Enjoy the fun of the festival season without the mud at Festival pop-up bar in Soho

Festival Archer Street

Enjoy the fun of the festival atmosphere without the mud at FESTIVAL pop-up bar at Archer Street in Soho

Music festivals are one of many people’s favourite things about the summer. However, as much as many of us (myself included) love them, there are some downsides – leaky tents, mud, portaloos…

This summer, festival fans can have the chance to enjoy the spirit of their favourite fest without all the negatives. Archer Street in Soho is transforming its downstairs bar into a celebration of festivals. Entitled Festival, the cocktail hotspot will pay tribute to the music, free spirits and late night revelry for their Summer of Music. The team behind the venue have been inspired by some of the world’s best musical festivals, such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Lovebox and Burning Man.

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Relive your caravan festival days in the cosy booths

Entering Festival, the wide bar will feature a stage, private winnebagos, backstage area and a photo booth stacked with quirky props. There will also be intimate lounges underneath the ‘sky’ in the real camping wagon built into the wall. Among the cocktails being mixed up will be ‘The Burning Gummy Man’ (Bacardi Rum, Passion Fruit Juice, Lime, Vanilla Syrup, and garnished with half a Passion Fruit and a Burning Gummy bear) and ‘The Best-of-All’ (Tanqueray 10, Grapefruit Juice, Lime and German Liqueur, served in a Wellington Boot).

Early in the evening, footage of some of the summer’s biggest festivals will be projected on screen, before the music is cranked up for the party to begin. Guests will be encouraged to dress festival chic, with loud prints, beat-up denim, swing dresses and retro ponchos.

Festival is the latest pop-up from the Archer Street team, who change the downstairs area every six months with different themed pop-ups, such as alpine lodge Piste, polo-inspired Chukka and Brazilian-themed Barzinho. Meanwhile, upstairs the original Archer Street is open Monday to Saturdays, a spacious two floor venue with 400 capacity.

  • Festival @ Archer Street, 3-4 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AP. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus or Oxford Circus. Festival is open Mon-Thurs: 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat: 2pm-1am. For more information, visit the Archer Street website.

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Cinema under the stars: Guide to London’s open air and pop cinemas this summer 2015

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Spooky: The Nomad Cinema returns to Brompton Cemetary
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Us Londoners don’t get anywhere near the amount of hot weather we would like. So when it is warm and sunny, we all head outside. Of course, this leaves film fans in a predicament – who wants to be stuck indoors when the weather is so glorious? Over the past few years, pop-up and open air cinemas have been steadily rising in popularity and this summer should see no difference. Here’s a guide to the capital’s open-air cinemas so you can enjoy some alfresco entertainment with an ice cold beer or wine… sounds good doesn’t it?

  • 19 April – September : Rooftop Film Club

The Rooftop Film Club is for rooftops only (obviously). Screening a mix of films including recent releases and classics. Venues include the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, Roof East in Stratford, Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, and Kensington Roof Gardens. Ticket includes headphones, blankets and deckchairs. Tickets; £14-22. To find out more, visit the Rooftop Film Club website.

  • 26 April – September : The Nomad Cinema

Travelling cinema company returns this summer with a new roll call of venues. Locations include Belgrave Square, Grosvenor Square, Coram Secret Garden, Queen’s Park, Bushy Park, Fulham Palace, Brompton Cemetery, Hyde Park Lido, Hoxton Hotel, Hippodrome, Middle Temple Gardens and more. Ticket prices vary depending on package (some  include food and drinks and other bonuses). To find out more, visit the Nomad Cinema website.

