Uh-oh, TfL has reversed the ‘stand on the right, walk on the left’ rule

Posted at 10:00 am, April 1, 2015 in Fun London, News, Transport
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In a move that’s destined to cause more people pile-ups, tuts and general commuter rage than a month of tube strikes, TfL has taken the controversial decision to overhaul the rules about where you should and shouldn’t stand on its escalators. Read the full post…

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You can play Pac-Man on the streets of London with Google Maps

Posted at 8:00 am, April 1, 2015 in Maps, Technology
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1) Go to Google Maps.
2) Click the Pac-Man button on the bottom left corner.
3) Forget about doing any more work today.

More ways to be a big kid

Play on a massive slide at the South Bank

Have fun in a balloon room

Go to a super-cute mini pig pop-up

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Cheap Thrills: great gigs this week for a tenner or less

Posted at 6:15 pm, March 31, 2015 in Music & Nightlife

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You don’t always have to shell out to catch top-quality live music in London. Here are five shows this week that’ll set you back less than £10, leaving you with more pennies for that pre-gig pint. Read the full post…

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A pair of massive slides are coming to the South Bank

Posted at 4:07 pm, March 31, 2015 in Fun London
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Between ball pitsballoon rooms and the unstoppable rise of the café that’s also a petting zoo, London is in the midst of a full-on childhood regression. Great news then, kiddywinks – it’s been revealed that a pair of big tubular slides will be coming to the South Bank this summer, which you can zoom down while eating an ice-cream and singing the theme tune to ‘Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles’, if you want. Read the full post…

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Video: Watch a woman take a pet leopard for a walk through Kensington

Posted at 3:15 pm, March 31, 2015 in Animals
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Let’s flip-reverse things back to the ’60s, when everyone was too busy perfecting their winged liner to have time to think about things like animal cruelty. Bearing that in mind – and also the fact that we obviously don’t condone mistreating animals in anyway at all – this video of secretary Angela McWilliams walking her pet leopard through Kensington is one of the best things we’ve ever seen. Especially since he’s called…  Michael.  Read the full post…

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Help Chicken Town bring healthy takeaway to Tottenham

Posted at 2:06 pm, March 31, 2015 in Food & Drink
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New start-up Chicken Town is hoping to crowdfund enough cash to bring finger-licking good chicken to Tottenham, minus the mind-blowing calorie count. The idea behind the Kickstarter campaign is to bring training, jobs and healthier eating to the north London area through the medium of delicious takeaway.

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Date night: the blind date

Posted at 1:11 pm, March 31, 2015 in Dating, Fun London
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Every week, two lucky Londoners get to have a night or day out – and it’s on us! We set up Janey and Charlie on a blind date, but did the sparks fly? Read the full post…

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Off the chocolate wagon? Settle into this five-piece sweet

Posted at 12:10 pm, March 31, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Chocolate and alcohol are two of the most frequently foregone pleasures during the self-imposed Sahara of self-denial that is Lent. But with Easter on the horizon, things are looking up. And if you’re preparing to embrace your vices once more, you might as well do it in style with a five-course dessert-only menu, focused around chocolate and matched with plenty of booze.  Read the full post…

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Giles Coren: ‘One morning in 1743 I wake up and we’re in the middle of London!’

Posted at 10:05 am, March 31, 2015 in Food & Drink

The autobiography of a London pub, as told to Giles Coren

I was born in a small village in the south of England, not much less than a thousand years ago. Maybe it’s a bit soon to be writing my autobiography? I don’t know about you, but these tuppenny-ha’penny celebrities penning their life story when they’re barely out of their teens make me laugh. And as for that Zoella, what can you do? But this big-shot columnist come in the other day, splashing his money around – eight pints of Pride, eight packets of Scampi Fries and he’s said I ought to think about it. Think of all the stories you could tell, he says. And I thought: What stories? I’ve just been sat here on the corner of Winchester Road for ten centuries smelling of brewer’s yeast and piss.

