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The Beams

  • Nightlife
  • Royal Docks
A venue with a huge crowd
Photograph: Luke Dyson

Time Out says

A new mega-club by the same guys who brought you Printworks, The Beams is designed to be drenched in natural light during its day parties, followed by state-of-the-art production displays at night. The Beams is located in Canning Town, and is about as industrial as London gets in the 2020s (it’s a massive old warehouse, naturally). Its nearest station is the DLR stop Pontoon Dock, E16.


Thameside Industrial Estate West End of Thames Refinery
E16 2HB
Cross street:
Factory Rd
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Thin Air

  • 1 out of 5 stars

You can distract a baby with a rattle, a magpie with a shiny bit of metal and a Londoner with an immersive experience that’ll look great on TikTok.  That’s what ‘Thin Air’ is, a vast warehouse in the Docklands filled with intensely immersive laser light shows by various international artists and collectives that will get the likes flooding in for just £25. The production values are staggering: the lights are eye-burstingly bright, the sound is chest-rattlingly loud. It all looks incredible, but sadly it all means absolutely nothing.  In the first work, by James Clar, ‘your viewing distance is obscured’. Then try to ‘redraw the space through light’ with a huge room of strobing red, art collective Setup ‘create ever-shifting boundaries in light and shadow’ with LEDs, Kimchi and Chip with Rosa Menkman ‘offer considerations on new ways of seeing or visual perception’ with smoke and mirrors, and Matthew Schreiber uses lasers to ‘reimagine light and space to explore unseen forces’. That’s a lot of fancy ways to say ‘Ooh, shiny lights’. Art should be about something, it should have ideas, purpose, meaning, sometimes maybe even emotion The UCLA Art Studio installation is different. You stand in front of a camera and a screen re-renders your image in different digital styles. It’s literally your selfies as art, TikTok filters as interactive gallery installation. Then you speak into a microphone and it turns your sounds into images, including the ripples of Joy Division’s ‘Un

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