24 reasons to love London at Christmas

Posted at 8:00 am, December 19, 2014 in Fun London

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Sometimes we need a little help to see the wonder all around us. Get yourself into the spirit of Noel with 24 brilliant reasons why Londoners love Christmas – as shared by you the readers, neighbourhood bloggers and Time Out’s very own excited elves. Read the full post…

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Mulling it over: we review 2014′s mulled wines

Posted at 5:15 pm, December 18, 2014 in Food & Drink
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I know what you’re thinking: all mulled wine pretty much tastes the same. That’s what I thought too, until last Friday afternoon when I sat down with blog editor Sonya Barber to sample a broad selection of spiced, grape-based drinks. Read the full post…

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London absolutely needs its own version of Chicago’s magical Holiday Train

Posted at 4:00 pm, December 18, 2014 in Design, Fun London, Transport
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Chicago! Not just a musical, but actually a city. And not just a city, but a city at the bleeding edge of festive innovation. Read the full post…

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London, what was your ultimate moment of laziness?

Posted at 3:00 pm, December 18, 2014 in Fun London
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Conservation of energy is a law of physics, but the laziest among us know it’s also a philosophy of life. Tell us the all-time low to which you’ve stooped in order to do as little as possible… if you can summon the strength to do so, of course. Read the full post…

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On sale this week: Wu-Tang Clan, Patti LaBelle, Gang Of Four, Five and more

Posted at 2:00 pm, December 18, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
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Whether you’re craving cheesy throwback pop, fit for frenzied punk or in need of being soothed in the middle of a forest, we’ve got just the ticket. Snap up these hot tatties quick and find a whole load more on our Just announced page. Read the full post…

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Who ate all the pies? A London blogger is on a mission to try all this year’s mince pies

Posted at 1:00 pm, December 18, 2014 in Food & Drink
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In the name of maximum festivity, a London-based blogger is reviewing as many mince pies as she can get her hands on in the run up to Christmas.

The anonymous taste-tester, who doesn’t mince her words (HO HO HO), has been writing lengthy posts on pies from stores as widespread as Harvey Nichols and Aldi on her ingeniously-named blog ‘My Pie Chart’. Read the full post…

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Free Christmas dinner for the homeless at William IV

Posted at 12:00 pm, December 18, 2014 in Food & Drink
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Want to help out that homeless man who’s always curled up in front of the station on your daily commute? Or the hungry girl who stands outside your coffee shop? Then send them over to William IV pub on Shepherdess Walk. Read the full post…

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Could this railway track in Peckham be London’s answer to NYC’s High Line?

Posted at 10:00 am, December 18, 2014 in Design, News
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Peckham Rye Park might be a place of leafy wonder, but the stretch of Peckham between Rye Lane and Queens Road is not exactly known for its bucolic qualities. Well, a new proposal for the ‘Peckham Coal Line’ seeks to change all that. Read the full post…

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Minde the gape: Medieval tube map of London

Posted at 8:15 am, December 18, 2014 in Maps, Transport
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If you’re planning a spot of time travel in the new year, make sure you bring this handy medieval tube map with you. Our pals over at Londonist have created this excellent chart of London in the Middle Ages, based on the trusty Underground map layout, which charts the landmarks, hamlets and manors from the 1,000-year period. Some names will look familiar, others less so.

Find out more about how they created this historical little beauty at londonist.com.

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Two-and-a-half decades of shorts eating, ay carambas and why-you-littles: we celebrate 25 years of ‘The Simpsons’

Posted at 7:30 pm, December 17, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

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It’s 25 years – to the day! – since the first episode of ‘The Simpsons’ aired. Twenty-six series, 561 episodes, 31 Emmy Awards, one movie and two guest appearances from Simon Cowell later, it’s still going strong.

To celebrate, we asked the biggest Simpsons nerd we know – five-star comedian Nish Kumar – to explain why the show is still the best sitcom on TV after a quarter of a century. Okily dokily, take it away, Nish…

Read more about it right here

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Photo of the day: Jesus, it’s Christ on the tube!

Posted at 6:15 pm, December 17, 2014 in Fun London, Photos of London
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Well you didn’t think he’d walk everywhere did you?! He must be off out in town for his birthday. Rumours are he’s going to Heaven.  Read the full post…

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Have a hip hop Hanukkah with your very own Dr Dreidel

Posted at 4:15 pm, December 17, 2014 in Fun London
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What better way to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah than with this beautiful rap-inspired dredel. For the uninitiated, a dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side, which stand for the words Nes Gadol Hayah Sham which translates as ‘a great miracle happened there’. Well, we salute Hannah Rothstein who has designed this pun-tastic, laser-etched Dr Dre-inspired holiday toy. At last, the festival of light and rap music are combined. We like. If Dre was dead, he’d be spinning in his grave. Chag Sameach London!

Find out more at hrothstein.com/dr-dreidel.

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