Tim Firmager rounds up four ways to say yes to fun across London in January, who needs dry-January or pizza-restricting resolutions anyway.
Happy New Year and welcome to 2018. Let’s face it, January month can be a little dull with many friends or family trying to give up alcohol (or some other restriction) throughout the month. Here at Vada Magazine, we believe in starting off 2018 in the fabulous way we want to continue living it. Here are 4 London venues that we’ll be visiting over the month to start 2018 in flamboyant flair, including the World’s Best Martini Challenge, a delicious new pizza venue, the Age of Jazz exhibition and the Crystal Maze Live Experience.
The World’s Best Martini Challenge is back for a second year at Oslo Hackney and is promising guests an assortment of mouth-watering and delicious Martinis. Taking place on the evening of 18th January, the final will feature five new finalists, last year’s winner, three judges and will be a chance for drinks connoisseurs, gin lovers and spirited enthusiasts to decide who should win The World’s Best Martini of 2018.
Tickets are priced at £15 per person, and are available from alttickets.com.
Oslo Hackney is located at 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
Following on from the launch of the first Zia Lucia in Islington in 2016, the founders Claudio Vescovo and Gianluca D’Angelo are bringing their authentic Italian neighbourhood pizzeria to leafy Brook Green. Opening in late January 2018, Zia Lucia will bring unusual 48-hour slow-fermented doughs, delectable toppings and Italian community flair to West London. For the launch month, Zia Lucia will add a limited edition, green vegetable dough to the menu: the ‘Brook Green Dough’ will be named after their new neighbourhood. Maintaining its ethos of great value genuine Italian food, all wood-fired pizzas at Zia Lucia Brook Green will be priced from £7-£11 and will feature fresh, classic Italian toppings and will be available on the four types of dough. In short, perfect pizza at a low price point, we can’t say no.
Zia Lucia is located at 61 Blythe Road, London, W14 0HP
More information is available at: zialucia.com
Marking 100 years since Jazz reached Britain, Two Temple Place in partnership with leading arts education charity The Arts Society will open to the public for a free exhibition from 27 January – 22 April for Rhythm & Reaction: The Age of Jazz In Britain. This major exhibition brings together painting, prints, cartoons, textiles and ceramics, moving film, instruments and the all-important jazz sounds, inspecting the influence of jazz on British art, design and wider society.
More information is available on the Two Temple Place website twotempleplace.org.
The venue is located at Two Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD
Tickets to the funniest physical game ever, The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience, have been released, so gather your team and get ready to take on the trials and tribulations that await within the four themed zones of the London (and Manchester) based attractions.
There’s a whole load of running around as an eccentric Maze Master guides teams of up to eight people through the Medieval, Aztec, Industrial, and Futuristic adventure zones in the Crystal Maze. Contestants have to complete a series of challenges that test their mental and physical abilities, all against the clock. The more challenges completed successfully, the more crystals the teams win, and the more time they have for the final challenge, the iconic Crystal Dome.
In this ultimate quest, the team must work together to catch as many tokens as possible, a task made so much harder by the Dome’s super-strength fans. The amount of tokens caught determines their position on the leader board.
Tickets can be booked the-crystal-maze.com and advanced booking is essential.