A Sicilian-inspired supperclub by & Ginger
Oct
20
6:30 PM18:30

A Sicilian-inspired supperclub by & Ginger

& Ginger is a quarterly supperclub concept by travel writer and designer duo, Josephine Price and Lauren Gamp.

Join them for a Sicilian-inspired supperclub where they’ll be cooking up all sorts of delicacies inspired by the Italian isle.

On the night, guests will receive six courses and a welcome cocktail. 

Vegetarian options available on request.

Sicily & Ginger


Sample Menu

While you wait

Panelle & caponata

Piles of Nocellara olives

 --

Amuse your bouche

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Starter

Butternut and sage arancini

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Primi

Tagliette alla trapanese

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Main

Fennel & marsala chicken, 
crushed garlic potatoes
and cavolo nero crisp

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Palette cleanser

Lemon granita

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Dessert

Tiramisu pot

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Shot with
the chefs

TICKETS £45 for six courses and two drinks • BYOW // PURCHASE HERE

 

We grow what we can in an East London garden and source everything as locally and as seasonally as possible 

 

@andgingersupperclub 

#andginger

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CLUSE Closet Sale
Oct
27
11:30 AM11:30

CLUSE Closet Sale

Step into your favourite influencer’s wardrobe in the first ever CLUSE closet sale in London. Meet some of London’s top fashion influencers, grab some gorgeous pieces from their wardrobe.

As if that wasn’t enough…

Early bird tickets will receive a special CLUSE goodie bag and early entrance. 

There will be five chances for giveaways during the event! 

Who’s going? 

@oliviabynature

@misha_grimes

@melisekrem

@mossonyi

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

CASH ONLY

Free entry

Register through the link to attend

Early bird tickets: Free CLUSE goody bag & early entrance

X5 Giveaway opportunities

BOOK TICKETS HERE

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The Life in Still Life
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

The Life in Still Life

The Life in Still Life drawing workshops is a series a little different to the usual 'life drawing' set up - they are a mix between still life and life drawing. Attendees are presented with a still life composition of plants, fruits, ornaments and beautiful fabric textures, but the key difference is the presence of a model, posed with the elements of still life and therefore, a part of it.

Expect soulful music, refreshments, charming ornaments, a variety of plants/textures, and diverse life drawing models (either clothed or nude), to create a chilled environment where everything you draw is beautiful.

The Life in Still Life drawing sessions aims to:
- Encourage people to create drawings that collate the exploratory nature of still life with the humanistic focus of life drawing, allowing for a space to draw your own masterpieces 'providing invaluable insight into how we live and what we value most’
- Provide a calming space for people to gather and get creative, without any pressure or expectations
- Encourage the use of art as self-care, mostly by celebrating the chance to reflect and create something you can be proud of (no matter what your skill level is)

TICKETS £25 (INCLUDING MATERIALS AND REFRESHMENTS)

PURCHASE HERE

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Keskula Digital Digital Storytelling Workshop
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Keskula Digital Digital Storytelling Workshop

In the workshop, this is what members can expect to learn: 

- How to create your digital personality through a convincing social media strategy. 

- How to easily create and curate attractive content. 

- How to engage and grow your tribe organically, through organic and paid engagement & activation (hashtags, boosted posts, influencer marketing and collaborations) 

- How to create an effective sales funnel

Free Event (Benk+Bo Members Priority)

Benk+Bo members please book your ticket through the Nexudus system.

Anybody else rsvp to rsvp@benkandbo.com to book your spot.

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The Art Of You: Day Retreat
Nov
3
10:00 AM10:00

The Art Of You: Day Retreat

This day retreat has been carefully crafted to bring you back to your essential nature through yoga, food, drawing and igniting all of your senses, connecting you fully to a radiance that comes from being the artist of your own brillIance.

CONNECT TO THE ELEMENTS | IGNITE YOUR SENSES | UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY

Here's what to expect:

10am YOGA

We'll open the day in the best possible way, with a feel good vinyasa practice which will carry you through all the various energies of the elements - grounding and settling into the depth of earth, igniting the creative furnace of fire, energising and getting playful through the element of air and flowing through the fluidity of water...

You'll be encouraged to reflect on which energy you resonate with the most, to carry through to our creative workshop...

11.30am BRUNCH

After yoga we'll nourish our tums with a huge healthy brunch by incredible chef Soph Gordon. Food is all about passion, taste and colour and is a brilliant stimulus for bringing you back into a state of vitality and wellbeing. Food will be plant-based and vegan, any special dietary requirements can be catered to

@soph_gordon

12pm CACAO EXPERIENCE

As we finish off brunch, my amazing friend Cocoa Claire will be guiding us through a sensory experience as we learn about the potent power of cacao. There will be plenty of tasting (of course) and a guided meditation to allow the magic of the cacao to stimulate our creative senses.