  • 15 May – September : Pop Up Screens

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    Watch Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet accompanied by a live choir
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Travelling pop -up cinema appears in both alfresco and indoor venues, with food and alcohol stands accompanying them. Locations include Morden Hall Park, Bishops Park Fulham, Mycenae House Blackheath, Ravenscourt Park Hammersmith, Manor House Gardens Lewisham, Coram’s Field Holborn and East Greenwich Pleasaunce. To find out about screenings and bookings, visit the Pop Up Screens website. Check out Metro Girl’s review of Pop Up Screens at Morden Hall Park here

  • June – September : Backyard Cinema

Watch a selection of classic or newer films on cosy beanbags or deckchairs as Backyard Cinema goes to various locations, including Camden Lock Market and the Lynx pop-up in Brick Lane. There’s also screenings of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet with a live choir in a church in late May. For more information and listings, visit the Backyard Cinema website.

  • 1 July – 20 September : Luna Cinema

As well as venues outside London, Luna Cinema will be popping up at various venues across the capital this summer. Locations include Alexandra Palace, Battersea Park, Brockwell Lido, Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Park, Hampton Court Palace, Hatfield House, Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens, Modern Hall Park, One New Change, Opera Holland Park, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Tooting Common. Blankets and wedges available at every screening. For more information and listings, visit the Luna Cinema website.

  • 7 – 28 July : Vauxhall One Summer Screen

Vauxhall One host four free screenings over the summer in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Films include Clueless, Zoolander, Dazed & Confused and a public vote choice. There will also be street food from Grill My Cheese, Busan BBQ and Rotli Crew. 7pm onwards. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (Entrance on Kennington Lane), Vauxhall, SE11 5HY Nearest station: Vauxhall. For more information, visit the Vauxhall One website.

  • 6 – 19 August : Film4 Summer Screen @ Somerset House

The courtyard of Somerset House hosts two weeks of alfresco summer screenings. Includes screenings of premieres, double bills and classics. There is also an opportunity for film fans to vote for their favourite film to be screened on 19 August. Tickets start from £16. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple. For more information, visit the Somerset House website.

  • 19 – 21 August : Summer Cinema Series

The gardens of the Trinity Hospice in Clapham will be open to the public for screenings over three nights with screenings of The Breakfast Club, Casablanca and Mrs Doubtfire. Tickets sales go to the Hospice. 30 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 ORN. Nearest tube: Clapham Common. For more information and booking, visit the Trinity Hospice website.

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Fu Manchu review: Cocktails, dim sum and dancing at Clapham’s new drinking den

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Fu Manchu is a sophisticated drinking and dim sum parlour in Clapham

Clapham has long been a draw for South Londoners for a night out with its extensive range of restaurants and bars. As a frequent visitor to Clapham, I believe there’s been a gap in the market for somewhere a bit more sophisticated and a more attractive late night option than Infernos!

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Fruity: Lin Tang’s Szechaun Sling

Injecting new life into Clapham’s bar scene is new late night drinking and dim sum den Fu Manchu. Located in railway arches at Clapham North, the venue is inspired by Sax Rohmer’s cult character Fu Manchu. Entering the bar, the bare brickwork, Eastern-influenced interiors and graphic arts projections, gives a feeling of being in an old Opium Den. Full of little nooks and crannies, there’s some private hidden areas in the venue for those who want a bit of privacy or high tables and bar stools for those who like to be centre of the action. I particularly liked the lighting projection of Fu Manchu on the wall as soon as you enter.

I was invited to the launch this week to check out the new spot and was immediately won over. The cocktail list features inventive twists on classics named after characters and plots from Fu Manchu’s adventures, such as Lin Tang’s Szechuan Sling (Homemade Szechuan pepper shrub, Finlandia Mango Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse and Mango Juice) and Manchu’s Mind Control (Secret grog recipe shaken with mango, guava and lime juice). I tried both and really liked the fruity freshness of the Sling, while my sister was a fan of the Mind Control which was served in an amazing Fu face tumbler. On the night in question, the bar was incredibly busy, but the staff were fast and obviously expert mixologists, whipping up concoctions swiftly.

Food wise, there’s an extensive range of dim sum – both steamed, fried and baked depending on your preference. We tried several of the steamed dim sum and it was a delicious accompaniment for a social evening out. As well as offering drinks and dim sum, the venue is open until 3am on weekends with DJs spinning Nu Disco and Soulful House. For me, Fu Manchu had that winning combination of good drinks, service, food and atmosphere – which is rare to find all four. I’ll definitely be back.

