Pokémon Centre’s very first pop-up shop appeared in Westfield White City in 2019 and was a huge success.
Now, after five long years, Pokémon Centre returns to the capital and is promised to be bigger and better than ever. In fact, it will be the biggest Pokémon Centre pop-up store ever in the Pokémon Championships history and will feature exclusive limited-edition World Championship merch.
You don’t need to book if you want to visit the Pokémon Centre, however, booking is strongly recommended because the store is expected to be super busy during the championships five days.
Limited time slots for up to four people can be booked here.
You don’t need to be a Pokémon Championships ticket holder to visit the Pokémon store.
If you couldn’t book a time slot in advance, you can still show up and join a virtual queue at the Pokémon Centre at the ExCel.
There are two categories of players: 18 years of age and older, and under 18 years of age. Players will be competing for the title of Pokémon TCG, Pokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield (VG), Pokémon GO, Pokémon UNITE, or Pokkén Tournament DX World Champion and their prizes.
Plays for all featured titles will be stretched across several days of the event period.
The main events of the championships are by invitation only.
Check the links for more info about each of the championships:
As part of Frieze London 2021, the emerging American artist duo, Wickerham & Lomax transformed a hotel basement into a mixed-media installation using CGI, sculpture, digital imagery and the Internet.
CULTURE’S PANIC ROOM
Photo: Urban Adventurer
The immersive exhibition is called ‘CULTURE’S PANIC ROOM’ and situated in the basement of The London EDITION hotel in Soho.
The artist duo has transformed the basement into a reflective and sensory experience. The exhibition imitates a panic room with digitally rendered CGI characters as tropes surrounding: the heist, the encounter, the intruder and the stranger.
Through the interaction of the CGI characters and other visitors of the exhibition, audience is being encouraged to reconsider their relationships with one another and themselves.
Blurring the Boundaries Between Reality and the Virtual World
Photo: Urban Adventurer
Wondering in the forest of acrylic sculptures, neon lights, CGI characters and plexiglass sculptures, visitors feel like the boundaries between reality and the virtual world are blurred and then and vanished.
Having been inspired by pop culture, cinema, fashion and personal experiences, the mixed-media installation is not just immersive, but thought-provoking too. The exhibition is revolving around questions such as luxury, individuation, access and presence.
The London EDITION
10 Berners Street
14th – 28th October 2021
Monday to Sunday 6pm – 11pm
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Instead of South Bank, Underbelly’s cheeky upside-down purple cow is wobbling its udder at the former Earl’s Court 2 Exhibition Centre this Summer. London Wonderground Festival opened its gates on 15 July and is going to stay till 26 September to entertain us.
When: Various from 5 July to 31 July 2020 (find schedule here)
Age restriction: Please, check the certification of the movie you want to see
Runtime: Approx. 2 hours
Enjoy a contact-free movie magic on a 40-foot screen. Tons of movies to choose from. From Pixar Animation films to superhero movies to heart-warming timeless classics. All from the comfort of your vehicle. Order your food and drink online and enjoy a delivery service straight to your car.
When: Various dates from 20 July to 9 Nov | MONDAYS ONLY
Time: Start from 6pm
Age restriction: 18+
Dress code: Face paint & neon accessories provided
Duration: Approx. 1 hour
UV lights, reactive body paint and various music will help you to get into the groove at Queen of Hoxton disco room on every Monday. Cool face paint and glowing accessories provided. NO EXPERIENCE necessary.
When: Various dates and times from 4 July to 30 Dec
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Age restriction: 18+ with valid ID
DUO London’s best bartenders will show you step-by-step how to make 5-star 100% Insta-worthy cocktails. You will make 2 Instagrammable cocktails, 2 of DUO shooters, plus you will receive a welcome drink on your arrival.
If it’s not enough, the best mixologist of the day will take home a small prize.
Go behind the scenes and explore the design and process of the most innovative sneakers from 3D printed to self-lacing to 100% recyclable. Discover brands and style icons that have shaped sneakers scene such as Nike, Puma or Adidas, and meet the newest releases such as MSCHF Studio’s ‘Jesus Shoes’.
The Dumpling Fest is dedicated to Asian delicacy and will bring 8 stations with local food traders, tons of dumpling samples, a world-class pop up bar and top-notch London DJs. Make sure your tray is always full.
Dazzling digital light installations will transform Wembley Park into an immersive adult playground this winter.
Sonic Runaway is a 100m long multi-sensory light tube immersing you into the world of vibrant colours and music.
Illumaphonium: Halo Twelve 3m tall interlinked light and touch-reacting installations, allowing visitors to create their own spontaneous music and light display.
The Hopeful Tree will be the centrepiece of Winterfest Festival. The Hopeful Tree is London’s tallest EVER Christmas tree led by more than 100,000 low-energy light bulbs.
Star Box is coming back from the previous year! Wrap yourself in a giant starry Christmas box lit by thousands of golden lights and fill in your Instagram with the most Christmassy photos you’ve ever made.
