Autumn arrives. London Fashion Week hits the catwalks, festival season draws to a close, and everyone eats pheasant. Well, the meat eaters do, anyway...
The Twits were definitely not vegetarians. Roald Dahl’s characters eat anything and everything. Whether you grew up reading Dahl’s books (like us), or didn’t, Dinner at The Twits will be an entertaining experience indeed, though, we must concede that it’ll be all the better if you did enjoy the story as a child.
The evening is an immersive dinner party themed on the disgusting married couple. The pair may well be Dahl’s most grotesque creation, fantastic in their monstrous ways. Think worms, dirty beards and odious conversation.
Bompas & Parr (who else?) has designed a menu based on The Twits book. With interactive theatre troupe Les Enfants Terribles. There’ll be bird pie, worm spaghetti, and something called ‘beard pickings’, which sounds awful. It won’t be, we imagine. You can wash it down with some of Mr Twits’ ale in any case.
Dinner at The Twits is an adults-only event and will be served inside a ‘windowless house’ in The Vaults, Waterloo. Starts early this month. Booking is required
If dirty stories aren’t your thing, you might consider a wartime epic. Who doesn’t want to play secret agent, tasked with reaching the centre of operations for the French Resistance, top secret information in tow?
The year is 1943 and you’re in a hidden bunker hoping to bring down Hitler. In reality – you guessed it – you’re at another of London’s fabulous immersive experiences, full of other interesting people up for a laugh.
“All guests are encouraged to dress accordingly; getting involved adds to the fun”, the website explains.
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Once you’ve completed your mission, it’s dinner time. But of course. Maman Le Mot culminates at a Moulin Rouge-style bar, with plenty of dancing, music, champagne and merriment. Escapism at its best – and thoroughly deserved, we feel. From September 9, book online.
Full yet? Expended all your energy?
We hope you’ve a little left in the tank to take in the joys of the capital’s architecture, for London’s Open House project arrives once more on September 17.
The city-wide festival, which takes place each year, celebrates the best of London’s buildings. You can enter constructions not usually open to the public, such as private homes, government offices, historic sites and other places you can’t usually see.
Now in its 24th year, there are 200 new additions to the roster, including Brentford’s ‘floating high street’ and Brutalist Salters’ Hall near the Barbican. Some venues need booking (such as the popular Gherkin), but many you can rock up to unannounced.
Open House London provides a cacophony of inspiration. The organisation says: “Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital's building design and architecture.
“The intention was to open up London's splendid buildings to the general public who don't otherwise have access. We saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture”.
Image Credit: Clock House, French & Tye
It does just that. To see the full list of properties and find out more, head to their website.
We’ll come full-circle to finish off this month. It’s time for a peppering of magic, we feel.
Fine, Harry Pottermay not be the most culturally stimulating series – but it is adored. And not just by children. A bit like The Twits, then.
This month, three new books will follow the well-received play in London. Author J.K. Rowling is launching three spin-off collections of short stories, each revolving around the main characters, providing new details about their lives and other interesting tales.
The works will be out as e-books and presented by Pottermore, Rowling’s company for all things Potter.
An official announcement on the site says: "Pottermore Presents is a series of bite-size e-books that dig deep into the Harry Potter stories, with tidbits taken from Pottermore's archives and original writing from J.K. Rowling."
"The series offers Harry Potter fans added insights into the stories, settings and characters and were all lovingly curated by Pottermore."
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, for example, will give an insight into Azkaban prison, while also looking at the relationship between Voldemort and Horace Slughorn. Interested? There’s more info on the Pottermore website.