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Instagraming the tube with Miss Underground
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Instagraming the tube with Miss Underground

Jess Angell has been Instagraming our beloved tube network for the best part of five years. An architectural fanatic, her photography is all about symmetry, curves, tunnels, empty spaces and lines. The Londoner describes her alter ego, 'Miss Underground,' as a 'girl who just loves the look, feel and history of the London Underground'. Here are her five favourite photos of the tube.   Clapham South Deep Level Shelter   A photo posted by @MissUnderground (@missunderground) on Oct 5, 2015 at 1:26pm PDT 'There is something very beautiful about these deep underground spaces. They should be preserved and kept safe for generations to come.' Superhuman     A photo posted by @MissUnderground (@missunderground) on Jan 8, 2016 at 5:41am PST 'Last year I was very happy to finally meet an Instagram hero of mine! Simone was a gentleman and is a complete legend. We had a great time down shooting in the Underground. I hope he comes back to London soon!' Light Exit   A photo posted by @MissUnderground (@missunderground) on Mar 16, 2016 at 12:42pm PDT 'The Underground is over 140 years old and changes daily with stations being upgraded and new lines being worked on all the time. We sometimes don't appreciate the hard work that the staff do to keep our transport system moving and safe. The tube is the heart of our city, it gets people to work, tourists to the sites and keeps people moving in their daily lives. I love to just stop and look at

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Ten things you should never say to a friend who’s flat-hunting in London
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Ten things you should never say to a friend who’s flat-hunting in London

When addressing a friend who happens to be going through the truly awful process of finding a decent flat in London, one must approach the subject with extreme caution. Here are some phrases to avoid using at all costs - plus the answers you are sure to be met with if you do. 'That’s so expensive! Can’t you find somewhere cheaper?' Oh, of course! I’ll just look for somewhere cheaper. Good thinking, Batman. 'Couldn’t you just sleep on a friend’s couch for a while?' Are you offering, or…?       'I hope you don’t end up with a gross, weird housemate.' Yes, me too. But then again I’ve had such great luck so far….     'My friend has a spare room going! It's a single room with no windows, and you’ll share with eight others.' How soon can I sign the contract? 'What happened to that amazing, cheap, super in demand one-bedroom you were looking at?' IT’S GONE OKAY?!? NEVER MENTION IT AGAIN!! 'I’m so lucky I can live with Tom and split all the bills.' Yes. Isn’t that wonderful for you?  'I guess I was just really lucky with my flat. It was the first one I viewed.' Well hopefully eighteenth time’s the charm. 'I know a guy who lives in a two bedroom flat to himself for like £350 a month. Can you believe it?' Nope. But please, tell me more. 'There’s something really exciting about flat hunting! It’s like a fresh start!' It’s really swell. Just swell. No you’re right, it’s… it’s swell.  'Have you ever considered moving back in with your parents for a

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Ten weird and fascinating things every Londoner needs to see at... the Natural History Museum
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Ten weird and fascinating things every Londoner needs to see at... the Natural History Museum

Cursed jewels, exotic beasts and mysterious terrors of the deep – for centuries everything strange and peculiar has fascinated our curious little minds. With an 80 million-strong collection, the curators at London's Natural History Museum aren't at all strangers to things wonderfully creepy and wildly eccentric. The weirdest and scariest of the bunch live in the Darwin Centre, a magical building home to 22 million barmy specimens that cover a colossal 27 kilometres of floor and shelve space. From 'oh hell no' gasp-inducing scary snakes to ginormous squids, you can go and see these magnificent monsters for yourself on the awesome 'Spirit Collection' tour. Along with some of the stars from the main collection, here are ten of the weirdest, most fascinating and absolutely terrifying things you'll see at this national treasure.   1. Archie (the 8.62-metre giant squid)   A photo posted by Lauren Ackerley (@nimbusnought) on Jul 30, 2016 at 2:27pm PDT Archie is a special giant squid, so special in fact that her cool pad was designed by the same company who built the formalin-filled tanks for Damien Hirst's cow and shark artworks of the 1990s. Discovered by a group of fishermen near the Falkland Islands, she's the largest specimen the museum has ever preserved – so large that nobody actually knows how much she weighs because the big old thing broke the scales!  Where to find it: You can hear more about this chubby giant squid's story on the Spirit Collection tour.