Murmuration of Hopes Illuminated trees and LED banners with colourful flying light birds along Olympic Way.
Love Spot is an oversized heart shaped installation to give a frame of your love in the festive season.
Saturation Surge will brighten up dull Winter days by its bright colours and crazy geometric shapes to give new perspective to Wembley Park’s iconic Spanish Steps.
Shadow Wall Shadows and silhouettes of passers-by will be reflected on a light-sensitive canvas creating a monochromatic always-changing artwork.
Royal Wave Constantly shifting digital artwork created from portraits of local community members.
Crossover is a permanent colourful digital artwork that wraps up Bobby Moore Bridge every day reflecting the diversity of the community lives in and around Wembley Park and passes through every day.
Winter lights are confirmed to be back in Canary Wharf to illuminate dark Winter nights in January 2020.
What to expect?
Expect spectacular vibrant and colourful light installations created by artists from all over the world. Many of the installations are interactive which means you can touch and move them or even go inside them.
Some installations will return from previous years alongside some new pieces never seen in the UK before.
47 large groups, 2,000 individual lanterns and 70,000 LED lights will illuminate Chiswick House Gardens, London in January 2020. This is a festival not to be missed. Just see some of my photos from the previous years:
The 63rd BFI London Film Festival opened its gates on 2nd October with The Personal History of David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie and Ben Whishaw. The opening night gala was held at ODEON Luxe Cinema, Leicester Square, and apart from the major stars many of the supporting actors and actresses appeared on the red carpet: Darren Boyd, Morfydd Clark, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Aimee Kelly and Daisy May Cooper who was dressed as a magician and was wearing a robe with magician David Copperfield. When she was asked why, her answer was as weird as her dress: she said because she didn’t get the film even if she was in there.
Tilda Swinton didn’t show up in the premiere. Unlike Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie and director Armando Iannucci!
Dev Patel who plays David Copperfield in the film showed up early right after the child actor, Jairaj Varsani who plays the young David Copperfield in the film. Dev gave some autographs but his strict schedule for the night didn’t allow him to spend much time with his fans.
Gwendoline Christie looked stunning in her ombre coloured airy dress which was red at the bottom and white on the top. After posing for the photographers she signed for her fans, but she didn’t take much selfies.
Hugh Laurie arrived right after Gwendoline. He spent some time with his fans, giving autographs but didn’t take selfies saying he was in a hurry he had strict schedule for that night.
Day 2 – American Airlines Gala
The second day of BFI London Film Festival 2019 brought us The King with Timothée Chalamet, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp’s ravishing daughter, Lily-Rose Depp.
Timothée Chalamet was literally consumed by his fans during the premiere. Girls and boys were all screaming while Tim was giving autographs, taking selfies and giving lots of hugs and kisses. He made sure to give autograph to his every single fan and went back if he missed somebody or somebody asked for a warm hug. Timothée was wearing a sparkling blue jacket making it easy for everyone to spot him even in the biggest crowed.
Joel Edgerton’s main goal in the premiere seemed to please the press by giving long interviews. He did give autographs and did selfies but not many. I was one of the lucky ones who managed to get both autograph and selfie with him.
Lily-Rose Depp looked absolutely gorgeous in her black and white evening dress. She was smiley and looked happy to be at BFI London Film Festival. She gave some autographs and took some selfies as well but not too many because she was literally shaking in her backless dress in the cold windy weather. On the top of the cold weather the rain started so she escaped into the cinema very soon.
Day 3 – Hope Gap Premiere
Day 3 was a funny day at BFI London Film Premiere. I went to Leicester Square early in the morning as usual to write my name on the list, but I found nobody. There were absolutely no fans till afternoon, and I didn’t even see the security till 1pm. As the place around ODEON Luxe Cinema was completely deserted – no red carpet, no barriers being built, no fans – when I finally spotted a security man I asked if there would be premiere at all. It turned out that that premiere would be so small security hadn’t even started to build the barriers and lay the red carpet down till 2pm, because as they said: “no major names” would appear.
My wristband number was 3 at 1pm which was ridiculous. I was thinking of going home but finally changed my mind and stayed. And I made the right decision.
Although, the highly anticipated Bill Nighy didn’t appear, the Oscar nominated Annette Bening showed up. She was wearing a simple black costume with simple natural make-up. She signed for a few people than went straight to the cinema.
Apart from Annette Bening some of the supporting actors and actresses appeared along with that director William Nicholson who worked as a writer on the Oscar winning film, Gladiator.
At the end of Hope Gap premiere I was lucky enough to get a complementary ticket for the film. Hope Gap is a drama about a couple (Annette Bening and Bill Nighy) decided to divorce after 29 years of marriage. This film guides us through all the emotional journey Grace (Annette Bening) goes through when Edward (Bill Nighy) tells her and their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) he wants to divorce.
Today is day 4 and I have already collected my wristband for today’s premiere Jojo Rabbit with Scarlet Johansson. Rumours say she will not come to the premiere but who knows. Annette Bening was not supposed to come yesterday either…
Hurry up and secure your FREE ticket to Pure London Fashion Show! The 3-day event is from 21-23 July at Olympia and completely free if you register online. Just print your ticket and step into the world of fashion.
