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City expert Zena Alkayat’s top five bars and pubs

Posted at 3:30 pm, May 23, 2015 in Food & Drink
London Villages

Zena Alkayat, author of guidebook ‘London Villages‘, tells us about her top five bars and pubs in the capital.

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Nautical pubs, riverside walks and bespoke cocktails: it’s the best bits of Hammersmith

Posted at 12:30 pm, May 23, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

Hammersmith bridgePhoto: George Rex

With thespian delights, foodie favourites and perfect pubs, W6 is delish.

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An ode to brunch, the greatest meal of the week

Posted at 10:15 am, May 23, 2015 in Food & Drink

Which genius came up with the concept of brunch? Let us salute them for inventing the most deliciously idle meal ever. It is the perfect accompaniment to a hungover morning. And it has no rules.

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See the secret plans to turn ArcelorMittal Orbit into a GIANT SLIDE

Posted at 6:15 pm, May 22, 2015 in Fun London

It’s a confirmed true and infallible fact that the ArcelorMittal Orbit looks like a hi-tech helter skelter. In fact, we’re sure we’re not the only slide fans who felt sinking disappointment back in 2012 when we learned that it was just a sculpture and not actually a helter skelter at all. :( Read the full post…

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Raise a glass: tank beer comes to Soho

Posted at 6:10 pm, May 22, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Take a stroll into new restaurant Duck & Rice in Soho – or into the White Horse in Parsons Green, or into a few Young’s pubs – and you’ll see lots of polished copper containers that contain ‘tank beer’. But what is it? The Czechs have been doing it for a while. Rather than pasteurising the live lager at the brewery to make it stable before transportation and storage, they move it and store it in special temperature-controlled tanks. Meantime brewery in London also started using this method a couple of years ago. Connoisseurs consider such unpasteurised beers to taste fresher, yet more complex. One thing’s for sure, it’s a long time since we’ve paid £5.30 for a pint of lager in Soho.

By Guy Dimond

Check out the best craft beer in London.

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Five ways to celebrate World Goth Day

Posted at 5:30 pm, May 22, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife
Sonya Barber © Ed Barber

Okay, I’ll admit it – I was a teenage goth. But before you try and take the piss, I am not ashamed. It was a great – the music was dark, the clothes were darker, the clubs were filthy, Camden was my playground and my make up skills were second to none. I was never as hardcore as many of my gothic bredren (and I flitted between alternative genres) but these days, I still see myself as a ‘mature goth’ and so I am proud to inform you all that today is World Goth Day.

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Walk The Line: take a stroll down London’s new sculpture trail

Posted at 5:15 pm, May 22, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

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Eduardo Paolozzi’s immense sculpture ‘Vulcan’ is in position at the Greenwich Peninsula ahead of tomorrow’s launch of London’s latest free attraction, The Line. Loosely following the Greenwich Meridian along the River Lea from the O2 to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the unique sculpture trail will place works by the likes of Gary Hume, Martin Creed and Turner Prize winner Damien Hirst along the three mile stretch. Whether you start your journey on the Emirates Air Line to get a bird’s eye view of the works or from street level at Stratford High Street, the only thing you should be doing this bank holiday weekend is walking The Line.

Launch event at Cody Dock on May 23 from 3pm-7pm with guides tours, talks, garden party and food stalls. Find out more at the-line.org.

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New bar alert: Pamela opens in Haggerston

Posted at 4:15 pm, May 22, 2015 in Food & Drink

Looking for a new place to wet your whistle this weekend? Meet Pamela – Haggerston’s newest arrival. We don’t know who the new Kingsland Road watering hole is named after, but Pamela’s got some cool friends: it’s the brainchild of Deano (The Alibi, Rita’s) and Martin (The Old Blue Last, The Windsor Castle) who wanted to open their ‘dream neighbourhood bar’. Read the full post…

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London Zoo might be getting a safari camp

Posted at 3:15 pm, May 22, 2015 in Animals, Fun London
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If your bank balance can’t quite stretch to flights to Zambia, then you’ll be pleased to know that you might soon be able to go on safari without leaving Zone 1. London Zoo has released plans to build a safari camp complete with nine cabins so that visitors can stay overnight in the zoo. The cabins will be adjacent to the lion enclosure, but hopefully they’ll also be sleeping so you won’t be kept awake by their growls. Visitors will arrive at the zoo at closing time for a tour of what goes down after hours, before heading back to the cabins for dinner. London Zoo has submitted an application to Westminster Council and a decision will be made this summer. Fingers crossed it gets the green light because we reckon it would be a roaring success.

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Urban Curiosity Walkshops: save yourself from digital meltdown

Posted at 2:15 pm, May 22, 2015 in Outdoor London
Urban curiosity walkshop - James Theophane

Having a social media meltdown? A digital burnout? That’s okay – in fact, that’s so on trend for 2015. More and more we’re all hearing stories about people who’ve lost their spark, spending more time flicking through news feeds than living in the now. How many people did you walk into today because you were looking at your mobile screen? Hands up! We’re all guilty. Read the full post…

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55 fabulous things to do this bank holiday weekend

David Henderson[Photo: David Henderson]

Another bank holiday! Thanks, May. Use it to build a bonkers structure using only tape and cardboard, glug away on sweet amber nectar at Meantime Brewfest, or party on a rooftop in Dalston. Here are all the best things happening in London this weekend.

