Chances are, you're in a relationship or single..Are we right? Either way, you need date ideas - and with Summer every so slowly creeping in..(we mean really slowly) we are here to help you impress, even for those on the stingiest budget!
Here, we have narrowed down the top 10 date ideas for Londoners this Summer, all depending on how much you want to impress the other half. Whether you're a soppy romantic or up for a laugh kind of date maker..we have you covered.. (For More Ideas Click Here)
1. SNEAK BOOZE ONTO THE LONDON EYE AT SUNSET | Westminster
2. PRETEND TO START RAP BEEF AT HIP HOP KARAOKE | Fitzrovia
Tip: But actually don't..
Remember you're not Eminem.
3. PLAY A FEW ROUNDS OF DARTS AT FLIGHT CLUB | Finsbury Square
4. BOB AROUND IN PEDALOS AT HYDE PARK | Hyde Park
5. PLAY TABLE FOOTBALL AT KICK BAR | Shoreditch
6. STOCK UP A WICKER BASKET PICNIC AT BOROUGH MARKET | Southwark
7. GET A SOFA AT THE ELECTRIC | Notting Hill / Shoreditch
Tip: Perfect for a comfy nap (that "wasn't your fault") during the awful RomCom she might pick.
8. GET ON BORIS BIKES & GO ON A SIGHTSEEING CRAWL | Various Locations
Tip: And we really mean bike it..no taxi hopping half way through.
9. GO TO THE MUSEUM LATES AT THE NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM | South Kensington
Tip: See who can ask the most 'Jurassic Park' themed questions.
10. DELIBERATELY GET LOST IN HAMPTON COURT MAZE | Richmond
Don't forget to check out our great range of Date Night Shoes online, so you can be completely prepped for whatever day or night out you plan.
Take a decent snap of you in your Base London kicks before your date, tag us on Instagram and we'll share it on our page!
Whether you're looking for some diversion to help you cope with the Christmas come down, or a committed cinephile, the first months of 2016 are a true treat for movie lovers. With awards season coming up, the biggest and best blockbusters (not to mention niche hits) of 2015/16 are coming to the fore, hitting cinema screens in serious style. Which films will scoop the biggest accolades? Will Steven Spielberg beat the Oscar-winning world record? Which movies will be criminally overlooked? Formulate your opinions before the fun begins by checking out our pick of awards season at a cinema near you...
A big winner at Cannes in 2015, this moving fictionalised account of the first transgender woman to ever undergo sex reassignment surgery is completely transporting, taking viewers to the 1930s Danish world of Lili Elbe and her wife. Emotional, troubling and inspiring – The Danish Girl is a tour de force for lead actor Eddie Redmayne.
Will Bridge of Spies earn director Steven Spielberg his world record beating Oscar? Commentators and movie buffs certainly seem to think so. Hailed as one of Spielberg's finest films to date, Bridge of Spies follows the Cold War story of a US pilot captured by Soviet Russia – and one lawyer's fight to secure his release, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance.
The story of a self-made business woman struggling against the times she was born in to succeed and thrive. Set across multiple decades, actress Jennifer Lawrence does a splendid job of seeing her complex character through a huge range of contexts, mindsets and emotions.
The poignant and sensitively told story of a mother and son freed after years of captivity after being held prisoner in one small room. Born inside the room, the young son believes his small world is the entire universe, until an opportunity to escape arises, blasting open his horizons. This is a masterpiece in storytelling with impressive performances by the lead cast – a film which more than deserves recognition this season.
Some critics believe Black Mass is a long-awaited return to form for Johnny Depp, as he takes the lead as notorious US gangster Whitey Bulger. Others have been less impressed, calling the film “flat”. What's your take?
Time for some gratuitously violent fun courtesy of, you guessed it, the incomparable Quentin Tarantino. This time eight ne'er do wells and strangers find themselves stranded in a remote stagecoach station in the aftermath of the Civil War, as a blizzard brings them together – with predictably bloody consequences.
Which films are you most excited to see this season? Which flicks and actors do you think deserve to clean up at this year's awards ceremonies? And which films do you think don't deserve the hype? Have your say on the Base London Facebook group.
At the time of writing, the Bond fans at Base London HQ have been tantalised with this cruelly short teaser of Sam Smith's upcoming theme song Writing's On the Wall for the latest James Bond blockbuster SPECTRE (23rd October)... (You can listen to it here).
Do we have an all time great Bond theme on our hands? Or will Sam Smith's new 007 number fall flat? We know where our money is.
But until we can cash out, there's still plenty of aural Bond goodness from the super spy's 53 years on cinema screens for us to enjoy. Whether you loved Adele's Skyfall or thought it was a pale imitation of Shirley Bassey's glorious Goldfinger we've compiled our top five Bond songs to get you well and truly in the mood for the release of SPECTRE at the end of this month.
