‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’: first review

Posted at 10:05 pm, April 21, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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The Avengers is (are?) coming! Yes, Marvel’s latest explosion in a Lycra factory, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ hits cinemas this Thursday, and we’ve got a first-look review. With a cast of thousands including (deep breath) Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Andy Serkis and the oh-so-gravelly voice of James Spader as robotic bad guy Ultron, it’s about as epic as summer blockbusters get.

But is it any good? Read our review and find out…

Want more? Here are ten things we learned from ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron‘.

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Wank bank: Holloway Road sex shop offers pounds for porn

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 21, 2015 in News

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Back before the internet came along and thrust its erect nipples in our faces, pornography was far harder to come by. You had to casually slap a jazz mag onto the counter along with your Sunday Telegraph and pray your newsagent didn’t say anything, or walk into an actual bloody cinema and hope nobody spunked all over your Converse before you’d even got to your seat.  Read the full post…

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Black cab drivers are staging a protest on Oxford Street right now

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 21, 2015 in News
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If you’ve been wandering down Oxford Street this afternoon you might have noticed an unusual amount of black cabs crawling along the busy road at a snail’s pace. That’s because taxi drivers have brought traffic to a standstill by staging a ‘go slow’ protest, in an attempt to take on TfL. The protest was organised by The United Cabbies Group, who say that TfL need to do more to tackle unlicensed minicabs. Black cab drivers staged a similar protest last year to make TfL crack down on Uber. Read the full post…

Grind them down: how to get a free coffee at Pret A Manger

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 21, 2015 in Food & Drink, Free
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If there was ever a reason to paste a smile on your face as you grab your morning coffee fix, then this is it. Pret A Manger chief executive Clive Schlee has revealed the secret behind bagging yourself a free Pret coffee. Rather than faff about with loyalty cards, he’s instructed staff to give out a certain amount of free hot drinks and food each week and it’s basically their prerogative as to who gets the freebies. The Pret boss suggested that staff might choose someone because they like their face/tie/bike – so it’s really a game of chance but one well worth playing. So next time you’re about to hand over your precious pennies to Pret, try turning on the charm and see if you can get that latte on the house.

Still on the hunt for a caffeine fix? Here are the best cafés and coffee shops in London.

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Ready for this jelly? Make an edible mould of your face with Bompas & Parr

Posted at 2:15 pm, April 21, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Ever had a burning desire to eat your own face? Probably not, but either way, now you can. Experts in all things jelly-related Bompas & Parr are putting on a jelly-making workshop where you can make an edible version of your visage. You’ll be working in pairs, so bring along a pal and get ready to make a wobbly masterpiece. After learning the basics of jelly-making, you’ll work with your partner to make a mould of each other’s faces. While the moulds set, you’ll tuck into a face-themed lunch (errr, no idea), before getting back down to business. You’ll also get a cookbook, recipe card and some trusty gelatine so you can recreate it at home and make all your friends well jel.

Eat My Face: Jelly Workshop is on April 25 at Bompas & Parr, 17 Rushworth Street, SE1 0RB. Tickets cost a hefty £110. Book now

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Want to join the Time Out team for the Red Bull Soapbox Race?

Posted at 1:15 pm, April 21, 2015 in Fun London

Time Out is entering the Red Bull Soapbox race and we need your help. You know the race, right? The thing where loads of nutters cobble together outrageously flamboyant go-karts, spruce themselves up in ludicrous fancy dress and then risk life, limb and all the skin on their buttocks by hurling themselves down the hill at Alexandra Palace.

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Get half-price fried chicken at Bird in Shoreditch every lunchtime this week

Posted at 12:00 pm, April 21, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Wondering where to get your fried chicken fix this week? Step away from KFC because Bird in Shoreditch is launching a new lunch menu and offering y’all 50 percent off to celebrate until April 25. The menu includes fried chicken pancakes, a Korean chicken burger and a chicken and biscuit sandwich – and we’re talking American-style biscuits rather than a couple of custard creams. Clucking great.

Bird is at 42-44 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA. Find out the latest by following them at @birdrestaurant.

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Giles Coren estimates house-price percentages: Ice rink +9%, Iceland -9%

Posted at 10:00 am, April 21, 2015 in Fun London, Property

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According to a Lloyds Bank study, having a Waitrose within walking distance of your home adds 12 percent to its value, while an Aldi knocks 2 percent off. Giles Coren estimates the house-price percentages for everything else. Read the full post…

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Labour party leader Ed Miliband on Joey Essex, being a pool shark and discovering the YOLO philosophy

Posted at 8:00 am, April 21, 2015 in News

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In the run-up to the general election on May 7, we’re chatting to leading figures in all five major parties. Eddy Frankel meets the Labour big cheese to talk inequality, eight ball pool and the philosophy of YOLO.

