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Did you travel on the busiest day in tube history?

Posted at 5:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in News, Transport
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Thought the tube was a tad more crammed than usual last Friday? That could be something to do with the four and half million passengers squeezed into the Underground with you. Read the full post…

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On sale this week: Bette Midler, Ride, Clean Bandit, Foo Fighters, D’Angelo and more

Posted at 4:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
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Another Friday approaching means another opportunity to scoop up tickets for some truly great live music. Make sure you’re up bright and early-ish tomorrow morning to be in with a chance of securing entry to any of the shows below, and remember that you can head to our ‘Just announced‘ page for more top live music options. Read the full post…

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Pop-up party Turntables touches down in Hackney Wick

Posted at 3:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
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The best antidote to the incoming grotty winter? Eat your own body weight in delicious street food, drink cocktails and – if you can still move afterwards – dance to tunes spun by top DJs. New, free pop-up party Turntables provides all of these fine things and many more. Read the full post…

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Ten things you’ll experience when buying a flat in London

Posted at 2:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Fun London
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As previously documented, renting a house in London is sheer hell. But, because you’re a masochist, after doing it ten or 12 times you may decide to take things to the next level and buy a place, a process that costs roughly 20 times as much and lasts longer than the average war. Got that deposit all saved up, have you? Looking forward to popping open some champagne, are you? Not before you’ve experienced this particularly shitty obstacle course. Read the full post…

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Seven superb sample sales to do some Christmas shopping at

Posted at 1:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Shopping & Style
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Temperatures are taking a nose dive and saccharine-sickly Christmas ads are everywhere already. ‘Tis the season to rejig your winter wardrobe, and thanks to a clutch of sample sales hitting town over the next few weeks, there’s never been a better (or cheaper) time to do so. Here are some of the best. Read the full post…

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Souper popular: be prepared to queue for London’s newest ramen restaurants

Posted at 12:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Food & Drink
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Not since the first Wagamama opened in 1992 have we seen such huge queues for a ramen bar. At Ippudo at St Giles Circus we’ve been turned away by a ‘one-hour’ wait. And there’s no solace if you decide to go to Kanada-ya, the little ramen bar just across the road; the queues are just as long. So what to do next? Give up on the idea of ramen and go to Smoking Goat, the new Thai café-bar just around the corner? Guess what? One-hour wait. No wonder McDonald’s does so well. By Guy Dimond

Take a look at more of London’s ramen bars here.

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Wow, you lot really love the words ‘penis’, ‘cheese’, ‘sex’ and ‘bacon’

Posted at 10:00 am, November 20, 2014 in Fun London
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You lot are odd. Trawling through the last two years’ worth of columns to compile the Word on the Street book, we couldn’t help but notice certain words cropped up again and again. We applied the most sophisticated mathematical techniques the Time Out team are capable of (we did some counting). Then we turned the total number of occurrences for each word into an illustration where the ones most frequently used are the biggest. And this is the result. Which we’re a bit baffled by. ‘Sex’? Fair enough. But ‘bacon’?

Take a look at more hilarious things overheard in London.

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Get a black cab for a fiver this Christmas

Posted at 8:00 am, November 20, 2014 in News
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Black cabs are expensive right? Wrong! This festive period, London’s taxi price war has resulted in crazy cheap £5 journeys for people booking black cabs on their mobiles. Interested?

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It’s #LoveTheatre Day! Here are our favourite tweets

Posted at 5:15 pm, November 19, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment


Every day is Love Theatre day at Time Out Towers, but now a hashtag has made it official. Today is the first #lovetheatre day (and also, incidentally, World Toilet Day). Twitter has been bursting with stories straight from backstage at London theatres, tweets from artistic directors, producers, stage managers, designers, actors and the likes of YOU, all telling us how great theatre is. Here are some of our favourites that helped to get #lovetheatre trending worldwide… Read the full post…

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London artist plans to live in virtual reality for a month

Posted at 4:15 pm, November 19, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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A London-based artist is planning to live life through someone else’s eyes for a month. Mark Farid is raising funds for a project titled ‘Seeing-i’, which will involve him wearing virtual reality technology for a month. Read the full post…

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Joanna Lumley’s Garden Bridge gets green light

Posted at 3:30 pm, November 19, 2014 in Fun London, News
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Is there anything Joanna Lumley can’t do? Now she’s getting permission to build bridges! The 1,214-foot pedestrian Garden Bridge – five linked gardens spanning the Thames – that she and Thomas Heatherwick proposed moved one step closer to becoming reality last week when Lambeth Council granted planning permission for the leafy crossing. They’ve already raised £110 million of the £175m needed to construct the thing, but at the rate they’re going, we’re pretty much taking its completion as a given. Well, would you bet against Lady Lumley? We certainly wouldn’t.

Find out more at gardenbridgetrust.org.

Like wacky London ideas? Here’s a few more:

Thames Lido
Cereal Killer Cafe
Draughts board game cafe

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The best ice skating rinks in London

Posted at 2:30 pm, November 19, 2014 in Fun London, Outdoor London
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Wondering where to bust out your best Torvill and Dean moves this winter? Whether you’re a skilful skater, talented twizzler or prefer the equally excellent falling-on-bottom technique, here’s our guide to London’s best ice rinks to help you decide which one is for you. Read the full post…

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