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I received an email the other day telling me about the World’s first early morning musical including a delicious bagel breakfast, I was intrigued and read on…

…The early morning show is Grease and you can catch a performance of the 1950s American high school hit show over a bagel breakfast for the first time ever.

The show has been condensed so you only see the best bits in a 20-minute bite-sized burst of entertainment

This is taking place on Thursday 24th March for early birds who fancy starting their day the New York bagel-way.

This unique performance will include four musical numbers – Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’ and You’re the One That I Want – plus a finale. The special show will be enjoyed over a bagel breakfast. Not only is this a first for musicals, but it will also be one of the last chances for Londoners to see the show as it moves on tour across the UK.

The early morning musical starts at 0830 at the Piccadilly Theatre – the home of Grease for the past three years – and you can get your hands on two free tickets for you and a friend by emailing your interest to musical@breakfastbagels.com.

Doors will open and a bagel breakfast will be served from 0800.

See you there!

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Penhaligons Olfactory Owl

Ok so if you’re anything like me, the thought of Christmas shopping makes you feel a bit hot and queasy. All those people, so much money and that endless Christmas music! Argh I’m sweating at the mere thought…

Well I’ve just found out that Penhaligon’s Olfactory Owl is touring London at the moment. The Owl will be popping up all around London to giving discount vouchers and perfume samples. That’s mum’s, grandma’s and my girlfriend’s presents sorted!

And if you’re a particular fan of Penhaligon’s, you can submit your pictures of the Owl to win Christmas prizes. Check out the Owl’s progress by checking his schedule on Facebook and Twitter to see where you can catch him, but last I heard he should be stopping at these places:

Thursday 16th December – Oxford Street, Bond Street, Savile Row, Burlington Arcade, Fortnum & Mason

Saturday 18th December – Regent Street and Trafalgar Square

Sunday 19th December – Knightsbridge, Sloane Square, Green Park, Piccadilly

Tuesday21st December – Covent Garden, Somerset House, British Museum

Brian Blessed in London

Meet up with Brian Blessed in London

If are any of you Brian Blessed fans, I’ve got just the event for you.

To celebrate Brian Blessed becoming the new voice of TomToms, fans will be gathering in Central London on Thursday between 17:30 and 19:30 at Bar Soho on Old Compton Street. Fans can dress up as Brian and get a photo with the man himself. And don’t worry if you don’t look like Brian – TomTom will be supplying beards and other accoutrements to get you looking the part. If you know anyone who actually does look like Brian Blessed, get them to go along as there seems to be a massive lack of professional Brian Blessed lookalikes.

Pretty random I admit, but isn’t that the beauty of living in London? If you fancy getting involved, check out their facebook page to keep track of the event: Wearing Beards and Meeting Brian Blessed »

The Closest tube station to Bar Soho is Leicester Square

Jameson Cult Film ClubThe Jameson Cult Film Club is back again for another run of awesome cult movies in great atmospheric locations! If you never been to a Jameson Cult Film Club screening then it’s like secret cinema but without the extortionate price as entry is free and you get some delicious free Jameson cocktails

I went to the Jameson Cult Film Club last year to watch one of my favourite films; This is Spinal Tap. It was held at the Clapham Grand and it did not disappoint. I took a date with me and she was mightily impressed as it was something different from the usual places that one would take someone. Cocktails, popcorn and a mock Spinal Tap performance then the feature film made for an awesome evening. The night was entirely free and the atmosphere was buzzing.

This 2010/11 Jameson Film screenings will not just be taking place in London but all over the country this time round. The first screening will be Taxi Driver on 23 September at the Brewer Street Car Park and ticket applications are now being taken. Subsequent screenings will be:

Carrie – Liverpool – October 28

Chills in the Chapel:

Quatermass and the Pit – Union Chapel – October 29

The Amityville Horror – Union Chapel – October 30

Psycho – Union Chapel – October 31

Aliens – Manchester – November

Future Cult – London – February

Control – Manchester – March

All you have to do to get tickets to see these great films is to become a member at http://jamesoncultfilmclub.com/member-offers/.

For more information visit http://jamesoncultfilmclub.com

Don’t miss out on this!

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Barclays Live Event - Smash Broz

Barclays Live event - Smash Broz

Barclays is celebrating the investment across its Branch Network by hosting a popular new competition designed to find the country’s hottest dance acts, and it’s coming to Leicester Square, London on Saturday 31 July.

