Beasts Of London: Lions, Foxes And Fleas Tell Their Stories At Museum Of London

Beasts of London animal history exhibition at Museum of London
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The history of London’s animal residents — from pigeons to lions, elephants, horses and rats — is told in a new event at Museum of London. Beasts of London gives animals their own voices to tell their stories of living in the capital, dating as far back as the Roman Londinium.

What is Beasts of London?

Beasts of London animal history exhibition at Museum of London
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Rather than being an exhibition, Beasts of London is described as an ‘immersive tour through London’s history’, voiced by the animals who witnessed it, and showing how their existence contributed to making the capital what it is today. Museum of London worked with Guildhall School of Music & Drama to create Beasts of London, using ‘video projection mapping’ to bring it to life.

The mighty lions of the Roman Empire, and the humble rabbit — which the Romans introduced to Britain as a food source — are represented, along with the rats who were thought to be responsible for the Great Plague, and the fleas who were actually responsible for spreading it. Modern day residents including foxes and parakeets also feature.

Beasts of London animal history exhibition at Museum of London
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We’re promised tales of ‘cruelty and companionship’, suggesting a truthful — if often brutal — and un-sugarcoated account of humans’ relationship with animals throughout London’s history. Watch the trailer for more idea of what to expect.

Which celebrities are voicing Beasts of London?

Like most Londoners, we don’t speak lion or pigeon, so thankfully the animals’ stories have been translated into human, with celebrities voicing their thoughts. Brian Blessed, Pam Ferris, Kate Moss, Nish Kumar, Stephen Mangan, Angellica Bell and Joe Pasquale have all been named as taking part so far.

Beasts of London animal history exhibition at Museum of London
The bacterium, voiced by Brian Blessed. Image: Museum of London

You might expect Blessed’s inimitable boom to emit from a lion or elephant, but he’s been assigned the role of… Bacterium — London’s smallest creature, and the source of the Great Plague. Ferris voices Aquila the eagle, who guides visitors through Roman London, while Pasquale voices a dormouse. The full cast list can be seen on the Museum of London website.

Is Beasts of London suitable for children?

Beasts of London animal history exhibition at Museum of London
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Museum of London recommends Beasts of London for anyone aged 7+, due to scenes that may be upsetting to anyone younger than this. That said, they won’t stop younger children attending — it’s at the discretion of parents and carers. The experience takes about an hour.

How much are tickets for Beasts of London?

Beasts of London animal history exhibition at Museum of London
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Adults tickets start at £8, and concessions at £6.40. Tickets are available to book at half-hour intervals, and it’s expected to be a popular event so we do recommend that you book — particular if you’re planning to visit in the first few weeks, or at weekends or school holidays.

When does Beasts of London open at Museum of London?

Beasts of London animal history exhibition at Museum of London
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Beasts of London opens at Museum of London on Friday 5 April 2019 and runs until 5 January 2020.

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Two More Cherished Pubs Closing In Mayfair And Brentford

Good pubs are dropping like (bar)flies with the demise of two more much-loved boozers.

The imminent closure of The Water Poet in Spitalfields on 29 March 2019 has already been noted widely. But it’s not alone.

Magpie and Crown, Brentford

Over in Brentford, the Magpie and Crown breathed its last over the weekend (24 March). This CAMRA favourite was noted for its superb range of ales, a trait it has boasted for decades. It even has literary connections, as one of the possible models for The Flying Swan in the novels of Robert Rankin. The building will remain mothballed while the neighbouring blocks are redeveloped.

Other pubs in Brentford may be on borrowed time. The football stadium famously includes a pub at each of its four corners. It’s not yet clear if the quartet will survive when the club shifts to its new ground in 2020.

The Audley, Mayfair

Meanwhile, The Audley appears to be closing on 15 April, according to its website. The ornate corner house has been sold to developers who will convert it to a hotel with a pub or bar at ground level (see approved planning application). Owners Greene King initially confirmed the closure, but later backtracked. Even so, a message saying that the pub will cease trading on 15 April still appears prominently on its website.

