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Boris Johnson has banned London buskers from playing bagpipes

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 28, 2015 in News

Bagpiper player, London. Photo: Adrian Wai

 [Photo: Adrian Wai]

Good old BoJo – you can always rely on him to cause a bit of outcry in our dear city. Much to the dismay of traditional Scottish music enthusiasts, he’s unveiled the code of conduct for busking in London, which bans buskers from playing bagpipes within earshot of ‘flats, offices, shops or hotels’ (pretty much everywhere, then).

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Why I defaced the Protein World ‘Are you beach body ready?’ adverts

Posted at 4:45 pm, April 28, 2015 in News
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Last week we reported on a petition against the controversial  Protein World ads. The signs – which asked ‘Are you beach body ready?’ – were edited, vandalised and changed by commuters on the London Underground unwilling to accept their ’body shaming’ message. Now, as they reach the end of their advertising contract and are removed, we asked one of those commuters, PhD student Robert Stagg, to explain why they took a stance. Read the full post…

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Time Run: the latest London escape game where immersive theatre meets ‘The Crystal Maze’

Posted at 4:15 pm, April 28, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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Who knew the time would come when we’d all be desperate to get locked in a room for the lols? Immersive theatre’s been a ‘thing’ for a while now, and last year we told you how much we love escape games. Time Run combines the two in an hour-long experience during which you’ll travel back to Edwardian times to meet inventor and scientist Luna Fox and her robotic assistant Babbage. They’ll send you on a quest to escape a series of three remarkably atmospheric rooms by solving puzzles, taking on challenges and working as a team. The only way they could improve it is by getting Richard O’Brien himself to open the doors.

Read our review of Time Run or find more escape games.

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson on pubs, affordable housing and the Cereal Killer cafe

Posted at 3:15 pm, April 28, 2015 in News
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[Nathan James Page]

In the run-up to the general election on May 7, we’ve been chatting to leading figures in all the major parties. Eddy Frankel met mayor and parliamentary candidate Boris Johnson to talk pubs, housing and Assyrian friezes.

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Going underground: there’s going to be a new arts venue in part of the Thames Tunnel

Posted at 2:15 pm, April 28, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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In case you don’t spend enough time underground on your commute, you can now spend an evening hanging out in the entrance shaft of the Thames Tunnel. No, it’s not part of a tunnel tour – the space is about to be transformed into a new underground performance venue.

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Four food shops London food blogger Lizzie Mabbott couldn’t do without

Posted at 1:05 pm, April 28, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Lizzie Mabbott is a food blogger and author of the excellent, just-published ‘Chinatown Kitchen’. Here’s where she shops… Read the full post…

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London Coffee Festival returns to get Brick Lane buzzing

Posted at 11:00 am, April 28, 2015 in Food & Drink
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It’s that time again. From 5pm on Friday May 1, to 7pm on Sunday May 3, the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane will once again be the showcase for the London Coffee Festival. This is the fifth festival, and the organisers expect over 20,000 bean-lovers to visit. And there’s more to see than ever. Several of the capital’s top roasters will be there, including Caravan, Square Mile and Workshop. There’ll be lots of food (including the delectable dogs of Herman ze German), demonstrations and many, many tasting opportunities.  Read the full post…

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David Byrne’s Meltdown 2015 line-up announced

Posted at 9:00 am, April 28, 2015 in Music & Nightlife

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We already knew that this year’s Meltdown festival at the Southbank Centre was going to be a corker – that was guaranteed by the fact that it was being curated by dapper art-rock genius (and former Talking Head) David Byrne. Now we’ve finally got the full line-up, covering everything from electropop to gamelan, cabaret to flamenco and performance art to drone metal.

In today’s Time Out London magazine, we asked the curator himself for a few highlights. Read our exclusive David Byrne interview now, then check out the full Meltdown 2015 line-up. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday May 8.

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Giles Coren: ‘I’m not going to send my kids to school’

Posted at 8:00 am, April 28, 2015 in Fun London
School © Flickr: Brent Hoard

© Flickr: Brent Hoard

Giles Coren has had it up to here with education.

I know I’ll get battered with a hailstorm of #middleclassproblems for this, but I am honestly not exaggerating when I say that my dreams of a happy life were briefly shattered a few days ago on what is misleadingly called ‘primary school offer day’.

