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Top 5 Indie Cinemas in London

Islington, London, UK

Islington, London, UK

1. Screen on the Green, Angel, N1 (Best for Solo Cinema goers)

The Screen on the Green cinema is a cosy intimate cinema with an iconic fronting and equally attractive interior including a vintage auditorium. They run a wide range of varied and independent films as well as live stream gigs and events from the National Theatre and Met Opera via satellite feed.

Ticket Prices: £9 adults / £6.50 children


2. Rio Cinema, Dalston, E8 (Best for Film Snobs)

The Rio Cinema in Dalston is a community run cinema and single screen picture house built in 1909 and redecorated to its current impressive art deco architecture in 1937. It runs one film a week which tends to sell out pretty quickly so it’s best to book in advance. The films that are selected tend to be mid-range indie films and some more mainstream blockbusters. They screen 3D films at no extra charge which is great.

Ticket Prices: £10 / £8 OAPs, Students, Under 18s / £6 Under 15s / Annual membership £25


3. The Electric Cinema, Notting Hill, W11 (Best for kissing in the back row)

Soho House run Electric Cinema is film watching at its opulent best. You can choose between sitting on an armchair, a sofa or if you’re feeling really decadent; one of the six double beds on the front row complete with cashmere throw. The programme is comprised of a mix of quality mainstream and more art house films to suit any taste. The perfect first date cinema if ever there was one.


4. The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Place, WC2H (Best for Value / Events)

The Price Charles Cinema is located in the heart of the West End but that hasn’t stopped it from having some of the most competitive prices we’ve ever seen. This is one of the most fun cinemas in London and regularly runs fantastic sing-alongs and showings. For the screening of Mean Girls viewers had to dress up as their favourite lunch clique; plastics, burnouts or sexually active band geeks!

Ticket Prices:  £8 / £4 for Members / Sing along shows £15 (Best for accessibility)


5. The Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley, N2

The Phoenix cinema is one of the oldest cinemas in the country and after an impressive £1.1m restoration is still one of the most regularly visited picture houses to boot. The Phoenix is a truly family friendly cinema with regular children’s screenings and events. This cinema is fantastically accessible for disabled viewers and even has an elevator to get to the viewing platforms.

Ticket Prices: £9


A Kate Moss Retrospective

Kate Moss, a fashion iconic in the modeling world has just turned 40. Beautiful Crime and Imitate Modern present a beautifully inspiring photographic journey “40”; a retrospective of Kate Moss by artist Russell Marshall,in honour of the model’s 40th birthday.

From her work with Calvin Klein to the stunning fashion precedence set on the catwalk, Kate Moss has not only become a fashion icon, but a legend to designers and photographers around the world.

The artist, Russell Marshall has chosen 10 iconic photographs that he believes represents the supermodel since the day she started. Each photograph has been edited individually with 10 different colourways on 10 different canvases.

Each canvas will be up for sale and signed by the fashion star herself at the Intimate Modern Gallery.



Londoner’s Guide To London

Obviously we love London and to illustrate just how much we’ve created an Infographic with some of our best unknown facts and stats. Take a look at our image below, we’d love to hear some of your best kept secrets of our favourite city!


David Bowie Fashion Icon

David Bowie, born in Brixton London in 1947 is one of the worlds most iconic musicians, singer-songwriters and actors. As well as his iconic music David Bowie has been at the forefront of fashion and style trends; ranging from his initial mod look in the 60′s, glam “Ziggy” style in the 70′s and now in his today’s look which is very sophisticated and modern. We have an infographic below which highlights all his different fashion styles.




London Fashion Weekend: 19-22 September 2013

London Fashion Week kicks off on Friday with presentations from PPQ, Jasper Conran and Eudon Choi, but we’re already buzzing about what comes next. Vodaphone London Fashion Weekend will be taking over Somerset House, the ultimate LFW venue, from the 19th-22nd September and tickets are on sale now.

This is our chance to get an insider’s glimpse into the famously-inaccessible fashion world. Alongside more than fifty stylish pop-up shops (including Splendid Paige Denim, Joseph, House of Harlow and Linda Farrow), the British Fashion Council will be hosting runway shows.

