8 Ways To Geek Out in London
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Festival Of The Spoken Nerd
Geek Level: 10
This is the must-see, award winning comedy show for anyone interested in how the world around them works and loves to laugh very, very hard. Join the highly intelligent Helen Arney, Matt Parker and Steve Mould – three physics-educated, music loving, practical demonstration masterminds – as they offer to fill your mind up with everything from computing, space travel, sound waves and much more.
September – January
London's Comic Book shops
Geek Level: 8
London is stuffed with top quality comic book shops. You'll find the latest DC, Marvel and Dark Horse releases, as well as your back issues, collector's toys, props and other geek merchandise. Top tip: call up to find out if they have that very desirable thing you want in stock, or if you drop in unannounced be prepared to spend too much money.
8 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JA. 020 7240 0591.http://www.orbitalcomics.com
179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR. 020 7420 3666.http://forbiddenplanet.com
94 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, London, E17 6AA. 020 8527 7558.http://www.kryptonkomics.com
1 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0PA. 02076361011.http://www.goshlondon.com
Mega City Comics.
18 Inverness Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7HJ. 020 7485 9320.http://www.megacitycomics.co.uk
Orbital Comics signing events
Geek Level: 5
The aforementioned Orbital Comics is more than just a comic book shop. This beacon of geekdom regularly hosts signing events, where writers and artists come along to meet their fans, sign their work and maybe (if you ask nicely) have their picture taken with you. Check Orbital's site for upcoming events and check your comic collection – you might have something worth getting signed.http://www.orbitalcomics.com/events
Various, check website for details
ticket prices will vary
The IGN Quiz
Geek Level: 10
The pub quiz has evolved. This geeky quiz-off is run by the huge gaming site IGN; purely about video games, these quizzes are, alas, quite rare. Having run only three of these, so far, a fourth is in the pipeline, we're told. Keep your eyes peeled on the IGN site for more details, while marvelling at the prizes up for grabs at these quizzes. A 3DS? Each? Yes, please.
You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat quiz
Geek Level: 5
Another themed pub quiz, only this time its movies. You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat is easily the hardest movie-centric pub quiz in the capital and is not for the feint hearted. From soundtracks to Sci-Fi, Oscar winners to Oscar losers, 'Bigger Boat is quiz too far for some but the greatest challenge a night can bestow to others (I mean geeks; the greatest challenge to geeks). Quizzes take place in Highgate, Brixton and Hackney. See 'Bigger Boat's website for details.
First Wednesday of every month (Highgate)
Last Tuesday of every month (Brixton)
Second Tuesday of every month (Hackney)
£3 per person
Geek Level: 3
Do you like zombies? Fancy joining hundreds of other people dressed as zombies for a shuffle through London, or your home town? Of course you do! Zombie Walks are springing up all over the world with London being no exception. All you need is the creative flair to dress up as a truly gruesome undead and head along to your nearest meet-up. I recommend Zombie Walk.com
and its forum to keep up-to-date on the when the next walks are, and tips on costume, fake blood and, of course, that hideous, shuffling limp.
Geek Level: 1
If your geek needs are a little more down to Earth, you just fancy meeting like-minded geeks, then head long to the Geek Pub meet-up. Geek Pub is a group of geeks who regularly meet in pubs around London for various events; conventions, shows, quizzes and even just to sit down and geek away. The meet boasts a broad range of Londonites with a huge member count and is the coolest way to geek out with new people without anyone scaring you away. Ideal for first-time geeks.
Back To The Future trilogy night
Geek Level: All levels
The Prince Charles Cinema, off Leicester Square is haven for the geek cinema-lover. Its upcoming Back To The Future event
will be a night to remember as it screens all three films back to back (with short breaks for a cuppa). If that doesn't take your fancy, though, The Prince Charles regularly shows action and Sci-Fi classics as well as the occasional Grease and Sound Of Music sing-alongs (I'm told).
£15 for members, £20 for non-membershttp://www.princecharlescinema.com/events
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