Google has built a 3D map of London you can fly through

Posted at 1:15 pm, July 22, 2014 in Maps
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Remember when everyone was freaking out about Google spying on us? Turns out they actually were. But, as it turns out, the results are beautiful so who cares?

Type a reasonably central London address into Google Maps, select ‘earth’ and click the slanted tile doohickey beneath the compass on the right. Your jaw should be dropping right about… now. Read the full post…

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How to eat like a Londoner: the best rustic French bistros in town

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 22, 2014 in Food & Drink



In a placid part of Primrose Hill, L’Absinthe reproduces the feel of a classic French corner bistro as unerringly as a scene from ‘Amélie’. Service is smiley and full of charm. 40 Chalcot Rd, NW1 8LS.   Read the full post…

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The magic number: organise a threesome with 3nder

Posted at 10:00 am, July 22, 2014 in Fun London
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A new iPhone app promising hassle-free threesomes launched in London earlier this month. But is it an idea with more than its fair share of holes? Andy Hill investigates. Read the full post…

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The 100 best sci-fi movies have arrived…

Posted at 8:00 am, July 22, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

100 best sci-fi movies

Science fiction is now the world’s most popular film genre. From spaceships to superheroes, robots to ray-guns, ‘Gravity‘ to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘, every other megabudget movie at your local multiplex has some kind of out-of-this-world element (not to mention spectacular special effects). But in the whole history of cinema, which sci-fi films are truly the best? Following on from our epic polls of the 100 best horror movies, animated movies, romantic movies and comedies, we felt it was time to find out which movies the leading experts in sci-fi – including authors and scientists, filmmakers and critics – felt were the greatest ever made. The results may surprise you. They may excite you. They may – if you’re a hardened sci-fi geek – infuriate you beyond words. But the experts have spoken.   Read the full post…

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East London, get ready for ‘Olympicopolis’

Posted at 6:30 pm, July 21, 2014 in News, Olympics & Paralympics, Technology, Transport
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It’s been two years since London was flooded with tourists and athletes ready to battle it out at the 2012 Olympic Games. These days, in between colour runs, sunbathers and swimmers visiting the London Aquatics Centre, it can feel a little empty. However, in an attempt to revitalise the Stratford hype Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to boost the economic growth and cultural attraction of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with – wait for it – ‘Olympicopolis’.

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In tomorrow’s Time Out Magazine…

Posted at 5:00 pm, July 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Free
Time Out Magazine

Feeling the pre-pay-day pinch? Been spending money like it’s going out of fashion? We feel your pain. But worry not. In tomorrow’s issue of Time Out Magazine, we’re going low and bringing you a week’s worth of frugal fun for under a tenner per day. Sounds impossible, but we assure you it can be done. Some days you’ll even get to keep some change!

Elsewhere in the mag we find out what it takes to live cheaply in central London, track down London’s best sandwiches, meet Burt Bacharach, go to London’s best beaches, try out a day as a charity mugger, bring you a 20-page summer special kids’ guide to London, meet some disobedient objects, chat with La Roux and look back at London’s top ten TV shows. Oh and loads more, obvs. You’ll just have to pick up a copy to find out.

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

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

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#AskBoris: The oddest questions

Posted at 3:30 pm, July 21, 2014 in Fun London, News
Boris Bike Mayor of London © Rob Greig / Time Out

Earlier this month was the first anniversary of Boris Johnson’s monthly Twitter Q&A sesh/LBC radio show, #AskBoris. It’s always been a surreal event that blends political conversation with comical exchanges, such as ‘Hey Boris, how come you always look a bit on the fat side even though you are always seen on the bike?’ (BoJo’s response: ‘You are right – but we are all losing weight at City Hall’). But the thing we most like about it is that Londoners seem to have refined utterly bonkers questions into an artform.

Here are some of our faves: Read the full post…

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Hitchcock thrillers, ‘Boyz N the Hood’, Woody Allen and more great film events happening this week

Posted at 2:30 pm, July 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment
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Each 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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48 steamy things going on this week in London

©Jim Munro
©Jim Munro

Hmm what to do this week… Watch Murray from ‘Flight of the Conchords’ do some comedy? Catch a classic flick at Backyard Cinema? Peruse some abstract art at the Tate Modern? Good luck deciding, because there are plenty of corkers to choose from. Here’s some of the best stuff happening this week. Read the full post…

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Video: Queen’s guards play ‘Game of Thrones’ theme song

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 21, 2014 in Fun London

Furry-hatted maestros belt out the music from the opening credits of telly land’s bloodiest, sexiest show. Why on earth haven’t you clicked play yet?!

Want more videos of London? Watch these:

A singalong on the last train home
- A guy dangling off a crane on the South Bank
-  10 ways to work out on your morning commute

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On the money: London landmarks feature on new £5 coins

Posted at 10:00 am, July 21, 2014 in News


The Royal Mint, clearly thinking The Queen hasn’t had enough exposure on coinage lately (clue, Minters: it’s heads), have stuck her London pad on the tails of one of four special new £5 coins commemorating the capital’s landmarks. Read the full post…

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East End pubs: then and now (in GIFS!)

Posted at 8:00 am, July 21, 2014 in Fun London, Photos of London
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If you were to travel back in time to the late nineteenth century, walk into an East End tavern and ask for an Aperol spritz, chances are the barman would look at you quizzically, twiddle his moustache, then politely ask you what in the name of buggery you’re talking about. Read the full post…

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