Doing Halloween in Style With The Cuckoo Club

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 15.22.10Over the years The Cuckoo Club has shown the high-end club scene how to throw a Halloween party.

In keeping with tradition, the Cuckoo family will open this year’s Halloween Week, with US DJ and house icon, Kerri Chandler on Wednesday 29th October.

Sworn to secrecy, the full program is set to be revealed throughout the week as the elegant and clandestine two-floor nightclub will announce an impressive line-up of international DJs to perform and showcase their latest tracks exclusively to The Cuckoo Club’s friends and family.

Last year saw The Martinez Brothers take to the decks as the entire 5,000 square feet venue was transformed from the ghost train entrance through the haunted house down into the magical ultraviolet forest, taking their guests on an unforgettable trip.

Down the darks alleys of Swallow Street, this night-life institution will again create a world of wickedness and debauchery as the whole team is painted in full SPX make up and dressed by their very own in-house stylist. Professional film set designers will create a bewitching scene throughout with a distinctively different ambiance on each of the two floors.

Fancy dress is at the heart of The Cuckoo Club’s pioneering philosophy and previous Halloween events have played upon interactive themes such as Toffs vs Trailer Trash, Rock vs Hip Hop, and Alice Cooper vs Alice In Wonderland, all reflecting the club’s hedonistic late night crowd and eclectic music policy.


A Halloween Week at The Cuckoo Club

Wednesday 29th October – Saturday 1st November 2014
10.30pm – Late

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Swallow Street,

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The Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival Announces Full 2014 Programme

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 13.26.33The world renowned literary event returns from 14th- 16th November

The Gibunco Gibraltar International Literary Festival have announced a stellar line-up of international authors for its 2014 programme. The Festival, commissioned by Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and curated by the organisers of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, returns to The Rock following the success of last year’s inaugural event.

This year the festival is extremely excited to announce that Man Booker Prize winner, Ben Okri, will launch his new novel The Age of Magic accompanied by the Orchestra of St John’s. As well as talking in-depth about his first new work in seven years, he will select pieces of music which will then be performed. Bestselling author, Kate Mosse, will also be introducing her new novel, The Taxidermist’s Daughter, set in a rural Sussex village in 1912 where a grisly murder has taken place. Mosse’s novels include the acclaimed international bestsellers, The Winter Ghosts, Citadel and Labyrinth. Her works have sold more than five million copies internationally in 42 languages.

Other leading authors and high-profile guests include philosopher, AC Grayling, who will give the Kusuma Trust Lecture where he will examine the nature of friendship and the significance it plays in our lives. Broadcaster and entertainer Nicholas Parsons will be recounting the most hilarious moments from his six decades and 900 episodes as presenter of Radio 4’s hugely popular Just a Minute.

Joanne Harris, celebrated author of 13 novels including Chocolat, will present a session on storytelling in word and song. Harris has a lifelong passion for Norse myths and will tell stories with Icelandic, Scandinavian, French and Celtic origins. She will also be joined by Ben Okri, who will draw on the myths and beliefs of his African heritage. Musical accompaniment will be provided by The Bookshop Band.

Other musical events include leading Jazz Poet Jeremy Robson introducing his new collection of poetry with readings by the celebrated actress, Maureen Lipman (The Pianist, Coronation Street), as well as a performance from well-known jazz singer, Jacqui Dankworth, who has worked with Paloma Faith and Gregory Porter. British-Nigerian singer, Patti Boulaye, will also perform a special festival concert in the spectacular surroundings of Gibraltar’s St Michael’s Cave.

Food will feature heavily in this year’s festival programme with a series of special talks and events. World authority on Indian food, Madhur Jaffrey, will be preparing a lunch at the Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club. Food writer, Claudia Roden, will host a literary lunch with a menu influenced by recipes from her many successful cookery books. Roden was born and brought up in Cairo and her bestselling A Book of Middle Eastern Food revolutionised attitudes to Middle Eastern cuisine when it was published in 1968.

