Festivus for the rest of us: A comprehensive guide to holiday events in London

Kevin Quigley, BA Linguistics and Japanese Studies  The season starts with the introduction of winter-flavored lattes at Starbucks, and usually ends with me bent over a basement toilet with a glass of imitation champagne sloshing onto the floor as Auld Lang Syne chimes in the background. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan. But whether […]

Lights, Bhangra, Pujan: A Guide to Divali in London

Photo credit: Bhavit Mehta Jonathan Galton, BA Social Anthropology Trafalgar Square, October 13th: The monkey god Hanuman treads carefully round the fountain’s edge, slightly elevated from the throngs watching Bollywood dancers on the stage or queuing for hot samosas at one of the food stands. Elsewhere, you can find stalls offering jewellery, handicrafts and money […]

The A in SOAS: Underfunded and Forgotten

Carolynn Look, BA Chinese and Development Studies As many at SOAS are (or should be) aware, October is not merely a month of beer drinking, workload meltdowns, and costume preparation. It is also officially known as “Black History Month”, with the event’s name itself begging the question whether one month is really enough for a […]

Review: Top Secret Comedy Club

Lucy Warden, MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies Situated a short walk from Covent Garden, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I was ushered into the basement of a dingy building on Drury Lane, having only paid a pound for a pleasurable evening of riotous skits and jokes courtesy of the Top Secret Comedy Club. […]

Five places to eat around London

Lee Richardson, BA South Asian Studies Options for satisfying the basic urge to continue life through the consumption of food are many and varied in London. The task of watering down such a plethora of choice for a brief guide like this is a challenge, and therefore, not all options and tastes can be accommodated. […]

Michael Chessum released

ULU President Michael Chessum was arrested at lunchtime yesterday as he tried to enter ULU headquarters on Malet Street. He was released in the evening after nine hours in custody. It is believed that the arrest was related to a protest at Senate House earlier this week.  A 200-strong crowd of students and supporters, including […]