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Delicious: Dim sum is served in wicker baskets

  • Fu Manchu, 15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham North, SW4 7UX. Nearest station: Clapham North. For more information, visit the Fu Manchu website.

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Lose your head in a good book: False Ceiling at Leadenhall Market

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Lose your head in a good book: Richard Wentworth’s False Ceiling at Leadenhall Market

London is full of monuments and sculptures, often from a bygone era. So it is always great to see current day and contemporary artists represented across the capital. For the past four years, the City of London has brought art out of the galleries and into the streets as part of the Sculpture in The City exhibition. The current run originally featured 14 artworks on display in the City, in locations such as 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) and Lime Street.

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False Ceiling is on show at Leadenhall Market

One such piece from the 2014 exhibition (unveiled in July 2014) is False Ceiling by Richard Wentworth, which is still on show. Located in one of the walkways in Leadenhall Market, the art installation comprises of a flock of books hanging from the ceiling. Originally dating from 1995, this piece has previously been shown at the Lisson Gallery. The artist said he was inspired by the huge variety and volume of books which would turn up in flea markets during the early 1990s when he lived in Berlin.

On the day in question I went to see it, the weather was dreadful with wind and rain aplenty. Huge gusts sweeping through a rather empty Leadenhall Market on a Sunday meant the books were swaying quite vigorously in the wind. It took a while to get a decent photo because there was so much movement, but I’m glad I got to see it before it goes. Unsurprisingly, it’s become quite the popular subject for Instagrammers.

  • False Ceiling is currently on display at Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch Street, City of London, EC3V 1LT. Nearest station: Monument, Fenchurch Street or Bank. For more information about the Sculpture In The City exhibition, visit the official City of London website.

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Watch Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet with a live choir with Backyard Cinemas

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Watch Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet accompanied by a live choir
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Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo + Juliet is an iconic 1990s film. The vivid imagery, amazing soundtrack and stunning performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes have made the film a modern classic. Personally I’m a huge fan of the film and soundtrack.

This month, fans of the film will be able to have the chance to watch the movie in a totally different way – accompanied by a live choir in a candlelight church setting. Roaming pop-up cinema company Backyard Cinema are setting up camp for three days at St Mary’s Church in Marylebone for a special screening of Romeo + Juliet. Singers from the Some Voices Choir will be performing some of the film’s most popular tracks, such as Kissing You and Everybody’s Free.

Depending on your budget, you can sit in traditional balcony seats (£20), on comfy sofas and deckchairs in the main seating area (£28) or on front row double beanbag with blankets and cushions (£65 for two people). To accompany your screening, there will be a choice of drinks and snacks, including Cream & Country luxury ice cream, Backyard’s posh and unusual flavoured popcorn while a licensed bar will be serving alcohol.

  • Romeo + Juliet screenings by Backyard Cinema are taking place on 28, 29 and 30 May 2015. Doors open 7pm, Film screening starts 8pm. St Mary’s Church, Wyndham Place, York Street, Marylebone, W1H 1PQ. Nearest station: Baker Street and Edgware Road. For more information and tickets, visit the Backyard Cinemas website.

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Don’t look a Gift Horse in the mouth: The new sculpture on the Fourth Plinth

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Gift Horse, by German artist Hans Haacke, was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in March 2015

Trafalgar Square is a pretty dramatic setting, bordered by listed, historical buildings with Nelson’s Column as its centrepiece. Standing out amongst the predominantly Victorian architecture is the Fourth Plinth in the north-west corner of the Square – containing changing contemporary art pieces. When the Square was laid out in the 1840s by architect Sir Charles Barry, two plinths on the north wall were created. It was only in the 1850s two free-standing plinths were erected on the south of the fountains creating a grand total of four. The plan was for notable figures to be placed on all plinths, but only three were filled. Throughout the remainder of the 19th century and until present day, three of the plinths hosted sculptures of King George IV, General Sir Charles James Napier and Major-General Sir Henry Havelock. The Fourth Plinth was originally designed to hold an equestrian statue of King William IV, but plans were dropped due to lack of funds.

