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#Cakespeare: celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday with a bake-off

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
Jane Asher at Cakespeare © V&A

What’s so important about April 23? It’s the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, of course, and to celebrate the V&A has devised a rather tempting culinary competition. The museum wants people to design, make and decorate a cake inspired by the Bard himself, his greatest work or even his theatrical legacy. We suggest you dust off those pipping bags and get working on your Midsummer Night’s Cream ASAP as there’s a pretty sweet prize up for grabs too.

If you upload your photo via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #Cakespeare, you could be in with a chance of winning a weekend for two in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as tickets to a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Here’s hoping you’ll come up with something a little tastier than the concoction made by the Weird Sisters in Macbeth – no baboon’s blood or poisoned entrails, please. Stephanie Hartman

Sift through the best entrants on the V&A’s Pinterest board and get your photos in by May 4 to be in with a chance of winning. Find out more about the competition at vam.ac.uk

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Tarantino, an ‘Alien’ all-nighter and free films south of the river

Posted at 2:30 pm, April 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Reservoir Dogs

This 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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Six things to look forward to at the House of Peroni

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife
House of Peroni

House of Peroni, a month-long celebration of Italian culture and style is winging its way back to the capital from May 2 and the line-up is a total corker. Comprising food, fashion, design and art events, the House is inspired by the spirit of 1963; a transformative year when Italian style became world renowned and the year Carlo Peroni created Peroni Nastro Azzurro.  Read the full post…

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Join Gandini Juggling for a free workshop on the South Bank

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Outdoor London
Gandini Juggling

Ever wanted to run away to the circus? Well, if you do decide to make the leap you won’t have to go very far, as Gandini Juggling has announced it’ll be holding a drop-in juggling session this afternoon (April 22) near the London Eye. Open to all levels, the public are invited to bring anything juggle-able (best to start with apples and oranges rather than fire and knives) and try their hands at the circus skill. The well-travelled troupe are one of the world’s biggest juggling companies and lesson prices are usually sky high, but for one day only they’ll be waving their fee and teaching you the tricks completely free! Read the full post…

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40 mega ways to spend this week in London

Pic: Lee Nichols

[Leadenhall Market will be taken over by Morris Men for St George's Day. Pic: Lee Nichols]

Rise out of your Easter sugar slump and beat the malaise with some stupendous mid-week action! Read the full post…

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Damon Albarn reveals all in this week’s Time Out Magazine

Posted at 8:00 am, April 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Damon Albarn photographed by David Bailey

Bad news: you probably have to go to back to work today after four glorious days off.

Good news: your new issue of Time Out Magazine is hitting the streets this morning. And what an issue it is. Read the full post…

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Get in line for Patty & Bun and Honest Burger free burger giveaways

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 21, 2014 in Food & Drink
Patty & Bun

If you’re a new burger restaurant, it’s hard to get noticed – they’re almost as ubiquitous as sandwich shops these days. So how do you get a bit of attention? With a free burger giveaway! Past masters of this include Dirty Burger, among others. But heck, who’s going to argue with a cheap marketing tactic if there’s free stuff to be had? One thousand free Patty & Bun burgers, in fact, for the first thousand customers, at lunchtime on Tuesday April 22. Expect a crowd outside this new small takeaway place that will make the queues in Liverpool Street station seem orderly. Still not had your fill? Six hundred free burgers are being given away by Honest Burgers at their new Market Place branch (near Oxford Circus) on  Saturday April 26 (from 11.30am). Bunfight at Oxford Circus? You bet.

Read more about Patty & Bun and Honest Burgers.

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Win tickets to Damon Albarn’s sold out London shows

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 21, 2014 in Competition, Music & Nightlife

damon albarn

Damon Albarn has returned with his first ever solo album, ‘Everyday Robots’, due out on April 28. The Blur and Gorillaz frontman is also due to play two very special, intimate gigs towards the end of the month. He’s at the Rivoli Ballroom on Wednesday April 30 and Queen Mary University on Thursday May 1.  Read the full post…

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Pig out at high-end smokehouse One Sixty

Posted at 12:30 pm, April 21, 2014 in Food & Drink
One Sixty, Smokehouse

You know that a culinary trend is reaching tipping point when the savviest restaurateurs in town start getting in on the act. Just take a look at One Sixty. It’s a neighbourhood joint created by David Moore, the brains behind some of the most accomplished French cooking in the capital (at Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied). But this latest venture is star-spangled, US-style smokehouse cooking. Tania Ballantine

So what’s it like? Read our verdict on One Sixty.

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Stealing Banksy: 20 ‘unseen’ works to go on show

Posted at 10:15 am, April 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Photos of London

Calling all street art fans. The ME London hotel is set to host the new ‘Stealing Banksy?’ exhibition – the most expensive collection of Banksy artworks ever displayed together. Open to the public from April 24, it also includes a live auction on April 27 where you can take home your own piece of iconic art – if you can afford it. ‘No Ball Games’, the most expensive Banksy restoration, is expected to sell for £1 million, with the money donated to local charities. Read the full post…

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Smack, crack and pot: London’s top ten drug takers

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 20, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
Russell Brand ©Esten Hurtle

1. Zammo McGuire
Accompanied by a chilling synth soundtrack, everyone’s favourite ’Grange Hill’ character kneels in a dingy (if fictional) north London alley and injects a spoonful of smack with the ritualistic ease of a lifelong junkie. Is there anything that can stop his desperate descent into addiction, crime and probably death? Three little words: ‘Just say no.’ The war against drugs won in one catchy slogan. Read the full post…

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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

Posted at 4:15 pm, April 20, 2014 in Fun London

Word On The Street

overheard last week...

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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