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55 ways to have an amazing Easter Bank Holiday weekend in London

Pic: Sarah Melhuish

[Families on the South Bank. Pic: Sarah Melhuish]

Got the Friday feeling… on a Thursday? That’s because workplaces are getting ready to shut down for a four day weekend Easter extravaganza. WOOP! Here’s what you should be doing when you’re not BBQing, recovering from the previous night’s antics or stuffing your face with chocolate… Read the full post…

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Cannes Film Festival 2014 line-up is announced

Posted at 12:45 pm, April 17, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Cannes announcement - Timothy Spall

The line-up for the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25) was announced this morning – and it looks especially juicy for anyone who loves cinema in all its guises from all over the globe. Eighteen films will compete for the Palme d’Or, won last year by the brilliant ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’. Of those, two are British – veterans Mike Leigh and Ken Loach return to the Croisette with ‘Mr Turner’ and ‘Jimmy’s Hall’. The first is a biopic looking at the end of the life of the nineteenth-century painter JMW Turner (that’s Timothy Spall playing him above). The second is a tragic but rousing tale of a communist outlawed in 1930s Ireland. Read the full post…

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Weekly food market launches in Camden Lock Place

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 17, 2014 in Food & Drink
Big Apple Hotdog

Usher in the Easter weekend break on Thursday April 17 by heading down to the first night of a new, weekly food market at Camden Lock. From 6pm-11pm, street vendors including The Rib Man, Cheeky Italian and The Grilling Greek will be joining on-site vendors such as the newly-relocated Big Apple Hot Dogs (above) and Honest Burgers in Camden Lock Place. Music from resident DJs and free table tennis and table football should help keep the evening chill off. There are only eight new food vendors in total, but – unlike some other Camden Lock stalls – this will be quality over quantity.

Camden Lock, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AF. 020 7267 7695. Camden or Chalk Farm tube. Thursdays 6pm-11pm.

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Free fun this Easter at The Lock Tavern Festival

Posted at 10:00 am, April 17, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife
Lock Tavern, Camden

There’s no shortage of bars and pubs in Camden, but The Lock Tavern is pretty much our favourite. It’s on the classy side of ‘dive bar’, there’s a garden and a roof terrace, and its reputation for booking cutting-edge live music has been hard-earned in an area that more often plays host to provincial indie boys in fedoras.
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A bumpy ride: Londoners reluctant to give up their seats for pregnant women on the tube

Posted at 8:00 am, April 17, 2014 in Transport
Georgina Kotjan

You see a pregnant woman standing on the tube. You’re comfortably resting your bum on a luridly patterned seat cushion. She’s awkwardly hoisting a bellyful of baby. Do you give up your seat? Probably not, according to a study by University of Westminster student Georgina Kotjan, who recently spent ten hours standing on the tube wearing a fake bump and ‘baby on board’ badge to see how many people let her sit down.

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Identified Flying Object lands back at King’s Cross

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 16, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
Identified Flying Object

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it that glowing cage artwork in King’s Cross? Correcto! French artist and architect Jacques Rival’s IFO – Identified Flying Object – landed behind the station in 2011. After a brief sojourn, the nine metre-high rainbow birdcage is back lighting up people’s commutes at Battle Bridge Place, between King’s Cross and St Pancras stations. So next time you’re in the area, follow the bright lights for a little swing inside the sculpture or look to the skies as they promise that it will be hoiked up into the air on ‘special occasions’.