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The creation is a nod to the original plan to have an equestrian statue of King William IV on the fourth plinth

It’s only been since 1998 that the Fourth Plinth has been occupied. It was decided it would host temporary contemporary artworks. Over the years, it has been the base of many sculptures, including Marc Quinn’s one of Alison Lapper, Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle and Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s Powerless Structures, Fig. 101.

In March 2015, the 10th artwork to occupy the plinth was unveiled to the public, replacing the previous Hahn/Cock which had been there since July 2013. The new ‘inhabitant’ is Gift Horse by German artist Hans Haacke. The sculpture is a skeleton of a horse with an electronic bow featuring share prices from the Stock Exchange. The art is a nod to the original Victorian plan for an equestrian statue that was due to stand on the fourth plinth, but didn’t make it due to funding. Haacke admitted he was inspired by 18th century painter George Stubbs’ The Anatomy Of The Horse. Gift Horse is due to remain on the Fourth Plinth until 2016, when it will be replaced by David Shrigley’s bronze hand Really Good.

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The Fourth Plinth stands in front of the National Gallery and overlooks London’s iconic Trafalgar Square

  • Trafalgar Square is located in the City of Westminster. Nearest station: Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus, Embankment or Leicester Square.

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Find out what all the buzz is about as Beehive Place pop-up extends through May

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Foodies’ destination: Pop-up bar and restaurant Beehive Place, located in a former Victorian hayloft in Brixton, has been extended through May

As you may have heard, Brixton is one of London’s new culinary hotspots with an ever emerging dining and nightlife scene. One such venue making waves in recent months has been the pop-up restaurant and bar Beehive Place, which has just extended its residency through until the end of May.

Having opened last November, this long-term pop-up has won over foodies with its ever-changing menu using seasonal ingredients. Beehive Place is a collaboration between Chef Sam Hodges and Restaurateur Theo Cooper, who founded roaming restaurant concept Chateau Marmot with his wife Danielle Treanor three years ago. Running the kitchen in the beautiful former Victorian hayloft in Brixton Market is Chef Sam (St John/Soho House) and his team. With Spring in full swing, they’ll be sourcing fresh ingredients from around the country, including asparagus, foraged leaves, nuts and flowers, heritage tomatoes as well as lamb and other sustainable and rare breed meats, fish and seafood.

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Whet your appetite: The five-course tasting menu features quality, fresh, sourced ingredients

Each week, diners will have the chance to go on a culinary adventure with the £35 five-course tasting menu, which changes weekly. And for those without appetites, the accompanying bar features its own bespoke ‘shrubbery’ of creative, unique cocktails created by mixologists Kevin Darcy (The Burlington Club/Platterform) and Jeff Stuit (Gordon Ramsey/Viajante). DJs will take to the decks later on Friday and Saturday nights for those who want to make a night of it. With Beehive Place only on for a few weeks, we highly recommend you book a spot before it’s too late.

  • Beehive Place, 11 Beehive Place, Brixton, SW9 7QR. Nearest train/tube: Brixton. Tel: 020 7206 2376. Open Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm. Five course tasting menu £35, booked in advance. Limited space in bar from 7pm, full capacity with DJs from 10pm. For more information and booking, visit Beehive Place’s website.

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Guide to what’s on in London in May 2015

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The Dulwich Festival returns in May

Spring is in full swing, the nights are getting longer and the days are getting warmer. With two bank holidays, May is jam-packed with festivals and special events, with many outside so we can enjoy the spring weather. Here’s a guide to what is on in London this month.

  • 1 – 17 May : Wandsworth Arts Festival & Fringe

Two week festival in the borough of Wandsworth featuring theatre, dance, art, music, comedy, poetry, workshops, talks, markets and more. Highlights include Noel Coward’s Private Lives, Alice In Wonderland, South African Voices and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. For more information, visit the Wandsworth Art Festival website.

