On sale this week: Brandon Flowers, Sarah Millican, Brian Wilson, Nadine Shah and more

Posted at 3:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife
Brandon Flowers

With Easter approaching, you really should be saving your money to buy overpriced chocolate eggs for other people. But that doesn’t sound so fun, does it? What sounds much more appealing is spending your hard-earned on YOU and buying tickets for some of the hottest gigs, comedy shows and concerts around, right? As luck would have it, there have been loads of great shows announced this week. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning, except those for superbly cynical, brilliantly boozy comic/angry guy Doug Stanhope – tickets for his show are available on Monday morning, but we wanted to flag it up, because he’s just as great as the rest of the stuff we’ve highlighted below. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

11 upcoming sample sales where you can bag a bargain

Posted at 2:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Shopping & Style

If you’re after an excuse to update your spring wardrobe on the cheap, look no further than the bumper crop of sample sales that are hitting the capital over the next couple of weeks. Read the full post…

Tags: , ,

The pinkprint of Nicki Minaj: what makes up the hip hop superstar

Posted at 1:15 pm, March 26, 2015 in Music & Nightlife


How do you design a star like Nicki? Kate Lloyd lays out the plans to a hip hop great. 

Read the full post…

Tags: , , ,

Six simple steps to getting free #BurgersForLife from Burger Bear

Posted at 12:00 pm, March 26, 2015 in Free

burger bear

Okay, so as pop-up concepts go, this one’s a little convoluted, so we thought the best way to get the idea across is to break it down real simple like. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , ,

Birmingham vs London: who will win the ultimate street food fight?

Posted at 10:00 am, March 26, 2015 in Food & Drink

big papas brisket bun & onion rings

There’s a bun fight going on in Elephant and Castle. Literally. On Sat March 28, for one night only, Corsica Studios’ pop-up drinking/dining/dancing-like-a-goof space Paperworks is attempting to decide whether London is a better city than Birmingham, via the medium of a cook-off. It’s the first bout of FlavaClash: a nationwide tour pitting two different cities’ street food vendors against each other,  with the winner being chosen by crowd vote. London’s being represented by patty genius Burger Bear and awesome Austrian specialists – and current Paperworks residents – Fleisch Mob, who will be going up against a team of Brummies including soul-food specialists Big Papa’s Beautiful South. Every attendee gets a judging pack to cast their vote, but we’re gonna go ahead and say it now: London’s blatantly gonna win.

#Flavaclash is at Paperworks, 48 Newington Causeway SE1. Saturday March 28, 5-11pm. Free entry, dishes are £5.

Tags: , , , ,

London’s top ten Underground stations

Posted at 8:00 am, March 26, 2015 in Fun London

© Rob Greig

1. Westminster
Nestled beneath the Houses of Parliament is this award-winning tube station, a futuristic mass of twisting grey steel and concrete. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the Death Star; those passing through might expect to see Darth Gove in a black cape, flanked by stormtroopers. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Saké time: enrol onto London’s new tutored rice wine tasting course

Posted at 5:30 pm, March 25, 2015 in Food & Drink

Kampai! We raise our glasses to the trend for more decent saké bars in London, the most upmarket of them being Engawa in Soho; restaurant Shackfuyu also has a hipster-friendly version in its basement. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Colourful designs for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilon revealed

Posted at 4:15 pm, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
Serpentine Pavilion

It wouldn’t be summer in London without the ever-bonkers Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Over the years we’ve cosied up beneath a giant puddle, supped our flat whites inside an inflated marshmallow, even scaled a ‘Tron’-style grid of white steel in search of a seat, and yet we confess to being amazed by the futuristic design of this year’s summerhouse on the Serpentine Gallery lawn. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , ,

Russell Brand is opening a café in London

Posted at 3:15 pm, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, News

Trew Era cafe

Have we reached peak novelty café? Well, Russell Brand doesn’t think so – the comedian is riding the coffee wave and is opening up his very own venue, which he reckons is going to be pretty revolutionary. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , , , ,

The best cinema in London for… bumping into Ryan Gosling

Posted at 2:15 pm, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

Ryan Gosling

Oh. My. Gos. Yes, The Gosling is coming to London the week after next, so if you’re anywhere near the Curzon Soho on Wednesday April 8 or the Ritzy in Brixton on Thursday April 9, you’ll be in with a chance of spotting his Royal Gosness. He’ll be in town to promote his first film as a director, ‘Lost River’ (warning: it’s not very good), and will be taking to the stage of both cinemas after special preview screenings before the film’s proper release on Friday April 10.

The chances of getting hold of a ticket to either event at this point are about as strong as him accepting an invitation to come round your place for a candlelit dinner. But fear not: the Ritzy screening and Q&A will be beamed to loads of other cinemas around the city and country. So you’ll still be able to see him, even if you won’t be able to touch him, which is probably a good thing for everyone involved and less likely to result in police intervention.

