Get on your soapbox at the Tate Modern this weekend

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 17, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

Got something you’d like to get off your chest? A burning ambition to sound off/enthuse/rant in public? Then head to Tate Modern this Saturday, where between 2pm and 4pm all-comers are invited talk about a topic of their choice for one minute in the mighty Turbine Hall.

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The biggest and best new films in cinemas this weekend

Posted at 5:00 pm, April 17, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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The highest-profile new movie release this weekend is also by far the worst – though how a film starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Paddy Considine and Jason Clarke could be quite this bad is something we’re still trying to figure out. Based on a bestselling novel and set in post-war Russia, ‘Child 44′ follows Hardy’s Soviet cop as he tracks a serial killer despite the indifference of his superiors. It’s possible that Hardy may have met a Russian once, but he presumably had his fingers in his ears at the time because his accent is completely awful (but then, so is everyone else’s). Read the full post…

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Pick your favourite songs for the Southbank Centre’s ‘Changing Britain’ playlist

Posted at 4:15 pm, April 17, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
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Today is the start of Changing Britain, a three-week series at the Southbank Centre that runs up to to the general election on May 7. Taking a look at the state of the nation over the 70 years since 1945, the festival includes talks, debates and workshops, film screenings and theatre, exhibitions and more. Contributors include novelist Nick Hornby, former London mayor Ken Livingstone, Ray Davies of The Kinks, Billy Bragg, legendary reggae DJ Don Letts and the actor Patricia Hodge. Read the full post…

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London could be getting another cat café

Posted at 3:15 pm, April 17, 2015 in Animals, Fun London
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You know what London needs? Another cat café. Okay, maybe we don’t need one, but if the latest cat crowdfunding campaign is anything to go by, London sure seems to want one. James Bowen and his famous ginger street cat named Bob are currently raising money to open a non-profit café to provide a home for homeless, abused or unwanted felines and a chilled space where humans can have a tea with some moggies. They’ve got five days left of their Indiegogo campaign and they’ve already raised 93 percent of their £125,000 target.  That’s a lot of love for London’s kitties.  

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Five ways to make the most of Record Store Day 2015

Posted at 2:30 pm, April 17, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
Reckless Records

If you want the full Record Day Store experience…
head to Berwick Street

As in previous years, Soho’s Berwick Street will be transformed into a mini-festival for what’s arguably the flagship Record Store Day event in London. Six acts including John Cooper Clarke, DJ Yoda and Young Knives play live from noon to 6pm, compèred by BBC 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny. Plus, local record shops – Sister Ray, Phonica, Music and Video Exchange, Reckless Records and Sounds of the Universe – will be selling limited-editions vinyls and CDs. W1F 0PH

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45 super things happening in London this weekend

Posted at 1:15 pm, April 17, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink

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Shut down that spreadsheet and get planning your weekend with the jolly list below. Feast on a fantastic meatball menu at a Deptford pop-up, celebrate the Bard’s 451st birthday at the Globe, or catch the wonderful Sonia Delaunay exhibition that has just opened at Tate Modern. Cheers to the weekend, and a sunny one to boot!

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Feast your eyes on this: Model Market returns to Lewisham

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 17, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Last year, the folks behind Street Feast in Dalston expanded south of the river, setting up shop in an abandoned 1950s market in Lewisham. This year, they’re back for round two with an excellent line-up of street food and booze. Read the full post…

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London Dock is about to get a Wapping arts boost

Posted at 10:00 am, April 17, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Property
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The building formerly known as Fortress Wapping – Rupert Murdoch’s News International printworks – is to be turned into an artists’ quarter. The Grade II-listed Regency warehouse in Pennington Street, E1, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the Tower of London, will soon be home to 90 affordable studios alongside shops, restaurants, galleries and offices. Wannabe Hirsts and Emins can also take up training opportunities as part of an education programme run by Bow Arts Trust – presumably replacing former courses in phone hacking and further phone hacking.

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Book now: Kenneth Branagh’s back in the West End

Posted at 8:00 am, April 17, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

Kenneth Branagh
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It’s been seven years since Kenneth Branagh last graced the London stage, having spent the intervening years directing in Hollywood and acting in other, lesser cities.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: the new trailer is here

Posted at 7:20 pm, April 16, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

The latest trailer for the year’s most anticipated blockbuster, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, screened today at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, and was simultaneously uploaded online. Read the full post…

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TfL is making ‘improvements’ to Finsbury Park station

Posted at 5:15 pm, April 16, 2015 in News, Transport


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UPDATE: TfL have now announced that they are postponing the closure of the Wells Terrace exit until further notice, in order to ‘minimise disruption’. 

