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Smack your lips and go cray for these lobster rolls

Posted at 1:20 pm, November 21, 2014 in Food & Drink

smack deli ©Guy Dimond
© Guy Dimond

You’ve got to wonder how many focus groups it took to come up with the name ‘Smack’ for a restaurant. Did the focus groups accidentally include a local branch of Narcotics Anonymous? Or perhaps some despairing young parents with hyperactive toddlers? We like to think the name refers to a type of boat used in the waters of New England, sometimes for lobster fishing. This would make sense, as this new offshoot of the absurdly popular Burger & Lobster chain sells a lot of lobster.

Read our review of Smack Deli here.

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52 thrilling things to do in London this weekend

Posted at 12:15 pm, November 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

Wendy Dobing[Photo: Wendy Dobing]

Get your Christmas shopping underway with a trip to the Renegade Craft Fair or Scandinavian Christmas Market, hear some great new music at  The End Festival or find out who’s the funniest guy or gal in the capital at the final of the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year event.  Here’s all the info you need for a wonderful weekend…

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Could you survive the Hunger Games?

Posted at 10:15 am, November 21, 2014 in Fun London
Hunger Games

Panem on the streets of London! With ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’out this week, Dan Frost grabs his bow and arrow and shows you how you can learn to kick ass like Katniss. Photography Rob Greig. Read the full post…

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Bird’s eye view: see London from the back of an eagle

Posted at 8:15 am, November 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Eagle Eye View From City Hall To Celebrate The 50 year anniversary of The IUCN's Red List 1

So you’ve seen London from the top of the Shard? BIG WOW. Have you seen it through the actual eyes of an eagle? I think not.  Read the full post…

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Did you travel on the busiest day in tube history?

Posted at 5:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in News, Transport

Thought the tube was a tad more crammed than usual last Friday? That could be something to do with the four and half million passengers squeezed into the Underground with you. Read the full post…

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On sale this week: Bette Midler, Ride, Clean Bandit, Foo Fighters, D’Angelo and more

Posted at 4:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
bette midler

Another Friday approaching means another opportunity to scoop up tickets for some truly great live music. Make sure you’re up bright and early-ish tomorrow morning to be in with a chance of securing entry to any of the shows below, and remember that you can head to our ‘Just announced‘ page for more top live music options. Read the full post…

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Pop-up party Turntables touches down in Hackney Wick

Posted at 3:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Music & Nightlife

The best antidote to the incoming grotty winter? Eat your own body weight in delicious street food, drink cocktails and – if you can still move afterwards – dance to tunes spun by top DJs. New, free pop-up party Turntables provides all of these fine things and many more. Read the full post…

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Ten things you’ll experience when buying a flat in London

Posted at 2:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Fun London
Terrible real estate agent photos

As previously documented, renting a house in London is sheer hell. But, because you’re a masochist, after doing it ten or 12 times you may decide to take things to the next level and buy a place, a process that costs roughly 20 times as much and lasts longer than the average war. Got that deposit all saved up, have you? Looking forward to popping open some champagne, are you? Not before you’ve experienced this particularly shitty obstacle course. Read the full post…

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Seven superb sample sales to do some Christmas shopping at

Posted at 1:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Shopping & Style
people tree

Temperatures are taking a nose dive and saccharine-sickly Christmas ads are everywhere already. ‘Tis the season to rejig your winter wardrobe, and thanks to a clutch of sample sales hitting town over the next few weeks, there’s never been a better (or cheaper) time to do so. Here are some of the best. Read the full post…

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Souper popular: be prepared to queue for London’s newest ramen restaurants

Posted at 12:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Food & Drink

Not since the first Wagamama opened in 1992 have we seen such huge queues for a ramen bar. At Ippudo at St Giles Circus we’ve been turned away by a ‘one-hour’ wait. And there’s no solace if you decide to go to Kanada-ya, the little ramen bar just across the road; the queues are just as long. So what to do next? Give up on the idea of ramen and go to Smoking Goat, the new Thai café-bar just around the corner? Guess what? One-hour wait. No wonder McDonald’s does so well. By Guy Dimond

Take a look at more of London’s ramen bars here.

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Wow, you lot really love the words ‘penis’, ‘cheese’, ‘sex’ and ‘bacon’

Posted at 10:00 am, November 20, 2014 in Fun London

You lot are odd. Trawling through the last two years’ worth of columns to compile the Word on the Street book, we couldn’t help but notice certain words cropped up again and again. We applied the most sophisticated mathematical techniques the Time Out team are capable of (we did some counting). Then we turned the total number of occurrences for each word into an illustration where the ones most frequently used are the biggest. And this is the result. Which we’re a bit baffled by. ‘Sex’? Fair enough. But ‘bacon’?

Take a look at more hilarious things overheard in London.

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Get a black cab for a fiver this Christmas

Posted at 8:00 am, November 20, 2014 in News
Black Cab

Black cabs are expensive right? Wrong! This festive period, London’s taxi price war has resulted in crazy cheap £5 journeys for people booking black cabs on their mobiles. Interested?

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