Allie Esiri

October 2016

Allie Esiri

“This month’s Hotlist introduction comes from Allie Esiri, whose new book, A Poem for Every Night of the Year is just out, published by Macmillan Children’s Books. Previously Allie created the bestselling apps iF Poems and The Love Book, with famous poetry read by Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Hiddleston, Emma Watson and Damian Lewis. Each has an accompanying hardback anthology. Allie is hosting an evening at The National theatre on Friday 25th November where guest actors will read from A Poem for Every Night of the Year” Jenny Halpern Prince "Anticipating my favourite festival Halloween, October brings Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, a new fantasy adventure movie from the visionary director Tim Burton. An adaptation of a successful young adult novel, the film is highly fantastical and has a fine dose of Burton’s mordant, morbid wit. With a 100 million dollar budget, it transports you to a brilliantly bonkers world of human oddities, alternate realities and time. It stars Eva Green, Samuel L Jackson and Asa Butterfield and a hotchpotch of peculiar children." Allie Esiri


School of Rock

The hit 2003 film starring Jack Black has been adapted for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway and hits the capital this month. This hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within. (The New York Times says, “BE WARNED! There’s a love story in this one.”) Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses! Previews start from the 24th and hit the website for tickets. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


The Goblin King's Masquerade Winter Ball

Who loves a bit of OTT fancy dress? Coz we certainly do. The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball is your chance to really go all out and party the night away surrounded by all kinds of dark fantasy. With promenade theatre, music, interactive creatures, puppetry, art installations, circus acts, goblin markets and many other surprises in suitable goblin habitable locations, it is quite the evening of entertainment. If you look at the website you will see the lengths people go to with costumes for the occasion, the head piece here being just one example! The winter ball takes place on the 14th of the month at the Islington Metal Works and tickets are priced at £25 or you can get 5 for £100. Bargain. As they say “A night of mischief and revelry awaits you amongst the strange and beautiful creatures of the night.” Twitter | Facebook


Letters Live

Letters Live returns to the Freemason’s Hall for another week long run of London shows from the 4th to the 8th of October. Regularly featuring some of the biggest names of stage and screen and inspired by Shaun Usher’s international best-selling Letters of Note series and Simon Garfield’s To The Letter, Letters Live has moved audiences to both laughter and tears through a series of heartfelt, humorous and at times, heartbreaking letters, delivered by some of the most talented and acclaimed actors working today. Over its life a dazzling array of performing talent has taken part including Benedict Cumberbatch, Maureen Lipman, Jude Law, Toby Jones, Olivia Colman, Carey Mulligan, Ian McKellen, Tom Hiddleston, and so so many more. This time round though we’ve had it confirmed that names include Gillian Anderson, Jarvis Cocker, Jamie Cullum, Miriam Margolyes and Michael Palin to name a few. Benedict Cumberbatch has said of the new shows, “Letters Live is a truly unique experience that allows people from all ages and all walks of life to experience a moment of time in someone else’s life for a brief moment. Hearing their letters read aloud in such a magical setting allows us to share the happiness, sadness, excitement, and pain of that moment together.” The event has also supported a range of UK literacy initiatives via auctions and audience fundraising. Beneficiaries in the UK to date include Nick Hornby’s Ministry of Stories, First Story, a school’s outreach literacy project founded by writer William Fiennes, The Reading Agency and Help Refugees. This year’s beneficiaries will be announced in due course. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


The Girl on the Train

We don’t know anyone here in the office that hasn’t read this amazing book by Paula Hawkins so if you haven’t then grab a copy asap, throw yourself into the story and then head to your local cinema to check out the film version being released 5th October. Starring Emily Blunt as the lead character Rachel Watson and also starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Ferguson and Laura Prepon amongst others, it is set to be an absolute blockbuster. Devastated by her recent divorce Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is infatuated by the seemingly perfect couple she sees from her daily commuter train that runs past their house.  One day she sees something shocking and in that moment, everything changes.  Driven by intrigue, passion and suspense, Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar but you will see what lengths she will go to uncover the truth. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and has been adapted for screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Tate Taylor. You won’t be disappointed. Twitter | Facebook


