IN&OUTTONIGHT F or some, fancy dress is a doddle. For others, myself included, the mere thought triggers serious panic. And so I find myself getting ready for SS Atlantica, a new vintage-themed party by Bourne & Hollingsworth, organisers of hugely successful roaring Twenties night Prohibition. SS Atlanticas theme is Thirties ocean liner glamour, inspired by Agatha Christies Poirot and films including Anything Goes. our parties get mentioned on the vintage blogs, so we get quite a lot of vintage enthusiasts, Anne Kapranos, one of the organis- ers, tells me. Immediately my mind is whirring, what will I wear? An afternoon rummage in Stoke Newingtons charity and vintage shops turns up key accessories -- evening gloves, feathery hat, fan and a mans silk tasselled scarf. result. Arriving at St Katharine Docks near Tower Hill, my boyfriend and I join the steady queue of girls in silk dresses and furs and men in tuxedos paying 15 to gain entry to Commodity Quay old trading house. Theres a bar at one end, dance floor and stage at the other, tables, chairs, roulette and DJ decks in between and an adjoining room showing silent Charlie Chaplin movies. Already the atmosphere is buzzing. Clutching our Monopoly money for the gambling tables, we head to the bar and order Screaming Hudson and Gin Fizz (both 6.50) cocktails. Theres a good vibe and a lot of ami- cable costume appraisal -- everyone has made an effort. With many of the partygoers Prohibition veterans, feathered headdresses, satin gloves, pearls and red lippy are carried off with aplomb by the girls, while the guys sport black ties, trilbies, top hats, waistcoats and military uniforms. Most of the crowd are in their late twenties and thirties with a scattering of older guests who are visiting from a classic yacht rally. Among oth- ers, I meet travel and beauty Prs, a graphic designer, a social worker, music students and even 26 Friday, 25 September 2009 London Lite WEEKEND FOR SASSY STROLLS Autumn Amble Take part in one of more than 40 free guided walks, ranging from one mile to 21.5 miles, through the capital this weekend. kick off from locations including Stoke Newington, Crystal Palace, Pimlico and Cockfosters. Sat & Sun, see walklondon. org.uk to register. FOR FAB FROLICS Grand Vintage Ball DoN your finest vintage frippery and strut to south- east Londons most decadent ballroom. anti-cabarets naughtiest queens Bourgeois & Maurice compere a night of groovy tunes of yore and a vintage pageant. Sat, The Rivoli Ballroom, 350 Brockley Rd, SE4, thegrandvintageball. blogspot.com, 8pm-1am, 14.99. Rail: Crofton Park FOR NOISY ART BP Saturdays: Loud Tate The Tates free annual art and music event, run by young people for young people (aged 15-25), features debates, creative workshops focusing on fashion, music and art, as well as DJs, MCs and The Pepys live. Sat, Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1, tate.org.uk, noon-5pm, free. Tube: Pimlico MARTHA DE LACEY LAIDBACKANDLOWKEY Have a ball: Bourgeois & Maurice compere in Brockley ALL ABOARD THE SS ATLANTICA by Julia Rebaudo Pre-war partyin Poirot style... L ike many London- dwellers, i started out in life living in the North. From Manchester and Leeds to Newcastle and Birmingham, my formative years saw me shuttle from city to city, from one grim industrial sprawl to another, the only difference being the accent became harder to understand every time. Once i arrived in London i knew it would be tough to leave because, well, everything is better here, isnt it? i no longer had to make hollow boasts about the places i lived in order to make them sound interesting. its got a Harvey Nicks, you know, (Leeds); its got more canals than Venice, (Birmingham). One thing the north does excel in, though, is clubbing. in the early days of house music, DJs from Manchesters Hacienda would come to London and get bottled off the stage by philistine clubbers who wanted them to stop playing CLUB TALK Party like Poirot: be swept back to the Thirties Rated Best Mobile Broadband with Laptop by Top10-Broadband.co.uk No.1 top dongle The Orange 3G network covers more people in the UK than any other operator. And from under 5 a month, you could be one of them. Internet Everywhere 5: Offer only available to existing Orange customers; standard Internet Everywhere terms apply. Information correct at the time of going to press 19/09/2009. Out-of-bundle UK usage costs 1.96p per Meg; roaming costs 2.94 per Meg in Europe and 6.46 per Meg in the rest of the world. Subject to status and availability. Inclusive monthly UK usage only. Subject to fair usage policy. call 0800 079 9000 or go to orange.co.uk/dongle By Scott Manson index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html