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As you might have heard our New Year has started in a very upsetting way, but we’re also counting our blessings. Just 30 minutes after the countdown The Aeronaut caught fire, but thanks to the quick thinking of our staff, and the evacuation plans they have had in place over the years, everyone got out the building safely. That’s the main thing, and everything else comes second.

The building we love so much has been extinguished by the incredible firemen who acted so quickly. At this point we don’t really know how bad that damage is, but for the moment we’re concentrating on people. We will never be able to fully articulate our gratitude for the swift action of the police and fire services in managing the incident and for the many words of support we have received from the Acton community.

The list of people we want to thank is too long to comprehend right now, but when we settle down we’ll make that list. But for now we just want to say how grateful we are that no one was hurt.

As you might have heard our New Year has started in a very upsetting way, but we’re also counting our blessings. Just 30 minutes after the countdown The Aeronaut caught fire, but thanks to the quick thinking of our staff, and the evacuation plans they have had in place over the years, everyone got out the building safely. That’s the main thing, and everything else comes second.

The building we love so much has been extinguished by the incredible firemen who acted so quickly. At this point we don’t really know how bad that damage is, but for the moment we’re concentrating on people. We will never be able to fully articulate our gratitude for the swift action of the police and fire services in managing the incident and for the many words of support we have received from the Acton community.

The list of people we want to thank is too long to comprehend right now, but when we settle down we’ll make that list. But for now we just want to say how grateful we are that no one was hurt.

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You know what it's like, you go our shopping for Christmas presents and you end up buying stuff for yourself. Well, we bought ourselves another pub. The Honor Oak in Forest Hill (yeah, confusing that, isn't it) is an absolute beauty. You don't need to get us anything now. We're happy.

You know what it’s like, you go our shopping for Christmas presents and you end up buying stuff for yourself. Well, we bought ourselves another pub. The Honor Oak in Forest Hill (yeah, confusing that, isn’t it) is an absolute beauty. You don’t need to get us anything now. We’re happy.

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Oh course you never truly know when you open a pub if people will come. But, oh god, they came to the Ladywell Tavern re-opening in their droves. The place was rammed, within the confines of all health and safety regulations and official capacities. Such a good night.

Oh course you never truly know when you open a pub if people will come. But, oh god, they came to the Ladywell Tavern re-opening in their droves. The place was rammed, within the confines of all health and safety regulations and official capacities. Such a good night.

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Russell Howard just can't stay away from the Aeronaut. If you missed this Sunday's intimate warm up for his world tour we recommend catching him at one of his 10 (ten!) nights at the not so little Albert Hall.

Russell Howard just can’t stay away from the Aeronaut. If you missed this Sunday’s intimate warm up for his world tour we recommend catching him at one of his 10 (ten!) nights at the not so little Albert Hall.

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Congrats to Ali and the Great Exhibition crew for winning their third Time Out Award in three years. They have retained their crown as the Best Pub In East Dulwich. Three for three against some solid competition. They're gonna need a bigger award shelf.

Congrats to Ali and the Great Exhibition crew for winning their third Time Out Award in three years. They have retained their crown as the Best Pub In East Dulwich. Three for three against some solid competition. They’re gonna need a bigger award shelf.

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You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Forget regular reality – virtual reality is so much better. The VR games at The Four Thieves are the best thing we've ever done. Ever. Roxy was literally screaming as she was attacked by zombies (so many head shots though). When we took the headset off it was like the back in the room bit after the Matrix training session. The future is here. Mindblowing.

You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Forget regular reality – virtual reality is so much better. The VR games at The Four Thieves are the best thing we’ve ever done. Ever. Roxy was literally screaming as she was attacked by zombies (so many head shots though). When we took the headset off it was like the back in the room bit after the Matrix training session. The future is here. Mindblowing.

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Laine's Loves... Soulwax
It's always a good day where there's a new Soulwax/2manyDJs track, but today there's two, and they're both free. Click expand to hear and download them.

Laine’s Loves… Soulwax
It’s always a good day where there’s a new Soulwax/2manyDJs track, but today there’s two, and they’re both free. ‘Transient Program For Drums And Machinery’ is the debut track from their first LP under their own name for 11 year, and bodes well – a Kraftwerkian bleepy piece of mid tempo bleep-pop that builds to a delicious crunch. It’s not a million miles from Die Verboten, their recent balearic-krautrock project with Riton and designer Fergus ‘Fergadelic’ Purcell.
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Elsewhere the brother have helped Tiga on a new mix of ‘3 Rules’, probably the highlight of the Canadian electroclash survivor’s ‘No Fantasy Required’. The three have stripped it right back and given it a deep bass bouncy and machine gun snares until it sounds like a MIA in a bemused mood (if you can imagine such a thing). The wry rules still remain, thank goodness.
“Rule three: never fall in love with a Virgo.”
Why?
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If you like those we really recommend checking out Soulwax’s recent track with Chlöe Sevigny, ‘Heaven Scent’, a bleepy little low slung spoken pop song which has crept up to be one of our favourites of the year.

