Lido Connect has officially been revamped and now this new, cool, creative space at Siam Square is back to impress us with art and modern culture oozing out of its pores in every way. The new kid on the block is the kind of place you would want to hang out with your mates regularly, and whilst we knew it formerly as the historic ‘Lido Cinema’, the reborn version is more of an art-house blend.
From documentary clubs to handmade crafts and chic cafes, there is everything here to keep us hooked and excited, unlike the mundane indoor shopping malls that often get a little boring. Whilst some of your favourite stores are still here, you will meet new ones that are creating their own charm.
Sussing out this cultural hub, read ahead for everything we love about the new Lido Connect and why it should be on your radar, too.
Instagram worthy backdrops
Let’s admit it, we all need that perfect backdrop for our next Instagram post to keep up with the social media game. Don’t forget to take your smartphone or digital camera to roam around and get some clicks while you are here. From urban street art to edgy stencils, Lido Connect calls in all cool cats to strike a pose at their artsy murals.
Known to house three theatres, Lido Cinema has been refashioned to offer a multifunctional cinema, which primarily means we see art in every medium. Nevertheless, there’s still a classic single-screen theatre at Lido 1, where you will be able to catch a good flick, from award-winning movies and international films, to your all-time favourite classics. The screening programs here are now organised by the Documentary Club and you can find their booth in front of the theatre to collect your tickets. You can also get involved with the Documentary Club to explore and discuss the latest documentaries in the scene.
Whilst we will no longer be able to see movies in Lido 2 and Lido 3, fortunately, Lido 2 has been repurposed as a ‘live house’ for concerts, and Lido 3 has been renovated as a theatre called ‘Black Box’, which holds concerts, theatrical plays, launch parties, and even exhibitions. Mark your calendars now as the next big gig, the “Dare to be Cool” concert, will be held on 29 September 2019 at Lido Connect. Tickets are available via ticketmelon.com.
If you are a fan of Lido cinema, their very own store here sells t-shirts, tote bags, and all accessories of their brand label. Cinema-goers can grab some popcorn here before the show, too.
Morning coffees to brunch delights
The new Lido Café is modern, sleek, and chic. This stylish spot serves some freshly brewed coffee by coffeelism, so head for a quick americano or iced black cocoa to beat the heat. The café itself is quite Instagram-friendly if you’re on the lookout for some more backdrops.
The Blooming Gallery
The beloved floral-decorated café has opened a branch at Lido Connect, and we are loving it. There is no denying that the teahouse flaunts a vivid décor that really makes it one-of-a-kind. From matcha flavoured cheesecake sticks to homemade mousse, find all fashionable-looking treats at The Blooming Gallery, all while you sip a quintessential British tea.
Simply go bananas with everything you can get here. This place serves bananas in all forms — whether you are in the mood for a banana milkshake or want to satisfy your sweet tooth with banana waffles. A cosy place to grab a quick bite perhaps before heading for a concert.
Hop and Shop
The Stronghold: Board Game Battalion
Welcome to the world of board games. A haven for nerdy game enthusiasts, this café-cum-board-game centre located on the 2nd floor at Lido Connect offers a myriad of board games for visitors to purchase or play at the café. Whilst it may seem pretty old school to play board games in the new world of play stations, there are so many perks to going the old-fashioned way — from socialising with your mates to enhancing your critical thinking skills. It may well be your next adventure.
Whether you are on a lookout for vintage clothing or want to go for a chic and trendy look, this is the place. There is always time for a little shopping, right? M.Style boutique store has bags, hats, and high-waisted pants, over to everything neon and colourful.
This new cool sneaker store is all about adding that little extra flavour, with a little mustard hue. Mustard sneakers revolve around the concept of having sleek and comfortable sneakers with a “kick” to them. All sneakers here are handcrafted and designed to look youthful. Very Lido Connect.
To find out about the new Lido Connect and their latest events, visit facebook.com/lidoconnect.