‘Gone Girl’ the movie: everything we hoped it would be

Posted at 1:10 pm, September 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
gone girl

It was the tube read of 2013 – a twisty, unputdownable thriller about a missing wife, a suspicious husband and a small town in uproar. When ‘Gone Girl’ made bestseller lists worldwide, a big screen adaptation was inevitable – but it could so easily have gone horribly wrong. We were thrilled when it was announced that ‘Zodiac’ and ‘The Social Network’ director David Fincher would be making the movie, with the novel’s author Gillian Flynn writing the screenplay. Everyone’s favourite comeback kid Ben Affleck plays the husband, Nick Dunne, and the brilliantly talented Brit Rosamund Pike takes the trickiest part of all as his missing wife Amy. Now the film has landed, and we’re thrilled to report that it’s a five-star blinder: wickedly funny, savagely intelligent and gripping throughout. Expect critical love, Oscar glory, and mega box office takings when ‘Gone Girl’ is released on October 3. Read the full post…

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Ciao, Roma: A Rome-themed House of Peroni is back in October

Posted at 12:00 pm, September 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink
House of Peroni

On Friday October 3, the House of Peroni is bringing four floors of Italian food, culture and music back to Holborn – and this time the month-long event’s dedicated to Rome. Yup, the city that brought latin, Sofia Loren and spaghetti carbonara to the world is coming to London ­­– here are five things to look forward to at the HoP. Read the full post…

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Peter Lorre Season, BBS all-dayer, Doc ‘n’ Roll Festival and more great film events happening this week

Posted at 10:00 am, September 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

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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Seven types of conversation every Londoner dreads

Posted at 8:00 am, September 22, 2014 in Fun London
London Bus

Hell is other people. Specifically, these people. Read the full post…

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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

Posted at 6:15 pm, September 21, 2014 in Fun London


Every week you share the weird things you’ve overheard in London. Above, a few perplexing snippets from the past seven days – don’t forget to tweet us your own!

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There’s no place like (a London) home

Posted at 3:30 pm, September 21, 2014 in Fun London

What’s special about this living room? You are looking at London’s newest National Trust house. Maybe. The NT is showing the world how Londoners live today by temporarily selecting an ordinary home as its thirteenth London property. The winner’s abode will be opened to the public for a weekend (irritating stewards provided) and they’ll get £2,000 in furniture vouchers. So it could be our deputy theatre editor Daisy Bowie-Sell’s 1980s one-bed flat in Forest Hill. Here’s why she thinks her flat’s so ordinary it’s standout. Read the full post…

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London’s top ten beautiful buildings

Posted at 12:30 pm, September 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Design

Photograph of Christ Church, Spitalfields, London - The Great Misto


[Photo: The Great Misto]

1. Christ Church Spitalfields
This icon of baroque ’n’ roll architecture was unveiled in 1729. Built from brilliant white Portland stone (which was also used to construct St Paul’s and Buckingham Palace) and dominated by a 207ft three-tiered tower, Nicholas Hawksmoor’s design has stood the test of time. Through all the turbulence that Whitechapel has experienced – Jack the Ripper on a murder spree, hipsters filling the place with coffee roasteries – Christ Church has remained a stunning statement of religious intent. Read the full post…

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The top ten new films on Netflix UK

Posted at 10:45 am, September 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
New films on Netflix UK

Struggling to find something good on Netflix you haven’t watched yet? Here are ten films new to the catalogue in September 2014, all critically assessed by our expert film team. Happy viewing! Read the full post…

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Grab a takeaway vino at The Winemakers Club

Posted at 5:30 pm, September 20, 2014 in Food & Drink
winemakers club

The City’s full of ghastly wine bar chains lacking charm and personality, right? Wrong! But it does lack independently run venues with personal service and simple ambience. If this is what you’re yearning for, try The Winemakers Club. It occupies musty archways below Holborn Viaduct, and is empty apart from owner John Baum and a few hundred of his favourite wines. Baum sells these takeaway (mostly), but you’re also welcome to stay and drink wine on the premises. A wine preservation system keep eight whites and eight reds by the glass in tip top condition (from £3.50 for 125ml), and Baum is happy to guide you towards the wine of your dreams. Cheese, charcuterie and other snacks are also served (£8 for the larger plates). A curiosity well worth seeking out, with some unusual and terrific wines to boot.  Read the full post…

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Everyman Cinema pops up at Selfridges

Posted at 3:15 pm, September 20, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
selfridges Everyman Cinema

If you’re like us and find yourself regularly gripped by a sudden and urgent desire to sit down with a big tub of popcorn while selecting a new body wash in Boots, or feel a strange urge to kick back with a romcom while contemplating the myriad possibilities of the two-for-£3 fruit and veg deal in Tescos, then you’re in luck: Selfridges and Everyman Cinemas have joined forces to create the world’s first in-store cinema, which means you can now shop and see a film under one very large roof. Read the full post…

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Buoyant economy: three great London businesses on water

Posted at 12:30 pm, September 20, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Shopping & Style


Taking over the barge used this summer by the awesome Floating Cinema folk, the International Village Shop brings a day of craft goods and produce from its impressive network of rural communities. Number 90, 90 Wallis Rd, E9 5LN. Sun Sep 21, 2pm-5pm. Read the full post…

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Open House 2014: ten popular places to visit this weekend

Posted at 10:15 am, September 20, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Free, Secret London
Leadenhall Building © Ben Rowe

© Ben Rowe

Open House Weekend is one of the annual highlights for Londoners clambering to get behind the closed doors of all the weird, wonderful, new and old buildings they pass by every day in the city. But where to start? It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the massive amount of choice. Plus once you do decide, how do you know if there’ll be insane queues around the block or not? We got a heads up from the folks over at Open House. Here are their tips:

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