Travel review: The Courthouse Hotel

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DIVA enjoys a night at this criminally cool hotel in Shoreditch WORDS CARRIE LYELL, IMAGES JAREK KLOCINSKI I’m a bit broken, emotionally and physically, when I arrive at the opulent Courthouse Hotel, a five-star beauty situated slap-bang in the middle of Shoreditch. It’s been a really tiring week, so a smooth check-in process and someone [….]

THEATRE: The Amber Trap

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Telling stories that reflect the queer, female, experience on stage BY LUCY KNIGHT “In a male-dominated culture, there’s this kind of fetishisation of lesbian stories which really bothers me.”  Playwright Tabitha Mortiboy was inspired to write her third full-length play, The Amber Trap, partially due to the lack of representation she sees of female same-sex [….]

Rent in style at New Garden Quarter 

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Find your home in the beating heart of East London’s fast-growing Stratford New Garden Quarter is a modern development arranged around a beautifully landscaped garden square.  A truly modern take on the classical London square, this unique development couldn’t be better placed. Located a stone’s throw (a seven minute walk*) from Stratford Station, Queen Elizabeth [….]

Spanners With Manners

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Got a car? Due that MOT? Let us introduce you to London’s first all-female garage… BY SPANNERS WITH MANNERS. PHOTO MIKE COLES. Whether you’re looking for a simple service or intricate bodywork the team at Spanners With Manners have the answer to all your car-shaped needs. Set up in East Finchley, north London, Spanners With [….]

Could you help the world’s first Vagina Museum become a reality?

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“With a Vagina Museum, all people can learn that there is nothing shameful or offensive about vaginas and vulvas” BY ANEZKA TUREK. PHOTOS NICOLE RIXON. In November, Camden Market is set to open its doors to a brand-new phenomenon – The Vagina Museum – the first and only charity in the UK with “vagina” in [….]

Review: The LOL Word Prom Night Special

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London’s favourite queer comedy collective are here to share their thoughts and reflections on all things prom. BY BRODIE CRELLIN To the delight of some and the revulsion of others “Prom Night” has gradually seeped into British culture. Despite its many (many) shortcomings, we’ve collectively appropriated the American tradition, embellishing it with a few characteristically [….]

Introducing… singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker

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Adrianne Lenker gives a soothing-to-the-soul, candle-lit performance at London’s Union Chapel BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Adrianne Lenker will soothe your soul, believe me. Arriving at London’s Union Chapel, a working church, award-winning music venue and community centre for those who find themselves homeless, I’m immediately struck by the venue’s beauty – and its acoustics. Lenker’s support act for the [….]