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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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Classic London Instagram shots: the London Underground platform

Scroll through any Londoner's Instagram feed – and many tourists' – and you'll probably spot a few familiar pics. From the view of Big Ben shot through the archway on the South Bank to the rounded dome of St Paul's Cathedral, Instagram has created a city iconography all of its own. In this series, blogger Flora Tonking will be showcasing those classic London Instagram shots, and also sharing some of her favourite unique takes on them. This post, we're going underground to check out how we're all 'gramming the tube. The classic shot   A photo posted by Maxim Kazantsev (@mkaz) on Jan 30, 2016 at 8:18am PST   Waiting for the next tube train can be a bit of a snooze – if you're not busy fighting your way to the front of the platform to get on an early morning Victoria line train, that is. And now, with most of us able to access the joy that is free wifi while we're hanging around at the station the London Underground has become a popular subject for Londoners' Instagram posts – from arty shots of curving tunnels to the capturing of a train as it whizzes by in a blur. The opportunities are endless! 15 alternative takes from the platform   1. Bullet train   A photo posted by Ryan Zerbe (@radredbeard) on Jan 30, 2016 at 11:12pm PST   2. Please stand behind the yellow line...   A photo posted by @maurococcoli on Jan 31, 2016 at 2:40pm PST   3. ...especially you, Teddy.   A photo posted by Wallace (@wallace.the.lost.bear) on Jan 28, 2016

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Beavertown brewery is having a birthday party and you’re invited

Beavertown brewery is turning the ripe old age of four this month, and to celebrate they’re throwing a party called 'Be(aver) My Valentine' (it's the day before Valentine's, y'see). In addition to their usual offerings, 30 other breweries will be in attendance, including craft beer heavyweights such as Kernel, Siren, Wild Beer Co, Darkstar, and BrewDog. Lovecrumbs will be doing the birthday cake honours, meanwhile, Kimchinary, Grill My Cheese, Peel & Chimney and Duke’s Brew & Cue (Beavertown’s very own pub) will handle the grub. And, of course, there's going to be a rodeo bull. And the best thing? There will be 70 taps in total, and servings will come in a 1/3 a pint. Each 1/3 will cost £2, meaning that you can mix it up with anything from a four percent weissbier to a 17 percent imperial stout, depending on how hard you want to party. Be(aver) My Valentine will take place on February 13, 1pm–9pm at their Tottenham Hale brewery in Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Rd, N17 9QP. No ticket required, just turn up. And there's more where that came from: here's the best craft beer in London.

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Your shout: Sam Baines - 'I detest a Valentine’s Grinch'

Stop hating on the Day of Love, you bunch of miseries. It’s all the best things in life in 24 hours! The best day of the year comes around this month. Yep, you heard me. Some people wait in muddy anticipation for Glastonbury each year. Not me: I wait for the love festival – no outdoor sleeping required. Theoretically you could go camping on Valentine’s Day and gaze up at the stars while holding hands but you’d definitely have to leave London. We have no stars here, they’ve all run away from the paparazzi and the pollution. If you don’t like February 14 and act like it’s just another day you should be shot with a cannon full of heart confetti and then hugged by a stranger. I detest a Valentine’s Grinch: they look like the hairy Christmas Grinch but they’re red and they seem to be multiplying rapidly. Valentine’s Day is 24 hours of holding hands and snogging: what’s not to like? Stop your moaning, London. Whether you are single, a couple, or ‘other’ (meaning you haven’t had that conversation yet) you should celebrate Valentine’s Day. ‘But I don’t need to celebrate love on just one day: I do it all year round.’ Yeah but you don’t, do you? Stop lying to yourself and your secretly-romantic-but-agreeing-with-you-just-to-keep-the-peace significant other. Seriously, you’re not telling me that you get all dressed up, organise a special meal, buy a card and a heart-shaped present, 364 days a year. Mind you, if you actually do, can I come and live with you? In London we work to sche

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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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