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Five places in London that serve vegan ice cream
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Five places in London that serve vegan ice cream

Reaching for that tenth tub of ice cream this week? August in London can make us all go a bit excessive – who doesn't want to consume copious amounts of cow product in the (semi) blistering heat? But if you're looking to cool down without feeling quite so guilty about it, why not go for a dairy-free alternative that you can pretend is good for you? Here are the best creams and sorbets that are totally free of animal products, and rather tasty too.   A photo posted by Riley's Cuisine (@rileyscuisine) on Aug 16, 2016 at 1:15am PDT Yorica Yorica opened earlier this year to much excitement; they claim to be entirely allergen-free. Situated on Soho’s Wardour Street, the parlour makes its ice cream with rice milk, and are not only free from dairy, but also nuts, eggs and gluten… what’s left? There’s a range of ice-cream bases – from simple Good Vibes Vanilla to the more unusual bubblegum or beetroot and chocolate – all of which can be fancied up with various sprinkles and sauces. 130 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZN.   A photo posted by Snowflake Gelato (@snowflakegelato) on Aug 8, 2016 at 3:51am PDT Snowflake Gelato Snowflake caters for all sorts, but those hoping to avoid the creamy stuff should look to their sorbet or vegan ranges. The vegan line is made from soy or rice milk, and follows the parlour's commitment to all-natural ingredients. That doesn’t mean these are boring. Chocolate, peanut butter, coconut and banoffee flavours all feature on the menu.

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Watch this guy will make the fastest falafel wrap you've ever seen
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Watch this guy will make the fastest falafel wrap you've ever seen

Hungry and in an insane rush? Hot-foot it over to iFalafal in Petticoat Lane market on Goulston Street where this falafel wizard will you whip you up a tasty Middle Eastern snack in just 17 seconds. The street food vendor is taking fast food to new speedy heights and is getting a reputation as London’s 'falafel wrap master'. The £3 wraps come with a lightning speed addition of falafels, houmous, pickles, cucumber, lettuce, chilli sauce and tahini. They're getting such a reputation that there's even a Reddit thread called 'The Fastest Falafel Wrapper in London'. Don't believe us? Prepare to be amazed:   Still not impressed? Check this:      Hungry? Here are some more places to get some damn good falafel in London.

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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet
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Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet

Every week you share the weird things you’ve overheard in London. Above, a few perplexing snippets from the past seven days – don’t forget to tweet us your own! Like Word on the Street? We’ve now made a book of these little beauties! ‘Word on the Street: Ridiculous Things We’ve Overheard in London’ is out now, £6.99. To buy a copy, visit timeout.com/wotsbook​.

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Quit your job, become a... street food seller
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Quit your job, become a... street food seller

Andy Parsons   Evi Peroulaki 38, market stall owner and co-founder of Souvlaki Street What the hell is souvlaki? ‘It’s a Greek wrap. We use Greek pita, tzatziki, salad and either pork, chicken or halloumi.’ Why set up a street food stall? ‘Pure greed! Both Conor (my partner) and I love souvlaki, but we couldn’t find good souvlaki in London. So we turned up at our local market in Clapton one day with a disposable barbecue from Sainsbury’s to see how it went. We brought enough to make 20 wraps and they all went within an hour.’ Can anyone turn up and do it? ‘No, we had an audition with the guy who runs the market. It was a bit like “MasterChef”. After that, we started turning up every other Sunday and it got really popular.’ What's an average day for you now? ‘Early morning starts to get to the market by 8am. If I can get up at 6.30am, it’s a lie-in! Then we set up and start serving. I don’t get to sit down again until 9pm. By 10pm, I’m dead.’ How do you fit in a social life? ‘What’s a social life? We don’t have any friends any more! It’s very hard, especially in the summer because we do so many festivals. It’s like having a child: it takes every single moment of spare time you have.’ It sounds awful... ‘It’s our baby! The fact that it’s ours and we can take it in any direction we want is definitely the best thing about it. No matter how tiring it is or how much it sucks the life out of you, it’s your thing. We watch it grow every day and it makes us proud.’ Do

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City envy: there's a wine theme park in Bordeaux
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City envy: there's a wine theme park in Bordeaux

Theme parks: nightmare places of interminable queues, huge crowds of mardy teenagers, and £15 burgers filled with mystery meat. But take a moment to imagine this, if you will: the interminable queues have been replaced by row upon row of bottles of pinot noir. There are no rowdy youngsters, just glasses full of the finest cabernet sauvignon. And instead of dodgy food, there are gallons of delicious chenin blanc. This oenophile's wet dream is a reality, because the world's first wine theme park has just opened in the French city of Bordeaux. La Cité du Vin offers ten floors of adults-only fun, with experiences ranging from wine-tasting sessions to exhibitions on the history of wine and even a wine-merchant- themed boat ride. There are no rollercoasters, but the resulting hangovers should be able to recreate some of their effects. Want more great things in other cities? You can now get a pizza in a box made of pizza (!) in New York And there's an IMAX spin studio in New York

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11 reasons to go to Marchmont Street in Bloomsbury, WC1
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11 reasons to go to Marchmont Street in Bloomsbury, WC1

