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Same difference: we try out Selfridges’ gender-neutral clothing

Posted at 3:30 pm, February 28, 2015 in Shopping & Style

Androgynous clothes selfridges ©Rob Greig©Rob Greig

Selfridges is about to launch the capital’s first gender-neutral shopping department. But can men and women really share a wardrobe? Time Out workmates Katie Dailey and Oliver Keens spend a week in matching outfits to find out.
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Chefs know best: Sally Clarke shares her favourite cheap eateries

Posted at 12:30 pm, February 28, 2015 in Food & Drink

sally clarke © Louise Haywood-Schiefer
© Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Sally Clarke, Head chef at Clarke’s

You’ve got £20 to take a friend out for dinner. Where do you go?

‘I’d go to Princi, the Italian bakery in Soho, and choose some wonderful, fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza [from £6.50] or focaccia [£4.60], and one of their delicious desserts. I’d have it with a glass of something nonalcoholic; they do some lovely juices [from £3.60].’ Read the full post…

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Baskets of sourdough, retro furniture and a dinosaur sculpture garden: it’s the best bits of Crystal Palace

Posted at 10:10 am, February 28, 2015 in Food & Drink, Fun London
Crystal Palace Dinosaur Park

One thing is crystal clear, south London is full of vintage delights. Read the full post…

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London’s hotels might be four-star from afar, but most only have two in the kitchen

Posted at 5:30 pm, February 27, 2015 in Food & Drink
Royal Lancaster Hotel

Oh dear London, our city’s not doing well, is it? Just a couple of weeks ago we were telling you that the capital contains six of the ten worst boroughs for food hygiene in the UK and now we’re ranking again. Which? has revealed that almost 60 London hotels (and more than 550 nationwide) received two stars or less from the Food Standards Agency. The rating scheme marks venues out of five, with two stars being less than satisfactory, one star for diners with stomachs of steel and no-star venues – well, you’d best be by a toilet or a hospital.

Places in Which?’s study include four-star hotels Radisson Blu Edwardian in Covent Garden and the Royal Lancaster (pictured) near Hyde Park, which both cost £200+ a night and received two stars each for food hygiene. Other venues with either one or two stars include Euston’s Thistle Hotel, the Premier Inn in Edgware and The Britannia in Hampstead. Thank the heavens we already live here.

By Danielle Goldstein

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Bag some free stuff at a Hackney Give and Take Day on Saturday

Posted at 4:40 pm, February 27, 2015 in Free, Fun London
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Looking for some bargain books and free furniture for your new pad? Or maybe you’ve got some bulky bits and pieces you want to get rid of? Head to a ‘Give and Take Day’ in Hackney on Sunday (March 1). It’s like Freecycle in real-life.  Read the full post…

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Top five proud London boasts

Posted at 3:30 pm, February 27, 2015 in Fun London


1. ‘I cycle everywhere’

It’s easy to spot one of London’s many cyclists. Not because they’re on a bike, but because anyone who pedals to work instead of suffering with sweaty strangers on the tube every morning will immediately tell you about it. They’ll place a sympathetic hand on your shoulder and say: ‘I just don’t know how you do it, you must be so unfit. Do you get ill a lot in winter?’ At which point you’ll try to say something witty back, but the mere effort of thinking will leave you short of breath. You win, cyclists. Read the full post…

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Erotic city: provocative dancefloor fun at La Freak Smut Cinema

Posted at 2:10 pm, February 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife

 Smut cinema   

At La Freak Smut Cinema, party people are treated to visual kink as well as dancefloor fun, as Oliver Keens finds out.

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Chefs know best: where Chiltern Firehouse’s Nuno Mendes goes for a cheap meal

Posted at 1:30 pm, February 27, 2015 in Food & Drink
nuno mendes © Louise Haywood-Schiefer

© Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Nuno Mendes, head chef at Chiltern Firehouse

Where’s your favourite place to spend a fiver on food?

Broadway Market on Saturdays is a great place to go: there are lovely Indian ladies making amazing vegetarian food, and always a Mexican offering. I tend to head to a stall called Yum Bun which does slow-cooked pork belly served in little Chinese-style steamed buns with pickled cucumber, hoisin and chilli sauce [£4].’ Read the full post…

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43 wicked things to do in London this weekend

Posted at 12:30 pm, February 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Fun London, Music & Nightlife, Outdoor London

Darrell Godliman[Photo: Darrell Godliman]

Well done you lot! February = ✔. Reward yourself by taking a glorious walk through Epping Forest, pick up an extravagant ensemble at a panto costume sale in Hackney or laugh yourself silly at a 27-hour charity comedy event. Take a look below at our list below and start planning your weekend! 

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Buy one of Hackney Empire’s amazing pantomime costumes

Posted at 10:15 am, February 27, 2015 in Shopping & Style

Fed up of being outshone by that one mate who starts making their Halloween costume in August? Head down to Hackney Empire between February 28 and March 1 to snap up one of the theatre’s legendary panto costumes. Read the full post…

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There’s a new sex shop in Dalston

Posted at 8:00 am, February 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
Cathie Pilkington

Dalston’s got a new sex shop. Before you get too excited, allow us to clarify.
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Three great nights out this weekend

Posted at 6:00 pm, February 26, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
Kink + Andrew Weatherall + Ivan Smagghe

Party all weekend with our pick of the best club nights in town – from techno to disco to house. And if for some reason those fail to push your buttons, then maybe the plethora of club nights, parties, pop-ups and one-off events over on our Clubs page will. Read the full post…

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