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Posted at 3:20 pm, March 1, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment

No Such Thing as a Fish

No Such Thing as a Fish

Is that really true? Biologically speaking, it is. The animals we collectively call ‘fish’ don’t all descend from the same common ancestor. Read the full post…

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Chefs know best: Story’s Tom Sellers reveals his guilty pleasures and secret haunts

Posted at 12:30 pm, March 1, 2015 in Food & Drink

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Tom Sellers, Head chef at Story

Do you have any guilty pleasures?

‘If I’m at a motorway services, I’m a sucker for a McDonald’s or a Subway. And I really like Meat Liquor, which is kind of fast food. I’m not sure it counts as a guilty pleasure, but I also love beans on toast at home.’ Read the full post…

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Eat to the beat: Disco Soup are turning food waste into party fuel

Posted at 10:30 am, March 1, 2015 in Food & Drink, Fun London

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How do you stop perfectly edible food going to waste? With disco, of course! Alexi Duggins meets the Londoners turning leftovers into dancefloor fuel. Photography Jack Latimer Read the full post…

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Rachel Claire of I Love London Town reveals her top five secret London spots

Posted at 5:30 pm, February 28, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London
Abney Cemetery

Editor of I Love London Town Rachel Claire lets us in on her favourite secret places in London. Read the full post…

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Same difference: we try out Selfridges’ gender-neutral clothing

Posted at 3:30 pm, February 28, 2015 in Shopping & Style

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Selfridges is about to launch the capital’s first gender-neutral shopping department. But can men and women really share a wardrobe? Time Out workmates Katie Dailey and Oliver Keens spend a week in matching outfits to find out.
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Chefs know best: Sally Clarke shares her favourite cheap eateries

Posted at 12:30 pm, February 28, 2015 in Food & Drink

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© Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Sally Clarke, Head chef at Clarke’s

You’ve got £20 to take a friend out for dinner. Where do you go?

‘I’d go to Princi, the Italian bakery in Soho, and choose some wonderful, fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza [from £6.50] or focaccia [£4.60], and one of their delicious desserts. I’d have it with a glass of something nonalcoholic; they do some lovely juices [from £3.60].’ Read the full post…

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Baskets of sourdough, retro furniture and a dinosaur sculpture garden: it’s the best bits of Crystal Palace

Posted at 10:10 am, February 28, 2015 in Food & Drink, Fun London
Crystal Palace Dinosaur Park

One thing is crystal clear, south London is full of vintage delights. Read the full post…

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London’s hotels might be four-star from afar, but most only have two in the kitchen

Posted at 5:30 pm, February 27, 2015 in Food & Drink
Royal Lancaster Hotel

Oh dear London, our city’s not doing well, is it? Just a couple of weeks ago we were telling you that the capital contains six of the ten worst boroughs for food hygiene in the UK and now we’re ranking again. Which? has revealed that almost 60 London hotels (and more than 550 nationwide) received two stars or less from the Food Standards Agency. The rating scheme marks venues out of five, with two stars being less than satisfactory, one star for diners with stomachs of steel and no-star venues – well, you’d best be by a toilet or a hospital.

Places in Which?’s study include four-star hotels Radisson Blu Edwardian in Covent Garden and the Royal Lancaster (pictured) near Hyde Park, which both cost £200+ a night and received two stars each for food hygiene. Other venues with either one or two stars include Euston’s Thistle Hotel, the Premier Inn in Edgware and The Britannia in Hampstead. Thank the heavens we already live here.

By Danielle Goldstein

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Bag some free stuff at a Hackney Give and Take Day on Saturday

Posted at 4:40 pm, February 27, 2015 in Free, Fun London
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Looking for some bargain books and free furniture for your new pad? Or maybe you’ve got some bulky bits and pieces you want to get rid of? Head to a ‘Give and Take Day’ in Hackney on Sunday (March 1). It’s like Freecycle in real-life.  Read the full post…

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Top five proud London boasts

Posted at 3:30 pm, February 27, 2015 in Fun London

Cycle

1. ‘I cycle everywhere’

It’s easy to spot one of London’s many cyclists. Not because they’re on a bike, but because anyone who pedals to work instead of suffering with sweaty strangers on the tube every morning will immediately tell you about it. They’ll place a sympathetic hand on your shoulder and say: ‘I just don’t know how you do it, you must be so unfit. Do you get ill a lot in winter?’ At which point you’ll try to say something witty back, but the mere effort of thinking will leave you short of breath. You win, cyclists. Read the full post…

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Erotic city: provocative dancefloor fun at La Freak Smut Cinema

Posted at 2:10 pm, February 27, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Music & Nightlife

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At La Freak Smut Cinema, party people are treated to visual kink as well as dancefloor fun, as Oliver Keens finds out.

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Chefs know best: where Chiltern Firehouse’s Nuno Mendes goes for a cheap meal

Posted at 1:30 pm, February 27, 2015 in Food & Drink
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Nuno Mendes, head chef at Chiltern Firehouse

Where’s your favourite place to spend a fiver on food?

Broadway Market on Saturdays is a great place to go: there are lovely Indian ladies making amazing vegetarian food, and always a Mexican offering. I tend to head to a stall called Yum Bun which does slow-cooked pork belly served in little Chinese-style steamed buns with pickled cucumber, hoisin and chilli sauce [£4].’ Read the full post…

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