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Pokémon GO: Where to find 30 of the best and rarest Pokémon in London

Pokémon masters of London! If you've gotten to that point where you wanna start building up a small army of level 1600 Vaporeons, then you should head out to some of our city's top attractions to nab the most coveted pokecritters in the land. Tentacool, Dratini, Electabuzz, Hitmonlee, Kabuto, Mankey, Snorlax, Mr. Mime and even the occasional Dragonite (YES DRAGONITE!) have been found chillaxin' at places like the Tower of London, inside Regent's Park, by the penguins at London Zoo and in the flowery gardens of Kensington Palace. So what are you waiting for? While there's no guaranteeing where the rarest of our little friends might spawn, here's all latest buzz on where to find and catch the best and rarest of Pokémon in London:  Dratini Luke Abrahams Where to find it: Tower Bridge, St.Katherine's Docks and the Tower of London are just some of the areas this cute little dragon-type Pokémon will show itself.   Mr. Mime   A photo posted by Things. People. Places. (@peterg153) on Jul 25, 2016 at 1:21pm PDT Where to find it: The most popular place to catch Mr. Mime is in between all the Warhols' and Pollocks' at the Tate Modern. Many Londoners have also reported that it's possible to catch this rare Pokémon at stations on the Jubilee line.  Dragonite   A photo posted by BUSH (@eyehatebush) on Jul 28, 2016 at 6:17am PDT   Where to find it: The most common place this powerful dragon-type Pokémon keeps popping up is by her Maj's fancy crown

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Why a foodie should walk down... Clerkenwell Road

Clerkenwell Road is part of a route linking east and west London, yet with its quiet passages and historic square it has the character of an intimate neighbourhood. It’s also home to a variety of foodie venues serving Clerkenwell’s creative community. Here's some of our favourites.   Bea’s of Bloomsbury and Banh Mi Bay on Theobold's Road   Bea’s of Bloomsbury Bea’s ‘cake boutique’ is the original tea room for this booming business. They make all their products on the premises; try their famous cupcakes, or the unique duffin (a cross between a doughnut and muffin). Or, indulge in their afternoon tea – a three-tier extravaganza of scones, cakes, treats and mini-baguettes.  As for Banh Mi Bay just down the road, baguettes come in different shapes and sizes at this Vietnamese restaurant, which has pioneered traditional banh mi baguettes in the UK. The French loaf was introduced to Vietnam during colonial times and has evolved into a light elongated roll with a crispy crust. Order a lemongrass chargrilled steak banh mi – it’s a brilliant twist on a steak sandwich.   Baguettes at Banh Mi Bay     Leather Lane Market This historical market offers a solid mix of street food faves, such as Crosstown Doughnuts, which started trading in the market in 2014. Their doughnuts have since gone viral, but despite their success, the business still has the vibe of a street market start-up.  Crosstown Doughnuts always sell out   Leather Lane is also home to the legendar

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Eight types of people you meet while flat-hunting in London

The pain of flat-hunting in London is all too real. If you've ever been on the hunt for a perfect pad, chances are you'll have met one or more of these delightful types. The too-cool-for-school Brixton babes They’re really just after a ‘cool’ person who routinely spends Sunday hungover after a night spent socialising with the ‘right’ people. Fun optional. ‘Cool’ person must be into culture enough to pass as a weekend hipster, but not so much that they’re unconventional, artsy or alienating. Also, said person must not have too much passion or enthusiasm – it messes with the cool vibe they’re rocking.  The landlord on a power trip He’s an older gentleman, a bit racist and incredibly superior. He rents out the rooms in the apartment in order to pay off his children’s university debts and considers the chosen lodger to be of great privilege, having the opportunity to live with him in his beautiful Clapham Junction Victorian terrace. He monitors the power consumption monthly on a meter so he can measure the exact impact the new lodger is having on electricity bills. After two interrogation sessions and over 20 text messages back and forth, he informs you via Spareroom automated message that you are not a suitable candidate. All you can think is ‘arsehole!’, but realise in hindsight that you dodged a bullet.    #abfab event #brixtonvillage #sweetiedarlings A photo posted by @toinonlegros on Jul 2, 2016 at 7:29am PDT   The eccentric Dalston artist He fancies

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Three cafés in Forest Hill with décor as delicious as the cakes

Forest Hill is bursting with sweet independent cafés where it's not unusual to find a vintage shop, a free art exhibition or even a therapy room alongside the tea and cake. And they're all really pretty too. Here are three worth checking out the next time you're in SE23.   The Montage  Spread over three floors, The Montage combines a café, free art gallery, and a vintage shop.     #TheMontageCafe #ForestHill #VintageShopLondon #ArtGalleryLondon #LondonCafes #LondonTea #Art #Vintage #London A photo posted by Camilla Laake (@camillalaake) on Jul 3, 2016 at 12:59pm PDT   Furnishings are sourced from vintage markets in the UK and abroad, and practically every item you see or sit on is for sale – you could literally go in and walk out with the whole café.     #TheMontageCafe #ForestHill #VintageShopLondon #ArtGalleryLondon #LondonCafes #LondonTea #Art #Vintage #London A photo posted by Camilla Laake (@camillalaake) on Jul 3, 2016 at 1:00pm PDT   Recipes and artwork (available to purchase) fill the walls – go in for a tea, and leave with a tip or two from ‘The Spice Cookbook’ (Avanelle Day and Lillie Stuckey), and a new painting for your home. 33 Dartmouth Rd, SE23 3HN   #TheMontageCafe #ForestHill #VintageShopLondon #ArtGalleryLondon #LondonCafes #LondonTea #Art #Vintage #London A photo posted by Camilla Laake (@camillalaake) on Jul 3, 2016 at 12:56pm PDT   Canvas & Cream If someone told you this café was made up of

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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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