@claire.cocoa


1pm CREATIVITY WORKSHOP

Using elemental symbology and our morning practice as inspiration, we’ll play with some fun drawing and painting techniques, conjuring up some ideas to decipher our own expression of identity along the way, potentially finding our very own unique symbol.

Our world is made up of symbols, from zodiac signs to the ancient symbols of the Incas - whether functional, religious or cultural, emblems are used everywhere to directly and succinctly communicate a message or identity.

Human-beings hold pure creativity at their very essence, but finding a decisive awareness of what exactly resonates with us can be near impossible - who knows what you could come up with - your ideas could plant the seed for a future business logo or personal tattoo design!

No artistic experience needed at all, this is just a fun explorative workshop for anyone curious to explore their creative side!

2pm YIN & SOUND BATH

Winding you down for the end of the day, Harriet Emily will play her gorgeous crystal bowls and gong bath while you melt into a lovely restorative practice led by me.

3pm CLOSING CIRCLE

Setting intentions to carry all of this goodness back into our day to day lives

Tickets £75 // PURCHASE HERE

10% discount to Benk+Bo members!

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Air B&B Music at Benk + Bo
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Air B&B Music at Benk + Bo

Come grab a drink (we have great craft beers, wines and cocktails!) and enjoy an evening of acoustic music provided by Air B&B Music.

Watch performances from three rising stars at the forefront of London’s music scene surrounded by gorgeous greenery in a laid back and intimate environment.

Entry free for Benk + Bo members.

Tickets £15 // PURCHASE HERE

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Vinery London
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Vinery London

We're back and in what in what we think is the coolest and most beautiful venue yet. Benk + Bo.

For those who haven't been before here's a little bit about Vinery London:

The event was born when three close friends Charlotte, Claudia and Leeston were drinking a bottle of wine on a cosy autumn evening.

We’ve added a new exciting 'Berliner' style take on your classic London wine bar; at Vinery London, you rent a glass and drink some exceptionally tasty wine. Patrons pay what they want at the end, according to what they think the evening was worth and how much they had.

The concept is a big part of the city of Berlin and we feel London needs something similar.

Check out the link below for a bit more info on the concept:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2009/feb/11/berlin-honesty-bars-restaurants

N.B. you will be automatically signed up to receive our newsletter which is on average, a monthly mailout. If you do not want to receive this, please click the option to unsubscribe when you open it.

We'll may also be taking photography on the night. Let us know if you don't want to be featured.

TICKETS £9.99 (£4.99 TO BENK+BO MEMBERS) // PURCHASE HERE

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Collage Club Members Event
Nov
12
6:30 PM18:30

Collage Club Members Event

Join Collage Club for an after-work session at Benk+Bo. The beautiful co-working space will play host to our cutting and sticking activities which will be inspired by the wealth of greenery the space holds. We'll kick off the evening with some speedy image-making before working on some observational collaging using a plant-powered still life as inspiration.

All abilities are welcome and all materials are provided!

Tickets free for Benk+Bo members // email events@benkandbo.com to book your space!

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Orchard Cook X Spirit & Salt Supperclub
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Orchard Cook X Spirit & Salt Supperclub

A collaborative supperclub celebrating autumnal British produce, with courses from photographer and food writer Stuart Ovenden's beautiful cookbook, The Orchard Cook.

MENU

Pork scratchings  & sour Georgian plum sauce

Blue cheese, waterecress & pear on toasted sourdough

Applewood hot smoked salmon, chicory, apple & honey dressing 

Rosemary and chestnut stuffed pork belly, celeriac puree & pickled rainbow beets

Sticky pumpkin & arrope puddings with quince & saffron ice cream 

Tickets £35 // PURCHASE HERE

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Winter Reset: A Yoga + Life Drawing Workshop
Nov
22
7:00 PM19:00

Winter Reset: A Yoga + Life Drawing Workshop

Give yourself a full Reset before the winter festivities are in full swing.

This workshop is all about finding stillness and cultivating a sense of calm amongst the hustle and bustle of London life at Christmas time.

Stop for a moment, breath deeply, move your body in a way that releases any pent up stiffness and immerse yourself in a mindful life drawing practice that keeps your mind engaged and focused on the present.

You can be sure it will be an invaluable experience that will help keep away any stress and anxiety that this busy season may bring.

WHY YOGA + ART?

There are many parallels between yoga + life drawing. They both help us feel fully present. We end up losing ourselves in the act of doing and being. They both help us explore and discover things about ourselves that we may have not known and we can feel very humbled by the process.

TIMES

7pm Arrival
7.30 - 8.15pm Yoga
8.30 - 10pm Life drawing

TICKETS £35 // PURCHASE HERE

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Air B&B Music at Benk + Bo
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Air B&B Music at Benk + Bo

Come grab a drink (we have great craft beers, wines and cocktails!) and enjoy an evening of acoustic music provided by Air B&B Music.

