iTunes Festival 2014 line-up: 30 free gigs at the Roundhouse

Posted at 5:20 pm, July 22, 2014 in Free, Music & Nightlife
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Think there’s no such thing as a free gig in London? Think again, music fans. iTunes Festival is back this September for the eighth year on the trot and this year they’re giving away tickets to see Beck, Pharrell Williams with JungleKasabian, Robert Plant, Sam Smith, Blondie and Chrissie Hynde and Kylie (plus many more) for zero of your hard-earned pounds. What’s the catch? It’s all done by entering a ballot – so sadly not everyone who applies will be lucky enough to be rocking out at the Roundhouse. But that shouldn’t stop you applying for as many as you like. Plus, they’ll also be adding more artists to the 30-day line-up over the coming months, so watch this space.

Enter the ballot now at and find out who else is playing at the iTunes Festival 2014.

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Nine ways to cool down during the heatwave

Posted at 4:20 pm, July 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London, Outdoor London, Top 5
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If you’re anything like us, you’re sat melting in a stuffy office, hogging the closest fan and dreaming of jumping into a cold pool. Sound about right? Then get onto these great ways to cool down during this here heatwave. Read the full post…

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Photo of the day: Incontinence caused by faulty fridge in Dalston Tesco

Posted at 3:20 pm, July 22, 2014 in Fun London

It wasn’t Tesco’s Finest* moment this weekend when staff  put up a sign apologising for any ‘incontinence caused’ by the faulty fridges in their Kingsland Road store. Local David Sparks spotted the note, which was swiftly removed after he tweeted a photo of it. Don’t worry Tesco, it’s only a wee mistake.

This isn’t the first time this particular branch of Tesco has been rubbish to the point of hilarity. Earlier in the year, someone gave the Haggerston store its very own Tumblr! Relive it now.

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Udder disbelief: online petition to bring the cows home

Posted at 2:30 pm, July 22, 2014 in News

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A dairy in West London is being petitioned to bring back its cows. Miniature fibreglass heifers have adorned the roof of Dairy Crest in Feltham for the best part of 37 years. That was until they were put through the mincer earlier this month after fears they might fall off. What a load of bullocks! At least that’s what Joachim Jellinek thought. Rattled by the absent cattle, the father of four started an online petition calling for the cows’ return, collecting more than 6,000 signatures in one week. Cow-razy!

Will the bovine be back? Follow the herd at

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Google has built a 3D map of London you can fly through

Posted at 1:15 pm, July 22, 2014 in Maps
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Remember when everyone was freaking out about Google spying on us? Turns out they actually were. But, as it turns out, the results are beautiful so who cares?

Type a reasonably central London address into Google Maps, select ‘earth’ and click the slanted tile doohickey beneath the compass on the right. Your jaw should be dropping right about… now. Read the full post…

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How to eat like a Londoner: the best rustic French bistros in town

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 22, 2014 in Food & Drink



In a placid part of Primrose Hill, L’Absinthe reproduces the feel of a classic French corner bistro as unerringly as a scene from ‘Amélie’. Service is smiley and full of charm. 40 Chalcot Rd, NW1 8LS.   Read the full post…

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The magic number: organise a threesome with 3nder

Posted at 10:00 am, July 22, 2014 in Fun London
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A new iPhone app promising hassle-free threesomes launched in London earlier this month. But is it an idea with more than its fair share of holes? Andy Hill investigates. Read the full post…

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The 100 best sci-fi movies have arrived…

Posted at 8:00 am, July 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

100 best sci-fi movies

Science fiction is now the world’s most popular film genre. From spaceships to superheroes, robots to ray-guns, ‘Gravity‘ to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘, every other megabudget movie at your local multiplex has some kind of out-of-this-world element (not to mention spectacular special effects). But in the whole history of cinema, which sci-fi films are truly the best? Following on from our epic polls of the 100 best horror movies, animated movies, romantic movies and comedies, we felt it was time to find out which movies the leading experts in sci-fi – including authors and scientists, filmmakers and critics – felt were the greatest ever made. The results may surprise you. They may excite you. They may – if you’re a hardened sci-fi geek – infuriate you beyond words. But the experts have spoken.   Read the full post…

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East London, get ready for ‘Olympicopolis’

Posted at 6:30 pm, July 21, 2014 in News, Olympics & Paralympics, Technology, Transport
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It’s been two years since London was flooded with tourists and athletes ready to battle it out at the 2012 Olympic Games. These days, in between colour runs, sunbathers and swimmers visiting the London Aquatics Centre, it can feel a little empty. However, in an attempt to revitalise the Stratford hype Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to boost the economic growth and cultural attraction of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with – wait for it – ‘Olympicopolis’.

Read the full post…

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In tomorrow’s Time Out Magazine…

Posted at 5:00 pm, July 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Free
Time Out Magazine

Feeling the pre-pay-day pinch? Been spending money like it’s going out of fashion? We feel your pain. But worry not. In tomorrow’s issue of Time Out Magazine, we’re going low and bringing you a week’s worth of frugal fun for under a tenner per day. Sounds impossible, but we assure you it can be done. Some days you’ll even get to keep some change!

Elsewhere in the mag we find out what it takes to live cheaply in central London, track down London’s best sandwiches, meet Burt Bacharach, go to London’s best beaches, try out a day as a charity mugger, bring you a 20-page summer special kids’ guide to London, meet some disobedient objects, chat with La Roux and look back at London’s top ten TV shows. Oh and loads more, obvs. You’ll just have to pick up a copy to find out.

Grab your magazine at your local tube station tomorrow morning, find it at a mainline station or pick it up from one of hundreds of locations across London, or subscribe for 50p a week

Or you can buy this week’s issue from Wednesday on your Apple or Android device to swipe, pinch and scroll through at your leisure.

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#AskBoris: The oddest questions

Posted at 3:30 pm, July 21, 2014 in Fun London, News
Boris Bike Mayor of London © Rob Greig / Time Out

Earlier this month was the first anniversary of Boris Johnson’s monthly Twitter Q&A sesh/LBC radio show, #AskBoris. It’s always been a surreal event that blends political conversation with comical exchanges, such as ‘Hey Boris, how come you always look a bit on the fat side even though you are always seen on the bike?’ (BoJo’s response: ‘You are right – but we are all losing weight at City Hall’). But the thing we most like about it is that Londoners seem to have refined utterly bonkers questions into an artform.

Here are some of our faves: Read the full post…

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Hitchcock thrillers, ‘Boyz N the Hood’, Woody Allen and more great film events happening this week

Posted at 2:30 pm, July 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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Each week, we round up the most exciting film events happening in London over the coming week, from pop-ups and one-offs to regular film clubs, outdoor screenings and festivals. Here’s this week’s top five… Read the full post…

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