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Video: east London from the air

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 23, 2014 in Fun London

Want to take in the sights of east London but can’t be bothered to move? No problemo. Sit back and enjoy this lovely airborne tour of sunny Clissold Park, Regents Canal, London Fields, Victoria Park, Dalston, Columbia Road and more shot from a clever quadcopter. (For the loveliest results, click the ‘cog’ and switch to high resolution.) We’re very jealous of filmmaker Honey Worth’s hovering photographic contraption and know what we’re putting on our Christmas list. Read the full post…

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Ink brings modernist dining to Mile End

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 23, 2014 in Food & Drink

Dining at one of London’s modernist restaurants is likely to set your pulse racing from more than just the dishes. Once you’ve nibbled your way through any number of foams, splodges, and foraged ingredients, there will be the alarmingly high bill to contend with. However, Ink isn’t your average modernist restaurant. It’s not in central London, and it’s reasonably priced. But can a restaurant in Mile End really pull off cutting-edge cuisine?

Read our review of Ink to find out.

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Stoke Newington in mourning: Sellfridges has stopped selling fridges

Posted at 10:00 am, April 23, 2014 in News
sell fridges © Jenny Blair

It’s a sad day for Stoke Newington as the Dalstonist has revealed that Hackney’s most puntastic purveyor of white goods, Sellfridges, is no longer providing chillers to the masses of north London or anything else for that matter. The shop has been gutted and looks set to be converted. We agree with the Dalstonist and hope that the owners move on to a new pun-based endeavour.

See more of London’s best shop name puns.

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Happy Bards-day: six way to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday today

Posted at 8:00 am, April 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London

Shakespeare © Rob Greig

When you’ve achieved LITERARY IMMORTALITY (the best type of immortality), your 450th birthday is not a big one, and wherever he is, one imagines William Shakespeare is having a quiet one today (probably a really, really, really quiet one). For us mere twenty-first century mortals, though, Willy’s sweet 450 is a fine excuse for a knees up, and as ever Shakespeare’s Globe is leading the charge. Read the full post…

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Photo of the day: #birdonthestreet – duck walker in Peckham

Posted at 6:15 pm, April 22, 2014 in Fun London, Photos of London
© Sam Jacob

Last time I was in New York City, I saw a woman in Gramercy Park casually taking her pig out for a stroll (proof below). Those crazy New Yorkers, I thought. Look at them with their laissez-faire attitude to farmyard pets. Well the craze has spread across the pond as @_SamJacob spotted this cheerful chap taking his ducks out for a wander in Peckham. Sure. Let’s just hope he wasn’t taking them to KFC – that would be one step too close to cannibalism. Read the full post…

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Spotlight: who shall we blame next for London’s smog?

Posted at 5:45 pm, April 22, 2014 in Fun London, News

[Photo: John Esslinger]

Three weeks ago we blamed our dismal air quality on Saharan dust, and tomorrow, it’s set to be the fault of the French. But who will be responsible next? One of this lot, most likely. Read the full post…

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Bear grills: Get your tickets now for a summer rooftop BBQ party with The 2 Bears

Posted at 4:30 pm, April 22, 2014 in Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife
The 2 Bears

Everyone knows that bears love BBQs, right? You didn’t know? Here’s the proof: clubland’s favourite furry DJ dons The 2 Bears (AKA Joe Goddard of synth-pop act Hot Chip and London DJ veteran Raf Rundell) are hosting daytime pre-parties for two of their residency dates at east London club XOYO (after a storming residency sesh from Eats Everything kicked things off in January), involving BBQing a lot of meat way up high on the rooftop of Dalston Roof Park. The Bears and various DJ pals will be spinning party-starting tunes while punters (hopefully) soak up the sun – and remember to bring your own girthy piece of meat to whack onto the grill, so that some lucky soul can devour it later on (we’re allowed one BBQ double entendre, right?). Read the full post…

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#Cakespeare: celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday with a bake-off

Posted at 3:30 pm, April 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
Jane Asher at Cakespeare © V&A

What’s so important about April 23? It’s the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth, of course, and to celebrate the V&A has devised a rather tempting culinary competition. The museum wants people to design, make and decorate a cake inspired by the Bard himself, his greatest work or even his theatrical legacy. We suggest you dust off those pipping bags and get working on your Midsummer Night’s Cream ASAP as there’s a pretty sweet prize up for grabs too.

If you upload your photo via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #Cakespeare, you could be in with a chance of winning a weekend for two in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as tickets to a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Here’s hoping you’ll come up with something a little tastier than the concoction made by the Weird Sisters in Macbeth – no baboon’s blood or poisoned entrails, please. Stephanie Hartman

Sift through the best entrants on the V&A’s Pinterest board and get your photos in by May 4 to be in with a chance of winning. Find out more about the competition at vam.ac.uk

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Tarantino, an ‘Alien’ all-nighter and free films south of the river

Posted at 2:30 pm, April 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Reservoir Dogs

This 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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Six things to look forward to at the House of Peroni

Posted at 1:30 pm, April 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife
House of Peroni

House of Peroni, a month-long celebration of Italian culture and style is winging its way back to the capital from May 2 and the line-up is a total corker. Comprising food, fashion, design and art events, the House is inspired by the spirit of 1963; a transformative year when Italian style became world renowned and the year Carlo Peroni created Peroni Nastro Azzurro.  Read the full post…

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Join Gandini Juggling for a free workshop on the South Bank

Posted at 12:15 pm, April 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Outdoor London
Gandini Juggling

Ever wanted to run away to the circus? Well, if you do decide to make the leap you won’t have to go very far, as Gandini Juggling has announced it’ll be holding a drop-in juggling session this afternoon (April 22) near the London Eye. Open to all levels, the public are invited to bring anything juggle-able (best to start with apples and oranges rather than fire and knives) and try their hands at the circus skill. The well-travelled troupe are one of the world’s biggest juggling companies and lesson prices are usually sky high, but for one day only they’ll be waving their fee and teaching you the tricks completely free! Read the full post…

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40 mega ways to spend this week in London

Pic: Lee Nichols

[Leadenhall Market will be taken over by Morris Men for St George's Day. Pic: Lee Nichols]

Rise out of your Easter sugar slump and beat the malaise with some stupendous mid-week action! Read the full post…

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