History of Time Out

Tony Elliott, Time Out founder and chairman

The Founding of Time Out

Fascinated with the culture of 1960s London and a need for reliable information about what was going on, Tony Elliott founded Time Out in August 1968 during his summer vacation from Keele University. He produced the first edition on the kitchen table in his mother's house in Kensington with £70, part of a recent twenty-first-birthday present from his aunt. 




Over 45 years of enthusiasm for the business and dedication to detail have made Time Out an internationally renowned brand, synonymous with entertainment and events, and giving its readers the most authoritative guide to what's happening in their city. Tony remains as passionate about Time Out today as he did when he brought the magazine to the world 46 years ago.


Spreading across the world

Time Out has grown into a leading international multi-channel media company which spans 107 cities in 39 countries and provides the very best inspiration, information and booking opportunities for the arts, entertainment, culture, food and drink, and shopping. 



The brand is uniqely positoned as a provider of local information and cultural guidance to its readers. Time Out's network includes city magazines, a comprehensive online presence, mobile apps, travel guides, events and partnerships.

Becoming a global digital brand

Time Out has developed its digital platforms significantly over recent years. Delivering Time Out's content online has been a key part of how the brand has resonated with its audience.

Time Out online goes far beyond simply reproducing features from the magazine, delivering a vast array of unique local content and cultural insight, and enabling consumer bookings and a wide opportunity for engaging with its audience.



A look to the future

In November 2010 Oakley Capital Investments Limited acquired 50 per cent of Time Out London. In May 2011 Oakley Capital made a further Investment in Time Out New York with the aim of creating a global digital media group.

In September 2012 Time Out London became a free weekly publication with the magazine being distributed to London's busy commuting population at London's Underground and National Rail stations.


Becoming a free weekly publication has allowed Time Out to reach more Londoners than ever before, as it continues to build upon its immensely strong brand heritage.

In April 2013 Time Out Chicago was accquired by Time Out Group's US affiliates to become part of the owned and operated portfolio, joining London, New York, Paris and Los Angeles. This accquisition means that, along with New York and Los Angeles, Time Out is now in the 3 largest markets in the United States.