The new fitness studio everyone in London is talking about has got to be Frame in Shoreditch. Their ethos is that getting fit shouldn’t be a chore and that, done in the right way, it can actually be enjoyable. Classes to put a smile on your face include Bend It Like Barbie, the Jane Fonda workout, Commercial HipHop and Funk the Buddha workshop - a fusion of yoga and live DJ collaborations, this is a hip holistic workout. Inspired by cult American workouts such as Bar Method and Phsique 57, the Frame signature classes – Frame Method, Frame Barre and Frame Work – encompass the best bits of pilates, yoga and general fitness. As such, they use weights, a pilates ball, a yoga strap and the barre, as well as a special cushion that Frame have developed themselves which supports the lumber (lower) spine so the lower abs can really be worked, resulting in a flatter stomach.
Similar to Hudson’s Freedom of Movement Collection with 360 stretch, Frame is offering up a 360 workout you will actually want to do! Anything that makes fitness fun and gets results has got to be a winner!
On Wednesday 9th November Miss Cakehead, Curator of Cake & Chaos, founder of the Stay Puft Creativity Corporation and cake obsessive, is holding a Steve Jobs inspired cake shop to tie in with Internet Week Europe. Raising money for the UK charity Pancreatic Cancer UK in homage to Apple founder Steve Jobs, all of the cakes sold are ‘geek’ or ‘Apple mac’ themed. Expect Angry Birds cupcakes, cookies featuring portraits of Steve Jobs, Twitter cake pops, cookie replicas of iPhones and even an 100% edible Mac laptop. In keeping with the digital theme, cake lovers can tweet a reservation for a cake which they can then pick up later in the day using the #geekcakes hash tag. Follow @miss_cakehead on Twitter for more information.
The shop is at The Hospital Club 24 Endell St, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9HQ for one day only.
Image courtesy of Nevie-Pie cakes
If you’re looking for something authentic to do this Hallowe’en forget pounding the streets with the kids and instead head to Hackney for a weekend of horror movies in a church. The Round Chapel in Hackney, E5 will play host to these special Hallowe’en screenings from the people who brought London the Rooftop Film Club. Experience Cinema is a new way of watching cut, alternative and classic films in unusual settings. The classic 70′s horror movies on show over Hallowe’en weekend (28th-29th-30th October) are as follows:
The Exorcist (1973) – Friday 28th October at 7.30pm
The Omen (1976) – Sunday 30th October at 7.30pm
Halloween (1978) – Monday 31st October at 7.30pm
and a matinee screening The Blair Witch Project – Sunday 30th October at 4.45pm
Tickets cost between £9.50 and £11.50 and are available to buy: here
There is a licensed bar and visitors are encouraged to dress up, though fancy dress is not essential. Prepare to scare yourself silly in this spookiest of settings.
On 19th October Waterside Contemporary opens its Hoxton outpost. The first exhibition from the independent visual arts gallery formerly named Waterside Project Space, is entitled They Don’t Know Why, But They Keep Doing It. According to gallery founder Pierre d’Alancaisez this group exhibition explores ‘ideology in the post-ideological landscape’. Rejecting the structures ideologies assign to reality, the six artists – Grzegorz Drozd, artist duo Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Javier Rodriguez, Konrad Smoleński, Maciek Stępiński and Radek Szlaga – present thought-provoking works in paint, installation and video. As explained by curators d’Alancaisez and Piotr Sikora, ‘the artists’ rejection of the institutionalised fuels the creation of new ideologies. They don’t know why, but they keep doing it’. Get your head round this exhibition as a warm up for the annual art fair, Frieze, taking place 13th-16th.
Until 5th November, at 2 Clunbury Street, London N1 6TT
The V&A currently has an exciting one-room, free exhibition on celebrating Annie Lennox’s style. The Eurythmics front woman and solo artist, born in 1954 in Scotland, has sold over 80 million records and is renowned for her contributions to political and charitable campaigns, her enchanting voice and her style. In fact, this year she was awarded an OBE by the Queen for her services to charity. In the small V&A display visitors will find costumes and accessories worn by Lennox in music videos and at award ceremonies, photographs, personal treasures and awards, ephemera from political campaigns she has been involved with, music videos and a specially commissioned video of Annie in conversation. Her influence has surely been felt by legions of female performers; this is a well-deserved tribute.
The Breakfast Club, a cosy cafe with a fun-loving ethos and outposts in Hoxton, Spitalfields, Angel and Soho is a great destination for, well, breakfast. The sunny yellow exteriors have beckoned to many in need of indulgent nostalgia and a hearty meal, whether in the form of pancakes or the traditional English breakfast. There’s a distinct 80′s feel, harking back to the cult classic movies such as the 1985 film of the same name with Molly Ringwald and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In fact, the furniture is as mismatched as the characters in The Breakfast Club movie. Pull up a chair and prepare to fall in love with the quirky charm of one of the gems of London’s independent cafe scene.
The National Portrait Gallery’s current exhibition of vintage photographs spanning the 20′s to the 60′s in Hollywood is pure gold. Glamour of the Gods showcases previously unseen prints, alongside iconic images, all from the John Kobal Foundation. Expect to see the likes of Joan Crawford and Vivien Leigh rubbing shoulders with Marlene Dietrich and Louise Brooks in all their splendour. Snapped by such photographers as George Hurrell, Laszlo Willinger and Ruth Harriet Louise in a time before paparazzi, they had close relationships with both the Hollywood studios and the stars they photographed. Working in collaboration, the studios and photographers imbued the Hollywood glitterati with an air of mystique, elevating them, quite literally, to stars.
Until 23rd October.