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The five worst people you'll encounter at a pub quiz in London

If you’re not prepared to put yourself through the trauma of appearing on ‘Pointless’ then the only real option you have to demonstrate your status as Wikipedia in human form is the humble pub quiz. However, even they are not all fun and games and we will all have encountered at least one character from the pub quiz rogues gallery.     A photo posted by Uncle Tris (@trisrevill) on May 9, 2016 at 12:54pm PDT The Googler We see you there, pretending to be on Tinder after a tricky question about ‘Neighbours’ instantly caused everyone to look a bit dazed. We see you taking notes and then going for your nineteenth pee in an hour even though you’ve only drunk one pint. We see you looking sheepish when you’ve got full marks for the third round in a row. We see you and we all think you’re a dick. The Gloater  So this character is smarter than they have any right to be and probably put their phone away in a hammed up display worthy of a panto so it’s clear that they’re not a Googler. The worst trait of this creature is the propensity to attend quizzes in a tight-knit group referred to as a ‘gaggle’ of gloaters (a bit like geese); most likely to be heard collectively making triumphant ‘Aha!’ noises and nodding in smug agreement at almost every question.   The Heckler Probably a regular and probably full of booze. Hecklers are often lone wolves who sit at the bar and do the quiz on their own. Expect regular interjections into proceedings, occasionally bawdy comments

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Martin Morales shares his top five tips for making delicious ceviche

Martin Morales is London's – not to mention one of the world's – great ambassadors for Peruvian cuisine, with a couple of much-lauded Ceviche restaurants in Old Street and Soho. Today is National Ceviche Day in Peru, so since our homemade ceviche is looking distinctly like a cold mess, we chased Master Morales for his top tips on how to put things right. Fresh ingredients are key 'Fish needs to be sashimi grade, limes need to be ripe, chillies need to be super fresh, and all freshly squeezed or chopped.'   Timing is everything 'Chemical reactions happen when fish, chilli, lime and salt come together. Bite into this immediately once properly prepared, and you will taste explosions of flavour all around your palate.'     Peruvian ingredients are best 'Ceviche is Peru’s national dish. We have our own day for it, and it’s where the dish first originated. Our technique makes the best tasting and so do our ingredients. Amarillo and limo chillies are native to Peru and your preferred choice when making the best-flavoured ceviche.'     Make friends with your fishmonger 'Order your fish fresh, pick it up just hours before serving, and insist on sustainable fish.'   Ceviche can be vegetarian 'Replace fish with asparagus or mushrooms or mango or sweet potato. Get creative.' But if the DIY still doesn't work out, head to one of the best Peruvian restaurants in London.

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You know you live in Herne Hill when…

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Herne Hill – a tiny neighbourhood between Brixton, Dulwich and Camberwell – is nothing more than a through road. But for those in the know, this south London pocket is a veritable haven filled with independent businesses, restaurants, craft beer on tap and a huge park. Want to know what it’s like to live there? Here are some common traits of real life Herne-Hillers.   A photo posted by Jackie James (@cafeprovhernehill) on May 6, 2016 at 6:58am PDT You boycott chains Whether it’s Café Provencal’s smoked salmon omelette, Sesame Deli's Greek mezze platter or Pullens' Mexican eggs for brekkie, Herne Hill has no shortage of tantalising independent restaurants for you to fill your stomachs. In fact, with so much brilliant dishes on offer and the buzzing markets and pop-ups of Brixton and Peckham only up the road, it’s surprising the Pizza Express on the corner of Half Moon Lane gets any business at all. Brockwell Park is your back garden (even if you have a garden) Offering views of the London skyline, community greenhouses, a BMX track and perhaps most importantly of all, plenty of space, Brockwell Park is a true home from home – a pack of green parakeets has even taken up permanent residence there. Buzzing all year round, Brockwell Park is the meeting point and celebrating your birthday there is customary (you’re guaranteed to see at least one person with balloons when you visit). Fancy a sneak peek? Check out Basement Jaxx’s vi

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Six sports you can try in London without breaking a sweat

With Wimbledon starting to serve next week and the Euros already well underway, it’s safe to say that the summer of sport has landed. As well as taking over our TVs and increasing trainer sales nationwide, the torrent of tournaments is inspiring more of us to take part in sports. Of course, there are some of us who prefer to limit their perspiration to clammy commutes on the Central line. So if your fitness only goes as far as your footwear, try these six sports in London you can do without breaking a sweat.     A photo posted by Swingers - the crazy golf club (@swingersldn) on May 26, 2016 at 9:08am PDT Swingers Go swinging by teeing off instead of trading car keys. Started as a Shoreditch pop-up, the indoor crazy golf course Swingers has now settled into a permanent home in the heart of the City.     A photo posted by flightclubdarts (@flightclubdarts) on Nov 4, 2015 at 2:22am PST Flight Club A sport once exiled to ex-serviceman clubs, darts has become social again, only without the silk shirts and sovereign rings. Easy games and animated scoring keeps it simple, so head east to rack up your one hundred and eighty.     A photo posted by Nile Dodgers (@discododgeball) on Apr 3, 2014 at 4:28pm PDT Disco Dodgeball Pairing PE’s most brutal sport with mirror balls you can dodge, dip, duck, dive and dance. Currently running sand sports at Brixton Beach Boulevard, Disco Dodgeball are also appearing at London’s Citadel Festi

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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

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

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

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

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

© 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

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

  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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