Watch performances from three rising stars at the forefront of London’s music scene surrounded by gorgeous greenery in a laid back and intimate environment.

Entry free for Benk + Bo members.

Tickets £15 // PURCHASE HERE

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Air B&B Music at Benk + Bo
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Air B&B Music at Benk + Bo

Come grab a drink (we have great craft beers, wines and cocktails!) and enjoy an evening of acoustic music provided by Air B&B Music.

Watch performances from three rising stars at the forefront of London’s music scene surrounded by gorgeous greenery in a laid back and intimate environment.

Entry free for Benk + Bo members.

Tickets £15 // PURCHASE HERE

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Air B&B Music at Benk + Bo
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Air B&B Music at Benk + Bo

Come grab a drink (we have great craft beers, wines and cocktails!) and enjoy an evening of acoustic music provided by Air B&B Music.

Watch performances from three rising stars at the forefront of London’s music scene surrounded by gorgeous greenery in a laid back and intimate environment.

Entry free for Benk + Bo members.

Tickets £15 // PURCHASE HERE

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Artist Talk: First Solo Show -And Counting
Oct
15
7:30 PM19:30

Artist Talk: First Solo Show -And Counting

You are invited to an evening of conversation, led by the curator Lucy Chenery, with artist Sophie Anne Wyth and model Michael to discuss and explore Wyth’s exhibition First Solo Show -And Counting. Please join us at 7pm for a refresher of the show and some drinks and we will promptly start the talk at 7:30pm. We look forward to seeing you soon! 

First Solo Show -And Counting, 2018 is a holistic exploration of the body and mind. This collection of work was born from a collaboration between Wyth and the curator, Lucy Chenery, in an effort to dance with new ideas and welcome uncertainty in Wyth’s practice. Each painting, whether abstract or figurative, is derived from a series of sittings with Michael. 

Although Wyth originally pursued a career in fashion, art has always been a significant part of her life; during the late-90s she completed an art foundation in Paris and often painted in her spare time. Wyth’s subsequent move to London, and discovery of art therapy, motivated her to retrain as a painter and was the catalyst for the intimate, responsive method of painting that defines her practice today. Each of her paintings continue to be an expression of honesty, introspection and presence.

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YOGA WITH OLIVIA DAY RETREAT
Oct
14
10:30 AM10:30

YOGA WITH OLIVIA DAY RETREAT

Round off your summer with a day of flow and yin yoga, massage, meditation and relaxation in the beautiful and spacious Benk + Bo studio!

What does the day include?

Start the day with an energising yet mindful workshop length vinyasa yoga practice. Expect to unwind tension and improve mobility in your shoulders and hips, while also strengthening and stretching all your major muscle groups. We'll take plenty of time to bring your focus on to your body, centre your attention and move in time with your breath.

During our lunch break each attendee will receive a neck and shoulder massage. Then take the time to explore the local area and grab some lunch in one of the great local cafes or artisan coffee shops - Spitalfields market and Shoreditch are all within a few minutes walk. Or maybe just bring a book to relax with!

After lunch learn how to use yoga props to sit comfortably with a neutral spine, allowing you to observe your breath in a centring mindfulness meditation. Finish the day with a calming and grounding afternoon practice drawing on yin and restorative styles of yoga, rounded off with a guided relaxation. Float home feeling relaxed, renewed and restored!

What do I need to bring?

All mats, blocks and straps will be provided. You may also want to bring some socks/ extra layers or a small blanket for our afternoon practice, and some money for lunch if you want to eat out!

How much does it cost?

All of our super early bird spots have already sold out. But you can still grab yourself a bargain at our early bird rates of the entire day for £68, or £130 for you and a friend (full price will be £75 per person). 

Click here to go to our online booking system. After login (takes about a minute if you don't already have an account with us) click 'sign up now', then 'make single reservation'. Then choose whether you'd like to book just for yourself or for you and a friend! 

  • How much? 
    • Super early bird:         SOLD OUT
    • Early bird:                    £68.00 per person, or £130 for two people
    • Regular price:              £75.00 per person, or £140 for two people
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Budokon Yoga Workshop with Angeliki Theodorou
Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

Budokon Yoga Workshop with Angeliki Theodorou

Budokon is a "mixed movement arts system" that aims to transform mind through movement, building awareness, strength and developing the mind-body connection. The practice combines the integrity of martial arts movement with the strength of calisthenics, the playfulness of animal movement, and the fluidity of yoga.

Live Music by Manfred Castaneda 

Tickets are £20 // Email angelikietheodorou@gmail.com to book a spot!