A section of the programme will also explore politics and history. Former cabinet minister, Jonathan Aitken, will be discussing the life of Margaret Thatcher. Ex- editor of the Observer and China expert Jonathan Fenby will argue that it is not inevitable that China will go on to dominate the 21st century. Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, will be discussing some of the major moral dilemmas of the 21st century.

Children’s authors at this year’s festival include Katherine Rundell, winner of the Waterstones children’s book prize 2014 talking about her award winning book Rooftoppers, partly inspired by her own night-time trespassing on the roofs of Oxford’s historic colleges. Carnegie Medal winner Sally Gardner will present her new book The Matchbox Mysteries, the fourth in the Wings & Co series, which has been hailed as ‘Agatha Christie for kids’.

This year’s programme will also examine the interesting heritage of Gibraltar and the wider Mediterranean that comes from its location between Europe and Africa. Singer Françoise Atlan will investigate the history of Jewish music from the Mediterranean focusing on Gibraltar’s ancient Sephardic Jewish community and also perform a number of tracks. Travel writer, Barnaby Rogerson, will explore the mystique surrounding Marrakesh through writing. A panel of speakers including Alex Furest from the National Catalan Assembly will debate the highly topical issue of Catalan independence.

Neil Costa, Gibraltar’s Minister for Tourism said: “We are delighted to be hosting the second ever literary festival in Gibraltar. Last year’s event was a resounding success and we look forward to welcoming back some of the world’s foremost literary talent. Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar is fully committed to the development of event led tourism and the Festival is now established as a leading light in our annual calendar of cultural activities.”

Sally Dunsmore, Festival Director, said: “This year’s programme has more than 50 different international speakers coming to Gibraltar – from best-selling authors, to celebrated chefs, broadcasters and world famous musicians. Gibraltar has a unique cultural heritage and we hope the Festival will continue to confirm Gibraltar’s reputation on the global literary map.”

Tickets for the 2014 Festival are now on sale.

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DRAFTspace Launches “DELICIOUS OBJECTS” Jewellery and Accessories Art Showcase, New York City, November 13th-16th

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 16.06.58DRAFTspace launches its latest artistic showcase “Delicious Objects”, open to the general public free of admission in New York City from November 13-16.

The show unveils an array of jewellery and evening clutches in a culinary themed art installation exhibit. Featuring over twenty designers of distinct visions from the United States, Argentina, Cyprus, Germany, Lebanon, New Zealand, Portugal and South Korea and the United Kingdom, the event serves up a feast of daring objets d’art from emerging talents.

Following up its success with previous shows “The Skin”, which explored textures and identity through handcrafted handbags, and “Complete Parts”, which focused on photography and accessories, DRAFTspace conceived “Delicious Objects” to illustrate how the senses blend to form perceptions of beauty and taste. By avoiding the haphazard and numbing marketplace format of conventional trade shows, the event features only select and meticulously curated pieces from each brand to allow them to individually shine and be appreciated in an unexpected context.Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 16.03.02

While all the pieces on display will be available for general public and retail wholesale purchases throughout the event’s four-day duration, people can also register free online at to attend the “Flash Sale” on November 14 Friday from 7-9PM and the “Saturday Brunch Sale” with even bigger discounts on November 15 from 1-3PM. DRAFTspace Delicious Objects is being sponsored in part by Piora, the Michelin-starred restaurant that has been astounding the city’s most demanding foodies with its innovative fusion dishes.

DRAFTspace was established in 2013 by a dynamic team of professionals with extensive backgrounds in art, fashion, architecture, film and show production. Founders Jun H. Lee and Miyonne Lee combined their diverse experiences and interests to form DRAFTspace as a platform that allows outstanding artists and emerging designers to be “discovered” by influential industry connoisseurs. The group asserts that however prevalent society’s reliance is on the internet, physical engagement has a deeper and more lasting impact in how everyone connects with each other. DRAFTspace events are designed as conceptual presentations that challenge viewers to experience the works of artists and designers in bold, unconventional ways.


