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Wes Anderson’s latest feature, Isle of Dogs, starring the likes of Bryan Cranston, Yoko Ono, Bill Murray, Greta Gerwig, Scarlett Johansson and Harvey Keitel, is a stop-motion film about stray dogs that are banished from the city of Megasaki and exiled to Trash Island. The protagonist, 12-year-old Atari heads off to the island in search of his dog Spot, where an epic journey (with a pack of dogs for company) ensues. To coincide with the release, an exhibition of original sets and puppets from the movie will be on show at The Store, with a life-size recreation of a Japanese noodle bar shown in the film, which’ll serve ramen and sake on Thursday and Friday nights.
Fri 23rd March – Thurs 5th April 2018
180 Strand, London WC2R 1EA thestores.com
Flesh & Buns has been slinging out the baos in Covent Garden for almost five years and now it’s expanding with a second site in Fitzrovia. Opening in June, the new place will still have that same izakaya feel but the menu will explore Nikkei Peruvian cuisine. That means old faves like crispy piglet belly with pickled apples and those s’mores will be joined by a range of ceviches, tiraditos and plates like chilli-miso smoked brisket. YUM. The Peruvian influence extends to the cocktail list, with tables being equipped with Press for Pisco buttons… we can see these getting used a lot. We’ll be bringing you soft launch details when we have them too so keep your eyes peeled!
In the mood for some Japanese grub now? These are the places to get it.
After leaving Kurobuta, Scott Hallsworth opened Freak Scene as a pop-up in Clerkenwell last summer and now we’re pleased to hear that it’s going permanent this month, taking over the old Barrafina site on Frith Street. Many of the dishes from the pop-up, including chilli crab and avocado wonton bombs and chicken-fried chicken with peanut soy and cucumber pickles (which we loved), are making the move, with new menu additions including foie gras croissants, crispy nori cones with tea-smoked beef fillet, and fermented Thai sausages and pumpkin som tam. On the booze front you can expect yuzu-spiked beers, sake bombs, shochu and cocktails, and as well as being able to see the chefs at work in the open kitchen, you can also catch an episode of Takeshi’s Castle projected onto the wall. And anywhere that screens Takeshi’s Castle gets the thumbs up from us.
Remember when East London went a little bit mad and queued for miles to get into that Vegan Night Market, well it’s coming back again…Soho isn’t gonna be the only place with vegan street food ya know! Yes Vegan Nights is returning to the Old Truman Brewery with the likes of Cook Daily, Hai Dozo, SpiceBox, Jake’s Vegan Steaks, Vida Bakery, Eat Chay, Vegan Delice and more dishing out vegan treats. There’ll also be vegan drinks to wash it all down with, vegan lifestyle products to shop from and lots of music to keep the party going. It’s sure to be another busy one so make sure you grab those tickets.
Sweet Cheesus! A whole festival of cheese is taking over Parliament Hill Farmers Market – yes it’s gonna become a cheese street! The Poutinerie, Mac To The Future and The Cheese Truck are just a few of the cheesy street food traders pitching up, with the likes of Quickes Cheese, Wildes Cheese and The Old Cheese Room selling everything from brie to wensleydale. And if that didn’t already sound GRATE, there’ll be cheese tours on offer and a whole host of Cheese Angels will be giving away endless amounts of edam…
Sat 28th April 2018, 10am – 3pm
William Ellis School, off Highgate Road, London, NW5 1RN lfm.org.uk
After having a little spruce up, Clapham pub The Sun is now ready to re-open, and just in time for the return of some actual sunshine. Naturally they’re throwing a party to celebrate and we’ve got a stash of invites for LOTI readers up for grabs. Located in Clapham’s Old Town, The Sun is the ideal spot for a relaxed lunch, after work drinks and some al fresco action thanks to a great beer garden.