The Audley is noted for its elegant interiors and terracotta exteriors. It’s a touch of class, and yet still a relatively grounded pub among the way-above-your-pay-grade Mayfair neighbours. Its loss may be mourned by Michelle Obama, who paid a visit in 2009.

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With thanks to Mike Paterson and Joanna Moncrieff, members of the Londonist Pub People Facebook page. Let us know on this group, or in the comments if you’ve heard about any other good pubs that face closure.

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Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 26 March 2019

Northern Ballet tells the story of Queen Victoria

Things to do

NORTHERN BALLET: The story of Queen Victoria is told through dance in Northern Ballet’s latest production, which comes to London for just one week. Her love for Albert and her grief at his untimely death are depicted through passionate and powerful choreography. Sadlers Wells, £15-£60, book ahead26-30 March

QUEEN OF SOHO: Margaret Thatcher as a cabaret superstar. Not something you see every day, but 1980s drag cabaret show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho imagines the former prime minister getting lost in Soho on the eve of a crucial vote and discovering a talent for cabaret. Wiltons (Limehouse), £10.50-£20, book ahead26-30 March

THINK SPACE: The latest in the Royal Observatory’s Think Space lectures focuses on Jupiter’s X-Ray Aurorae. It’s the gas planet’s equivalent to our own Northern Lights, and is a permanent feature due to Jupiter’s fast rotational period. Royal Observatory (Greenwich), £10.30, book ahead5.15pm-6.15pm

TWILIGHT ARCHITECTURE: Join an expert guide for an architecture themed tour of Barbican by twilight, learning about the construction and design of the estate as you go. The evening finished with a three-course meal at Osteria, an Italian restaurant within the Barbican complex. Barbican, £35, book ahead6pm

MOTHER’S DAY CARDS: With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, add a personal touch to your mum’s day by making a personalised handmade card. All materials are provided, but the design… that’s all you. Drink, Shop & Do (King’s Cross), free when you buy a drink, book aheadfrom 6pm

Take a twilight architecture tour of Barbican

AN IMPECCABLE SPY: Author Owen Matthews discusses his new book, An Impeccable Spy, the true story of spy Richard Sorge who was a German journalist and Soviet military intelligence officer during the second world war. Hatchards (Piccadilly), £6, book ahead6.30pm

POETRY WORKSHOP: Poet Ian MacLachlan leads free workshops for page poets wanting to improve their performance skills, and performance poets who want to hone their writing. Poet and performance poets come together to share their skills and experience with each other. Wembley Library, free, book ahead6.30pm-8.30pm

SPRING CONCERT: The LSE Choir and Orchestra perform a spring concert, showcasing works including Requiem by Mozart. Dvorak’s 2 Slavonic Dances, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 and Schumann’s Overture , Scherzo and Finale. St Clement Danes Church (Strand), £7, book ahead7pm

Create a bouquet at this masterclass

HEDGEHOG ART: Attend the launch of a new exhibition of hedgehog themed art. As well as getting a preview of the work on display, hear from Michel Birkenwald of Barnes Hedgehogs about the Barnes Hedgehogs campaign. OSO Arts Centre (Barnes), free, book ahead7pm

AMERICAN MEMORIAL: The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on an island in the Potomac River is America’s largest presidential memorial, and is the subject of new documentary The Man On The Island which looks at why the unusual location was chosen. Michael Patrick Cullinane, professor of US History at the University of Roehampton, introduces a screening.  British Library, £8/£5, book ahead7.15pm-8.30pm

EDIBLE BOUQUET: Learn how to make your own bouquet… with edible ingredients. Rosemary, olive and mint are just some of the components used in this floristry class, led by London florist Rebel Rebel. ASK Italian (Paddington), £21.86, book ahead7.30pm-9.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Victoria line's 50th anniversary

The Victoria line is 50 years old this month. Amazing thought, isn’t it: humans could travel unimpeded from Walthamstow to Brixton a whole four months before we could land on the Moon. But do you know how its stations got their names? Find out in Londonist’s guide to Victoria line etymology.

Follow Barry Heck on Twitter @HeckTube.

