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Meeting Of Styles Festival 2016: London’s largest street art festival returns this Bank Holiday weekend

Meeting Of Styles UKThis bank holiday weekend, the capital’s largest graffiti and street art festival is returning to London. Taking over the Nomadic Community Gardens in Shoreditch, the Meeting Of Styles festival will feature three days of live street art painting, music, food and drinking.

A garden oasis and the walls leading to it from Brick Lane will be transformed with over 50 artists collaborating. Budding street artists – young and old – will also have the chance to learn some skills at workshops. Meanwhile, there’ll be plenty of music from the likes of Ghosttown & the lyrical genius Dabbla, DJs Maj Duckworth, Sugai & Super Scratch Sunday, Blabbamouf and Trackside Burners.

Providing the refreshments will be a Rockwell House pop-up bar. The in-garden Roving Café will be serving hot food, cakes and fresh coffee, while the Dry Rub Club will be grilling and marinading on the BBQ.

Also on site will be a mini market of stalls selling art and clothing, including Meeting Of Styles merchandise and EndOfTheLine apparel. By Monday, the Nomadic Community Gardens will be hosting their monthly party with the surrounding walls now complete.

  • Meeting Of Styles takes place from 27-29 May 2016 at the Nomadic Community Gardens, Brick Lane, 1 Fleet Street Hill, Shoreditch, E2 6EE. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street. For more information, visit the Meeting Of Styles website.

For a guide to what else is on in London in May, click here.

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Meet, play, love at London’s fun new dating night ‘Game Dating’

Game DatingWith the likes of dating apps like Tinder and Happn, it can feel like the search for romance has become… well, a bit too technological. On the flip side, some speed dating nights can feel a bit daunting.

Shaking up the London dating scene is an original and fun new concept called Game Dating. Having launched in Shoreditch last month, Game Dating is back this month in the hope of making matches in a relaxed and creative environment.

London singletons can leave their nerves at the door for a fun-filled evening of playing specially selected interactive games. It’ll be a battle of wits, wills and team bonding against a backdrop of DJs, music and drinks.

The concept has been created by people with backgrounds in psychology, events and team-building so the games have been developed to reveal more about a potential date than traditional apps and dating sites.

Explaining the concept, Game Dating creator and founder, James Smith said: ‘After being a user of dating apps and websites, I soon found I became bored of swiping left and right and that potential matches were not of a serious nature. Talking to friends who were also single, I began to develop the idea of Game dating. We knew how speed dating nights have been around for many years but realised it was a good time to look at starting a fresh approach to speed dating, rather than it being just a meet and greet, we could make the whole process less daunting and a lot more fun.’

  • Game Dating takes place on 15 December 2015 and more dates in January 2016 at BL- NK Space, 25-27 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3LT. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street or Old Street. Tickets: £25 or 2 friends for £45 (inc. free glass of Proseco). For more information, visit Game Dating’s official website. For tickets, visit Design My Night.

For a guide to what’s on in London in January 2016, click here.

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Now, that’s the kinda of Christmas ‘spirit’ I’m talking about! Santa Baby pop-up bar in Shoreditch

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Under the arches: Santa Baby pop-up cocktail bar in Old Street

If there’s one time of year that’s perfect for a pop-up, it’s surely Christmas. So with festive fever gradually sweeping the capital as the countdown to Christmas goes on, a new temporary venue has opened in Shoreditch just in time for some yuletide drinking.

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Who knew hot rum could taste so good! Hot spiced apple rum

Santa Baby is a pop-up cocktail bar located as part of the Street Feast Xmas Grotto in Old Street. Located in the arches opposite Shoreditch Town Hall, near the junction with Kingsland Road, is a temporary venue open until 22 December.

A few friends and I visited on a Friday night and immediately loved the venue. You enter through some festive red curtains and greeted with a Christmas tree, with fairy lights and lots of vintage, comfortable sofas dotted around the long arched hall. The venue has been inspired by 1950s American living rooms, with winter scenes painted on the walls.

There were two bars in the main hall – one selling mulled champagne, egg nog, and mulled red and white wines, as well as mince pies, while another sold some more regular drinks such as beer or (non-mulled) wine. A few of us ended up plumping for a hot spiced apple rum, which was absolutely delicious, while another pal tried the mulled champagne.

With the Christmas lights and sofas, the venue had a cosy feel, although I have to admit I was a little cold at times. However, the drinks were delicious and the staff were friendly. I can highly recommend Santa Baby for those looking for a fun venue for Christmas drinks with friends.

  • Santa Baby, 346 Old Street, London EC1V 9LP. Open Tues-Sun from now until 22 December 2012, 12pm-11pm. Nearest tube: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street (Overland). For more information, visit the Santa Baby Facebook page.
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Retro: The bar has been styled like a 1950s American living room