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London might be getting more night bus services

Posted at 6:00 pm, May 20, 2015 in Transport
London Bus

If a night out usually ends up with you regretfully shelling out for a cab or trekking across London on three different night buses, then your journey home might be about to get a whole lot easier. We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the night tube since TfL officially announced the news back in 2013 – and now it looks like there might be a new and improved night bus service to make it easier to get to the night tube. Read the full post…

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Photo of the day: a double rainbow

Posted at 5:15 pm, May 20, 2015 in Fun London

Double rainbow alert. #London

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As you probably noticed, London’s weather was a tad unpredictable yesterday. Between the bursts of sun, torrential rain and even a quick hailstorm, we didn’t know whether to don our waterproofs or dig out our sunglasses. On the plus side, the mad mix resulted in this double whammy of a rainbow and this lovely snap of London in the post-rain haze. Mmmmm double rainbow.

Check out 25 moody photos of stormy London.

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Someone has been putting funny plaques on east London benches

Posted at 4:30 pm, May 20, 2015 in Fun London

A Banksy-like scamp has left mocking, anti-establishment messages on public benches in Leytonstone. They are etched into plaques and two have been spotted so far. One bears the legend: ‘Designated alcohol research bench. Waltham forest council.’ The other, near Saint John the Baptist Church, reads: ‘Sit on me. I bet you haven’t felt this much wood since church.’ Ouch. Saint John the Baptist vicar David Britton is less than amused at the innuendo. Thankfully, he’s the forgiving type.

Want to read more about street art? Have a read of these:

Someone has been decorating South London street signs with gold frames.

In pictures: Camden Market gets a street art makeover before being pulled down.

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32 Londoners is back! Take a London Eye trip and hear a talk on a famous Londoner

Posted at 3:30 pm, May 20, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London

They say history goes in circles. Well, the curators of 32 Londoners, a series of talks on the subject of historical figures from the capital, are bringing that age-old maxim to life this summer – by locating their event on the London Eye. On June 11, each of the Eye’s 32 pods will play host to 32 fact-packing special guests, speaking on the subject of 32 famous Londoners. From Anne Boleyn to Julian Assange via Karl Marx, Peter Cook, Jimi Hendrix and Vivienne Westwood, there’s something for everyone. The 2014 event was a smash-hit, and we expect nothing less this year from curators A Curious Invitation and Antique Beat. Tickets are on sale for just £40, inclusive of a free bottle of cider.

See the full list of talks and buy tickets for 32 Londoners exclusively through Time Out.

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The Garden Bridge will be free (and other misconceptions cleared up)

Posted at 2:15 pm, May 20, 2015 in Fun London
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We hold our hands up when we’ve made a mistake and in this week’s Time Out Magazine we’ve done just that. We said that there will be a charge to cross the Garden Bridge – there won’t! You’ll be able to cross for zero pounds, just like all the other bridges and parks in London. Woop!

To avoid any further confusion, here are some other leafy facts from the people over at the Garden Bridge Trust: Read the full post…

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The first batch of tickets for New Year’s Eve fireworks go on sale soon

Posted at 1:30 pm, May 20, 2015 in Fun London
Big Ben Fireworks

Given that it’s over seven months away, you probably haven’t given much thought to your plans for New Year’s Eve yet. But if you’ve got your heart set on seeing in 2016 at the official London fireworks display, then you’ll need to start thinking ahead because the first round of tickets are due to go on sale next month, on June 19 at midday. Last year was the first time that the NYE fireworks was a ticketed event, and it looks like it’s set to stay that way with tickets costing £10 each. But don’t worry, if you miss out on the first round (or can’t face thinking about December yet), the main bulk of tickets will be released in September.

Find out more about New Year’s Eve fireworks

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Three places to get half-price food this week

Posted at 12:15 pm, May 20, 2015 in Food & Drink

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Feeling the pinch? Here are three places where you can get a tasty 50 percent off food this week. Read the full post…

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What a quacking idea! London’s canals get a new duck lane

Posted at 10:00 am, May 20, 2015 in News

If you’re planning on heading for a walk along one of London’s canals over the next few days, you might notice a rather unusual lane has been introduced – for ducks! The temporary lane has been installed by the Canal & River Trust to highlight its ‘share the space, drop your pace’ campaign (and also to give ducks somewhere to waddle in peace).
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An artist has painted the hairstyles of Hackney

Posted at 8:00 am, May 20, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

You can tell lots about an area from the hairstyles of the people who hang out there. Chelsea’s full of salon-fresh blow-dries, Camden-dwellers sport neon highlights, and the Time Out office is home to at least one four-day-old bed-head (it belongs to me). Over in Hackney though, there are fabulous waves, braids and shaves of every length, thickness and colour imaginable.

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Bold Tendencies and Frank’s Café open in Peckham next week – join Time Out for a special treat!

