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Blow Out (and about) // Goat racing. In London. Not KIDDING.

Boats aren’t the only thing Oxford and Cambridge like to race, oh no. They’ll also be pitting two pygmy goats against each other on Sunday 6th April to see which university is best….

Berwick Street Record Store Day

Blow Out (and about) // Berwick Street Record Store Day

Make like you’re living the High Fidelity DREAM by attending this year’s Berwick Street Record Store Day on Saturday 19th April. Free outdoor gigs, DJ sets and in-store activities will take place up…

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Blow out (and about) // ASOS Marketplace becomes part of the Fox Problem

Two of our favourite things on teh Internets – ASOS Marketplace and  online series, the Fox Problem – are joining hipster forces this weekend and next for a fashion-fuelled pop-up event. ASOS Marketplace…

Learn to play ukulele London

Blow out (and about) // Learn to play ukulele in a London pub

If you’ve ever fancied learning to play the guitar but it all seems like too much effort, you GOTS to sign up for this ukulele workshop. In less than two hours, you’ll master…

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Blow out (and about) // Design Museum late nights – Rewind the tape

Last night’s Rewind the tape event at the Design Museum was a nostalgic celebration of 80’s and 90’s subculture across fashion, film and music. In association with District MTV, the after-hours shindig essentially…

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Blow out (and about) // Get your skates on: Where to ice-skate in London

‘Tis the season for a spot of ice-skating, so unleash your inner Jayne Torvill and head to one of the pop-up ice-skating rinks in London. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to INSTAGRAM THE…

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Blow out (and about) // Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward musical: Sex, spies and 60s scandal

What: Andrew lloyd Webber’s Stephen Ward musical When: 3rd December 2013 – 1st March 2014 Where: Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF (Box Office: 0844 847 2379) Woss the damage: Prices from £15…

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Blow out (and about) // Future Cinema presents Ghostbusters – who ya gonna call etc

Following their successful summer screenings of Dirty Dancing in the UK’s biggest outdoor film event, Future Cinema are getting spooky for Halloween. The eerie Art Deco atmosphere of the Troxy will become the…

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Blow out (and about) // Urban Food Fest – making Shoreditch carpark your new dining room

What: Urban Food Fest When: Every Saturday night (5pm – 12 midnight) for the next couple of months Where: Euro Car Parks, 163-175 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6HU Getting there: Nearest…

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Le Blow reviews Beacons Festival 2013 // Beacons be crazy

It takes a lot to get me to a festival that’s a) not on a sun-soaked beach and b) involves sleeping on the floor. Spending several days surrounded by thousands of other humans,…

Jessie Ware Cutty Cargo London party

Blow out (and about) // Cutty Cargo London Party: Cutty Sark, cocktails and Jessie Ware, oh my!

There are few things in life we love more than whisky, cocktails, big burgers, bangin’ tunes and parties in giant crates, so you can imagine our excitement when the press release for the…

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Blow out (and about) // YrStore Boxpark WAH Nails takeover

What: YrStore pop-up When: Six week installation from 8th August 2013 Where: Boxpark – Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GY Getting there: Nearest Tube – Shoreditch High Street Yr are the world’s first…

Skate Kings Cross

Blow out (and about) // We wanna be Roller Girls at Skate King’s Cross

What: Skate King’s Cross When: 12th July – 6th September, Tuesdays to Sundays Where: West Handyside Canopy (Next to Central Saint Martins), King’s Cross, London, N1C Getting there: Nearest Tube – King’s Cross…

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

Blow Out (and about) // Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait – at London’s Jewish Museum

When we are fabulous old ladies and we see young girls on their way to fancy dress parties dressed as Amy Winehouse no doubt we will be reminded of exactly where we were…

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Blow out (and about) // FLIGHT CLUB @ Climpson’s Arch – learn how to be a (non wanky) wine connoisseur

Hello! I’m doing a doing a series of nine x one hour tastings on Thursdays throuhout July and August at the Climpson’s Arch in London Fields. Different theme each week. Hopefully some themes…