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In this week’s Time Out magazine…

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 20, 2015 in News
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This week we’re bringing you a special marathon-themed issue of Time Out. We’ve got tips for runners and spectators heading to the event as well our very own alternative marathon – 26-and-a-bit unmissable events, activities, exhibitions and eats. Read the full post…

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The mystery of the toast Taj Mahal found on the street in Peckham

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 20, 2015 in Fun London, News
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Something has happened. Something so puzzling that a dark shadow of mystery has fallen over London today. Along with, we imagine, a strong smell of burning bread and craft glue.

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Go see ‘The Money’ at Battersea Arts Centre and get a wad of cash

Posted at 4:15 pm, April 20, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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In theatre company Kaleider’s new show ‘The Money’, you’re given a big wad of dollars and told to choose how you want to spend them. But before you immediately go out and book a ticket, it’s a teensy bit more complicated than that. You can only spend the money once you have come to a unanimous decision with the other audience members in the room on where to put your bucks.

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Tweed Run 2015 in pictures: the need for tweed over speed

Posted at 4:00 pm, April 20, 2015 in Fun London
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It’s probably the politest peloton ever. On Saturday, the annual Tweed Run set off from Trafalgar Square (leaving behind them a number of confused tourists) and made their way through London on a 12-mile scenic jaunt stopping off for spots of tea (gin) and luncheon japes en route. 
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‘I was badly briefed.’ Three highlights from our Ed Miliband interview

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 20, 2015 in Fun London, News
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All photos: Cool Ed Miliband

In the run-up to the general election on May 7, we’re chatting to leading figures in all five major parties. In tomorrow’s magazine, Eddy Frankel interviews Labour leader Ed Miliband about gentrification, UKIP, Diet Coke and Joey Essex. #YOLO.

1. When he reveals his passion for pool

If drinking isn’t your thing, what’s your biggest vice?

‘I’m a secret pool player. Not quite a pool shark, but I’m better than people think. Though that’s probably quite a low bar, actually.

2. When he says ‘crumbs’

David Cameron is apparently Kim Kardashian’s thirteenth cousin. What reality TV star would you choose to be related to?

‘Crumbs, that is a tough question. Oh my goodness, Joey Essex? No, we’re not exactly separated at birth. Jermain Jackman? That is unlikely. You’ve stumped me.’

3. When he learns the word ‘YOLO’

Do you know what ‘YOLO’ means?

‘No. What does it mean?’

It stands for ‘you only live once’.

‘Is that right? That is a good philosophy for politics! It’s about a sense of adventure and doing what you want. Wow! I’ll use it from now on!’

Please don’t.

[He turns to his aides.] ‘If I said ‘YOLO’ to you, what would you say?’ [Silence.] ‘I was badly briefed.’

Read the full interview in tomorrow’s Time Out Magazine or right here.

Also, check out our interviews with:

Nick Clegg: ‘’I can’t say I have very strong opinions [on Zayn Malik leaving One Direction], but it’s a very serious issue.’

Natalie Bennett: ‘This is where I prove I’ve never been cool on the subject of music.’

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Date night: pizza and beer blind date

Posted at 2:30 pm, April 20, 2015 in Dating

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Every week, two lucky Londoners get to have a night or day out – and it’s on us! We sent Cam and Marion on a blind date, but did they hit it off?

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42 fresh things happening in London this week

Andre Adams[Photo: Andre Adams]

Bounce across the world’s largest blow-up bridge, chomp on an edible garden made from chocolate pebbles, tantalising tulips and a garden wall constructed with loaf bricks and Nutella, or head to Alexandra Palace for a 1950s-style drive-in movie. Here are all the best things to do in London this week.

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A cat film festival, an Avengers triple bill and more of this week’s best film events

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 20, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

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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…

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Gingerline launch a new Secret Island dining adventure

Posted at 10:00 am, April 20, 2015 in Secret London
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You never know what’s going to happen at a night out with Gingerline. The only thing that’s sure is that they’ll take you on some kind of culinary and geographical adventure. Their new project The Secret Island sounds even more intriguing than usual. They’re testing out a new format called ‘multidimensional dining’ where you’ll be transported to four edible dimensions. Kind of like ‘Interstellar’ but tastier, we reckon!

All we really know is that it’s happening for a month starting on May 19, it’ll be an immersive theatrical experience in a secret location near the east London bit of the Overground and you might have to go through some confined spaces. The Gingerliners say that ‘this will be nothing like what you’ve seen, felt or tasted’ and on that hyperbolic promise, we’re sold!

Find out more about Gingerline’s Secret Island. Tickets go on sale at midday today so be bold and book at gingerline.co.uk/the-secret-island.

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Quit your job, become a… wine expert

Posted at 8:00 am, April 20, 2015 in Fun London
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Tom Harrow, 36, wine director of Honest Grapes Read the full post…

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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

Posted at 6:30 pm, April 19, 2015 in Fun London
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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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