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Infographic: London’s shocking unlicensed minicab stats

Posted at 6:15 pm, November 21, 2014 in News, Transport

Bounce

In theory, we know that getting in unlicensed minicabs is bad news. But sometimes it’s late, you’re tired, it’s raining and there’s a car in front of you offering you a cheap rate to get home. Yep, according to a new survey of 1,500 London women by minicab ordering app Bounce, 58 percent of women have knowingly got into a mini cab without a licence. Yikes. In fact the rest of their findings are also slightly startling. It seems that younger women prioritise price over safety and women in general very often feel unsafe while waiting for cabs in London. Bounce is trying to raise awareness about the importance of pre-booking a licensed TfL cab (and not just because that’s exactly what their app does!) and trying to show that, as well as being safer, it can be quicker and much cheaper.  Read the full post…

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Women of London, shut down central London at the Reclaim the Night march

Posted at 5:15 pm, November 21, 2014 in News
© Flickr: Duncan Hull

© Duncan Hull

You’ll probably have heard the recent news that the Home Office barred American ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc from coming to the UK to dish out his violent tips on how to date women. Good work Government, this is one small step for feminism, one large public kicking for misogyny. Read the full post…

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Three fun nights out this weekend

Posted at 4:15 pm, November 21, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
© Mary-Alice Thompson

© Mary-Alice Thompson

Gear up for a weekend of full-fat fun with our pick of three of the best nightlife events and parties taking place over the next three days. If you’re gagging to play bingo, go raving and then gorge on street food and cocktails, you are very much in luck. But if not, just head to our Nightlife and Clubs page for more great options. Read the full post…

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Get into the spirit of Mexico at the Tequila and Mezcal Festival

Posted at 3:15 pm, November 21, 2014 in Food & Drink
Tequila&Mezcal

Aficionados of tequila and/or mezcal (and those who don’t know the difference, but would like to) should consider spending part of the weekend at the first-ever Tequila & Mezcal Festival. It’s being decanted on Saturday and Sunday (November 22 and 23) at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, and will feature talks, an exhibition of photographs taken in the mezcal-producing state of Oaxaca, food-tequila matching sessions, live music and the presence of a few restaurants. Among them is Condesa, a Time Out favourite in Covent Garden. Plus – duh! – the opportunity to sample plenty of mezcal and tequila. Tickets cost £15, plus a booking fee. Arriba! Arriba!

Find out more at tequilafest.co.uk.

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Criminals have left cash splashed all over North London

Posted at 2:10 pm, November 21, 2014 in News

©Images Money©Images Money

It’s like those dreams where you’re walking down the street and you see a 20 quid note fluttering around in a bush and when you go and pick it up you spot another one a few feet away and then there’s a whole Hansel and Gretel-style path of cash laid out for your giddy enjoyment. Only this time it’s real. Read the full post…

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Smack your lips and go cray for these lobster rolls

Posted at 1:20 pm, November 21, 2014 in Food & Drink

smack deli ©Guy Dimond
© Guy Dimond

You’ve got to wonder how many focus groups it took to come up with the name ‘Smack’ for a restaurant. Did the focus groups accidentally include a local branch of Narcotics Anonymous? Or perhaps some despairing young parents with hyperactive toddlers? We like to think the name refers to a type of boat used in the waters of New England, sometimes for lobster fishing. This would make sense, as this new offshoot of the absurdly popular Burger & Lobster chain sells a lot of lobster.

Read our review of Smack Deli here.

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52 thrilling things to do in London this weekend

Posted at 12:15 pm, November 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Free, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

Wendy Dobing[Photo: Wendy Dobing]

Get your Christmas shopping underway with a trip to the Renegade Craft Fair or Scandinavian Christmas Market, hear some great new music at  The End Festival or find out who’s the funniest guy or gal in the capital at the final of the Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year event.  Here’s all the info you need for a wonderful weekend…

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Could you survive the Hunger Games?

Posted at 10:15 am, November 21, 2014 in Fun London
Hunger Games

Panem on the streets of London! With ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’out this week, Dan Frost grabs his bow and arrow and shows you how you can learn to kick ass like Katniss. Photography Rob Greig. Read the full post…

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Bird’s eye view: see London from the back of an eagle

Posted at 8:15 am, November 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
Eagle Eye View From City Hall To Celebrate The 50 year anniversary of The IUCN's Red List 1

So you’ve seen London from the top of the Shard? BIG WOW. Have you seen it through the actual eyes of an eagle? I think not.  Read the full post…

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Did you travel on the busiest day in tube history?

Posted at 5:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in News, Transport
tubestrike

Thought the tube was a tad more crammed than usual last Friday? That could be something to do with the four and half million passengers squeezed into the Underground with you. Read the full post…

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On sale this week: Bette Midler, Ride, Clean Bandit, Foo Fighters, D’Angelo and more

Posted at 4:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
bette midler

Another Friday approaching means another opportunity to scoop up tickets for some truly great live music. Make sure you’re up bright and early-ish tomorrow morning to be in with a chance of securing entry to any of the shows below, and remember that you can head to our ‘Just announced‘ page for more top live music options. Read the full post…

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Pop-up party Turntables touches down in Hackney Wick

Posted at 3:30 pm, November 20, 2014 in Music & Nightlife
turntables

The best antidote to the incoming grotty winter? Eat your own body weight in delicious street food, drink cocktails and – if you can still move afterwards – dance to tunes spun by top DJs. New, free pop-up party Turntables provides all of these fine things and many more. Read the full post…

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