Good cause of the day

Ivo Graham, Olga Koch and Eleanor Morton are just some of the comedians performing at tonight’s Comedy Grotto, which is raising money in aid of Syrian refugees. Find out more and book tickets.

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These Trains Will Take You From London To Edinburgh For £25

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A new train service is promising £25 tickets between London and Edinburgh — plus a faster service.

FirstGroup has announced that it will operate trains on a new high-speed, low cost service, using a fleet of five new Hitachi AT300 intercity electric trains.

But are tickets really £25?

Adult singles for the service — due to start running in autumn 2021 — will average £25, while even cheaper fares will be available.

That’s a far cry from some fares on the east coast route at the moment (a quick search for single fares today, brings up singles for over £160 for standard class, although it’s not clear how far you’ll need to book in advance to get the best FirstGroup fares).

A couple of AT300s at King’s Cross. The service won’t be in action till 2021 though. Image: Hitachi

Will the trains really be quicker?

Sort of. The average journey time of London-Edinburgh jaunts will be 4 hours 15 minutes. That’s a saving of 29 minutes against some similar journeys currently running from King’s Cross. Although it’s only a minute or two shaved off some of the other London-Edinburgh rail journeys already available.

The new Hitachi trains can reach speed of up to 125mph, and will be using the revised 2021 timetable, which by then, other east coast services will be running to, as well.

Five trains a day will run each way from King’s Cross to Edinburgh, via intermediate stations at Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth.

The promised land. Image: Shutterstock

Are the trains going to be any good?

You may have already ridden on a Hitachi AT300; they run on the Transpennine Express, and the 395 Javelins running between London and Kent are very similar. The new trains promise:

  • An additional 400 seats per train on the route
  • Air conditioning, Wi-Fi, power sockets
  • A quieter and more environmentally friendly ride, thanks to the electric power

Classless travel

One other thing: there won’t be any First Class on these trains. Which means no grumbling about how you’ve got to stand for the whole journey while carriages remain half-empty. We can get onboard with that.

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This Gorgeous Free Flower Festival Returns In May

Belgravia in Bloom 2018. Image: Shutterstock

Instagrammers get ready — Belgravia in Bloom returns to west London this May.

The annual flower festival takes place in shops, bars and restaurants around Belgravia, coinciding with the nearby Chelsea Flower Show.

Businesses erect floral installations in their windows and exteriors for one week only. The flowery offerings are usually created by local florists including Moyses Stevens and last year’s winner, Neill Strain.

It’s one of our favourite free events in London every year, encouraging people  to visit a corner of the city they might not normally see, and brightening up our Instagram feeds for a few days, along with concurrent but unrelated event, Chelsea in Bloom.

Belgravia in Bloom 2017. Photo: Laura Reynolds

The Language of Flowers is the theme for Belgravia in Bloom 2019, with 50 installations designed to demonstrate the meaning behind the blooms.

Many of the businesses in the area run special events alongside the free flower displays. Beloved pink cafe Peggy Porschen serves a special collection of cupcakes, and florist Neill Strain has created a special fragranced candle, encompassing the scent of flowers that were used to send messages in Victorian times.

A Botanic Identity Station will temporarily reside in Eccleston Yards, offering events including floral illustrations and herbal tea blending workshops. In the Halkin Arcade, off Motcomb Street, four ‘mood gardens’ will be planted, to improve mood and relieve stress. Poetry points and a flower reading station — where visitors will be able to have a reading taken from flower cards — will be set up in the garden. Which all sounds lovely, but really, we’re just there for the flowers.

Belgravia in Bloom 2019 takes place 20-25 May 2019 at various locations. It’s free to visit — more details will be released here closer to the date.

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Where To Get Vegan Ice Cream In London

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Vegan ice cream-based treats at Yorica

Being largely made from milk, ice cream presents quite a stumbling block for vegan and dairy-free diners looking for a quick summer cool-me-down. In recent years, vegan ice cream has become more common and more tasty, and much more readily-available, as per the below London cafes and restaurants which all serve dairy-free versions.

As for gelato and sorbet — well, they’re quite often vegan anyway, as they doesn’t usually contain milk, but it’s always worth double-checking as sometimes honey, eggs, or other non-vegan ingredients are used.

