Alan Parker is the one person certain to go home happy from tonight’s big bash, as the recipient of the Bafta Fellowship. But for most other categories, it’s as open a field as there’s been for many years. No chest-beating ‘King’s Speech’ or all-conquering crowdpleaser like ‘The Artist’ this time round. With loyalties shifting from ‘Argo’ to ‘Lincoln’ to ‘Les Mis’ and back again, it’s likely to be a scattergun affair (although ‘Skyfall’ may get the Best British Film nod for services to the box office alone). Stephen Fry hosts the event from the Royal Opera House; expect the stars to turn out on force as their pre-Oscar campaigning really gathers momentum.
What do one million balls, two private ballpits, a ballpit waterfall and more retro sweetie cocktails than you can shake a stick at make? London’s biggest and best adult ball-pit. That’s what. The folks at Ballie Ballerson have moved shop from their former site in Dalston to Shoreditch’s Curtain Road, to an even bigger space and with even more balls to jump in. Not only does the 4,000ft space pack in a staggering million balls, there’ll also be a huge mirrored cage with a waterfall, and UV murals plastered across the walls. Plus, the bar will be serving kidult-friendly sweet cocktails (think Dibbie Dabberson and Skittle Sour), while DJs pump out deep house and disco into the wee hours.
Venue says: “Buy one get one free on cocktails every Tuesday until May 29 to celebrate our new menu launch!”