Five of the best pop-ups happening this week in london

Posted at 8:00 am, September 18, 2014 in Food & Drink, Fun London, Top 5
cocktails in the city

London sure loves a good pop-up these days. Whether you’re searching for unique dinner suspended above the city, an evening of dressing up in dirndls and lederhosen, or a two-day cocktail crawl, this week’s tip-top pop-ups have got it covered.

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Alexi asks: ‘How about Scotland leaves the rest of the UK but not London?

Posted at 6:00 pm, September 17, 2014 in Fun London

© Rob Greig

Life in London: so many issues. Our inquisitive editor-at-large addresses the ones that nobody else dares (or cares) to. This week: why Scotland shouldn’t leave London.

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You’ll now need a £10 ticket to see the New Year’s Eve firework display

Posted at 5:15 pm, September 17, 2014 in News
New Years Eve Fireworks London

[A 'BANG!' don't come for free. Footage: BBC]

Boris Johnson put the ‘ire’ in ‘fireworks’ today, revealing that the viewing area for this year’s New Year’s Eve display will require a ten quid ticket. Organisers are hoping to cut the number of attendees from 500,000 last year to a mere 100,000 this year, due to safety concerns. In a statement he said: Read the full post…

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Mix it up with Cocktails in the City

Posted at 4:30 pm, September 17, 2014 in Food & Drink, Fun London
London Cocktail Week

Know your grenadine from your triple sec? Vermouth from your Campari? Whether you fancy yourself a bit of a mixologist or just enjoy an adventurous tipple, Cocktails in the City are putting 20 of London’s cocktail bars under one roof to show visitors a thing or two about shaking and stirring. This Thursday and Friday evening a variety of pop-ups will be taking over the Grand Hall in the Camden Centre near St Pancras; from super-fancy blends at The Ritz’s Rivoli Bar, to inventive fusions at Steam & Rye. Free cocktail making classes, one-on-one tuition with the industry’s experts and a free drink are thrown in with the £12 ticket.

The Grand Hall, Camden Centre, Euston Rd, WC1H 9JE. £12. Sep 18-19, 6-11pm. Check out six lovely autumnal cocktails.

By Lucie Horton

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The beautiful south: four great new south London music acts

Posted at 3:15 pm, September 17, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

For this week’s magazine we interviewed Jessie Ware, who might be this country’s next pop megastar. Raised in Clapham, a long-term Brixton resident and currently loving life near Brockwell Park, she’s south London through and through. But she’s not the only smooth operator from an S postcode on today’s music scene. Here are four more rising artists from the part of the city that cab drivers hate and everybody else is finally learning to love. Read the full post…

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Five designers to check out at Tent London

Posted at 2:15 pm, September 17, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Tent London

Tent London is a vibrant part of the London Design Festival that showcases a myriad of contemporary designs. For the eighth year Tent and its sister show Super Brands London will be taking over the Old Truman Brewery from September 18-21. As well as exhibitors, there is a also a seminar programme curated by Design Exchange themed on the future, which will focus on cities, design, architecture and technologies. Read the full post…

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Is this the end of street food?

Posted at 1:20 pm, September 17, 2014 in Food & Drink
KFC street van © Guy Dimond

We know we’ve already reached ‘peak burger’, but what about ‘peak street food’? At what point does this welcome trend jump the shark, and it becomes no longer cool to be seen wandering around London with a handful of fast food?  Read the full post…

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13 things we learned at London Fashion Week

Posted at 12:15 pm, September 17, 2014 in Shopping & Style

No less than 82 designers have birthed some bouncing baby fashion collections down London’s runways this week. This being the big smoke, that means not only major industry names like Burberry and Christopher Kane, but affordable designs from high street leaders Topshop and Whistles, and presentations from numerous exciting upstarts like Shrimps (think Monster Munch reimagined as fur coats) and Toga (heavy-duty buckle boots beloved of boutique trotting fashion editors). But as we all start to reconcile ourselves to the start of autumn, what did LFW have to say about spring? Here’s what we have to show for a week chasing fashion around town.

1. Supermarkets are HOT
Thought your local Tesco was a necessary evil rather than a nod to cutting edge fashion? Wrong! After Chanel’s incredible Supermarche in February, Mac followed suit at its Miles Aldridge party with Dazed. Glam drag queens pushed each other in trolleys, and stocked up on faux washing powder in Mac colours. Le sweep, c’est chic! Read the full post…

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Instagram account reveals the secret lives of London pigeons

Posted at 10:00 am, September 17, 2014 in Fun London
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Introducing your new favourite Instagram account: @pigeon_stories. Launched a week ago, the satirical feed reveals the untold tales of ‘the vermin of the sky’. Yup, we may spend our London lives ducking and dodging the ‘winged rats’, but it turns out they have feelings too. Read the full post…

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Five things to do on an uncomfortably hot London bus

Posted at 8:00 am, September 17, 2014 in Fun London
Routemaster bus

Oh shiiiiit, the temperature on London’s buses has breached the legal limit for livestock AGAIN. That’s right – despite the fact the weather’s been pretty cool over the past couple of months, Boris’s new Routemaster-style buses are burning up. Read the full post…

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Watch out, London’s pavements are exploding

Posted at 6:15 pm, September 16, 2014 in News

exploding pavements

Panic on the streets of London! Westminster Council yesterday released a CCTV video of a a massive fireball exploding out of a pavement in Piccadilly in July. We’ve written about London’s exploding pavements before, but they’re back in the news this week because Westminster is asking Ofgem (the power regulator) and the UK Power Networks operator why exactly there are on average almost two terrifying pavement explosions every single week. Which seems like a fair question to us. Read the full post…

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Dance to decide at the Scottish Referendum YesNoDisco

Posted at 5:15 pm, September 16, 2014 in Free, Music & Nightlife, News

Though making big decisions while drunkenly boogie-ing around on the dance floor may not seem a great idea at first (think beer goggles and one-night stands), Amy Smith and Lilia Prier-Tisdall’s YesNoDisco taking place tomorrow sounds like an excellent choice.

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