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New York City

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After Nyne Meets…Dr Jerzy J. Kierkuc-Bielinski, Exhibitions Curator At Sir John Soane’s Museum

JerzyCurrently on display at Sir John Soane’s Museum is Face to Face: British Portrait Prints from the Clifford Chance Art Collection (running until January 24th). The exhibition is an exploration of the development of portraiture by British printmakers from the mid-20th and first decade of the 21st century.

Works from Hockney, Hogarth and Patrick Caulfield are displayed alongside the work of founder printmakers such as Nicola Thomas, whose etchings play of the themes of visibility and Hollywood film stars of the 1930s and 1940s.

After Nyne recently spent time with Dr Jerzy J. Kierkuc-Bielinski, Exhibition Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum, to find our more about the Clifford Chance collection and what makes Sir John Soane’s Museum the perfect location for the exhibition.

Dr Kierkuc-Bielinski, how has the Face to Face exhibition been received so far?

The public have shown a great interest in the different approaches to portraiture and printmaking that can be seen in the exhibition – from experimental abstraction through to objective, realist depictions of the sitters.

Tell us a little about the Clifford Chance art collection

The collection started really through the personal interest of one partner in a lithograph by David Hockney and an etching by Howard Hodgkin. From this the collection has grown to include 1,200 examples of modern and contemporary British printmaking. The works are spread throughout the firm’s offices  and the founding principal behind the collection is to inspire and stimulate the firm’s lawyers.

Gary Hume - The Cleric

Gary Hume – The Cleric

When curating an exhibition such as this, what do you take as your starting point?

The most important thing is to ensure that the selection of works give an aesthetic impact and form a coherent narrative. We try to balance familiar names with those of artists who, hopefully, will be new discoveries for many viewers.

Aside from being pieces from a single collection, is there an underlying theme for the exhibition?

The show looks at how modern and contemporary printmakers have not only extended the types of techniques used in graphic art but also how they have questioned the idea of what a portrait can be.

What makes Sir John Soane’s Museum the perfect venue for this exhibition?

As a collector of art, Sir John Soane was perhaps unusual for the period in  that he very firmly believed in showing modern and contemporary British artists (this is some 67 years before the Tate is founded). Amongst the paintings and sculptures that he installed within his unique house-museum are broad range of portraits – artists, politicians, architects, military leaders and other figures he admired or had been influenced by. His collections also include a number of significant holdings of prints including those by Piranesi and by Hogarth. In a way, this exhibition continues those, certain themes that can be seen in Soane’s historic collection.

What is your opinion on contemporary printmaking? Who do you have your eye on?

I was particularly excited to see the first print by Turner-nominee and painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Her small-scale, hard ground etching ‘Siskin’, 2012,  is the first time she has used this medium. In spite of the print’s small size it packs a terrific punch and I look forward to seeing how her work develops in this medium which new to her oeuvre.

What are your favourite pieces from the exhibition?

Too numerous, but one revelation is the work of Stanley Anderson. His engraving ‘In Check’, 1932, speaks redolently of the Depression of the 1930s. Although the three sitters in the work are unidentified, Anderson has shown them in an incredibly persuasive manner –  one can almost hear their voices!

Face to Face: British Portrait Prints from the Clifford Chance Art Collection

Until January 24th

Sir John Soane’s Museum

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields



Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm

Last entry 4.30pm

Admission: Free.

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Christmas At Kew…..As Twilight Falls…The Magic Begins….

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 11.22.33Christmas at Kew is back!

After last year’s hugely popular experience, Kew Gardens is offering a brand new, glittering trail a mile long, guided by snowflakes, which winds its way through the breathtaking landscape, creating a magical after dark experience.

This will be enhanced by a series of botanically inspired, large scale light installations, created by French design studio TILT. Their work has been seen at Bestival, and the renowned Festival of Lights in Lyon. The 27 individual pieces – the largest of which will be 12 metres by 12 metres – will look like fireworks frozen in time, including luminous lily of the valleys and imposing thistles.

