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Get free affogatos from We Walk The Line this afternoon

Posted at 10:00 am, May 28, 2015 in Food & Drink, Free
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If you’re looking for a caffeine fix in east London this lunchtime, head on over to Dalston Roof Park, because social entrepreneurs We Walk The Line are giving away free affogatos (a shot of coffee over a scoop of ice-cream). We Walk The Line is a coffee business with a conscience, which recently won Ben & Jerry’s annual sustainable business competition, Join Our Core. The business helps people struggling to find work to get their own coffee cart up and running and they’re currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the project. So once you’ve knocked back your freebie, you can do your good deed for the day and donate the money you would have spent on your midday mocha.

May 28, noon–2pm, Dalston Roof Park, The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL.

Find out where to get your next coffee hit at one of the best coffee shops in London.

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Bargain alert: 11 of the best summer sample sales

Posted at 8:00 am, May 28, 2015 in Shopping & Style

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A bumper crop of sample sales are hitting the capital just in time for the warm(ish) weather, allowing you to update your wardrobe (or your home) and still have money left over to blow on a budget flight. Here’s our pick of the best. Read the full post…

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Lights of Soho: Brewer Street is now the global home of creative neon art

Posted at 5:15 pm, May 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, News
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Brewer Street has already been announced as the new hub of London style – it’s playing host to London Fashion Week from September. Now, the Soho road’s becoming the global home of creative neon art too. Read the full post…

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Rooftop farms, 3D-printed houses and underwater cities: architects predict the future of London

Posted at 4:15 pm, May 27, 2015 in Property
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What will the future of London look like? Pretty damn sweet, if these predictions are in any way accurate. TV channel Yesterday asked a panel of architecture and engineering experts to predict how London’s landscape will change over the next 100 years, for a new programme called Impossible Engineering. This is what they came up with. Read the full post…

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Sing Happy Birthday at Ping Pong to get free dim sum

Posted at 3:15 pm, May 27, 2015 in Food & Drink, Free
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Fancy singing for your supper this Thursday May 28? Dumpling joint Ping Pong is celebrating its tenth anniversary by giving away free food and drink to anyone who sings Happy Birthday at one of the eight London branches. To get your hands on a free plate of dim sum and a drink, you’ll need to sing the entire verse of Happy Birthday to the maitre d’, manager or member of staff. And if you fancy sharing your rendition with the rest of the world on social media, tag your post #PingPongSingSong and you could win more free food, as they’re also giving away complimentary meals for two. Yes, you’ll probably feel like a bit of an idiot singing Happy Birthday to a random member of staff at Ping Pong, but if you want the freebies, start warming up your vocal chords pronto.

May 28, at all London Ping Pong branches.

Read more about the best dim sum restaurants in London.

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Pens ready, London! We’re looking for illustrators

Posted at 2:15 pm, May 27, 2015 in Design
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The Time Out Studio is looking for London’s best illustrators to work with us on our magazine. Read the full post…

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London might be getting a 300-metre slip ‘n’ slide this summer

Posted at 1:30 pm, May 27, 2015 in Outdoor London
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There’s not a lot you can’t do in London – the fact that we’ve got multiple cafés dedicated to cereal pretty much says it all. But there’s one thing we don’t have and that’s a GIANT WATERSLIDE.

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You can now rent your spare room to tourists without getting fined

Posted at 12:30 pm, May 27, 2015 in Property

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Photo: Adrian Scottow

Feeling a bit strapped for cash before payday? Thanks to a change in the law, Londoners can now rent their spare rooms on a short-term basis and basically become Airbnb millionaires. Or at least earn a nice wad of cash. Read the full post…

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Head to Grandad’s Gallery this week and help tackle ageism

Posted at 10:00 am, May 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

 

Older people are often dismissed by our youth-obsessed society, but a new London exhibition is hoping to tackle ageism face-on. Pop-up Grandad’s Gallery arrives in Camden today, and will show the work of 78-year-old artist Liam Gallagher until May 30.

