Lauren James

Lauren James joined SCMP as part of the Young Post team in 2015, before moving to the Culture desk in 2017. Originally from the UK, she enjoys writing about arts and entertainment, environmental issues, health and fitness, technology and food. She is an avid gig-goer and passionate about Hong Kong's music scene.
Lauren James
Lauren James joined SCMP as part of the Young Post team in 2015, before moving to the Culture desk in 2017. Originally from the UK, she enjoys writing about arts and entertainment, environmental issues, health and fitness, technology and food. She is an avid gig-goer and passionate about Hong Kong's music scene.

Latest from Lauren James

An A to Z of Hong Kong - children’s book an alphabetical odyssey through city

Artist Assia Bennani pays homage to her adopted home of 12 years with a loving portrait of the city co-written by Ellen Ng. Tale follows the adventures of a young girl and a lost frog as she helps him find his way home.

9 Jul 2019 - 9:00AM

Artist Assia Bennani pays homage to her adopted home of 12 years with a loving portrait of the city co-written by Ellen Ng. Tale follows the adventures of a young girl and a lost frog as she helps him find his way home.

An A to Z of Hong Kong - children’s book an alphabetical odyssey through city
Male pin-up actor and vegan has a message for his fellow men: ideas about masculinity are changing

Richie Kul is an actor, model, and animal-rights activist who wants to ‘show you can still be strong and masculine without harming other living beings’. Raised in the West and now based in Hong Kong, he hopes Asia will hear his message.

8 Jul 2019 - 6:40PM

Richie Kul is an actor, model, and animal-rights activist who wants to ‘show you can still be strong and masculine without harming other living beings’. Raised in the West and now based in Hong Kong, he hopes Asia will hear his message.

Male pin-up actor and vegan has a message for his fellow men: ideas about masculinity are changing
Stanley Ho’s youngest son marries model Ming Xi, who famously fell on Victoria’s Secret catwalk

Mario Ho, the youngest son of Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho has married Victoria’s Secret model Ming Xi after a two-month engagement.

5 Jul 2019 - 5:18PM

Mario Ho, the youngest son of Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho has married Victoria’s Secret model Ming Xi after a two-month engagement.

Stanley Ho’s youngest son marries model Ming Xi, who famously fell on Victoria’s Secret catwalk
Sustainable living: eight green events for Plastic Free July in Hong Kong

Plastic Free July is a worldwide movement dedicated to getting people to think about their impact on the environment. These eight events celebrate biodiversity, upcycling, sustainable business practice and veganism.

8 Jul 2019 - 10:46AM

Plastic Free July is a worldwide movement dedicated to getting people to think about their impact on the environment. These eight events celebrate biodiversity, upcycling, sustainable business practice and veganism.

Sustainable living: eight green events for Plastic Free July in Hong Kong
International school pupils organise marine conservation summit in Hong Kong to engage their generation

Canadian International School of Hong Kong trio have organised a two-day summit on marine conservation in Hong Kong this weekend, and hope to inspire their peers to devote themselves to the issue.

27 Jun 2019 - 10:09AM

Canadian International School of Hong Kong trio have organised a two-day summit on marine conservation in Hong Kong this weekend, and hope to inspire their peers to devote themselves to the issue.

International school pupils organise marine conservation summit in Hong Kong to engage their generation
Actor Chris Pratt should win an Oscar for his cringeworthy Hong Kong performance – we get it, you like luggage

During a recent trip to Hong Kong to represent a luggage brand, journalists were told not to ask the actor about Avengers or his personal life, leaving him to just talk about, well, suitcases. Sigh.

21 Jun 2019 - 11:10PM

During a recent trip to Hong Kong to represent a luggage brand, journalists were told not to ask the actor about Avengers or his personal life, leaving him to just talk about, well, suitcases. Sigh.

Actor Chris Pratt should win an Oscar for his cringeworthy Hong Kong performance – we get it, you like luggage
100 years of the negroni, a bittersweet Italian aperitif that’s having a moment as sweeter drinks fall from favour

The classic cocktail, said to have been invented in Florence in 1919, is a simple mix of gin, vermouth and Campari in equal parts. Hong Kong bars are marking Negroni Week with special deals, meals and prizes.

