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Four things we learned from learning to morris dance
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Four things we learned from learning to morris dance

Time Out blogger Samantha Baines shares her experience of having a go at morris dancing for the first time. When Time Out asked me if I wanted to go morris dancing my first response was 'yeah, why not' because I am super cool and spontaneous like that. However, after agreeing to this most British of dancing rituals, I began to see nightmare visions of bells, sticks and ribbons at country fairs and I felt that perhaps I had bitten off more than I could jig. There was no getting out of it, so I had a couple of glasses of prosecco and made my husband come with me and actually it was quite fun. Here are a few things I learned from morris and from dancing. 1. Sticks make me feel powerful  On entering our morris dancing lesson we were presented with two sticks each. Well, presenting makes it sound grander than it was – they were on the floor and I picked them up. Morris dancing sticks have coloured tape around both ends and I think this was just for aesthetics (top morris dancing tip for beginners: buy coloured tape). The sticks were about an arm's length and as thick as the amount of spaghetti you'd cook for two people, so pretty substantial. I have to confess that waving and banging said sticks was my absolute favourite part. They made me feel powerful, loud and a bit like a ninja fighter in an action movie, although they rarely have bells (no bells were included in this class which was disappointing, but maybe that's the next level up). 2. Prosecco doesn't help Morris danci

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Six weird and fascinating things every Londoner needs to see at... the Science Museum
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Six weird and fascinating things every Londoner needs to see at... the Science Museum

It's not OTT to say that London is the undisputed home of crazy quirky and extraordinary shizzle. From colossal steam engines to billion-year-old pieces of Moon, the Science Museum is a magnet for the most peculiar pieces of medical, astrological and mechanical history. With a fabulous 300,000+ strong collection to uncover, grab your lab coat, reignite your inner Sheldon and explore the museum's dynamite floors dedicated to supreme weirdness and scientific marvels. Here are six exceptionally strange curios you can't miss on your next visit.   1. The MRI 'Jedi Helmet' Science Museum, London   This so-called 'Jedi Helmet' was used in an early cryogenic magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI scanner to us non-medical folk). Those weird-looking coils are aerials which basically enhance all the cool images the docs see when they are scanning soft tissues like our brains. MRI machines have helped scientists understand how the brain reacts to certain stimuli giving them a better understanding of the ways in which our noggins actually work physically.  Where to see it: You'll see this crazy hat inside the 'Journeys Through Medicine' gallery, second floor.  2. The jumper made from a cloned sheep Science Museum, London   This adorable fleece was made from the wool of Dolly the Sheep, the first ever animal to be cloned from an adult cell and probably the first ever sheep to be named after Dolly Parton (probably). Back in 1997, the Cystic Fibrosis trust launched a one-o

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What to see on the Brixton Design Trail this weekend
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What to see on the Brixton Design Trail this weekend

Plans for the weekend? If you haven’t yet checked out the Brixton Design Trail, part of The London Design Festival, it’s your last chance this weekend to catch the majority of events. Here are seven of the highlights. 1. Brixton Street Gallery by Squire and Partners Take a stroll down Stockwell Avenue and get involved in Squire and Partners interactive outdoor installation. Inspired by Brixton Design Trail’s ‘Rebel Rebel’ theme, the project delves into the dynamic relationship people have with public spaces. Stockwell Avenue is transformed into a large scale canvas where you can contribute or just admire the fresh art work. Contributions come from Squire and Partners and local artists Kaylene Alder, Azarra Amoy and Unify.    A rare glimpse of @unifyartist at work installing a special artwork for #brixtonstreetgallery @l_d_f_official @brixtondesigntrail #ldf16 #brixtondesign #graffiti A video posted by Squire and Partners (@squireandpartners) on Sep 15, 2016 at 5:24am PDT 2. PAJAKI 'Spiders of Straw' by BRIXI & Bobbin and Bow Fear not, there isn't a giant spider hanging out in Brixton. Pajaki (which means Spider in Polish) is a traditional Polish chandelier, crafted from straw and paper, which dates back to the eighteenth century. If you missed the Pajaki workshops at recent Crafty Fox Market, you can still bask in the beauty of the giant Pajaki hanging outside BRIXI in Brixton Village.     Huge #Pajaki by @bobbinandbow hanging in #BrixtonVillage #

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Five ways to survive living with your best mate
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Five ways to survive living with your best mate

  A photo posted by Liam J Davies (@liaaaaamd) on Dec 23, 2015 at 12:34pm PST   At some point during the relentless merry-go-round of flat-hopping in London, you and your best mate may be in sync enough to move in together. However, what might appear to be a golden opportunity for all manner of tomfoolery and shenanigans could quickly descend into a Machiavellian nightmare neither of you will recover from. In order to help you preserve your companionship and avoid criminal proceedings, here are five ways to make it work (sort of).    A photo posted by Ian Nader (@iannader) on May 2, 2016 at 11:04am PDT 1. Be realistic from the outset Unlike subjecting yourself to the judgement of several collections of strangers, living with your best mate means you get to make real choices. But be totally upfront and get your cards on the table; eg. if you don’t want to live in Morden, above a kebab shop on a street which is a massive hike from the tube then say so! Better to walk away now rather than sow a burning seed of resentment that will destroy you both.    A photo posted by Isaac Stott (@isaacjstott) on Dec 22, 2012 at 10:50am PST 2. Remember that the world outside still exists When you're not living with someone you thought might secretly be a serial killer, your flat will quickly feel a lot more like a home than anywhere before. However, it’s a big old city out there so make an effort to go out or you’ll end up as the Netflix generatio

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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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