Giles Coren: ‘One morning in 1743 I wake up and we’re in the middle of London!’

Posted at 10:05 am, March 31, 2015 in Food & Drink

The autobiography of a London pub, as told to Giles Coren

I was born in a small village in the south of England, not much less than a thousand years ago. Maybe it’s a bit soon to be writing my autobiography? I don’t know about you, but these tuppenny-ha’penny celebrities penning their life story when they’re barely out of their teens make me laugh. And as for that Zoella, what can you do? But this big-shot columnist come in the other day, splashing his money around – eight pints of Pride, eight packets of Scampi Fries and he’s said I ought to think about it. Think of all the stories you could tell,he says. And I thought: What stories? I’ve just been sat here on the corner of Winchester Road for ten centuries smelling of brewer’s yeast and piss.

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Exclusive: Mogwai to curate six shows at the Roundhouse

Posted at 7:45 am, March 31, 2015 in Music & Nightlife


As twentieth birthday parties go, this one is pretty sweet. Influential Glaswegian post-rock outfit Mogwai have been wringing out walls of epic, fuzzy bliss for two decades, and to celebrate they’re curating a series of shows with All Tomorrow’s Parties, featuring a programme of bands and musicians that have awed and inspired them over the years: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Mogwai: An ATP Season at the Roundhouse. The band’s guitarist, Stuart Braithwaite, talks through some of the many highlights from the line-up. Read the full post…

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In this week’s Time Out magazine…

Posted at 6:30 pm, March 30, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Time Out’s getting a little tipsy this week; in fact we’ve dedicated tomorrow’s issue to all things booze. We’ve got a guide to drinking like a Londoner, a round-up of the best bars and pubs in the city (as well as the best bar snacks), plus we challenged Caitlin Moran to a drinking competition.

Elsewhere, we’ve got all the important April dates for your diary as well as the lowdown on how the ArcelorMittal Orbit‘s celebrating its first birthday (clue: BALLOONS). We check out the ‘Mad Men’-era illustrations in the new Mac Conner exhibition ‘A New York Life‘ and talk to outspoken jazz singer Nadine Shah.

Grab your magazine at your local tube station tomorrow morning, find it at a mainline station or pick it up from one of hundreds of locations across London, or subscribe for 50p a week

You can also buy this week’s issue from Wednesday on your Apple or Android device, so you can swipe, pinch and scroll through at your leisure.

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Video: How to brew your own beer with Ubrew

Posted at 5:27 pm, March 30, 2015 in Food & Drink, Fun London

London’s so-called craft beer revolution shows no sign of slowing down. That said, with supermarkets and chain pubs steadily starting to show some love to small-batch brewers, a change of direction at least seems inevitable. Read the full post…

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China Town could ‘disappear in five years’ if rents continue to rise

Posted at 4:34 pm, March 30, 2015 in News

Amble around Soho and it’s hard not to be lured into Chinatown – a colourful beacon that sets itself apart from the surrounding streets with glowing lanterns and distinctive red arches. Plus, it’s one of the only places in London that promises affordable eats at every doorway. It’s hard to imagine the city without the area. But, sadly, it’s the latest place on our city’s cultural map that could be set to disappear. Traders from the oriental restaurants and shops between Leicester Square and Soho have said today that they could be forced out if rents rocket any higher. Read the full post…

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Get FREE negronis at Soho ramen joint Tonkotsu tonight

Posted at 3:30 pm, March 30, 2015 in Food & Drink, Free
Zing Cocktails Outdoor

Love noodles? Love cocktails? Then we’ve got a great reason for you to continue your weekend boozing into Monday and Tuesday: World of Zing is offering free (yes, free!) negronis with your meal at ramen joint Tonkotsu in Soho tonight. Read the full post…

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Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’ returns to the Tate Britain for the first time since 1999

Posted at 2:00 pm, March 30, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
Tracey Emin My Bed

Back at Tate Britain for the first time since it starred in her 1999 Turner Prize exhibition, Tracey Emin’s iconic ‘My Bed’ takes pride of place amid a series of new displays opening today, showing art from the 1970s to the present. Created in her Waterloo council flat in 1998, the most famous bed in contemporary art is a searingly honest snapshot of Emin’s life immediately after a traumatic relationship breakdown.  Read the full post…

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Robert Siodmak season, a mystery movie all-nighter and more film events happening this week

Posted at 1:13 pm, March 30, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
People on Sunday

Each week, we round up the most exciting film events happening in London over the coming week, from pop-ups and one-offs to regular film clubs, outdoor screenings and festivals. Here’s this week’s top five… Read the full post…

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London on Instagram: @snurkle

Posted at 10:06 am, March 30, 2015 in Photos of London
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Taufiq Es-haq is a HR Business Partner with a passion for cityscape photography. Living in Ascot, he commutes into London to take bold and abstract photographs of the city’s architecture.

We asked him to give us a tour of London via his Instagram account @snurkle.

