Thursday 08th December

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Playboy Club London’s Gothic Gin Garden Pop Up

By Samm Abbott

Playboy Club London has transformed into a unique fairy-tale style ‘Gothic Garden’ for this November, when it plays host to its first Tanqueray Gin pop-up. 

The Gothic Garden opened on 27th October and will run until the 24th November.  It is simply a stunning venue, decked with ethereal ferns, roses and greenery to showcase an intriguing yet comfortable environment to make your gin dreams come true.

IMG_2293Customers will be able to relax with specially crafted gin cocktails, before enjoying the ultimate personalised gin inspired experience.  There are two experiences on offer, the ‘gin & on it’ or the ‘ginfusion’.

The ‘gin & on it’ experience allows you a personalised tailored session with the Playboy Club London’s bartender who will talk you through the interactive botanical gin garden.  This will allow you to create your own bespoke gin cocktail.

Customers opting for the full ‘ginfusion’ experience will not only receive a glass of gin punch on arrival but will soon be visited by the ‘gin fusion’ trolley.  Here you will have a go at pressure infusing your favourite botanicals with Tanqueray gin to create your very own, custom-made G&T.  You’ll also take away a 300ml measure of your ‘ginfusion’ in a bottle with bespoke label, to enjoy at home.

This was a fun and unique way to enjoy Tanqueray Gin and for only £33, extremely good value!  Here at What’s On London, we absolutely loved this experience and haven’t stopped talking about.

Advance tickets for a table reservation, can be purchased for either £10.00 or £33.00 per head.  For tickets, visit

Category: Hidden London

Heroes: Jimmy Wales Meets Stewart Lee

Last Wednesday, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales interviewed British stand-up, writer and director Stewart Lee in a fascinating conversation hosted by The School of Life.  The event was the latest in the organisation’s ‘Heroes’ series, in which leading cultural figures get to question someone they admire from a different industry – a format giving fascinating insights into both interviewer and interviewee.

Ian Cater was there for What’s On London to hear what Wales could draw from one of Britain’s greatest living comedians and contrarians.

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Category: Comedy

We Need To Talk About Lionel Shriver – The School of Life on 17th January 2017

Tomorrow night, Lionel Shriver takes to the main stage at Cecil Sharp House (NW1) for a unique event organised by The School of Life.  Unlike most leading lights in literature, Shriver’s not seeking to promote a new book or gorge herself on easy questions served up by a sympathetic moderator.  Instead, she’s subjecting herself to inquiry by a clinical psychologist – Tanya Byron – to understand what makes her tick.  

As Ian Cater writes below, it promises to be a fascinating evening, providing an insight into the challenges faced – and resilience needed – by even the most successful people.

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Category: Culture
Haskell speaks his mind at Wasps (Richard Lane Photography)
Haskell speaks his mind at Wasps (Richard Lane Photography)

James Haskell Talks Fitness and Rugby on 13th December 2016

On Tuesday night, England rugby star and charismatic presenter James Haskell hosts his latest rugby and fitness evening at The Gridiron Building in Kings Cross.  It’s a chance for sports fans and fitness enthusiasts to hear stories from one of rugby’s most travelled and interesting characters on what drives him to succeed and – timely as we approach Christmas – push his body to the very limit.

Ahead of the talk, Ian Cater caught up with him to discuss Christmas temptations, Eddie Jones’ unbeaten England team and a potential future in light entertainment.

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Category: Special Events

UnCorked Theatre presents ‘How To Solve A Problem Like Murder’


By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

With How To Solve A Problem Like Murder, UnCorked Theatre delivers one of the most intriguing, voyeuristic and memorable evenings in London right now: a captivating mixture of immersive theatre, murder-mystery and burlesque.  

The second you arrive at the venue – Paradise by way of Kensal Green – you become part of a complex and challenging reality, which claims you until the moment the murderer is finally unmasked.  The onus is on you to select your chief suspects and closely watch what they do and how they do it.  Our advice: get tickets while you can and then keep your wits about you.

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Category: Dance

Blood, sweat and tears – UFC Fight Night at the O2 Arena


By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Go and see the Ultimate Fighting Championship, they said.  You’ll love it.  It’s the hottest ticket in town.  Well, for much of Saturday Fight Night at a packed O2 Arena, I wasn’t sure.  There were too few knockouts.  Too much grappling, too little drama.  Too many irritants with topknots sitting around me making moronic wolf noises for no discernible reason.

Then came the main event: British middleweight Michael Bisping against Brazilian Anderson Silva, regarded by many as the greatest fighter ever to have entered an Octagon.  Despite my scepticism, the pair put on a contest that fans of the sport will never forget: a topsy-turvy five rounds of controversy that continued up to the moment the judges’ decisions were announced.

Finally, I could see what all the fuss was about and maybe – just maybe – I’d consider going again.

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Category: Special Events

Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble at the 02 Arena

By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

In September this year, Marvel Universe LIVE! Super Heroes Assemble will take over the 02 Arena.  Each generation has its own set of fads, but some things remain constant: kids – and their parents – love super heroes.  That’s why cinemas are packed to the rafters whenever an Avengers or Spider-Man movie comes to town.  And why you can’t walk into a toyshop without tripping over a 12-inch plastic Hulk or Iron Man action figure.  Because the big boys, DC and Marvel, know that whatever they produce will get snaffled up.

But here’s the thing: with great power, comes great responsibility … to entertain, to do something different, to open children’s eyes to something their parents never experienced.

To this end, Marvel think that they’ve hit the jackpot: a live, action-packed arena performance by its favourite creations – Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Black Widow – taking on their hateful enemies before your very eyes.

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Category: Kids
Vape Jam London 2016.
Vape Jam London 2016.

Vape Jam London 2016 Preview: Cuttwood e-juice review


Vape Jam returns to London this April at the London Excel centre, showcasing the best e-juices and vaporisers in the world.

Exhibitors include Cuttwood’s hand-crafted e-juices from California, which provide refreshing and unique flavour combinations.  Cuttwood claims to be ‘The Sauce Boss’ and has grown to become one of the largets e-liquid providers.  Of course, growth and popularity are not always clear markers of quality.  But when I took a closer look and tried out a number of their e-juices, I could tell they were quality products.  

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Category: Festivals