Mexican class in a glass at El Nivel tequila bar in Covent Garden

Posted at 5:30 pm, October 2, 2014 in Food & Drink
el nivel

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. But if your idea of sipping the distilled fermentation of the agave plant is a little more sophisticated, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s a central Covent Garden bar that’s specialising in upscale sipping tequilas and other Mexican spirits. Better still: not a sombero is sight.

Read our review of El Nivel.

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On sale tomorrow morning: Flying Lotus, Nick Cave, The War On Drugs, Usher, Jake Bugg and more

Posted at 4:15 pm, October 2, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

© Tim Saccenti

It’s been a big week for live music announcements, so make sure you’re up and ready to click for tickets bright and early tomorrow morning. Check out our ‘Just announced’ list for more great shows. Read the full post…

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Bug-a-boo! London’s facing a creepy-crawly invasion

Posted at 3:15 pm, October 2, 2014 in News



You’re probably going to find hordes of giant daddy long-legs in your home over the next couple of weeks. Thanks to more humid weather, their population increased over the summer. Now it’s getting cooler, they’re heading indoors to mate and lay eggs. Read the full post…

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A load of old toss: ‘Modern Toss: A Decade in the Shithouse’ exhibition

Posted at 2:15 pm, October 2, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Modern Toss

To celebrate a decade of sweary sketches, the brilliantly silly cartoonists Modern Toss are hosting an exhibition. Eddy Frankel speaks to Jon Link and Mick Bunnage about ten years of razor-sharp humour. Read the full post…

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Party bass at Mike Skinner’s new Dalston club night, Tonga

Posted at 1:15 pm, October 2, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

When Time Out phones Mike Skinner to chat about Tonga, the new monthly club night he’s launching, he’s just finished breakfasting on an Omelette Arnold Bennett (smoked haddock, Burford Brown eggs, Mornay sauce) at Claridge’s. It’s not what you’d expect from the former urban everyman rapper (as The Streets) who’s now a successful DJ and producer. But don’t worry, he hasn’t gone all uptown in his musical outlook: ‘We like to keep the [club] night as scuzzy as possible, while we’re as baller [someone who flashes the cash] as we can be.’ Read the full post…

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Bubba Gump Shrimp Company opens in London’s Trocadero

Posted at 12:30 pm, October 2, 2014 in Food & Drink
forrest gump

As you’ll probably remember, in 20-year-old feel-good flick ‘Forrest Gump’, Forrest (Tom Hanks) is a big-hearted but small-brained boy from Alabama who fights in Vietnam alongside his friend ‘Bubba’ Blue. The pair plan to become shrimp fishermen together after the war. However Bubba – spoiler alert! – never makes it home. Sob. But Forrest does name his shrimp company in his friend’s honour. Read the full post…

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TfL staff read poems for National Poetry Day

Posted at 11:15 am, October 2, 2014 in Free, Fun London, News
underground tube sign

Today it’s National Poetry Day,
So TfL staff have come up with a way,
Of celebrating, that sounds like a hoot!
They’ll read us poetry on our daily commute. Read the full post…

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Get inspired at The Observer Ideas Festival

Posted at 10:00 am, October 2, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, News

Open your mind and warm up your vocal chords – The Observer is hosting ‘Observer Ideas‘, a one-day festival of performance and debate at the Barbican on October 12. There’s a great list of speakers including David Simon who created ‘The Wire’, Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst (the bearded lady, you know the one), and Tinie Tempah.  Other speakers and performers include New Republic senior editor Evgeny Morozov, campaigner Jack Monroe, controversial internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, singer Rokia Traore, and Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller. It’ll be like the pages of your Sunday copy of The Observer coming to life. Better book those tickets sharpish.

Sunday October 12, £75 (concessions £65). Bookings can be made online at The Barbican Centre, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS.

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We meet the guy who draws Homer Simpson in the sand on the South Bank

Posted at 8:00 am, October 2, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
© Martin ARTman

You’ve probably seen Martin Artman‘s drawings. The artist regularly  produces works in the sand on the South Bank by Festival Pier, the National Theatre and the Oxo Tower.

Plus, the artwork is pretty easy to recognise. While Martin’s previously drawn portraits of Boris Johnson and The Queen, he has a very famous regular muse: Homer Simpson.  Read the full post…

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Would you sleep on a desk for £74 a week?

Posted at 5:30 pm, October 1, 2014 in Property

Who needs wardrobes, a bedside table or floor space? Here’s an opportunity to de-clutter your life entirely by sleeping on a desk in Lewisham for just £74 per week, including bills.

£292 per month for a room with literally no floor space might sound pricey, but don’t go thinking you’re being ripped off: you also get a wifi box and a mattress as part of this sweet deal.

Read the full post…

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The five best albums from September 2014

Posted at 4:30 pm, October 1, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

Hey, it’s October! When did that even happen? But hold on a sec – before you go rushing off into next month, take some time to listen to these five great albums that we rated in September. It’ll be well worth it. Read the full post…

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Half-price fish and chips, pasta-making and gruesome cakes: it’s LondOntheinside’s top tips for October

Posted at 4:15 pm, October 1, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Top 5

House of Peroni

October doesn’t have to signal the beginning of TV and settee hibernation until spring arrives. There’s still loads to entertain us in this big old city of ours. Our mates at LondOntheinside tell us about five things they’re most excited about this month. Read the full post…

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