New & Noteworthy – World AIDS Day in London, God’s Own Junkyard in Soho, Monocle Christmas Market

A sign from God’s Own Junkyard, 47 Beak Street, London

1.  World AIDS Day in London

This Saturday, 1 December, is World AIDS Day.  A large number of London venues will be marking the occasion.  G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street will be repeating last year’s successful HIV test marathon and will be attempting to break the world record for the most number of HIV tests in 8 hours.  G-A-Y will donate £10 for every test conducted to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. G-A-Y at Heaven will be held in aid of the foundation. The Eagle in Vauxhall will be holding a “Tastiest Tranny Ball” at its monthly Saturday night event Carpet Burn in aid of GMFA.  XXL London will be raising funds for MildMay at its regular Saturday night event at Pulse.  In Soho, the men of Lo-Profile will be stripping to raise funds for NAT and The Food Chain. Collections will also be held at a large number of other London venues.

2.  God’s Own Junkyard in Soho

Neon sign creator Chris Bracey of God’s Own Junkyard is currently exhibiting and selling items from his vast collection of neon signs and displays (both acquired and created) encompassing three decades’ work in the field of art, cinema and design at a pop-up shop at 47 Beak Street, London.  Soho feels like a natural home for the pop-up shop which is open until the end of January 2013.

3.  Monocle’s Christmas Market

Monocle magazine follows up its summer Country Fayre with its Christmas Market in the grounds of its London Head Ofice, Midori House, Dorset Street from 11am to 5pm on the weekend, 1-2 December 2012.  In keeping with the Moncole brand, it encompasses Swiss, Nordic and Japanese themes.  Moncole promises guest music performances from Cecila Stalin and Sweden’s Lucia Choire, food by Granger & Co, and exhibits/stands by Daunt Books, Trunk Clothiers, Drake’s, Miller Harris, By Appointment Only Design, Winkreative and others.

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