There’ll be free drinks from Camden, Tarquins Gin, Meantime and Bibendum Wine on offer as well as a whisky masterclass running throughout the evening, so you might even discover a new fave drink. You’ll also be able to tuck into fresh oysters from Blue Point Toasted Lager and try out tasters from the new food menu. If that sounds right up your street, then just drop in your email below to get an invite.
Terms & Conditions
There are 50 pairs of invites up for grabs, meaning there are 100 places in total. Each invitee will be able to bring a plus one.
The first 50 people to submit their email addresses will receive an invitation. Email confirmations will be sent out to successful entrants.
Entrants will be signed up to the LOTI Wednesday newsletter, Friday EDIT and occasional brand partner emails.
Nicole Logan is the head station manager at the newly-launched Transmission Roundhouse radio, which is all about giving a voice to the UK’s youth. Not only is the station led by an all-female management team, it’s broadcasting a range of radical, experimental and underground content. Here’s how Nicole is taking over the airwaves…
Where do you live in London and what do you like about the area?
I’m primarily based in Stratford, under the glow of a certain large shopping centre and an even larger stadium. I was born not far from there in Whipps Cross hospital, so it all feels like my old stomping ground, yet over the years it has changed beyond all recognition. Saturdays outside the station, Stratford becomes one of my favourite places in the world, it is so overwhelming and yet still feels like family, you’ve got outreach teams from Islam, Christianity and Judaism with stalls, groups of lads beatboxing, someone else busking with a guitar, your friendly neighbourhood paintball company wanting your money, groups of friends waiting to kick start their weekends, all walks of people and shades of life. Just like that scene out of Love Actually…it really is all around.
How did you first get into radio?
I had done some radio at my student station in Canterbury (CSR FM) before graduating and deciding that I actually wanted to get into TV and/or theatre. A couple of baptisms of fire later, in the form of gruelling unpaid internships and some particularly hard TV production jobs, I realised those worlds and mediums weren’t for me, I didn’t fit in with the crowd that worked in them and I didn’t want to. I met my now Senior Manager about 3 years ago in a women in audio networking event in a pub outside of broadcasting house. She was a radio producer who had just got a job at the Roundhouse and I was making radio on the side for anyone who would let me, in a nutshell she totally took a chance on me and my ability and I’ve been trying to prove myself ever since.
Transmission Roundhouse radio launched this March, tell us a bit about the station and what it aims to do.
Transmission Roundhouse is an audio platform which aims to pioneer radical speech radio for under 30s, alongside some kick ass specialist music and non-commercial tunes. The shows we’re really excited about are the likes of Project Pleasure; a show that debunks the taboos around ‘doing the nasty’ and Deeper Cuts; a modern jazz show for those who think they don’t jazz (but secretly they love it). We want to cut through all the noise that can be found on the internet and provide under-30s with an accessible, playful and intelligent place to get their news, music and culture – fake news free.
What’s the programming process like? How do you choose presenters and decide which slots they get?
In terms of picking presenters, primary factor is ‘do we have a similar vision for what radio could become and are they ambitious enough to try and make it happen’. As the roles are voluntary, we invest in our presenters, their personalities and their career development in terms of mentoring, coaching and tuition, we want them to be able to make the sort of radio they wouldn’t be able to make at larger broadcasters, take risks and challenge themselves to think abstractly. As with all mediums and art forms it’s content first, is the show idea ambitious, engaging and radical enough? The nature of the show will dictate the show slot; it has to make sense alongside the audiences’ day. We’re going to do a public call out for new shows in late March, that will go out across our social media platforms @Transmission_RH. The process is pretty simple, it’s a written application followed by a coffee and then a couple of demos, so we can get a sense of each other and see if it’s a good fit for both the station and the presenters.
The station has an all-female management team, how important was it to have that level of representation for women in senior positions?