Read our review of ‘Lost River’ now. The Q&A will be screened at Picturehouse cinemas across the city – find your nearest one at picturehouses.co.uk.

For cinema attributes other than Gosling-proximity, see our guide to the best cinemas in London.


Tags: , , , , ,

Air head: Introducing Nike’s new cult trainer

Posted at 1:15 pm, March 25, 2015 in Shopping & Style
Air Max © Rob Greig

© Rob Greig

It’s Air Max Day on Thursday – when Nike drops its latest cult trainer and sneaker nerds bow down and give thanks. Trainer boffin and AM enthusiast Jonathan Cook introduces the latest, very special, addition to the line. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , , , ,

Food for Thought in Covent Garden to close after 40 years

Posted at 12:30 pm, March 25, 2015 in Food & Drink
Food for Thought © Britta Jaschinski

With every new press release I receive about a nonsense novelty café, I cling on even tighter to the trusted authentic old faithfuls that remind me of the London I know and love. These are the places that have been serving up consistently good food at reasonable prices because they opened before you had to be a billionaire or a pop-up maestro to rent a property in central London. But as rent prices continue to rocket and new shiny buildings spring up, more and more wonderful London gems are becoming extinct.  Read the full post…

Tags: , , , ,

Tunnel vision: see a play down in the Thames tunnel

Posted at 10:00 am, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

Brunel Shaft

Pop up pie shops, old majestic town halls, weird floating jetties: now a dark, dirty tunnel shaft joins the list of quirky venues to host plays in the capital. In June ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’ will be staged in Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his dad Marc’s famous tunnel shaft, which once connected the outside world to the first ever underwater tunnel – the Thames tunnel.  The piece tells of the day that the Brunels hosted a party for 170 people in the tunnel shaft as a PR exercise to try to smooth over their recent construction disasters. As it’s the world premiere, your guess is as good as ours as to whether the drama will be good, but at the very least, it’ll be a night of underground drama.

The Eighth Wonder of the World’ runs from June 8-14. Tickets are £20.  

Tags: , , , ,

Twelve secrets you never knew about London’s museums

Posted at 8:00 am, March 25, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

British Museum

It’s #museumweek and London’s institutions are celebrating in style over on Twitter. The annual celebration of our city’s cultural powerhouses kicked off on Monday with the likes of the V&A, National Portrait Gallery and British Museum, revealing their deepest secrets. And they were JUICY. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , ,

Video: 562,000 tube journeys in two minutes

Posted at 5:45 pm, March 24, 2015 in Transport

Do you ever feel like you’re nothing but one of thousands of identical, faceless dots in someone else’s data visualisation? We’re afraid this won’t help. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , ,

Someone’s worked out how much it’d cost to swing a cat in London

Posted at 4:15 pm, March 24, 2015 in Property


Bad news, cat torturers of west London – the area has become so prohibitively expensive that, these days, a room in SW3 big enough to swing a cat would set you back a mighty £158k. And that’s before you’ve dealt with the fallout from the RSPCA and paid someone to clean up the mess. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , , , , ,

The Jewish Museum are crowdsourcing their new exhibition

Posted at 2:30 pm, March 24, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
© Jewish Museum London

© Jewish Museum London

The Jewish Museum wants to borrow any of your personal objects relating to the idea of ‘journeys’ for its next exhibition. Lend your objects to the museum and they will be displayed alongside the museum’s own objects in the second instalment of the Your Jewish Museum series. Objects can convey an emotional, spiritual, or plain old geographical journey. Finally, a use for your collection of vintage travelcards. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , ,

Help Shuffle festival renovate The Lodge in Mile End

Posted at 12:30 pm, March 24, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, News

Shuffle Festival came to life back in the summer of 2013 as a pop-up film festival in Mile End, masterminded by Danny Boyle. And after proving a hit with locals, it returned with a bigger and better format last year, setting up its base at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park (THCP) with a bar/café and plenty of music, film, art and science events. Now the festival’s team are crowdfunding to make their residency at THCP permanent by renovating the historic lodge. It’ll serve as a community club house of sorts and permanent venue that will allow Shuffle’s cultural knees-up to run all year round. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , , ,

Street Feast announces plans for massive new ‘Dinerama’ in Shoreditch this summer

Posted at 10:00 am, March 24, 2015 in Food & Drink

Dinerama Shoreditch
Good news street food fans, the mother of all transient edible pop-ups, aka Street Feast, has just announced their summer plans – and they are BIG! Not only will they be dishing up grub back at Dalston Yard, this year they’re expanding their repertoirewith a new event called Dinerama in Shoreditch. Full details are yet to be released but we wanted to bring you the news as soon as possible. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , ,

Giles Coren: ‘London: why not vote for what you really want?’

Posted at 8:00 am, March 24, 2015 in Fun London

Register to vote

Giles Coren prepares for power. Read the full post…

Tags: , , , ,