Vegan ice cream at Chin Chin Laboratories, Soho and Camden

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Pandan Leaf is one of the vegan flavours available at Chin Chin

Chin Chin has always been a bit ahead of its competitors in the ice cream game — it was using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream as far back as 2010.

Fast forward a few years, and vegans are catered for at locations. The ice cream parlours in Camden and Soho have a regularly changing menu, with the weekly specials often vegan. Past examples have included pandan leaf and lychee & geranium rose. Vegans needn’t miss out toppings either, with raspberry sauce, and pistachio & cardamom powder among the offerings.

Things are done differently at the street market outpost at Dinerama in Shoreditch. Here, focus is on desserts and ice cream, but there’s usually a vegan option too — at time of writing, it’s the rather enticing hot griddled cookie with tonka bean ice cream.

Vegan ice cream at Yorica, Soho

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Vegan soft serve ice cream at Yorica

‘Free-from’ is the ethos at Yorica in Soho, so all products are created without animal products, and avoid major allergens such as gluten, eggs and nuts. So yes, the entire menu of ice creams (including soft serve), shakes, crepes and waffles is open to vegans looking for a sweet treat, thanks to the use of rice and coconut milks as a dairy alternative.

The run-of-the-mill chocolate, vanilla and raspberry flavours are available, but let’s face it — you’ve been waiting long enough for vegan ice cream to become exciting that you’d do well to try the more adventurous scoops such as matcha, mango and caramel popcorn. There’s a decent choice of toppings and sauces too, with enough fruit, cookies, sweets and sprinkles to make you feel like a kid in a sweet shop.

The shakes are a hearty alternative to scoops, each drink containing three scoops of ice cream, and the waffles and crepes can be served on their own, or topped off with — you guessed it — ice cream.

Vegan ice cream at Amorino, across London

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Fragola Camarosa – one of the vegan flavours at Amorino

With its 13 London locations, gelato parlour Amorino has become something of a staple on the London ice cream scene, and although many of its gelato flavours contain milk and eggs, vegan flavours are being introduced — and they’re rather exotic.

Take the lime and basil for example, a green-hued scoop that tastes like summer, and is more palatable than you might expect. The banana nanica is a sweet and exotic option, while the fragola camarosa (strawberry) errs on the side of tradition.

See menus in individual branches to find our which vegan flavours are currently available.

Vegan sundaes at The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason

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The Choconut is one of Fortnum’s vegan options

We love the sleekness of The Parlour at Fortnum & Mason. In winter, it’s our go-to place for hot chocolate, then when summer rolls round, we head there all over again to work our way through the sundae menu, drooling over that curved ice cream counter, its neon sign and pastel palette luring us in.

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While your non-vegan friend tucks into a knickerbocker glory or one of the other sundaes on the menu,  vegans can choose between a banana split (chocolate & cashew nut ice cream, banana ice cream, raspberry sorbet, sliced banana, raspberries, coconut cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and nuts) or the Choconut (chocolate & coconut ice cream, chocolate & cashew nut ice cream, coconut shavings, millionaire shortbread, coconut cream, chocolate ganache, chocolate and caramel sauce).

If that all sounds a bit heavy, vegan ice cream is available by the scoop in coconut & chocolate, chocolate & cashew, or banana flavours.

Vegan knickerbocker glory at Persepolis, Peckham

Ah, Persepolis. This petite Persian cafe in Peckham — dubbed ‘Snackistan’ by its characterful owner Sally — is highly underrated on the London food scene as far as we’re concerned, and deserves to be better-known by vegans particularly. Everything on the menu is vegetarian, and lots of it can be made vegan on request, and the highlight is the vegan knickerbocker glory (an absolute bargain at just £4).

Vegan sorbets at La Gelatiera, Soho and Stratford

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Photo: La Gelatiera

Artisan gelato shop La Gelatiera changes the flavours of its sorbet and gelato on a regular basis, so it’s worth following on Twitter for the latest flavours.