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Collage Club
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Collage Club

Join Collage Club for an after-work session at Benk+Bo. The beautiful co-working space will play host to our cutting and sticking activities which will be inspired by the wealth of greenery the space holds. We'll kick off the evening with some speedy image-making before working on some observational collaging using a plant-powered still life as inspiration.

All abilities are welcome and all materials are provided!

Tickets £9.50 / PURCHASE HERE

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 Providence x Red Deer Charity Supper
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Providence x Red Deer Charity Supper

Providence is an idea formed around food, the act of service and love. Red Deer is an architecture studio that specialises in bars and restaurant design in the UK and internationally.

On 5th October, join Providence and Red Deer for a dinner at Benk + Bo to raise money for Sufra NW. In the five years since their inception, Red Deer has become leaders in the design industry and are hosting this dinner to give back to those in need. 

100% of the money raised will go towards Sufra NW, a charity who works on the front-line in the fight against food poverty and social isolation in Northwest London. 

The dinner is a 4-course mainly vegetarian menu, and includes wine pairings.

 About:

Red Deer are a herd of architects, designers and friends in an attempt to better engage with the world around them. Love for the unexpected is the starting point in their design work, studio ethos and adventures in travel.

Sufra NW works to fight hunger and food poverty whilst also offering a wide range of services and community-based activities that empower individuals and families to overcome impoverishment and social isolation. In addition, they run a community kitchen and edible garden, and offer support to newly arrived refugees access the housing, healthcare, training and jobs they need to build a new life in the community.

£10 BENK+BO MEMBERS DISCOUNT

Tickets £50 // PURCHASE HERE

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Air B&B Music at Benk + Bo
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Air B&B Music at Benk + Bo

Come grab a drink (we have great craft beers, wines and cocktails!) and enjoy an evening of acoustic music provided by Air B&B Music.

Watch performances from three rising stars at the forefront of London’s music scene surrounded by gorgeous greenery in a laid back and intimate environment.

Entry free for Benk + Bo members.

Tickets £15 // PURCHASE HERE

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Okele London - Supperclub
Sep
29
6:30 PM18:30

Okele London - Supperclub

Ōkēlē is an innovative dining concept by British Nigerian chef, cookbook author of 'Hibiscus' and The Observer Rising Star of Food 2017, Lopè Ariyo.

On top of popular foods reimagined, Ōkēlē aims to shine a new light on everyday dishes in West Africa, especially Nigerian cuisine. Òkèlè is a Yoruba word used to describe dishes made from tubers such as yam or cassava which are boiled, pounded down and then steamed with water. The West African answer to pasta if you will. To those unfamiliar with òkèlè dishes, it could also be described as a cross between a dumpling and polenta.

Guests will be treated to a delectable three-course dinner and a fruitful selection of homemade soft drinks. There are additional tickets for guest who would prefer to enjoy their meal with wine or cocktails.

MENU

Starter

Akara Poached Duck Eggs in a Plantain Nest

(Vegetarian & Vegan Options Available)

Main

Turmeric & Saffron Eba w/ Pumpkin Ogbono & Rosewater Duck

or

Squid Ink Amala w/ Gbegiri Veloute & Grilled Octopus

or

Coconut Pounded Yam w/ Mushroom Egusi & Miso Aubergine 'Steak' (V, VE)

Dessert

Suya Sorbet, Scotch Bonnet Jelly & Ginger Puff Puff

or

Papaya 'Sorbet', Guava Jam & Hibiscus Puff Puff (V, VE)

TICKET £40-£60 // PURCHASE HERE

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Ten Moons Pregnancy Day Retreat
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Ten Moons Pregnancy Day Retreat

A unique holistic pregnancy day retreat that offers mamas-to-be a very special experience.

You'll take time out away from the day-to-day to focus on the birth and connect with your baby. The event is expertly curated to help you to feel fully prepared for the positive birth experience you deserve.

Restore, relax, recharge. Experience the amazing benefits of pregnancy yoga with asanas tailored to your needs. Learn practical poses and powerful breathing techniques for birth.

Discover how to naturally relieve the sensations of childbirth using acupressure points in the body.

Nourish your body with a hearty plant-based lunch.

Learn how to use essential oils safely and harness the power of aromatherapy in pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Create your own Mothermoon plan in this 4th-trimester workshop, leaving you prepared for life after birth.

Experience the healing frequencies of sound therapy. Feel the deep relaxation and stress relieving effects of a therapeutic sound bath.

Release any fears around pregnancy and childbirth with a powerful Hypnobirthing meditation.

This retreat is suitable for anyone after 15 weeks of pregnancy and birth partners are welcome.

BUY TICKETS HERE

 

 

 

 

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CHAM CHAM SUPPERCLUB BY NIMS DIN
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

CHAM CHAM SUPPERCLUB BY NIMS DIN

Come CHAM and feast on mouthwatering Sierra Leonean and Liberian dishes!!

