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Ten lovely London sites with a love connection

Whether you're rolling solo or come as a pair, Valentine's Day could be a great chance to explore the city's lovey-dovey sites. Start with these ten. 1. St Brides' Steeple, Fleet Street In 1703, a young patisserie chef named Thomas Rich was daydreaming about his upcoming wedding. His shop was on Ludgate Hill and as he gazed out of the window at the nearby steeple, he came up with the idea of a multi-tiered cake, which is the now iconic wedding cake design.   Photo by Look Up London  2. The Meeting Place, St Pancras Station When Paul Day was commissioned to create his iconic 30ft bronze sculpture in 2007, he was told to create something that reflected the romance of a bygone era. But here’s a tidbit: one of the panels around the base apparently displayed a man falling to his death in front of a train driven by the grim reaper. Funnily enough, TfL wasn't keen on the idea and it was replaced. Photo by Look Up London 3. Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington The whole building was a big gift from Queen Victoria to Prince Albert when it opened in 1857. Our smitten Queen Vic also wanted to name it simply The Albert Museum, but the powers that be managed to persuade her this wasn't sensible.  Photo by Look Up London 4. Young Lovers, St Paul's Cathedral Sitting in the Festival Gardens surrounding St Paul's, this sculpture was installed in 1973 and shows two young lovers so smitten and entwined that they're literally fused together.    Photo by Look U

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Five last-minute Valentine's Day ideas

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Presumably everyone in a relationship has by now had the usual song-and-dance of trying to work if their partner actually thinks Valentine’s Day is a load of old tosh or not. Either way, there’s no way to be sure until the weekend rolls round. If you suspect your beloved will spend all of Sunday in a sulk because you took their apparent disdain for V-Day at face value, it’s not too late. Here's a list of last-minute things to do this weekend: Fall into a love story One Aldwych’s luxurious 30-person cinema is screening 'Doctor Zhivago', an Oscar-winning historical romance set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. Tickets cost £55 each and include a three-course dinner and a glass of champagne. Alternatively, is there anything more fun than listening to other people’s romantic misfortunes? Kit Lovelace’s Romantic Misadventures is a free comedy night where lovelorn speakers share their most heart-wrenching (and hilarious) tales of lost love and misplaced lust. It’s happening tonight at the Manhattan’s Project at POND Dalston. Arrive early to make sure you get a seat, especially if you’re wearing heels. Nothing kills the mood like sore feet.   Emily Gibson Say it with flowers Pop down to Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday morning and treat your beau to a bunch of their favourite flowers without all the bells and whistles. Flowers as pure and raw and your unadulterated love. And, obviously, a lot cheaper. Of course, it’d be rude to get

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Nine great things to do alone in London

Celine Dion might not have liked it, but being all by yourself in London is actually pretty sweet. Whether you're a single pringle, need some time off from the other half or simply have time to kill, we've cherry-picked the city's best solo jaunts.   1. Forage with the finest Join a foraging group to source the not-so-forbidden fruit and plants London has to offer. A favourite is Forage Wild Food's Cocktails and Bitters Walk in Mile End, where experts show you how to make your own concoctions from ingredients you find along the way. Warning: this may make you want to give up your urban existence and live entirely off the land.   A photo posted by northlondoncares (@northlondoncares) on Jun 1, 2015 at 12:48pm PDT 2. Make cool, older friends Ever wondered who your neighbours are? North London Cares organises meet-ups between young professionals and their older neighbours in Islington and Camden. Try out one of their cooking clubs or pottery painting classes, where you can hang out and learn from those who need a bit of laughter in their life. Or try their Love Your Neighbour scheme, which matches you with a neighbour for fortnightly visits.       A photo posted by Cha Cha Moon (@thechachamoon) on Oct 12, 2014 at 10:25am PDT   3. Skip the queue at Cha Cha Moon Peckish? Staff at Cha Cha Moon will put you at the front of the queue if you’re dining alone and you'll be seated at one of their bar tables facing into the restaurant. Best spot in

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Down with love: six anti-Valentine's events this week

If you're single, Valentine's Day can be a day you spend desperately trying to avoid stomach-churning PDAs and reminders of your solo status. But you can avoid spending this year's Valentine's drowning in a sea of pink balloons and gushing Instagram posts by trying one of these anti-Valentine's Day events instead:  Anti-Valentine Fright Night at the Jewish Museum, February 11 Halloween may be a good eight months away, but if your love life is a bit of a horror show, this could be for you. Build your own bloody mary cocktail with a mixologist, disguise yourself in horror make-up, take a closer look at blood through a microscope and get creative with craft activities. Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, NW1 7NB.  Anti-Valentine's Party at Bounce Farringdon, February 13 Hosted by dating app Bumble, this party at Bounce will give proud singles a chance to mingle with unlimited ping-pong, face painting and top tunes to dance the night away. All for just a fiver, too. 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD. Valentine’s Day - Tinder Live Pub Crawl, February 13 Dating app Tinder is running its own pub crawl through the capital. It starts at Zoo Bar on Bear Street in Covent Garden, and attendees will enjoy five free shots in five bars, in five hours. Plus you’ll get loads of likes in a huge game of Tinder Live. And it’s all just £15 a ticket. 13-17 Bear Street, Leicester Square, WC2H 7AS.          Anti-Valentine’s SupperClub Part 1: Eat Your Heart Out at The Wall, February 13 ‘Ro

