Monthly Archives: September 2012

Films shown on a giant water screen

 The Vauxhall Ampera Season

Yes you heard that right. A film is about to be shown on a wall of water, sounds crazy right? But surely that’s what London’s all about – just when you think you’ve seen it all something knocks that thought out the window.

This latest art work comes from the artist Max Hattler and you can see it yourself this week rising out of Regent’s Canal.

The film,, commissioned by Vauxhall Motors, is all part of the The Vauxhall Ampera Season which is going on at the moment at The Filling Station in Kings Cross.

So how exactly does it work? Good question. Apparently there’s a hydro screen put up across the canal and the film you’re about to see is described as a “psychedelic geometric ballet”.

Now although I’ve no idea what that should look like, the thought of a film being projected onto a high-powered jet of water rising to a 10×15 meter screen sounds pretty awesome.

Free showings are every hour between 8-10pm until 16 September and after that it’ll all disappear, never to be seen again.

This video of the water screen in action is a little taster here of what you’re in for.

This piece was originally written for Who’s Jack.

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Floripa

Floripa

Shoreditch’s answer to Brazil comes in the form of Floripa – a quirky, colourful bar serving up refreshing cocktails and traditional food.

It’s named after Florianópolis – a small party island off the coast of Brazil – and the lively, vibrant atmosphere, hits you immediately.

The bar is pretty big and the ideal place for a group event – be it drinks after work or a large Birthday party – and if it gets too hot you can spill out into the outdoor terrace.

It’s an ideal for a drinking spot with the right balance of traditional cocktails such as Margaritas and Caipirinhas with a few creative concoctions like the Fogo De Floripa – a blend of pomegranate syrup and Cachaca topped with a flaming Tempero Baiano.

There’s also group drinks like the Bloc Party Punch (£32) which serves five people a mix of vodka, cranberry, cassis and sparkling wine making it the perfect place for drinks followed by dancing (lots) when the DJ arrives.

Before you head to the dance floor, or if you’re not feeling that active, check the food menu. It’s full of a variety of sharing and larger Brazilian dishes.

The menu – which consists of freshly prepared dishes every day made with local market ingredients – has been designed by David Yorkston (resident chef at Bacchus and The Langham Hotel) and it perfectly fits the venue.

You’ve got everything from carefully put together platters such as king prawn cerviche (£8) or pao de queijo- a wonderful cheesy bread (£3.50) to steaks (£18), and black bean and pork stew (£12.50). It really depends how hungry you are but what you can expect is good quality food at a very reasonable price.

It’s not anything that special but Floripa works because it serves the right amount of dishes and they’re designed to share so again a get together with your friends is the best situation here.

This article was originally written for Who’s Jack.

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