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Blow Out (and about) // Life in my Shoes charity exhibition ft. Kate Moss and Denise Lewis

What: Life in my Shoes exhibition ft. Kate Moss When: June 25th – July 5th 2013, 24/7 Where: Outside on the Riverside Walkway on London’s South Bank Getting there: Nearest Tube – Waterloo…

Luisa Omielan What Would Beyonce Do

Blow Out (and about) // What would Beyoncé do? AKA our new girl crush Luisa Omielan

What: Luisa Omielan – What Would Beyoncé Do? When: Tue 28th May – Sat 1st June, Fri 7th – Sat 8th June 2013 Where: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE Getting…

When Mac met Cheese

Blow Out (and about) // When Mac Met Cheese (mac, crackle and pop-up)

What: When Mac Met Cheese pop-up When: May 22nd – June 22nd 2013 Where: The Endurance, 90 Berwick Street, London W1F 0QB Getting there: Nearest Tube – Oxford Circus or Tottenham Court Road…

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Blow Out (and about) // The Chris Bracey exhibition at Scream London – it’s a bit of all bright

What: Chris Bracey exhibition – I’ve Looked Up To Heaven And Been Down To Hell When: 12th April to 1st June 2013 Where: Scream Gallery, 27-28 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DH Getting there:…

Terry de Havilland pop-up shop

Blow Out (and about) // The Terry de Havilland pop-up shop AKA the Rock ‘n’ Roll Cobbler is BACK!

What: Cobblers to Carnaby St! – Terry de Havilland pop-up shop When: Now until mid-July 2013 Where: 8 Ganton Street, London, W1F 7QP Getting there: Nearest tube – Oxford Circus Terry de Havilland,…

Cindy Crawford Taken by Storm

Blow Out (and about) // Taken by Storm: An exhibition of really ridiculously good-looking models

What: Taken by Storm £££: FREE When: April 18th to May 2nd 2013 Where: Joseph’s Westbourne Grove Store, 230-236 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RH ? Getting there: Neaest tube – Ladbroke Grove or…

African Beauty exhibition

Blow Out (and about) // African Beauty – a photographic exhibition by John Kenny

What: African Beauty – a photographic exhibition by John Kenny £££: FREE When: Friday 24th May – Sunday 9th June 2013 Where: The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JT…

WAH Nails pop-up shop BOXPARK

Blow Out (and about) // WAH Nails pop-up in BOXPARK

What: WAH Nails pop-up When: April 11th – July 4th 2013 Where: Unit 26 @ BOXPARK, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GY Getting there: Nearest tube: Shoreditch High Street After taking their…

Man Ray Portraits

Blow Out (and about) // Man Ray Portraits – strike a pose (c’mon, vogue)

What: Man Ray Portraits When: Until 27th May Where: National Portrait Gallery Getting there: Nearest tube – Charing Cross Man Ray. What a bloody excellent name that is, eh? If you’re not familiar…

Fred Butler's Easter Bonnet Party

Blow Out (and about) // What the Butler Wore – Fred Butler’s Easter Bonnet Party

Remember Easter time at school, when you’d spend ages gluing scrunched-up bits of tissue paper onto brightly coloured cardboard, trimmed with garish ribbon to make crappy Easter bonnets? Well, bonkers hat-maker and accessory…

Michael Caine exhibition at the Museum of London

Blow Out (and about) // Michael Caine Le Blows our bloody socks off with this exhibition

In celebration of Michael Caine’s landmark birthday, the Museum of London are showing some photographs of the man himself by photographers such as David Bailey and Terry O’ Neill as well as some…

The Attendant - a coffee shop in a Victorian toilet

Blow Out (and about) // The Attendant – a new coffee shop in an old Victorian gents

Now here’s a new opening where I fancy spending a penny. What: The Attendant – a coffee shop in an old Victorian toilet Where: 27a Foley Street, London W1W 6DY Why: Seeing is…

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Blow Out (and about) // Behind the Groove – top pop pics by Kingsley Davis

