When you’re considering things to do around central London, paintballing probably doesn’t leap to mind. Yet that’s probably because you haven’t heard of Bunker 51; a decommissioned Cold War nuclear bunker in North Greenwich, now used the bets laser tag and paintballing experiences in the capital! What? When it comes to paintballing experiences, this is pretty much unique. Underground, you join a Special Forces operation to save the world (of course), and then launch yourself into battle with state of the art equipment, including special ops uniform
Ever wanted to dine in the rainforest without the threat of spidies and snakes? The themed restaurant is designed to thrill children with animatronic wildlife, cascading waterfalls and jungle-sound effects. The menu has lots of family-friendly fare, from 'paradise pizza' and 'Bamba's bangers' to a host of amusing dishes for grown-ups. The children's menu costs £11.95 for two courses. [social_share/]
Octavia Foundation - 211 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EJ A large, slightly austere space packed with designer donations from wealthy locals. Plus a 'brilliant' hushed vintage book department with oriental rugs and coffee tables covered in art periodicals and old Christie’s catalogues. [social_share/]
Bowling's overriding concerns have always been colour and materials. This display consists of his poured works in which the artist tipped acrylic directly onto a painted canvas before tilting the surface to guide the paint as it gushed downwards. He completed such vertiginous, upright pictures as 'Rosebushtoo' and 'Julia' from 1973 to '78 while living between London and New York, where he came into contact with American artists such as Barnett Newman and, later, Larry Poons. Far from derivative, however, Bowling's surfaces overflow with their own kaleidosco
Imagine going to an art school where the godfather of abstraction, Wassily Kandinsky, is teaching a class in wall painting? Or where pioneering modern architect Mies van der Rohe might look approvingly over your shoulder at a sketch for a bungalow? This splendid, if restrained survey of the seriously avant-garde German seat of learning, which ran from 1919-1933, sticks to who went into, what went on in and what came out of the various Bauhaus art school iterations in Weimar, Dessau and finally Berlin. In striving to teach a holistic approach to looking at and orderin
If the Olympics and all those artists blithely pimping the London 2012 brand are making you nauseous, head to Rob Tufnell's for a restorative dose of scholarly bah humbug. There you'll find a selection of works under the title 'Panem et Circenses'. Meaning 'bread and circuses' or 'bread and games', the expression was coined in the first century AD to describe politically motivated mass distractions of cheap food and entertainment. This show wants to remind us that it has just as much relevance in an age of £5 artisanal loaves and £9 billion sports days.
Fancy going out for a drink somewhere a little different? If so, consider a secret speakeasy, hidden behind what looks like a fridge door in the trendiest part of Spitalfields... Of course, it hasn't remained a secret for long, if indeed if ever was one. Drinks are reasonably priced, the staff are more down to Earth than most and For a so-called 'secret' speakeasy, there's been an awful lot of publicity about this new basement bar beneath the new Breakfast Club in Spitalfields. According to the booze bloggers, in order to gain exclusive entry, you ne