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Save Spiegelhalters, east London’s weirdest building

Posted at 5:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in News, Property

Spiegelhalters© Russell Kenny

If you’ve ever gone past the old Wickhams department store (now home to the Foxcroft & Ginger café)  on Mile End Road, you’ve probably noticed that it looks a bit wonky. Well, the story behind the weird gap in the middle is pretty incredible. When the Wickham family planned their grand stone façade in 1927, it was supposed to rival Selfridges – but their neighbours, the family who owned the Spiegelhalters jewellery shop at Number 81, refused to sell up and move. The Wickhams superstore was built anyway, but Spiegelhalters stayed put in the middle of the façade, knocking the main tower off-centre and leaving a great big gap in the Wickhams’ grand design. Read the full post…

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London life hack: How to get cheap sushi

Posted at 4:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in Food & Drink

Love sushi, but worry you’re getting a raw deal? For a cut-price California roll or some miserly maki head to Yoshino Deli or Japan Centre in Soho, or any branch of Itsu in the half-hour or so before closing time and they’ll flog you their unsold stock at up to 50 percent discount (opening hours vary, so check online before you set off).

Pro tip: try not to hit the same outlet too often – staff will inevitably smell something fishy.

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Infographic: Londoners from different boroughs have different interests

Posted at 3:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in Fun London

Last week, we treated you to an map matching London boroughs with personality types. Today we’ve got an infographic that reveals what people from different London boroughs like to do and buy.

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Learn how to flirt at the School of Romance

Posted at 2:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
school of romance

Valentine’s Day is nigh, and to ensure you don’t spend it crying into your pillow while imagining yourself in 20 years’ time surrounded by empty ice cream tubs and cats (actually, that sounds pretty good), Not On The High Street has launched the School of Romance. Read the full post…

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Picture of the week: O YES sushi takes over old Foyles

Posted at 1:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in Fun London, Photos of London
O Yes Sushi in old Foyles

So you’ve got a sushi restaurant and you want to save a bit of cash on your signage. What to do? Have a sneaky tinker with an ex-bookshop’s logo, of course. The old Foyles building is now home to O Yes sushi restaurant, and to announce the fact that they’ve taken up residency by the side entrance, the raw fish enthusiasts have taken the letters spelling ‘Foyles’ and rearranged them into their own name. Were they already called O Yes and spotted the potential in the sign? Or is this a spot of brilliantly cheeky opportunism when it came to deciding their name? Dunno. But rival sushi purveyor Soy Elf must be absolutely gutted.

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Street Feast Hawker House pops up in Haggerston

Posted at 12:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in Food & Drink, Fun London
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It may be bloomin’ freezing outside but that’s not stopping London’s street food scene. Oh no. Night Tales battled the cold with hot cocktails, meat treats and heaters in Old Street back in November. Now Street Feast is back with an even warmer idea – an indoor food market. Now we’re talking. They’re taking over the old office block at 260-264 Kingsland Road in Haggerston where they hosted Fairground last summer to recreate Hawker House for ten weeks of eating, drinking and partying starting this Friday (Jan 30).

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Stick ‘em up, punk! It’s the London stickerbook

Posted at 10:15 am, January 28, 2015 in Fun London

This week we’re getting excited by stickers. Really cool stickers – and don’t pretend you’re not excited too, just because you’re 32. ‘Stickyscapes’ have just published a sticker book for London (we’re a fan of their previous Paris edition) featuring two lovely illustrations of the capital, and a host of local characters past, present and fictional, just begging to be glued all over town. Sometimes city life can seem all too real, so this 2D version will do nicely for the rest of January, thanks.

‘Stickyscapes London’, £9.95 from laurenceking.com.

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Rude map: 22 naughty London place names

Posted at 8:00 am, January 28, 2015 in Fun London, Maps

You want directions to Pump Alley? Take Bonar Road, past the Back Passage towards Beaver Close and go right into Fine Bush Lane. Just make sure you don’t take a wrong turn down into Mudchute.

Well, it’s no wonder we’re such a rude lot with these filthy street names all around us!  Read the full post…

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Britain’s loneliest dog Biscuit is finally taken

Posted at 6:15 pm, January 27, 2015 in Animals
Biscuit  Battersea dog

Meet luckless mongrel Biscuit, aka ‘Britain’s loneliest dog’. The overlooked pooch waited 689 days and received a frankly barking 5,000 rejections from potential owners (a Battersea record), before eventually being rescued by the Hunt family of Aldershot last week. The story does have a happy ending, as Biscuit now has a lovely place to stay… stay… STAY! Turns out every dog really does have his day, making this a cheering tail if ever we heard one. And, no, that isn’t the last doggy pun of this piece. Bite me.

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Insane food of the week: The Doughnut Buttie

Posted at 5:30 pm, January 27, 2015 in Food & Drink
The Doughnut Buttie at BIRD, Shoreditch

Shoreditch restaurant BIRD, the free-range fried chicken joint, jas just launched a new breakfast menu with one particularly gluttonous glazed goodie that puts a British twist on Canadian pancakes. Salivating yet? Read the full post…

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Waterloo job hunting sign guy is now hiring!

Posted at 4:30 pm, January 27, 2015 in News

alfred-ajani© Alfred Ajani

We can surely all agree that job hunting is a massive ball ache. Hours of slogging your guts out to create the perfectly tailored CV and covering letter, which are glanced over in a millisecond and then, more often than not, ignored. Well remember that guy who got so fed up of getting no response that he stood around Waterloo station handing out CVs to strangers? He’s back! And this time he’s hiring! Read the full post…

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The Tredegar brass band are returning to London Pride this year (thanks to Kickstarter)

Posted at 3:30 pm, January 27, 2015 in News

Did you watch ‘Pride‘ last year? The brilliant British film told the true story of how a London-based LGBT activist group fundraised for Welsh miners during the 1984-85 union strikes.

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