What: WeSC presents: Behind the Groove – a photography exhibition by Kingsley Davis When: Open daily from 8th March until 19th April Where: WeSC gallery (in the basement), 43 Carnaby Street, London W1F…

Death: A Self-Portrait at the Wellcome Collection

Blow Out (and about) // Death: A Self-Portrait at the Wellcome Collection

What: Death: A Self-Portrait – FREE exhibition When: Closes Sunday 24th February 2013 Where: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE Getting there: Nearest tube(s) – Euston Square, Euston, Warren Street, King’s…

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Blow Out (and about) // Juergen Teller (it liker it is): Woo at the ICA

What: Juergen Teller: Woo – exhibition When: 23rd January 2013 until 17th March 2013 Where: Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, St James’s, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH Getting there:…

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Blow Out (and about) // Bruno Bisang: 30 Years of Polaroids (girls on instant, floppy film)

What: Bruno Bisang: 30 Years of Polaroids – exhibition When: Until 9th February 2013 Where: The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, London Getting there: Nearby tubes – Fulham Broadway, West Brompton, South…

David Bowie is... exhibition at the V&A

Blow Out (and about) // David Bowie is… at the V&A (well, his costumes are, anyways)

What: David Bowie is… exhibition When: 23rd March – 28th July 2013 Where: The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL Getting there: The V&A is a five minute walk from…

Red or Dead 30th Anniversary exhibition

Blow Out (and about) // Red or Dead 30th Anniversary exhibition (the good, the bad and the fugly)

Red or Dead are celebrating their big 3-0 (that’s thrity years of fashion fun) with a never-seen-before exhibition taking you through their archives from the 80s, 90s and 00s (noughties?). What: Red or…

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Blow Out (and about) // For the LOL of cats: an exhibition of photos of funny felines

Cats are just bonkers, eh? Drinking from taps, pushing their squishy faces into a loaves of Hovis and manically playing the piano whilst wearing a jumper. Yeah, whether you’re a feline fan or…

Rekorderlig pop up winter forest bar

Blow Out (and about) // Get Scandi cool (or just drunk) at Rekorderlig’s pop-up winter forest bar + WIN TICKETS

You wake up, it’s dark. You go home, it’s dark. You’re starting to shiver at the bus stop. Saturday nights are all about the X Factor now, and the thought of wearing a onesie…

Marilyn Monroe exhibition

Blow Out (and about) // Marilyn Monroe’s having a moment. A British love affair, in fact

Ahhh, Marilyn Monroe. Mazza M. I have to say, I’ve always been more Team Audrey Hepburn when picking iconic screen siren sides, but you have to admit: there’s something about Mary(ilyn). From her…

Pearly Kings and Queens

Blow Out (and about) // Doing the Lambeth Walk (oi!) with actual Pearly Kings and Queens

We at Le Blow are kind of fascinated by Pearly Kings and Queens, though we’ve never been in close proximity to a real life one. And besides; the monochromatic, decadent look of the…

James Mylne biro drawing of Audrey Hepburn in progress

Blow Out (and about) // An exhibition of biro drawings. What a load of ball(point)s.

We’ve all done a birrova biro doodle whilst on the phone at work. Some of us were even lucky enough to own a Spirograph toy in our yoof, and became the creator of……

The Fringe 2012 at the Olympic Park

Blow Out (and about) // Olympics fun at The Fringe 2012 launch party

As London prepares for the Olympics 2012, The Fringe is preparing to party with it’s unique pop-up members club. Located in a four-storey converted Victorian warehouse, you can get your groove on mere…

The Book Club Diamond Jubilee Street Party

Blow Out (and about) // The Book Club Diamond Jubilee Street Party

Fancy waving your Union Jack flag at a FREE all day street party in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? Sure. What: The Book Club Diamond Jubilee Street Party When: Sunday 3rd June…

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Blow Out (and about) // Shake your Bourbons at The British Biscuit Festival

Dear British Biscuit Festival, you had us at hello. What’s not to love about a three day event dedicated to those crumbly little blighters that are the perfect dunking accompaniment to a nice…