Posted at 6:10 pm, May 19, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink
Bold Tendencies / Franks Café

Disregard those rainclouds, because sunshine is surely on the way. At Peckham’s multi-storey car park, art installation gallery Bold Tendencies (and their rooftop bar Frank’s Café!) open for the summer next week on Wednesday May 27.

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Let’s get cooking! London gets its own ‘Breaking Bad’-style pop-up bar

Posted at 4:15 pm, May 19, 2015 in Food & Drink, Fun London
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The kind of cocktails usually cooked inside an RV’s laboratory aren’t normally something you’d proudly share with friends and family. But that’s about to change, as this summer we’re getting a ‘Breaking Bad’-themed pop-up bar set in the back of a mobile home, where you ‘cook’ your own cocktails (presumably they don’t serve half measures). Read the full post…

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Drunk Furniture will make you feel better about your messy Friday night

Posted at 3:15 pm, May 19, 2015 in Fun London
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Photo: Edie Mullen

We’ve all been there: stumbling home drunk after a work do, tripping up over the curb, then realising we’ve lost our key. Now, we’ve got proof that even our sofas have been there.  Read the full post…

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Nine outdoor theatre adventures in London this summer

Posted at 2:15 pm, May 19, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Outdoor London

Summer is almost upon us and London’s outdoor theatres are open for the year. Andrzej Lukowski rounds up the open-air experiences you shouldn’t miss this season.

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Good news! The Thames Baths has reached its fundraising target

Posted at 1:15 pm, May 19, 2015 in Outdoor London
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We first heard that the Thames could be getting its own lido back in February last year and now it seems it might not just be a pipe dream. Last week we announced that the Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project was well on the way to meeting its £125,000 target and with just three days to go its now got more than 1,000 backers who have pledged over £127,000. Now that they’ve successfully smashed their fundraising target, the Thames Baths team are hoping to submit a planning application by the end of this year – and if it all gets the green light we could be dipping our toes in the Thames Lido by 2017. What with this and the new King’s Cross pond opening this week, it looks like London is really upping its game in the lido department. We definitely approve.

Read about what happened when we went for a swim in the new King’s Cross pond.

Fancy a dip? Find out more about lidos in London.

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Top chef Mark Sargeant shakes things up at The Strand Dining Rooms

Posted at 12:45 pm, May 19, 2015 in Food & Drink

This multi-level bar and restaurant is just a short stroll from Nelson’s Column, which is just about as good a location as a restaurant could ask for. But The Strand Dining Rooms launched last autumn to reviews that were lukewarm at best. Mark Sargeant (one of Gordon Ramsay’s former lieutenants) has been brought in as executive chef to pep things up. But simply attaching the name of a highly regarded chef – even one with the prodigious talent that Sarge unquestionably possesses – is not necessarily enough to turn a rubber dinghy into a yacht.

Has the new admiral got The Strand Dining Rooms well drilled and shipshape, or has he met his Trafalgar? Read our review of The Strand Dining Rooms to find out.

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Six new and unusual festival experiences to look out for this year

Posted at 10:00 am, May 19, 2015 in Music & Nightlife


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Festival season is fast approaching. Here’s some new cool happenings for 2015… Read the full post…

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New book captures the day that Hackney came to a halt

Posted at 10:00 am, May 19, 2015 in Photos of London, Transport
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In the 1980s Hackney came to a standstill for one whole day and photographer Chris Dorley-Brown caught it all on film. His new book ‘Drivers in the 1980s’ is a unique snapshot of car history and the drivers within them. Read the full post…

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Giles Coren: ‘Run hard, chuck the fucking ball, whack the shit out of it and shout a lot!’

Posted at 8:00 am, May 19, 2015 in Fun London

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Giles Coren is all out of sympathy for England’s cricketing crybabies.

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In this week’s Time Out magazine…

Posted at 6:15 pm, May 18, 2015 in Fun London
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Tomorrow’s Time Out is a celebration of all things brunch and breakfast. From bacon butties to piles of pancakes, we’ve got your morning munchies covered with a guide to the top ten brunches, the best bloody marys and a map of all the go-to brekkie spots. Plus, we discuss why Londoners are loving lidos again and we talk to Russell Howard about his tiny new Camden show.  Read the full post…

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Go for a free ride on an Aperol Spritz bus

Posted at 5:15 pm, May 18, 2015 in Food & Drink, Free
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If your post-work plans for Wednesday include trudging home on the tube followed by a Netflix binge, then we’ve got a much better alternative. On May 20, Aperol is inviting Londoners to hop on a mysterious bus and sip aperitifs, before arriving at a secret location with an as yet unknown ‘celebrity’ DJ and a serious supply of Aperol Spritz. The boozy bus is completely free, but you’ll need to nab yourself a seat by emailing 5pmadventure@wcommunications.co.uk with your name and phone number before noon on May 19. Well, it definitely beats knocking back a can of Stella on the night bus.

Free. May 20, secret pick-up location in central London, which will be disclosed to winners. Winners will be notified by 4pm on May 19. 

Read more about the best cocktail bars in London.

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