Happy birthday Boris Bikes! Here are nine memorable moments from the last four years

Posted at 5:45 pm, July 30, 2014 in Fun London, Transport
Boris Bike at Tower Bridge

Happy birthday, Boris Bikes! Today marks four years since the blue-and-grey cruisers first arrived in London under the (much less catchy) title of the ‘Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme’. Since then, the rentable bicycles have become a symbol of our city. In fact, there are now more than 10,000 of the bikes nestled in docks around the capital. 

In honour of their special day, let’s look back at the greatest (and silliest) moments in the history of BoJo’s finest transport innovation (yes, we know they were Ken Livingstone’s idea originally).

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Celebrate five years of ARTCRANK’s bike-inspired posters

Posted at 4:45 pm, July 30, 2014 in Fun London

Paul Venn Art Crank London

ARTCRANK, the bicycle-inspired poster artwork show is back in London for the fifth year and this time it’s having a threesome. PEdAL ED, the Japanese cycling clothing company and Brooks England, famed for their saddles, are joining in on the action.
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It’s official: London is the theatre capital of the world

Posted at 3:45 pm, July 30, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
National Theatre © Philip Vile

Londoners have never needed convincing that our theatres are the best in the world. Because, well, they just are – the best subsidised theatre and new writing in the world, high quality West End shows for a range of prices, a healthy varied fringe with affordable tickets, plus a shed load of madcap productions staged on rooftops, in warehouses and other wacky venues. We’ve known we’re better than everyone else – but until today we haven’t had the hard facts to prove it. Read the full post…

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A plate in the sun: seven great places to dine outdoors in London

Posted at 2:45 pm, July 30, 2014 in Food & Drink
Angler Terrace View

When it’s summer in the city, it’s not enough just to have an excellent meal – you also want a terrific alfresco setting. No problem, says Tania Ballantine: here are some of the latest and greatest places to dine outdoors in London. Read the full post…

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This video about London’s aviation history is funnier than it has any right to be

Posted at 1:45 pm, July 30, 2014 in Fun London, Transport
Unfinished London

Why was London’s fourth airport built before London’s third airport? Why should the proposed Boris Island airport really be known as the Justice Baron Eustace Wentworth Roskill airport? And why am I asking you all these questions?
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Keep the home fires burning: London marks the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 30, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
© Flickr: Paul Wilkinson
© Flickr: Paul Wilkinson

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies are being planted in the Tower of London moat. ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ is an installation by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper and consists of 888,246 flowers (one for each British or Colonial military fatality). The last one will be planted on Remembrance Day, November 11, and they’re looking for volunteers to help. Read the full post…

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London invaded by electricity-loving SUPER ANTS (yes, really)

Posted at 10:00 am, July 30, 2014 in News

ANTS

[Photo: televandalist.com]

Forget alien invasions and comic book villains, London’s under attack from a new real-life threat: ASIAN SUPER ANTS. Read the full post…

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It’s a mug’s game: tricks of a charity mugger

Posted at 8:00 am, July 30, 2014 in Fun London, News
Charity chugger

Who’d be a charity mugger? Andy Hill, for one. A former street fundraiser himself, he reveals some top trade secrets. Read the full post…

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Time Out moves office after 20 years

Posted at 6:00 pm, July 29, 2014 in Fun London
Time Out Towers

Last week Time Out moved office. Read the full post…

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Record breaking line of human Tetris and massive Sherlock mob

Posted at 4:45 pm, July 29, 2014 in Fun London, News
sherlock holmes

Last week, London was like an episode of ‘Record Breakers’. Albeit minus Kriss Akabusi. In honour of Books About Town’s month of installing book-shaped benches across London, 113 Sherlock Holmes fans gathered at UCL to set a world record for the most people dressed as the fictional detective. Read the full post…

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Peculiar plane’s perplexing path perturbs Peckham pedestrians; possible police purpose proposed

Posted at 3:30 pm, July 29, 2014 in News, Secret London
Mystery Plane over London

[Photo: FlightRadar24]

A mystery plane was seen flying around and around south London last Wednesday. With no call-sign, the anonymous aircraft spent several hours following quite the bonkers flypath over Lewisham, prompting SPECULATION, as this is not the first time such activity has been observed over London’s skies. Read the full post…

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Sound clash: Channel One Sound System under threat

Posted at 2:45 pm, July 29, 2014 in Fun London, News
Notting Hill Carnival 2013-

Every year at Notting Hill Carnival, you’ll see happy punters bopping along to the low-slung peace-and-love grooves at Channel One Sound System in Westbourne Park Road. Except this year, maybe you won’t. Read the full post…

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