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It’s no secret // Events in ‘to be announced’ locations are shite

Do secrets even exist anymore or are they just mainstream marketing speak to make an event seem more exclusive? Take Secret Cinema. More like tell-you-at-the-last-minute cinema. I mean, you know you’re going to…

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Blow Out (and about) // The bigger picture: our five favourite alternative film venues

Why make seeing a flick at your local crusty picture house a hungover, rainy day, time-filler when you can DOUBLE the fun by having a whole new film experience? Here’s Le Blow’s top…

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Seven reasons why we love Damien Hirst // Sharks in formaldehyde and that

What with the Tate Modern opening the first major survey of Damien Hirst’s collection of work for over twenty years, we at Le Blow pay homage to the Prince of Darkness himself with…

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Blow Out (and about) // The WIWT Humble Sale

Got loadsa garms you want to flog but can’t be arsed with the absolute hoo-ha of selling on eBay? Fancy browsing through the equivalent of the coolest charity shop in the world, minus…

Only Fools and Horses Peckham

Blow Out (and about) // Peckham is packing a punch

Banish thoughts of three-wheeled cars, camel donkey jackets and Nelson Mandela House now. Forget about fiery London riot scenes. Peckham is having a renaissance of music, fashion and general radness. Rich in derelict…

La Bodega Negra Soho Sex Shop entrance

Blow Out (and about) // La Bodega Negra: the Soho resturant-cum-sex-shop (they were bad words to use together, weren’t they?)

Say hola to the newly-opened eatery in Soho causing a birrova stir amongst latino lovers, burracho-botherers and fajita fans: La Bodega Negra (AKA ‘The Black Shop’)… What: La Bodega Negra When: Café: noon-12.45am…

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Blow Out (and about) // All aboard BA Flight 2012 AKA the British Airways pop-up restaurant

What: Flight BA2012 Dining Lounge When: 4 – 17 April 2012 excluding weekends and Bank Holidays Where: 3 – 10 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6PG Getting there: Nearest tube Liverpool Street (5…

The Commitments group shot

Blow Out (and about) // Spend St Patrick’s Day with The Commitments (what could be more irish than that?)

It’s that time of year again: St Patrick’s Day, a blessing and a curse. Blessing? Guinness. Curse? Guinness hats. The film The Commitments was a pretty big deal in the early 90s. I…

The Beatles Abbey Road zebra crossing

Blow out (and about) // Say happy birthday to Abbey Road Studios (celebrating 80 years of recording)

If you’re anything like us and insist on dancing the night away in insanely high heels you’ll be no stranger to a bare foot journey home and channeling your inner Macca. What am…

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Blow out (and about) // Film screenings at The Yard (cult movie classics AKA films everyone needs to see before they die)

Who: The Yard Theatre What (it says on the flyer): The Yard is being turned into a cinema. We’re offering a new film experience by hosting the brilliant Rooftop Film Club. Where: Queen’s…

Valentine's Day cinema

Happy ‘throw money at rubbish gifts and a pricey meal’ Day!

Valentine’s Day is a weird one. Who actually likes it apart from Americans and eight year old girls? If you’re single, you are reminded of this. A LOT. If you are in a…

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Blow out (and about) // places to party like it’s, er, 2012

While the rest of the Le Blow gals have been chatting incessantly about how Santa’s sack was a-bulging for them this Christmas, I’ve preferred to focus on the REAL meaning of Christmas. In…

One Piece Direction

Blow out (and about) // There ain’t no party like a OnePiece party (Hey, ho! Everybody get down etc)

I’ve got a touch of Man Flu (what?) and as I lay here on my death bed, the glare of my iPad burning into my poorly retinas (First World problems, much?), the one…

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Blow Out (and about) // MEATliquor: Does meat. And liquor.