The fashion show is divided into 2 major parts:
Pure London (Fashion Brands and Retail Solutions)
Pure Origin (Fashion Sourcing and Manufacturing)
Your ticket gives you permission to enter both.
What to Expect
Endless selection of men, women and children designer fashion clothes and accessories, colour and design sensation, catwalks and seminars about the latest trend forecasts, sustainable textile production and social media marketing trends just to mention a few.
Exhibitors – Fashion Brands
More than 700 brands are exhibiting at Pure London, ensuring every visitor will find something (s)he cannot resist. Clothes are on the ground floor while designer shoes, jewellery, scarves and other accessories are on the balcony. Just follow the pink carpet and you won’t miss anything.
Naruto, Dragon Ball, One Piece, Attack on Titan…do these titles make your heart pump faster? If so, read on.
If you are a fun of Japanese culture, a manga addict, nuts about animes and cosplay (like me), HYPER JAPAN Festival is a must have. The three days festival is being held twice every year: in the Summer in July and in the Winter in November.
The next HYPER JAPAN Festival is just around the corner. Yay!
Never heard of HYPER JAPAN Festival Before? Want to learn more?
So, what is HYPER JAPAN? What can you do and see there? Where is it?
HYPER JAPAN is the biggest Japanese cultural and food festival in the UK. It’s held at Olympia, London. This year it’s from 12-14 July.
To give you a better idea what to expect when going there, let me share my experiences from last Summer.
When you’re heading to HYPER JAPAN Festival, don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the world of manga and anime at the tube stations and bus stops around Olympia. You can easily bump into Son Goku from Dragon Ball, Luffy from One Piece or Mikasa from Attack on Titan. (It’s funny to see how average people react to the cosplayers).
On Arrival to HYPER JAPAN
On my arrival I found myself in the middle of a massive queue. Luckily, the queue was pretty fast, and the staff that checked our tickets and gave our wristbands were very organised, so I was in the building within ten minutes.
From Kawaii Sweets to Maid Café
On the ground floor there were endless variety of Japanese kimonos, cosplay costumes and accessories, kawaii plushies, traditional Japanese tableware, Japanese sweets and much more.
Right there I couldn’t resist to buy a mystery sweet bag because I hadn’t been able to decide what sweet I should try so I decided to try random things. I highly recommend the mystery sweet bag if you cannot decide what to try. It contains a wide variety of sweets and even a canned drink, and you can choose from different sizes of bags.
On the ground floor there were fabulous exhibitions of traditional Japanese arts. Visitors also had a chance to learn origami and try traditional Japanese instruments such as Shamisen (three-stringed instrument, looks a bit similar to guitar).
Still on the ground floor, there was the Maid Café. Maid Café is a special type of café where the waiting staff not just serve the guests’ food and drink, but also entertain them: perform short performances, sing or play board games with the guests.
Next to Maid Café, there was the video game section, where you could try the latest video games – even one that hadn’t been released yet. Wow!
Try, Try, Try Don’t Be Shy
The whole event was very interactive: you could try literary everything before purchasing. I tasted sparkling sake (Kampai! – a Japanese word for ‘cheers’) at a stall, traditional sweets at another and tried a kimono at a third, and so on.
What’s on the Stage?
On the upper floor there was a big stage and a tatami (tatami is a type of mat used as flooring material). On the stage I watched high quality performances – starting every half an hour – from invited Japanese artists such as calligraphers, famous Japanese bands like Mutant Monster. Many of the performances were interactive, for example I learnt the basics of traditional Japanese dance.
After the performances I went to the Meet & Greet area to meet the performers personally, shake hands and get autographs.
On the tatami I could see various martial art performances such as Aikido and Kempo.
Japanese Food to Try
All the food stands were on the upper floor, offering wagyu (Japanese food speciality with beef), sushi, rice balls, ramen (Japanese soup), bubble tea, beers from different parts of Japan and endless variations of cute and unique Japanese sweets such as bubble wrap filled with matcha (green tea) flavoured ice cream topped with sweet bean sauce. Sounds a bit bizarre? Don’t worry, its taste was not as funny as it sounds. Hey, be adventurous! Don’t be afraid of trying something you have never had. Japanese food and sweets are very tasty. (wink)
Ken Watanabe – the Star of the Godzilla Films
Every year visitors are being surprised with a special guest or performance. Last year we had the honour to greet Ken Watanabe (Godzilla, The Last Samurai, Memoire of a Geisha, Inception), the famous Oscar nominated Japanese actor on the stage. He was in London because of his play: The King and I at London Palladium that Summer.
The whole event was full of fun and new experiences. HYPER JAPAN is a three-day event and believe me, one day is not enough. You will want to go back. Fist time when I went, I bought a one-day ticket. The following year I purchased a three-day ticket. For me, it’s now a tradition to visit HYPEN JAPAN every year. So, see you there. Wearing cosplay costume is highly recommended.
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