Tabun Kitchen

The recently opened Tabun Kitchen on Berwick Street is one of the latest restaurants to offer up exquisite Middle Eastern cuisine, appealing to the ever rising fascination for this on the food scene. A tabun is a traditional oven and the menu at Tabun Kitchen leads with wraps made from high protein flour, which are both easy to digest and light to eat. But even if you want to leave out the bread, the delicious, lean chicken, falafel, lamb or other tasty fillings can be easily layered with freshly chopped salads, tabbouleh, pickles and dressing to create a satisfying box or bowl for lunch. Another speciality is Mussakan, a traditional Palestinian filling for Tabun wraps that uses marinated chicken, softened onions, roasted pine nuts and sumac. Mussakan is a highlight on the menu at Tabun Kitchen and will give those who try it an authentic taste of The Middle East.  Recipes are from founder Hanan Kattan’s own family archives giving a true heritage authenticity to the food. You can indulge from breakfast right through to dinner and there are also a selection of dreamy desserts and fantastically fresh coffee and juices available, with Tabun Kitchen tapping into the convivial, free-spirited atmosphere of Soho by offering a refreshing range of cocktails each with a Middle Eastern twist. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


1920s Jazz Age, Fashion and Photographs

The fascination and admiration for the roaring twenties seems to never cease, and for good reason. The Fashion and Textile Museum on Bermondsey Street near London Bridge has just opened its latest exhibition focusing on the haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion between 1919 and 1929. The 1920’s Jazz Age, Fashion and Photographs exhibition looks at the decade following the Great War and the changes that took place from both New York to London, Paris and beyond. There are over 150 pieces to admire including dresses, other evening wear, silk pyjamas, capes and sportswear. Alongside the physical garments are stunning illustrations and photographs. This is a must see for any 1920’s fan and runs until January next year so plenty of time to get down there and check it out. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


London Cocktail Week

Wahoo, October means London Cocktail Week makes its appearance on the social scene once more. It its seventh year, LCW does pretty much what is says on the tin…or should that be hipster cocktail IN a tin? Either way it’s a whole week of events to celebrate London’s diverse and vibrant cocktail scene. There are masterclasses, supper clubs, pop-up’s, parties and all sorts across London. The full itinerary is available on the website but bars involved include 100 Wardour Street, the Barrio bars, Dishoom, Blind Pig, Hix, LCC and hundreds more so there is likely something going on at your nearest cocktail haven. You can do tours around various parts of London for only a fiver at each destination for a cocktail and some snacks. Festival passes for the week cost £10 and guarantee you entry to the cocktail week village in Old Spitalfields Market, unlimited £5 cocktails at all the participating bars, a guidebook of all the fun and heaps more. Go forth and indulge (safely) friends. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Charity of the Month


Access Aspiration launched its Crowdfunder campaign this week to enable 280 young Londoners to take part in their programme and be better equipped for University, apprenticeships and jobs.  Access works across London where there is either significant disadvantage or where schools are struggling to provide aspirational work placements and networks.  Today 46% of London employers offer work experience and 20% offer 'work inspiration' - something they call 'industry insight'.  They want to increase these figures and enable more businesses to take part.  Offering even a couple of hours insight to business and employment enables young people to understand more clearly where their talent will fit.   Help them to reach them by donating to our campaign today, click on the link here to donate and visit the website for more information on how you can help buy offering great placements for half term and other school holidays. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

App of the month


Are you one of many whose wallet bulges under the strain of the bazillion loyalty cards we all pick up from every shop we visit? Well toss them in a drawer and instead download Stocard. It saves all the details of all your cards meaning your wallet can breathe a sigh of relief and contain only the essentials instead. Add cards in seconds using your phones camera and the best bit is the app is free!