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Help save national treasure Kew Gardens

Posted at 4:30 pm, April 16, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, News
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We were deeply saddened to hear news that the one of our favourite green spaces in London is under threat from government cuts. Kew Gardens is a wonderful 300-acre World Heritage Site housing over 30,000 species of plants and is one of the best places in the city for a rural retreat. Lovely walks, picnics, hot houses and flower gazing aside, the Royal Botanic Gardens are also a world-leader in conservation and botanical science. Now, due to government cuts, Kew has a £5 million deficit for this year and will need to cut over 120 jobs. The majority of posts lost will be in science and public engagement – this means that whole areas of important work are likely to be halted. Read the full post…

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Islington revealed as the singles capital of Britain

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 16, 2014 in Fun London
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Seems everyone in London is taken, right? Wrong. Earlier this month, new research by the Office of National Statistics showed that the number of singletons has risen by 3 million in a decade! Islington is now the singles capital of Britain and in some boroughs of London, unattached people outnumber cosy couples and smug marrieds.

Where do we find them we hear you cry? We asked Lovestruck.com to help us track down the capital’s finest eligible ladies and gents and for some food date ideas. Here’s the stats – plus a handy fact about the borough so you can impress your date. Read the full post…

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Easter clubbing dilemas? Let our egg-sperts guide you

Posted at 2:30 pm, April 16, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
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The Easter bank holiday (Friday April 18 – Monday April 21) is always one of the year’s biggest weekends for London’s clubland. We’ve rounded up this weekend’s biggest and best parties on our Easter parties in London page – but if you’re still not sure where to go out this bank holiday, then don’t worry: we’ve called in some egg-sperts who’ll help you scramble your brains all weekend. Don’t stay in!

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Manic for meat? Get tickets now for Meatopia festival

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 16, 2014 in Food & Drink
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It’s baaaaaack (bacon) – the meatiest of food fests, Meatopia. And in its second year, the line-up promises to be even bigger and better, with unique-to-the-event dishes designed by some of the greatest meat masters in the capital. Expect whole roasted beasts, great music (which this year will be themed according to the day – old skool and acoustic jams on the Saturday, with more cutting-edge cool on the Sunday), and a mind-blowing array of carnivorous pleasures.

Pretty much every serious meat purveyor in town (from Dirty Bones to Duck & Waffle, Flat Iron to Foxlow) will be showing off their skills, plus there’ll be good booze, butchery classes, tasting rooms and edible demos. Entry tickets cost £30 per day (dishes cost extra). You might have a coronary afterwards, but heck, what a way to go.

Meatopia 2014, Tobacco Docks, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF. Sep 6 and 7, noon-9pm.

 For more info on the meat festival, visit meatopia.co.uk.

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Creepy theatre comes to Dalston Department Store

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 16, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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If just the poster image freaks you out, you better steel yourself for the actual performances. ‘Consequence’ is a six-night showcase of new theatre writing coming to Dalston from April 22-27 – and the organisers, a new company called Clay Theatre and Film, are promising a night of theatre that digs deep into troubling places, turns real life and relationships on their heads and highlights some of the most exciting new writing currently emerging in the city – all performed by an emerging company of young actors and directors. What’s more, they’ve found an exciting pop-up venue to do all this in: the Dalston Department Store is an old Victorian warehouse just off Kingsland Road. Read the full post…

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Bucking the trend: take a ride on Steam & Rye’s new rodeo bull

Posted at 10:00 am, April 16, 2014 in Fun London
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You know what really settles the stomach after a night of excessive eating and drinking? A gentle ride on a rodeo bull – said no one ever. We don’t advise testing out Steam & Rye’s new £60,000 hydraulic-powered Las Vegas bucking bronco after having a vast amount of bevvies, but luckily you won’t see too much spewing as there’s a drink and ride breathalyser test to pass before you can get in the saddle. So if you think you’ve got the balance (and the stomach) to take on the UK’s first professional standard rodeo bull, head down one Monday evening to give it a try. Or just get a good seat and watch city workers wearing cowboy hats and ponchos get hurled through the air. The choice is yours.