Wander between glowing waterside reflections, illuminated fountains and glorious glasshouses, as Kew’s stunning architecture and towering tree canopies are brought to life, drenched in Christmas colour. A shimmering tunnel of lights, twinkling holly bushes, Christmas trees festooned with lit up presents, and plumes of fire dancing to music inspired by The Nutcracker in-front of the iconic Palm House, make this one of the most Christmassy affairs in town. Not to mention romantic – visitors can steal kisses at ‘mistletoe moments’ – a secluded spot bathed in fairy lights and bedecked in mistletoe.

Keep warm under the stars with mulled wine, spiced cider, hot chocolate, toasted marshmallows, and other sumptuous traditional fayre. Kew’s tastefully curated shops at Victoria Plaza and White Peaks are the perfect place to pick up unique gifts for the whole family.

There’s lots of fun to be had for the whole family both day and night. Father Christmas will be waiting for the children in his Snowflake Grotto, and a Victorian Carousel, family rides, and an outdoor adventure playground can be found by White Peaks Cafe. For Christmas at Kew visitors, a specially reduced entry price for an adult day visit to Kew Gardens (under 17’s go free during the day) can be purchased in addition to your trail ticket.

To create this wonderful event, Kew Gardens is once again teaming up with entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay, in collaboration with design team Culture Creative.

Adam Farrar, Kew’s Head of Venue Hire and Events says: “After the success of last year’s Christmas trail, we have produced an after dark sensation that is even more beautiful, designed to really get you in the Christmas spirit.  If you missed out on this much heralded night-time experience first time round, or if you loved what you saw and are curious about the new trail and the spectacular TILT light installations, wrap up warm, and head down to Kew Gardens, where you will see the landscape as never before.”

Winter Discount at Kew Gardens!

Day Tickets to Kew Gardens to cost £9.50 this winter

From 3rd November until 31st January, day entry to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew will cost £9.50. So, time to wrap up warm and make the most of winter days in the Gardens.

A different scene emerges at this time of year, when woody plants and ornamental grasses take centre stage. For Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum, colder months reveal something of Gardens’ secrets: “Winter is one of my favourite times in the Arboretum at Kew. The trees have lost their leafy summer disguise and can thus show off their natural structural beauty. I always head to the Pinetum to see the conifers suddenly stand out and come to life with a myriad of blue foliage and cones”

Wander on the frosty lawns as tall conifers loom large and broadleaf evergreens populate the arboretum; Climb the Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway to enjoy winter’s open perspectives and 18 metre high views across the crowns of leafless lime, sweet chestnut and oak trees.

Enjoy seasonal highlights such as the winter bulbs in the Alpine House, including the early iris and crocus; Snowdrops in the Rock Garden, and coloured tree bark throughout the Arboretum.

If the heavens open, why not visit our art galleries or our glasshouses for a taste of the tropics in winter, where you’ll see palms and other plants from across the continents, and get an injection of colour from stunning orchids and bromeliads in tropical temperatures.

And after a few hours of walking nothing warms the soul like tea and cake or a hot bowl of soup with some crusty bread. Visit the Orangery Restaurant or Victoria Plaza Café for a delicious selection of food from Peyton & Byrne.

Christmas at Kew

Wednesday 26 November 2014 – Saturday 03 January 2015

5pm – 10pm (timed entrance between 5pm and 8.15pm)

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Cob Gallery & Le Gun Link-Up Launches In Style At Black’s Club

DSC_0478A veritable crowd (including Florence Welch, pictured) turned out at Black’s Club to see the launch of the first in a series of projects from the partnership of Cob Gallery and artist’s collective Le Gun.

We previously interviewed Cob Gallery curator Victoria Williams here on After Nyne.

Williams and fellow Cob Gallery curator Cassie Beadle briefed Le Gun to respond to the famous Hogarth works of art that hang inside Black’s club.DSC_8619

The Rake’s and the Harlot’s Progress are a series of paintings and engravings of morality tales told by William Hogarth. A live animation projection will adorn the walls of Blacks Club allowing viewers the chance to interact with a live work of art.

This will be Le Gun’s first foray into moving image a landmark for the collective. Le Gun will put a contemporary slant on the world of Tom Rakewell and Mol Hackabout, (The Rake & the Harlot) which marks the start of a yearlong, three-part collaborative partnership between Cob Gallery and Le Gun.