Femme (a term I use to include trans, cis and non-binary people who identify as feminine) representation in audio is still sorely behind where it needs to be, to truthfully reflect its audience. While I think there has been some brilliant work by the likes of Sound Women and Audio Grrls (can be found on Facebook) to change the roles of femmes behind the mic, I am so bored of walking in to offices, events and stations and finding yet again cis-men in management roles, deciding and influencing station atmosphere and what is ‘good’ radio. It’s dated, past it and so totally 1997. Apart from Miia Laine at Soas Radio and Harriet Taylor at Radar, I rarely come across another womxn heading up stations and with so many popping up across the country, it’s only logical to have more incredibly vocal womxn in senior strategic roles. But in order to make that happen we have to start training womxn to take on those roles and build up their experience, I was lucky to have someone do that for me and so I’m passing it on.
Describe your perfect day in London.
Okay so I really based my whole day around food! Starts with a lie in, before doing the 30-min walk through the Olympic Park and down the canal to Hash E8, my favourite café in Hackney Central. I’d have a stack of their white chocolate banana pancakes, then I’d see a film (and by film I mean Black Panther) at the Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel, before heading off for a kick around with all-femme football team Romance FC in Hackney Downs’ Park, then a carb heavy dinner at my favourite Thai Café called the Pie Crust in Stratford. It’s bring your own bottle and it’s heaven! Followed by trying my best to vogue at Pxssy Palace at Mick’s Garage – peak East London and I adore it.
The world’s first Instagram-powered restaurant is coming to London, giving you the chance to ‘eat your feed’. Hosted by Knorr at Jones & Sons in Dalston, there’ll be no menu at this dinner, instead diners will have their Insta feeds analysed to see where you’ve been and the experiences you’ve had to generate personalised recipes that the kitchen will whip up.
You could be eating anything from french beef bourguigon, Moroccan lamb tagine or risotto primavera, it all depends on what and where you’ve been ‘gramming. And as well as your custom main dish you’ll also be treated to nibbles, sides, petit fours and drinks on the house. This is a one-night-only dinner so if you want in, apply for a spot here.
Weds 11th April 2018, from 7pm
Jones & Sons, 2G Stamford Works, 3 Gillett St, London N16 8JH eatyourfeed.com
Any day that Harts Group – the guys behind Barrafina, Quo Vadis and El Pastor – announce a new restaurant, it’s very big news, so to have THREE new spots announced in one day is a truly momentous occasion (in the relative echo chamber of London restaurant news of course).
The group have got a new Barrafina, Casa Pastor (a big sister to El Pastor), and wine bar The Drop, coming to the Coal Drops Yard development in King’s Cross in autumn 2018. This Barrafina will be their biggest yet, with 34 covers inside and 60 on the terrace so hopefully that’ll mean we won’t have to queue for as long as their other sites!
Aside from the restaurants themselves being very exciting, they’ll all have outdoor space by the canal so it sounds like it’ll be a pretty stunning setting. A former Victorian coal store, Coal Drops Yard was originally a series of warehouses built to handle the eight million tonnes of coal delivered to London each year, so there’ll be plenty of interesting original features inside too.
Harts Group are looking to raise funds for the Barrafina part of the project through crowdfunding so there’s a chance to be involved too, from just £10. See more on the Barrafina site.
Question: What underground station can you eat, drink and dance the night away in? Well any station we suppose…if you are feeling brave/bored enough. But if you are looking for somewhere cooler than the ticket hall to show off your dance moves, head to The Magic Roundabout at Old Street Station for their last ever season.
Yes it’s the final time that the roundabout will be magic as the site is up for redevelopment, so they’re going out with a bang with an urban jungle theme for this summer. The space will be decked out with a waterfall, futuristic jungle flora and fauna, and plenty of neon lights. Smoking Lotus and Burger Bear will be dishing up the food, and there are a load of summer parties still to be announced, so watch this space.
Weds April 18th – September 2018
Old Street Station, 16 St Agnes Well, London, EC1Y 1BE magicroundabout.co