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Five Eurovision screening parties taking place on Saturday

Posted at 11:30 am, May 22, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

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Europe’s cheesiest, campiest and most gloriously silly singing competition celebrates 60 years on Saturday. Even if you’re not a fan of outrageously cheesy Euro pop and outfits that look like they’ve been glued together, it’s still a whole lot of fun to watch the action unfold with a load of other people singing and shouting along with the shenanigans. There are tons of venues around London screening the action – this year being broadcast from Vienna – and getting into the spirit with various fun/ridiculous parties, so here are five top picks for places to get Eurovisioned out of your face this weekend. Read the full post…

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Five Apple Watch apps Londoners won’t want to live without

Posted at 10:00 am, May 22, 2015 in Shopping & Style, Technology
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After the iPhone naysayers and the iPad doubters, Apple Watch skeptics should really know better. Never ones to stand in the way of progress, we’re flying the flag for the capital’s early Apple Watch adopters and have scouted out the five apps that, soon enough, no self-respecting Londoner will want to be without. Maybe.

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This is what the new tube map looks like

Posted at 8:00 am, May 22, 2015 in Transport
New Tube Map

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The new tube map is finally here and it’s… er, got a few mistakes on it. Well, the online version that surfaced today on TfL’s website has anyway. Read the full post…

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Five of the best bank holiday parties and pop-ups

Posted at 6:15 pm, May 21, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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Photo: Marc Sethi

Another bank holiday? So soon after all those others? Well sure, if you insist. Yes, there’s another glorious free day approaching and as ever, there are a ton of great parties and pop-ups taking place this weekend to make the most of the situation. Here are five top options to enjoy yourself with and for plenty more head to our bank holiday parties page.

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New Facebook page lists pointless events in London this summer (probably on a rooftop, somewhere)

Posted at 5:15 pm, May 21, 2015 in Fun London
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Here at Time Out, we’re big fans of street food, pop-ups, rooftop events, summer, extensive DJ line-ups, flute recitals on a mad scale, hashtags, lashtags, mashtags… Oh wait, that’s not us, that’s Facebook group ‘Completely shit and pointless events in London this summer (probably on a rooftop, somewhere)‘. Read the full post…

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Grind is giving away 100 free nitrogen-infused coffees

Posted at 4:15 pm, May 21, 2015 in Food & Drink, Free
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If your usual morning latte isn’t quite cutting it these days, how about one infused with nitrogen? Grind has teamed up with cold brew coffee specialists Sandows to create a new Nitro Cold Brew – a cold brew coffee that’s infused with nitrogen and served on tap, so it’s definitely not your average cup of Joe. Not to be confused with your run of the mill frappuccino-style iced coffees, which are brewed and then chilled, Grind’s new coffee is cold-brewed for 16 hours in a process that takes almost a week – so we’re guessing it’s worth the wait. To celebrate the launch, Grind is giving away free coffees from noon tomorrow (May 22) – there are only 100 up for grabs so get in there quickly if you want your coffee on the house.

From noon on May 22 at London Grind, Shoreditch Grind and Holborn Grind.

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Snap happy: Photo London comes to Somerset House

Posted at 3:15 pm, May 21, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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We’re photo mad over here at Time Out Towers so when we heard that London was finally getting its own photography fair we were pretty damn excited. You don’t have to know your c-type from platinum palladium prints to appreciate a good photograph when you see it. Whether you’re into celebrity snaps, vibrant abstract compositions, vast verdant vistas, intimate moments between couples or stark black and white documentary shots, Photo London definitely has something for everyone. Read the full post…

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Seven reasons to go to the superbly silly party Regression Sessions

Posted at 2:15 pm, May 21, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
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Brilliantly infantile party Regression Sessions hits London once again this Friday. If you haven’t yet experienced the full-fat fun of a Regression Sessions party, expect childhood games, bizarre activities and DJs spinning party jams that you can dance to without fear of looking un-cool. You’ll also see a whole load of grown-up Londoners roaming around and acting thoroughly un-grown-up in every way possible, having the time of their lives while doing so. We asked Regression Sessions co-founder Michael Mouch to talk us through some of the typical activities you might find at an RS party.  Read the full post…

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All aboard the GenderPacific: dinner and a show in a submarine

Posted at 1:15 pm, May 21, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London

genderpacificPhoto: Kostis Fokas

Tony Hornecker, the guy who brought us the weird and wonderful pop-up dining experience The Pale Blue Door, is back with a new aquatic-themed night called GenderPacific and it looks set to be just as mad. They’ve been pretty secretive on details but here’s what we know so far. It’s upstairs at The Haggerston pub and dinner will be served inside an ‘actual’ submarine complete with ‘portholes into other worlds’ (your guess is as good as ours). Read the full post…

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