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Say cheese! It's your favourite lasagne in London

Holy sheet, it's London's best layered loveliness, as chosen by you Lardo: Hackney   A photo posted by @pipmccormac on Nov 8, 2015 at 9:48am PST 'Seriously, I've never had a better lasagne in my life.' Sonya B via Facebook Natura Café and Pizzeria: Hackney Wick 'Best I've tasted outside of Italy.' Matt S via Facebook Vivo: Islington   A photo posted by Luca Barbieri (@barbedos) on Apr 12, 2015 at 10:12am PDT 'A generously portioned, silky, rich, cheesy slab of utter comfort I could happily crawl into and eat my way out of.' Alexandra L via Facebook Princi: Soho   A photo posted by Ellen Musselwhite (@ellenmusselwhite) on Jan 19, 2016 at 7:41am PST '£7 for a slice of Milan's finest.' Chris M via www.timeout.com Bar Bruno: Soho   A photo posted by @kyrstie on Mar 7, 2015 at 12:27pm PST 'No-nonsense, filling, homecooked meaty brilliance.' Eddy F via Facebook Il Piccolo: Kensington 'They have the BEST lasagna. Chock full, with great sauce and made by Italians. The real deal.' Michelangelo I via Facebook Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments! Want more cheesy goodness? Chow down on your favourite mac 'n' cheese in London

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The weirdest things people have left on the tube

We've all had that moment of sheer panic when you hop off the tube only to realise just as the doors are closing that you've left your wallet/phone/entire bag on the train. You can shout, scream and manically bang on the tube doors all you want, but once that train whizzes off to the next stop, your stuff is long gone. Or is it? Last year, TfL's lost property office collected a record 300,000 lost items and 22 percent of them were returned to their rightful owners, including a brown envelope stuffed with £15,000 and an urn of ashes that had been sitting in lost property for almost seven years.  And that's barely scratching the surface on the weird things that get abandoned on London's tubes and buses. Distracted Londoners have managed to leave behind a full-size carpet, a judge's wig, a hairdresser’s mannequin, a life-sized Spider-man doll, a drum kit and a prosthetic leg. Yes, really. Losing your oyster card with £2.50 credit on it doesn't look so bad now, does it? Take a look behind the scenes at TfL's lost property office. Bad news: there's a 48-hour tube strike coming this weekend. But this should cheer you up – someone's taken London's worst tube adverts and made them way better.

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Here's what London looks like from the International Space Station

#London midnight Saturday – I’d rather be up here…but only just!! #toughcall https://t.co/DB9LeKgOAC pic.twitter.com/RxX7wYc9Zs — Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 31, 2016 Ever wondered what London looks like from outer space? For those of us that don't fancy the whole freeze-dried food and no-gravity thing, astronaut Tim Peake has saved us a trip with these ace pictures of London and the UK taken from space. Tim Peake posted the pictures at midnight on Saturday night, which show London's street lights beaming all the way up to the International Space Station, where he's currently over six weeks into a six-month mission with the European Space Agency. And we can probably all agree that London on a Saturday night looks a lot more majestic from outer space than down on the streets of Shoreditch waiting for a night bus. Hey, I recognise that place! https://t.co/3aKgRADbhz pic.twitter.com/sZxt6erYh2 — Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 30, 2016 Want to see more cool pictures of London from above? Take a look at these ace aerial snaps.

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Is this alternative tube map easier to understand than TfL's version?

Cameron Booth Click for the full-sized map TfL recently announced its grand plans to take over suburban train services in south London and make them part of the Overground network, which is great and all, but we can't help worrying that the tube map is getting a little overcrowded. And we're not the only ones. Graphic designer Cameron Booth has decided that enough's enough and that the tube map – which is still based on Harry Beck's original 1931 design – needs a good de-cluttering to make it easier to understand. For starters, he's got rid of the grey and white zone areas, mainly for for aesthetic reasons but also because Oyster cards and contactless payment methods mean people don't really need to know which zone they're in anymore. Cameron Booth He's also come up with a new way to show accessibility at stations, by using blue dots that can sit inside the circular symbols for interchanges, to avoid confusion between circles that show an interchange and circles that show accessibility. And tube geeks everywhere will be pleased to know that he's made a point to restore some of the qualities from Harry Beck's original design by devoting a lot of time to making sure that stations all line up across the map. Phew. And even with the addition of the new Crossrail routes, the end result is much easier on the eye. Take note, TfL. Cameron Booth   Read more about Cameron Booth's redesigned tube map. Take a look at TfL's biggest ever tube and rail map. Or stroll arou

