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Imaginarium: the next ‘go-to’ place for Christmas

Imaginarium: the next ‘go-to’ place for Christmas

Art, Culture, Entertainment, Food, Galleries, London, Music, musicians, Theatre
An underground hothouse in the centre of Borough Market, the Imaginarium welcomes Christmas with a different outlook. Opening up a creative hub for artists from all fields such as storytelling, painting and live performances. Photo Credits: Sreelakshmi Vachasapthy I was able to make it on the very first Sunday, where I witnessed the opening of these feasts, ideas and theatrics.  It also gave me a chance to interact with the owner of the place- Naomi, who gave an insight about the events happening over next couple of weeks.  She said: "It is a six-week long program which consists of theatrical events, music, arts, dinning and workshops for people to join." The place stands out for its interior work and atmosphere. It also has stores set up which marks London’s independent artists, d
Homophobic tube assault reveals how likely Londoners are to intervene

Homophobic tube assault reveals how likely Londoners are to intervene

Breaking News, London, Transport, Tube
Two teenagers have been arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) on suspicion of an anti-gay assault in London, which happened on 21 October. The assault has raised a question about how likely Londoners are to intervene when public attacks occur. A 19-year-old teenager and his friends were travelling on a westbound Jubilee line train between West Ham and North Greenwhich. They were dressed in fancy dress for an event that night when two men boarded the train at West Ham and became verbally abusive. Police claimed that the offenders were aggressive when challenged and forced the teenager into a headlock, snatched his phone and threatened to stab him. BTP said in a statement: "They demanded the victim apologise for being gay which eventually the victim did as he was struggling to br
Winter Wonderland continues to stand out in bringing Christmas spirit

Winter Wonderland continues to stand out in bringing Christmas spirit

Culture, Entertainment, Taste
Over the past ten years, Winter Wonderland has been spreading the Christmas spirit throughout London. This year the event kick-started on 17th November at Hyde Park, attracting thousands of Londoners and tourists. The fair which has been running since 2007, continues to set a landmark until the 1st of January, with the motive of creating a complete experience of Christmas for the visitors. This mainly includes events such as ice skating, shows, roller coaster rides, festive bars and live music. Photo credits: Sreelakshmi Vachaspathy Reports show that since 2016, 14 million people have visited London’s Winter Wonderland. Even though it is a free event, visitors will have to pay to enjoy the Ice Rink, Zippos Christmas Circus, Cirque Berserk, and the Sooty Christmas Show, Giant Wheel a
Hamleys annual Christmas Toy Parade

Hamleys annual Christmas Toy Parade

children, Culture, Entertainment
The countdown to Christmas is in full swing as the world's largest Hamleys toy parade took place on Sunday 19th November 2017 in Regent Street. The Christmas Toy Parade attracted over 800,000 Londoners and even tourists that have come from around the world to enjoy and even take part in this annual parade. Why is this event so important? Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world selling more than 50,000 toys in the flagship store. By 1837 Hamleys was a London landmark and the toy store moved to its current site on Regent Street in 1881. Regent Street was transformed into a festive wonderland as it featured a marching cast of over 300 children's characters including Scooby Doo, Buddy the Elf, Sonic the Hedgehog and Peppa Pig. There were entertainers da...

‘Choose Love’ this festive season

Art, children, Culture
This Christmas, the UK charity ‘Help Refugees’ along with Creative Collective Glimpse, have teamed up together to open ‘Choose Love’. This shop makes its mark by becoming the very first store, where customers can buy real gifts for refugees.The store which is located in Soho is inspired by the iconic slogan Choose Love that was designed for Help Refugees by Katharine Hamnett. It opened on the 24th of November. Choose Love is seen as a learning space of customers who come in, to get to informed about the refugee crisis, and at the same time doing something to help and support the cause. From the beginning until the end, the items displayed are themed around different stages of a refugee’s journey. Though the pieces that are placed, the shop intends to narrate a story from their perspect
How independent cafes grow fast

