The ultimate guide to tube etiquette: 20 things you need to know to be a good commuter

Posted at 3:45 pm, July 31, 2014 in Fun London, Transport
© Robbie Khan

© Robbie Khan

Riding the tube: it’s harder than you’d think. There are mistakes to be made on every platform, at every escalator, behind every pack of confused tourists. It’s all too easy, in fact, to mess things up – resulting in disaster! Or, at least, the seething, passive-aggressive stares of grumpy Londoners.

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On sale this week: Damon Albarn, Foo Fighters, Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, Roni Size Reprazent and more

Posted at 2:45 pm, July 31, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
Damon Albarn

Hooray, it’s payday! That means you’ve no excuse not to treat yourself to tickets to one of these big gigs, which got announced this week, and which range from Damon to ‘Doctor Who’ to D&B. Rise and shine early tomorrow for your best chance at booking: they’re all likely to sell out very quickly. Read the full post…

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#MuseumCats is our new favourite Twitter hashtag

Posted at 1:30 pm, July 31, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
Cat Christmas card from 1905  © Geffrye Museum Twitter

We know you’re probably thinking ‘more cats on the Internet? YAWN’ right now, but hear us out – you’re about to fall in love with #MuseumCats. The hashtag’s being used on Twitter by institutes across the world to share pictures of artefacts, artwork and architecture involving cats. Read the full post…

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FEAST on this: Tobacco Dock’s food festival returns

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 31, 2014 in Food & Drink

When it comes to food stalls, things are kicking off in Wapping this summer. First there was the opening of a new weekly food market in the area back in June, and this month it’s time for the FEAST food festival to return. Food vendors will include restaurants such as Hutong, Dirty Bones and Union Street Café, plus street food traders including Anna Mae’s Mac n Cheese, the Cheese Truck and more. There will also be live music, plenty of drinks and for the brave there’s an ‘eat your own taxidermy’ workshop to sign up for (£70). Tasty. If that all sounds like hard work, head to the ‘Tea House’ for a more zen-like experience with a relaxing cup of cha or full-on tea ceremony (£5).  Read the full post…

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Art Social 14: The House of St Barnabas’ new festival comes to Soho

Posted at 10:00 am, July 31, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Patrick Murphy's 'Flocks'

The House of St Barnabas‘ brand spanking new four day festival of art and culture comes to Soho today. It’s the charity’s first public arts festival and as well as a whole load of talks, workshops and live music, it’s a great excuse to explore the Grade 1-listed house and its lovely secret garden and chapel. Read the full post…

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100 Strangers photography project lands in London

Posted at 8:00 am, July 31, 2014 in Photos of London
100 Strangers © flickr: arnabkghosal

You might want to give your hair a quick comb before you leave the office tonight as a project challenging photographers to take portraits of 100 strangers has arrived in London.

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Happy birthday Boris Bikes! Here are nine memorable moments from the last four years

Posted at 5:45 pm, July 30, 2014 in Fun London, Transport
Boris Bike at Tower Bridge

Happy birthday, Boris Bikes! Today marks four years since the blue-and-grey cruisers first arrived in London under the (much less catchy) title of the ‘Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme’. Since then, the rentable bicycles have become a symbol of our city. In fact, there are now more than 10,000 of the bikes nestled in docks around the capital. 

In honour of their special day, let’s look back at the greatest (and silliest) moments in the history of BoJo’s finest transport innovation (yes, we know they were Ken Livingstone’s idea originally).

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Celebrate five years of ARTCRANK’s bike-inspired posters

Posted at 4:45 pm, July 30, 2014 in Fun London

Paul Venn Art Crank London

ARTCRANK, the bicycle-inspired poster artwork show is back in London for the fifth year and this time it’s having a threesome. PEdAL ED, the Japanese cycling clothing company and Brooks England, famed for their saddles, are joining in on the action.
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It’s official: London is the theatre capital of the world

Posted at 3:45 pm, July 30, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
National Theatre © Philip Vile

Londoners have never needed convincing that our theatres are the best in the world. Because, well, they just are – the best subsidised theatre and new writing in the world, high quality West End shows for a range of prices, a healthy varied fringe with affordable tickets, plus a shed load of madcap productions staged on rooftops, in warehouses and other wacky venues. We’ve known we’re better than everyone else – but until today we haven’t had the hard facts to prove it. Read the full post…

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A plate in the sun: seven great places to dine outdoors in London

Posted at 2:45 pm, July 30, 2014 in Food & Drink
Angler Terrace View

When it’s summer in the city, it’s not enough just to have an excellent meal – you also want a terrific alfresco setting. No problem, says Tania Ballantine: here are some of the latest and greatest places to dine outdoors in London. Read the full post…

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This video about London’s aviation history is funnier than it has any right to be

Posted at 1:45 pm, July 30, 2014 in Fun London, Transport
Unfinished London

Why was London’s fourth airport built before London’s third airport? Why should the proposed Boris Island airport really be known as the Justice Baron Eustace Wentworth Roskill airport? And why am I asking you all these questions?
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Keep the home fires burning: London marks the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 30, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
© Flickr: Paul Wilkinson
© Flickr: Paul Wilkinson

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies are being planted in the Tower of London moat. ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ is an installation by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper and consists of 888,246 flowers (one for each British or Colonial military fatality). The last one will be planted on Remembrance Day, November 11, and they’re looking for volunteers to help. Read the full post…

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