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Quit your job, become a… shoemaker

Posted at 8:00 am, March 30, 2015 in Fun London
Sebastian Tarek bespoke shoes

Sebastian Tarek, owner of Sebastian Tarek Bespoke Shoes, Shoreditch Read the full post…

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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

Posted at 5:18 pm, March 29, 2015 in Fun London


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:​.

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That’s rubbish! Your recycling questions answered

Posted at 3:25 pm, March 29, 2015 in News
Reduce, recycle, reuse. Photo: Kevin Dooley

[Photo: Kevin Dooley]

We asked Recycling Genius David Rumble for a few rubbish tips – he happily obliged. Here’s what goes in the bin. Read the full post…

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Is airport catering getting better?

Posted at 12:12 pm, March 29, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Heathrow Airport used to be somewhere you hurried through, not somewhere you’d linger over a meal. Yet the vagaries of travel mean that we’re often caught out, like a ferryman on the Styx, in limbo between the outside world and the confines of the aircraft cabin. The catering outlets between passport control and boarding have us captive – except, of course, that we still have choices. We recently re-reviewed both Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food at Terminal 5, and Heston Blumenthal’s Perfectionists’ Café at Terminal 2. Read the full post…

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Top five jobs Londoners secretly want

Posted at 10:10 am, March 29, 2015 in Fun London
Five top jobs - Tube Announcer

1. Rider manager at the O2

Forget photocopying forms, filling in spreadsheets and making tea for Claire in HR who has no sugar, no milk and no sense of humour. Being in charge of the riders at London’s biggest gig venue means your daily tasks would include sourcing seven dancing micro pigs for Swifty, a 300-gallon tub of arnica cream for Madge (just in case) and a few thin shreds of dignity for S Club 7. Read the full post…

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Earth Hour 2015: where to watch tonight’s blackout

Posted at 5:52 pm, March 28, 2015 in Fun London
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If you’re out and about on Saturday night and it all goes dark and a bit eerie, don’t fear – it’s not down to a really wide-spread powercut, nor is it a second attempt at last week’s dismal excuse for an eclipse, it’s for Earth Hour. Read the full post…

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Game of scones: our guide to afternoon tea etiquette

Posted at 3:35 pm, March 28, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Because no one likes an afternoon tea faux pas… Read the full post…

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Parks, pubs and pie and mash: it’s the best bits of Bow

Posted at 12:30 pm, March 28, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London
Tower Hamlets Cemetry Park

From cockney charm to parks and pubs, Bow’s got what you need

Why go there?

To visit east London’s friendliest street market – on Roman Road – which is the axis on which Bow turns. Read the full post…

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Drunk before lunch? It must be bottomless brunch

Posted at 10:15 am, March 28, 2015 in Food & Drink

Once upon a time, upstanding members of society frowned upon no-holds-barred mid-morning boozing. Recently, however, daytime drunkenness has been reclaimed by brunch peddlers. Some have realised that they can up the price of a leisurely plate of bacon and eggs by promising ‘unlimited booze’ on the side. It’s not just the Full English that’s upping its liquid assets either. You can get pissed Peruvian style at Lima Floral (free-flowing prosecco at brunch for £33) or have limitless food (from the £39 special menu) as well as wine and fizz at Flesh & Buns. But are bottomless brunches really such great value, especially when some restaurants have a strict time limit on tables? How much tomato juice can the average stomach accommodate? And if the food isn’t also limitless, will you rapidly go from bottomless to legless? After all, you don’t want to be seeing that plate of bacon and eggs again. Read the full post…

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James Bond returns in first ‘Spectre’ trailer

Posted at 12:47 am, March 28, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

All mood, no action, lots of brooding – the first trailer for ‘Spectre’, the next Bond movie, is a sombre, tantalising affair, a brief collage of snapshots similar in style and obliqueness to the ‘Star Wars’ trailer that broke the Internet last November, but a little more quiet and reflective. Read the full post…

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If you see one film this weekend, make it… ‘Wild Tales’

Posted at 6:15 pm, March 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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‘Wild Tales’ is the only film to see at a cinema this weekend if you’re after sharp belly laughs and a sick stream of very bad behaviour. The prominent ‘Pedro Almodovar presents’ tag on the poster suggests it’s a new film from the legendary Spanish director. It’s not; his company produced it. It’s actually the work of a young Argentine filmmaker, Damian Szifron and this playful storyteller gives us six brilliantly dark short tales – all of them spinning on the idea of people being pushed to breaking point and behaving very, very badly. It begins with a brief, savage revenge tale set on an airplane (horribly timely in fact, given this week’s air disaster in France), and it moves on to include the worst road rage you’ve ever seen, alongside a wedding in hysterical meltdown and a man who decides to get the ultimate revenge on a traffic warden. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll consider turning into the Incredible Hulk next time you get a parking ticket.

See our review of ‘Wild Tales’ and find out where it’s showing at a cinema near you.

Check out more of this week’s new releases.

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