The sorbet menu caters more for vegans that the gelato side of things, with Sicilian pistachio, extra dark chocolate with Calabrian chilli, coconut, almond, and alphonso mango just some of the example flavours that might be available for any given day (we’d cross our fingers for the chilli chocolate…).

The Soho branch is on the cosy side, with limited seating, so we’d recommend going on a summer day, then hot footing it to Soho Square or Covent Garden to sit and enjoy your ice cream in the sun.

Vegan gelatos and sorbets at Marine Ices, Chalk Farm

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Photo: Marine Ices

Often posited as London’s best ice cream shop, you’ll find gelato and sorbet aplenty on the menu at Chalk Farm’s Marine Ices. All sorbet and gelato on the Parlour menu is ‘completely natural and free from any animal products’, based on the original recipe brought to England by Italian founder Gaetano Mansi. As such, we reckon this is where you’ll find one of London’s best selections of flavours for vegans.

Perhaps it’s the history of the place, or perhaps it’s the traditional ice cream parlour ambience, but we always feel like we’re stepping back in time when we step over Marine Ices’ delicious threshold.

Vegan gelato at Prime Gelato, Shaftesbury Avenue

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Image: Prime Gelato

Despite its Shaftesbury Avenue location, Prime Gelato is less well-known than some of London’s other ice cream and gelato shops… but don’t write it off as a tourist trap, especially if you’re vegan.

Hats off to the brand for dedicating a whole page of the website to vegan flavours, making it easy for those who are looking for ice cream and gelato free of animal products to find what they’re looking for.

Currently, six vegan flavours are available, including dark chocolate, hazelnut, and pistachio.

Vegan freakshakes at Canvas Cafe, Brick Lane

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A completely vegan cafe, the meat-swerving contingent of Team Londonist has become very familiarwith Brick Lane’s Canvas Cafe, not least due to its ‘tofish’ vegan version of fish and chips.

But we’re here to talk about the sweet, cold section of the menu, specifically, freakshakes. The crazy-ass milkshakes are often off-limits to vegans, due to ice cream being their made ingredient. But Canvas Cafe have drafted in soy as an alternative to create a freakshake that looks and tastes indistinguishable from a non-vegan one.

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You Can Decorate A Dildo In Hackney Wick

A Shunga — Japanese erotic art — style dildo at Decorate a Dildo

“We invented dildos before we invented agricultural equipment,” says artist Adele Brydges designer of ceramic dildos. I find it bizarre that our ancestors would prioritise fucking fake dicks over food. Like, “Oh, I’m really hungry cos crops haven’t been invented, but never mind I’ll just give myself a good rogering.” Anyway, it is Sunday morning, and I’m in Adele’s Hackney Wick studio for a spot of dildo designing myself.

“This is a butt plug I made,” says Adele, passing round an ornament you might see on someone’s dresser. This too is ceramic. I once interviewed a surgeon about inanimate objects he’d retrieved from rectums and I feel like I’m having a flash-forward to our next conversation.

Then we’re shown something that looks like a shoe horn. It is only when I look it up on Adele’s website afterwards that I realise it is another thing to stick inside yourself. “Insert either end,” says the blurb, to “stimulate A and G erogenous zones.” I didn’t even know there was an A zone, but apparently the sexy shoe horn “doubles as the most amazing massage device, especially along the neck and shoulders.” YES! Anatomy I can identify and attend to, without fear of rupturing anyone!

“The workshops are an opportunity to get people talking about female sexuality”

Photo: Enam Asiama

Adele makes each dildo herself, and she shows us what they look like at each stage of the production process by lining up samples on the table. Basically, the dildos shrink as production progresses, so it is like looking at the sex-toy version of Russian dolls. Or dil-dolls, if you will.

Having studied Ceramics Design at Central St. Martin’s, Adele teamed up with ritzy bijou sex store Coco de Mer to sell her designs. Her “approachably smooth ceramic butt plug with a delicate rose print” is available for £120 (“use plenty of lubricant to ensure a smooth and satisfying entry”) and a version of the dildo we’re decorating today is up for grabs for £150.

