Daily Telegraph critic Dominic Cavendish awarded the play five stars, writing: "British theatre hasn't known anything like it for decades and I haven't seen anything directly comparable in all my reviewing days."
He said "those involved can give themselves a pat on the back", adding: "It's a triumph. Not an unqualified one - there are some quibbles - but in all key respects, it grips, it stirs, it delights."
Cavendish praises the "thrill-a-minute" stage craft which sees pupils heading to Hogwarts, at the start of the play, change into school uniforms "in the blink of an eye" as they head to the infamous Platform 9¾ to make their way to school.
The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildImage copyrightMANUEL HARLAN
Image captionJamie Parker as Harry Potter, centre, speaking to Sam Clemmett as Albus in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildImage copyrightMANUEL HARLAN
Image captionPupils at Hogwarts stand under banners of the four school houses
The Stage also gives a five-star review, with Mark Shenton describing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - co-devised by Rowling, with director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne - as a "truly game-changing production and a thrilling theatrical endeavour".
It is an "entirely original" piece of work, with "Dickensian sweep and momentum to the storytelling", writes Shenton, adding: "It earns its place on the stage, feeling distinct from both the books and the screen adaptations.
"By turns playful and gripping, disturbing and detailed, poignant and powerful, it is superb family entertainment."
Shenton also praises "the theatrical wizards who've created this stunningly-realised alternative universe deliver one coup de theatre after another".
In a nod to the Kings Cross platform number, Ann Treneman gives the play four and three-quarters stars in The Times, saying the "wizardry on display" is "out of this world".
She says the plot is complex ("there are mazes that are more straightforward") but adds: "It's a raunchless Game of Thrones with heart. Crucially, it's authentic Potter but, most importantly, it's new.
"It's not the movie of the book. It's the real deal, live in front of you, so much better than any film could be."

'Fan service'

In The Guardian, Michael Billington noted the Cursed Child will make more sense to "hardened Potterheads", but applauded Tiffany for directing a "thrilling theatrical spectacle", giving it four stars.
He praised the strong performances that meant acting was central to the story, despite the dazzling special effects, singling out Sam Clemmett as Harry's son Albus, "wonderfully quirky" Anthony Boyle as his friend Scorpius Malfoy, and the adult Harry (Jamie Parker), "authoritative" Hermione (Noma Dumezweni) and "bluntly commonsensical" Ron (Paul Thornley).
It's another five stars from The Independent, with Jack Shepherd describing it as "magical". He argues Part One should be billed as a magic show, due to the effects used, also praising its moments of comedy.
Shepherd adds: "It's quite apparent this isn't written to be either a book or a tie-in film; it's a spectacle for the theatre, one that is filled to the brim with fan service and magical imagery that will amaze."
Cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildImage copyrightMANUEL HARLAN
Image captionIn the play, Harry is now 37 and married to Ginny, sister of his friend Ron Weasley
Anthony Boyle and Sam ClemmettImage copyrightMANUEL HARLAN
Image captionAnthony Boyle, left, has been praised for his performance as Scorpius Malfoy
Quentin Letts grumbles about the length of the play in the Daily Mail, noting: "There were moments I could have done with a glug of gurdyroot infusion to keep me alert."
But he admits: "Potter addicts will love it. JK Rowling is going to make (another) fortune. The West End's ornate Palace Theatre, itself a little like Hogwarts, has a hit probably for years."
Variety describes it as "spellbinding", Matt Trueman writing that it is: "The Show That Lived Up to Expectations — and Then Some."
He says the relationship between Albus and Scorpius is "the friendship of two bullied boys bound together, and it's a beautiful, tender thing", adding: "The script by Jack Thorne recognizes that rejection breeds resentment, and outsiders stew into outcasts.
"No one's born a villain, nor sees themselves as such, and where the books gave us stock baddies, Cursed Child fleshes them out."
Chris Jones, in the Chicago Tribune, says that "heretical as this may sound", the play left him "quietly lamenting that the movies were ever made".
Harry Potter theatreImage copyrightPA
Image captionThe play is running at the Palace Theatre in London's West End
Ben Brantley in the New York Times writes: "Like the novels that preceded it, The Cursed Child is stuffed with arcana-filled plots that defy diagrams and baldly wrought sentimental life lessons, along with anguished dives into the earnest, tortured solipsism of adolescence.
"By rights, such a combination should try the patience of any grown-up. But like Ms Rowling's books, the play vanquishes resistance."
The Harry Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies since 1997 and been adapted into eight films.
The script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is published this weekend.