 

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London ‘street graphs’ show full impact of the housing crisis

Posted at 8:00 am, May 27, 2015 in Property
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Hackney: Average rent in 2005, 2010, 2015

Eurgh, London’s housing crisis! If things keep going the way they are now we’ll soon all be sleeping on bed-desks and in houses with trees growing through them. Probably 20 miles out of London.  Read the full post…

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A Wes Anderson double bill, Sci-Fi London festival, ‘Heathers’ and more of this week’s best film events

Posted at 5:15 pm, May 26, 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…

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Go back in time and get afternoon tea for 7p at The Langham

Posted at 4:15 pm, May 26, 2015 in Food & Drink
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There’s pretty much nothing you can get for 7p in London these days – possibly a handful of penny sweets but let’s be honest, inflation has definitely upped the price on those. But to celebrate its 150th anniversary, the five-star Langham Hotel is taking things back to a simpler (and cheaper) time and offering customers afternoon tea for a mere 7p – the price it would have cost in 1865. It’s an absolute bargain by anyone’s standards but especially when you factor in that the whole shebang normally costs a whopping £59 per person. The competition closes tomorrow (May 27) and there are 50 spots up for grabs. Try to bag yourself a table by entering here.

The Langham, 1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA. June 10.

Time for tea? Read our guide to the best afternoon tea in London.

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Video: this short film celebrates four brilliant London buskers

Posted at 3:30 pm, May 26, 2015 in Fun London, Music & Nightlife
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Sure, London’s buskers can vary in quality, but collectively they’re a much-loved addition to our city’s audioscape. (Except maybe the bagpipers.)

The short film ‘Buskberry Grove’, directed by Chuck Iroegbu, captures performances from four of London’s more impressive street musicians. Watch below for the (arguably rather boybandish) singer-guitarist quartet Ogre Melodies, the mellow vibes of hang player Loris Baccala, lap guitarist Mex FS and and the frenetic rhythms of Joe Bucket. (No relation to Charlie. Or Hyacinth.)

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Banned aid: what you can and can’t take to a festival this summer

Posted at 2:45 pm, May 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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What’s legal and illegal in festival land. Apart from the obvious stuff, duh.

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35 cheerful things to do in London this week

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It’s a short week but there are heaps of fun things you’re going to want to cram into it. Head to Peckham for the first night of Bold Tendencies, find out more about the roots of pirate radio at the ICA or catch a screening of Baz Lurhmann’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in a Marylebone Church. Make the next couple of days count with all the fun things below.

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Outdoor cinema is coming to the Houses of Parliament (kind of)

Posted at 12:00 pm, May 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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This summer, London’s outdoor cinemas are inviting us to some quirky locations. You can watch ‘Alien’ in spooky Brompton Cemetery or ‘Jaws’ in a dinghy on Brockwell Lido. Now comes news of alfresco film at the Houses of Parliament (well, next door). Luna Cinema has announced two screenings in Victoria Tower Gardens, London’s least famous Royal Park, by the Thames. The films are ‘The Dark Knight’ (August 11) and ‘Love Actually’ (August 12), which means we’ll see Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister, 20 feet tall right in front of Big Ben.

Book your tickets here.

Check out all of London’s open-air movies.

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Giles Coren: ‘A person like me can never have a second chance’

Posted at 10:00 am, May 26, 2015 in Fun London

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Giles Coren is worried that his online reputation precedes him.

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Quit your job, become a… milliner

Posted at 8:00 am, May 26, 2015 in Fun London

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Sophie Beale, 32, Sophie Beale Millinery

Photography ©Rob Greig

So, hats. Why hats?

‘I was interested in decorating the body. I did Theatrical Costume Design for a degree but it took me another five years to realise you could just focus on making hats. I was living on the Isle of Wight and decided to look for courses elsewhere. I used to travel to Fareham to do a course once a week and ended up studying for a HNC in Millinery at Kensington and Chelsea College.’ Read the full post…

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In this week’s Time Out magazine…

Posted at 6:15 pm, May 25, 2015 in Fun London
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Feeling slow and sluggish after the bank holiday? Time to get yourself in gear, because tomorrow’s Time Out is a BIG’UN. We’ve got our round-up of the best rooftop bars in the city and we talk to the restaurateurs on a quest to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Plus, we even head to Tottenham to learn how to make a spot of fromage ourselves.  Read the full post…

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The Slider Decider: London’s battle of the mini-burgers is back

Posted at 3:30 pm, May 25, 2015 in Food & Drink
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London’s battle of the baby buns is back for another tasty round, as 16 chefs go head-to-head in the annual Slider Decider competition at The Gun in Docklands on June 4. The shortlist of contenders includes a ramen slider from Bone Daddies, a surf ‘n’ turf burger from Iberica as well as some juicy competition from Dirty Bones, Ember Yard and Joe’s Southern Kitchen.

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