Jet off to the aviation-themed LP Bar in New Cross

Posted at 4:30 pm, July 23, 2014 in Uncategorised
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‘Ladies and gentlemen, we will shortly be landing in New Cross. The temperature on the ground is, well, probably not that warm, and the local time is… Cocktail hour!’ The fairly new LP Bar, next to the London Particular café, is decked out in a groovy jetset style, with a departures-board menu, a winged logo and bits of fuselage on the wall. It opens at 8am for coffee and pastry, and stays serving till midnight – the cocktails are simple but effectively made, and include the likes of the Mile High Club, with Scotch, orange juice, cherry liqueur and Mancino Rosso, £8. Step off the Overground at New Cross Gate and straight into the golden age of jet travel – without the fag-smoke-filled aeroplanes and tipsy pilots. Now boarding!

Read our review of LP Bar.

See a classic sci-fi film in the shadow of Battersea Power Station

Posted at 3:30 pm, July 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Battersea Power Station Park

If you’ve ever wanted to get up close to Battersea Power Station while watching one of the best sci-fi movies ever made, here’s your chance. From July 29 to August 30, Time Out is hosting a series of outdoor film screenings next to this iconic London building, and all in honour of our mammoth celebration of the 100 best sci-fi movies. We’re showing James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’ (July 29), legendary Arnie romp ‘The Terminator’ (August 5), the original ‘Robocop’ (August 17), London sci-fi comedy ‘Attack the Block’ (August 22) and ‘Gravity’ director Alfonso Cuarón’s chilling ‘Children of Men’ (August 30). Our screenings are part of the bigger Power of Summer event being run by Everyman Cinemas throughout July and August, and Street Feast will be selling a whole array of food and drink every night. It’s also one of the last chances to check out Battersea Power Station: very soon the famous white cooling towers will be coming down and the building will be turned into luxury flats.

Find out more info and buy tickets here. Find more open air cinema in London.

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Gnat’s all folks: summer ruined by glut of mosquitoes

Posted at 2:30 pm, July 23, 2014 in News

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Brace yourself, London. The current spate of steamy weather is ready to unleash a plague upon us. A plague worse than pasty-legged workmates in shorts, meandering exchange students on our streets or the sight of male toenails in sandals. We’re talking mosquitoes, gnats, midges, horseflies – vampiric bitey things. Read the full post…

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Licence to grill: you’re now allowed to barbecue in Camden’s parks

Posted at 1:30 pm, July 23, 2014 in Food & Drink, News, Outdoor London
Waterlow Park. Photo: Friends of Waterlow Park

[Photo: Friends of Waterlow Park]

Holy smokes! The wise leaders of Camden Council have decided to abolish their barbecue ban for a year’s trial period.

Alas, this doesn’t apply to Regents Park, Primrose Hill, Hampstead Heath or Kenwood Park (these are operated by different agencies) but you can grill all the meat and halloumi you want in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Cantelows Gardens, Waterlow Park and 65 other green spaces.

More rules! Only portable, reusable charcoal barbecues are allowed, while disposable and gas barbecues both remain forbidden.

In the interests of balance, you should also know that egg-headed Masterchef brawler Gregg Wallace thinks barbecuing in parks is stupid. Be quiet Gregg.

Read the full guidelines at camden.gov.uk or leave it to the pros at London’s best barbecue grills.

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TfL is giving out free bottles of water at Waterloo today

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 23, 2014 in Free, News
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We all hate the moment TfL reminds us that it’s advisable to carry a bottle of water, just as we’re about to rush onto the packed, sweaty tube without a beverage to hand. We battle on, endure the parched dry mouth and turn away when fellow passengers get our their stash of cool H2O.

Well in order to try and avoid these moments, today TfL is giving away free bottles of Evian on the Underground. This is the first of many giveaways throughout the summer, and where did they decide to carry out this give away? Waterloo of course! Here’s to less people fainting in the heat and causing delays.

Still hot? Here are nine ways to cool down in the city.

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Cheap thrills: five great gigs this week for a tenner or less

Posted at 10:00 am, July 23, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

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It’s past the middle of the month and you’re probably feeling a bit skint. We definitely are. So here’s some cool live music this week that won’t send you into the red… Read the full post…

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Where’s Wally? At the world’s first floating gallery, that’s where

Posted at 8:00 am, July 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, News
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Can’t decide between a row down the river or an afternoon of Wally spotting? Finally, your prayers have been answered. Prepare yourself people, the world’s first floating ‘gallery’ popped up yesterday on Southwark Park boating lake, Bermondsey. Read the full post…

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iTunes Festival 2014 line-up: 30 free gigs at the Roundhouse

Posted at 5:20 pm, July 22, 2014 in Free, Music & Nightlife
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Think there’s no such thing as a free gig in London? Think again, music fans. iTunes Festival is back this September for the eighth year on the trot and this year they’re giving away tickets to see Beck, Pharrell Williams with JungleKasabian, Robert Plant, Sam Smith, Blondie and Chrissie Hynde and Kylie (plus many more) for zero of your hard-earned pounds. What’s the catch? It’s all done by entering a ballot – so sadly not everyone who applies will be lucky enough to be rocking out at the Roundhouse. But that shouldn’t stop you applying for as many as you like. Plus, they’ll also be adding more artists to the 30-day line-up over the coming months, so watch this space.

Enter the ballot now at itunesfestival.com and find out who else is playing at the iTunes Festival 2014.

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Nine ways to cool down during the heatwave

Posted at 4:20 pm, July 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London, Outdoor London, Top 5
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If you’re anything like us, you’re sat melting in a stuffy office, hogging the closest fan and dreaming of jumping into a cold pool. Sound about right? Then get onto these great ways to cool down during this here heatwave. Read the full post…

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Photo of the day: Incontinence caused by faulty fridge in Dalston Tesco

Posted at 3:20 pm, July 22, 2014 in Fun London
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It wasn’t Tesco’s Finest* moment this weekend when staff  put up a sign apologising for any ‘incontinence caused’ by the faulty fridges in their Kingsland Road store. Local David Sparks spotted the note, which was swiftly removed after he tweeted a photo of it. Don’t worry Tesco, it’s only a wee mistake.

This isn’t the first time this particular branch of Tesco has been rubbish to the point of hilarity. Earlier in the year, someone gave the Haggerston store its very own Tumblr! Relive it now.

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Udder disbelief: online petition to bring the cows home

Posted at 2:30 pm, July 22, 2014 in News

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A dairy in West London is being petitioned to bring back its cows. Miniature fibreglass heifers have adorned the roof of Dairy Crest in Feltham for the best part of 37 years. That was until they were put through the mincer earlier this month after fears they might fall off. What a load of bullocks! At least that’s what Joachim Jellinek thought. Rattled by the absent cattle, the father of four started an online petition calling for the cows’ return, collecting more than 6,000 signatures in one week. Cow-razy!

Will the bovine be back? Follow the herd at missingcows.org.

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Google has built a 3D map of London you can fly through

Posted at 1:15 pm, July 22, 2014 in Maps
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Remember when everyone was freaking out about Google spying on us? Turns out they actually were. But, as it turns out, the results are beautiful so who cares?

Type a reasonably central London address into Google Maps, select ‘earth’ and click the slanted tile doohickey beneath the compass on the right. Your jaw should be dropping right about… now. Read the full post…

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