Potty for all things Potter? Silly for The Simpsons? As the nights draw in our love for a good pub quiz shows no sign of abating, so this week we recommend switching it up and trying out the best themed quiz nights London has to offer.
The Simpsons Quiz (6.30pm, every Sunday)
31-35 Coate Street
Harry Potter Quiz (varying dates, once a month)
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Fortnum & Mason have just released Gin & Tonic teabags and people are going crazy. However, don’t get too excited, they don’t actually contain any gin. The tea bags contain a combination of green tea, handpicked botanicals such as fennel, coriander & lemon, plus real juniper berries. Fortnum’s suggest you top with fresh lime & cucumber…very GINesque.
Considering we drink around 40 million bottles of gin a year and 165 million cups of tea daily (most of which are consumed in our office), it is hardly surprising that one of Britain’s most luxury department stores has incorporated the two.
So how will this affect the event industry? Everyone loves a glass of Gin & Tonic or a glass of fizz when networking, so does this mean you can enjoy the same taste at events without the consequences of a hangover at your desk the next day, or will this bring a whole new meaning to breakfast meetings….
What do you think - would you rather stick to the real thing?
With it being October this means that there is just one thing to do this weekend. Oktoberfest! Here are four options to satisfy any beer drinker's thirst. Get your lederhosen on and steins ready!
The Alternative one:
Want an alternative take on Oktoberfest? Then head to Brixton where Bavaria land has taken over Brixton Rooftop.
This rooftop shindig, which is curbing the usual faire with Bier Stein Pong, Woolly Lederhosen, Heavy Techno and the Wurst Karaoke Ever.
The Wacky one:
Traditions are being ditched at the eccentric take on Oktoberfest at Last Days of Shoreditch. You can still expect an abundance of beer and authentic German grub, but a breakdancing troupe, street magicians, live DJs and an oompah band are also thrown into the mix.
The Trendy one:
Sticking with the tradition of a Munich beerhall, the organisers of Oktoberfest East are teaming up with Munich’s Hacker-Pschorr who’ll be providing hip Londoners with their Oktoberfest Bier and Helles. Authentic culinary delights come from a Bavarian food market and brass band renditions of Kanye and Adele tracks will be performed by the Hackney Colliery Band.
The Big one:
Big, boozy, Bavarian merriment is on the menu at London Oktoberfest, the largest event of its kind in the UK. Pitching up in Millwall Park, Erdinger Oktoberfest is the mother of all beer halls and is expected to see over 50,000 parched Londoners flocking to its steins. The 18 and over rule is scrapped on Sundays when lunch is served for all the family.
Yesterday was World Mental Health day, and I’ve always subscribed to the idea that we should all just get along. Objectively speaking the world is an absolutely brutal place, and it can only be the human elements that soften the blow.
These come in all sorts of forms but if we are just a little nicer to each other in general it can’t do any harm. Empathy is a wonderful thing, and it’s an emotion psychopaths are devoid of, which speaks volumes…
Yesterday I also watched the original Blade Runner.
It’s a fairly complex sci-fi that raises quite a few questions that are open to the viewer’s individual interpretation. One of the central themes of the film is what it means to be human. What separates us from the beasts, birds and machines?
The film follows main character Deckard as he tries to retire (kill) some rogue ‘Replicants’ (synthetic super human types). The tried and tested method of identifying a Replicant is to ask them a series of questions with the answers all based on empathy. The theory is the human will give empathetic answers while the Replicant won’t give a monkeys.
In the final scene a Replicant, blurring the lines quite significantly between human and Replicant, saves Deckard’s life. The Replicant then issues an impossibly emotional soliloquy stating that:
‘I’ve seen things you wouldn't believe… all those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain’
Quite startling for one devoid of human emotion. The film taps in to the core of what makes us what we are, how we fit in to society and what we can offer to each other. It’s a pretty existential idea but those are often the most important ones. It’s something that is worth considering during the week of World Mental Health Day. Perhaps if we are just a little nicer to each other, there’ll be fewer people that feel like crying in the rain.
Just in case you haven’t seen it I shall say no more, although it is over 30 years old so perhaps the rule of spoilers doesn't apply here, so ok then:
It turns out he’s the one who’s dead all along and that’s why the kid can see him!
No, not really….
IKEA are celebrating their 30 years of taking over your Saturday and serving up Swedish meatballs by throwing the ultimate house party! Ikea will take over four floors of a Soho building showcasing the interiors of homes over the past three decades, as well as a look into the future.
During the daytime the house will have "enduring design classics" in the form of a "quintessential British living room".
At night people can enjoy food, drink, TV and games related to the different decades, and will be encouraged to "party like it’s 1999, 1989, 2009, 2019 and 2049".
Entry is absolutely free, winning! BUT spaces are limited and entry will be staggered so get your ticket NOW!
Address: The IKEA House Party, 19 Greek Street, London. W1T 4DT
Dates: Wednesday 18 October; Thursday 19 October; Friday 20 October; Saturday 21 October
Doors open: 7pm (for the evening events)
Price: Free of charge (registration required for the evening events)
Age restriction: 18+ (for the evening events only)
Established in 2009, Brand Brewery was born out of a passion for brand experiences, using the knowledge that if done well they create unique and priceless face-to-face interactions for companies, inside and out. We just felt it was time that clients had an agency that could prove just how versatile and effective these experiences could be.
So here we are - see who writes the blog
Business Services Director
WORK: Olly is an experiential marketer with a wealth of diverse experience managing major B2C accounts such as Sony PlayStation, Aperol Spritz, Perrier, Cartoon Network and Budweiser. When Olly is not gaming, drinking or watching cartoons, in the name of marketing, he is leading teams of account & event managers across projects ranging from onsite film shoots to nationwide pop-up campaigns.
A sincere believer in the notion that 'no idea is a bad idea', he aims to continue to inspire the next generation of brand experience experts in London, after spending time in Dubai and Amsterdam over the past 10 years.
PLAY: Watching British films and dark comedies takes up a fair bit of Olly's spare time, as does writing, whether it's industry blogs, children's fiction or simply observations from the weird and wonderful world around him.
BREW: A proper builders cup o' tea served in a big and appropriately battle-scarred mug.