Once a month Nim's Din. hosts a supper club sharing and embracing the delights in the food I (Nims) have grown up eating, and watching my Mama and Aunts cook over the year, with some dishes having a little western spin on them!

This monthly supper clubs gives the guests the opportunity to taste a variety of delicious food and drinks from the West African countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone. You'll have the opportunity to discover how the dishes are prepared, the meaning behind the name of the dishes and the tradition around when and why some dishes are served at a meal or gathering in Salone and Liberia, along with a modern and western take on some dishes.

And you get the chance to meet the legendary Mama Saga! xx

FEATURED IN THE OBSERVER MAGAZINE AND ON BBC RADIO 4 FOOD PROGRAMME

Menu

Cassava ‘Blinis’ with Pork Loin & CHAM CHAM Hot Pepper Sauce

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Cassava Leaf Plasas with Dry Fish

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Lamb Ribs with Lemony CHAM CHAM Hot Pepper Sauce

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King Prawns and Egusi with Dumboy

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Hibiscus, Lemon and Ginger Cake (V)

TICKETS £40 // PURCHASE HERE

BENK+BO MEMBERS 10% OFF

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OUR ALDGATE - CROWDFUNDING WORKSHOP
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

OUR ALDGATE - CROWDFUNDING WORKSHOP

Do you have an idea that could make Aldgate even better? Join us for a workshop to help get your idea off the ground! 

 

Our Aldgate is a new crowdfunding platform being launched by the City of London enabling the people who inhabit Aldgate every day to collaborate on amazing unique and creative projects.

From music festivals to art installations, guerrilla gardening to pop up markets, if you have an idea to make Aldgate even better, this is your opportunity to make it happen. A £30,000 fund has also been created for projects crowdfunding in Aldgate.

We are hosting a free workshop to help you get your ideas off the ground! 

Free registration: sign up for your free place here

Join us and you will:

  • Hear what crowdfunding is and how to get involved
  • Learn more about the fund and the criteria
  • Understand how to define your project idea
  • Get tips for presenting your project page clearly
  • Start creating your campaign plan
  • Discover how to identify potential backers
  • Get advice on marketing and communicating your project
  • Receive a free guide to running a successful campaign

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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BENTO POWER BOOK LAUNCH BY SARA OF SHISODELICIOUS
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

BENTO POWER BOOK LAUNCH BY SARA OF SHISODELICIOUS

Come and celebrate the launch of Sara's book Bento Power: Brilliantly Balanced Lunchbox Recipes!

There will be food to try from the book, a small bento demo by Sara herself, drinks, lots of lovely people and book signing of course :)

The tickets listed are a limited number of paid for tickets, and the ticket price includes one copy of the book.

For more information on the book please see her website or her publisher's site. 

Hope to celebrate with you! :)

For more information on the book please see Sara's website [http://www.shisodelicious.com/bento-power/[ or Amazon [https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bento-Power-Sara-Kiyo-Popowa/dp/0857834991]

Sara Kiyo Popowa is the artist and photographer behind the colourful, plant based Instagram account Shiso Delicious @shisodelicious. [https://www.instagram.com/shisodelicious/]

TICKETS £15 // PURCHASE HERE

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The Life in Still Life
Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

The Life in Still Life

The Life in Still Life drawing workshops is a series a little different to the usual 'life drawing' set up - they are a mix between still life and life drawing. Attendees are presented with a still life composition of plants, fruits, ornaments and beautiful fabric textures, but the key difference is the presence of a model, posed with the elements of still life and therefore, a part of it.

Expect soulful music, refreshments, charming ornaments, a variety of plants/textures, and diverse life drawing models (either clothed or nude), to create a chilled environment where everything you draw is beautiful.

The Life in Still Life drawing sessions aims to:
- Encourage people to create drawings that collate the exploratory nature of still life with the humanistic focus of life drawing, allowing for a space to draw your own masterpieces 'providing invaluable insight into how we live and what we value most’
- Provide a calming space for people to gather and get creative, without any pressure or expectations
- Encourage the use of art as self-care, mostly by celebrating the chance to reflect and create something you can be proud of (no matter what your skill level is)

TICKETS £25 (INCLUDING MATERIALS AND REFRESHMENTS)

BENK+BO MEMBERS USE CODE 'BBMEMBERS' FOR £5 OFF

PURCHASE HERE

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AFkitchen X Isaan Canteen Supperclub
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

AFkitchen X Isaan Canteen Supperclub

AFkitchen is collaborating with Isaan Canteen to bring you an evening of North Eastern Thai food inspired by the region of Isaan.

The Isaan region represents around 30% of Thailands population and has a dominant and popular influence on cuisine across the country. Isaan food separates itself from the thai curries and noodle dishes that are predominiant in the UK; instead boasting wonderfully fresh savoury salads and marinated grilled meat and fish dishes.