The general public will be able to view the works by appointment only by contacting

Fringe! Festival Showcases An Expanded Arts Section In Its Fourth Year, November 4th – 9th

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 11.31.00The Festival Curators of Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival present an expanded art sections for the fourth edition of the festival, showcasing leading-edge exhibitions and events in various East London venues early to mid-November.

This year, thanks to the support of Arts Council England and Film Hub London the festival will extend from a long weekend to a week-long festival.

A joint private view of Pauline Boudry / Renate Laurenz: No Future/ No Past and RCA Queer Society: Skin/Cells opens the art strands on the 4th of November. The week of the festival will also see private openings for Stuart Sandford: Teen Dreams (5 November) and Sara Davidmann: Ken. To Be Destroyed (6 November). Both Teen Dreams and Ken. To Be Destroyed will run up to mid-November (respectively 14 and 16 November).

The NYC-based art duo Superm, Slava Mogutin and Brian Kenny, celebrates with Fringe! its 10 years of successful collaboration. They will be hosting a screening of their short films at Forge&Co (8 November) and an art party, inviting the audience of Fringe! to participate to a body painting installation and a live photo shoot – SUPERM PARTY at Dalston Superstore (5 November).

Participatory workshops are organised throughout the weekend of the festival, ‘Sara Davidmann and Aaron Madiot: Family Stories And Secrets’ reflects on Sara Davidmann’s exhibition and opens the discussion to the audience. ‘The East London Lecture – Theatre Workshop’ sees East London performance artist Jonny Woo and theatre director Douglas Rintoul introduce participants to the theatre and writing processes they are exploring in the development of Jonny’s new show.

Konstantinos Menelaou, the Festival Curator, said: “We are thrilled to announce that we are supported using public funding by Arts Council England, a development which has reinforced our efforts and enthusiasm. The art section takes a leading role in the programme for the upcoming edition of Fringe! and sees a series of exhibitions, screenings, performances, workshops created and curated by established, as well as new artists from England and around the world.”

The exhibitions and events will be showcased in several venues across East London, including Rose Lipman Building, Lime Wharf and Hackney Attic, with many events free or affordable. The visual arts programme is supported using Public Funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Film programme supported by Film Hub London, managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.

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A Very Un-Chainy Chain & A Delightful Breakfast Experience

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 17.16.21Like for many, breakfast is an important part of After Nyne’s day. It’s always a pleasure to be able to tear ourselves away from the HQ and indulge ourselves, leisurely and satisfactorily.

It doesn’t happen often enough, which is why we jumped at the suggestion of trying All Bar One’s new breakfast menu, which launches November 1st.

We focused on the Oxford branch, a stylish sanctuary much needed on the busy High Street. We were greeted with extreme enthusiasm, and felt we were valued locals, instead of the newbies we were. We had our choice of tables, and coffee was soon brought – rich and copious, accompanied, sweetly be a shot glass of smarties. A nice touch.

The new menu didn’t disappoint. Old favourites such as the Full English (and its vegetarian counterpart) and Eggs Benedict fitted nicely around more exotic selections such as a Grilled Camembert Tostada and Smoked Back Bacon Hash.

We chose Eggs Royale (Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon in the place of ham) and Hot Smoked Severn & Wye Salmon, Avocado & Rocket on Toast. Both were utterly delightful – portions generous, and eggs served slightly overpoached to perfection, just as we asked for them. Presentation was faultless.

Ideally, the hollandaise on the Eggs Royale could have shown a bit more character, but in terms of colour and consistency it was, again, faultless.

Perhaps the most delightful part of the new All Bar One breakfast menu is the creation of a special ‘brunch cocktails’ selection. Traditional options like the Mimosa and the Bloody Mary stand beside the Red Snapper (spiced gin and tomato juice) and the Michelada (vodka, tomato juice and Sierra Nevada pale ale).