So how did the dildo decorating classes come about? “I feel empowered by what I do,” says Adele, “so I wanted to open that up to other women. The creative process is sensual, and people who don’t work in the creative sector, don’t get the opportunity to play and explore their sexuality and sensuality through another kind of medium. I think the creative process is more than creating artwork — it’s a powerful vehicle for change.

“The workshops are an opportunity to get people talking about female sexuality, and to look at that in a slightly different way.”

Adele has been running the workshops for the last 18 months and she tells me they’re booked by s spectrum of ages — from groups in their early 20s, to people in their 50s. “I’ve even had someone in their 70s,” she says, “It’s amazing that it’s brought so many women together, over such a cross-section of society.”

“It’s more of a ritual and a ceremony than just wanting to climax”

Choosing pictures for the porcelain penis. Photo: Samantha Rea

The dildos are indeed the work of art you might expect from a Central St. Martin’s alumnus. However, Adele is emphatic that they are not simply ornamental — they are fully functional.

“Some people think that because it’s ceramic it’s going to be fragile, but once they’ve used it once…” Adele trails off before telling me about a woman from Chile who did a workshop when she was in London. “She was dubious at first, but now she’s put away her vibrators and she loves using the ceramic. She feels like it’s a more simple kind of pleasure, and she can tap into her own responses rather than just getting herself off quickly.

“It’s more of a ritual and a ceremony than just wanting to climax, and she’s enjoying the journey of pleasure.”

I have brought an apron with me, but it turns out that dildo decorating isn’t as messy as I imagined. We choose our designs from a range of pictures that include flowers, safari animals and Shunga — Japanese erotic art. Each picture has a story behind it, and I once spent an evening acting out these stories at a Japanese immersive dining experience. This involved urging my co-star to, “hurry up and put it in!” in front of a roomful of kimono clad strangers.

Flicking through the picture options, I am captivated by a beautiful green crab, so I decide to decorate my dildo with seafood, fish, and fruit. “That’s quite, um… the fish theme… for a dildo,” says someone hesitantly, as I sit at my workspace, cutting out a haddock. “Yes, I am not even acknowledging that,” I reply, equally vaguely, sipping my prosecco. I am not in the habit of drinking this early on a Sunday morning, but I think it is an excellent idea to get the juices flowing when faced with a porcelain penis.

“In case you’re thinking this is millennial nonsense, Cleopatra was onto this ages ago”

I get my crab wet. Photo: Karen Gurney

The pictures we’re working with are enamel decals, which are a bit like transfers. You put them in warm water until the back comes off, then you press the picture onto the porcelain. In keeping with my seafood theme, I arrange some mussels at the head of my dildo, in the manner of the three-spurt ejaculate emoji.

We can also place decals inside the dildo. Yep, inside because it is hollow. It comes with a cork, so it can be filled up with hot or cold water. “It was inspired by a Victorian dildo I came across,” says Adele, explaining, “ceramic takes on temperature, so you can warm it up and cool it down, and it’s a way of adding another aspect of sensation because the dildos don’t vibrate, so it adds something extra without it being mechanical.”

The designs of former workshop attendees. Photo: Decorate a Dildo

And in case you’re thinking this is millennial nonsense, Cleopatra was onto this ages ago. According to Adele, Cleopatra apparently invented the first vibrator by hollowing out a dried up courgette (or something) and imprisoning angry bees inside it. On reflection, from a risk/pleasure perspective, I think filling the dildo with water is an EXCELLENT alternative to angry bees.

As we sit cutting and sticking, someone asks me what other events I’ve covered and I recall the full body orgasm workshop which took place round the corner from this studio. I describe the “Energy Sex” exercise in which we had to imagine we were penetrating each other with a metre long penis. “So it was very phallocentric then?” I am asked. It is only later that I am hit by the irony of being asked this at a dildo decorating workshop.

“Use plenty of lubricant for a smooth and satisfying entry”

Adele is on hand to help with the dildo decorating. Photo: Samantha Rea

I am sad to leave my dildo, but we must leave them with Adele, for the last stage in the production process, before they’re sent on to us. I plan to use mine as a fancy hip flask, filling it with wine or amaretto.

Samantha Rea can be found tweeting here.

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