21 Jun 2019 - 5:13AM

The classic cocktail, said to have been invented in Florence in 1919, is a simple mix of gin, vermouth and Campari in equal parts. Hong Kong bars are marking Negroni Week with special deals, meals and prizes.

100 years of the negroni, a bittersweet Italian aperitif that’s having a moment as sweeter drinks fall from favour
From tyranny to tolerance: LGBTs in Hong Kong – 150 years of highs and lows

Homosexuality was illegal in Hong Kong between 1842 and 1991; the first gay characters only appeared in film and on TV in the 1970s, but only lately the LGBT community has found growing acceptance.

20 Jun 2019 - 8:30PM

Homosexuality was illegal in Hong Kong between 1842 and 1991; the first gay characters only appeared in film and on TV in the 1970s, but only lately the LGBT community has found growing acceptance.

From tyranny to tolerance: LGBTs in Hong Kong – 150 years of highs and lows
Music festivals Asia 2019: 17 events you can’t miss, from beach parties to boat bashes

While Japan might be home to the most popular music festivals in Asia, head south for diverse line-ups, dreamy beach locations and practically guaranteed warm weather. Here are 17 events you can’t miss this year.

21 Jun 2019 - 12:17PM

While Japan might be home to the most popular music festivals in Asia, head south for diverse line-ups, dreamy beach locations and practically guaranteed warm weather. Here are 17 events you can’t miss this year.

Music festivals Asia 2019: 17 events you can’t miss, from beach parties to boat bashes
Slowly: the ‘penfriend’ app designed to make messaging more meaningful

Kevin Wong Ho-yin and JoJo Chan Sau-wun invented the app Slowly to relax the pace at which we communicate, and 1.4 million users now make time to talk.

10 Jun 2019 - 7:15AM

Kevin Wong Ho-yin and JoJo Chan Sau-wun invented the app Slowly to relax the pace at which we communicate, and 1.4 million users now make time to talk.

Slowly: the ‘penfriend’ app designed to make messaging more meaningful
50 years after Stonewall: LGBTQ+ events in Hong Kong to mark World Pride month

This month is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when the gay community rose up after a police raid on a New York bar and the gay rights movement was launched. Pride marches and events are being held around the world.

10 Jun 2019 - 5:28PM

This month is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when the gay community rose up after a police raid on a New York bar and the gay rights movement was launched. Pride marches and events are being held around the world.

50 years after Stonewall: LGBTQ+ events in Hong Kong to mark World Pride month
Celebrity wedding: Taiwanese model Lin Chi-ling, J-pop dancer Akira announce marriage in social media posts

Taiwanese actress and model Lin and Japanese pop star Akira fell in love seven years after working together on a stage version of Red Cliff. Before that, Lin received a lot of attention for being over 40 and single.

8 Jun 2019 - 5:57AM

Taiwanese actress and model Lin and Japanese pop star Akira fell in love seven years after working together on a stage version of Red Cliff. Before that, Lin received a lot of attention for being over 40 and single.

Celebrity wedding: Taiwanese model Lin Chi-ling, J-pop dancer Akira announce marriage in social media posts
Ginsanity: Hong Kong gin festival celebrates the popular tipple – mother’s ruin no more

The event assembles more than 50 gins from 32 big name and small batch distilleries, including three with a Hong Kong connection.

30 May 2019 - 5:30PM

The event assembles more than 50 gins from 32 big name and small batch distilleries, including three with a Hong Kong connection.

Ginsanity: Hong Kong gin festival celebrates the popular tipple – mother’s ruin no more
Hong Kong’s South Canton Soul Train takes you back to the disco era

Tired of the same old music being played at clubs, DJ, promoter and producer Fergus Heathcote’s clubnights have an East meets West vibe and feature everything from Canto-pop to hip hop.

28 May 2019 - 11:45AM

Tired of the same old music being played at clubs, DJ, promoter and producer Fergus Heathcote’s clubnights have an East meets West vibe and feature everything from Canto-pop to hip hop.