The competition is open to anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes to become Britain’s next dancing superstar, be it as an individual, duo, group or troupe.

The top ten entries will be put through to the live auditions, which will take place on Saturday 31 July on a stage at Leicester Square. These contestants will perform in front of a celebrity panel of judges that includes Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, as well as an audience made up of the great people of London!

The top five acts will then be subject to a public vote to decide the winner via the Barclays Live website www.barclayslive.co.uk.

The winning act will be waltzing away with a pair of VIP tickets to see Brendan Cole in action as well as dancing all the way to the bank with a cool £1,000!

To enter visit www.barclayslive.co.uk or send a link to a YouTube video showing them your moves via email to info@barclayslive.co.uk along with your name, phone number and postcode before Sunday 25 July.

The Barclays Live auditions will form part of a day-long programme of events, including a dance master class by Brendan Cole and performances by a variety of fantastic dance acts.

Children under the age or 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

www.barclayslive.co.uk

www.facebook.com/barclayslive

www.twitter.com/barclayslive

Exciting news for Portobello Market!

Chris Getliffe (Socktopi Article for Creature Magazine(

Image by Chris Getliffe taken from http://www.getliffe.com

On the 19 June Portobello Market is launching a new Art & Design Market, which will take place every weekend under the Westway on Portobello Road. The space that is currently derelict will be regenerated so that the market can take up residence there.

The market is set to be filled with an array of unique and creative treats, designed by artists and designers from London and beyond. For the first weekend of the new market some great designers and artists will be showcasing their wares including:

Fashion designer turned artist, Robert Carey Williams, showing his street wear collection of fashion and art www.robertcary-williams.co.uk

Graphic artist and illustrator, Chris Getliffe, www.getliffe.com

Artist and painter, Dorka Zgrzeba, www.coffeeandcigarettes.org

This space will also play host to a series of arty events including the Notting Hill Art Festival and a week long urban street-art event later this Summer.

It’s free admission and the Art and Design Market takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, from the 19th June.

The closest tube stations are Ladbroke Grove/Westbourne Park/Notting Hill Gate

London’s West End offers some of the best, original and most popular musicals in the world. From the longest standing musical of all time (Les Misérables) to a classic film adaptation (Dirty Dancing), from a musical inspired by Queen (We Will Rock You) to a musical inspired by Abba (Mamma Mia), the West End literally has a show on offer to suit every taste and  generation.

With the increasing participation of celebrity personalities in London shows, including Blue’s Duncan James in Legally Blonde and Rowan Atkinson in Oliver!, contemporary Musical performances have a lot more to offer compared to traditional musical theatre. Additionally, thanks to the encouragement of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reality TV shows to find the leading roles for top West End shows, including Joseph, the Sound Of Music and his current search for Dorothy and Toto, Wizard of Oz tickets and tickets for other musicals in London’s West End have become increasingly popular.

A trip to the West End can be a night of glamour and romance; one thing a theatre trip isn’t (and is commonly mistaken for!) is expensive. A ticket to London’s top West End shows can range from under £20 to a much more pricey £80. However, with a bit of organisation and compromise you can save money on the show you want to see and get more than the ticket you paid for. Listed below are 3 tips to avoid paying the top end prices.

1. On-line retailers such as lastminute.com and uktickets.co.uk are a great resource for cheap London theatre tickets. Going with one of the leading online travel and leisure retailers, it’s a good start to finding cheap tickets to the theatre in the West End. Look out for tickets that include a pre-theatre supper at participating restaurants!

2. Are you under 26? The Arts Council England are offering young people FREE (yes free!) tickets to theatres all over London. Launched in 2009, A Night Less Ordinary is a scheme that offers thousands of free theatre tickets to anyone under 26 for all sorts of theatre events including comedy, tragedies, musical theatre, dance, modern mime, plays, circus and much more. Check out http://www.anightlessordinary.org.uk to check what is on at your local participating theatre.

3. Theatre ticket booths are located on every corner in London’s Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Very often, the best seats in the theatre are reserved for these ticket booths – if seats are still available on the day (very often the case) the tickets are sold at a substantially discounted rate! If you are happy to risk not seeing your first choice of show, then ‘just turning up’ on the day can be the cheapest way if you want a (near) front row seat.

I hope these help, if you have any other ideas on how to get cheap theatre tickets in London then share the wealth 🙂


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