Designer High or “Trend” Show?

Choose when you’re buying your ticket whether you’d rather see a designer highlight or a ‘trend’ show; we’re leaning towards the Shape Up show with Holly Fulton and Matthew Williamson, but there’s also Pretty in Pink, Back to Nature and Victoriana. If you opt for a designer highlight instead your options are PPQ, Giles, Holly Fulton, Julien Macdonald and Ashish.

The Vodaphone Lounge will be hosting talks from world-renowned stylists, editors and tastemakers: Hilary Alexander and the ELLE editorial team have stopped by in the past, and we’re awaiting confirmation of this year’s line-up. You can even add a TONI&GUY wash, cut and blow dry to your ticket to make sure you’re looking your best, or scoop an exclusive Sister by Sibling tote if you go for a ‘Shop & the Lot’ or ‘Shop & Bag’ ticket.

There’s a potentially confusing number of entry options on the London Fashion Weekend ticket page, so browse the website and tot up everything you want to see and do before you buy. Then all you need to do is decide between a day and evening ticket (the hours vary slightly each day), and work out what you’re going to wear.

London Fashion Weekend and LFW

But London Fashion Weekend isn’t the only way for non-insiders to get a taste of LFW. We’re also planning to attend a screening of The September Issue at Silent Cinema’s pop-up space in Covent Garden (they’ll be showing Grey Gardens and Zoolander too) and sip fashion-themed cocktails at The Mayfair Hotel. They’re launching their new shoe bar with a special collection of drinks for LFW, including the Strappy Sandal and Peep Toe.

And don’t forget that a lot of the runway shows will be streamed live online. Grab a front row seat in front of your laptop from Friday, and revel in the creativity that London’s so famous for.



Street Style: Kathryn


Kathryn’s street style is Kamp and kitsch entwined with chic sophistication. Baby blue is an awesome colour a colour unlike many looks amazing as a full outfit. The top is from French Connection and is in a sheer blue chiffon fabric with detailing of a cute white satin collar. Working the sheer clothing trend is one of the hardest to pull off but Kathryn has done this remarkably well by introducing a white bra crop top underneath the translucent fabric of her top for that added depth and dimension to her look.

To continue the white and baby blue tones in the bottom half of her ensemble Kathryn is donning a pair of cloud print leggings from Black Milk with a pair of multi-coloured Nike kicks. Accessorising can really make or break a look, we love the way Kathryn has accessorised making her look pop by rocking a pair of leopard print designer sunnies and a metallic gold over the shoulder satchel.


How to Spot Fake Fashion

Here at London is the Reason we appreciate good quality luxurious clothing and accessories while understanding the price (although sometimes out of reach) often reflects the finish. We’ve all been in the situation at some point, either on holiday, searching online or in a local shop – you see a must have handbag that’s only a fraction of the actual cost. While there’s less direct selling of fake pieces in London than other major cities there are still a few areas to be careful of, most notably Camden.

Whichever stories you hear about these kind of pieces; are they actually fake or do some of them have manufacturing faults? It’s hard to know for sure but we have an infographic produced for us that illustrates some great statistics on the industry and tips on how to spot fake fashion. We think the image looks great and will be looking in great detail before our next purchase!




Street Style: Thomas & Nathan

Thomas and Nathan

These guys are the epiphany of East London street style, rugged but stylishly suave…

The student duo Thomas and Nathan have gone for street styles that are simple but cool, the beauty with this kind of look is it is easy to recreate the same kind of look with other pieces in your wardrobe. The choice of clothes they are wearing are of a similar style, their outfits comprises of skinny trousers, a statement jacket and a good pair of kicks.

Thomas has gone for more of the camouflage tonal palette to work well with the forest green of his jacket. His brown trousers are skinny with extra detailing of patterned pockets. Thomas has paired his trousers with a blue pinstriped shirt and khaki green jacket which you can see has military style aesthetics’ infused from the way the jacket is cut and the style of badges adorned.

Nathan on the other hand has gone for skinny turned up jeans, a printed white tee and what looks to be a vintage leather jacket, which all assists in making that bold fashion statement we love!