Is airport catering getting better?

Posted at 12:12 pm, March 29, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Heathrow Airport used to be somewhere you hurried through, not somewhere you’d linger over a meal. Yet the vagaries of travel mean that we’re often caught out, like a ferryman on the Styx, in limbo between the outside world and the confines of the aircraft cabin. The catering outlets between passport control and boarding have us captive – except, of course, that we still have choices. We recently re-reviewed both Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food at Terminal 5, and Heston Blumenthal’s Perfectionists’ Café at Terminal 2. Read the full post…

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Top five jobs Londoners secretly want

Posted at 10:10 am, March 29, 2015 in Fun London
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1. Rider manager at the O2

Forget photocopying forms, filling in spreadsheets and making tea for Claire in HR who has no sugar, no milk and no sense of humour. Being in charge of the riders at London’s biggest gig venue means your daily tasks would include sourcing seven dancing micro pigs for Swifty, a 300-gallon tub of arnica cream for Madge (just in case) and a few thin shreds of dignity for S Club 7. Read the full post…

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Earth Hour 2015: where to watch tonight’s blackout

Posted at 5:52 pm, March 28, 2015 in Fun London
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If you’re out and about on Saturday night and it all goes dark and a bit eerie, don’t fear – it’s not down to a really wide-spread powercut, nor is it a second attempt at last week’s dismal excuse for an eclipse, it’s for Earth Hour. Read the full post…

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Game of scones: our guide to afternoon tea etiquette

Posted at 3:35 pm, March 28, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Because no one likes an afternoon tea faux pas… Read the full post…

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Parks, pubs and pie and mash: it’s the best bits of Bow

Posted at 12:30 pm, March 28, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London
Tower Hamlets Cemetry Park

From cockney charm to parks and pubs, Bow’s got what you need

Why go there?

To visit east London’s friendliest street market – on Roman Road – which is the axis on which Bow turns. Read the full post…

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Drunk before lunch? It must be bottomless brunch

Posted at 10:15 am, March 28, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Once upon a time, upstanding members of society frowned upon no-holds-barred mid-morning boozing. Recently, however, daytime drunkenness has been reclaimed by brunch peddlers. Some have realised that they can up the price of a leisurely plate of bacon and eggs by promising ‘unlimited booze’ on the side. It’s not just the Full English that’s upping its liquid assets either. You can get pissed Peruvian style at Lima Floral (free-flowing prosecco at brunch for £33) or have limitless food (from the £39 special menu) as well as wine and fizz at Flesh & Buns. But are bottomless brunches really such great value, especially when some restaurants have a strict time limit on tables? How much tomato juice can the average stomach accommodate? And if the food isn’t also limitless, will you rapidly go from bottomless to legless? After all, you don’t want to be seeing that plate of bacon and eggs again. Read the full post…

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James Bond returns in first ‘Spectre’ trailer

Posted at 12:47 am, March 28, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

All mood, no action, lots of brooding – the first trailer for ‘Spectre’, the next Bond movie, is a sombre, tantalising affair, a brief collage of snapshots similar in style and obliqueness to the ‘Star Wars’ trailer that broke the Internet last November, but a little more quiet and reflective. Read the full post…

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If you see one film this weekend, make it… ‘Wild Tales’

Posted at 6:15 pm, March 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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‘Wild Tales’ is the only film to see at a cinema this weekend if you’re after sharp belly laughs and a sick stream of very bad behaviour. The prominent ‘Pedro Almodovar presents’ tag on the poster suggests it’s a new film from the legendary Spanish director. It’s not; his company produced it. It’s actually the work of a young Argentine filmmaker, Damian Szifron and this playful storyteller gives us six brilliantly dark short tales – all of them spinning on the idea of people being pushed to breaking point and behaving very, very badly. It begins with a brief, savage revenge tale set on an airplane (horribly timely in fact, given this week’s air disaster in France), and it moves on to include the worst road rage you’ve ever seen, alongside a wedding in hysterical meltdown and a man who decides to get the ultimate revenge on a traffic warden. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll consider turning into the Incredible Hulk next time you get a parking ticket.

See our review of ‘Wild Tales’ and find out where it’s showing at a cinema near you.

Check out more of this week’s new releases.

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All day and all of the night: London in 24 Instagrams

Posted at 5:20 pm, March 27, 2015 in Fun London
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What do 24 hours in London really look like? For most of us it’s ‘Groundhog Day’: sleep, commute, work, pub. But the results of the latest #24HourProject are a reminder of just how vibrant and idiosyncratic our city can be. For the fourth year running, the street photography project – founded by Renzo Grande and Sam Smotherman - challenged participants across 650 cities worldwide to capture a 24-hour snapshot of their city by taking a photo an hour and uploading them to Instagram. And the results for London are pretty glorious. Here’s March 21 as told by our favourite Instagrams. Kudos for staying up all night, guys.

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Indulge in the three C-words this weekend: cheese, chocolate and calories

Posted at 4:30 pm, March 27, 2015 in Food & Drink
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The first word is ‘cheese’, on show in the Cheese & Wine Festival at the Business Design Centre in Islington over the pre-Easter weekend of March 27-29. Exhibitors include London’s own Paxton & Whitfield and La Cave à Fromage in Notting Hill. Read the full post…

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Check out the rare turquoise geckos that were found at Heathrow

Posted at 3:23 pm, March 27, 2015 in Animals
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We reckon there are two ways to play the exotic animal smuggling game.

