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Will the British Library ever run out of shelf space?

Posted at 5:15 pm, October 25, 2014 in Fun London

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‘The library holds well over 150 million items, some of which date back to the eighteenth century. A third of them are stored in the basements of the library in St Pancras, where we have a combined floor space of more than 40,000 square metres, descending eight storeys below ground. The rest are kept in a series of higher-density storage buildings in Yorkshire, on a further 325km of shelves. Put together, our shelving space would stretch more than three times around the M25. ‘Despite the fact the library receives an average of 14,496 new items each week, we do not foresee it running out of space. We have a 42-acre site in Yorkshire where we continue to build state- of – the- art storage buildings as our collection grows.’

Jude England, head of research at the British Library

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The best places to BYOB in London

Posted at 3:15 pm, October 25, 2014 in Food & Drink

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A no-frills Turkish grill serving huge portions. You can BYO as long as it’s not Turkish booze, which is sold here. No corkage fee. 10 Arcola St, E8 2DJ.  Read the full post…

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See ‘Word on the Street’ live!

Posted at 12:30 pm, October 25, 2014 in Fun London
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Loads of you have told us how much you love our weekly ‘Word on the Street’ column. Luckily for you, then, we’ve just launched a book packed with the highlights from two years’ worth of overheard silliness. 

To celebrate, we’re holding an exclusive P-A-R-T-Y at Foyles on Charing Cross Road on October 28. This is no ordinary party, though. Improv groups Austentatious, Grand Theft Impro and The School of Night will be riffing on some of the best quotes from the book.

Who knows, ‘That’s not a selfie, that’s my mum’, could be the start of one of the greatest performances in the history of time.

Tickets cost £12.50. You can bag them here and read more LOLtastic Word on the Streets here.

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Secondhand books, topless waitresses and walks on the heath: it’s the best bits of Kentish Town

Posted at 10:15 am, October 25, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London
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Enjoy yourself, then work off the booze on nearby Hampstead Heath. Read the full post…

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Just dance: three places to party this weekend

Posted at 5:15 pm, October 24, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

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Next weekend is Halloween and there’s all sorts of club-based madness lined up for London. What this means is that you really should get in some party practice with the three ace club nights below, all happening this very weekend. And for loads more club nights across every genre imaginable, visit our Clubs page. Read the full post…

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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

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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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