On the night you can expect complimentary bubbles on arrival, 3 courses of Isaan inspired dishes and 2 hours of dancing and drinks after your meal. 

Dishes may be mild-moderately spicy and will contain nuts. Vegetarian options available upon request.

Starter

Laab Moo
Spiced salad of friend pork mince, toasted sticky rice and fresh herbs served with a crunchy Thai coleslaw. 

Main


Gai Yang
Lemongrass, black pepper & garlic marinated spatchcock chicken.
3 homemade dipping sauces.
Jasmin rice.
Chilli & garlic green vegetables.

Dessert


Lime & coconut sponge.
Sorbet. 
Ginger crumb. 

TICKETS £40 // PURCHASE HERE

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Sophie-Anne Wyth Exhibition Opening
Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Sophie-Anne Wyth Exhibition Opening

You are invited to the preview of First Solo Show -And Counting by Sophie Anne Wyth. The show is open 8am-6pm from Monday-Friday until 1st November 2018. Please join us for drinks, chats and lots of wonderful artwork! 

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First Solo Show -And Counting

S o p h i e A n n e W y t h 

Curated by Lucy Chenery

First Solo Show -And Counting is a holistic exploration of the body and mind. This collection of work was born from a collaboration between Wyth and the curator, Lucy Chenery, in an effort to dance with new ideas and welcome uncertainty. Each painting, whether abstract or figurative, is derived from a series of sittings with Michael, an acquaintance of Wyth’s. 

Although Wyth originally pursued a career in fashion, art has always been a significant part of her life; during the late-90s she completed an art foundation in Paris and often painted in her spare time. Wyth’s subsequent move to London, and discovery of art therapy, motivated her to retrain as a painter and was the catalyst for the intimate, responsive method of painting that defines her practice today. Each of her paintings continue to be an expression of honesty, introspection and presence.

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www.sophieannewyth.com 

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FERMENTED FOOD AND DINNER WITH ALIENSEAS
Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

FERMENTED FOOD AND DINNER WITH ALIENSEAS

In this experiential workshop you will learn just how easy it is to ferment foods at home using simple techniques and inexpensive ingredients. 


Fermentation is the oldest food preservation technique we know and a simple and economical way to make your very own superfoods from scratch. 
Probiotics – fermented foods teeming with good bacteria – come with an incredible array of health benefits, ranging from digestive health to boosting the immune system. 
And they’re delicious, too!

We will cover fermented foods such as probiotic ketchup, home made coconut yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented vegetables. You will also get to make your very own ferments to take home.


You will get to learn about gut health, how to get more probiotics into your daily diet and try these foods out for yourself in delicious dishes served at the event. Expect a fully vegan dinner AND dessert with lots of probiotic goodness!

Do join us to learn a skill for life AND meet interesting people over a delicious meal!

TICKETS £32 // PURCHASE HERE  

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Araki Koman presents Global Couture Exhibition Closing Party
Sep
4
6:00 PM18:00

Araki Koman presents Global Couture Exhibition Closing Party

EXHIBITION

Global Couture is a series of portraits drawings paying tribute to the authenticity and diversity of women’s clothing aesthetic traditions from around the world by French artist Araki Koman. Bridging her interests for visual anthropology, textile and illustration, Araki uses vintage and contemporary collected and donated photographs as references to produce each drawing, one country at a time, with a minimalist twist. 

Global Couture will be on view at Benk + Bo from 27 August 2018.  For her first London solo show and second Global Couture exhibition after New York last January, Araki will present the most recent cycle of drawings of this series (2017–ongoing).

Exhibition Dates: 27 August - 07 September 2018
Closing Reception: Tuesday, 04 September from 6.00 to 10.00 pm

BIO

Araki Koman is a Designer & Illustrator from Paris, currently living and working in London. Using raw lines, organic shapes and a limited colour palette, Araki uses her minimalist style for commercial commissions as well as for her personal artistic work which is influenced by slow living, travel and visual anthropology. She loves exploring the concept of clothing and its relation to the body and culture.

She has lived, worked and studied in France, UK, China, Canada, Iceland, Denmark and will relocate to Japan, her soul country, in Autumn 2018.

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BITECLUB: The essence of Food with Paola Carlini
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

BITECLUB: The essence of Food with Paola Carlini

5 Course menu. 

Popping up in Spitalfields for two nights, following the success of 'Cacao' chef Paola Carlini is cooking up the next menu in her deliciously experimental series. Over five delectable courses The Essence of Food is designed to evoke all the senses.
 

