From secret cinemas to secret bar basements, HELLO!'s pick of this week's events and new releases includes some of the country's best hidden activities. Visit a new exhibition focusing on the most acclaimed light artists working today, or for those who enjoy fashion with their food, take a look at the Berkeley's new afternoon tea menu. For a laugh, head to your local cineplex to see Simon Pegg's love letter to London - and finish your week off with our favourite new book.
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The Reader on the 6.27, Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
Guylain Vignolles lives on the edge of existence. Working at a book pulping factory in a job he hates, he has but one pleasure in life… Sitting on the 6.27 train each day, Guylain recites aloud from pages he has saved from the jaws of his monstrous pulping machine. One morning, Guylain discovers the diary of a lonely young woman, Julie. A woman who feels as lost in the world as he does. As he reads from these pages to a rapt audience, Guylain finds himself falling hopelessly in love with their enchanting author.
Available on the 4th June, published by Pan Macmillan
Fans of Secret Cinema will know its live-action screenings have some of the most coveted tickets around. Now, Secret Cinema are taking the experience to a whole new level and launching a night club – exclusively for ticket holders of their current event. The first night club coincides with the launch of Secret Cinema Presents Star Wars, with live music and special secret DJ sets. The location will be discoverable only through a secret telephone line, adding to the mystery as you discover their special cantina club.
For more information head to rebelxcantina.co . Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back takes place from 4th June – 27th September 2015 secretcinema.org/ticket
Photo by Olivia Weetch
City Lights at Lights of Soho
The brand new Lights of Soho art gallery and member's club will be opening its doors to a brand new group exhibition, City Lights, featuring a mix of established and next generation light artists including Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk and the late Chris Bracey - who set up the hugely successful God's Own Junkyard. Running until the 5 May, Lights of Soho will also act as a hub for Soho’s creative community - and will house a secret basement, where guests can enjoy food from Michelin-starred chef Mark Hix’s menu.
Visit lightsofsoho.com for more information
Simon Pegg is back and has teamed up with Lake Bell to create the feel-good romantic comedy of the season. Meet Nancy (played by Lake), a 34-year-old single lady who is tired of being set up on dates by her friends. As she travels across London to toast another 10 years of her parent's blissfully happy marriage, 40-year-old divorcee Jack (played by Simon) mistakes her for his 24-year-old blind date. Spontaneously, Nancy goes for it and pretends to be "Jessica" and there follows a chaotic and unconventional tale of drinking, home truths and lost hopes.
FOOD AND DRINK
Pret-a-Portea at the Berkeley Hotel
Calling all fashionista foodies – this one's for you! The Berkeley Hotel in London has launched its new Pret-a-Portea – an afternoon tea inspired by the themes and colours of the fashion world. The new menu includes Oscar de la Renta's iconic princess gown, made from coconut and lime mousse set on a sable Breton with green leaf icing, Alexander McQueen's fashion 'Armadillo' shoes in the form of vanilla shortbread, cream icing and edible sparkles, as well as Philip Treacy for Alexander's butterfly hat, created out of chocolate-glazed gianduja mousse.
Visit the-berkeley.co.uk for more information
Fresh off its success on Broadway, Constellations, Nick Payne's explosive and dramatic play, takes on a four-day run at Bristol's famous Old Vic. Starring Sherlock's Louise Brealey and Happy Valley's Joe Armstrong, Constellations takes the audience on a journey to discover the unlimited potential ways two people may meet, in a tale of free will and friendships.
Visit bristololdvic.org.uk for more information