All day and all of the night: London in 24 Instagrams

Posted at 5:20 pm, March 27, 2015 in Fun London
24hourproject london - 1pm

What do 24 hours in London really look like? For most of us it’s ‘Groundhog Day’: sleep, commute, work, pub. But the results of the latest #24HourProject are a reminder of just how vibrant and idiosyncratic our city can be. For the fourth year running, the street photography project – founded by Renzo Grande and Sam Smotherman - challenged participants across 650 cities worldwide to capture a 24-hour snapshot of their city by taking a photo an hour and uploading them to Instagram. And the results for London are pretty glorious. Here’s March 21 as told by our favourite Instagrams. Kudos for staying up all night, guys.

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Indulge in the three C-words this weekend: cheese, chocolate and calories

Posted at 4:30 pm, March 27, 2015 in Food & Drink
Cheese and wine festival

The first word is ‘cheese’, on show in the Cheese & Wine Festival at the Business Design Centre in Islington over the pre-Easter weekend of March 27-29. Exhibitors include London’s own Paxton & Whitfield and La Cave à Fromage in Notting Hill. Read the full post…

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Check out the rare turquoise geckos that were found at Heathrow

Posted at 3:23 pm, March 27, 2015 in Animals

We reckon there are two ways to play the exotic animal smuggling game.

1. Only smuggle hard-to-identify exotic animals, like a bug that looks pretty much the same as its British counterpart but is worth ££££. That way, if you do get caught you can be like: ‘What are you talking about? This is just an ordinary beetle!’

2. Only smuggle badass animals like leopards, crocodiles and dragons. Then if you get caught, you can be like: ‘HEAR ME ROARRRR, AIRPORT SECURITY!’ as you unleash your animal army in passport control.  Read the full post…

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We should be putting the clocks forward by two hours this Sunday. Here’s why…

Posted at 2:15 pm, March 27, 2015 in News

The clocks change on Sunday, March 29.

[Photo: Tedz Duran]

In the small hours of Sunday morning, the clocks will go forward by an hour, marking the beginning – at last! – of British Summer Time. Naturally, people have been excited at the prospect of lighter evenings for quite some time. Read the full post…

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47 wonderful things to do in London this weekend

movinonagroove[Photo: movinonagroove]

This weekend couldn’t get any better! The clocks spring forward meaning those balmy summer nights are drawing ever closer, and our round-up is off the charts with fun-filled events. Don your best pyjamas and head to the Prince Charles Cinema for back-to-back Pixar flicks, pick from a super selection of food markets and festivals, or have your mind blown by the coral reef collection opening at the Natural History Museum, which includes specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself. Here’s everything you need to know about the next few days…

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Eat me, drink me: Urban Food Fest puts on ‘Alice In Wonderland’ party

Posted at 12:30 pm, March 27, 2015 in Food & Drink, Outdoor London
urban food fest

Get ready street food fans, Urban Food Fest is back – and this time it’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ themed.

Hungarian sticky pork belly rolls, Venezuelan shredded beef arepas, British veggie goat’s cheese and honey toasties. Drooling yet? You’ll need to head to Shoreditch on March 28 when Urban Food Fest launches again with food from across the globe, live music and loads of alcoholic potions to get you spinning down that rabbit hole. Read the full post…

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London has the coolest ball pit ever

Posted at 10:00 am, March 27, 2015 in Fun London
The Idol © Emil Charlaff

Kids get to have all the fun. Happy Meals, early bed times, supermarket tantrums and – best of all – ball pits. And now, they get to play in a ball pit designed by brilliant Turner Prize-nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd. She has designed an incredible three-storey play space in Dagenham’s Abbey Leisure centre that looks like a giant robot. It’s ominously called ‘The Idol’ and features a snakeskin ballpit and all sorts of climbing frame shenanigans. Read the full post…

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Nineteen great markets happening this spring

Posted at 8:00 am, March 27, 2015 in Food & Drink, Fun London, Shopping & Style
model market

Browse the stalls, bag a bargain, grab a bite: the next few weekends are packed with top London markets. Katie Rosseinsky picks the most atmospheric to check out. Read the full post…

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Sweet cheesus: London is getting a grilled cheese café

Posted at 5:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Food & Drink
The Meltroom

Another day, another novelty food café. Cerealporridgeeggscrisps, gherkins, walnuts, oat cakes – okay, those last ones haven’t happened (yet) but you get the idea. Overkill is setting in. However, if there’s one thing we can always get behind, it’s an ooze-fest of melted cheese, and that’s what new toasted sandwich shop The Melt Room is promising in abundance. Opening in Soho in May, they will be grilling the b’cheesus out of bread, cheese and other tasty fillings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus they’re opening at 7am every morning doing benedict and full English melts. The ultimate hangover cure? We think so. The 12-seater shop will be using organic sourdough bread from Wapping Bakery, free-range meat and their combos sound delicious. Oh and they’ll be pumping out ’cheesy tunes’ on the stereo, of course. Hey Melt Room, we’re hungry, hurry up and open already, yeah?

The Melt Room will be at 26 Noel Street, W1F 8GY. Find out the latest new from @melt_room.

Until then, get your mouth around one of these tasty indulgent dishes.