How independent cafes grow fast

Business, Culture, LifeStyle
Coffee culture is full of beans in London. Small independent cafes are developing well despite facing fierce competition from big chains such as Costa, Nero's and Starbucks. Young British get used to grabbing a cup of coffee on the go or spending some time in cafes to socialise and work. The British Coffee Association reveals that people drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee per day in the UK. There were fewer than 10,000 coffee shops in the UK 10 years ago, but by the end of last year there were more than 22,000 cafes. Big chains like Costa and Starbucks have doubled in number, but small independent cafes are also emerging from the industry and growing fast, according to coffee market researchers Allegra.   Costa takes a leading position in the UK coffee market, wit
London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

London’s independent cinemas: building revolution

Art, Audio, Culture, Film, Media, News, Social media
It’s Saturday evening in Central London. It’s cold outside, and a young student couple fancies a good movie. Their decision will reveal how the cinema business in the capital has evolved to a new paradigm of both management and consumption. It’s mid-March and all the Oscar-award winning films are on screen. She wants to see La la land, but he has already seen it, so it’s going to be Moonlight. They check the screenings on their smartphones. The closest venue is the Curzon in Bloomsbury. 13 pounds. Too much for their short budget. Another option: the Vue in Islington. 11 pounds. Still too expensive. They live in East London, so what about the Hackney Picturehouse? 11,5 pounds, no way. He is about to quit. Wait, she says, let’s check the Genesis in Whitechapel. Look, 7 pounds. Deal. Once
“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

“Women have to work harder and longer to get recognised”: Are the arts a man’s world?

Art, Culture, Film, Media, Music, musicians, Opinion
Last night’s 89th Academy Awards made headlines for several reasons. Issues ranged from the use of the wrong photo during the memorial video and the already infamous mix-up when announcing Best Picture clouded proceedings. However one key source of controversy has followed the awards since nominees were announced: 80 per cent of nominees outside of the acting categories are male. Criticised last year for a lack of racial diversity, #OscarsSoWhite dominated coverage of the proceedings. It seems that although this year’s ceremony is more representative in some ways, the nominations still come up short in others. This has prompted us to question how much gender inequality women face within the arts. Male-dominated industries Fresh from being awarded a Breakthrough Brit award by BAFTA,
London’s famous club Fabric to reopen after battle with drugs

London’s famous club Fabric to reopen after battle with drugs

Culture, Music, ReportingWeek1, Student
Music, hypnotising atmosphere, imperfect friends, and of course, drugs. These are the main components of a checklist for party animals. London has been a party hub for many decades. Its many clubs and bars attract anyone of the legal age. But what is the dark side to it all? Drugs. Lots of drugs. But maybe not for that much longer: London’s most famous electronic dance club Fabric was shut down due to the deaths of two 19 year olds. Cause? Ecstasy. A shock wave followed the clubs’ followers and music lovers across the UK. After several petitions, online campaigns and letters, the club is reopening its alluring doors to Londoners once again. It took Fabric a 155 page document consisting of 32 new conditions to convince the court and Islington council to reopen. The rules include banning
A mind full of colour

A mind full of colour

Art, Audio, Culture, Health, Listen
Be it to help mental health or simply nurture your inner child, adult colouring books may not merely be ‘just another fad’. It’s 6pm on a Thursday evening and the Waterstones bookshop at Piccadilly is abuzz with excitement. A bestselling author is about to launch what experts already know will be another bestselling book, and no, it’s not J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter or E. L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. The author in question is Mille Marotta, and the book is Wild Savannah: A Colouring Book Adventure. The new book’s predecessors, Animal Kingdom and Tropical Wonderland, were among 2015’s top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, and continue to top the list of most gifted items on the site. And if these aren’t clear enough indicators of the craze that’s gripped the country, new data from a Ne