1. Only smuggle hard-to-identify exotic animals, like a bug that looks pretty much the same as its British counterpart but is worth ££££. That way, if you do get caught you can be like: ‘What are you talking about? This is just an ordinary beetle!’

2. Only smuggle badass animals like leopards, crocodiles and dragons. Then if you get caught, you can be like: ‘HEAR ME ROARRRR, AIRPORT SECURITY!’ as you unleash your animal army in passport control.  Read the full post…

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We should be putting the clocks forward by two hours this Sunday. Here’s why…

Posted at 2:15 pm, March 27, 2015 in News

The clocks change on Sunday, March 29.

[Photo: Tedz Duran]

In the small hours of Sunday morning, the clocks will go forward by an hour, marking the beginning – at last! – of British Summer Time. Naturally, people have been excited at the prospect of lighter evenings for quite some time. Read the full post…

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47 wonderful things to do in London this weekend

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This weekend couldn’t get any better! The clocks spring forward meaning those balmy summer nights are drawing ever closer, and our round-up is off the charts with fun-filled events. Don your best pyjamas and head to the Prince Charles Cinema for back-to-back Pixar flicks, pick from a super selection of food markets and festivals, or have your mind blown by the coral reef collection opening at the Natural History Museum, which includes specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself. Here’s everything you need to know about the next few days…

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Eat me, drink me: Urban Food Fest puts on ‘Alice In Wonderland’ party

Posted at 12:30 pm, March 27, 2015 in Food & Drink, Outdoor London
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Get ready street food fans, Urban Food Fest is back – and this time it’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed.

Hungarian sticky pork belly rolls, Venezuelan shredded beef arepas, British veggie goat’s cheese and honey toasties. Drooling yet? You’ll need to head to Shoreditch on March 28 when Urban Food Fest launches again with food from across the globe, live music and loads of alcoholic potions to get you spinning down that rabbit hole. Read the full post…

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London has the coolest ball pit ever

Posted at 10:00 am, March 27, 2015 in Fun London
The Idol © Emil Charlaff

Kids get to have all the fun. Happy Meals, early bed times, supermarket tantrums and – best of all – ball pits. And now, they get to play in a ball pit designed by brilliant Turner Prize-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd. She has designed an incredible three-storey play space in Dagenham’s Abbey Leisure centre that looks like a giant robot. It’s ominously called ‘The Idol’ and features a snakeskin ballpit and all sorts of climbing frame shenanigans. Read the full post…

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Nineteen great markets happening this spring

Posted at 8:00 am, March 27, 2015 in Food & Drink, Fun London, Shopping & Style
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Browse the stalls, bag a bargain, grab a bite: the next few weekends are packed with top London markets. Katie Rosseinsky picks the most atmospheric to check out. Read the full post…

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Sweet cheesus: London is getting a grilled cheese café

Posted at 5:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Another day, another novelty food café. Cerealporridgeeggscrisps, gherkins, walnuts, oat cakes – okay, those last ones haven’t happened (yet) but you get the idea. Overkill is setting in. However, if there’s one thing we can always get behind, it’s an ooze-fest of melted cheese, and that’s what new toasted sandwich shop The Melt Room is promising in abundance. Opening in Soho in May, they will be grilling the b’cheesus out of bread, cheese and other tasty fillings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus they’re opening at 7am every morning doing benedict and full English melts. The ultimate hangover cure? We think so. The 12-seater shop will be using organic sourdough bread from Wapping Bakery, free-range meat and their combos sound delicious. Oh and they’ll be pumping out ’cheesy tunes’ on the stereo, of course. Hey Melt Room, we’re hungry, hurry up and open already, yeah?

The Melt Room will be at 26 Noel Street, W1F 8GY. Find out the latest new from @melt_room.

Until then, get your mouth around one of these tasty indulgent dishes.

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This week’s new films: ‘Cinderella’, ‘Spongebob’, ‘Wild Tales’ and more…

Posted at 4:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

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If you’re looking for an escape from gloomy March in London, this week’s crop of new film releases offers plenty of options. Lily James stars in Kenneth Branagh’s sparkling new ‘Cinderella’ (above), which may roll back the strident feminism of recent Disney efforts like ‘Frozen‘, but looks so good that we forgive it – just. Meanwhile, ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ will appeal to toddlers and stoned teenagers alike with its whacked-out humour, off-beam innuendo and bright colours. But even hardened fantasy fans are advised to stay away from ‘Seventh Son’: this derivative, sub-pantomime adventure may have a cracking cast – Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore both camp it up like crazy – but even they can’t distract from the plodding plot and ropey effects. Read the full post…

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On sale this week: Brandon Flowers, Sarah Millican, Brian Wilson, Nadine Shah and more

Posted at 3:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife
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With Easter approaching, you really should be saving your money to buy overpriced chocolate eggs for other people. But that doesn’t sound so fun, does it? What sounds much more appealing is spending your hard-earned on YOU and buying tickets for some of the hottest gigs, comedy shows and concerts around, right? As luck would have it, there have been loads of great shows announced this week. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning, except those for superbly cynical, brilliantly boozy comic/angry guy Doug Stanhope – tickets for his show are available on Monday morning, but we wanted to flag it up, because he’s just as great as the rest of the stuff we’ve highlighted below. Read the full post…

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11 upcoming sample sales where you can bag a bargain

Posted at 2:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Shopping & Style
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If you’re after an excuse to update your spring wardrobe on the cheap, look no further than the bumper crop of sample sales that are hitting the capital over the next couple of weeks. Read the full post…

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