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Three fun nights out this weekend

Posted at 6:00 pm, January 22, 2015 in Music & Nightlife

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We’re about to hit the last weekend in January, after which, life gets a little easier. So stomp out those final shreds of January blues and have some fun this weekend. Whether you’re looking to bounce yourself silly on a space hopper, rave the night away to top DJs or even celebrate Burns Night with a ceilidh and plenty of whisky, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And if our picks below don’t light up your day, head to our Nightlife page for lots more party options. Read the full post…

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On sale this week: Take That, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Paloma Faith and more

Posted at 5:00 pm, January 22, 2015 in Music & Nightlife
take that

Looking for something to brighten up your week? How about the prospect of attending lots of great gigs and concerts over the coming months. All you have to do is get booking first thing tomorrow morning, when tickets for all the top shows mentioned below go on sale. And remember, there’s lots more live music to be found on our just announced page. Read the full post…

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The old Foyles Café has reopened in its original spot on Charing Cross Road

Posted at 4:00 pm, January 22, 2015 in Food & Drink, News

Like many, we had mixed feelings about Foyles relocating a few doors down on Charing Cross Road. Yes, the new store is incredibly shiny, impressive, light and packed full of pages begging for the turning, but the move also meant that the first floor Foyles Café was no more. The brand new café in the new shop is fine, but it lacks the independent, relaxed vibe of the old place we knew and loved.

Well, if you too have been mourning this quirky West End bolt-hole, you’ll be delighted to know that it has been reopened by the original owner in the same place and fittingly it’s called The Old Café.  Read the full post…

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RIP Centre Point’s Koreatown

Posted at 3:00 pm, January 22, 2015 in Food & Drink, News
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The one-way system around Centre Point has few redeeming features, but one is that the swirl of traffic created a DMZ around W1′s mini Koreatown; few braved this hostile exclusion zone. As a result, for decades the cluster of caffs on St Giles High Street has only been sought out by Korean students and other fans of rock-bottom-priced East Asian food. At Seoul Bakery, you could get a bowl of bibimbap (stir-fried rice and veg) for a mere £3.50 – and you had the bonus of studying the walls, covered in cutesy Post-it note messages and doodles from diners, as a free bonus. Read the full post…

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Must Tasch! Bag yourself some bargain Taschen books

Posted at 2:30 pm, January 22, 2015 in Shopping & Style
Taschen sale 2014 - Book Pile

From today until Sunday (Jan 22-25), high-end art book publisher Taschen is offering 50-75 percent off their range in a worldwide sale. You can find their London branch at 12 Duke of York Square, but if you don’t want to splash too much cash, why not enter their selfie competition? Yes, you read correctly. The book store is offering visitors the chance to win $5,000 worth of books if you post a selfie on Twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #TASCHENsalefie. We don’t need to check the exchange rate to know that’s a lot of books. Five runners-up will receive $1,000 worth of goods. Talk about selfie satisfaction.

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Looking for an even bigger bargain? Read a beginner’s guide to charity shopping in London.

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Throwback Thursday: John Goto’s 1977 ‘Lovers’ Rock’ portraits

Posted at 1:15 pm, January 22, 2015 in Photos of London
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In 1977 John Goto created a series of photographic portraits of young British African-Caribbeans at Lewisham Youth Centre, South London, where he taught evening classes in photography. In 2013 he rediscovered them and published them as a book, ‘Lovers’ Rock’ – absolutely available on Amazon, FYI. John was kind enough to share his photos with Time Out, so scroll on for an endearing take on this particular cultural moment in our city’s history.

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41 free guided walks around London happening this weekend

Posted at 10:15 am, January 22, 2015 in Free, Outdoor London
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If you didn’t do much walking in a winter wonderland in December and are keen to get outside for a stroll, you should know about TfL’s 41 free guided walks happening this weekend. Read the full post…

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Don’t bin Tin Pan Alley! #Bohemians4Soho fight to save London’s musical heritage

Posted at 8:15 am, January 22, 2015 in Music & Nightlife, News
Save Soho occupation at 12 Bar, 21-01-15

As the dust settled from last week’s bulldozing of half of Denmark Place, on Monday night culture-loving young activists Barnet Bohemians moved into the 12 Bar, one of the city’s oldest music venues. ‘It’s cultural and social cleansing,’ commented one of the anonymous group of the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road.  The Grade II-listed, seventeenth-century building was an integral part of Soho’s rich, creative history – welcoming the likes of Jeff Buckley, Martha Wainwright and The Libertines through its doors – and Barnet Bohemians aren’t ready to let it die.  Read the full post…

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Plans for the world’s longest trampoline have been scrapped

Posted at 5:15 pm, January 21, 2015 in News

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Less than two months ago we gave you the exciting news that the world’s longest trampoline was coming to London. We were sucked in with artists’ impressions of a giant bouncy platform (aka The Bounceway) stretched across the South Bank near the London Eye. We imagined somersaulting our way to work with an actual spring in our step. TfL described it as ‘iconic’. But alas, like a massive proportion of London’s wacky ideas, this one has been axed. Read the full post…

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Woah dude, there’s going to be a night rainbow in Trafalgar Square tonight

Posted at 4:00 pm, January 21, 2015 in Fun London
night rainbow © Matt J Alexander

© Matt J Alexander

Whatever your plans for this evening, STOP and make sure they involve passing by Trafalgar Square between 5pm and 8.30pm, where you’ll be in for a very colourful surprise. To celebrate Russell T Davies’ new Channel 4 TV shows ‘Cucumber’, ‘Banana’ and ‘Tofu’ which explores the LGBT life, they’ve commissioned interactive public art peeps Greyworld to create the UK’s first ever night rainbow! Read the full post…

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National Theatre’s Rufus Norris announces first season

Posted at 3:00 pm, January 21, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, News
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New National Theatre boss Rufus Norris launched his first season today, and it looks like he’s hit the ground running. Read the full post…

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The great British grate-off: The Cheesegrater could get a twin

Posted at 2:30 pm, January 21, 2015 in News

© The Leadenhall Tower© The Leadenhall Tower

In the post-Gherkin school of buffet-themed architecture, 122 Leadenhall Street (aka The Cheesegrater) is an icon. Now, according to The Architects’ Journal, there’s a proposal to erect the City’s tallest building next door. The new design echoes the original’s sloping façade, the effect being a sort of double Cheesegrater. Good news or bad news? Well, given The Cheesegrater’s habit of shedding humoungous metal bolts, it’s possible they’d be the least welcome twin towers outside of Mordor. Or maybe everyone would love ’em. Either way, financial big cheeses, form an orderly queue.

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