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Photo of the day: St James’s Park springtime cherry blossom

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 24, 2014 in Photos of London
© Patrizia Ilaria Sechi

© Patrizia Ilaria Sechi

London certainly wears pink well, and with Royal Parks gardeners adding two or three cherry blossom trees to St James’s and Green Park every year, spring just gets better and better. This photo by Time Out Flickr Group contributor Patrizia Ilaria Sechi was taken near the Blue Bridge in St James’s Park, just as the sun was setting. You know what they say: pink blossom at twilight, Londoners’ delight.

See more lovely photos of spring in London

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Q Grill brings the heat to Chalk Farm

Posted at 12:30 pm, April 24, 2014 in Food & Drink
Q Grill

Another week, another new US-themed grill restaurant in London. But this one’s a bit different, honest. Despite the ‘Q’ (as in BBQ) in the name, this isn’t just some casual, out-the-back-of-a-van affair. It’s a serious operation, complete with Josper oven and Spanish style ‘plancha’ grill. No wonder one of the chefs on our visit was looking a little hot and sweaty. That and the fact that everyone in north London had heard there was a new grill in town, and had arrived to check it out. Tania Ballantine

Here’s our full review of Q Grill.

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Five things to check out at Pick Me Up festival

Posted at 10:00 am, April 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Pick Me Up London

Entering it’s fifth year, Pick Me Up festival is back with a bang at Somerset House from April 24 to May 5, showcasing the cream of the crop when it comes to graphic art and illustration. On the bill is a lively mix of talks, workshops and late night events, and we’ve already picked the things we’re most looking forward to. Pencils at the ready guys.

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Could this be the ultimate tube map redesign?

Posted at 8:00 am, April 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Transport
Jug Cerovic London tube map

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Put your hands together for Jug Cerović who’s masterfully reworked metro maps for stylish navigation. The French- Serbian architect has standardised 12 underground networks across Europe, Asia and America, enlarging the central part of the maps to make them easier to read. The London Underground version is helpfully labelled with the initial of each line, and stations are laid out in a way that makes more sense geographically. The Overground has also been transformed into a satisfying loop that circles the city so you’ll never get derailed again. Read the full post…

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#BoyvsFood week three: the County Arms’ Two-foot Sausage Roll challenge

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 23, 2014 in Food & Drink, Fun London

boy vs food

You’ve got five minutes to eat a two-foot-long sausage roll. The problems are numerous. Firstly, it’s meaty. VERY meaty. And secondly, it sort of looks like a massively elongated bum hole. How easy is it? Easier than you’d think.

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London’s latest scoop: Pop-up arty ice cream parlour hits N1

Posted at 4:15 pm, April 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London
Hunt & Darton

An ice-cool collaboration between the National Trust and Hunt & Darton Café will be popping up at London’s oldest ice cream factory on Thursday April 24. Dressed to the nines in tropical attire, Hunt & Darton will be serving up a selection of chilly treats at Gatti’s Ice House, and they’ve added some seriously interesting flavours to the mix. Artists including Brian Lobel and Richard Layzell have been invited to invent their own ice cream flavours, including a very questionable broccoli and crispy pig skin variety. If you’re feeling a little less adventurous, coke floats will be on the menu too.

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See 1,000 Londoners’ lives in 1,000 short films

Posted at 2:30 pm, April 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
1000 Londoners, Video Portrait of London

There’s a whole host of factors that make London a great place to live, but one of the most obvious is the diversity of people that reside here and how they help to create its unique cultural tapestry. Soppy but true! Over at south London-based production company Chocolate Films , a group of filmmakers are aiming to showcase this variety by embarking upon the largest video portrait of a city ever attempted, creating three-minute documentaries of 1,000 London residents. Read the full post…

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Video: east London from the air

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 23, 2014 in Fun London

Want to take in the sights of east London but can’t be bothered to move? No problemo. Sit back and enjoy this lovely airborne tour of sunny Clissold Park, Regents Canal, London Fields, Victoria Park, Dalston, Columbia Road and more shot from a clever quadcopter. (For the loveliest results, click the ‘cog’ and switch to high resolution.) We’re very jealous of filmmaker Honey Worth’s hovering photographic contraption and know what we’re putting on our Christmas list. Read the full post…

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Ink brings modernist dining to Mile End

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 23, 2014 in Food & Drink

Dining at one of London’s modernist restaurants is likely to set your pulse racing from more than just the dishes. Once you’ve nibbled your way through any number of foams, splodges, and foraged ingredients, there will be the alarmingly high bill to contend with. However, Ink isn’t your average modernist restaurant. It’s not in central London, and it’s reasonably priced. But can a restaurant in Mile End really pull off cutting-edge cuisine?

Read our review of Ink to find out.

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Stoke Newington in mourning: Sellfridges has stopped selling fridges

Posted at 10:00 am, April 23, 2014 in News
sell fridges © Jenny Blair

It’s a sad day for Stoke Newington as the Dalstonist has revealed that Hackney’s most puntastic purveyor of white goods, Sellfridges, is no longer providing chillers to the masses of north London or anything else for that matter. The shop has been gutted and looks set to be converted. We agree with the Dalstonist and hope that the owners move on to a new pun-based endeavour.

See more of London’s best shop name puns.

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Happy Bards-day: six way to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday today

Posted at 8:00 am, April 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London

Shakespeare © Rob Greig

When you’ve achieved LITERARY IMMORTALITY (the best type of immortality), your 450th birthday is not a big one, and wherever he is, one imagines William Shakespeare is having a quiet one today (probably a really, really, really quiet one). For us mere twenty-first century mortals, though, Willy’s sweet 450 is a fine excuse for a knees up, and as ever Shakespeare’s Globe is leading the charge. Read the full post…

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Photo of the day: #birdonthestreet – duck walker in Peckham

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 22, 2014 in Fun London, Photos of London
© Sam Jacob

Last time I was in New York City, I saw a woman in Gramercy Park casually taking her pig out for a stroll (proof below). Those crazy New Yorkers, I thought. Look at them with their laissez-faire attitude to farmyard pets. Well the craze has spread across the pond as @_SamJacob spotted this cheerful chap taking his ducks out for a wander in Peckham. Sure. Let’s just hope he wasn’t taking them to KFC – that would be one step too close to cannibalism. Read the full post…

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