Minde the gape: Medieval tube map of London

Posted at 8:15 am, December 18, 2014 in Maps, Transport
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If you’re planning a spot of time travel in the new year, make sure you bring this handy medieval tube map with you. Our pals over at Londonist have created this excellent chart of London in the Middle Ages, based on the trusty Underground map layout, which charts the landmarks, hamlets and manors from the 1,000-year period. Some names will look familiar, others less so.

Find out more about how they created this historical little beauty at londonist.com.

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Two-and-a-half decades of shorts eating, ay carambas and why you littles: we celebrate 25 of ‘The Simpsons’

Posted at 7:30 pm, December 17, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

The Simpsons

It’s 25 years – to the day! – since the first episode of ‘The Simpsons’ aired. 26 series, 561 episodes, 31 Emmy Awards, one movie and two guest appearances from Simon Cowell later, it’s still going strong.

To celebrate, we asked the biggest Simpsons nerd we know – five-star comedian Nish Kumar – to explain why the show is still the best sitcom on TV after a quarter century. Okily dokily, take it away, Nish…

Read more about it right here

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Photo of the day: Jesus, it’s Christ on the tube!

Posted at 6:15 pm, December 17, 2014 in Fun London, Photos of London
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Well you didn’t think he’d walk everywhere did you?! He must be off out in town for his birthday. Rumours are he’s going to Heaven.  Read the full post…

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Have a hip hop Hanukkah with your very own Dr Dreidel

Posted at 4:15 pm, December 17, 2014 in Fun London
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What better way to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah than with this beautiful rap-inspired dredel. For the uninitiated, a dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side, which stand for the words Nes Gadol Hayah Sham which translates as ‘a great miracle happened there’. Well, we salute Hannah Rothstein who has designed this pun-tastic, laser-etched Dr Dre-inspired holiday toy. At last, the festival of light and rap music are combined. We like. If Dre was dead, he’d be spinning in his grave. Chag Sameach London!

Find out more at hrothstein.com/dr-dreidel.

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‘The Mixer’s Manual’ is the only cocktail book you’ll ever need

Posted at 3:15 pm, December 17, 2014 in Food & Drink
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‘Tis the season to be well and truly merry. Sure, buying cocktails is easy as (mince) pie but what about making them at home? Short of mixing everything in a bowl and calling it ‘punch’, most of us aren’t pro mixologists. That’s why you need Dan Jones’ new cocktail bible ‘The Mixer’s Manual’. This is a one-stop shop for all your drinking needs – from the best glasses and tools to all the spirits, techniques and recipes you’ll ever need, think of it as an investment for your social life. And the illustrations are rather lovely too. Buy it for a booze-loving pal or treat yourself and make 2015 the year of classy homemade cocktails.  Read the full post…

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London’s top Scandinavian pop-ups

Posted at 2:15 pm, December 17, 2014 in Food & Drink

Enchanted Nordic Yulefest

Those Scandis know a thing or two about how to keep cosy during the cold months…

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Video: spontaneous mass Erasure singalong on the Underground

Posted at 1:30 pm, December 17, 2014 in Fun London
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It may be a far cry from the usual Christmas carolling, but you sure can tell that London’s been hit with Christmas fever after watching this jolly Underground singalong. Read the full post…

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London’s restaurants get inventive with festive food

Posted at 12:45 pm, December 17, 2014 in Food & Drink
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London restaurants are going nuts for Christmassy dishes, but some of them sound a little… odd. We tried five of the most unusual to see if they were crackers or turkeys. Read the full post…

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In beautiful pictures: London vs Australia by two Kate Berrys

Posted at 11:00 am, December 17, 2014 in Photos of London

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You know when you google your name (come on, we’ve all done it) and someone else’s details pop up? You can feel a bit put out. Even if you’ve got an unusual name like Edison or Zelie you’re never the only one out there. Well Londoner Kate Berry had a google sesh and discovered another Kate Berry in Australia with a photography blog in a style similar to her own. But instead of getting peeved, she got in touch and they’re collaborating on a project entitled ‘The Other Kate Berry’. And the results are stunning. Read the full post…

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There was £1,000 buried in the ground in Bloomsbury

Posted at 8:00 am, December 17, 2014 in Fun London
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When it comes to cash giveaways, the higher the sum, the more exciting it is, no? Seemingly not. London went bananas back in June for the Hidden Cash Twitter account, which stashed £50 in envelopes around the city. But last week, when letting agency Student Tenant decided to run its own version, burying a tasty £1,000 in cash, it went nigh-on unnoticed. Read the full post…

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Bigger isn’t always better: we’re all about short drinks menus these days

Posted at 6:15 pm, December 16, 2014 in Food & Drink

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Marco Arrigo, co-founder of the tiny new Bar Termini in Soho, tells a story of being in a gathering of baristas from a well known coffee chain and hearing people claim that they can make 2,000 or more different drinks. Then someone asks him: how many can you make? And he answers: four.

We’ve recently seen a lot of drinks lists as long as a novella. The cocktail menu at LAB, a bar we love, offers over 100. But we grow increasingly fond of the short, focused list: and they don’t get much more focused than those that Bar Termini serves (to 25 customers maximum at a time). Eight cocktails from Tony Conigliaro, the magician behind 69 Colebrook Row and Zetter Town House. And, of course, four coffees from Marco Arrigo. By Richard Ehrlich

Take a look here for more great London bars.

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There are no more tickets for the New Year’s Eve fireworks!

Posted at 5:15 pm, December 16, 2014 in News
Fireworks over Big Ben, London, New Year's Eve 2013. [Photo: BBC]

Bad news if you were planning on casually strolling down to central London on New Year’s Eve to watch the fireworks this year. You’ll be in for a sore disappointment. After announcing back in September that they were selling £10 tickets for this year’s explosive end of year ceremony, the Mayor’s office have just said that all 100,000 tickets are now completely sold out. That means that if you don’t have a ticket, you won’t be able get into the designated viewing areas. Unlike past years, they won’t be screening them in Trafalgar Square or Parliament Square, the Royal Parks will also be closed and they’re advising that anyone without a ticket avoid the Embankment and South Bank areas and just stay home to watch the show on BBC One. Sad face. You’ll still be able to see them from high points like Primrose and Parliament Hills though and that’s free.

Luckily there are a zillion other things to do on New Year’s Eve so start planning yours right here, right now

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