Message of the bottles: book this wine tasting course now

Posted at 5:30 pm, December 19, 2014 in Food & Drink
London's best wine tasting courses

Still stuck for a Christmas present for your special person? If he or she is mad keen on wine and eager to learn more, the best present you can give is a six-week beginner’s course run by Michael Schuster, one of the country’s leading wine educators. At £299, it is not like buying a jumper. But these six evenings, which take place in Hatton Garden, are going to change their life forever. Alternatively, if you have a New Year’s resolution to learn more about vino, this could be your present to yourself. But also note: the courses are popular, so early booking is a good idea.

For other recommended wine courses in London, take a look here.

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The best pubs with real fires in London

Posted at 5:15 pm, December 19, 2014 in Food & Drink

Holly Bush pub

It’s getting colder and darker. Time to find a nice cosy spot for a drink… Read the full post…

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Ten Instagram pictures you probably took this year

Posted at 4:15 pm, December 19, 2014 in Fun London

Photos: @manaalkhatri, @sharontakhar, @weareallinthegutters, @ashleyscarborough, @oliviababe, @09aimeeaimee

1. The Martin Creed selfie

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Three great grottos to meet Father Christmas in London

Posted at 3:15 pm, December 19, 2014 in Fun London

Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo (c)ZSL (2)

Have you been naughty or nice?

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‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ in stats

Posted at 2:30 pm, December 19, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
the hobbit

Hearken, fans of ancient data, for here is the saga of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in statistical form. Andy Hill is full of Middle-earthly facts and figures. Read the full post…

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Waiting game: are restaurants hyping up their queuing times?

Posted at 1:30 pm, December 19, 2014 in Food & Drink

Some restaurants love to warn about the inevitability of a long wait. At Bang Bang Canteen, we got the clear message that there was no point in waiting as they were so, so busy – and then were seated within two minutes. The queue-factor is more real at the new ramen superstars in St Giles, Ippudo and Kanada-Ya. On one of our visits, we were warned of two-and-a-half-hour wait. We didn’t stick around to find out, of course – what idiot would? But on other occasions we waited for a just a few minutes. And one time – shock horror! – we didn’t have to wait at all. The message is clear: take note of dire queuing forecasts, but don’t always believe them. 

Read our reviews of Ippudo and Kanada-Ya.

By Richard Ehrlich

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Could London be getting a 500m waterslide in 2015?!

Posted at 1:15 pm, December 19, 2014 in Fun London, News
Slip and Slide X

[A giant slide at ‘Slide The City’, Salt Lake City. Dakota Welbeck / YouTube]

Back in the hot, arid days of July, as we cowered in the dust from the withering sun, Time Out issued a simple plea on behalf of all Londoners: someone please create us a giant slip’n'slide, because that would be off the proverbial hook. Were we right or were we right? Read the full post…

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43 festive things to do in London this weekend

Paul Shears[Photo: Paul Shears]

Avoid thinking about all the Christmas shopping you haven’t done and do something fun instead! It shouldn’t be too hard as it seems joy levels are sky-rocketing in London this weekend. Catch some classic Christmas cinema at a pop-up film screening, sample tasty festive morsels at a market on the South Bank or ho-ho-ho it up at one of the brilliant comedy shows happening in the capital. There are even some places to pick up presents if the guilt sets in…

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Can’t cook? Don’t cook: 21 restaurants open on Christmas Day

Posted at 10:15 am, December 19, 2014 in Food & Drink

So you want Christmas lunch, but you don’t want to cook it. It’s just as well London has restaurants serving as Santa’s helpers on the big day. We’ve tracked down the best of the select venues that stay open on Christmas Day (hotel restaurants are always a good bet), and mixed them in with a few of the restaurants where Christmas isn’t celebrated, because for those non-Christian staff it’s just another day.

Find our pick here.

By Guy Dimond

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24 reasons to love London at Christmas

Posted at 8:00 am, December 19, 2014 in Fun London

Blackheath Snow. Nialetto
© Nialetto

Sometimes we need a little help to see the wonder all around us. Get yourself into the spirit of Noel with 24 brilliant reasons why Londoners love Christmas – as shared by you the readers, neighbourhood bloggers and Time Out’s very own excited elves. Read the full post…

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Mulling it over: we review 2014′s mulled wines

Posted at 5:15 pm, December 18, 2014 in Food & Drink

I know what you’re thinking: all mulled wine pretty much tastes the same. That’s what I thought too, until last Friday afternoon when I sat down with blog editor Sonya Barber to sample a broad selection of spiced, grape-based drinks. Read the full post…

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London absolutely needs its own version of Chicago’s magical Holiday Train

Posted at 4:00 pm, December 18, 2014 in Design, Fun London, Transport
Chicago Holiday Train - CTA

[Photo: CTA]

Chicago! Not just a musical, but actually a city. And not just a city, but a city at the bleeding edge of festive innovation. Read the full post…

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