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.

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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
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.

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
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

British YouTuber criticised for ‘Hong Kong no money’ video series

Aside from receiving food and money from fans and other members of the public, Simon Wilson brags about sneaking onto public transport without buying tickets and conning McDonald's staff into giving him free food.

7 Mar 2019 - 5:29PM
British YouTuber criticised for ‘Hong Kong no money’ video series

Aside from receiving food and money from fans and other members of the public, Simon Wilson brags about sneaking onto public transport without buying tickets and conning McDonald's staff into giving him free food.

Make your own skincare products and say goodbye to plastic, says Hong Kong zero-waste advocate

Eko Savon, a brand launched by New Zealander Kate Mercurio, offers skincare products as well as workshops on making hair and body-care products as well as domestic cleaners

25 Feb 2019 - 9:02AM
Make your own skincare products and say goodbye to plastic, says Hong Kong zero-waste advocate

Eko Savon, a brand launched by New Zealander Kate Mercurio, offers skincare products as well as workshops on making hair and body-care products as well as domestic cleaners

Superstar DJ Gilles Peterson on how he went from pirate radio to the BBC

The French-born British DJ and record label owner stopped operating London pirate radio station because it was ‘one step away from becoming serious crime’.

22 Feb 2019 - 2:29PM
Superstar DJ Gilles Peterson on how he went from pirate radio to the BBC

The French-born British DJ and record label owner stopped operating London pirate radio station because it was ‘one step away from becoming serious crime’.

Staple of relaxation videos and Buddhist rituals, Himalayan singing bowls and their special magic

‘Singing bowls have a very special frequency which seems to make time expand and slow down’, says Tsang Man-tung of the objects, widely used in Buddhist rituals, sound therapy, alternative healing and relaxation videos.

16 Feb 2019 - 2:18PM
Staple of relaxation videos and Buddhist rituals, Himalayan singing bowls and their special magic

‘Singing bowls have a very special frequency which seems to make time expand and slow down’, says Tsang Man-tung of the objects, widely used in Buddhist rituals, sound therapy, alternative healing and relaxation videos.

Harbouring any Chinese New Year guilt? This hard core grandma will make sure you never miss a family gathering

A Malaysian film collective has welcomed in the Year of the Pig with a hilarious spoof metal music video featuring a band of rocking retirees scolding youngsters for not showing respect to their elders.

15 Feb 2019 - 9:32PM
Harbouring any Chinese New Year guilt? This hard core grandma will make sure you never miss a family gathering

A Malaysian film collective has welcomed in the Year of the Pig with a hilarious spoof metal music video featuring a band of rocking retirees scolding youngsters for not showing respect to their elders.

Five heart health tips to lower your resting heart rate, from sex and salsa to eating Brussels sprouts

Your life expectancy is shortened by four months for every beat your resting heart rate is above 70 per minute. Why not start on the road to a healthier heart this Valentine’s Day?

12 Feb 2019 - 8:48PM
Five heart health tips to lower your resting heart rate, from sex and salsa to eating Brussels sprouts

Your life expectancy is shortened by four months for every beat your resting heart rate is above 70 per minute. Why not start on the road to a healthier heart this Valentine’s Day?

Fantastic Beasts’ Dan Fogler on finding himself at the heart of two major fantasy franchises as he joins The Walking Dead

Tony-award winning actor had been bubbling below the surface of breakout fame for years until he was offered the role in the Harry Potter spin-off. Now he is entering TV’s zombie-filled world of The Walking Dead

7 Feb 2019 - 6:27PM
Fantastic Beasts’ Dan Fogler on finding himself at the heart of two major fantasy franchises as he joins The Walking Dead

Tony-award winning actor had been bubbling below the surface of breakout fame for years until he was offered the role in the Harry Potter spin-off. Now he is entering TV’s zombie-filled world of The Walking Dead

Why artist Feng Xiao-Min’s paintings don’t have titles

The Shanghai-born, Paris-based artist believes naming his works would block the imagi­nation of viewers

5 Feb 2019 - 9:17AM
Why artist Feng Xiao-Min’s paintings don’t have titles

The Shanghai-born, Paris-based artist believes naming his works would block the imagi­nation of viewers

Rodrigo Duterte, Kim Jong-un impersonators cause wild scenes in Hong Kong at fast-food restaurant and church

Scenes of hysteria swept Hong Kong Island on Sunday when men impersonating the Philippines President and North Korean leader paid the city an unexpected visit.

4 Feb 2019 - 3:00PM
Rodrigo Duterte, Kim Jong-un impersonators cause wild scenes in Hong Kong at fast-food restaurant and church

Scenes of hysteria swept Hong Kong Island on Sunday when men impersonating the Philippines President and North Korean leader paid the city an unexpected visit.

Chinese grindcore band with pig for a lead singer, Pig Cage squeals discontent with the government

Pig Cage, a grindcore band from Inner Mongolia, uses pig sounds instead of human vocals. The band’s creator, Maihem, says he didn’t like the sound of his own voice, so he decided to use a porcine substitute.