Prepare for frustration, Finsbury Park dwellers – TfL is planning a load of ‘station improvements’ at your local tube. Apparently it’s not a quick job either, as the work is going to go on for a lengthy four years. It all kicks off on April 20 and the biggest change will be the installation of ticket gates at the Station Place and Seven Sisters Road exits. At the moment, there are no gates at the exits so you can quickly touch out without getting stuck behind some infuriating person who doesn’t know how to handle an Oyster card. The new gates also mean that you can forget about cutting through the station as a shortcut. Read the full post…

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Get half price sourdough pizza at new Hoxton restaurant The Circle Pizza Co

Posted at 4:15 pm, April 16, 2015 in Food & Drink
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If you’re looking for cheap eats in the Hoxton vicinity then look no further than The Circle Pizza Co, which is offering 50 percent off between April 16 and April 22 before it officially opens on April 23. Their sourdough bases are made from 150-year-old starter and anyone who knows their sourdough will tell you that means it’s damn good.  And these guys don’t do anything by halves – the dough is cured for at least 24 hours and the head chef even makes his own Italian sausage. The menu includes the Diavola – a spicy fennel sausage with smoked buffalo mozzarella – Capo’s – a meaty feast with three kinds of sausage – and for those who fancy something without meat, there’s the Dark Side Of The ‘Shroom, made with wild mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and ricotta.

The Circle Pizza Co is at 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU. Follow them on Twitter at @circlepizzaco

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Six big gigs on sale this week

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 16, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

Heads up: tickets for all these great London live music events go on sale tomorrow morning. As ever, check our just announced page for the rest of this week’s biggest and best London gig announcements. Read the full post…

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Join the protest to bring back The Black Cap

Posted at 2:15 pm, April 16, 2015 in News
The Black Cap

Earlier this week we shared the sad news that Camden’s iconic LGBTQ pub The Black Cap had unexpectedly shut downThe closure came as a serious blow to fans of the pub, which has played a massive role in London’s queer culture for over 50 years and was even awarded ‘Asset of Community Value’ status from Camden Council just last month. But The Black Cap community aren’t taking the news lying down – they’re planning a protest outside the pub this Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. It’s being organised by a new collective called We Are The Black Cap, who are asking people to come down dressed in their ‘finery and fabulosity’. Read the full post…

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Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the disused parts of Charing Cross tube station

Posted at 1:15 pm, April 16, 2015 in Secret London

Tube stations – annoying when they’re packed full of aggro commuters but perversely magical when they’re empty. You may well have tried to get tickets to the hugely popular tours of the old abandoned Aldwych station when it opens a few times a year, but now there’s an even more exclusive tube trip you’re going to want to take.

The London Transport Museum is holding a rare series of behind-the-scenes tours of Charing Cross station from June 12 until July 5. You’ll get the chance to explore all the parts closed to the public including a walkway under Trafalgar Square and the disused Jubilee line platforms, which closed in 1999 and have since been used as sets for ‘Skyfall’, (see video above!) ‘Paddington’ and ’24′. The only catch is that it’ll cost you £25 – almost as much as a weekly Zone 1-2 travelcard! But hey, this kind of cool tube-geekery is priceless, right?! See you down there.

Tickets go on sale Friday April 17. Find out more at

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That’s not my age: check out these lovely illustrations of stylish older Londoners

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 16, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Shopping & Style
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Alyson Walsh, the London style blogger behind ‘That’s Not My Age’ and former fashion editor at Good Housekeeping has released a book about over-50s fashion and it’s filled with some delightful illustrations of stylish Londoners. Walsh is on a mission to prove it’s not all velcro slippers and Stannah stairlifts once you hit the big five-0h and she’s gathered advice from women including DJ Lauren Laverne, artist and curator Sue Krietzman and make-up artist Ruby Hammer. Read the full post…

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Veggie café Beatroot in Soho is closing down

Posted at 10:00 am, April 16, 2015 in Food & Drink

Last month we broke the bad news that Food for Thought in Covent Garden, the iconic vegetarian café, was to close forever. Tributes followed in The Guardian and elsewhere. Read the full post…

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Happy campers: four boot camps minus the camouflage

Posted at 8:00 am, April 16, 2015 in Fun London

Boot camps sound scary. But forget visions of sergeants shouting ‘DROP AND GIVE ME 20′ while pushing your face into mud, these days they’re much more civilised. With summer not far off, they’re also a great way to get whipped into shape. Here are some of London’s finest hardcore workouts, without any camouflage in sight. Jude Brosnan Read the full post…

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Help bring back Brockley’s Bob Marley mural

Posted at 6:00 pm, April 15, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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It’s been a year since Brockley’s Bob Marley mural was removed to make way for a new housing development. Now, fans in the area are campaigning to to bring Bob back. Read the full post…

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Go inside Abbey Road Studios with Google’s ace new interactive thingy

Posted at 5:10 pm, April 15, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
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It’s a mid-week afternoon; you’re probably staring blankly at your computer screen, slurping a Diet Coke and thinking to yourself: ‘god, I wish I was inside Abbey Road Studios right now’. We’ve all been there. Read the full post…

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