The best places to party this weekend

Posted at 5:30 pm, July 25, 2014 in Music & Nightlife


Just in case you’d forgotten, London is absolutely teeming with some of the planet’s best nightclubs, covering any and every genre of electronic music you care to mention, and also probably a few you don’t want to mention as well. So, get a head start on the weekend and plan your Friday-Sunday nightlife movements in advance. A thoroughly good place to start is with the three great nights below, and for a whole load more top parties, visit our Clubs page


Fake Blood + The Emperor Machine

Moody tech-breaks don Fake Blood (pictured above) brings his chunky basslines and banging beats to XOYO for a headline show. Also well worth catching is a set from punky disco upstart The Emperor Machine, plus further upfront tunes spun by Lemmy Ashton, Marcus Harris and Morgan Hammer, at what’s sure to be an energetic one.



Stevie Wonderland’s Summer Skate

There may be plenty of disco nights in London but there’s definitely a shortage of roller disco nights. Skating to the rescue are deviant disco party crew Stevie Wonderland, who take to four wheels to bring you a summer skate sesh at Hackney Wick arts space Shapes. There’ll be a full-size indoor roller disco, free skate hire, barbecue and ice-cream (not together, hopefully). DJs spinning outrageously danceable tracks that work through disco, funk, boogie, house and more will include Glowing Palms, Michael James Thomas, Nicholas Hadfield, Sho Nuff and Disco Hugh – a close relation of Disco Stu from ‘The Simpsons’, so we hear. And don’t worry if you can’t skate – the concept is just a wheely good way to add even more fun to this fully charged event. Roll on!



Secretsundaze + Oval Space Music

Head to one of London’s finest nightspots, Oval Space, to rock the latest instalment of the ace Oval Space Music series. Leading the charge are a host of world-class selectors, including L.B. Dub Corp (AKA UK techno chief Luke Slater), second generation Detroit techno hero Kyle Hall and Paranoid London playing a live set. Secretsundaze honchos James Priestley and Giles Smith will also be getting on the ones and twos to spin house, disco, funk and other upfront treats.


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Cruise down the Thames at the SS Atlantica boat party

Posted at 3:30 pm, July 25, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

All aboard! Don your starched collars and fur accessories (well, maybe not in this heat) for the SS Atlantica’s voyage down the Thames is this Saturday July 26. Be transported back in time to the days when sea voyages were all the rage, and immerse yourself in the full glamorous, luxury cruise from the Savoy Pier to Battersea Bridge.  Read the full post…

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Just for kicks: it’s Crepe City Sneaker Festival this Saturday

Posted at 2:30 pm, July 25, 2014 in Shopping & Style
sneaker trainer gold

You don’t need a trainer problem to enjoy Crepe City Sneaker Festival – but it helps. Flo Wales Bonner urges you to join the sneaker pimps. Read the full post…

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45 hot events happening in London this weekend

Picture: SNeequaye

Snap up some sneakers, capture the early morning cityscape, or sail down the Thames. This weekend is packed with loads of fantastic things to do. Check them out now… Read the full post…

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Kingston pon Thames: London’s best Caribbean cuisine

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 25, 2014 in Food & Drink

Bamboula ©Rob Greig

The capital’s Caribbean dining scene is ripening up, meaning there’s never been a better time to treat yourself to a paradise-inspired platter. Yolanda Zappaterra prepares your citywide menu.

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Get out on the dock this weekend

Posted at 10:00 am, July 25, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

sink the pink

Originally built as a storage warehouse, Tobacco Dock in Wapping has had a strange and chequered post-industrial life. It was a failed shopping centre and was even used as the set for an ill-fated Channel Four reality show that challenged contestants not to sleep. Nowadays, though, it’s finding its feet again – lending its labyrinth-like brickclad rooms and caverns and 8,000 person capacity to partying. Read the full post…

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Walk The Line: art work unveiled for East London’s public art promenade

Posted at 8:00 am, July 25, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

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Hiking boots and thermos at the ready! We’re going for a ramble along the River Lea. Last week, nine sculptures were unveiled for The Line, a public art walk linking the Olympic Park and the O2. Open for chin-stroking strolls this autumn, the project is the result of a crowdfunding campaign which totted up £140,000 in just eight weeks. Take that, potato salad guy! The sculptures, including works by Martin Creed and Damien Hirst, will be on display for two years but the organisers intend to add to the exhibition as the project develops. Here’s our pick of the bunch, with some expert analysis from Time Out’s deputy art editor Freire Barnes.

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Sand by me: London’s best beaches

Posted at 5:30 pm, July 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Outdoor London
roundhouse beach

Sat Jul 26 until Aug 23
This giant sandpit is fast becoming a summertime tradition. More than 40,000 beach bums climbed the stairs to the Roundhouse’s oceanic terrace last year and even more are expected for this year’s roster of cocktails, live music, table tennis and pop-up food joints. It’s more geared towards the party crowd than families, but kids are welcome. The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8EH. Read the full post…

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Found Footage Festival returns to London with more VHS LOLs

Posted at 4:30 pm, July 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
Found Footage Festival

Have you heard of the Found Footage Festival? If not, you’re in for a treat. Curators Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have been scouring charity shops, car boot sales, bins and everywhere in between to find the weirdest and most wonderful VHS gems known to man. They’re back for a stonking tenth anniversary show on August 1 and 2 at the Leicester Square Theatre where they’ll be showing off their latest finds. To get you in the mood, we asked them for some of their all-time faves (and why). And here they are. Sit back and prepare to LOL.  Read the full post…

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London’s getting a floating village in east London

Posted at 3:30 pm, July 24, 2014 in Fun London, News
© CGI images: Carillion Igloo Genesis

© CGI images: Carillion Igloo Genesis

At long last we know who will be creating London’s first ever floating villageBoris has announced that developer Carillion Igloo Genesis has won the competition to design and build London’s buoyant community at London’s Royal Docks. Read the full post…

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On sale this week: Van Morrison, Flying Lotus, Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre and more

Posted at 2:30 pm, July 24, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
jessie ware

The London gig calendar just keeps getting busier and busier, with huge shows announced this week by everyone from elder statesman Van Morrison to 20-year-old rising star Ella Eyre. You can check our weekly Just announced page to find out if any of your favourite acts have announced new gigs, but here are a handful of the biggest and best…
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If tube lines were people, this might be what they were like

Posted at 1:20 pm, July 24, 2014 in Fun London, Transport


…according to writer Katie Brennan and illustrator Alexandra Bucktin.

If the tube lines were people, this is what they reckon they’d be like: Read the full post…

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