An American revolution is happening in London. Later this month Mishkin’s will open in Covent Garden with a Jewish-American menu, Spuntino’s New York-inspired décor and sliders have become a firm Soho favourite, and…

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Blow out (and about) // Have a haute halloween (not a frightful night)

London is the setting of many a Gothic horror from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to accounts of Jack the Ripper. The scariest story I have ever heard happened far more recently in…

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Blow out (and about) // A tale of One Hundred & Forty Characters…

In July 2010 Chris Floyd started shooting people he followed on Twitter. With a camera, that is. Not a sawn-off shotgun or something. It wasn’t some sort of bloody social media massacre. He…

The English Laundrette

Blow Out (and about) // The English Laundrette (less per se, more persil)

Who: The English Laundrette What (it says on the flyer): Rekindled forgotten food classics staged in a laundrette (where else)? Where: 18 Hewett Street, London EC2A 3NN (see map) When: 1st October –…

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Blow Out (and about) // The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

Now I often find myself with the same conundrum: where the hell to go where the cocktails are cold, the barmen are hot and the atmosphere is banging? And all on a Tuesday…

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Blow Out (and about) // The best three things at Bestival*

*actually, there were shit-loads of great things at Bestival, but these three were okay to publish in the public domain worth blogging about. The Oxfam Fashion shop I’ve long been a fan of…

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Blow Out (and about) // Top Gun at Future Cinema

Having heard crazy urban legends and whispers about the mysterious Future / Secret Cinema experience, when I found out they were having a weekend of California Classics, featuring everyone’s favourite homoerotic macho ’80s…

Gemma Cairney presents Project F

Blow Out (and about) // What the ‘eff is Project F?

You might’ve spotted our We Want Your job featurette with young Gemma Cairney a few weeks back. Now, there’s one part of her job we don’t want, and that’s having to trek 16,…

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Blow Out (and about) // Soho shenanigans

We, the Le Blow girls, gather on en masse on a regular basis, allegedly to discuss very important site stuff, but we never actually do that. We’re far more concerned about catching up…

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Blow Out (and about) // Sexual Ealing at the Jazz Festival

Ealing Jazz Festival, Walpole Park, W5 27th – 31st July 2011, £4 entrance (kids free) As an Ealing girl, born and bred, I am familiar with the annual tradition that is the Ealing…

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Blow Out (and about) // I love Jeff Leach’s… brains?

Being the Culture Vulture that I am, constantly seeking to improve and enlighten myself through exposing myself (calm down) to new experiences, THIS WEEK  I thought I would partake in an evening of…

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Glastontelly // Why camp out in a muddy field when you can watch from the comfort of your sofa?

No expense spared here at Le Blow; always at the cutting edge of the coolest events, surfing the zeitgeist, living the dream… therefore I’m proud to present the highlights of the world’s original…

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Blow Out (and about) // Prints Charming: Collier Campbell exhibition

If you, like me, were a child of the ’80s, the fabrics of Collier Campbell would have been the back drop to your childhood too. I spent many a game of hide and…

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Blow Out (and about) // I’m a Barbie girl. In a Barbie World. Or UNIQLO.

She’s the reason we all have unrealistic expectations about hair. That Barbie has a lot to answer for with her teeny tiny waist, constant tip-toes, all over tan and wardrobe that rivals ours….

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Blow Out (and about) // Slut Walk London

Who: Slut Walk What (it says on the flyer): “…marching, stamping, rolling, shouting and hollering through the streets.. to tell the world that rape is never, ever the fault of the victim –…

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Blow Out (and about) // Stuff to do this Bank Holiday weekend

So no one is getting married or crucified? What’s this bank holiday for? Not that we’re complaining, we’ve got loads of stuff to do… Lomography Sports Day Saturday 28th May 1pm, Victoria Park,…

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Blow Out (and about) // swingy swingy, watchy watchy! < it’s not what it seems, honest

If the long weekends have left you with feelings of shame and self loathing, chances are… you were drunk. If so, you’re probably now swearing off drinking, raving, chocolate and extreme patriotism –…

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Royal Wedding street (party) style // royally good looks

Ah, the Royal Wedding. Let’s face it, apart from getting shit-faced, all we were interested in were the outfits. Yeah yeah, K-Mids looked divine; Posh’s shoes made up for her moody face; Chelsy…

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