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Exclusive: Mogwai to curate six shows at the Roundhouse

Posted at 7:45 am, March 31, 2015 in Music & Nightlife

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As twentieth birthday parties go, this one is pretty sweet. Influential Glaswegian post-rock outfit Mogwai have been wringing out walls of epic, fuzzy bliss for two decades, and to celebrate they’re curating a series of shows with All Tomorrow’s Parties, featuring a programme of bands and musicians that have awed and inspired them over the years: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Mogwai: An ATP Season at the Roundhouse. The band’s guitarist, Stuart Braithwaite, talks through some of the many highlights from the line-up. Read the full post…

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In this week’s Time Out magazine…

Posted at 6:30 pm, March 30, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Time Out’s getting a little tipsy this week; in fact we’ve dedicated tomorrow’s issue to all things booze. We’ve got a guide to drinking like a Londoner, a round-up of the best bars and pubs in the city (as well as the best bar snacks), plus we challenged Caitlin Moran to a drinking competition.

Elsewhere, we’ve got all the important April dates for your diary as well as the lowdown on how the ArcelorMittal Orbit‘s celebrating its first birthday (clue: BALLOONS). We check out the ‘Mad Men’-era illustrations in the new Mac Conner exhibition ‘A New York Life‘ and talk to outspoken jazz singer Nadine Shah.

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

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

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Video: How to brew your own beer with Ubrew

Posted at 5:27 pm, March 30, 2015 in Food & Drink, Fun London

London’s so-called craft beer revolution shows no sign of slowing down. That said, with supermarkets and chain pubs steadily starting to show some love to small-batch brewers, a change of direction at least seems inevitable. Read the full post…

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China Town could ‘disappear in five years’ if rents continue to rise

Posted at 4:34 pm, March 30, 2015 in News

Amble around Soho and it’s hard not to be lured into Chinatown – a colourful beacon that sets itself apart from the surrounding streets with glowing lanterns and distinctive red arches. Plus, it’s one of the only places in London that promises affordable eats at every doorway. It’s hard to imagine the city without the area. But, sadly, it’s the latest place on our city’s cultural map that could be set to disappear. Traders from the oriental restaurants and shops between Leicester Square and Soho have said today that they could be forced out if rents rocket any higher. Read the full post…

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Get FREE negronis at Soho ramen joint Tonkotsu tonight

Posted at 3:30 pm, March 30, 2015 in Food & Drink, Free
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Love noodles? Love cocktails? Then we’ve got a great reason for you to continue your weekend boozing into Monday and Tuesday: World of Zing is offering free (yes, free!) negronis with your meal at ramen joint Tonkotsu in Soho tonight. Read the full post…

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Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’ returns to the Tate Britain for the first time since 1999

Posted at 2:00 pm, March 30, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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Back at Tate Britain for the first time since it starred in her 1999 Turner Prize exhibition, Tracey Emin’s iconic ‘My Bed’ takes pride of place amid a series of new displays opening today, showing art from the 1970s to the present. Created in her Waterloo council flat in 1998, the most famous bed in contemporary art is a searingly honest snapshot of Emin’s life immediately after a traumatic relationship breakdown.  Read the full post…

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Robert Siodmak season, a mystery movie all-nighter and more film events happening this week

Posted at 1:13 pm, March 30, 2015 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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London on Instagram: @snurkle

Posted at 10:06 am, March 30, 2015 in Photos of London
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Taufiq Es-haq is a HR Business Partner with a passion for cityscape photography. Living in Ascot, he commutes into London to take bold and abstract photographs of the city’s architecture.

We asked him to give us a tour of London via his Instagram account @snurkle.

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Quit your job, become a… shoemaker

Posted at 8:00 am, March 30, 2015 in Fun London
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Sebastian Tarek, owner of Sebastian Tarek Bespoke Shoes, Shoreditch Read the full post…

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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

Posted at 5:18 pm, March 29, 2015 in Fun London
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Every week you share the weird things you’ve overheard in London. Above, a few perplexing snippets from the past seven days – don’t forget to tweet us your own! Like Word on the Street? We’ve now made a book of these little beauties! 

‘Word on the Street: Ridiculous Things We’ve Overheard in London’ is out now, £6.99. To buy a copy, visit: timeout.com/wotsbook​.

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That’s rubbish! Your recycling questions answered

Posted at 3:25 pm, March 29, 2015 in News
Reduce, recycle, reuse. Photo: Kevin Dooley

[Photo: Kevin Dooley]

We asked Recycling Genius David Rumble for a few rubbish tips – he happily obliged. Here’s what goes in the bin. Read the full post…

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