Find out more at kingscross.co.uk or find more stuff happening in King’s Cross

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Help save national treasure Kew Gardens

Posted at 4:30 pm, April 16, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, News
kew gardens

We were deeply saddened to hear news that the one of our favourite green spaces in London is under threat from government cuts. Kew Gardens is a wonderful 300-acre World Heritage Site housing over 30,000 species of plants and is one of the best places in the city for a rural retreat. Lovely walks, picnics, hot houses and flower gazing aside, the Royal Botanic Gardens are also a world-leader in conservation and botanical science. Now, due to government cuts, Kew has a £5 million deficit for this year and will need to cut over 120 jobs. The majority of posts lost will be in science and public engagement – this means that whole areas of important work are likely to be halted. Read the full post…

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Islington revealed as the singles capital of Britain

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 16, 2014 in Fun London

Seems everyone in London is taken, right? Wrong. Earlier this month, new research by the Office of National Statistics showed that the number of singletons has risen by 3 million in a decade! Islington is now the singles capital of Britain and in some boroughs of London, unattached people outnumber cosy couples and smug marrieds.

Where do we find them we hear you cry? We asked Lovestruck.com to help us track down the capital’s finest eligible ladies and gents and for some food date ideas. Here’s the stats – plus a handy fact about the borough so you can impress your date. Read the full post…

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Easter clubbing dilemas? Let our egg-sperts guide you

Posted at 2:30 pm, April 16, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
Eggheads © Rob Greig

The Easter bank holiday (Friday April 18 – Monday April 21) is always one of the year’s biggest weekends for London’s clubland. We’ve rounded up this weekend’s biggest and best parties on our Easter parties in London page – but if you’re still not sure where to go out this bank holiday, then don’t worry: we’ve called in some egg-sperts who’ll help you scramble your brains all weekend. Don’t stay in!

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Manic for meat? Get tickets now for Meatopia festival

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 16, 2014 in Food & Drink
Meatopia ©Jack Oughton

It’s baaaaaack (bacon) – the meatiest of food fests, Meatopia. And in its second year, the line-up promises to be even bigger and better, with unique-to-the-event dishes designed by some of the greatest meat masters in the capital. Expect whole roasted beasts, great music (which this year will be themed according to the day – old skool and acoustic jams on the Saturday, with more cutting-edge cool on the Sunday), and a mind-blowing array of carnivorous pleasures.

Pretty much every serious meat purveyor in town (from Dirty Bones to Duck & Waffle, Flat Iron to Foxlow) will be showing off their skills, plus there’ll be good booze, butchery classes, tasting rooms and edible demos. Entry tickets cost £30 per day (dishes cost extra). You might have a coronary afterwards, but heck, what a way to go.

Meatopia 2014, Tobacco Docks, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF. Sep 6 and 7, noon-9pm.

 For more info on the meat festival, visit meatopia.co.uk.

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Creepy theatre comes to Dalston Department Store

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 16, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Clay theatre and film

If just the poster image freaks you out, you better steel yourself for the actual performances. ‘Consequence’ is a six-night showcase of new theatre writing coming to Dalston from April 22-27 – and the organisers, a new company called Clay Theatre and Film, are promising a night of theatre that digs deep into troubling places, turns real life and relationships on their heads and highlights some of the most exciting new writing currently emerging in the city – all performed by an emerging company of young actors and directors. What’s more, they’ve found an exciting pop-up venue to do all this in: the Dalston Department Store is an old Victorian warehouse just off Kingsland Road. Read the full post…

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Bucking the trend: take a ride on Steam & Rye’s new rodeo bull

Posted at 10:00 am, April 16, 2014 in Fun London
© Steam & Rye

You know what really settles the stomach after a night of excessive eating and drinking? A gentle ride on a rodeo bull – said no one ever. We don’t advise testing out Steam & Rye’s new £60,000 hydraulic-powered Las Vegas bucking bronco after having a vast amount of bevvies, but luckily you won’t see too much spewing as there’s a drink and ride breathalyser test to pass before you can get in the saddle. So if you think you’ve got the balance (and the stomach) to take on the UK’s first professional standard rodeo bull, head down one Monday evening to give it a try. Or just get a good seat and watch city workers wearing cowboy hats and ponchos get hurled through the air. The choice is yours.

Read our review of Steam & Rye

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