What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

Posted at 8:00 am, September 30, 2014 in Fun London
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C’mon we’ve all thought about it. You + City Hall = unlimited possibilities. Don’t be shy, tell us below.

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In this week’s Time Out Magazine…

Posted at 6:00 pm, September 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Time Out Magazine

In this week’s magazine, Benedict Cumberbatch talks swapping clue-solving for code-cracking as he takes on his new role as Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’.

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This King’s Cross dog is probably 110 percent happier than you right now

Posted at 5:30 pm, September 29, 2014 in Fun London

What did you see on your way to work this morning? The clammy walls of the Central line? A grumbling commuter with a toothpaste stain on his tie? Last week, Central Saint Martins worker Martha Bellingham saw THIS dog bounding through a fountain near King’s Cross. And, while it might not be the most beautiful or dramatic sight, it certainly beat 99.9 percent of commute views.

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Lee Evans is back in town – here’s our review of ‘Monsters’

Posted at 4:30 pm, September 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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Rubber-faced sweat-machine Lee Evans played his first London solo show for three years last week, settling in to the O2 for a six-night stint. Time Out was there – luckily, not seated in the splash zone. So was it a funny beast? Or all bark and no bite?

Read our full review here and add your thoughts if you’ve seen the show.

To see more great comedy shows taking place this month, click here.

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‘The Elephant Man’, ‘The Otherworld’, a sci-fi all-nighter and more great film events happening this week

Posted at 3:15 pm, September 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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Each week, we round up the most exciting film events happening in London over the coming week, from pop-ups and one-offs to regular film clubs, outdoor screenings and festivals. Here’s this week’s top five… Read the full post…

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Happy International Coffee Day: go forth and caffeinate

Posted at 2:15 pm, September 29, 2014 in Food & Drink
Prufrock Coffee © Rob Greig / Time Out

Monday blues + post-lunch slump = desperate need for caffeine.

Luckily you need no excuse as today is ‘International Coffee Day’. Yes, officially (aka according to Wikipedia) on September 29 fellow coffee-swiggers in Australia, Canada, Ethiopia, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and America will be celebrating the humble cup of joe and we recommend you do the same. Luckily, there’s no shortage of great coffee in our fair city so you shouldn’t have to stumble very far to get your twitchy paws on a tasty flat white.

Head to one of London’s best cafés pronto or check out this map of 315 independent coffee shops in London

Thirsty for more? Check out:

The London vs NYC coffee wars

A tube map of independent coffee shops

Infographic of London’s coffee hotspots

How your car could run on coffee grounds

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Five of the best bouncy castles in the world

Posted at 1:15 pm, September 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

1. Tom Dale’s ‘Department of the Interior’

The 6.5m high black leatherette bouncy castle is coming to the Copperfield Gallery in SE1 on October 2. Inspired by the architecture of parliament and fabrics of BDSM, visitors are strictly forbidden to enter the inflatable but that’s all part of the power play. Duh.  Read the full post…

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Join shadow puppets, musicians and iconoclastic comedian Stewart Lee in a cemetery

Posted at 12:30 pm, September 29, 2014 in Fun London

No, we haven’t made a grave error, we’re deadly serious. British comedy god Stewart Lee is performing in a Victorian graveyard on October 4 as part of promenade variety show ‘A Soireé in a Cemetery‘. As well as smart, thought-provoking, pause-filled comedy from the irreverent stand-up, you’ll find the British Humanist Association Choir and shadow puppeteer Matthew Robins nestled among the gravestones, plus there are hot toddies and cakes provided by the WI. It’s all taking place in a secret location, somewhere in Zone 2, 30 minutes from central London. Bring a thick jumper, a torch, an umbrella and a sense of adventure.

Take a look at more great gigs coming up.

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Help capture every street in London on camera

Posted at 10:00 am, September 29, 2014 in Photos of London

Royal Photography Society

Whether you fancy yourself as the next Rankin or just enjoy getting snappy on your smartphone, there’s a chance to get some more kudos for your photos other than just Facebook likes. The Royal Photographic Society is currently running a project called Bleeding London, aiming to get every street in London captured on camera. Once achieved, they’re going to host an exhibition in 2015 and publish a book containing a selection of the entries. Read the full post…

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It’s official! London is the world’s most expensive city to live in

Posted at 8:00 am, September 29, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
The Gherkin © Hufton + Crow

[The Gherkin © Hufton + Crow]

Our beloved city has risen to the top of the rich list. It’s officially the most expensive city to live and work in, according to a survey by global estate agents Savills. Knocking Hong Kong off the top spot, London’s now almost twice as costly as Sydney and four times as expensive as Rio de Janeiro. Rising property prices (up 18.4 percent in the past year) and the strength of the pound have been cited as the main cause of the soaring cost of living in London. Excuse me government, don’t you think it’s about time you stepped in and put a cap on the rents now? No? Just going to leave it for a few more years until there’s only rich bankers left? Oh, great.

Read about the other pricey places around the globe at savills.com.

It might be be expensive but London is also the most popular city on the planet! Swings and roundabouts…

By Lucie Horton

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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

Posted at 5:30 pm, September 28, 2014 in Fun London
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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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Alexi asks: ‘Shouldn’t the Queen’s Guards get more money for dancing on duty?’

Posted at 12:30 pm, September 28, 2014 in Fun London
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Life in London: so many issues. Our inquisitive editor-at-large addresses the ones that nobody else dares (or cares) to. This week: why Private Dancer deserves a medal. Read the full post…

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