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After hours London: Orwell, comics and cheap vintage clothes in this week’s lates

Posted at 1:30 pm, October 9, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London

If you’ve been hitting it a bit hard at London Cocktail Week, perhaps you should take a little intellectual interlude and delve into our choice selection of this week’s best after hours events.

1. Celebrate the 110th anniversary of Orwell’s birth at Foyles on Wed October 8. 6.30-7.30pm. £5 (concessions £3) 

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It’s the 110th anniversary of the birth of George Orwell, so Foyles are hosting an evening of conversation and social reflection to celebrate. The brutally honest and opinionated art critic Brian Sewell will be joined by Big Issue founder John Bird to discuss issues of homelessness and consider the change in attitude toward the homeless since Orwell’s moving 1933 memoir about poverty in two cities, ‘Down and Out in Paris and London’. For more info head to foyles.co.uk

2. Explore blood, guts and graphics at Gosh! Comics on Thur October 9. 7.30-8.30pm. Free

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Ephemera curator at Wellcome Collection Stephen Lowther is taking up residence for the evening amid the shelves of the Soho comic store to reveal why the Wellcome Library has been actively collecting graphic novels and comics since 2010. His talk will also explore the medical profession, romance, gender identity, disease and radiation effects in comics among plenty of other weird and wonderful things to expand your mind. Visit wellcomecollection.org for details or call 0207 614 2222 to book.

3. Calling all students! Enjoy a Vintage lock-in at all London Rokit stores on Thur October 9. 7-10pm. Free (students only, sorry!)


Flash your student ID at the door and enter into a night of nostalgia, shopping and retro Rokit DJs. For the first ever annual Student Vintage Lock-In, you’ll be able to visit any one of the branches of Rokit on Brick Lane, Camden or Covent Garden and receive 20% off your buys and a goody bag if you get down early enough. There’ll also be music courtesy of some live DJs, so you can party and purchase all at once. Crazy.

Keep up to date with lates across the city.

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