On a Sunday, you can have a brunch cocktail, with any item from the breakfast menu for £10. The food alone is worth that. The cocktail is a welcome bonus. We tried the Mimosa (deceptively hard to get right) and the Breakfast Martini – both were heavenly and highly recommended.

Between our fabulous food and our lovely welcome, it’s easy to forget that All Bar One is part of a chain. We left floating on air, and promised wholeheartedly to be back – for Tapas Tuesday perhaps, or to spend a whole evening in the company of their cocktail selection.

Both of those, would necessitate a whole column in themselves. We look forward to both tremendously.

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Breakfast Times:

Monday – Saturday, 8am-12noon

Sunday 9am – 4pm


Lazy Sunday Brunch Terms & Conditions:

Offer is available on Sundays until 4pm
Full and Vegetarian breakfasts require a £2 supplement
No voucher required
Licensing restrictions apply
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After Nyne’s Guide to a Freaky, But Fabulous, Halloween

The fog is creeping in and the children of the night are calling – take After Nyne’s hand, and let us guide you through a selection of Halloween events at some of London’s most fabulous clubs.


Be you devil, demon, ghost or ghoul, all are welcomed down to sip on Uncle Barts’ favorite poison – champagne – for the Annual Yelloween Party at Barts this year. Taking place on Thursday 30th October, in association with Veuve Clicquot, and secretly spilling over to Friday 31st October too – for those that have not yet had their fair share of scare…

Fancy dress will be as essential as a crucifix in an exorcism, but if you arrive lacking, fear not, Barts’ resident fancy dress box will be brimming with dead scary delights, from devil horns to witches hats. Then, for those that left their fake blood in the fridge, Aunty Barts will even be hosting a face painting corner that will be taking all and any requests.

Expect frightful fancy dress fever, devilishly dramatic decorations and daring deals on Veuve.

DATE: Thursday 30th & Friday 31st October 2014
TIME: 6pm – Late
T: 020 7581 3355
T: @BartsLondon


Keen never to miss out on any type of celebration, from Ferragosto to Carnivale – this year, the Italians and the Brazilians (though neither traditionally celebrating the hallowed holiday in their own country) will be teaming up to bring Battersea a bloodcurdlingly brilliant weekend of fancy dress fun and creepy cocktails.

Dress code is ‘trick or treat on Howie Street’ and all party-goers will be encouraged to ‘Vamp’ it up on both Friday and Saturday.

The summit of this scary adventure will then be the Halloween brunch, to be thrown at Bunga Bunga on Saturday 1st November. Guests can expect to be scared out of their skins, as they are seated in a dimly lit room, all blinds closed, and the music cranked up, for some serious Halloween-a-oke to be hosted by Bunga Bunga’s resident DJ John ‘dragoween’ Sizzle, alongside a soundtrack of horrifying hits, to be enjoyed over a 4 course meal and trembling tumblers of prosecco.

DATE: Friday 31st October 2014 – Saturday 1st November 2014
TIME: 6.00pm – 2.30am

DATE: Saturday 1st November
TIME: 12pm-5.30pm
Price: £38 per head from 11am-1pm, £48 per head after 1pm second sitting

37 Battersea Bridge Road,
SW11 3BA
Tel: 020 7095 0360

101 Howie Street
SW11 3BA
Friday– Saturday, 10.30pm – 2.30am
Free Entry before 11pm
£10 entry from 11pm

This year, in honour of the world’s favourite hallowed holiday, and the decade in which not only DISCO was born, but also in which some of the best and most iconic horror films were ever created, on Friday 31st October, DISCO will be screening a spine-chilling and famously frightening, 70s style cult classic, DISCOPATH!

The night will begin with guests checking in, (Pan Am style of course) before taking their seats for the fabulously retro and truly terrifying interactive film screening. During which, they will be served a selection of blood-chilling beverages, by Duane Lewis’s hunters and victims…

Food from a specially designed Retro Discopathe menu, will also be served before, and during the film, courtesy of Stax Diner, along with an abundance of alcoholic ‘Hard Milkshakes’. A special ‘blow your head off’ Belvedere Vodka cocktail will even be created for the night called ‘Death by DISCO’, that will contain more chocolate than the most successful ‘trick or treat’ trip.

