Having a sword duel with a stranger, getting a tattoo and dancing a jig to a French gypsy band are just some of the things you can expect from Shore Leave – a quirky, sailor-themed night out for “drown hearts and lost lovers”. The swords might be plastic and the tattoos (from the Tatt Shack) might wash off in the shower, but this is still the closest you will get to feeling like a sailor without setting sail on the oceans. For the past 2 years, Shore Leave has been bringing its monthly alternative nights to London, bringing with it sailors, wenches, marauders, pirates, accordions, swing dancing, a postcard photobooth and more. So if you are ready to party as though you haven’t seen land in months, then we say “ships ahoy”! (Words: Clare Ebberson)
Shore Leave takes place on December 9th at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club; click here for more details.