As the greatest ever summer of Games and entertainment has finally come to an end we all need some help finding stuff to do as the days get shorter, the nights get longer and the ConDem government keep cutting our money.
Let’s face it, finding cool stuff to do isn’t easy at the best of times but these days, good ideas for birthdays, first dates, anniversaries or whatever is getting just too damn hard. I feel your pain.
So when I joined Pappzd, I told them I think they should do some type of ‘best things to do list.’ I didn’t imagine they would say ‘yeah, great idea – we think you should definitely do one!”
Erm… I didn’t mean me!
I couldn’t get out of it. They told me, ‘he who smelt it, dealt it,’ gave me an an iPad and told me to go away and come back with a great list. No pressure then. So I’ve designed a hot list of things I found worthy of your attention and think you might want to check out to add a bit of entertainment factor to your week.
Click the little arrows at the bottom of each idea to go to the next one.
London Cocktail Week
What: London Cocktail Week
When: Monday 08 – Sunday 14 October 2012
Where: Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London
Why: A cocktail fiends dream, this week-long event in Covent Garden will host some of the country’s top mixologists to give you the sweetest hangover. World class cocktails from just £4, plus a ride on a specially pimped out London Bus make this a must do this week.
Who: Cocktail lovers, Over 18s
Price: £10 for entry, £4 for cocktails
British Urban Film Festival
What: British Urban Film Festival
When: Friday 12 October from 7pm-11pm until Sat 13 October 2012 from 10:30am-11pm
Where: Day 1: TUC Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell Street WC1B 3LS / Day 2: Oxford House in Bethnal Green, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG
Why: Annual event which shows the growth in British Urban films, with talks and discussions from some of the biggest urban film makers the UK scene has to offer.
Featured Acts over the event: Wil Johnson, Arnold Oceng (Snakeyman), Cass Pennant (director & writer of Cass)
Who: Film Lovers, especially those with an interest or love for Black Film
Ramshackle London Launch Party
What: Ramshackle London Launch Party
When: Thursday 11 October
Where: Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt St, SE1 6DP
Why: Fans of Dubstep, indie or Hip Hop will find Ramshackle to be the place for them on Thursday. The London launch features a performance from grime legend Wiley. Supported by Djs on the night: The Postman and Andy Tokyo
Who: Students, Music Lovers
Manny Norte and Lonyo present Different Strokes
What: Manny Norte and Lonyo present Different Strokes
When: Friday 12 October from 9pm- 2am (Every Friday)
Where: Cherry Jam, 58 Porchester Road, Paddington, W2 6ET
Why: Well respected Kiss FM and Bang FM Dj’s Manny Norte and Lonyo put together a night of top hip hop from previous years.
Who: Hip Hop Lovers, Music lovers, People who love to network and socialize through music.
Info: email [email protected] to get on the guest list.
Price: £10 entry
Jazz Cafe Supa Dupa Fly
Why: A grown up night for hip hop fans of the early 90’s up till 2004. Expect to hear Dre Dre, Snopp Dogg, Nas and more. Featured Dj’s: Big Ted and Emily Rawson
Who: True old school hip hop lovers, new school hip hop lovers who want to learn their history
Annie Mac Presents
What: Annie Mac Presents
When: Saturday 13 October
Where: Koko, 1A Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE
Why: Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac presented her skills on the recent Channel 4 programme House Party when viewers saw her put down a superb set with sweet mixes and on point selection. Hear her live for a top night in Koko
Who: Music Lovers, all cultures, Over 18s only
UK B-Boy Championships
What: UK B-Boy Championships
When: Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 October 2012
Where: 02 Academy Islington and 02 Brixton Academy
Why: The UK B-Boy championships is back for its seventeeth year to wow the capital with mesmerising skills that will leave jaws dropping.
Who: Die hard hip hop fans, dance fans, break-dancing fans, this event will cater to all fans
Price: Saturday 13th: £15, Sunday 14th: £24.50
What: RWD Mag 11th Birthday Party
When: Saturday 13 October 2012 from 11pm
Where: Fire, South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RT
Why: Legendary UK urban oracle, RWD have lined up a strong artillery to celebrate their 11th birthday party which features some hard hitting UK legends. Featured acts: Boy Better Know, Dj Target, Logan Sama and UK Garage legends Fontin and Bushkin
Who: True grime dedicated fans, Uk urban fans
Reverb London Showcase
What: Reverb London Showcase
When: Wednesday 17 Oct 2012 (Every third Wednesday of the month)
Where: 89 Great Eastern Street, Eastern Village, London, EC2A 3HX
Why: A monthly show which highlights the finest rappers, singers, comedians and Dj’s all under one roof. Features an open mic section for emerging acts to show their skills. Featured acts: Dru Blu / Don Strapzy, TE Dutch Club and Slim the comedian.
Who: Fans of emerging talents
Price: £5 online tickets, £7 on the guestlist
Michael Jackson Costume Exhibition
What: Micheal Jackson Costume Exhibition
When: Until 24 Nov 2012
Where: Westfield Stratford City, London, E20 1EJ (Getty Images Gallery, Unit 1119 The Street)
Why: Collectors Tompkins and Bush designed many of Michael Jackson’s costumes, especially those for the Bad Tour and Dangerous Tour. This exhibition features the original costumes worn by the King of Pop during the Bad Tour of 1988/89
Who: Michael Jackson fans old and new. Everybody will find this interesting and enjoyable. A great family attraction.
So what do you think? Is there anything I should have added? Leave a comment letting people know what else is good this week. This week only please (up until Sunday 14 October)
If you’ve got any great ideas of cool, inventive things to do please send them to me with great photos and as much information as possible. Please note that I don’t want flyers, I’d prefer photos of the activities.
Email me: [email protected]
Finally, if you go to any of the events I’ve listed, please drop a comment and let me know what you thought of it.
Have a great week!