Once the film has come to an end, all those who haven’t run home to hide under the covers, or been killed off by the Discopath, will be welcomed to stay for a Freaky Friday night in Funky Town, as we commit ’Murder On The Dancefloor’ into the early hours. There will be roller skating table service, a deadly dance-off competition, prizes for best costumes and some sinister surprises and ghoulish giveaways to be revealed on the evening…

DISCO is an underground boîte inspired by the 1970s Manhattan disco movement. Guests are greeted at a Pan Am-inspired lounge where air stewardesses issue boarding passes and check personal items into the cloakroom via a conveyor belt.

So hit the haunted cinema and then raise hell like a Discopath on the dance floor till dawn!

Friday 31st October 2014

Door open: 7.30pm
Fim starts: 8.30pm

Club night starts: 10pm

Tickets: £20 – Earlybird
£25 – O.T.D

13 Kingly Court
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80s SLASHER MASH-UP at MAGGIE’Shalloween final
This Halloween will see Maggie’s in Chelsea haunted by timeless classics and terrifying flashbacks, from frighteningly horrifying films such as ‘Lost Boys’, ‘Shining’ and ‘The Thing’!

So if you fancy a Nightmare on the ‘Evil Dead’ Fulham Road you can expect to enter a thrown together film set of rusty wire garlands, gunky sacks of eyeballs, and bloodied hanging knives and axes. There will even be DVD screenings of the best scenes, showing the worst bits from all of the above murderous movies.

Naturally, dress code for this fantasy film fest will be frightful fancy dress -
‘Gremlins’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Hellraisers’ all welcome! The best dressed boy and girl stand to win the club’s top prize of a Maggie’s Fish Bowl filled full of Belvedere Vodka and other potent poisons (worth £295), and of course are of the haunted old school mantra of no effort no entry with apply!

DATE: From Friday 31st October
TIME: 10:30pm
PRICE: £20

329 Fulham Road,
SW10 9QL

Tel: 020 7352 8512
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This Halloween Mr Fogg will be welcoming his dear friend Dr Frankenstein to his hallowed halls hidden on Bruton Lane, for a full week of unorthodox scientific experimental cocktail making and alarming alchemy, from Tuesday 28th November till Saturday 1st November. We’re not sure Mr Fogg has quite realised the twisted treats that lay in store courtesy of the good doctor, but as he is away, he is sure to get a frightful surprise on his return.

Guest can expect bell jars brimming with brain parts and eye balls, bubbling cauldron concoctions, smoke and steam screens, “fogging” up the bar and windows, and even medically miscellaneous misdemeanours, in the form of a spot of eerie entertainment from Frankenstein himself as he sets up his new laboratory.

In keeping with the surgical set the barman too with of course be dressed as Victorian scientists, with a trick or two up the sleeves of their white coats.

So, for a fright from Frankenstein, sample a spot of science at Mr Fogg’s.

Tuesday 28th October – Saturday 1st November 2014

Mr Fogg’s
15 Bruton Lane

Tel: 020 7 036 0608
Twitter: @MrFoggLondon

The Shed, Notting Hill’s stylish and local restaurant offering superb seasonal and locally foraged cuisine, have created a wickedly delicious menu for the most devilish night of the year, Halloween. So this year forget hiding under the bed and hide inside The Shed instead!

Halloween at The Shed will be the perfect place to indulge your naughty side and taste some of the most mouth-watering Halloween themed dishes including Deviled Beef Heart, Smoked Green Sludge Soup, Raw venison and Black Gnocchi. The menu promises to be full of treats and no tricks.

The Shed Halloween – Friday 31st October 2014
122 Palace Gardens Terrace
W8 4RT
Tel: 020 7229 4024
Twitter: @theshed_resto


For the most glamorous and wicked Halloween party this year, head to Archer Street in Soho for an evening of the sweetest agony. Dedicated to the Dead Divas of the last decade, Archer Street dares you to join them as they call upon the spirits of Amy Winehouse, Joan Rivers and Whitney Houston… The stylish cocktail bar will be transformed into a freakish haven of the fallen famous, with blood-stained cocktail dresses, dramatic make-up and toxic martinis.

