Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the disused parts of Charing Cross tube station

Posted at 1:15 pm, April 16, 2015 in Secret London

Tube stations – annoying when they’re packed full of aggro commuters but perversely magical when they’re empty. You may well have tried to get tickets to the hugely popular tours of the old abandoned Aldwych station when it opens a few times a year, but now there’s an even more exclusive tube trip you’re going to want to take.

The London Transport Museum is holding a rare series of behind-the-scenes tours of Charing Cross station from June 12 until July 5. You’ll get the chance to explore all the parts closed to the public including a walkway under Trafalgar Square and the disused Jubilee line platforms, which closed in 1999 and have since been used as sets for ‘Skyfall’, (see video above!) ‘Paddington’ and ’24′. The only catch is that it’ll cost you £25 – almost as much as a weekly Zone 1-2 travelcard! But hey, this kind of cool tube-geekery is priceless, right?! See you down there.

Tickets go on sale Friday April 17. Find out more at ltmuseum.co.uk.

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That’s not my age: check out these lovely illustrations of stylish older Londoners

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 16, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Shopping & Style
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Alyson Walsh, the London style blogger behind ‘That’s Not My Age’ and former fashion editor at Good Housekeeping has released a book about over-50s fashion and it’s filled with some delightful illustrations of stylish Londoners. Walsh is on a mission to prove it’s not all velcro slippers and Stannah stairlifts once you hit the big five-0h and she’s gathered advice from women including DJ Lauren Laverne, artist and curator Sue Krietzman and make-up artist Ruby Hammer. Read the full post…

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Veggie café Beatroot in Soho is closing down

Posted at 10:00 am, April 16, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Last month we broke the bad news that Food for Thought in Covent Garden, the iconic vegetarian café, was to close forever. Tributes followed in The Guardian and elsewhere. Read the full post…

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Happy campers: four boot camps minus the camouflage

Posted at 8:00 am, April 16, 2015 in Fun London

Boot camps sound scary. But forget visions of sergeants shouting ‘DROP AND GIVE ME 20′ while pushing your face into mud, these days they’re much more civilised. With summer not far off, they’re also a great way to get whipped into shape. Here are some of London’s finest hardcore workouts, without any camouflage in sight. Jude Brosnan Read the full post…

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Help bring back Brockley’s Bob Marley mural

Posted at 6:00 pm, April 15, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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It’s been a year since Brockley’s Bob Marley mural was removed to make way for a new housing development. Now, fans in the area are campaigning to to bring Bob back. Read the full post…

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Go inside Abbey Road Studios with Google’s ace new interactive thingy

Posted at 5:10 pm, April 15, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
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It’s a mid-week afternoon; you’re probably staring blankly at your computer screen, slurping a Diet Coke and thinking to yourself: ‘god, I wish I was inside Abbey Road Studios right now’. We’ve all been there. Read the full post…

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Protest: there’s a mass rally for the homeless at Whitehall tonight

Posted at 4:30 pm, April 15, 2015 in News
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Hundreds of people are planning to meet at Whitehall at 6pm tonight for a march against the treatment of homeless people. The protest is part of March for the Homeless 2015, an international campaign to raise awareness of the issues facing the homeless. The event is being organised by Unite the Union and Streets Kitchen and focuses on a theme of ‘No more deaths on our streets’. The organisers are hoping to create a carnival atmosphere, with live music, spoken word and workshops. They’re also putting on a voter registration drive, to encourage homeless people to register to vote for this year’s general election.

Want to get involved but can’t make it down? Follow all the action on Twitter with the hashtags #March4Homeless #NoMoreDeathsOnOurStreets.

 

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Alice’s Adventures Underground: Waterloo Vaults are being trasformed into a topsy turvy theatre

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 15, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
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You’re invited for a night of nonsense courtesy of Les Enfants Terrible and Emma Brunjes Productions to celebrate the 150th anniversary of ‘Alice In Wonderland’. Starting April 16, 33 rooms in Waterloo Vaults will be transformed into an underground wonderland, where guests can take part in a topsy turvy night of immersive theatre. Read the full post…

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Fighting fire with funnies: Help save Battersea Arts Centre at a comedy fundraiser this weekend

Posted at 2:30 pm, April 15, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
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One month ago London’s beloved Battersea Arts Centre went up in flames, gutting a third of the once stunning venue. Now, as the BAC crew painstakingly put the pieces back together, the Southbank Centre is offering a helping hand by hosting one helluva fundraiser.

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Voodoo for beginners, or how to knit a Nigel Farage pin cushion

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 15, 2015 in Fun London
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Ever wanted to stick something sharp in Nigel Farage’s face? Well now you can, kind of. Knit for Peace is putting on two days of knitting workshops this weekend and the undoubted highlight is a session where you can knit a pin cushion of your least favourite politician, with pattern options including Nigel Farage, Michael Gove and Eric Pickles. Choices, choices.