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This week’s new films: ‘Cinderella’, ‘Spongebob’, ‘Wild Tales’ and more…

Posted at 4:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment


If you’re looking for an escape from gloomy March in London, this week’s crop of new film releases offers plenty of options. Lily James stars in Kenneth Branagh’s sparkling new ‘Cinderella’ (above), which may roll back the strident feminism of recent Disney efforts like ‘Frozen‘, but looks so good that we forgive it – just. Meanwhile, ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ will appeal to toddlers and stoned teenagers alike with its whacked-out humour, off-beam innuendo and bright colours. But even hardened fantasy fans are advised to stay away from ‘Seventh Son’: this derivative, sub-pantomime adventure may have a cracking cast – Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore both camp it up like crazy – but even they can’t distract from the plodding plot and ropey effects. Read the full post…

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On sale this week: Brandon Flowers, Sarah Millican, Brian Wilson, Nadine Shah and more

Posted at 3:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife
Brandon Flowers

With Easter approaching, you really should be saving your money to buy overpriced chocolate eggs for other people. But that doesn’t sound so fun, does it? What sounds much more appealing is spending your hard-earned on YOU and buying tickets for some of the hottest gigs, comedy shows and concerts around, right? As luck would have it, there have been loads of great shows announced this week. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning, except those for superbly cynical, brilliantly boozy comic/angry guy Doug Stanhope – tickets for his show are available on Monday morning, but we wanted to flag it up, because he’s just as great as the rest of the stuff we’ve highlighted below. Read the full post…

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11 upcoming sample sales where you can bag a bargain

Posted at 2:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Shopping & Style

If you’re after an excuse to update your spring wardrobe on the cheap, look no further than the bumper crop of sample sales that are hitting the capital over the next couple of weeks. Read the full post…

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The pinkprint of Nicki Minaj: what makes up the hip hop superstar

Posted at 1:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Music & Nightlife


How do you design a star like Nicki? Kate Lloyd lays out the plans to a hip hop great. 

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Six simple steps to getting free #BurgersForLife from Burger Bear

Posted at 12:00 pm, March 26, 2015 in Free

burger bear

Okay, so as pop-up concepts go, this one’s a little convoluted, so we thought the best way to get the idea across is to break it down real simple like. Read the full post…

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Birmingham vs London: who will win the ultimate street food fight?

Posted at 10:00 am, March 26, 2015 in Food & Drink

big papas brisket bun & onion rings

There’s a bun fight going on in Elephant and Castle. Literally. On Sat March 28, for one night only, Corsica Studios’ pop-up drinking/dining/dancing-like-a-goof space Paperworks is attempting to decide whether London is a better city than Birmingham, via the medium of a cook-off. It’s the first bout of FlavaClash: a nationwide tour pitting two different cities’ street food vendors against each other,  with the winner being chosen by crowd vote. London’s being represented by patty genius Burger Bear and awesome Austrian specialists – and current Paperworks residents – Fleisch Mob, who will be going up against a team of Brummies including soul-food specialists Big Papa’s Beautiful South. Every attendee gets a judging pack to cast their vote, but we’re gonna go ahead and say it now: London’s blatantly gonna win.

#Flavaclash is at Paperworks, 48 Newington Causeway SE1. Saturday March 28, 5-11pm. Free entry, dishes are £5.

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London’s top ten Underground stations

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

© Rob Greig

1. Westminster
Nestled beneath the Houses of Parliament is this award-winning tube station, a futuristic mass of twisting grey steel and concrete. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the Death Star; those passing through might expect to see Darth Gove in a black cape, flanked by stormtroopers. Read the full post…

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Saké time: enrol onto London’s new tutored rice wine tasting course

Posted at 5:30 pm, March 25, 2015 in Food & Drink

Kampai! We raise our glasses to the trend for more decent saké bars in London, the most upmarket of them being Engawa in Soho; restaurant Shackfuyu also has a hipster-friendly version in its basement. Read the full post…

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Colourful designs for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilon revealed

Posted at 4:15 pm, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
Serpentine Pavilion

It wouldn’t be summer in London without the ever-bonkers Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Over the years we’ve cosied up beneath a giant puddle, supped our flat whites inside an inflated marshmallow, even scaled a ‘Tron’-style grid of white steel in search of a seat, and yet we confess to being amazed by the futuristic design of this year’s summerhouse on the Serpentine Gallery lawn. Read the full post…

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Russell Brand is opening a café in London

Posted at 3:15 pm, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, News

Trew Era cafe

Have we reached peak novelty café? Well, Russell Brand doesn’t think so – the comedian is riding the coffee wave and is opening up his very own venue, which he reckons is going to be pretty revolutionary. Read the full post…

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The best cinema in London for… bumping into Ryan Gosling

Posted at 2:15 pm, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

Ryan Gosling

Oh. My. Gos. Yes, The Gosling is coming to London the week after next, so if you’re anywhere near the Curzon Soho on Wednesday April 8 or the Ritzy in Brixton on Thursday April 9, you’ll be in with a chance of spotting his Royal Gosness. He’ll be in town to promote his first film as a director, ‘Lost River’ (warning: it’s not very good), and will be taking to the stage of both cinemas after special preview screenings before the film’s proper release on Friday April 10.

The chances of getting hold of a ticket to either event at this point are about as strong as him accepting an invitation to come round your place for a candlelit dinner. But fear not: the Ritzy screening and Q&A will be beamed to loads of other cinemas around the city and country. So you’ll still be able to see him, even if you won’t be able to touch him, which is probably a good thing for everyone involved and less likely to result in police intervention.

Read our review of ‘Lost River’ now. The Q&A will be screened at Picturehouse cinemas across the city – find your nearest one at

For cinema attributes other than Gosling-proximity, see our guide to the best cinemas in London.


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