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MENU
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CITRUS & BITTERS
Confit spiced coloured carrots, Frigola & Campari granite
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HERBAL & ANIS
Roasted cauliflower, star anis, chayote puree, tarragon, confit fennel, roasted cauliflower leafs, samphire, sea purslane, green apple
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ROSES & FRUITS
Duck OR tofu magret with Sichuan pepper, fresh tomato chutney, grapefruit, strawberries, roses
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SMOKED & SPICY
Coffee baked sweet potato, beurre noisette, hazelnuts and tobacco foam
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PINE & WOODY
Fried polenta cake, rosemary, poached fig, lavender, roasted peach, slow gin yogurt


£39
Get your ticket here. 

 

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Sutra presents Marrow / Book + EP Launch
Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

Sutra presents Marrow / Book + EP Launch

Three years after the release of her mixtape, The Art of Being, talented 25 year old musician and writer SUTRA presents her first EP and a book of poetry. Both named Marrow , this beautiful body of work is centred on female empowerment, the journey of healing and being made alive again. A rising celebration of restoration and the power of voice, Marrow is a triumphant, bold step forward. On Friday 17th August, SUTRA launches this fully at Benk + Bo in east London. With a combined book and music launch, the night will also feature an art exhibition. Tickets are now on eventbrite and iamsutra.com for £5 (early bird) and £7 (general admission).

 

Find out more about Marrow at https://iamsutra.com/MARROW

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Yogis For Wildlife Fundraiser
Aug
12
11:00 AM11:00

Yogis For Wildlife Fundraiser

At the heart of every conservationist and every yogi is one common denominator; compassion. We care deeply for this planet and the lives of the creatures that we share our space with. This workshop is an opportunity for conservationists to explore the world of yoga, and for yogis to learn more about the struggles our planet faces each day at the hand of humanity. It’s an opportunity for us all to stand together and make a difference. 

Margot Raggett, founder of Remembering Wildlife, will lead a talk on issues that elephants and rhino’s face in the wild and the great work they are doing in the fight against poaching. I will lead a one hour vinyasa yoga class, which is accessible to all levels. Afterwards there will be an informal Q&A and an opportunity to purchase the Remembering Rhinos and Remembering Elephants books – the first of The Remembering Wildlife series.

All proceeds go to Remembering Wildlife and the projects they support through the Born Free Foundation.

Tickets are £30 per person // PURCHASE HERE

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YOGA TO INSPIRE: PLACE WITHIN
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

YOGA TO INSPIRE: PLACE WITHIN

Do you ever feel trapped in your routine, like your mind is full of chatter telling you what you can't do and what won't work? Like your body is stiff or weak? What if you could let go of all the negativity, tension and constriction in your body and invite in positivity and space instead?

We can't promise a quick solution to all your problems but this could be the start of your journey in uncovering what's already in you! :) 

We will use the practice of Rocket-inspired yoga - moving through a playful sequence of asanas to the rhythm of your breath, helping you find space in your body and silence in your mind.

So what to expect from this two hour long workshop? Something for everyone - pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, physical movement with options suited to all levels - from gentle discovery of your abilities to challenging postures. And the aim? Leaving with a smile on your face and feeling like your body is a couple of inches taller and stronger!

TICKETS £20.50 // PURCHASE HERE

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Acroyoga with Yogitos
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

Acroyoga with Yogitos

Certified yoga teachers based in Barcelona. 

One of their specialties in Barcelona is a mix of different basics of AcroYoga positions and partner yoga exercises. They love to fly around and share that passion with others.

Acroyoga are doing a tour through northern Europe and will stop on the 10th in Benk + Bo London.

About what they do:

AcroYoga isn’t just about fancy, high-flying excitement. It’s about connection, creation, exploration, and most importantly, the acceptance of trust. We will cover fundamental flying, basing and spotting techniques so you can play with confidence. NO prior knowledge & NO PARTNER REQUIRED. You just need enthusiasm and energy!

Come out and have fun experiencing a different way to spend your time with your friend or partner!

£20
£15 for Benk + Bo members

Get your ticket here. 

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SOUND BATH EXPERIENCE W/ XIMENA MIRANDA
Aug
8
7:45 PM19:45

SOUND BATH EXPERIENCE W/ XIMENA MIRANDA

Ximena will lead a deeply immersive experience of sound. This class includes gentle stretch (to prepare the body for the session) + guided meditation focused on inner contemplation. Afterwards Ximena will play the Tibetan singing bowls, koshi chimes and tingshas with the intention to balance and find self acceptance again. Participants rest in savasana posture and we all share experiences, comments or questions.

Ximena Miranda, Certified Sound Practitioner and Teacher
Ximena's spiritual practice begun on her path to Bhakti (mantra meditation) around 5 years ago. Bhakti means love, devotion and connection with the Universe. She has had the fortune to meditate in different temples around the world, such as Taiwan, Canada and all over Mexico. The Yoga of Sound made Ximena understand how the intentional sound can raise the vibration, cleanse all energy, calm the mind and heal any strains.

