It doesn't get much more immersive than the inside of Bjork's mouth. But that's exactly where Bjork Digital, an immersive virtual reality exhibition on the Icelandic pop star and artist, will take you. This exhibition of digital and video works, resulting from collaborations with some of the world's finest visual artists, uses the latest virtual reality technology to take her music to another dimension. Included in Bjork Digital is Black Lake, an immersive film directed by Andrew Thomas Huang and featuring panoramic visuals and cutting edge surround sound, and Notget VR, in which Bjork is presented as a digital moth giantess transformed by stunning masks created by artist James Merry. Bjork herself will be in London for the exhibition, performing a special, one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday 21st September.
London Autumn & Winter Pop-Ups and Events
An immersive virtual reality exhibition on the Icelandic pop star.
Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 01st September - 23rd October 2016
The two-month festival is back for its 15th year.
Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH
Dates: 01st October - 30th November 2016
Hundreds of exhibitions in numerous galleries come under the umbrella of Photomonth, a two-month photography festival in the East End of London. Into its 15th year now, Photomonth encompasses the Photoblock at the Old Truman Brewery, the Photobook Fair at theprintspace, the Photo-Open and Portfolio Review at the Rich Mix, the Dalston Street Show and a wide ranging programme of exhibitions, events, artists talks, seminars, workshops and courses. There's plenty more to do in the two-month photo fest including meet-ups in East End galleries and last year we had the touring Ice Cream Van Gallery from The Artful Project.
The audience take a starring role in this immersive production.
Waterloo Railway Station, Waterloo Station, London, SE1 7LT
Dates: 11th October - 26th November 2016
So realistic that armed police were called to the opening night, Hunted is the latest immersive theatre production from Colab Theatre. The intense theatrical experience sees the audience take a starring role, running from enemy agents in an attempt to evade capture. Staged in two parts, you'll venture from Waterloo Station to London Bridge before being led to a secret location. The actors are brilliant and certainly don't hold back, so much so that you start to question if you've been led into an elaborate hoax and really are in danger. However, to truly get the most out of the experience you have to get into the mindset and play along yourself, and hope that the rest of your group do the same.
Hip in Brooklyn, happening in Shoreditch.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Tube: Aldgate East Station
Dates: 12th October - 30th December 2016
A mash up between ten-pin bowling and curling, where you get to wear your own shoes, Shuffleboarding is the latest social sports craze to hit London. Dating back to Henry VIII's time, Shuffleboarding comes to London via the States - the game has taken grip in the fashionable warehouses of Brooklyn and Miami, says London Shuffle Club founder Graeme Hawkins. Occupying the entire top floor of the Truman Brewery, the 300 capacity club has an industrial, underground party vibe with neon lighting, classic cocktails and Americana inspired food. Go with friends, book a Christmas party or join in the Monday leagues - win and you'll be crowned London's Top Shufflers of 2016. In the immortal words of LMFAO: "Every day I'm shuffling."
The east London rooftop is given a Viking inspired winter makeover.
The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
Tube: Liverpool Street Station
Dates: 27th October 2016 to 7th April 2017
On the back of its popular A Tribute to Dr. Strange summer residency, the Queen of Hoxton's rooftop is set to be given a makeover once again. Titled Skye Halla, the winter wigwam will this year be Nordic Viking inspired and will bring together a long boat, fire pits, driftwood sculptures and plenty of drinking horns. Escape the modern world and join fellow comrades on giant feasting tables while you tuck into pork belly hot pot with apples and potatoes, salmon rosti with red cabbage and root veg mash, and slow braised turkey leg glazed with sloe gin gravy. Winter warmers include hot buttered rum, hot mead punch, and nettle, dandelion and elderflower martinis.
The covered rooftop food court is heated and a Nordic forest sets the scene.
Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London, W12 7RJ
Dates: 3rd May to 1st October 2017
After its glorious summer sojourn (the most Instagrammed pop-up of summer 2016? - we think so) Pergola on the Roof is back. This time the covered rooftop food court on the roof of the BBC Television Centre is heated for winter and a Nordic forest sets the scene. Dine at a choice of four self-serve restaurants under a canopy of holly, ivy, and winter flowers, set against burgundy walls and paved with woody bark. Think silver birch trees, low level lighting, blankets, cedar wood, oaky scents and candle light. Choose from menus by Snaps & Rye, Le Bab, Patty & Bun and Gunpowder. The queues were long over the summer but you can book in if you're a party of four or more, there's capacity for 600 and 25 per cent is kept back for walk-ins plus there are five giant beds seat up to 15 people. Snuggle up and get cosy.
Bowling-on-ice and Lucky Voice karaoke cabins on the 8th floor of a car park.
Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE
Tube: Stratford Station
Dates: 03rd November - 23rd December 2016
Now you don't have to wait for the winter Olympics to get into curling. Bowling-on-ice comes to East London. From the people behind Rooftop Film Club, Sliders is a club where you can book one of four neon lit curling lanes, sip on themed cocktails, enjoy street food and karaoke cabins powered by Lucky Voice, all on the 8th floor of a multi-storey car park in Stratford. Street food favourites Rockadollar Dogs serve up festive frankfurters and Peruvian barbeque specialists, Cachina, give the traditional hog roast a Latino twist. Entry to the undercover, heated Winter Bar is free with space for 200, 360 views of East London and Thermos %uFB02asks full of hot cocktails.
300 cars that span 125 years come to Regent Street for the day.
Regent Street, Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5SJ
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
Dates: 05th November 2016
The whole of Regent Street, from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, is closed to traffic for the Regent Street Motor Show, the free car festival which gives Londoners the chance to see 300 cars up close and personal on one of London's busiest shopping streets. Petrol-heads will be in their element as the free show, which is staged on the eve of the Veteran Car Run, offers a unique and interesting display of motoring from the 19th century to the present day. The street is split into zones with around 100 period vehicles, 20th and 21st century displays and a future concept display from some of today's leading manufacturers. Added to all this are stage shows, presentations and competitions making it an exciting day out for car fans.
This indoor enchanted forest screens a number of festive favourites this winter.
Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DR
Dates: 18th November - 06th January 2017
After its success last year, the Backyard Cinema brings The Winter Night Garden back for 2016. The theatrical cinema experts, known for their immersive and detailed productions, have created a striking indoor enchanted forest to screen a number of festive cinema favourites. Visitors will have to venture through a magical wardrobe, found in the depths of Italian market Mercato Metropolitano, to access the cinema, where they will be able to snuggle up with a blanket, mulled wine and mince pies while enjoying movies such as Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually and It's a Wonderful Life. Family favourites such as Frozen, Cinderella and Muppets Christmas Carol will also be on the line-up as well as Edward Scissor Hands, Die Hard and Nightmare Before Christmas.
Weber show you how to grill, roast and smoke dishes on the BBQ.
Meat N16, 104 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0LA
Tube: Manor House Station
Dates: 03rd November - 23rd February 2017
Always wanted to master the BBQ? Then Weber is here to help with its Winter Warmer Grill Academy. The knowledgeable butchers at Meat N16 will use the range of Weber barbecues - the world-leading barbecue brand - to show that you can do far more than just hot dogs and burgers with a hands-on, four-hour cookery course. You'll be shown how to grill, smoke, roast and bake a range of seasonal festive dishes, from a roast beef with Yorkshire pudding to a Christmas turkey. Also on the menu will be hot smoked salmon with potato rosti, fig and goats cheese flat bread, and sticky toffee pudding with cream and berries - all cooked on the barbecue. From the prep to plating, you'll be involved with every step of the process, with the team more than happy to answer any questions you have along the way. The course will then conclude with a hearty feast washed down with a well-earned glass of wine. Informative and enjoyable, it's a perfect day out for both BBQ beginners and aficionados, with everyone guaranteed to come home having learnt something new. Looking for a course in south London? The Winter Warmer Academy is also on at The Jolly Gardeners.
The Rooftop Film Club moves inside for winter.
Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Dates: 01st - 23rd December 2016
The Rooftop Film Club moves indoors for the winter season, screening everything from new releases to Christmas favourites in Peckham's abandoned Electric Theatre - found within the Bussey Building. The Winter Film Club will screen the likes of Love Actually, Absolutely Fabulous, Louis Theroux's My Scientology Movie and Miracle on 34th Street in the stunning Edwardian cinema, which first opened to the public in September 1908. Settle down in a deck chair with headphones on, liquid refreshments and tempting snacks to enjoy classic films in one of London's unique settings.
The exclusive venue is given a festive, fairy-tale makeover.
Sketch - the Glade, 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG
Tube: Oxford Circus Station
Dates: 15th November - 06th January 2017
Getting into the festive spirit, sketch presents The Night Before Christmas this winter. A series of installations created by top London florists, it sees the exclusive venue transformed into a magical fairy-tale world. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by 'Hollow Way', a walkway of snow-covered Christmas trees with a soundtrack of enchanting music. The famous pod toilets have also been given a Christmas tree makeover, with Carly Snow - the florist responsible for sketch's summer installation, Mayfair Flower Show - presenting 'Let It Snow'. The Glade has been given a particularly pretty makeover with 'The Faraway Tree' by bespoke florist JamJar. A canopy of winter flowers, trees and beautiful fairies engulfs the bar while pretty fairy table centrepieces continue the theme. The two Michelin-starred Lecture Room, meanwhile, has been decorated with 'Follow The Star', a Christmas tree designed by Tony Marklew. As part of the installation, sketch is serving The Night Before Christmas Afternoon Tea in The Gallery, with London Choralists performing throughout December.
IN THIS ARTICLE
The London Shuffle Club
Winter WigWam: Skye Halla
Pergola on the Roof Winter
Sliders Curling Club
Regent Street Motor Show
Backyard Cinema: The Winter Night Garden
Weber's Winter Warmer Grill Academy
The Winter Film Club
The Night Before Christmas
Autumn 2016 in London
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