Russell Brand is opening a café in London

Posted at 3:15 pm, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, News

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Have we reached peak novelty café? Well, Russell Brand doesn’t think so – the comedian is riding the coffee wave and is opening up his very own venue, which he reckons is going to be pretty revolutionary. Read the full post…

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The best cinema in London for… bumping into Ryan Gosling

Posted at 2:15 pm, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

Ryan Gosling

Oh. My. Gos. Yes, The Gosling is coming to London the week after next, so if you’re anywhere near the Curzon Soho on Wednesday April 8 or the Ritzy in Brixton on Thursday April 9, you’ll be in with a chance of spotting his Royal Gosness. He’ll be in town to promote his first film as a director, ‘Lost River’ (warning: it’s not very good), and will be taking to the stage of both cinemas after special preview screenings before the film’s proper release on Friday April 10.

The chances of getting hold of a ticket to either event at this point are about as strong as him accepting an invitation to come round your place for a candlelit dinner. But fear not: the Ritzy screening and Q&A will be beamed to loads of other cinemas around the city and country. So you’ll still be able to see him, even if you won’t be able to touch him, which is probably a good thing for everyone involved and less likely to result in police intervention.

Read our review of ‘Lost River’ now. The Q&A will be screened at Picturehouse cinemas across the city – find your nearest one at picturehouses.co.uk.

For cinema attributes other than Gosling-proximity, see our guide to the best cinemas in London.

 

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Air head: Introducing Nike’s new cult trainer

Posted at 1:15 pm, March 25, 2015 in Shopping & Style
Air Max © Rob Greig

© Rob Greig

It’s Air Max Day on Thursday – when Nike drops its latest cult trainer and sneaker nerds bow down and give thanks. Trainer boffin and AM enthusiast Jonathan Cook introduces the latest, very special, addition to the line. Read the full post…

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Food for Thought in Covent Garden to close after 40 years

Posted at 12:30 pm, March 25, 2015 in Food & Drink
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With every new press release I receive about a nonsense novelty café, I cling on even tighter to the trusted authentic old faithfuls that remind me of the London I know and love. These are the places that have been serving up consistently good food at reasonable prices because they opened before you had to be a billionaire or a pop-up maestro to rent a property in central London. But as rent prices continue to rocket and new shiny buildings spring up, more and more wonderful London gems are becoming extinct.  Read the full post…

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Tunnel vision: see a play down in the Thames tunnel

Posted at 10:00 am, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

Brunel Shaft

Pop up pie shops, old majestic town halls, weird floating jetties: now a dark, dirty tunnel shaft joins the list of quirky venues to host plays in the capital. In June ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’ will be staged in Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his dad Marc’s famous tunnel shaft, which once connected the outside world to the first ever underwater tunnel – the Thames tunnel.  The piece tells of the day that the Brunels hosted a party for 170 people in the tunnel shaft as a PR exercise to try to smooth over their recent construction disasters. As it’s the world premiere, your guess is as good as ours as to whether the drama will be good, but at the very least, it’ll be a night of underground drama.

The Eighth Wonder of the World’ runs from June 8-14. Tickets are £20.  

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Twelve secrets you never knew about London’s museums

Posted at 8:00 am, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment


British Museum

It’s #museumweek and London’s institutions are celebrating in style over on Twitter. The annual celebration of our city’s cultural powerhouses kicked off on Monday with the likes of the V&A, National Portrait Gallery and British Museum, revealing their deepest secrets. And they were JUICY. Read the full post…

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Video: 562,000 tube journeys in two minutes

Posted at 5:45 pm, March 24, 2015 in Transport

Do you ever feel like you’re nothing but one of thousands of identical, faceless dots in someone else’s data visualisation? We’re afraid this won’t help. Read the full post…

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Someone’s worked out how much it’d cost to swing a cat in London

Posted at 4:15 pm, March 24, 2015 in Property

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Bad news, cat torturers of west London – the area has become so prohibitively expensive that, these days, a room in SW3 big enough to swing a cat would set you back a mighty £158k. And that’s before you’ve dealt with the fallout from the RSPCA and paid someone to clean up the mess. Read the full post…

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The Jewish Museum are crowdsourcing their new exhibition

Posted at 2:30 pm, March 24, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
© Jewish Museum London

© Jewish Museum London

The Jewish Museum wants to borrow any of your personal objects relating to the idea of ‘journeys’ for its next exhibition. Lend your objects to the museum and they will be displayed alongside the museum’s own objects in the second instalment of the Your Jewish Museum series. Objects can convey an emotional, spiritual, or plain old geographical journey. Finally, a use for your collection of vintage travelcards. Read the full post…