  • 1 – 31 May : Herne Hill Free Film Festival

Four week festival featuring free screenings in the Herne Hill area at various locations, including Railway Tavern, Herne Hill Velodrome, Brockwell Lido, Prince Regent Pub and Rosendale School. Films include The Ladykillers, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Nearest train station: Herne Hill. For more information and screenings, visit the Herne Hill Free Festival website.

  • 1 – 31 May : Notting Hill MayFest

A month-long festival in and around Notting Hill, featuring concerts, lectures, exhibitions, film screenings, children’s events and a May Fair on 9 May. Various venues including St John’s Church, St Peter’s Church, 20th Century Theatre and the Gate Theatre. Ticket prices vary. For more information and tickets, visit the MayFest website.

  • 2 – 4 May : Canalway Cavalcade

A unique waterways and community festival at Little Venice. Features stalls, bands, kids’ activities, Morris dancers, a Real Ale bar, food and pageant of boats. Free. 10am-6pm. Nearest tube: Warwick Avenue. For more information, visit the Inland Waterways Association.

  • 2 – 4 May : Morden Hall Country Show

Country show in the grounds of Morden Hall, featuring jive pony equestrian acrobatics, terrier racing, Goat Show, birds of prey, Devilstick Peat children’s entertainment, historical re-enactment, ferret racing, arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. Entrance: £7.50, concessions £6, Children age 5-16 £3, Under 5 free, family: £19 (2 adults and 2 children). £2 per car for the car park. Morden Hall Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5JD. Nearest station: Morden or Phipps Bridge (tram). For more information, visit the Oakleigh Fairs website.

  • 2 – 10 May : Grand Designs Live

Based on the Channel 4 TV series, the show features ideas and inspiration for your own grand design, including workshops, consultations and lectures. Tickets: Weekday £12, Weekend £15. ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1XL. Nearest tube: Custom House (DLR). For more information and tickets, visit the Grand Designs Live website.

  • 3 May : Streetfest

One day celebration of street culture, featuring performance art, live urban music, film, dance, sport and fashion. Acts include Kutmah, James Massiah, MC Loyle Carner, Hannah Faith, Shamz Le Roc, So Fresh So Clean and Doctor’s Order Showcase. 1-11pm. Tickets start from £20. Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, E1W 2SF. Nearest tube: Wapping. For more information and tickets, visit the Streetfest website.

  • Now until 3 May : New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival

A free film festival run and staffed by volunteers offering free screenings in venues around New Cross and Deptford. Classics will be screened alongside independent films by new and local talent. Films on show include Friday Night Fever, Paddington, Love & Basketball, Arthur Sleep and singalong Frozen. For more information, visit the Free Film Festival website. For Metro Girl’s interview with one of the film-makers and trailer of one of the film’s being shown, click here.

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Celebrate caffeine at the Coffee Festival

  • Now until 3 May : London Coffee Festival

A celebration of coffee for the capital’s caffeine lovers at the Old Truman Brewery, featuring food, music and – of course – coffee. Visitors will even have the chance to make perfect coffee at home from some top baristas. Tickets start from £11.50 (advance), £14.50 (on the door). The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Aldgate East. For more information, visit the London Coffee Festival website.

  • Now until 4 May : Pick Me Up

Graphic arts festival at Somerset House’s Embankment Galleries, showcasing and selling original graphic art, design and illustration. Daily 10am-6pm, late nights on Wed and Thurs until 10pm. Tickets: £10, concessions £8. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple. For more information, visit the Pick Me Up website.

  • 5 May – 8 October : Victorian London In Photographs

Exhibition of archive shots of Victorian London on show at the London Metropolitan Archives. Free entry. Opening times: Mon and Sat 9.30am-4.45pm, Tues-Thurs 9.30am-7.30pm, Closed Fridays and Sundays. London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HB. Nearest station: Farringdon. For more information, visit the City Of London website.

