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‘Cakeage’: are London restaurants ripping us off?

Posted at 5:15 pm, February 26, 2015 in Food & Drink
cake © Alex Plim

© Alex Plim

The issue of ‘cakeage’ has been in the news recently, with The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail stoking outrage at restaurants’ corkage-style charges for diners wishing to bring their own celebratory cake to round off a special meal. Crumbs. Read the full post…

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Phewf, London smells! Here’s the fragrant history of five areas

Posted at 4:30 pm, February 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
London mysteries - Napoleon's nose

We asked Dr Alex Rhys-Taylor, lecturer of sociology at Goldsmiths, how the smells of London’s past built the city we love today. Read the full post…

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Tell us about your best prank ever

Posted at 3:10 pm, February 26, 2015 in Fun London
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Did you once turn all your housemate’s furniture upside down? Or prank your teacher by pretending to faint? Or replace every picture on your mate’s Facebook page with a photo of Sonny & Cher? If you’ve ever done a prank you’re proud of (or been on the receiving end of a hilarious trick) then let us know below. Don’t worry – it’s anonymous. Read the full post…

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Three new dating apps hotter than Tinder

Posted at 2:00 pm, February 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
Spark dating app Station Banner

Think Tinder is still the hottest dating app? Get with the programme. New dating app Spark launches this weekend and they’ve been counting down the days on their website with some rather some nice London-centric photos to get us all in the mood for lurve. Our resident dating expert Charly Lester finds out how to send a Spark ahead of the launch on Sunday, and checks out some of the other new dating apps created for Londoners by Londoners. Read the full post…

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Turn around, bright eyes, there’s a solar eclipse on its way

Posted at 12:30 pm, February 26, 2015 in News
1999 solar eclipse; next one Mar 20 2015; pic from Wiki

We haven’t had a full solar eclipse in the UK since 1999, and nor will we again until 2090. However, next month we’re scheduled a partial solar eclipse, which still ought to look pretty darn impressive. At 8.45am on Friday March 20 the moon will start muscling in on the sun’s space until the eclipse reaches its fullest at 9.31am and the capital gets very dark indeed – experts reckon we’ll lose up to 84 percent of our light. Best start working on those pinhole projectors now.

In other London news, did you know that London could become the world’s first National Park City?

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Six great gigs on sale this week

Posted at 12:00 pm, February 26, 2015 in Music & Nightlife

gigs© Daniel Easton

Another week, another crop of hot tickets to upcoming London gigs. It’s payday for most of us, so you’ve (probably) no excuse not to snap up a seat at one of these exciting shows. As ever, check our weekly ‘Just announced‘ page for more. Read the full post…

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Getting forensic on forensics at the Wellcome Collection

Posted at 10:00 am, February 26, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment
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A new exhibition opening today at the Wellcome Collection explores the intricate methods of forensic science. Ashleigh Arnott is one of the first on the scene to investigate. Read the full post…

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Basic bridges need not apply: 12 far-out designs for a Pimlico-Nine Elms crossing

Posted at 8:00 am, February 26, 2015 in Transport
Nine Elms Bridge Map

Did you know it’s a whole MILE between Vauxhall and Chelsea bridges? And miles are long ting, bruv. This is why Wandsworth Council have set up a contest to design a new foot-and-cycle bridge from Nine Elms to Pimlico (right around where that orange arrow’s a-pointin’), a plan which even TfL thinks is a cracking idea. Read the full post…

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New project reveals why Londoners are really leaving the city

Posted at 5:15 pm, February 25, 2015 in News
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Everyone’s moving to London. Everyone’s leaving London. Everyone’s staying in London and having lots of babies. The fate of London is very different depending on which stats you’re looking at. Read the full post…

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Step aside north London, we’re eating out south these days

Posted at 4:00 pm, February 25, 2015 in Food & Drink
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This week we have mostly been eating south of the river – don’t you realise south is the new north, darling? Okay, let’s not get carried away. But it’s certainly becoming a testing ground for exciting new restaurants. Read the full post…

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Plug pulled on Piccadilly Circus-style billboards in Brixton

Posted at 3:30 pm, February 25, 2015 in News

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Brixton residents are rejoicing at the news that planning permission to erect huge Piccadilly Circus style LED ad boards has been refused, after hundreds of complaints were lodged to Lambeth Council.

Zeo Holdings, who submitted the proposal for ten giant advertising panels to be built on Brixton Road, claim they are ‘long-term investors in Brixton town centre’ and are also constructing a hefty 188-room Premier Inn hotel on Coldharbour Lane.

Those opposed to the giant illuminated boards said they would not fit with the character of Brixton and would have absolutely no benefit for the community. True, dat.

Brixton’s arches are still under threat though. Sign the petition at change.org.

By Justin McDonnell

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Shirty burger: Bleecker St is giving away 400 t-shirts tomorrow

Posted at 2:30 pm, February 25, 2015 in Food & Drink, Free

Bleecker st burger

This Thursday (Feb 26) sees the opening of the first permanent premises of Bleecker St Burger. The popular street food purveyor of American-style burgers set up shop in an old van in 2012, and is now settling down in Old Spitalfields Market. Hoorah. To celebrate the occasion, they’ll be giving away 400 limited edition t-shirts from 11.30am. Jut don’t spill ketchup on it if you’re one of the lucky 400. 

Find out more at bleeckerburger.co.uk.

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