Licence to grill: you’re now allowed to barbecue in Camden’s parks

Posted at 1:30 pm, July 23, 2014 in Food & Drink, News, Outdoor London
Waterlow Park. Photo: Friends of Waterlow Park

[Photo: Friends of Waterlow Park]

Holy smokes! The wise leaders of Camden Council have decided to abolish their barbecue ban for a year’s trial period.

Alas, this doesn’t apply to Regents Park, Primrose Hill, Hampstead Heath or Kenwood Park (these are operated by different agencies) but you can grill all the meat and halloumi you want in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Cantelows Gardens, Waterlow Park and 65 other green spaces.

More rules! Only portable, reusable charcoal barbecues are allowed, while disposable and gas barbecues both remain forbidden.

In the interests of balance, you should also know that egg-headed Masterchef brawler Gregg Wallace thinks barbecuing in parks is stupid. Be quiet Gregg.

Read the full guidelines at camden.gov.uk or leave it to the pros at London’s best barbecue grills.

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TfL is giving out free bottles of water at Waterloo today

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 23, 2014 in Free, News
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We all hate the moment TfL reminds us that it’s advisable to carry a bottle of water, just as we’re about to rush onto the packed, sweaty tube without a beverage to hand. We battle on, endure the parched dry mouth and turn away when fellow passengers get our their stash of cool H2O.

Well in order to try and avoid these moments, today TfL is giving away free bottles of Evian on the Underground. This is the first of many giveaways throughout the summer, and where did they decide to carry out this give away? Waterloo of course! Here’s to less people fainting in the heat and causing delays.

Still hot? Here are nine ways to cool down in the city.

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Cheap thrills: five great gigs this week for a tenner or less

Posted at 10:00 am, July 23, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

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It’s past the middle of the month and you’re probably feeling a bit skint. We definitely are. So here’s some cool live music this week that won’t send you into the red… Read the full post…

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Where’s Wally? At the world’s first floating gallery, that’s where

Posted at 8:00 am, July 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, News
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Can’t decide between a row down the river or an afternoon of Wally spotting? Finally, your prayers have been answered. Prepare yourself people, the world’s first floating ‘gallery’ popped up yesterday on Southwark Park boating lake, Bermondsey. Read the full post…

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iTunes Festival 2014 line-up: 30 free gigs at the Roundhouse

Posted at 5:20 pm, July 22, 2014 in Free, Music & Nightlife
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Think there’s no such thing as a free gig in London? Think again, music fans. iTunes Festival is back this September for the eighth year on the trot and this year they’re giving away tickets to see Beck, Pharrell Williams with JungleKasabian, Robert Plant, Sam Smith, Blondie and Chrissie Hynde and Kylie (plus many more) for zero of your hard-earned pounds. What’s the catch? It’s all done by entering a ballot – so sadly not everyone who applies will be lucky enough to be rocking out at the Roundhouse. But that shouldn’t stop you applying for as many as you like. Plus, they’ll also be adding more artists to the 30-day line-up over the coming months, so watch this space.

Enter the ballot now at itunesfestival.com and find out who else is playing at the iTunes Festival 2014.

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Nine ways to cool down during the heatwave

Posted at 4:20 pm, July 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London, Outdoor London, Top 5
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If you’re anything like us, you’re sat melting in a stuffy office, hogging the closest fan and dreaming of jumping into a cold pool. Sound about right? Then get onto these great ways to cool down during this here heatwave. Read the full post…

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Photo of the day: Incontinence caused by faulty fridge in Dalston Tesco

Posted at 3:20 pm, July 22, 2014 in Fun London
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It wasn’t Tesco’s Finest* moment this weekend when staff  put up a sign apologising for any ‘incontinence caused’ by the faulty fridges in their Kingsland Road store. Local David Sparks spotted the note, which was swiftly removed after he tweeted a photo of it. Don’t worry Tesco, it’s only a wee mistake.

This isn’t the first time this particular branch of Tesco has been rubbish to the point of hilarity. Earlier in the year, someone gave the Haggerston store its very own Tumblr! Relive it now.

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Udder disbelief: online petition to bring the cows home

Posted at 2:30 pm, July 22, 2014 in News

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A dairy in West London is being petitioned to bring back its cows. Miniature fibreglass heifers have adorned the roof of Dairy Crest in Feltham for the best part of 37 years. That was until they were put through the mincer earlier this month after fears they might fall off. What a load of bullocks! At least that’s what Joachim Jellinek thought. Rattled by the absent cattle, the father of four started an online petition calling for the cows’ return, collecting more than 6,000 signatures in one week. Cow-razy!

Will the bovine be back? Follow the herd at missingcows.org.

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Google has built a 3D map of London you can fly through

Posted at 1:15 pm, July 22, 2014 in Maps
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Remember when everyone was freaking out about Google spying on us? Turns out they actually were. But, as it turns out, the results are beautiful so who cares?

Type a reasonably central London address into Google Maps, select ‘earth’ and click the slanted tile doohickey beneath the compass on the right. Your jaw should be dropping right about… now. Read the full post…

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How to eat like a Londoner: the best rustic French bistros in town

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 22, 2014 in Food & Drink

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In a placid part of Primrose Hill, L’Absinthe reproduces the feel of a classic French corner bistro as unerringly as a scene from ‘Amélie’. Service is smiley and full of charm. 40 Chalcot Rd, NW1 8LS.   Read the full post…

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The magic number: organise a threesome with 3nder

Posted at 10:00 am, July 22, 2014 in Fun London
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A new iPhone app promising hassle-free threesomes launched in London earlier this month. But is it an idea with more than its fair share of holes? Andy Hill investigates. Read the full post…

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The 100 best sci-fi movies have arrived…

Posted at 8:00 am, July 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

100 best sci-fi movies

Science fiction is now the world’s most popular film genre. From spaceships to superheroes, robots to ray-guns, ‘Gravity‘ to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘, every other megabudget movie at your local multiplex has some kind of out-of-this-world element (not to mention spectacular special effects). But in the whole history of cinema, which sci-fi films are truly the best? Following on from our epic polls of the 100 best horror movies, animated movies, romantic movies and comedies, we felt it was time to find out which movies the leading experts in sci-fi – including authors and scientists, filmmakers and critics – felt were the greatest ever made. The results may surprise you. They may excite you. They may – if you’re a hardened sci-fi geek – infuriate you beyond words. But the experts have spoken.   Read the full post…

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