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Goodbye Dippy: a history of the Natural History Museum’s entrance hall

Posted at 5:00 pm, January 29, 2015 in Fun London
The Central Hall London 1882 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s famous diplodocus, is being replaced by a blue whale skeleton. He’s not the first to get booted out of the museum’s entrance hall, though. Here’s a timeline of its last 130 years. Read the full post…

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On sale this week: The Who, Clarence Darrow, Drenge, Van Morrison, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Jungle, Kevin Bridges and more

Posted at 4:00 pm, January 29, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
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It’s been a mighty week for live announcements, with all kinds of ace gigs, concerts, comedy shows and theatre runs appearing. Take full advantage of all this great stuff and make sure you get booking tickets tomorrow morning. And remember, if you’re after more live music, there’s plenty to be found over at our Just announced page. Read the full post…

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Amazeballs: There’s a big ball pit in west London and you can go play in it

Posted at 3:00 pm, January 29, 2015 in Free, Fun London

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Have you ever gazed longingly at the ball pits in Ikea and wished that you were wildly frolicking in there, instead of having an argument about Billy bookcases? Join the club. Well we’ve got great news – there’s a big ol’ ball pit for grown-ups right here in London and you can get involved!

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Watch Time Out London’s deeply strange 1980s commercial

Posted at 1:30 pm, January 29, 2015 in Fun London, TV

The 1980s were a pretty weird decade and our advertising was no exception. Creatively titled YouTube channel ‘UK TV Adverts / Promos’ has unearthed this deeply odd Time Out commercial – there’s no dialogue and  a lot of robots, climaxing in a robot saying ‘TIME OUT’ in a robot voice. And that’s pretty much it! Take that, Don Draper. Read the full post…

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Three great nights out this weekend

Posted at 12:30 pm, January 29, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
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Stuck for ideas for where to find some fun this weekend? Let us guide you towards three top parties taking place. And if none of the below push your buttons, remember there are plenty more club nights, parties, pop-ups and one-off events over at our Clubs page. Read the full post…

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Get transported into ‘Kingsman’ (while you’re in Westfield)

Posted at 10:15 am, January 29, 2015 in Shopping & Style
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Much-hyped Colin Firth flick ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service‘ is out now, and the makers of the film are giving you the chance to immerse yourself in its world (while you’re actually in Westfield).  They’ve teamed up with Google to set up a booth in the shopping centre where fans can see themselves in one of three key scenes from the movie, dressed in clothes from the Mr Porter x Kingsman Collection. Read the full post…

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In pictures: New York’s old subway cars are buried at sea

Posted at 8:15 am, January 29, 2015 in Photos of London, Transport
New York subway cars sunk into the sea. Photo: Stephen Mallon and Front  Room Gallery

Here in London, old tube trains are usually recycled in some form or another: donated to the London Transport Museum, bequeathed to other, lesser railways, or simply melted down and turned into fizzy drink cans. Read the full post…

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Save Spiegelhalters, east London’s weirdest building

Posted at 5:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in News, Property

Spiegelhalters© Russell Kenny

If you’ve ever gone past the old Wickhams department store (now home to the Foxcroft & Ginger café)  on Mile End Road, you’ve probably noticed that it looks a bit wonky. Well, the story behind the weird gap in the middle is pretty incredible. When the Wickham family planned their grand stone façade in 1927, it was supposed to rival Selfridges – but their neighbours, the family who owned the Spiegelhalters jewellery shop at Number 81, refused to sell up and move. The Wickhams superstore was built anyway, but Spiegelhalters stayed put in the middle of the façade, knocking the main tower off-centre and leaving a great big gap in the Wickhams’ grand design. Read the full post…

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London life hack: How to get cheap sushi

Posted at 4:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Love sushi, but worry you’re getting a raw deal? For a cut-price California roll or some miserly maki head to Yoshino Deli or Japan Centre in Soho, or any branch of Itsu in the half-hour or so before closing time and they’ll flog you their unsold stock at up to 50 percent discount (opening hours vary, so check online before you set off).

Pro tip: try not to hit the same outlet too often – staff will inevitably smell something fishy.

Find more London lifehacks here.

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Infographic: Londoners from different boroughs have different interests

Posted at 3:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in Fun London

Last week, we treated you to an map matching London boroughs with personality types. Today we’ve got an infographic that reveals what people from different London boroughs like to do and buy.

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Learn how to flirt at the School of Romance

Posted at 2:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
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Valentine’s Day is nigh, and to ensure you don’t spend it crying into your pillow while imagining yourself in 20 years’ time surrounded by empty ice cream tubs and cats (actually, that sounds pretty good), Not On The High Street has launched the School of Romance. Read the full post…

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Picture of the week: O YES sushi takes over old Foyles

Posted at 1:30 pm, January 28, 2015 in Fun London, Photos of London
O Yes Sushi in old Foyles

So you’ve got a sushi restaurant and you want to save a bit of cash on your signage. What to do? Have a sneaky tinker with an ex-bookshop’s logo, of course. The old Foyles building is now home to O Yes sushi restaurant, and to announce the fact that they’ve taken up residency by the side entrance, the raw fish enthusiasts have taken the letters spelling ‘Foyles’ and rearranged them into their own name. Were they already called O Yes and spotted the potential in the sign? Or is this a spot of brilliantly cheeky opportunism when it came to deciding their name? Dunno. But rival sushi purveyor Soy Elf must be absolutely gutted.

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