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What’s ale-ing you? Hawkhurst Vault cracks open the beers for Ale Fest

Posted at 6:00 pm, October 31, 2014 in Fun London
Hawkhurst Vaults Ale Festival

Look, we know what you’re thinking. Why would you even need an excuse to drink ale on a Saturday when it’s basically an East End tradition? Well sure, you don’t need one at all. But you’d be a fool not to do your ale drinking in lovely little Brick Lane café/fun spot Hawkhurst Vaults today, because as well as live music from Nessi Gomes, Chloe Jac, Joe Innes & the Cavalcade and plenty more, and on top of natural-and-healthy-but-still-delicious food from Raw Stories they’ve got some top quality local brews. The Redchurch Brewery will be pouring out distinctive, adventurous modern beers and the family-run East London Brewing Company have turned simple ingredients into marvellous pints in their microbrewery and will be bringing them along.

The Hawkhurst Vault‘s Ale Fest is on Saturday November 1, 2pm-11pm at 240 Brick Lane, E2 7EB. Entry is free.

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Photo of the day: 3,000 pumpkins invade King’s Cross

Posted at 5:30 pm, October 31, 2014 in Fun London, Photos of London
pumpkins © Sara Jones

On is officially the sunniest Halloween on record*, King’s Cross’ Granary Square was looking gourd-ious with with 3,000 carved pumpkins grimacing by the canal. Passers by have been encouraged to stop and carve their own spooky squash and from 5pm tonight, each one will be lit up and twinkling for the perfect Halloween photo op. If you’re in the area tomorrow, swing by to collect a golden veggie, complete with recipe card, and cook yourself some kind of pie/stew/soup/cake/salad (you get the idea). Thanks to Sara Jones for the photos. Read the full post…

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In pictures: Red Bull Culture Clash at Earls Court

Posted at 4:30 pm, October 31, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

Following on from previous seismic soundclashes at The Roundhouse and Wembley Arena, the annual Red Bull Culture Clash touched down at Earls Court last night with a crowd of 20,000 people in attendance. For the uninitiated, Culture Clash pits four bass-heavy music crews against each other in order to see who comes out on top, with the overall winners chosen by the team who get the most noise from the crowd. Jordan Jarrett-Bryan went down to see what was gwarnin’.

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Someone just paid £500,000 for a garage in Chelsea

Posted at 3:30 pm, October 31, 2014 in Property

What would you buy if you had a spare £500,000? A swanky sports car? Three suburban homes? 500 million penny sweets? How about this dilapidated garage in west London? Read the full post…

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Penny for London: donate to charity when using your contactless card

Posted at 2:15 pm, October 31, 2014 in News
Penny for London

Do you get a guilty pang every time you decline a copy of ‘The Big Issue’? Are you keen to be charitable but getting paid minimum wage and a bit of a charity case yourself? Well Boris Johnson and co have a solution with the launch of Penny For London, a new initiative that allows Londoners to donate a single penny to charity each time they pay with a contactless card.

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Top dog: the best hot dogs in town

Posted at 1:15 pm, October 31, 2014 in Food & Drink

Big Apple Hotdog

Craving a frankfurter? Look no further for a hot dog stop near you… Read the full post…

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57 spooktacular things happening in London this weekend

Bleeding Heart Yard

With tons of Halloween-themed parties, frightening film screenings, and gory goings on, there’s no fear of getting bored this weekend, just totally spooked by the sheer amount of stuff going on! If you want to avoid Halloween altogether though, there’s still plenty to do. Why not watch some fantastic fireworks at Alexandra Palace, grab some delicious brunch at Peckham’s new food market or see Grayson Perry’s brilliant portraits at the National Portrait Gallery? Here are the best things to do in London this weekend…

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Boom! Three banging firework displays happening this weekend

Posted at 10:00 am, October 31, 2014 in Fun London, Outdoor London
firework display

Bonfire Night falls midweek this year so we’re entering an extended explosive period. Here are three of the best early displays. Read the full post…

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Chow down on £2 ‘booritos’ at Chipotle this Halloween

Posted at 8:00 am, October 31, 2014 in Deals, Food & Drink
boorito at chipotle

When you’re finishing work today and wondering where to grab a quick bite to eat before your Halloween celebrations, head over to Chipotle for a cheeky £2 ‘boorito’ (see what they did there?). All you need to do to qualify for this bloody good offer is turn up in your fancy dress (or smudge your eyeliner and scruff up your hair and claim you’re a zombie). Read the full post…

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Do one, Halloween! Three non-Halloween places to party this weekend

Posted at 5:30 pm, October 30, 2014 in Music & Nightlife


Are you vexed by the various vampires queueing up to get into your favourite club at this time of year? Bored of bats hanging behind the bar? Are you sighing in sheer despair at all the scrawny skeletons staggering around? Are the zombies giving you the urge to catch some ZZZZZZZs? In short, are you sick to the bloody teeth (sorry) of Halloween everywhere you look, when all you want to do is hit a club? Read the full post…

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Rugby team play stripping game on tube train because BANTER

Posted at 4:30 pm, October 30, 2014 in Transport
London Underground - Best and Worst Stations

Another day, another douchebag rugby lad story.

Earlier this month, we had the LSE university team facing criticism for sexist leaflets. This time, it’s the Imperial College boys who’ve been kicked off a tube train for apparently stripping on board.  Read the full post…

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On sale tomorrow: Ben Howard, Belle and Sebastian, Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga and more

Posted at 3:30 pm, October 30, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
gaga and bennett

Did someone say ‘payday’? Yes, it’s that time of the month when being a wage slave trapped in an unjust capitalist paradigm doesn’t seem quite so bad. Enjoy it while it lasts, by booking for one of these fab upcoming events before they all sell out and you’re left weeping and trawling ticket resale websites. Read the full post…

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