Hong Kong’s South Canton Soul Train takes you back to the disco era
Oat milk producer targets China and its growing taste for dairy – ‘the future is here in Asia’

Swedish producer Oatly has opened a regional office in Shanghai and deployed a new Chinese character for ‘vegan milk’ to win over milk drinkers to its plant-based alternative.

11 Jul 2019 - 9:31AM

Swedish producer Oatly has opened a regional office in Shanghai and deployed a new Chinese character for ‘vegan milk’ to win over milk drinkers to its plant-based alternative.

Oat milk producer targets China and its growing taste for dairy – ‘the future is here in Asia’
New Hong Kong vinyl store, The Pharmacy, puts records back in the groove

The Pharmacy, which is located within entrepreneur Maguelone Calmels’ lifestyle store Mahka, offers both old and new titles.

20 May 2019 - 5:30PM

The Pharmacy, which is located within entrepreneur Maguelone Calmels’ lifestyle store Mahka, offers both old and new titles.

New Hong Kong vinyl store, The Pharmacy, puts records back in the groove
Ride of Silence to honour Hong Kong cyclists who lost their lives on public roads

Martin Turner, of the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance, says the government must look at cycling as a transport option and not just as a leisure activity.

10 May 2019 - 1:02AM

Martin Turner, of the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance, says the government must look at cycling as a transport option and not just as a leisure activity.

Ride of Silence to honour Hong Kong cyclists who lost their lives on public roads
Hong Kong trainer brand Lane Eight founders on what sets their sneakers apart

Brothers Josh and James Shorrock, who wanted to create a shoe that would take them from the gym to an evening out, on how they combine style with performance and why pink is for everyone.

9 May 2019 - 9:30PM

Brothers Josh and James Shorrock, who wanted to create a shoe that would take them from the gym to an evening out, on how they combine style with performance and why pink is for everyone.

Hong Kong trainer brand Lane Eight founders on what sets their sneakers apart
Lightning strikes twice for Ed Sheeran as thunderstorm forces singer to cancel another Hong Kong gig following 2017 no-show

Gig cancelled after five-hour wait in rain at Disneyland, singer also pulled out of 2017 show after injuring his arms in cycling accident.

19 Apr 2019 - 2:31PM

Gig cancelled after five-hour wait in rain at Disneyland, singer also pulled out of 2017 show after injuring his arms in cycling accident.

Lightning strikes twice for Ed Sheeran as thunderstorm forces singer to cancel another Hong Kong gig following 2017 no-show
Sinitta talks Me Too, Simon Cowell and ‘discovering she was black’ for the first time

The American-born singer recalls her British boarding school days, finding fame and the years of abuse she went through.

18 Apr 2019 - 9:00PM

The American-born singer recalls her British boarding school days, finding fame and the years of abuse she went through.

Sinitta talks Me Too, Simon Cowell and ‘discovering she was black’ for the first time
Ed Sheeran live in Hong Kong: fans get a night to remember as star proves worth the wait

After a broken arm caused the cancellation of his Hong Kong gig in 2017, the British musician more than made up for it at the city’s Disneyland last night with a masterful performance of hits.

18 Apr 2019 - 3:16PM

After a broken arm caused the cancellation of his Hong Kong gig in 2017, the British musician more than made up for it at the city’s Disneyland last night with a masterful performance of hits.

Ed Sheeran live in Hong Kong: fans get a night to remember as star proves worth the wait
Eat less meat, save the planet: how Mary McCartney is continuing her family legacy

The 49-year-old daughter of Paul McCartney, who has become an adviser and investor to Green Monday, which encourages people to eat less meat, says her mother Linda would be so happy about how many people her vegetarianism inspired.

11 Jul 2019 - 11:08AM

The 49-year-old daughter of Paul McCartney, who has become an adviser and investor to Green Monday, which encourages people to eat less meat, says her mother Linda would be so happy about how many people her vegetarianism inspired.

