The Bargains of London

This morning, like every morning, I opened Facebook to distract myself a bit and read some news.

london-shitting-opportunity-of-the-weekLiving in London has really lowered my expectations on the quality of the “affordable” flats, so I’m no longer surprised when I read about weird house situations like a bathroom with the toilet located on the top of a flight of stairs, an apartment entirely covered with tiles or a mattress in a cupboard for rent as a “single room”.
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You can find many more examples of these amazing bargains on the Vice’s parody section “London rental opportunity of the week”.

 

Anyway, one of the first posts that attracted my attention today was this BBC article about a SHED in Bethnal Green (East London) on sale for £350,000.

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The article also mentions other GARAGES that were sold at even higher prices.

What made me really sad though, is that soon after I stumbled upon another post about an UNTOUCHED FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT House in Minnesota, on sale for $ 1,395,000, a little bit more than £1,000,000.

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As an Architecture graduated, the architect in me cried a bit, since Frank Lloyd Wright is a GOD, a GENIUS, a MASTER.

And now A SHED is on the market for one third of the price of a piece of history of the American Architecture, just because it’s in London.  😦

Next bargain of the week: the House of Broken Dreams.

NYC vibes

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Looking forward to this event! Perfect location and perfect music 👍

22 April, 20.00 – 1.00

MOTH CLUB, Vallette Street, E9 6, Hackney, London

 

Meanwhile…

We know how great the quintessential NYC bands are (Blondie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Ramones, The Velvet Underground, Interpol…) But why don’t you also check out these new bands from the Big Apple:

The Britanys

Unsigned Rock&Roll band from NYC, founded in 2014

They’ve got a similar charm to that found in Pete and Carl’s early ramshackle stuff according to the NME Magazine, and like the early The Strokes according to DIY Magazine.

 

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A New York duo that sounds like the Velvet Underground, Public Access TV and Interpol, says NME, and I would add Adam Green.

Dr Martens made for Camden

The new Dr Martens shop that opened in Camden yesterday (11th of April) is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

The opening is advertised on posters alongside the escalator in Camden Town underground station and on a mural painting, and some huge shoe prints on the sidewalk lead to the shop.

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Located in the stable market, the store is divided in two main areas and a second floor.

One of the two rooms is a kind of a brand’s museum, with prototypes and shoes worn by famous artists along with descriptions of the product’s history.

You can also listen to some music with the headphones provided and take a virtual tour of the Wollaston factory.

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There is a stage in the middle of the place with Marshall amps and Natal Drums; I asked a member of the staff and he told me they will host gigs soon and to keep in touch with their social media 😊

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The second room and the second floor are the points of sale, with an incredible variety of shoe models, leather bags and some T-shirts. There is a section called “made for Camden” that displays some products “inspired by generations of individuals that have expressed themselves through their love of customisation of their DM’s”, as a signboard on a shelf reads.

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Next to the flight of steps there is a GIF booth that creates instant gif you can receive and share if you digit your mobile number on the screen.

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On the second floor there are some more products on display and you can also customize your shoes. ❤

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Reach the store from the Chalk Farm entrance on the side of the market to avoid the crowd, the shop is next to Cyberdog!

The Best Indie Nights in London

CHEAP! GOOD MUSIC! Get on your dancing shoes (and see how filthy they’ll be the day after 🍻🍻🍻)

Moth club – The Cave Club

Valette Street, E9 6, Hackney

cave The event opens with a gig, followed by a DJ set of psychedelic rock tracks, with some Beatles, Bowie and T-Rex (check out what Rhys Webb posts on the Facebook’s group THE CAVE CLUB).

Get there before 10.30-11 if you want to avoid the queue and the risk to not get in: it might be empty if you arrive early but trust me, it’s impressive how fast that club gets packed! And you can enjoy the photo booth while the place is still quiet.

Second Saturday of the month, 21.00-3.00

Entry: 6£

Mangle E8 / The Rocksteady – Cherry Cola Club Night

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My beloved Cherry Cola Club Night has changed many locations in the past three years, from Camden 😥  to Hoxton, then Dalston. Most of the events take now place at the Rocksteady, 574 Kingsland Road, yet the Cherry Cola lads are also hosting some indie nights at the mangleE8, 2-18 Warburton Road, E8 3, a 720 capacity basement events space.

Indie disco – round 2: MangleE8, 26th of May, 21.00-3-00

Tickets: £10

Borderline – Tilted

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Originally called Christmas Club, now, with the brand-new décor of the venue, the Saturday night has become Titled. Same indie rock classics though, with, unfortunately, the inclusion of some commercial tracks (so you can go to the loo or have a cigarette).

Every Saturday, 11.00 – 4.00

Entry: £5

Shacklewell Arms – Scared to Dance

71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, E8 2EB

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The event sometimes takes place at The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road.

Friday Nights, 22.00-3.00

£6 on the door, £4 if you click “attend” on the Facebook event so you can be on the list.

02 Academy 2 Islington – Burn Down The Disco

N1 Centre 16 Parkfield Street, Islington, N1 0PS

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The venue looks a bit sloppy to be honest, but if you like a specific band or musician (Blur, Oasis, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Bowie, Nirvana…) you might be lucky enough to enjoy a Saturday night entirely dedicated to your idol.

This Saturday, 25th of March, is dedicated to Joy Division and New order ❤

22.30-3.30

Entry: £6

(Best) Live venues in North/East London

1. The Old Blue Last (£)

38 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3ES

Conveniently located between Shoreditch High Street station and Old Street Station, the pub (which also appear in a scene of the movie Svengali ✌) hosts gigs almost every day, with usually three bands performing each evening.

Besides, most of the lives are admission free 😊

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2. Finsbury Pub (££)

336 Green Lanes, London N4 1BY

Situated right alongside Finsbury Park, the pub holds a lovely terrace so you can BRING YOUR DRINK OUTSIDE. It hosts live events every day, some are free, most are not, but the venue is very nice. Aaand food prices are very reasonable (pizzaaaaaaaa).

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3. Rough Trade East (£-££)

Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

The music shop in Brick Lane holds great gigs; you can enjoy live music and drinks while browsing through records, books and funny postcards; the only inconvenient is that on weekdays the bands play and finish quite early (19.00-21.00) ☹ So be there on time!

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4. The Shacklewell Arms (£)

71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EB

Apart from gigs, the pub is also home of some great Indie night, the Scare to Dance event in particular.

With two separate rooms and a smoking area, is perfect in every season 😊

Tickets mostly under 10£

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5. The Dublin Castle (£)

94 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7

Even if I love this pub since it has a jukebox, so if your fast enough and have some spare change you can put some records on, is the last of the list because of the incredible level of humidity present in the stage room :’) , which always makes me leave with a non-required different hair style.

Admission is usually 7/5 £, depending on the time of the arrival.

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