  • 6 – 10 May : London Craft Week

An inaugural event celebrating craftsmanship, featuring workshops, exhibitions, open studios, galleries and shops. Various venues across the capital. For more information, visit the London Craft Week website.

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New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival 2015: Interview with film-maker of Arthur Sleep

Arthur Sleep filmThis week sees the second half of this year’s New Cross & Deptford Film Festival, which runs until 3 May 2015. Returning to South East London for its fourth year, the festival aims to give locals access to classic films and rising talent through free screenings across the two areas.

One piece showing this week is Arthur Sleep, a modern Gothic romance by local film-maker Sam Harris. Having debuted at the festival last year, this year sees a screening of the film accompanied by a full live score. Described as ‘a broken romance in three parts’, Arthur Sleep re-tells the story of Orpheus and Eurydice as Arthur Sleep {somnambulist} journeys into The Underworld to bargain for the return of his lost love, Rose Walker {a ghost} from Sam Hell {proprietor}.

Ahead of Thursday’s screening, I had a chat with Sam to see what inspires him and the story behind the film.

Q) Where did the idea for Arthur Sleep come from?

A) The film actually started with an album of songs I had written and recorded. Having played in bands for many years, I was keen to present them in a less-traditional way that didn’t necessarily conform to the standard ‘guys with guitars’ format, instead being more three-dimensional and immersive. Many people had commented on the songs’ strong cinematic feel, “like music to a film that was never made” which in turn led me to wonder what this ‘film’ might actually look like… It’s accepted practice for music to be written for film but rarely the other way around, and it seemed an intriguing challenge for a musician to be making a film inspired by their songs.

The name ‘Arthur Sleep’ floated into my head, suggesting a character that I might base script ideas around. Referring to the well-worn lyrical themes in the songs (boy meets girl, girl leaves boy etc), it was clear that a strong narrative would be vital so I began researching ‘universal myths’ (the idea that there are really only a handful of stories in existence, continually retold), remembering the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Underworld. This seemed like it might be a close fit for a heart-broken protagonist, and gave the script its narrative framework.

Q) Which films or film-makers inspire you?

A) My biggest influences on Arthur Sleep undoubtedly come from the German Expressionist era of the 1920s and ’30s — films such as Vampyr, Das Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The Phantom Carriage, as well as the numerous films of F.W. Murnau and Fritz Lang. These films still have incredible resonance and power, being as fresh and relevant almost a century after they were conceived – and from a more practical perspective, I reasoned that if my film was ‘silent’ (i.e. dialogue-free), it would make the combination of songs and film far easier. I was also inspired by more modern directors such as David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Roman Polanski and Werner Herzog, film-makers in no rush to explain their films.

Q) What was the biggest challenge of making the movie?

A) My ambition for the look and feel of Arthur Sleep – having shot the majority of the film over four days on a shoe-string budget necessitated a vast amount of post-production, a process which took almost two years: editing, colour grading, rotoscoping backgrounds from behind actors (a job I wouldn’t wish on my enemies!), replacing skies, adding details, etc. This has given me a renewed and enormous respect for the amount of labour and expertise that goes into making any film.

Q) Watching a film with a live score is quite an unusual cinematic experience, what do you hope it will bring to the film?

A) My aim has always been to present an immersive audience experience with the combination of film and live music, an alternative to the slightly more passive viewing of a ‘finished’ film. In performing the score live, I hope that we bring an energy and spontaneity to the audience experience, the sound being made by the people in front of you and each show being slightly different – it’s an attempt to combine as I see it the best elements of film and live music. For the performance on Thursday we are going to be introducing the film with the songs for the first time, so it’ll be interesting to see what this combination brings to the audience.

Arthur Sleep – trailer from Arthur Sleep on Vimeo.

  • Arthur Sleep will be screened for the first time with a live score on Thursday 30 April 2015. Door open at 7pm, DJ Dom Tuck 7.30pm, Arthur Sleep 8.15pm at St James Hatcham Church (Goldsmiths), St JamesNew Cross, SE14 6AD. Nearest station: New Cross or New Cross Gate. To register for a free ticket, visit the Eventbrite link, although some tickets may be available on the door on the night.
  • For more information on the New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival, visit their official website here.