31 Jan 2019 - 1:01PM
Chinese grindcore band with pig for a lead singer, Pig Cage squeals discontent with the government

Pig Cage, a grindcore band from Inner Mongolia, uses pig sounds instead of human vocals. The band’s creator, Maihem, says he didn’t like the sound of his own voice, so he decided to use a porcine substitute.

The meat-free vegetarian and vegan restaurants thriving in Hong Kong amid changing lifestyles

With Mana celebrating selling its millionth flatbread, founder Bobsy Gaia says young people are driving the vegetarian market – and it is easier than ever to cater to them.

29 Jan 2019 - 8:06PM
The meat-free vegetarian and vegan restaurants thriving in Hong Kong amid changing lifestyles

With Mana celebrating selling its millionth flatbread, founder Bobsy Gaia says young people are driving the vegetarian market – and it is easier than ever to cater to them.

Hong Kong zero-waste store Slowood encourages consumers to change their habits: ‘small things spread’

Opened by Dora Lam and Chen Kai-ping, the Kennedy Town shop is a one-stop shop for sustainable, plastic-free products, from cereals and nuts to skincare and homeware.

28 Jan 2019 - 10:14AM
Hong Kong zero-waste store Slowood encourages consumers to change their habits: ‘small things spread’

Opened by Dora Lam and Chen Kai-ping, the Kennedy Town shop is a one-stop shop for sustainable, plastic-free products, from cereals and nuts to skincare and homeware.

No men allowed: female-only events seek to connect women in search of meaningful friendships

Social group Hong Kong Girl’s Power encourages women to make time for themselves, and make friends too, at first event

18 Jan 2019 - 9:02AM
No men allowed: female-only events seek to connect women in search of meaningful friendships

Social group Hong Kong Girl’s Power encourages women to make time for themselves, and make friends too, at first event

Ed Sheeran announces Hong Kong dates to replace gigs cancelled after bike accident

Sheeran had to interrupt his 2017 Asian tour after a bicycle accident. He will be playing on April 17 and 18 at Fantasy Road Outdoor Venue at Hong Kong Disneyland.

10 Jan 2019 - 3:24PM
Ed Sheeran announces Hong Kong dates to replace gigs cancelled after bike accident

Sheeran had to interrupt his 2017 Asian tour after a bicycle accident. He will be playing on April 17 and 18 at Fantasy Road Outdoor Venue at Hong Kong Disneyland.

First all-vegetarian cultural tour of Hong Kong offers an immersive meat-free experience

Hong Kong Greeters is the first group to offer completely vegetarian tours of the city. It gives residents and visitors a chance to experience a side of the city they’ve never seen before.

6 Jan 2019 - 1:46PM
First all-vegetarian cultural tour of Hong Kong offers an immersive meat-free experience

Hong Kong Greeters is the first group to offer completely vegetarian tours of the city. It gives residents and visitors a chance to experience a side of the city they’ve never seen before.

Comedian Greg Davies on his bodybuilding obsession and his family’s influence – extended interview

Much-loved in Britain thanks to his role in The Inbetweeners and appearances on TV game shows, Davies broke through internationally in 2018. He talked to us about the success of his You Magnificent Beast show.

26 Dec 2018 - 6:45PM
Comedian Greg Davies on his bodybuilding obsession and his family’s influence – extended interview

Much-loved in Britain thanks to his role in The Inbetweeners and appearances on TV game shows, Davies broke through internationally in 2018. He talked to us about the success of his You Magnificent Beast show.

Four theme parks in Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Shenzhen for holiday thrill seekers

Southern China is a haven for thrill-seekers – if you know where to go. These parks, in Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Shenzhen offer various levels of sophistication.

25 Dec 2018 - 11:47AM
Four theme parks in Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Shenzhen for holiday thrill seekers

Southern China is a haven for thrill-seekers – if you know where to go. These parks, in Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Shenzhen offer various levels of sophistication.

Hong Kong Community Composting helps to cut down on food waste

Landfills receive 3,000 tonnes of food a day – 36 per cent of all solid waste. For HK$110 a month, families will be allocated a bin for their table scraps

11 Jan 2019 - 10:44AM
Hong Kong Community Composting helps to cut down on food waste

Landfills receive 3,000 tonnes of food a day – 36 per cent of all solid waste. For HK$110 a month, families will be allocated a bin for their table scraps

How to have a meat-free Christmas: four vegan influencers describe their best holiday dinners

From raspberry chocolate fudge cake to potatoes roasted with rosemary, olive oil and salt, there is no shortage of ideas for great vegetarian dishes. Entrepreneurs and an ultrarunner tell us what they’d serve for a memorable meal.

22 Dec 2018 - 2:17PM
How to have a meat-free Christmas: four vegan influencers describe their best holiday dinners

From raspberry chocolate fudge cake to potatoes roasted with rosemary, olive oil and salt, there is no shortage of ideas for great vegetarian dishes. Entrepreneurs and an ultrarunner tell us what they’d serve for a memorable meal.