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If you're looking to go to a pub to wallow in the misery of the world, The Candlemaker is an absolutely terrible place to go. The whole week there is just super fun right now. Tina Turner Tea Lady's brunch was voted one of the best in the UK, Ettiboo's Bottomless Sunday Roast is every bit as fun. And we love how House Of Wax's happy hour is at 11pm. The place is lit.

If you’re looking to go to a pub to wallow in the misery of the world, The Candlemaker is an absolutely terrible place to go. The whole week there is just super fun right now. Tina Turner Tea Lady’s brunch was voted one of the best in the UK, Ettiboo’s Bottomless Sunday Roast is every bit as fun. And we love how House Of Wax’s happy hour is at 11pm. The place is lit.

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It's almost time for the second best party of the year - Halloween. To be honest, sometimes we actually prefer All Hallows' Eve to New Year's Eve. So what have we got going on on Saturday 29th? Click to expand to find out.

It’s almost time for the second best party of the year – Halloween. To be honest, sometimes we actually prefer All Hallows’ Eve to New Year’s Eve. So what have we got going on on Saturday 29th? The Candlemaker are having a party with special food (pumpkin goulash anyone?) and cocktails and a DJ. Watson’s have a DJ and cocktails, plus Plumbottom’s Return, a Handmade Mysteries pop up game in the garden (also there on Friday). Hop Burns & Black are DJing at The Old Nun’s Head, throwing in a load of themed songs. The Aeronaut have a Halloween circus, plus games in the garden, as well as all their usual fun. The most convincing zombie at the Great Exhibition’s Zombie Apocalypse will win a bottle of champagne to drink amongst the promised madness. And it zombie time at The People’s Park Tavern too, with surprises that we really don’t want to ruin for you.

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We don't like to boast, but we're going to anyway: we got six Time Out Love London nominations. Oh yeah, you're right, that is three quarters of our pubs, Well spotted. If you wanted to vote for The Aeronaut (Acton), The People's Park Tavern (Hackney), The Four Thieves (Battersea), The Old Nun's Head (Peckham), plus Watson's General Telegraph and The Great Exhibition (East Dulwich) then we'd be super happy. Here's the link to do it if you're inclined.

We don’t like to boast, but we’re going to anyway: we got six Time Out Love London nominations. Oh yeah, you’re right, that is three quarters of our pubs, Well spotted. If you wanted to vote for The Aeronaut (Acton), The People’s Park Tavern (Hackney), The Four Thieves (Battersea), The Old Nun’s Head (Peckham), plus Watson’s General Telegraph and The Great Exhibition (East Dulwich) then we’d be super happy. Here’s the link to do it if you’re inclined.

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After a riotous launch party at The North Laine Brewhouse, the full line up of Laine Brew Co beers made their debut at The Four Thieves last night, alongside some cracking bands, great food and the cream of the London brewing scene. And the beers? Yeah, they went down pretty swiftly. Even the DIPA. Good work Thursday night crew.

After a riotous launch party at The North Laine Brewhouse, the full line up of Laine Brew Co beers made their debut at The Four Thieves last night, alongside some cracking bands, great food and the cream of the London brewing scene. And the beers? Yeah, they went down pretty swiftly. Even the DIPA. Good work Thursday night crew.

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Christmas parties are either so good they fuel the water cooler conversation until the end of winter, or they're a total bind you can't wait to end so you can go out with people you like. We only throw one sort of party (or a million variations of it), and it's not the latter. Check out our venues here. Whether it's a couple of you having a nice dinner, or a few hundred looking for a real experience with all kinds of entertainment and adventures, get in touch by mailing roxy@laines.london. We wanna party with you.

Christmas parties are either so good they fuel the water cooler conversation until the end of winter, or they’re a total bind you can’t wait to end so you can go out with people you like. We only throw one sort of party (or a million variations of it), and it’s not the latter. Check out our venues here. Whether it’s a couple of you having a nice dinner, or a few hundred looking for a real experience with all kinds of entertainment and adventures, get in touch by mailing roxy@laines.london. We wanna party with you.

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Turns out the people of East Dulwich think they know a bit about Harry Potter. The Great Exhibition have got space for one more table and it's not even until Sunday 2nd October. Don't sleep on it if you wanna quiz.

Turns out the people of East Dulwich think they know a bit about Harry Potter. The Great Exhibition have got space for one more table and it’s not even until Sunday 2nd October. Don’t sleep on it if you wanna quiz.

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Coming very soon to The Candlemaker is Eat DMC. They've got some amazing food but we can't get past the Sunday roast wrap. Just look at it. Incredible.

Coming very soon to The Candlemaker is Eat DMC. They’ve got some amazing food but we can’t get past the Sunday roast wrap. Just look at it. Incredible.

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Laine's Loves... Audrey Hepburn's Pet Fawn

In the running for the cutest thing that's ever happened is the fact that Audrey Hepburn had a pet fawn called Pippa. Here she is taking it food shopping. One of many incredible photos by Bob Willoughby of the Hollywood star (more on Flashbak).

Laine’s Loves… Audrey Hepburn’s Pet Fawn

In the running for the cutest thing that’s ever happened is the fact that Audrey Hepburn had a pet fawn called Pippa. Here she is taking it food shopping. One of many incredible photos by Bob Willoughby of the Hollywood star (more on Flashbak).

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