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Paddleboarding, birds of prey and a floating beer garden: it's the best bits of Royal Docks

What’s up at the docks? Watersports, outdoor sculpture and a music hall. Why go there? After the decline of the British shipping industry, the three Royal Docks – Royal Victoria, Royal Albert and King George V – became a neglected part of the East End. Peter Landers/Courtesy Pangolin London and the Artist's Estate       Wow, you’re really selling it. Wait a second. Things are changing! The area recently underwent a massive revamp and there’s plenty of culture to be found. First, visit the futuristic city sustainability exhibition at The Crystal (Siemens Brothers Way). Then make like Johnny Cash and walk The Line, a sculpture trail that runs all the way up to the Olympic site in Stratford. At the docks end of it, you’ll find works by Martin Creed and Eduardo Paolozzi.        And it’s definitely not all urban desolation?  No, there’s actually loads of green space. Thames Barrier Park (Barrier Point Road) boasts wildflower meadows, a riverside promenade and 32 fountains, while Newham City Farm (Stansfeld Road) is home to alpacas and birds of prey. In the summer, a corner of Royal Victoria Dock is transformed into a sandy beach – so cross your fingers for sunshine, pull up a deckchair and kick back.  Karen Bryan/flickr                 I’m starving. Where can I get a bite to eat? If you’re on a budget, head to Al Masar (Western Gateway) for delicious Lebanese food; it’s BYOB, so stop by the Nisa across the road first. Order the roast lamb and the

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Exclusive: inside Clapham South's secret wartime tunnels

TfL has just announced that the wartime tunnels underneath Clapham South tube station are to be revamped – along with tours the public can attend. So we went in for a look around and took a load of lovely photos. Welcome to the secret world of the old concrete tubes under Clapham Common. If you've ever bought a pack of Monster Munch in the Clapham South branch of Tesco, you may have spotted this over the road. Looks like a vat made out of concrete, but is in fact the entrance to Clapham South's deep-level air-raid shelter – one of eight, which housed up to 8,000 Londoners within walls capable of withstanding a direct hit from a 500lb bomb.     To get in, you walk past a little ticket booth, where during the war an inspector would've checked your pass (each bed was allocated to a specific person who had a pass entitling them to that specific bunk – if they didn't turn up, it lay empty). Then, it's down a long, winding metal staircase, here captured inexpertly via iPhone (the rest of the photos are better: our photographer took 'em).   Then you get to see part of the shelter without any of the beds or other paraphernalia that would've filled it during wartime (those photos come later). It's cavernous (the tunnels are a quarter of a mile long). But it's also pretty obvious when it's empty that it's basically a railway tunnel (the plan was to use them to run some kind of Crossrail of the day after the war, but for some reason it never happened):  There's loads of knac

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Your shout: Zing Tsjeng - 'Get over it: immigrants are London'

Ignore tabloid posturing about a tidal wave of immigration in this country. This is London, not Middle England. Ah, London. It's pretty crap living in London, isn't it? According to the tabloids, we're a city sinking - some say metaphorically, I like to think literally - into the Thames under the weight of immigrants. Coming over here, eating our Nando's; awkwardly attempting to pull our women in Wetherspoon's; forgetting their Oyster cards at the barriers and making everyone wait while they scrabble around in their bag at rush hour. They're ruining everything this place stands for! I'm an immigrant to London, 11 years and counting. And these are tough times. We immigrants used to peacefully plot the destruction of this green and pleasant land in our special immigrant private members' club - the one that looks like Soho House, except with the big fuck-off sign outside reading 'No Brits Allowed'? At the same time, we were determinedly undermining the NHS by demanding free prescriptions for sticking plasters. Me and Mikolaj had some right laughs, I can tell you! Now the temperature in the city has changed. Immigration is a dirty word again, and that's not the London I know. When I was growing up in Singapore, I read books about this city in all its pulsating, Technicolor glory, like a huge version of the West End curry houses in Zadie Smith's 'White Teeth', alive with clattering plates and swearing. I listened to Ms Dynamite and Mike Skinner albums 7,000 miles away from the

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Driverless cars are coming to London this summer

Fasten your seatbelts, London, because driverless cars will be hitting our city's streets later this year. Yep, the future is here and it involves robots. Well, sort of. The Greenwich Automated Transport Environment project is adapting the electric passenger shuttles used at Heathrow Airport to design new driverless cars, which have been dubbed 'UltraPODs'.  The swanky new cars can carry up to six passengers but will also require a steward in case of emergencies. The cars will be trialled around the Greenwich Peninsula from July this year, when they'll also be assessing the public's reaction to them – so if you spot one, try not to scream. Find out more about the project. Read more about the future of travel in London. Or take a look back at London's 40,000-year history retold through paper animation.  

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