There are no more tickets for the New Year’s Eve fireworks!

Posted at 5:15 pm, December 16, 2014 in News
Fireworks over Big Ben, London, New Year's Eve 2013. [Photo: BBC]

Bad news if you were planning on casually strolling down to central London on New Year’s Eve to watch the fireworks this year. You’ll be in for a sore disappointment. After announcing back in September that they were selling £10 tickets for this year’s explosive end of year ceremony, the Mayor’s office have just said that all 100,000 tickets are now completely sold out. That means that if you don’t have a ticket, you won’t be able get into the designated viewing areas. Unlike past years, they won’t be screening them in Trafalgar Square or Parliament Square, the Royal Parks will also be closed and they’re advising that anyone without a ticket avoid the Embankment and South Bank areas and just stay home to watch the show on BBC One. Sad face. You’ll still be able to see them from high points like Primrose and Parliament Hills though and that’s free.

Luckily there are a zillion other things to do on New Year’s Eve so start planning yours right here, right now

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D’Angelo returns after 14 years with ‘Black Messiah’

Posted at 4:00 pm, December 16, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
D'Angelo © Greg Harris

How long has he been away?

Well, the 40-year-old singer hasn’t put out an album since 2000’s ‘Voodoo’ – the deep and delicate masterpiece of socially conscious auteur soul that’s rightly regarded as a classic alongside the work of Gaye, Wonder and Hendrix. Read the full post…

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Silent night: one in four of us spend Christmas alone

Posted at 3:15 pm, December 16, 2014 in News

 © Daniel Krieg © Daniel Kreig

Are you winding down for a Christmas break with family and friends, counting the sleeps and over-indulging on mince pies? Well not to put a dampener on the Christmas spirit, but count yourself lucky, because over the past five years a surprising 25 percent of us have ended up spending Christmas alone. A survey commissioned by Travel Channel has revealed some interesting facts about us Londoners at Christmas time.

Read the full post…

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Foodies, catch ‘A Tale of Samurai Cooking’ this week

Posted at 2:15 pm, December 16, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

If you’re interested in Japan, and in food, new movie ‘A Tale of Samurai Cooking’, will sate you with both. Set in Edo Period Japan – the height of samurai culture – it describes the period when the samurai of Kanazawa, many days journey from Edo (Tokyo), had to lay down their arms and adopt other professions such as cooking to keep the peace. For one protagonist the transition isn’t easy, with political unrest and honour to be redressed. However his new wife – unwanted, by an arranged marriage – shows him the way of the sword is not the only way to win hearts and minds. Read the full post…

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Pillow Cinema announce new 2015 dates

Posted at 1:15 pm, December 16, 2014 in Fun London

January is always a bit cold and miserable. You’re skint from Christmas revelry and feeling guilty from over indulging. So why not give your January self a nice treat and book a spot today for one of the next Pillow Cinema screenings happening next month? Tickets have just been released and there are plenty of films to choose from, including 2014 big hitters ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, ‘Frank’ and ‘Her’. If you’re not sure what to expect, the video above should give you a  pretty good idea. Book now and all you’ll need to do in January is bring a pillow and get comfy on a bean bag. #winninglife

Find out more about Pillow Cinema and book your tickets here.

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Take a selfie with Lego Santa in Covent Garden

Posted at 12:30 pm, December 16, 2014 in Fun London

We imagine Santa’s pretty stressed at this time of year, bricking it about the solid 24 hours of work on its way. Ironic, since Lego just made a model of him out of more than 700,000 colourful bricks.

The Covent Garden installation features Father Christmas, his reindeer and his sleigh. Plus, there’s a free seat next to Santa in case you want to take a sleigh selfie with him (who doesn’t?).

The sculpture took 30 days to build and will be in the North East Piazza until December 29.

See more London Christmas fun here

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Magic mushrooms found at Buckingham Palace

Posted at 11:00 am, December 16, 2014 in News

best foraging groups in london©

No need to travel all the way to Thailand for your next mouthful of magic mushrooms, the Queen has them growing right in her back garden. Read the full post…

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In pictures: Mapping the City exhibition at Somerset House in 2015

Posted at 8:15 am, December 16, 2014 in Photos of London

8. Mapping the City at SomeAugustine Kofie, Overcast Angeles, 2014.

It’s been off limits to the public for 150 years, but finally in January 2015 the New Wing of Somerset House will reopen with an epic exhibition all about maps. And you know we ♥ mapsRead the full post…

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In this week’s Time Out Magazine…

Posted at 6:30 pm, December 15, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
time out magazine

In case you hadn’t realised, Christmas is fast approaching! In tomorrow’s magazine we’ve gone full-on festive: mistletoe kiss-ins, Xmas parties, London’s best Santas, Christmas meals and 25 reasons you lot love Yule. This week’s mag also sees us learn how to make globes, brave bronze bumhole casting(!), pick our fave songs and albums of the year, review the new production of ‘Cats’ and make mince pies with Marcus Wareing.

Grab your magazine at your local tube station tomorrow morning, find it at a mainline station or pick it up from one of hundreds of locations across London, or subscribe for 50p a week

You can also buy this week’s issue from Wednesday on your Apple or Android device, so you can swipe, pinch and scroll through at your leisure.

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London might be getting double-decker trains

Posted at 5:15 pm, December 15, 2014 in Transport
© Flickr: Omer Simkha

© Flickr: Omer Simkha

If you’ve traveled around Europe a fair amount, you’ve probably experienced that exciting moment when your train pulls up and WOAH it’s a DOUBLE-DECKER! Okay, maybe it’s just us who are getting giddy over these two-floored wonders, but you could soon be seeing a lot more of them as Network Rail have proposed double-decker trains to run between Southampton, Woking and London Waterloo to ease overcrowding during busy periods.

Over the next 30 years rail passenger numbers are expected to go from 1.6 billion a year to 3.2 billion. That’s a lot of people. Other measures to ease our travelling pain include narrower train seats (breathe in, everyone), more platforms, ‘flyovers’ where trains could bypass busy stations and a new London terminus, possibly in Shoreditch.

Read more London transport news.

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We’re going wild for the Zoo Portraits London Pop-Up

Posted at 4:15 pm, December 15, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Photos of London
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We’re big fans of Yago Partal’s work. We’re suckers for an anthropomorphic animal depiction and they don’t get much more personable than the Spanish artist’s Zoo Portraits project. Partal was responsible for a particularly foxy Time Out cover design earlier this year and his work featured in our ad campaign for the Time Out Glasgow launch. He has now added more than 50 species to his kooky collection. In the run-up to Christmas he’s staging an exhibition and pop-up shop selling limited edition art, prints and homeware at Columbia Road Arts Club, a boon if you’re looking for a present for a friend who’s a cuddly bear or a bit of a monkey. Or you could just be a complete piggy and indulge yourself instead.

Zoo Portraits London Pop-Up, Columbia Road Arts Club, 160 Columbia Rd, E2 7RG. Until Dec 21. Wed 10am-9pm; Thu-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-5pm.

Take a look at more great art exhibitions happening in London here.

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Feeling SAD? Soak up some Winter Sun in King’s Cross

Posted at 3:15 pm, December 15, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
winter sun kings cross

Sunlight, we miss you. We’re sorry we took you for granted in the summer, and now that the winter months are here our days are short and dark. We want you back. If you’re one of many Londoners in need of a light and bright pick-me-up but can’t afford to jet off to warmer climates, how about catching a few rays in the bright new social space in King’s Cross? (No, it’s not a giant communal sunbed). Read the full post…

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