Read our review of Steam & Rye

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Imagine the future of medicine with funnyman Dara O’Briain

Posted at 8:00 am, April 16, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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If there’s one person capable of making science even more fascinating than it already it is, it’s this guy. No, not Professor Brian Cox. Why is everyone so obsessed with Brian Cox? It’s TV funnyman and your favourite mathematical physicist, Dara O’Briain.

On April 21, the Irish comedian is hosting an event at the Royal Albert Hall where a plethora of speakers from around the world will be ‘Imagining the Future of Medicine’ during an afternoon of discovery and wonder. Among the speaks are ‘Bad Science’ author Ben Goldacre, the world’s eleventh most patented living inventor Jay Walker plus former TED speakers Tali Sharot and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. And to top things off, there will also be a performance from the London Olympic Opening Ceremony singers The Kaos Singing Choir for Deaf and Hearing Children. Tickets are on sale now so don’t waste your Bank Holiday Monday, learn something new instead.

Tickets were £30, now £20! Buy yours now at uk-offers.timeout.com.

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BoJo flies high in this ace new mobile game

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 15, 2014 in Fun London
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CityMapper has him teleporting. The Olympics had him zipping (and dangling). And now you can make BoJo have a flapping good time thanks to an ingenious clone of the ridiculously successful twitch game, ‘Flappy Bird’. Since the creator of the original game removed it from sale earlier this year, clones have been popping up right left and centre – including Drake and Miley Cyrus themed games along with approximately 100 other clones in total – but we only have eyes for one: ‘Flappy Mayor’.

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Eggspensive news: Harrods window display gets egged (Fabergé egged, that is)

Posted at 4:30 pm, April 15, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, News
Third Imperial Easter Egg

If pointlessly decadent golden eggs are your thing, get yourself along to Harrods. The Knightsbridge department store has collaborated with Fabergé, to create window displays that showcase the world of the famed Russian jeweller, from its notorious Imperial Easter Eggs to today’s contemporary creations. Read the full post…

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Sundance London is coming: here are five ways to get involved

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 15, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

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Next weekend sees the launch of the Sundance London Film Festival at the O2, the little sister of the independent festival in Park City, Utah. Showcasing the best titles from this year’s US festival alongside a number of special events and classic Sundance favourites, it’s an unmissable event for film lovers. Here are five ways to take part. Read the full post…

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Watch Disclosure’s full live set at Ally Pally

Posted at 2:15 pm, April 15, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

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It sucks when you miss out on a really great gig, but here’s the next best thing. Over the next few weeks, in association with LoveLive, we’ll be bringing you unseen videos of top bands and artists performing live here in London. Grab a front-row spot and watch high-quality video of the whole set, as some of today’s biggest musical names perform breathtaking live shows.

This week, we’re streaming Disclosure’s huge homecoming gig, which took place at Alexandra Palace last month. We picked garage-pop masterpiece ‘Settle’ by the Lawrence brothers as the best album of 2013, and right now you can watch them bring it to life in front of a crowd of 10,000 mad-for-it Londoners, with a cast of great guest vocalists including Sam Smith, AlunaGeorge and Sasha Keable. Grab your headphones, hit play and enjoy the first of our LoveLive performances – and don’t forget to check back for sets over the next few weeks by Haim, Bombay Bicycle Club, Clean Bandit and more.

Watch Disclosure live at Alexandra Palace now.

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18 reasons to celebrate the Purple Wedding (spoiler alert!)

Posted at 1:15 pm, April 15, 2014 in TV
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After four long years, fans of the hit HBO fantasy show can finally celebrate one of the deaths in ‘Game of Thrones’. After gasping over Ned Stark, weeping over Drogo and full blown crying after Robb Stark and the gang, we can finally say ding-dong, the dong is gone! Yes, Viserys Targaryen suffered a spectacular golden shower and Mirri Maz Duur went up in flames but there was one death that has been on everyone’s minds and last night, King Joffrey finally bit the dust. Read the full post…

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