15 things that you (probably) didn’t know were made in London

Posted at 8:00 am, September 19, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink

Wine, cheese, bells, boxer shorts… there are tons of things made right here in the capital that you just wouldn’t expect. From ‘rolled gold’ spectacles in Hackney Wick to fuzzboxes in High Barnet, Eddy Frankel tracks down the locally made items you will want to get your hands on. Read the full post…

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Tincan: would you pay £22 for a tin of fish?

Posted at 6:15 pm, September 18, 2014 in Food & Drink
tinned fish

© Paul Winch-Furness

Only in London might you find an ‘exciting new restaurant’ (their words) that serves tinned seafood but not much else – and makes this a selling point. This pop-up has lots of pretty tins, opened to order, and served with bread and lettuce leaves. No starters, no puds, no coffee or tea – just sardines, pilchards, octopus and so on, at alarming prices (£7-£22 per tin). Read the full post…

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Good news for the South Bank’s skaters: the Undercroft is safe!

Posted at 5:15 pm, September 18, 2014 in News
Southbank Skaters Undercroft


[Photo: Rafa Esteve]

It’s taken three months of discussion, but we’ve finally got good news for the skaters, BMXers and graffiti artists of the South Bank.

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How to drink like a Londoner: the best rooftop bars in London

Posted at 4:30 pm, September 18, 2014 in Food & Drink, Outdoor London

Franks Peckham

The sun is out. Who knows how long it will last. Make the most of it by heading to one of these rooftop bars.  Read the full post…

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On sale tomorrow: Cat Stevens, Damien Rice, Aziz Ansari, Paloma Faith and more

Posted at 3:30 pm, September 18, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
damien rice

This week’s hot tickets include long-awaited returns by two great singer-songwriters, two up-and-coming pop stars, and a true hero of US comedy. Check our Just announced page for more, and set your alarm for these big shows going on sale tomorrow… Read the full post…

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Five more things in London that should go contactless

Posted at 3:15 pm, September 18, 2014 in Fun London
London ©Paul Biggs https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulrbiggs/

© Paul Biggs

It’s often remarked that Londoners are scared of other Londoners. That we don’t talk to one another, or even make eye contact. That last bit might be true (and rightly so – look away, please) but, on the whole, we’re not that unfriendly, we just don’t like plunging ourselves heedlessly into the other people’s grubby, sweat-clogged, germ-covered business. Read the full post…

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London Film Festival 2014 tickets are now on sale!

Posted at 2:10 pm, September 18, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

London Film Festival 2014

This morning, tickets went on sale for all events at this year’s London Film Festival, which kicks off on October 8 in Leicester Square and cinemas across the city. This year’s lineup is exceptionally strong, with major Hollywood blockbusters like wrestling drama ‘Foxcatcher’ and Brad Pitt’s gnarly WWII flick ‘Fury’ screening alongside tiny arthouse masterpieces from all across the globe. If you’re in any doubt about what to see at the festival, the best place to start is our handy ‘25 films you need to see‘ guide, covering everything from heavy-hitters like the opening night film, ‘The Imitation Game’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch, to a wealth of new indie comedies, genre-bending horror movies and arty dramas. 

Tickets are available at bfi.org.uk/lff, but don’t be disappointed if all the major titles have already been snapped up – we’re running a competition to win tickets to ten of the biggest red carpet gala screenings. 

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Left behind: if Scotland votes for independence, London will lose its closest ideological cousin

Posted at 1:10 pm, September 18, 2014 in News
Scotland and London are friends - referendum independence

Just yesterday we argued that Scotland and London ought to form a union of their very own. Now we’ve been vindicated by some fascinating data analysis from US politics site FiveThirtyEight. (You might remember them as the guys that successfully predicted the entire US election in 2012.)

Carl Bialik compared opinions on topics including benefits, immigration, nuclear weapons and Europe in different regions of Great Britain. And the results show that, comparatively, London and Scotland are essentially best mates:

Greater London [is] the most Scottish part of Great Britain. The South lined up with Scotland on just two questions, and the Midlands on just six. The North agreed on 11, and the Welsh on 12 — just over half. But Greater London agreed on 21 of 23 questions.

[Opinions in] Scotland differed, on average, by about 8 percentage points from Greater London, 9 points from Northern England, 11 from Wales, 12 from the Midlands and 13 from the South…

Nearly every other region’s most distant ideological neighbour was Scotland. The gap was largest for the South, which was 13 percentage points apart from Scotland, on average, but placed within 9 points or fewer relative to every other region. The one exception was Greater London, which was closer to Scotland than to the South and the Midlands — the two regions that are closest to Greater London.

So despite Scotland being our most geographically distant region, it’s by far the closest in terms of political beliefs. That means an independent Scotland would be a real disaster for regular Londoners, who would lose an important ally in the UK’s political debate.

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Bike around buildings on this Architectural Bicycle Tour

Posted at 12:15 pm, September 18, 2014 in Outdoor London, Transport

© Jude Brosnan

Walking tours are so spring/summer ’14. BYOB (bring your own bike) to this approximately two-hour marshalled tour around Kensington and Chelsea’s best bits. From Henry VIII’s sixteenth century hunting fields to the brutalist monument that is Trellick Tower, the tour takes the scenic lesser-traveled route through the borough. It’s organised by Bikeminded, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s go-to place for cycling tips, news and information, who arrange events all through the year including monthly bike-themed filmed nights. By Jude Brosnan

Architectural Bicycle Tour. £5, Saturday September 20, 2pm at Cromwell Gardens (opposite the V&A Museum). Finishes at Trellick Tower, W10 5NY. Get tickets here

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In pictures: behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House

Posted at 10:00 am, September 18, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

Earlier this week we joined a group of London’s best Instagrammers on an early morning tour of the Royal Opera House. Not only did we get the chance to sit on the Royal Toilet, we were also able to photograph the magic of the grand building while no visitors were around.   Read the full post…

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Five of the best pop-ups happening this week in london

Posted at 8:00 am, September 18, 2014 in Food & Drink, Fun London, Top 5
cocktails in the city

London sure loves a good pop-up these days. Whether you’re searching for unique dinner suspended above the city, an evening of dressing up in dirndls and lederhosen, or a two-day cocktail crawl, this week’s tip-top pop-ups have got it covered.

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Alexi asks: ‘How about Scotland leaves the rest of the UK but not London?

Posted at 6:00 pm, September 17, 2014 in Fun London

© 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: why Scotland shouldn’t leave London.

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