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Mother’s ruin: three of London’s best gin experiences

Posted at 4:15 pm, October 24, 2014 in Food & Drink

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If the Ginstitute at this establishment had been a Ucas option, we may have left university with something more useful than a humanities degree: ie, a unique bottle of personalised gin. For £100 you can create your own recipe and take home a bottle of your custom blend.
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Information Age: Queen tweets to open new Science Museum Gallery

Posted at 3:15 pm, October 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Technology
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If you get twitchy when your smartphone search takes more than a second to load, imagine having to wait ten days for a single piece of communication. That’s how long it took for a message to cross the Atlantic by ship from the US to the UK in 1858. But in August of that year, a revolution took place when 2,500 miles of cable were laid from Ireland to Newfoundland, Canada. Queen Victoria sent the first official transatlantic telegraph, a short missive to US President James Buchanan, congratulating him ‘upon the successful completion of this great international work’. It took a mere 16 hours to arrive. Read the full post…

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Find the London neighbourhoods that are just like yours with this natty map

Posted at 2:15 pm, October 24, 2014 in Maps
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People don’t half bang on about the relative charms and harms of North, South, East and West London. But it’s pretty obvious that the variations within each area (between Dulwich and Deptford, say) are way bigger than the difference between the areas themselves. Read the full post…

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48 fabulous things happening this weekend in London

Holland Park. Photo: London in my Lens

[Photo: London in my Lens]

You can do it – just a few more hours and then it’s the weekend! From the look of this list, it’s going to be a good one so scrap all your other plans and work your way through this instead. Why not chow down a plate of meze at a Persian paradise, pick up some vintage bargains at a clothes fair in Chelsea, or scare yourself silly at Film4′s Frightfest all-nighter with six back-to-back horror films. Here are the best things happening over the next few days…

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See the melting wax house before it disappears

Posted at 11:00 am, October 24, 2014 in Fun London
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Not content with wowing us all by making Covent Garden Market (appear to) float, artist Alex Chinneck is back to wow us again. Read the full post…

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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’: five things you need to know

Posted at 9:00 am, October 24, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
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Taylor Swift’s fifth album ‘1989’ is out next Monday (Oct 27). We got invited to a secret listening party a few weeks back and, well, you can read our verdict right here.

For now, here are some highlights from the review (and how we would imagine Taylor would react to them):  Read the full post…

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E-cigarettes banned on all London buses, trains and tubes

Posted at 5:15 pm, October 23, 2014 in News

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Those of you ‘vaping’ your electronic ciggies on your commute may get a nasty surprise if you get caught by Transport for London staff. Read the full post…

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Into the spirit: London’s best independent distilleries

Posted at 4:30 pm, October 23, 2014 in Food & Drink
Distillery gins

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London’s craft beer craze grabs the headlines, but there are many excellent distilleries across the city creating small-batch gins, vodkas and liquers, too. Eddy Frankel and Euan Ferguson dive into the drinks cabinet. Read the full post…

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On sale tomorrow morning: George Ezra, Public Service Broadcasting, Sleater-Kinney, Above and Beyond and more

Posted at 3:00 pm, October 23, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
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Got anything planned for 9am tomorrow morning? You do now: you’re going to be clicking for gig tickets when they go on sale, primarily the great shows we’ve flagged up below. And then get ready for Round Two at 10am. For more top live music options, make sure you check out our ‘Just announced‘ page. Read the full post…

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Rustic charm and bunny ravioli at Rabbit in Chelsea

Posted at 1:40 pm, October 23, 2014 in Food & Drink

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So you loved The Shed, did you? You know, the place in Notting Hill that basically looks like a shed from the outside, but sneakily has a fantastic Modern British small plates restaurant inside? Well, Rabbit – an homage to their ‘proper country boy roots’ – is from the same people. Only this time, it’s in Chelsea.

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What a pheasant surprise! Colourful Chinese bird spotted in London

Posted at 12:45 pm, October 23, 2014 in News

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Don’t panic or anything, but we have reason to believe an exotic bird is stalking NHS worker Natasha Malhotra across London. Read the full post…

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Forget Waterstones! We want to spend the night in these six London shops

Posted at 10:00 am, October 23, 2014 in Fun London

So you must have heard about the #waterstonestexan by now. How about the girl who got locked in a dark, abandoned train for the night? These unanticipated lock-ins appear to be becoming a bit of trend. And while spending the night in Waterstones is quite an appealing idea, we’ve come up with a dreamy list of six London shops we’d prefer to stage a sleepover in*.

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