Visit London Blog » Union Chapel Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Malawi in London: Lake of Stars Festival Mon, 09 Jan 2012 10:00:17 +0000

Linking music venues across East London and the small east African nation, Lake of Stars Malawi International Arts Festival is a festival like no other.

Held every September on the shores of Lake Malawi, the event brings together musicians, artists and festival goers from Malawi, the UK and beyond, to enjoy the music, soak up the atmosphere and savour Malawi’s unique culture.

The brainchild of Will Jameson, the festival itself has been running for eight years and is now Malawi’s number one annual tourist event. The 2010 festival generated more than $1,000,000 of local spend, and employed more than a hundred local people.

Last year’s festival featured more than 80 acts including Foals, Goldierocks and Vampire Weekend’s Baio and received rave reviews from the music press, as well as support from organisations keen to promote a positive image of African arts, people and tourism destinations.

When not in Malawi, the London-based team holds a number of fundraising events in the capital throughout the year.

Their 2011 Market Club on Sundays at RichMix combined market stalls, sport and music, and club nights have also been staged at the Union Chapel, Paradise and East Village.

The Lake of Stars Festival will return to Malawi later this year [update: festival will no longer take place in 2012 but will return in 2013], along with various nights of live music across London. Check the Lake of Stars Festival website for future dates.

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Frightening Films in London this Halloween Wed, 26 Oct 2011 16:30:57 +0000

Avert your eyes and put down your popcorn as classic horror films hit London’s cinema screens this Halloween.

Jameson Cult Film Club Presents “Chills in the Chapel”, Union Chapel, Islington: 29-30 Oct
The Jameson Cult Film Club presents two horror classics in the atmospheric setting of the Union Chapel, Islington. Steel yourself for The Blair Witch Project (1999) and the best horror remake of all time (fact), Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) on the 29 and 30 October respectively.
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Brain Wash Presents Fright Night at Curzon Soho: 28 Oct
Don your most gruesome fancy dress for a night of DJs, VJs and drinks and a rare screening of Tom Holland’s Fright Night (1985) at Curzon Soho. Regularly voted as one of the greatest horror films of all time, Fright Night follows one boy’s mission to prove that his neighbour is a vampire. The fun starts at the bar from 9pm, with the screening from 11.30pm.

Halloween Screamings, The Round Chapel, Hackney: 28, 30 & 31 Oct
From the creators of the Rooftop Cinema Club comes a short season of creepy classics, including The Exorcist (1973), The Omen (1976) and Halloween (1978), on the 28, 30 and 31 October. Doors open at 6.45pm and there’s a licensed bar – serving spirits no doubt.

The Underground Picturehouse at The Water Poet Spitalfields: 31 Oct
And finally for some light relief, head to The Water Poet in Spitalfields for a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) on 31 October. Doors open from 6.30pm for a 7pm screening.

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Visit London Asks: What’s Your Favourite Place in London to Hear Music? Mon, 17 Jan 2011 11:42:13 +0000

Following last week’s announcement that The O2 is the world’s most popular music venue, we asked our Visit London Facebook fans What’s Your Favourite Place in London To Hear Music?

There was a big response. Plenty of you agree The O2 is excellent, and other large venues such as HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse and The Barbican were mentioned.

Smaller venue favourites include Ronnie Scott’s in Soho, Camden’s Electric Ballroom, Vortex Jazz Club in Hackney, Union Chapel Islington and The Archduke at Waterloo.

Lots of people rate London’s buskers, music outdoors in Covent Garden, Regent’s Park (in summer!) and Trafalgar Square, and several of you professed a love for candlelit concerts at St Martin in the Fields.

So what’s your favourite place in London to hear music? Leave a comment below…

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