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The Four Quarters, Peckham – Classic arcade games bar on Rye Lane

The Four Quarters, Peckham – Classic arcade games bar on Rye Lane

If you remember the days when the zenith of computer graphics capabilities were delivered in 8-bit and video game arcades were the height of cool then the news of a new classic arcade games themed bar in London called The Four Quarters will probably be something to snap you out of mid-life modern-day malaise for.(…)

The Angel, Sam Smith’s pub

The Angel, Sam Smith’s pub

The Angel Sam Smith pub in between Holborn and Tottenham Court Road is one of the most beautiful old world pubs in London. It’s got a stunning dark oak and black marble front, very cool original decor inside and one of the best little-known beer gardens for miles around, but what makes The Angel such(…)

Raiders of the Last Tube comes to The Lexington

Raiders of the Last Tube comes to The Lexington

The Secret Garden Party are going monthly with the launch of a new club night called Raiders of the Last Tube at The Lexington in Kings Cross, London. Adding to their annual garden party mysteries and their hush hush Christmas emporium, the new night brings the the Secret world to life every second Thursday of(…)

The Original End of the World Party, Village Underground

The Original End of the World Party, Village Underground

Let’s be fair, the ongoing claims for a new date for the end of the world have all been met with a rugged resilience here on earth, so the only thing to do is to use them as an excuse for a party. That’s exactly what’s been planned by the experts behind The End of(…)

Quiquiriqui brings the first Mezcaleria to the UK

Quiquiriqui brings the first Mezcaleria to the UK

The conquistadors weren’t exactly kindly or benevolent Hesuses when they took to the Americas, but one of the positives to come out of the whole sorry affair is the adaptation of the native fermented maguey plant to create the distilled fermented mash that is mezcal. Mezcalarias (mezcal bars) have seen a boom in recent years(…)

Photobooth Festival premier, London

Photobooth Festival premier, London

In case you’ve just done a double-take, yes the title did just say, Photobooth Festival premiers in London. Maybe it’ll be a tight squeeze, but there’ll be a lot of skin on skin action. Bad jokes aside, the Photobooth Festival looks like it could be class. There’s going to be eight individually styled photobooths with(…)

Huw Stephens and Front Magazine rock up to the Old Blue Last for March 2012

Huw Stephens and Front Magazine rock up to the Old Blue Last for March 2012

The Old Blue last is one of Shoreditch’s bastions of indie rock musical goodness. Plus it’s a good venue in general with decent drinks and a fair old amount of room for manoeuvre, so you can dance as wildly as you want without fear of smashing anyone in the gizzards. As well as all that,(…)

The John Snow – Soho’s Sam Smith’s experience

The John Snow – Soho’s Sam Smith’s experience

Sam Smith pubs are hands down the best old style pubs in London and the John Snow is the brewery’s Soho landmark offering and it’s about as class as it gets. Apart from having a really cool old traditional building and old school decor, it’s also got a great range of its own crafted beers(…)

Paper Dress Bar and Boutique, Shoreditch

Paper Dress Bar and Boutique, Shoreditch

Shorditch’s latest addition, Paper Dress Bar and Boutique, opened recently with go go boots flying. The new bar is filled with art deco and retro furniture to give it the old dress shop style that it has. The cocktail list and belgium beers on sale give Paper Dress the drinks credentials to make it a(…)

The George Shillibeer, Islington

The George Shillibeer, Islington

Tucked away in a cobbled square underneath The Pleasance Theatre, The George Shillibeer is the new incarnation of the old Woodstore pub, just north of Caledonian Rd underground station. It’s big, airy, distinctly decorated with oversized lamp shades and has a candlelit feel without seeming dark. In addition to being the perfect place to get(…)

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