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In this week’s Time Out Magazine…

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 27, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Hungry? Oh you will be, as this week we’re launching the hot new FoodTube magazine with Jamie Oliver. The monthly title will come tucked in the middle of your classic Time Out magazine and will provide you with all the knowledge you need to cook up a storm (when you’re not out and about exploring London, that is). Read the full post…

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Just announced: #Hofest puts the moshing back into contemporary dance

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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If you’ve ever thought that contemporary dance is all about weirdly coloured leotards and plinky plonky off-key music, then you’ve probably never seen a performance by Israeli-born rock music-loving dance man Hofesh Shechter.  Read the full post…

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Wimbledon has banned selfie sticks

Posted at 4:15 pm, April 27, 2015 in Fun London

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[Photo: elPadawan]

Heading to Wimbledon this year? Better find a new way to take that courtside snap of you and your Pimm’s because The All England Lawn Tennis Club is the latest venue to ban selfie sticks. The official reason? Because no one likes selfie sticks. Or, as they put it – because of ‘nuisance value’ and so that it ‘doesn’t interfere with spectators’ enjoyment’. It follows in the footsteps of other places that have banned the selfie stick, including Tottenham Hotspur’s football ground and the National Gallery. If you’re still desperate to take that Instagram-worthy selfie then you’ll just have to make do with the old fashioned ‘long arm’ approach. Or you could just, y’know, watch the tennis.

Want more on Wimbledon etiquette? Read our Wimbledos and don’ts.

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In pictures: Plonk crazy golf pops up in Efes in Dalston

Posted at 3:15 pm, April 27, 2015 in Fun London
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Still mourning the closure of Swingers mini-golf course in Shoreditch? Well dry those tears and dust off your putters as new crazy golf course Plonk is bringing another element of competitive socialising to Efes Snooker Club in Dalston. From this week, Wednesday and Thursday nights at the notorious drinking den will be golf night! The House of Revelry have built a 200-foot crazy golf course which has taken over the dance floor and is suitable for golfers of all abilities/levels of sobriety. Read the full post…

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London Fashion Week’s new home is… a car park?!

Posted at 2:15 pm, April 27, 2015 in Shopping & Style
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London Fashion Week has a new home. And it’s not a fancy hotel, an iconic museum or a royal palace. Instead, London’s premier biannual fashion showcase is moving to – drum roll – a car park. That’s right – after six years at Somerset House, LFW is upping sticks to Brewer Street Car Park in Soho.

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40 damn fine things happening in London this week

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Discover the weird world of VHS at the Found Footage Festival, taste Suffolk’s finest chocolate and treats at the Pump Street Bakery pop-up in east London, or search out some fresh cinema in New Cross and Deptford at the Free Film Festival. Here are all the crackin’ things happening in London this week.

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Bao down for the hot new Taiwanese restaurant in Soho

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 27, 2015 in Food & Drink
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It was looking as if Alan Yau’s Duck & Rice was all set to be the Soho Chinese restaurant of the year – until an outside contender, Bao, slipped across the finish line just ahead of the serial entrepreneur who created Wagamama, Yauatcha and Hakkasan. Bao, on the other hand, started out as a street food stall, and opened without much fanfare in Soho – yet almost immediately the queues formed. So what’s the secret of Bao’s success? Just the usual reasons: it’s affordable, and the food is terrific. The menu’s based on Taiwanese street snacks, from bao (steamed then filled  buns), through pig’s blood cake, to vegetarian dishes such as oyster mushrooms cooked with jade-coloured fragments of century egg. The oolong teas are fabulous, and so is the service. Take a bow, Bao.

By Guy Dimond

Find out where else to get Chinese food in London.

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Movie musicals, Mad Max, Juliette Binoche Season and more film fun happening this week

Posted at 10:00 am, April 27, 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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Quit your job, become a…busker

Posted at 8:00 am, April 27, 2015 in Fun London

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Alex Hackett, 22, beatboxer around central London

How the hell did you become a beatboxer?

‘Me and my friend used to beatbox and rap a bit – really badly – and one day we were walking down the street and he said: “We’ve got to pick one each so we can get better at it.” He picked rap so I got stuck with beatboxing. But my mum is a singer, and so are my two sisters, so I’ve always had the musical background. It all just comes from a passion and a love for beatboxing: when you get into any sort of music you have to learn the intricacies around it.’ Read the full post…

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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 26, 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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The gran tour: meet the retired Londoners taking on a museum marathon

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 26, 2015 in Fun London
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[Photo: Dave Tett]

Three retired Londoners are attempting to visit and blog about every museum and gallery in the city. Alexi Duggins grabs his thermos flask and joins two of them en route.   Read the full post…

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