A Slice of London Pie 9-22 November

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An alternative guide to what is on in London over the next two weeks

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This fortnight on a Slice of London Pie…we turn a tad geeky and head to Internet Festival Week to see what else we can do to make you all smiley happy and returning readers. Oh, and they have parties with booze and everything. We will definitely be checking out the World Press Photo exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall. This is a great venue with a pre-theatre vibe and live music to accompany your after work drinky poos.

Anyway, there is lots for London locals and non-follow-the-sheep tourists to look forward to…


Check out the latest London deals on A Slice of London Pie. Every fortnight they’ll be all sorts up for grabs from cute free tote bags to dance classes, free club entry to theatre tickets…

WIN! 4 x tickets to Animal Zoo Party at Koko*

This week for #ThriftyThurs we are giving away four tickets to the Animal Zoo Party at Koko – one of London’s hottest clubs – on Saturday 26 November. The theme is ‘animal’ so start getting your cute and cuddly costume sorted, grrrr. Guilty Pleasures is an an antidote to modern day clubbing fatigue. It has become one of the biggest events and movements of the music scene; “a putative global phenomenon” no less, or so says The Guardian.


  • Follow @hostelbookers on Twitter
  • On Thursdays, retweet our #ThriftyThurs Tweet
  • Winners will be sent a private message and when the prize is claimed, we’ll announce them  on Twitter.
  • *Terms and conditions apply

CONSOLATION PRIZE – And hey, for all you losers, you can still get discounted tickets for £8 (normally £15 on the door or £13.50 in advance) if you RT the message!

WIN! 2 x tickets for a weekend swing dance workshop*

HostelBookers had such fun on their team night out – learning to jive to toe-tapping Charleston and swing to 1940s classics – that we thought you would love to give it a go too!  There are classes for complete beginners, or, if you’ve given it a go once before you can opt for an intermediate session. Choose from a variety of classes running on Sundays 12-2pm at Swingdanceuk.com.


Tell us how you would ask a girl/boy to dance with you…

    • Leave your answer in the comments box below
    • Answers must be under 100 words and have the title ‘How to get a dance partner”
    • Our favourite creative/lol/cheesy answer will be the winner
    • *Terms and conditions apply

Alternative Daylife

7-11 November / Various

Over 130 events with the big guns including The BBC, Yahoo!, Creative Review, Google, Penguin and Channel 4. You can forget the droll conference style, remember, this is the fast-paced digi and categories include Classroom, Parties, Social Media and Arts and Entertainment – now doesn’t that sound better than ‘lecture’! Check out the calendar to plan your trip.

When: Various times
Admission: Free
Where: Various

11-29 November / Southbank

This annual event always promises a gutsy display of some of the world’s finest reportage images from the past year. This year the winning selection reflects on the horrors of war, the best moments in sport, news and celebrity blunders and the havoc wrecked by the natural world.

When: Open daily 10am-11pm
Admission: Free
Where: Level 2, The Royal Festival Hall MAP

Until 19 Nov / Whitechapel

Your last chance for a new and free do! This pop up salon is currently “giving you the cuts you want and talking about the cuts you don’t”. The idea behind the event is to replicate a gesture of friendship and build a community of just – just as if a family member or pal might offer to trim your locks. On the final day, turn up for the salon’s free closing party with performances and gorgeous locks.

When: Midday-6pm
Admission: Book your free appointment here or call 07928 072825
Where: 26-28 Toynbee Street MAP

Until 14 Jan / South Ken

As part of the V&A’s current exhibition – the Power of Making – the gallery will be hosting live demonstrations and talks by artists and designers. Visitors can observe the objects being crafted from scratch and witness both traditional processes and the application of digital technologies.

When: Every Friday 7pm-8:30pm and every Saturday 1pm-4pm
Admission: Free, view the full programme here
Where: The Porter Gallery inside the V&A, Cromwell Road MAP

Alternative Nightlife

Sat 12 Nov / Brixton

We remember the hot tub on the roof, the ‘no dress code’ being taken  rather literally with barely there burlesque tassels. This week it’s Nigel Burch and The Flea Pit Orchestra and Grace’s Aces playing live gypsy romp and Missy Fatale is the naughty but nice cabaret kookster for the evening. Come out and play!

When: 9pm-4am
Admission: Free
Where: Hootananny, 95 Effra Road MAP

Until Sun 13 Nov / Hackney

A push-the-boat out option for our usually cheap selection of alternative London events but Tony Hornecker’s latest installation is just too inviting. The set designer turns his home in to a performance and dining space for a few precious days this November. You’ll be led down an alley by performers and taken to your table for a slap up 3-course meal with tranny entertainment for dinner interludes. Surreal to say the least!

When: Arrive at 8pm or 8:30
Admission: £35 per head. Email thepalebluedoor@hotmail.co.uk with your preferred date, time and menu of choice.
Where: A secret location in Hackney ooh!

14-21 Nov / Bayswater

This pop-up cinema is showing cult classics including The Big Lebowski, Breakfast at Tiffanys as well as a few more artsy mainstreamers such as Black Swan and Senna. Pull up a pew or dive into the ball pit with some vintage sweets, popcorn or cocktails purchased from the beach hut.

When: Daily films from 8pm and 3pm matinees at weekends.
Admission: £8 or free for customers who spend £10 or more at any of the Whilteleys shopping centre restaurants. Buy tickets here
Where: In the space vacated by Books Etc in Whiteleys Shopping Centre,144-151 Queensway MAP

Tue 15 Nov / Old Street

Join the Robin Collective for a luncheon like no other with live music from indie group Kotki Dwa, projections, food experiments, sound artists and animators all collaborating to quaff your hunger pangs.

When: From 7pm
Admission: £6, buy tickets here
Where: The City Arts and Music Project, 70-74 City Road MAP

Tues 15 Nov / Central

No it ain’t just for gents, the women folk can come along too for this new night at The Social. Key ingredients for this relish include Funk, Rare Groove, Northern Soul, Ska, Latin and Boogaloo and if you don’t like the flavours coming out of that lot ‘then shut your mouth’!

When: 7pm-midnight
Admission: £5
Where: The Social, 5 Little Portland St MAP

Sat Nov 19 / Brixton

Oooh we do like a dollop of DJ Gilles Peterson. Tonight’s happening is all to celebrate his second album and, for our listening pleasure, he has assembled a live band of impressivarios and there is a special DJ set planned from Louis Vega. Definitely one for those who like to get their wiggle on!

When: 9pm-4am
Admission: £12 in advance, £15 on the door. But tickets here
Where: Electric Brixton , Town Hall Parade MAP

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