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Petition launched to save Camden Lock Village

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 15, 2015 in News
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The company redeveloping Camden Lock Village has announced its ‘vision’ for the canalside market’s new look. The plans involve a new school, 170 new homes, only 14 of which will be affordable housing, as well as shops and market pitches, and 100,000 square feet of offices. The project is being lead by Forbes list billionaire Teddy Sagi, who has appointed Mace, the contractors behind the Shard, to oversee the whole thing. After the plans were announced last week, a petition to save the 100 year-old market was started on change.org and it currently has over 1,000 signatures.

Sign the petition on change.org.

Read more about how you can help save our city.

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Someone has been decorating South London street signs with gold frames

Posted at 10:00 am, April 15, 2015 in Fun London
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Ever thought that London’s street signs could do with a bit of smartening up? Well, a person calling themselves the ‘Phantom Framer’ is doing just that. In Teddington, gold frames have been cropping up on street name signs, cycling signs and, our personal favourite, a dog poo sign.

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‘Report It To Stop It’ campaign hopes to tackle unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport

Posted at 8:00 am, April 15, 2015 in News, Transport
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There’s no excuse for unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport (or ever!) – and yet, a 2013 survey showed that one in ten Londoners had experienced it on buses, tubes and trains. Thankfully, Transport for London’s ‘Project Guardian’ is kicking into gear today with a new ‘Report It To Stop It’ campaign.

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A hole load of fun: there’s a new crazy golf night in Dalston called Plonk

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 14, 2015 in Fun London
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Plonk will be taking over everyone’s favourite Dalston snooker hall, Efes, with a 200ft crazy golf course on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout May and June.

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In GIFs: Queen’s Guard falls over outside Buckingham Palace

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 14, 2015 in Fun London
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A little while back the whole world stopped to watch this renegade Queen’s Guard tear up the rule book with a killer dance routine. Now, we’ve found another unlikely fluffy-hatted hero.  

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Return of the chap: it’s almost time for the Tweed Run

Posted at 4:15 pm, April 14, 2015 in Fun London, Outdoor London
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Pop-quiz, hotshot: what is The Tweed Run? Is it a) a biannual bank heist organised by geography teachers, b) a fortnightly shopping expedition in the Cotswolds, c) a rather sweaty half marathon in aid of Scottish crofters or d) an annual bike ride for people who like to wear a bit of the old Harris? Full marks if you chose d). The Tweed Run is a brilliant ten-mile charity bicycle jaunt across the city in aid of the London Cycling Campaign, with riders decked out in vintage cycling gear. It’s too late to register, but you can still watch them flit past Somerset House, Westminster Bridge and Clerkenwell Green this Saturday. Best of all, there’s a closing ceremony at the Bloomsbury Ballroom that features a prize-giving parade, cocktails, live music, DJs and dancing into the early hours. Tickets cost £20 and are available at tweedrun.com. Tweed the world, make it a better place.

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That’s entertainment: Somerset House is putting on an exhibition dedicated to The Jam

Posted at 3:15 pm, April 14, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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Somerset House is delving into The Jam’s archives to bring you an intimate look into the band for their new summer exhibition, ‘The Jam: About the Young Idea’. It’s being curated by Nicky Weller, sister of front man Paul Weller and former head of The Jam’s fan club, as well as Tory Turk and Russell Reader. They’ve dug up unseen material and fan memorabilia including handwritten lyrics, stage outfits, personal photographs and footage, unreleased music videos, early scrapbooks, letters and postcards, posters and fanzines and the band’s instruments.

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The best cinema in London for… pleasuring Benedict Cumberbatch

Posted at 2:15 pm, April 14, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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Would you like to make Benedict Cumberbatch very, very happy? We know you would, and the best way of keeping a smile on the face of the ‘Sherlock’ actor is to head to the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley – one of London’s oldest cinemas and one of its few genuinely independent screens. Cumberbaps lives near this lovely cinema and he has just been made a patron of the not-for-profit venue, meaning he’ll officially be banging the drum for the Phoenix alongside the likes of Ken Loach, Victoria Wood and Mark Kermode. The venue tells us that Cumberflaps will be doing everything he can to support the place whenever he’s in London: he’ll attend special events, introduce screenings and take part in Q&As. So, if you want to please old Cumberbits, you know what to do…

To explore what’s showing at the Phoenix, East Finchley and to discover how to become a Friend of the venue, go here.

Read our most recent interview with Cumberbuns.

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Snap ‘em up: tickets for Luna Cinema’s pool-side screening of ‘Jaws’ are on sale

Posted at 1:15 pm, April 14, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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Just in time for the sunny spell, outdoor cinema favourite Luna Cinema has released its summer line-up. And it includes the ultimate novelty cinema experience: a screening of ‘Jaws’ at Brockwell Park Lido. Read the full post…

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Punchdrunk are launching an immersive app – and we got a sneak peek

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 14, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Technology
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Punchdrunk are bringing their mad immersive storytelling skillz to the digital world. The theatre production company behind much-talked-about shows like ‘The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable‘ have just launched an app with Absolut vodka.

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