Best indie music albums of 2018 from Hong Kong: nine picks, from The Low Mays to Blood Wine or Honey

Despite venue closures, rising rents, and government bureaucracy, the independent music scene is still thriving. These are the best albums from the hottest bands in the city.

21 Dec 2018 - 6:08PM
Best indie music albums of 2018 from Hong Kong: nine picks, from The Low Mays to Blood Wine or Honey

Despite venue closures, rising rents, and government bureaucracy, the independent music scene is still thriving. These are the best albums from the hottest bands in the city.

Review | The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong, from the Dragon’s Back to Lion Rock – book review

Williams’ book is a colourful, 160-page guide to the city’s best hiking trails, which will appeal to those new to exploring Hong Kong’s wilds. Its thoughtfully designed size means it can fit into the pocket of a backpack.

19 Dec 2018 - 8:28PM
The 25 Best Day Walks in Hong Kong, from the Dragon’s Back to Lion Rock – book review

Williams’ book is a colourful, 160-page guide to the city’s best hiking trails, which will appeal to those new to exploring Hong Kong’s wilds. Its thoughtfully designed size means it can fit into the pocket of a backpack.

Green Christmas gifts guide: where to find your eco-friendly presents in Hong Kong this year

From bamboo drinking bottles to recycled silk clothing to cork yoga gear, there are plenty of environmentally friendly ways of giving. We’ve got you covered on what to buy to keep waste to a minimum.

21 Dec 2018 - 2:41AM
Green Christmas gifts guide: where to find your eco-friendly presents in Hong Kong this year

From bamboo drinking bottles to recycled silk clothing to cork yoga gear, there are plenty of environmentally friendly ways of giving. We’ve got you covered on what to buy to keep waste to a minimum.

11 creative Christmas tree solutions – Melania Trump, eat your heart out

From ones you can grow in a pot all year round to using books, planks or upcycled materials in the shape of a tree, anything goes. We’ve got you covered on the maddest choices on the market.

30 Nov 2018 - 11:18AM
11 creative Christmas tree solutions – Melania Trump, eat your heart out

From ones you can grow in a pot all year round to using books, planks or upcycled materials in the shape of a tree, anything goes. We’ve got you covered on the maddest choices on the market.

Max Richter: there’s a tremendous earthquake going through our culture at the moment

Composer fell in love with music as a child listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, but grew to hate hearing it everywhere. He talks about reimagining the work, and music making as a whole, in our data-saturated age.

26 Nov 2018 - 7:19PM
Max Richter: there’s a tremendous earthquake going through our culture at the moment

Composer fell in love with music as a child listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, but grew to hate hearing it everywhere. He talks about reimagining the work, and music making as a whole, in our data-saturated age.

Guns N’ Roses play a marathon three-hour gig in Hong Kong: the hits, the hair, the big guitar solos

Axl Rose, Slash and the rest of the hard rockers from LA put on a monster of a show at AsiaWorld Expo. Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child o’ Mine and Chinese Democracy were among the 25-song set list.

21 Nov 2018 - 3:16PM
Guns N’ Roses play a marathon three-hour gig in Hong Kong: the hits, the hair, the big guitar solos

Axl Rose, Slash and the rest of the hard rockers from LA put on a monster of a show at AsiaWorld Expo. Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child o’ Mine and Chinese Democracy were among the 25-song set list.

Franz Ferdinand’s Bob Hardy talks about life as a five piece, Trump and playing Hong Kong

The band, formed in 2002, last played Hong Kong at Clockenflap in 2013. After the departure of guitarist Nick McCarthy, they were joined by Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot.

20 Nov 2018 - 6:03PM
Franz Ferdinand’s Bob Hardy talks about life as a five piece, Trump and playing Hong Kong

The band, formed in 2002, last played Hong Kong at Clockenflap in 2013. After the departure of guitarist Nick McCarthy, they were joined by Julian Corrie and Dino Bardot.

Char siu and pineapple bun chocolates, anyone? 3D printed treats inspired by iconic flavours of Hong Kong and Australia

Artist Ryan Foote uses 3D printing to create confectionary for the digital age, represents the culinary cultures of his two homes

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM
Char siu and pineapple bun chocolates, anyone? 3D printed treats inspired by iconic flavours of Hong Kong and Australia

Artist Ryan Foote uses 3D printing to create confectionary for the digital age, represents the culinary cultures of his two homes

Clockenflap festival 2018 comes to a close with Khalid, Erykah Badu, The Vaccines

Hong Kong’s longest-running music festival finished its 11th year in style. More than 100 international and local artists presented on five stages over the three days.

12 Nov 2018 - 1:25AM
Clockenflap festival 2018 comes to a close with Khalid, Erykah Badu, The Vaccines

Hong Kong’s longest-running music festival finished its 11th year in style. More than 100 international and local artists presented on five stages over the three days.