5. Skyfall – Adele, 2012
A true return to form for Bond themes. Adele's Skyfall oozes with the brass and seduction of forerunner of Shirley Bassey, with a delectably modern take on that essential Bond big band sound supporting that critical soaring chorus. Will Sam Smith be able to compete with this?
4. Live & Let Die – Paul McCartney & Wings, 1973
Melody, punch, pyrotechnics, discordance, sweet strings, sparkle, rock'n'roll, this two and a half minute epic goes through a dozen shifts and changes to create one of the most stirring Bond themes in 007 history. This is a whole Bond film, distilled into a few magnificent seconds of pure musical genius.
3. View to a Kill – Duran Duran, 1985
No Bond theme sums up 80s 007 quite like View to a Kill. This stomping, instrumentally lush Simon Le Bon led masterpiece is one of the biggest commercial hits of any Bond theme for good reason, it's a true 80s banger.
2. Diamonds Are Forever – Shirley Bassey, 1972
One of the reasons why Adele's Skyfall was a real return to form for Bond themes is because she naturally channels something of Dame Shirley's strength and brass vocally. This is what has earned Bassey the top two spots on our Bond theme favourites list and makes her the true voice behind Bond. Diamonds Are Forever is the perfect Bond theme, with a touch of suspense, a generous serving of materialism, big band impact and a ravishing, glittering chorus.
1. Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey, 1964
Short of the “dana-danaa-da-nanaa” classic Bond refrain, this has to be the single most iconic piece of 007 audio. With a particular place in the hearts and minds of the public, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger is a brassy, sexy romp, rich in seedy brass orchestration and crowned with the glorious voice of Dame Shirley herself.
Alan Partridge also does a damn fine version... Have a listen to it here.
Which James Bond theme song is your ultimate 007 number? Did we miss out a gem? Have your say in the Base London Facebook group.
Connery, Brosnan, Craig, Moore, Dalton, Niven, Lazenby – the gentlemen who have reprised the role of the world's best loved and best known secret agent have routinely scrubbed up on screen, effortlessly evoking the glossy glamour of everyone's favourite spy film franchise. Consistently shaken, and never, ever stirred, these gentlemen have oozed class and sophistication as 007, bringing debonair charm, villains and Bond girls to an international audience. But who wore it best?
To celebrate the upcoming release of the latest James Bond flick, SPECTRE (hitting UK cinema screens 26th October), we've surveyed the very best of Bond and come up with a definitive list of the most stylish 007s of all time.
Disagree with our list? Have your say on the Base London Facebook page.
A controversial Bond, Dalton played the role of 007 with seriousness and grit, with little of the wit portrayed by crowd favourites Sean Connery and Roger Moore. This darker, more violent and less cuddly take on Bond divides opinion, with many fans relishing Dalton's more ruthless, realistic portrayal of the spy in License to Kill, while others mourned the loss of 007's lighter side. Whatever your take on Dalton's approach, there was one aspect of this Bond which was beyond question. Seen in the wider lapels and looser tailoring synonymous with the late 80s and early 90s, this was a Bond, James Bond, with real style.
Argue with Roger Moore's classic masculinity if you dare. The James Bond of the 70s and early 80s channelled Moore's own character, creating a glossy, international playboy persona for The Spy Who Loved Me. Appearing in iconic 007 flicks including Octopussy, For Your Eyes Only and The Man With the Golden Gun, Moore was (and remains) the epitome of Bond for many, effortlessly pulling off white dinner jackets and black bow ties with aplomb.
Sleek, cosmopolitan style was the name of the game for Brosnan's 90s & early 00s Bond. With many of the franchise's plots taking 007 to cooler climes, Brosnan also made a name for himself in immaculately cut, oversized winter wear.
The James Bond of choice for many a 007 superfan, Connery's original Bond set the tone for the entire franchise, decked out in sharp Tuxedos, immaculate white button down shirts and that classic black bow tie, this was a spy for the 60s – and for all time – who resonated pure cool.
The latest Bond incumbent, Daniel Craig, may be a controversial choice for best dressed Bond, but we challenge you to find a previous 007 who wears a Tuxedo with quite as much panache as the current 007. With a rich history of sleek spies to draw on, the James Bond wardrobe team have endless inspiration, plus a rugged Bond who carried of a sharp suit with effortless cool to work with, making Skyfall, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and – most likely – SPECTRE, some of the chicest Bond films to date.
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Who's your ultimate Bond? Which 007 do you think scrubbed up best? Have your say in the Base London Facebook group or explore our collection of 007 appropriate formal footwear in the Base online store.