A Celebration of Black History Month at Westfield White City with the MRC Laboratory of Medical Sciences

Today sees the launch of the LMS Gene Home Pop Up, a week-long pop up from the MRC Laboratory of Medical Sciences (LMS) in honour of Black History Month. LMS is a hub for biomedical research and a catalyst for collaboration between clinicians and scientists. The launched the LMS Gene Home Pop Up at Westfield White City in London and aim to showcase Black people’s achievements within the science community, diseases that effect the Black community specifically and what they do and how people can get involved.

Last night they held a private event to give us a preview of what to expect for the rest of the week. The event was hosted by the hilarious comedian Rudi Lickwood, who had the audience laughing with his impeccable comedic timing. Food and drinks were flowing curtesy of Ku-Shengpeng Caribbean Restaurant and North-West London’s finest, Terrortone, provided the music with a vinyl-only set played through their famous sound system. The atmosphere was set for a week filled with entertainment, enlightenment, and empowerment.

The LMS Gene Home Pop Up, located at Unit 1156 (formerly the EE Store), has been meticulously curated to cater to the Black community. Throughout the week, guests can participate in a diverse range of activities, including insightful health talks specifically tailored to the needs of the Black community and free NHS health MOT check-ups.

The schedule for the week features a variety of community-focused events. In the mornings, Michael De Souza, the creative mind behind the beloved character Rastamouse, will host intimate family-focused readings. On Thursday at 7pm, Science Show Off will host a comedy night that promises to be a good time.

A noteworthy event will take place on Wednesday when the space is taken over by sister run network SISTEM. They will shine a spotlight on the invaluable contributions of Black women in STEM. Join them on Wednesday, October 25th at 6pm for an evening dedicated to Black Women in STEM. Please note that this event requires a ticket, which you can get here.

On Tuesday and Thursday between 12pm and 5pm, the Hello Love team will be taking over. Hello Love is a social enterprise that promotes artists, brands, and charities. They offer a modern retail space that emphasises global collaboration and societal change. During their takeover, they will introduce LIBRA, a pioneering health platform designed to serve underrepresented groups in healthcare. LIBRA utilises machine learning and Sustainable Intelligence™ to facilitate real-time communication between doctors and patients. Its goal is to create a more inclusive health system and address chronic diseases, with a special focus on ethnic minorities, women, and marginalised groups.

As the weekend approaches, multidisciplinary artist and poet, Yasmin Nicholas, will captivate attendees with her intriguing fusion of poetry and painting. She will focus on Black womanhood, identity, Caribbean culture, PCOS, and well-being. For those seeking tranquility, Cathy Edgar, an intuitive sound healer and holistic therapist, is offering a relaxing Gong Bath experience.

If you’re looking for a blend of culture, health, art, and well-being, the LMS Gene Home Pop Up is the place to be. Whether you’re a comedy enthusiast, a health aficionado, or someone who simply enjoys good vibes, there’s something tailor-made for you.

Plan Your Visit:


Westfield – White City

Unit 1156 (In between JD Sports and Ann Summers)

1081 Ariel Way


W12 7GF

Date: Monday 23rd October – Sunday 29th October 2023

Opening Times:

Monday – Saturday: 10am-9pm

Sunday: 12pm-6pm

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