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

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.

16 Apr 2019 - 8:06PM

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
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

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.

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

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

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

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’.

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

‘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.

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

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

27 Mar 2019 - 5:42PM

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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