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Help Shuffle festival renovate The Lodge in Mile End

Posted at 12:30 pm, March 24, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, News
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Shuffle Festival came to life back in the summer of 2013 as a pop-up film festival in Mile End, masterminded by Danny Boyle. And after proving a hit with locals, it returned with a bigger and better format last year, setting up its base at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (THCP) with a bar/café and plenty of music, film, art and science events. Now the festival’s team are crowdfunding to make their residency at THCP permanent by renovating the historic lodge. It’ll serve as a community club house of sorts and permanent venue that will allow Shuffle’s cultural knees-up to run all year round. Read the full post…

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Street Feast announces plans for massive new ‘Dinerama’ in Shoreditch this summer

Posted at 10:00 am, March 24, 2015 in Food & Drink

Dinerama Shoreditch
Good news street food fans, the mother of all transient edible pop-ups, aka Street Feast, has just announced their summer plans – and they are BIG! Not only will they be dishing up grub back at Dalston Yard, this year they’re expanding their repertoirewith a new event called Dinerama in Shoreditch. Full details are yet to be released but we wanted to bring you the news as soon as possible. Read the full post…

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Giles Coren: ‘London: why not vote for what you really want?’

Posted at 8:00 am, March 24, 2015 in Fun London

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Giles Coren prepares for power. Read the full post…

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In this week’s Time Out magazine…

Posted at 6:15 pm, March 23, 2015 in Fun London
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This week’s Time Out magazine is all about London’s marvellous markets. We’ve asked our favourite Instagrammers to give us a tour of the markets they love and we’ve got the stall stories behind today’s legendary traders. We head to Deptford for its cheap, cheerful offerings and then give you a guide to all the best markets coming up over the next few weeks. Read the full post…

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Is London getting a fox café?

Posted at 5:15 pm, March 23, 2015 in Animals
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Foxes love cafés almost as much as they love rummaging through your bins and shrieking while having sex. Want proof? Check out this little guy paying a visit to Caffé Nero at BBC HQ. He dashes around the tables like a speedy waiter then rushes to the back of the café to – we assume – clear up some kind of spillage for a clumsy customer. In fact, if you have the sound on, you’ll probably hear him asking whether anyone wants a caramel shot in their latte.  Read the full post…

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Curzon Bloomsbury opening, Pixar Pyjama Party, BFI Flare and more film fun this week

Posted at 4:15 pm, March 23, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

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Each week, we round up the most exciting film events happening in London over the coming week, from pop-ups and one-offs to regular film clubs, outdoor screenings and festivals. Here’s this week’s top five… Read the full post…

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Date night: The post-baby one

Posted at 3:15 pm, March 23, 2015 in Dating
Date night at All Star Lanes

Welcome to Time Out Dating. Each week, two lucky Londoners get to have a night or day out – and it’s on us! Martin and Kate have been together for three years and have a one-year-old son. We sent them bowling. Read the full post…

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The five best places to work and play in Lower Clapton

Posted at 2:15 pm, March 23, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
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Looking for places to work and play? Lower Clapton is the the place to be. Our friends over at Hype App explain why… Read the full post…

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41 rad things happening in London this week

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Dig into some superior grilled cheese at Morty & Bob’s pop-up, find out what’s made the cut at this year’s Designs of the Year exhibition, or settle down for a free film screening at The Alibi’s weekly film club. Here’s everything worth knowing about the next four days…

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The Bike Project urgently need your old bikes

Posted at 12:00 pm, March 23, 2015 in Transport
The Bike Project

What was that? A bit of sun? Quick! Let’s put on ALL the Lycra and get our bikes out. If you find you have a few spare clogging up your corridor, The Bike Project need your help.

They are a community of refugees and volunteers who revamp donated bikes and give them to refugees. As well as holding bike maintenance workshops, teaching refugees skills and forming a support network, they also run a project that teaches refugee women to ride. But they’re running desperately low on bikes and are asking for donations in any condition. There are a number of drop-off hubs around London so now’s the time for a spring clear out.

Find out more at thebikeproject.co.uk.

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Go veggie during Meat Free Week

Posted at 10:00 am, March 23, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Paul McCartney gave meat-free days a boost, using his fame to encourage people to forfeit the flesh for one day per week, as part of his Meat Free Monday campaign. Taking the concept a step further, March 23 sees the arrival of Meat Free Week – originally an Australian initiative – here in the UK. And Friends of the Earth is going even further by galvanising people to give up meat all month for a Meat Free May. Read the full post…

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