Eat less meat, save the planet: how Mary McCartney is continuing her family legacy
Hong Kong’s buskers find an unlikely home at the Cordis hotel in Mong Kok

A partnership between the Cordis hotel, in Mong Kok, and start-up The Other Busker will provide a stage for Hong Kong’s young street performers.

15 Apr 2019 - 11:30AM

A partnership between the Cordis hotel, in Mong Kok, and start-up The Other Busker will provide a stage for Hong Kong’s young street performers.

Hong Kong’s buskers find an unlikely home at the Cordis hotel in Mong Kok
Rescue dog rehab: how hydrotherapy gets them back on their feet, and helps with arthritis, post-op recovery

Dogs suffering from conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia, and those in post-op recovery, can benefit from exercising in water. It makes them stronger and more mobile. As more pets live longer, alternative therapies are set to grow.

20 Apr 2019 - 4:13PM

Dogs suffering from conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia, and those in post-op recovery, can benefit from exercising in water. It makes them stronger and more mobile. As more pets live longer, alternative therapies are set to grow.

Rescue dog rehab: how hydrotherapy gets them back on their feet, and helps with arthritis, post-op recovery
Artists with learning disabilities to be celebrated at Hong Kong conference and carnival

With speakers from around the world, the event will include workshops, seminars and performances that highlight the talent and potential of people who see the world in a different way

7 Apr 2019 - 1:00PM

With speakers from around the world, the event will include workshops, seminars and performances that highlight the talent and potential of people who see the world in a different way

Artists with learning disabilities to be celebrated at Hong Kong conference and carnival
Breastfeeding Hong Kong mothers, inspired by Rachel McAdams, ask for acceptance

A group of mothers gathered in Hong Kong for a glamorous photo shoot, inspired by actress Rachel McAdams, who pumped milk during a fashion shoot. They want to normalise breastfeeding and pumping breast milk.

4 Apr 2019 - 8:10PM

A group of mothers gathered in Hong Kong for a glamorous photo shoot, inspired by actress Rachel McAdams, who pumped milk during a fashion shoot. They want to normalise breastfeeding and pumping breast milk.

Breastfeeding Hong Kong mothers, inspired by Rachel McAdams, ask for acceptance
Hong Kong’s live music scene is thriving and diverse: zine exposes niche genres

Limited to 100 copies per issue, Press : Release focuses on lesser known bands playing experimental electronica, punk rock, dub techno and music that’s ‘undefinable’

31 Mar 2019 - 10:36AM

Limited to 100 copies per issue, Press : Release focuses on lesser known bands playing experimental electronica, punk rock, dub techno and music that’s ‘undefinable’

Hong Kong’s live music scene is thriving and diverse: zine exposes niche genres
How Pet Shop Boys’ story links to Hong Kong, from Tiananmen protest to ‘umbrella movement’

The band visited the city for the first stop of their first ever tour weeks after the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, and again on the night Occupy Central kicked off. Now they’re back with a new song name-checking the city.

23 Mar 2019 - 6:16PM

The band visited the city for the first stop of their first ever tour weeks after the bloody Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, and again on the night Occupy Central kicked off. Now they’re back with a new song name-checking the city.

How Pet Shop Boys’ story links to Hong Kong, from Tiananmen protest to ‘umbrella movement’
US comedian Jim Gaffigan brings his tales of family life and deadpan humour to Hong Kong

Jim Gaffigan, who has six stand-up specials and four Grammy nominations for his comedy albums to his name, will perform in Hong Kong this weekend.

14 Mar 2019 - 7:33PM

Jim Gaffigan, who has six stand-up specials and four Grammy nominations for his comedy albums to his name, will perform in Hong Kong this weekend.

US comedian Jim Gaffigan brings his tales of family life and deadpan humour to Hong Kong
Vegan festival VeggieWorld promotes plant-based lifestyle in meat-loving Hong Kong

City’s residents, who are among world’s biggest meat consumers, can find out all about veganism at inaugural fair held at PMQ

15 Mar 2019 - 8:22PM

City’s residents, who are among world’s biggest meat consumers, can find out all about veganism at inaugural fair held at PMQ

Vegan festival VeggieWorld promotes plant-based lifestyle in meat-loving Hong Kong