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LONDON We’ve been behind the scenes and on the red carpet for the film season in London’s West End but film fans have plenty more to enjoy in  October.  Lucy Kale

Raindance Film Festival might have wrapped but the BFI London Film Festival (2nd – 13th October) is set to hit town and open to a fanfare in Leicester Square.

BFI London Film Festival’s artistic director Tricia Tuttle said:

 “We’re delighted to be able to host so many of the screenings and events as part of th BFI London Film Festival here in and around Leicester Square. The area’s rich history and reputation as the home of entertainment really adds to the festival atmosphere and we will be hosting many of the main galas in the extraordinary new Odeon Luxe and we’re thrilled to be back at the plush screens at Vue on the Square and hope to see as many members of the public there as possible to enjoy it!”

Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus businesses are joining the BFI mood by offering additional activities throughout BFI London Film Festival. So, hang on to cinema tickets which will entitle you to plenty of discounts.

 

ODEON Luxe Leicester Square

BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

ODEON Luxe Leicester Square will be a main West End venue for the festival, where the landmark cinema will be hosting the Opening, Closing and American Express Galas.

LEAFF (London East Asia Film Festival) ODEON will be hosting the opening night gala of the LEAFF on the night of 24th October

ODEON, Oscar's Bar

Sip up a wide selection of film-themed cocktails. From £11 - £20 each, sip on a movie-mad concoction including Popcorn Espresso Martini, Oscar's Pop n Coke or a Lily's Pink Gin Spritz.

Planet Hollywood

Enjoy a selection of film themed cocktails, like the Terminator, the exclusive Raindance Film Festival Cocktail. Filled with Pink Gin and Martini Fiero with grapefruit juice topped off with tonic, it’s a must for any film buff!

And enjoy an exclusive 20% off food when you show your film festival ticket in the restaurant or use mention festival code: FILM20 to redeem the offer.

Victory House Hotel

Treat yourself to the best seats in the house with overlooking views of the red-carpet action outside both Vue and ODEON Luxe LSQ, with a special 10% off bookings during the festival season

Byron Burger

Throughout the film season, both Byron Haymarket and Byron Charing Cross will be offering 2-4-1 cocktails for anyone attending both film festivals – show your film ticket to your server and claim on arrival when you buy a burger.

London Rialto G Casino

Anyone with a West End Cinema ticket, or a pass to a pre-purchased festival pass can be treated to a mouth-watering deal of 2-4-1 cocktails. Filled with classic casino games and a stylish bar area from which you can enjoy the full French Renaissance style décor, it’s the perfect place to refuel before (or after) your cinematic adventure.

Check terms/conditions with venues/offer organisers

Colours Hoxton Launches

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LONDON The Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen has been transformed into the vibrancy of Colours London by Mothership Group which brings with it a colourful entertainment programme diary. Lucy Kale

The just-opened 300-capacity live space promises gigs and club-nights programmed in collaboration with fellow well-loved multi-arts spaces Village Underground and EartH so expect lots of genre-crossing action music, art and performance.

These include residencies from inclusive LGBTQ+ Bollywood powerhouse Hungama, girl power gang Pxssy Palace, house, disco and techno party Naturalia, the female-led immersive collective Shotgun Carousel, garage extravaganza Lord of The Tings and Village Underground favourites The Heatwave presents.

Elsewhere the venue’s SuperCulture room will host cutting-edge cultural events every weeknight. These range from an ‘after school’ club with Maisie Williams’ creative networking app ‘Daisie’ to  Neon Naked Life Drawing panels with Anti Diet Riot Club.

Daytime sees invited local artists and creative networks occupy a free space to host meetings, rehearsals and record podcasts.

The sounds is set to reverb through London thanks to a show-stopping D&B Audiotechnik PA System, which will be busy with the hottest in Nu Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, Electro Pop, and R’n’B to East London.

Performances already confirmed from BBC 1Xtra favourite RuthAnne, disco pop duo Ekkah, indie rockers No Hot Ashes, Sheafs and Last Dinosaurs, rising R&B talents Olivia Nelson and Rachel Foxx, and the interactive and soul lifting Gospeloke, the eclectic line-up will set music fans alight.

Interior design comes from Mare Street Market’s outfitters alongside an exclusive exhibition of artwork by the brains behind Lady Gaga’s iconic Telephone Hat Fred Butler.

Colours lives up to its name with a bespoke LED lighting installation (headline pic) called The Colour Trap designed by Burning Man lighting sculptor Christopher Shardt, in a one-of-a-kind entrancer that takes revellers into undulating patterns and colour.

The Orange Buffalo takes up residency in the kitchen where several exclusive new dishes await: plant based burger ‘The Nawty’ and a Buffalo Chicken Salad, plus the famous wings.

Chloe Uppington, head of events for Mothership Group said: “Colours will be a bold and beautiful temple of creativity and celebration of live music. A testament to Hoxton’s past, which overflows with seminal moments across club, culture and the art scene, Colours is part of a dedicated push to keep young artists and musicians in East London.

Village Underground commented:

“London is crying out for more live music venues, so we're thrilled to be collaborating with such an exciting new space in East London. Colours will be a vital platform for developing artists and promoters on the cusp of stardom.”

The Cotswold Quartet

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COTSWOLDS The picturesque Cotswolds sets the scene for four properties on offer by Barons Eden Limited, represented by Savills. Lucy Reid

The assets in the portfolio are: Huxleys Restaurant (pictured above) and Island House, both in Chipping Campden; The Dial House Hotel in Bourton-on-the-Water and The Old Bank in Moreton-in-Marsh. 

Offers are invited for the whole portfolio or for purchase of individual properties.   

Housed in a seventeenth century building, Huxleys Restaurant in the heart of Chipping Campden, offers 100 covers across both inside and outside space, including two private dining rooms. Island House, on Chipping Campden’s high street, provides a rare opportunity to create a new food and beverage offering.

 The Dial House Hotel provides 15 boutique rooms all of which are en-suite alongside two recently renovated dining areas and a bar lounge. Prominently located in the centre of the picturesque high street of Bourton-on-the-Water, there’s ample opportunity for further development of the grounds.

 The Old Bank in Moreton-in-Marsh town centre has planning to convert to a 10 bedroom hotel with restaurant and bar and would suit a range of other uses subject to planning permission. 

James Greenslade, associate director in the hotels team at Savills, comments: “These four charming assets provide a rare opportunity to acquire properties in the picturesque Cotswolds villages. Each one is unique in its character and all provide a range of opportunities for new owners, in particular the redevelopment of Island House could work well in conjunction with the existing operation at Huxleys.”

Adrian Pearson of Barons Eden Limited adds: “We are choosing to sell our Cotswold assets in order to concentrate on expanding our portfolio of larger hotels and spas.” 

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