Recently she been living in Vancouver for a year, hosting Sound Meditation classes and workshops all around the city. She was trained by Geoffrey Torkington and Siddha Sandra founders of The Elephant Bowl Community. Ximena has had the pleasure to work closely with them hosting retreats/workshops focused on Sound Therapy in the spiritual town of Tepoztlan, Mexico.

TICKETS £19.99 // PURCHASE HERE

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Soul & Surf Day Retreat
Aug
4
9:00 AM09:00

Soul & Surf Day Retreat

As part of their Summer Sessions, Soul & Surf are popping up at Benk+Bo for the day as we bring you as much from their sunny beach side Kerala home that they possibly can.

Join us for for a day of Meditation, some signature S&S flow (Hayley Mia) and some Soulful Yin (Pip Roberts) and of course a scrummy lunch. We’ll be trying to recreate those dreamy beachside feels as much as we can with a water based meditation and even a sea salt scrub making session.

We’re ever so excited to be collaborating with Pip Roberts again after her sell out Yin workshop she held with us in Kerala this January.

Hayley will guide us through a delicious 75minute Vinyasa Flow, as we reconnect to our bodies and find space to breathe in an embodied moving meditation. Aiming to leave us feeling invigorated and energised whilst blissing out to some heavenly scents and soulful sounds.

Pip will be working to temper the fiery heat within the body with a cooling, calming yin practice to bring your energy into line with the season. A beautiful practice focussed mostly on the upper body – expect emotions to be balanced through a sequence of heart openers, and upper back and shoulder stretches working into the small intestine and heart meridian

What would a Soul and Surf get together be without some food huh? We got you… we’ll be providing a light Indian inspired lunch to fill your bellies.

Click here for more information & to buy tickets!

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Le Femme Network Fashion pop-up & Brunch
Jul
21
11:30 AM11:30

Le Femme Network Fashion pop-up & Brunch

For all you Fashion curious ladies, join us at La Femme Network, an event specially curated to showcase all aspects of Fashion from make-up to the catwalk.

We share contacts, content, tips and testimonies, all over a beautiful brunch's.

We are extra excited to be collaborating with SEEKD "a new curated market place for jewellery and accessories, celebrating beautiful design by ethical and sustainable designers".

At La Femme network we work to showcase and support new and upcoming designers; giving them a platform to present their work, giving you the opportunity to shop and meet, with the designers and makers behind independent brands.We love inspiring women; and at each event we invite two guest speakers who share their expertise, from business advise to styling tips. Connecting, collaborating and celebrating.

Our talks will commence at 12.30pm - estimated to finish at 1.30pm.

Joining us this month, is the beautiful and absolutely delightful Dede Nazareth, Do, ND Msc is an osteopath, naturopath, DeDe is also one of the FIRST FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PRACTITIONERS IN THE U.K. She has a masters in Pain neuroscience and treats chronic illnesses using a holistic approach. Dede will be sharing her expertise on natural and alternative health, and the core fundamentals of Gut health.

And the gorgeous Fay Cannings the founder of SEEKD, a new curated market place for jewellery and accessories, celebrating beautiful design by ethical and sustainable designers.

Fay will be talking us through her journey from cooperate to ethical Fashion, not be missed by anyone thinking of a career change.

Our fantastic brand contributors for July:

RIONA TRECY - Riona Treacy

TRIIA Jewellery - TRIIA - www.triia.co.uk

TANIA - Tania Swift Ldn

TONYA OHARA @tonya

AZURA DESIGN azuradesign.com.br

KERRI SPENCER - @KERRISPENCER

MISAN JEWLELRY -@MISANJEWELERY

FLAWSOME - Flawsome - Fl-awsome.com

AKELLO STUDIO - Akello Studio

LONSELUET Lonseluet

HOUSE OF SPRING House of Spring

Menu

Spiced black beans, fried eggs, avocado, crumbled feta, pico de gallo on a flatbread (vegetarian)

Torn Portobello mushrooms on toast with black pepper cream cheese and pistachio pesto (vegan)

TICKETS ARE £16 // PURCHASE HERE

*tickets for brunch are an additional £15 including glass of prosecco*

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SYMBOL by Christabel Balfour
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

SYMBOL by Christabel Balfour

Come & have a drink with us to celebrate the opening of Christabel Balfour's exhibition SYMBOL!

SYMBOL brings together a series of rugs and wall-hangings woven by Christabel Balfour over the last 12 months. It explores the images and symbols which have been returned to again and again. Each piece is woven as a response to the one before it, creating an cyclical narrative that echoes the repetitive nature of weaving itself. 

Expect sparkling wines from Passione Vino, craft beer from Forest Road brewery and Good Things Brewing and a range of cocktails from Liquid Intellect.

Send RSVP to christabelbalfour@gmail.com

Items to be purchased from:

 

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