Bloomsbury is something of an unknown quantity. It’s hidden away, tucked among and behind all sorts of places that everyone already knows. But head to its back streets, past the busy roads and you’ll discover one of central London’s greatest treasures. Neither crazy-busy like Oxford Street, nor aggy like the City, not touristy like Covent Garden, it has all the history of Soho but, brilliantly, none of the crowds. Despite being near London’s busiest bits, Marchmont Street is one of Zone 1’s most chilled-out places to wander around and it has an amazingly rich heritage. It’s got all bases covered: art, cinema, architecture, museums, green spaces, shopping, fine food, nice pubs and cheap eats. And if you turn up on a Sunday morning you basically get it all to yourself. That rich history I alluded to earlier? The street’s full of stories: from the LGBT powerhouse Gay’s the Word (recognise it from Pride?) to Percy and Mary Shelley’s old house and the gossip-worthy goings-on of Jane Austen-era Brunswick Square, it’s basically a living museum of London. So as all the tourists head straight to the British Museum, go a little bit east and give yourself the whole day to have a proper exploration of the road that London historians call Bloomsbury’s ‘original high street’. Drink this   A photo posted by nicolondon1985 (@nicolondon1985) on Jun 21, 2013 at 4:17am PDT The Norfolk Arms runs a mean bar and also serves pata negra and soutzouki as well as modern British food a

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Top five cheapest Londoners
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Top five cheapest Londoners

© Nathan James Page       1. The exact-bill- divider-upper You and your work chums head out for dim sum, and eventually the bill arrives. Andy from Finance pipes up: ‘I only had one glass of pinot, and I didn’t touch the noodles.’ Dividing up the steamed dumplings, tofu skin rolls and lotus leaf rice parcels among you and seven of your colleagues is like thrusting a fully-grown Arizonian cactus up ya derrière. All because Andy foresees a personal economic meltdown if he spends a few extra pence on Donna from HR’s sticky rice. 2. The pots-of-cash-TK Maxx-weekender Kathy lives in a four-bed, three-bath, fifteenth-floor Thames-side apartment, has no comprehension of what the Jubilee line is and executes her weekly shop at Borough Market, but she’ll take up your whole Saturday dragging you round the aisles of TK’s in the hunt for a cost-effective kaftan. She’ll barter her way out of service charges, bully waiting staff for complimentary booze and wangle her way out of cancellation fees. You can take the girl out of the north-west, but not out of a 60 percent-less-than-the-RRP discount department store. © Nathan James Page   3. The daily saver, holiday splurger With Sam, it’s all voucher deals, Groupon bargains and TopTable offers; she’ll never start with an apéritif at a hyper-cool hotel or contemporary cocktail bar: ‘You can buy a whole bottle of plonk for the price of one cosmo in that gaff.’ She’ll happily bang on about P&O’s ocean-fresh lobster, the tasty p

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This tube map shows the average property prices at every London Underground station
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This tube map shows the average property prices at every London Underground station

Click for the full-sized map Everyone knows that if you ever want to get on the property ladder in London, you're going to need a helluva lot of cash. To quantify just how money we're talking about, the folks at TotallyMoney.com have put together this handy (if depressing) map, which shows the average house price, per square foot, within 0.3 miles of every London tube station. To put it into context, the average one-bedroom flat in London is about 500 square feet, so you don't need to be a mathematician to work out that Zone 1 is pretty much off-limits unless you're secretly sitting on a pile of gold. The research shows that the Hammersmith and City line is the most expensive at £1,125 per square foot, while the Metropolitan line has the cheapest average property price, at £504 per square foot. Although, it's worth bearing in mind that the Metropolitan line stretches all the way out to Zone 9, so you might save on property but you'll have a seriously long (and expensive) commute. Want more depressing property maps? This one show how unaffordable renting in London is. Here are 25 things you didn't know about the tube.

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Bum rush: photos of the World Naked Bike Ride in London
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Bum rush: photos of the World Naked Bike Ride in London

  A photo posted by A Broad In London (@abroad.inlondon) on Jun 11, 2016 at 9:23am PDT On Saturday, hundreds of cyclists stripped off and saddled up for the World Naked Bike Ride's London leg.   A photo posted by Paukova (@paukova_zhzh) on Jun 11, 2016 at 7:46am PDT Ostensibly a protest against oil dependency and a car-dominated public realm, it's also quite a good laugh.   A photo posted by Ming (@indieboy) on Jun 11, 2016 at 9:05am PDT Photos suggest quite a troubling number of arsehole-on-Santander-bike incidents. Let's hope everyone brought some Dettol wipes.    A photo posted by Norberto Gomes (@norgomes) on Jun 12, 2016 at 8:51am PDT The bike ride takes place in cities around the world, with recent happenings in Chicago and Los Angeles.    A photo posted by Secchi (@secchiyao) on Jun 11, 2016 at 2:33pm PDT The event happens each year, so if you're feeling inspired, make a plan for next June!   A photo posted by @chichiwawawa on Jun 11, 2016 at 12:44pm PDT And now to conclude the post, more naked people on bikes. Enjoy!    A photo posted by Monkey (@monkey_muscle) on Jun 13, 2016 at 2:01am PDT      A photo posted by Tom (@i_am_tomr) on Jun 11, 2016 at 12:18pm PDT     A photo posted by Ashish Surana (@_aashishclicks) on Jun 11, 2016 at 1:30pm PDT     A photo posted by Asier Susaeta (@assier78) on Jun 12, 2016 at 3:52am P

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