Fancy dress is of course mandatory, so put on your most torturous stilettos and prepare yourself for a bizarre reunion with the lost souls of the dead divas.

Friday, 31st October
Doors open 6.30
Entry: FREE

3-4 Archer Street, W1D 7AP
T: 020 7734 3342
Facebook: Archer Street Cocktail Bar
T & IG: @Archer_Street

The team behind boutique festival Winterwell are saying goodbye with the ultimate and final Halloween shindig on Saturday 1ST November at The Loft Studios, a rambling and atmospheric old brick warehouse in West London. Winterwell’s legendary Halloween party has been running for seven years and is the perfect way for Winterwell to go out with a bang. The party will be overseen by the grim reaper and feature a hocus pocus line up with an array of music including house, electro, swing, ska, dirty blues and hip hop, pervasive and interactive games and theatre with with a Ghosts of Winterwell Past fancy dress theme in honour of this great festival coming to a close.

From 9pm onwards, the enchanted will arrive at West London’s most impressive party venue which overlooks the iconic St Mary’s Cemetry in Kensal Green, which the ghosts of romantic hero Byron’s wife and sister are said to haunt. The creative team behind Winterwell festival will be creating an authentic Halloween experience for those brave enough to take fate into their hands and dare to try it…

There will be live performances set to wake the dead from spanning three different rooms from acts including London Afrobeat, Sink The Pink and Count Sizzle. Winterwell parties are well loved for their fancy dress themes and their final hurrah will be no exception to the rule with ghostly reminders of Winterwell years gone by including Once Upon A Time At Winterwell, The Roaring 1920s, Outer Space, Hollywood and Roald Dahl.

Josh Ford, the Director of Winterwell Events, has organised music events for over ten years. Other notable Winterwell acts in recent years have included: DJ Yoda, Cornershop, The Nextmen, The Stornerways, Slow Club, Fanfarlo, Animal Kingdom, Metronomy and many more. Josh will continue with his varied event rosta whilst saying a grand farewell to Winterwell.

The End Is Nigh… Winterwell Halloween 2014

Winterwell Halloween Party

Saturday 1st November 2014


The Loft Studios
77-81 Scrubs Lane
nsal Green
NW10 6QW





Early bird £20

Normal £25

Line up


London Afrobeat (10 piece big band)
Sink the Pink – Burlesque
Count Sizzle
Mr & Mrs
Lou Young
Boom Brothers
The Menendez Brothers
Barnaby Lewis

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Royal Society of Portrait Painters Announces New £15,000 “Conversations” Prize For Portrait Painting

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 14.26.03Aiming to inspire new paintings which depict and encourage interaction, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) is delighted to announce a new art prize, sponsored by Seven Investment Management.

The “Conversations” Prize offers £15,000 to the winning work for a scene of two or more figures interacting, with each other and/or with the viewer, with all shortlisted works exhibited alongside the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London in April 2015.
Robin-Lee Hall, President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters is very excited about the new prize, saying;  “We hope to attract some very interesting works, offering artists the challenges of a complex piece.”

Always seeking to encourage and support artists and widen the appreciation of the art of portraiture, the RP, along with Seven Investment Management, believe The “Conversations” Prize will open eyes to the huge range of styles, media and motivations involved in contemporary portrait painting.

“We are very pleased to be supporting the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and sponsoring The ‘Conversations’ Prize. The team at 7IM and the RP artists both have a huge interest in people’s conversations,” says Justin Urquhart Stewart of 7IM,

From conversations we get to understand people, what drives them and what makes them happy; artists use this insight to express their understanding in a way that connects with the viewer; we use that insight to make sure we manage our clients’ capital to meet their needs. Conversations are at the heart of everything we do, with our clients and for our clients, so it seems very fitting to be sponsoring this prize.”

Online submission is now open.

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