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Say goodbye to Oyster cards, smartphones are swiping them out

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 24, 2014 in Technology, Transport
Oyster card

TfL has announced that tube users will be able to use their smartphones to pay for journeys by the end of the year, making our trusty blue travel cards obsolete. As many devices have the same ‘near field communication’ as Oyster cards, commuters will simply be able to swipe their phone to open barriers across the network. Read the full post…

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For The Love of Mic’s Rappy Second Birthday party

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 24, 2014 in Fun London, Music & Nightlife
For The Love of Mic

If you want to mingle with music’s hottest stars, twerk with MC celebs and get jiggy with the hip hop hoi polloi, look no further. Club night For The Love of Mic is throwing a second birthday bash on Friday April 25 at Concrete and Beyoncé is coming. OK, so it’s a cardboard version of her, but still, that’s probably the closest us mere mortals are ever going to get. Read the full post…

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The hottest gigs on sale this week: Lorde, Kaiser Chiefs, Gregory Porter and more

Posted at 4:45 pm, April 24, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

You’re just about to finish your second four-day week, meaning you should have loads of spare energy. Great, huh? Go and use it all up by checking out these five great gigs. Afterwards, you’re allowed a lie-down, but only a quick one.  Read the full post…

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Free coffee in a pirate ship in Dalston

Posted at 4:00 pm, April 24, 2014 in Food & Drink, Fun London
Compass Cafe

To get noticed in an area already saturated with eating and drinking establishments, you need a good hook. Some might say a Captain Hook. And that’s just what Dalston’s latest arrival has – the interior of Compass Coffee on Kingsland Road is a pirate ship. Yes, you read that right. This unique cafe is part of the Ship of Adventures, the new home to the Hackney Pirates charity. And if the amazing interior isn’t enough to tempt you on board, they are giving away free coffee all day tomorrow (Friday April 25) from 8am until 7pm. Eye patch and parrot are optional.

Find out more about Compass Coffee and the Ship of Adventures.

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Glastonbury resale: how to boost your chances of scoring tickets

Posted at 3:00 pm, April 24, 2014 in Music & Nightlife


Listen up! The first resale of tickets to Glastonbury is tonight (April 24) at 7pm! Don’t have a registration number? You’ve fallen at the first hurdle, my friend – registration closed at 5pm on Monday April 21. Don’t cry just yet though as there’s a slim chance a former, more-organised you registered many moons ago – save your tears until you’ve checked Glastonbury’s Registration Recovery page first. Not on there? OK, you can cry now.

For those of you lucky enough to have your registration sorted: congratulations, you have qualified to join the mad internet scramble that is the Glastonbury ticket resale. Only a limited number of tickets will be going back on sale and considering they initially sold out in an hour and 27 minutes, you’ll need to be fully prepped if you’re going to have any chance of beating the machine. Read the full post…

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Photo of the day: St James’s Park springtime cherry blossom

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 24, 2014 in Photos of London
© Patrizia Ilaria Sechi

London certainly wears pink well, and with Royal Parks gardeners adding two or three cherry blossom trees to St James’s and Green Park every year, spring just gets better and better. This photo by Time Out Flickr Group contributor Patrizia Ilaria Sechi was taken near the Blue Bridge in St James’s Park, just as the sun was setting. You know what they say: pink blossom at twilight, Londoners’ delight.

See more lovely photos of spring in London

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Q Grill brings the heat to Chalk Farm

Posted at 12:30 pm, April 24, 2014 in Food & Drink
Q Grill

Another week, another new US-themed grill restaurant in London. But this one’s a bit different, honest. Despite the ‘Q’ (as in BBQ) in the name, this isn’t just some casual, out-the-back-of-a-van affair. It’s a serious operation, complete with Josper oven and Spanish style ‘plancha’ grill. No wonder one of the chefs on our visit was looking a little hot and sweaty. That and the fact that everyone in north London had heard there was a new grill in town, and had arrived to check it out. Tania Ballantine

Here’s our full review of Q Grill.

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Five things to check out at Pick Me Up festival

Posted at 10:00 am, April 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Pick Me Up London

Entering it’s fifth year, Pick Me Up festival is back with a bang at Somerset House from April 24 to May 5, showcasing the cream of the crop when it comes to graphic art and illustration. On the bill is a lively mix of talks, workshops and late night events, and we’ve already picked the things we’re most looking forward to. Pencils at the ready guys.

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Could this be the ultimate tube map redesign?

Posted at 8:00 am, April 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Transport
Jug Cerovic London tube map

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Put your hands together for Jug Cerović who’s masterfully reworked metro maps for stylish navigation. The French- Serbian architect has standardised 12 underground networks across Europe, Asia and America, enlarging the central part of the maps to make them easier to read. The London Underground version is helpfully labelled with the initial of each line, and stations are laid out in a way that makes more sense geographically. The Overground has also been transformed into a satisfying loop that circles the city so you’ll never get derailed again. Read the full post…

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#BoyvsFood week three: the County Arms’ Two-foot Sausage Roll challenge

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 23, 2014 in Food & Drink, Fun London

boy vs food

You’ve got five minutes to eat a two-foot-long sausage roll. The problems are numerous. Firstly, it’s meaty. VERY meaty. And secondly, it sort of looks like a massively elongated bum hole. How easy is it? Easier than you’d think.

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London’s latest scoop: Pop-up arty ice cream parlour hits N1

Posted at 4:15 pm, April 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London
Hunt & Darton

An ice-cool collaboration between the National Trust and Hunt & Darton Café will be popping up at London’s oldest ice cream factory on Thursday April 24. Dressed to the nines in tropical attire, Hunt & Darton will be serving up a selection of chilly treats at Gatti’s Ice House, and they’ve added some seriously interesting flavours to the mix. Artists including Brian Lobel and Richard Layzell have been invited to invent their own ice cream flavours, including a very questionable broccoli and crispy pig skin variety. If you’re feeling a little less adventurous, coke floats will be on the menu too.

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See 1,000 Londoners’ lives in 1,000 short films

Posted at 2:30 pm, April 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
1000 Londoners, Video Portrait of London

There’s a whole host of factors that make London a great place to live, but one of the most obvious is the diversity of people that reside here and how they help to create its unique cultural tapestry. Soppy but true! Over at south London-based production company Chocolate Films , a group of filmmakers are aiming to showcase this variety by embarking upon the largest video portrait of a city ever attempted, creating three-minute documentaries of 1,000 London residents. Read the full post…

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