Independence day: comedians take on the Scottish referendum

Posted at 1:30 pm, September 15, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

Andy Zaltzman

It’s the big week. Westminster’s top dogs have been frantically campaigning north of the border, the news keeps telling us Scotland will definitely be more and/or less expensive if it goes independent… and London’s political comedians are having a field day.  Read the full post…

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48 cool things happening in London this week

Nandan Prabhu

[Photo: Nandan Prabhu]

Need a mid-month pick-me-up? We’ve got 44 to choose from! Catch the last of the season’s outdoor film screenings at More London, don a cape and lose yourself in a world of colour on Clapham Common or have a happy Monday with comedy in New Cross. Here are the coolest things happening this week in London.

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Vote for your favourite building in London (and win big at Open House Weekend)

Posted at 10:00 am, September 15, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Competition

Leadenhall Building © Ben Rowe

Have you got a soft spot for St Paul’s Cathedral? Or maybe the Hoover building gets you all hot under the collar (and why wouldn’t it?). As any good therapist would tell you, it’s best not to keep your feelings to yourself – now’s your chance to express your affection for your favourite London landmark by taking part in Time Out’s nifty poll. Read the full post…

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If you swear a lot on Twitter you probably don’t live in Westminster

Posted at 8:00 am, September 15, 2014 in News
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Tired of bloody tourists getting in your fucking way? The shitty coffee shop always getting your damn name wrong? Not the people of Westminster. Read the full post…

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Quiz: which film should you see at the BFI London Film Festival?

Posted at 6:15 pm, September 14, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

LFF Quiz

We have a pair of tickets to give away for each of ten red-carpet galas in Leicester Square at this year’s London Film Festival (October 8-19) – including the British premieres of ‘Foxcatcher’, starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, and Jon ‘The Daily Show’ Stewart’s directorial debut ‘Rosewater’.

For a chance to win, you’ll have to take our fiendishly easy quiz which will magically decide which film most suits your personality. Spooky.

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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

Posted at 3:15 pm, September 14, 2014 in Fun London


Every week you share the weird things you’ve overheard in London. Above, a few perplexing snippets from the past seven days – don’t forget to tweet us your own!

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Dogs’ dinner: pooches eat for free at Hampstead Restaurant Week

Posted at 12:30 pm, September 14, 2014 in Food & Drink, Fun London
dog eating dinner

Ever get an awful pang of guilt as your puppy dog peers up at you with *those* eyes when you sneak out for a fancy meal where only bipeds are invited? Well, you should. Because dogs get hungry too, you know. But you can make it all up to Fido in Hampstead this week, because Lily’s Kitchen are providing your dog’s dinner for free with the purchase of a human meal at The Wells, The Holly Bush and The Horseshoe all day during Hampstead Restaurant Week. And don’t expect a bowl of questionable brown mush, either. Your furry best friend will tuck into three courses with a choice of two mains, and will even get to take home a furry best friend of their own… a new tennis ball! They’ll need help working off that dinner, after all. Owners will be invited to make a £5 donation to Kids Company, a charity that provides support to vulnerable inner-city children.

Get free dinners for your dog at the pubs listed above all day from September 15-21, and find out more about what’s going on in Hampstead Restaurant Week here.

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Alexi asks: Being able to use mobiles on the tube: will it drive us mental?

Posted at 10:15 am, September 14, 2014 in Transport
© Rob Greig

© Rob Greig

Life in London: so many issues. Our inquisitive editor-at-large addresses the ones that nobody else dares (or cares) to. This week: getting a signal on the Underground.

Looks like we may get mobile phone signal on the tube. TfL has just announced plans to pipe phone reception into Crossrail’s underground tunnels and, possibly, eventually roll it out to the tube. Good idea? Bad idea? Hard to say, really. Tricky one, innit? Well, that’s me done. See you next Tuesday! Kidding. As if I don’t have opinions. Here, in fact, are five. Read the full post…

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Have a gander at this award-winning goose

Posted at 5:30 pm, September 13, 2014 in Fun London, Photos of London

[Photo: Lee Acaster / British Wildlife Photography Awards]

How much swag can one goose have? The answer is, evidently, ‘loads.’ This strutting anserine beauty was captured by Lee Acaster and won him the British Wildlife Photography Award of 2014. Says Lee, ‘it was a real privilege to have such a close encounter with a wild bird in the very heart of London. I vividly remember the excitement I felt as she patiently waited for me to get the shot, and I knew immediately this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I’m just grateful that she didn’t lose interest as quickly as my children do when I’m taking photographs of them.’

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Twist and drink at Altitude while celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘Pulp Fiction’

Posted at 3:30 pm, September 13, 2014 in Deals, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

No party is complete without someone twisting and flicking the Vs on the dance floor. Fact. And that’s all down to the absolute cult classic that swept into our cinemas an unbelievable 20 years ago, ‘Pulp Fiction’. Yup, the Oscar-winning film that made the world either fall in love with Quentin Tarantino’s particularly dark sense of humour was released back in 1994, making us all feel ridiculously old. But forget about that stiff hip and that sore back. Celebrate the genre-defining film and party like Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace at Jack Rabbit Slims on Friday September 26! Read the full post…

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Home grown veggies and pie-eating competitions at these Tooting food festivals

Posted at 12:30 pm, September 13, 2014 in Food & Drink, Fun London
tooting festival

As denizens of SW17 already know, Tooting is the new Shoreditch. But more than just being a thrilling, diverse and remarkably affordable place to live (okay, maybe it’s not the new Shoreditch), it’s also rapidly becoming one of London’s best food villages. For proof, look no further than these two new food festivals. Read the full post…

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Urban cheese, manor houses, football and craft beer: it’s Tottenham’s best bits

Posted at 10:15 am, September 13, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink

White Hart Lane

Cast off your preconceptions, we’re heading up the High Road Read the full post…

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