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CONVERGENCE

Convergence festival is back in London for it’s second year. The line up splattered with front line visual artists and music pioneers – Pantha du Prince, Kiasmos, Gary Numan and Tricky – to name a few.

This year is an even more immersive experience with Convergence Sessions – workshops, discussions and installations that explore the relationship and overlap between music, art and technology with a particular focus on an integrated multimedia future.

Various venues between 12th and 21st March. Tickets available at www.convergence-london.com

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HE WORE DREAMS AROUND UNKIND FACES

He’s best known for surreal tomfoolery in The Mighty Boosh, but Noel Fielding is also an accomplished artist.

You might be familiar with the costumes and animations he created for TV, but this exhibition is a stand alone marvel – the latest in a sting of often sold out shows displaying his other paintings, drawings and collages.

Expect portraits of The Beatles, Elvis Presley and experimental works, from the Croydon Art School graduate.

Open 7th, 14th and 15th March from 10am – 1pm or when attending performances at the Royal Albert Hall

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CHARLOTTE RUTHERFORD

Less is more? Or more is more? A philosophical dilemma that plagues many style-related decisions.

Take inspiration from London based style photographer and video maker Charlotte Rutherford – who readily admits she learned to take photographs by doing Myspace bathroom selfies.

Start with a semi naked man or woman, add some baby lotion, a tiny dog, emoji, lots of sparkle/shine and killer clothes and there you have it, her signature explosive and enjoyable colour assault on the eyes.

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LATE NIGHTS

We’re now open later; for night caps, something to soak them up, or when you realise it’s 10pm and you’re still at your desk.

Mon-Thu: 7.30am to 11.30pm
Fri: 7.30am to midnight
Sat: 9am to midnight
Sun: 9am to 10.30pm

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What we're listening to

It’s that time of the year – you’re forced to listen to your parents, hairdresser and strangers on the bus talk about spring cleaning, when you can’t even remember the last time you made your bed.

We have a better idea: forget about physical dust, and instead blow off the virtual soot from your aging online music collection. Let something new into your ears.

We’ve made you a playlist called Spring Clean – it’s the best new undiscovered music we’ve come across recently.

Have a listen on Spotify

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WOMEN FASHION POWER

Everything we wear tells a story. It tells people who we are, where we go, what we read. Clarks desert boots / drinks Clipper Green Tea / listens to Caribou. Fact.

Women Fashion Power, showing at the Design Museum, takes a look at princesses, politicians and pop stars who consciously or unconsciously use clothes to represent who something. These outfits have empowered and defined them. In a world where women are judged by their looks and fashion choices this is a very positive show.

Until 26th April at the Design Museum, tickets here

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WHO DID YOU MEET?

Once upon a time, we chatted to strangers, brought jams to neighbours in times of plenty and said hello to passersby.  We hear it still happens up North.

We also hope one might choose to shoot the breeze with fellow diners at the sharing table.  Maybe you might debate current affairs; maybe you share a secret haunt; maybe you might just pass the pepper.

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The Central Illustration Agency began life as one guy with a packet of drawing pencils, an eraser and not even a hint of Photoshop 1.0, and ended up bringing together a ton of great other graphic designers, illustrators and animators.  These days they’re still a heavyhitting agency with a roster of the top dogs of modern graphic art.

Better yet, they’ve got a blog of the newest and coolest in the world of illustration – from fun facts in cartoon, to interviews, toffee apples and exhibitions.

centralillustration.com/blog

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    Although we usually save our turkey intake for Christmas time, we’ve decided to warm up our palettes with the traditional American celebration that is Thanksgiving.  Complete with all the trimmings, and a cocktail on arrival, this holiday gives us much to be thankful for.   ROASTED NORFOLK BRONZE TURKEY CORNBREAD & SAUSAGE STUFFING MAPLE BUTTER [...] Read More
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    At last, we’re through the long nights and cold days, and the time of year that doesn’t afford us a single three day weekend, mini-escape, cause for lightweight celebration.  But here we are!  Easter is upon us, not just one short week, but two, with sun in the forecast and four whole days of weekend [...] Read More
  • CHRISTMAS PARTIES

    Knees-ups, shake-downs – whatever you want to call your festive get-together, they’re not far off now. Village East’s Little Room will be back with a lovely new look just in time, and of course all our restaurants have spaces for private parties and big groups.  Get in touch with our events team so they can talk [...] Read More
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DAILY CAKE QUOTIENT

Everyday, our kitchen brings us a jar of cookies.  Or sometimes a pretty little cake stand with a banana loaf.  Macaroons.  Meringues.   Depends how they’re feeling.  But everyday, regardless, there is a new batch of home made treats to eye up on your way in and have with a cup of tea.

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BRIGHT OLD THINGS

Stop worrying about getting older, because we are all cheese – in the right environment we get more awesome as time ticks on. Well that’s what we’ve taken away from Selfridges’ project Bright Old Things.

Photographer Todd Selby (who created interior design eye candy website The Selby) made his artistic contribution by finding older people doing interesting, creative and bright things around London in Oct ‘14. The result is a huge treasure trove of beautiful photographs and vibrant characters caught on film.

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Breakfast
M-F: 7.30am to 12pm
S-S: 9am to 11.30am

Brunch
S-S: 11.30am to 4pm

Lunch
M-F: 12pm to 3.30pm
S-S: 12pm to 4pm

Dinner
M-S: 6pm to 10.30pm
Sun: 6pm to 9.30pm

All day menu available throughout the afternoon.

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