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Pop-up supremo Jimmy returns to Clapham with The Secret Garden

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The Secret Garden will feature tabletop BBQs, tasting menus, roasts on Sundays and produce from UK foragers and small farmers
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Jimmy Garcia has been winning over Londoners with his culinary creations since 2011 and with summer fast approaching, it’s time for his latest pop-up The Secret Garden to open. Located behind a wooden door, awaits an enchanting and secret world featuring gourmet delights and botanical cocktails. Open daily and on late nights at weekends, the Secret Garden will feature tabletop BBQs, tasting menus, roasts on Sundays and produce from UK foragers and small farmers.

I visited Jimmy’s Underground Pop-Up Restaurant at DVine Cellars in Clapham last spring and absolutely loved the food (review here). The theme of this season’s pop-up is to showcase the best of Britain’s garden produce. Setting the scene for the culinary journey, the space has been transformed by Firecracker Works into an immersive dining experience. Among the menus on offer, will be a seven-course tasting menu at £35pp or the tabletop BBQ at £23pp.


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What lies behind the green door?


‘Peas and Love!’ Garden Peas, Pea and Mint Mousse, Neal’s Yard Goat Curd, Hazelnut Crumb, Confit Lemon, Lemon Vinaigrette – £7

Wild Garlic Soup, Crispy Poached Truffle Egg – £6.50

‘Asparagus Bed’ Asparagus, Mushroom Puree, Potato Soil, Parmesan – £8

‘Back to the roots’ Roasted salad of heritage carrots, beetbaby onions and parsnips – £8


‘Run Rabbit’ Wild Rabbit Loin, Pickled Baby Veg, Smoked Rabbit Veloute, Rabbit Bon Bon, Crispy Sage leaves – £9

‘Papa G’s Chorizo’ Chorizo and Guinea Fowl ballotine, Crispy Skin Shards, Chorizo and Spinach Risotto – £9.50

‘Porky Beans’ Belly, Cheek, Smoked Eel and Pork Beigneit, Martok and Bacon Beans – £8

Venison tartare, Wild Garlic Puree, Pontac Elderberry Vinaigrette, Beet Carpaccio – £9


‘Smoked Salmon Sundae’ Ice Cream, Fish Skin Wafer, Confit Salmon, Seawater Pearls. Lemon and Dill Oil – £9

Seared Sea bass, Deep Fried Oyster, Pickled Cucumber, Squid ink Pearls, Cider Emulsion – £8.50

Scottish River Trout, Fennel Ceviche, Lemon Balm, Sorrel Salsa Verde – £7.50


Host your own indoor BBQ at your table, with Jimmy providing all the necessary tools, meats, marinades and salads. You’ll have the choice of three types of organic meats and secret marinades to brush on. £23pp, minimum 2 people.

Organic Applewood Smoked Pork

Corn Fed Chicken Breast

28 Day Aged Ribeye Minute Steak


The Edible Garden – £7.50

Earl Grey Bergamot lemon tart, Crème Fraiche – £6.50

‘Strawberries and Cream’- Macaroons, Jelly, Shortbread, Meringues, Elderflower – £6

Jimmy’s Ultimate Ice Cream Factory Dessert – £6.50

There will also be a yummy choice of sides, bar snacks and cocktails. The Secret Garden opens this weekend and will run in Clapham North until the end of August. Booking in advance highly recommended.

  • The Secret Garden, 409 Clapham Road, Clapham North, SW9 9BT. Nearest station: Clapham North. Will be open from 25 April – 31 August 2015. Opening times: Mon – Thurs – 5-12pm, Fri – 5pm-1am, Sat – 12pm-1am, Sun – 12-7pm. For more information and booking, visit Jimmy’s Pop Up website.

For Metro Girl’s restaurant reviews, click here.

For a guide to what else in on in London this month, click here.

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