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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

Posted at 5:30 pm, November 23, 2014 in Fun London
wots overheardlastweek

Every week you share the weird things you’ve overheard in London. Above, a few perplexing snippets from the past seven days – don’t forget to tweet us your own!

Like Word on the Street? We’ve now made a book of these little beauties! ‘Word on the Street: Ridiculous Things We’ve Overheard in London’ is out now, £6.99. To buy a copy, visit: timeout.com/wotsbook​.

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Should London be a national park?

Posted at 3:30 pm, November 23, 2014 in News, Outdoor London

regents park © Mendhak
© Mendhak

Close your eyes and imagine standing in a national park. We’re gonna take a guess and say you’re surrounded by trees, frolicking down rolling hills with the birds tweeting as they fly overhead. What you’re probably not picturing is being shoved onto a stuffy train or power-walking through the crowds on Oxford Street where the tweeting is done by excited tourists and fashion bloggers.

Well times are a-changing people, and a campaign working to have London awarded National Park status is well on its way. Here’s what we know so far.

Read the full post…

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The best places to chow down in Kentish Town

Posted at 12:30 pm, November 23, 2014 in Food & Drink
anima e cuore

Kentish Town used to be a gastronomic wasteland; no longer. Following on from the opening of tiny but outstanding Anima e Cuore, we’ve put together an area guide listing KT’s gastro highlights. K-Towners have never had it so good.

Take a look at more of our area guides here.

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This ‘Hipster Business Name Generator’ is EVERYTHING

Posted at 10:30 am, November 23, 2014 in Fun London

Gawwwd… don’t you hate it when you’re about to open the next big trendy hangout and you just can’t think of the right name? Finding something that’s pretentious enough to keep the losers out is tough. Read the full post…

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Seven ways to impress with your London address

Posted at 5:15 pm, November 22, 2014 in Property

Want to make out you live somewhere far cooler than you actually do? Jessica Cargill Thompson can help. Read the full post…

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Counter culture: London loves board games

Posted at 3:30 pm, November 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
Pub Games

Forget the video variety, the coolest games in town are played on table tops. Alexi Duggins visits London’s first board game café and discovers the old craze that’s sweeping the capital anew. Read the full post…

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Have a field day feasting in Clapham Common’s new park café

Posted at 12:30 pm, November 22, 2014 in Food & Drink
fields clapham common

Clapham couldn’t be described as being short of good places to eat or even good cheap places to eat. But Clapham Common has always lacked a decent park café: lovely park, but seriously underachieving places to eat and drink. This has all changed with the arrival of Fields, in a shoebox of a prefab building next to the skate park. It may not look like much from the outside, but venture inside for some of the best cheap eats in Clapham.

By Guy Dimond

Read the full review of Fields.

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Hackney’s Stonehenge, a specialist jean vendor, homely pubs and great pizza: it’s the best bits of Clapton

Posted at 10:15 am, November 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London, Music & Nightlife
Clapton Hart

Denim! Pizza! Beer! Clapton is east London’s beating heart. Read the full post…

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Infographic: London’s shocking unlicensed minicab stats

Posted at 6:15 pm, November 21, 2014 in News, Transport


In theory, we know that getting in unlicensed minicabs is bad news. But sometimes it’s late, you’re tired, it’s raining and there’s a car in front of you offering you a cheap rate to get home. Yep, according to a new survey of 1,500 London women by minicab ordering app Bounce, 58 percent of women have knowingly got into a mini cab without a licence. Yikes. In fact the rest of their findings are also slightly startling. It seems that younger women prioritise price over safety and women in general very often feel unsafe while waiting for cabs in London. Bounce is trying to raise awareness about the importance of pre-booking a licensed TfL cab (and not just because that’s exactly what their app does!) and trying to show that, as well as being safer, it can be quicker and much cheaper.  Read the full post…

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Women of London, shut down central London at the Reclaim the Night march

Posted at 5:15 pm, November 21, 2014 in News
© Flickr: Duncan Hull

© Duncan Hull

You’ll probably have heard the recent news that the Home Office barred American ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc from coming to the UK to dish out his violent tips on how to date women. Good work Government, this is one small step for feminism, one large public kicking for misogyny. Read the full post…

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Three fun nights out this weekend

Posted at 4:15 pm, November 21, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
© Mary-Alice Thompson

© Mary-Alice Thompson

Gear up for a weekend of full-fat fun with our pick of three of the best nightlife events and parties taking place over the next three days. If you’re gagging to play bingo, go raving and then gorge on street food and cocktails, you are very much in luck. But if not, just head to our Nightlife and Clubs page for more great options. Read the full post…

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Get into the spirit of Mexico at the Tequila and Mezcal Festival

Posted at 3:15 pm, November 21, 2014 in Food & Drink

Aficionados of tequila and/or mezcal (and those who don’t know the difference, but would like to) should consider spending part of the weekend at the first-ever Tequila & Mezcal Festival. It’s being decanted on Saturday and Sunday (November 22 and 23) at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, and will feature talks, an exhibition of photographs taken in the mezcal-producing state of Oaxaca, food-tequila matching sessions, live music and the presence of a few restaurants. Among them is Condesa, a Time Out favourite in Covent Garden. Plus – duh! – the opportunity to sample plenty of mezcal and tequila. Tickets cost £15, plus a booking fee. Arriba! Arriba!

Find out more at tequilafest.co.uk.

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