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

Tom Price, Network, 2013, b
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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Bread shrinker: what your lunch says about you

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 24, 2014 in Food & Drink

Best Christmas Sandwiches © Rob Greig

Your sandwich choice actually reveals a lot about you!  Read the full post…

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Ping-pong bar Bounce puts its Shoreditch plans on the table

Posted at 10:00 am, July 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London
Bounce © Rob Greig


Surprise surprise, ping-pong mecca Bounce is looking to move to Shoreditch! It makes perfect sense that the bar, which brings together the winning combo of booze, ping-pong and pizza, would want to find an east London home. The Shoreditch venue they’re looking at is a car park below Sainsbury’s on the corner of Old Street and Pitfield Street and would follow the same formula as the Holborn branch with a 440 person capacity, pizza restaurant and 18 ping-pong tables. Our friends over at Dalstonist inform us that it’ll be open until midnight from Sunday to Wednesday, until 1am from Thursday to Saturday and open to local schools to play for free during the day! Hackney Council has the planning application and should be making a decision in the next few months. Watch this space.

In the meantime, read all about the Bounce in Holborn.

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From The Kinks to The Clash: it’s London’s top ten streets in song ♫

Posted at 10:00 am, July 24, 2014 in Fun London, Music & Nightlife, Top 5

1. ♫ Baker Street ♫
Gerry Rafferty was staying on Baker Street when he wrote his 1978 smash hit. But did you know its saxophone hook was played by the late, great ‘Blockbusters’ host Bob Holness? Yes? Well, I’m afraid you’ve been had, my friend. Former NME scribbler Stuart Maconie usually claims the credit for this urban myth, which, let’s face it, we really wish was true. To make up for the disappointment, allow me to blow your minds with the fact that Holness was actually the second actor ever to portray James Bond. Read the full post…

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Time Out’s alternative London Curriculum

Posted at 5:30 pm, July 23, 2014 in Fun London

As of September, London-centric modules are to be taught in the capital’s classrooms. The Boris-backed London Curriculum will help children understand the city through history, art, geography, English and music. Time Out, however, have gone one better. We’ve compiled our own alternative curriculum, comprising the five subjects every Londoner really needs to know about. Read the full post…

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Jet off to the aviation-themed LP Bar in New Cross

Posted at 4:30 pm, July 23, 2014 in Food & Drink
lp bar

‘Ladies and gentlemen, we will shortly be landing in New Cross. The temperature on the ground is, well, probably not that warm, and the local time is… Cocktail hour!’ The fairly new LP Bar, next to the London Particular café, is decked out in a groovy jetset style, with a departures-board menu, a winged logo and bits of fuselage on the wall. It opens at 8am for coffee and pastry, and stays serving till midnight – the cocktails are simple but effectively made, and include the likes of the Mile High Club, with Scotch, orange juice, cherry liqueur and Mancino Rosso, £8. Step off the Overground at New Cross Gate and straight into the golden age of jet travel – without the fag-smoke-filled aeroplanes and tipsy pilots. Now boarding!

Read our review of LP Bar.