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Top of the world: the best rooftop restaurants in London

Get closer to the sun at one of these rooftop restaurants. South: OXO Tower Brasserie The outdoor terrace of the eighth floor of the Oxo Tower has river-spanning views and a Modern European menu. Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, SE1 9PH. Nearest tube: Waterloo. North: The Grafton A revamped Kentish Town pub with good roof terrace. 20 Prince of Wales Rd, NW5 3LG. Nearest tube: Kentish Town. East: Coq d'Argent The expansive and verdant roof garden squeezed amid City skyscrapers also serves good French-leaning food from D&D London. No 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ. Nearest tube: Bank. Central: The Angler D&D London’s swanky City restaurant offers the best in alfresco altitude. South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF. Nearest tube: Moorgate. West: Babylon This seventh-floor rooftop will sweep you off your feet. The gardens are the real draw. The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High St, W8 5SA. Nearest tube: High St Kensington. Take a look at the best new restaurants in London.  Want tp get up high? Here's the summer's best rooftop pop-ups!

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How 12 tube stations got their names

Ever sat on the tube staring at the station names wondering what it all means? New book ‘Why Do Shepherds Need A Bush?’ by David Hilliam has got the answers. And it turns out we were waaaaay off. Aldwych What we’d always assumed: Something to do with an old witch who lives in the station. That’s why it’s now closed – she got battered one night and turned a load of commuters into pigeons.    But actually… When the Saxon King Alfred (871–899) defeated the invading Danes, he generously allowed some of them to live on in this area, under his rule. The settlement was known as Aldwic – the ‘old village’.    Canada Water   What we’d always assumed: Named after the many Canadians who once enjoyed drinking in London’s only ice hockey-themed bar, now an All Bar One.   But actually… Canada Water is a lake and wildlife refuge in Rotherhithe. The lake is named after Canada Dock, which used to be on this site and was principally used by ships importing and exporting goods from Canada.   Goodge Street   What we’d always assumed: Named after legendary England batsman Graham Gooch, who was too polite to point out TfL's spelling error.   But actually… In the eighteenth century this land was called Crab Tree Field and Walnut Tree Field. It belonged to a carpenter called John Goodge. On his death in 1748, his nephews developed the land for building.   High Barnet    What we’d always assumed: Static electricity built up in the ticket halls during peak commuting hours causes ev

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Hello sunshine! Get high at these six summer rooftop pop-ups

Hoorah the sun is finally here! Make the most of it at one of this summer's coolest rooftop pop-ups.  Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch <img id="fd74b81e-969e-1e8b-4b2a-d0731817dd3b" data-caption="" data-credit="" data-width-class="100" type="image/jpeg" total="9555724" loaded="9555724" src="http://media.timeout.com/images/102691336/image.jpg" class="photo lazy inline">   For the months of May to September, Queen of Hoxton's year-round rooftop has been transformed into the Cuban themed 'Smokin' Graciela's', named after the 80-year-old cigar-smoking diva. Sip on a cocktail menu that includes iced daiquiris or get your caffeine fix with a Cuban iced coffee. For fuel there's tasty – you guessed it – Cuban sandwiches. Try the venue's themed nights, including a cigar and rum pairing and domino nights. If the weather holds, you could almost convince yourself you're in a colourful corner of Havana. 1 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX Bold Tendencies and Frank's Café, Peckham <img id="bdb7cf88-90a1-6446-61de-dcfa6a58fe9b" class="photo lazy inline" src="http://media.timeout.com/images/102691246/image.jpg" alt="Frank's" data-caption="" data-credit="" data-width-class="original" data-mce-src="http://media.timeout.com/images/102691246/image.jpg">       Frank's Café is back at its multi-storey car park location for another summer, this time with a new art installation in the shape of Bold Tendencies. There are new commissions from Richard Wentworth, Airbnb Pavilion an

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The happy forecast: this map plots the gladdest and glummest postcodes in London

If you're happy and you know it, you probably live in Fulham, Parson's Green or Crystal palace. Well, at least according to a new map that plots the most positive and negative postcodes in London to deduce whether where you live is a delightful place to lay your head or, at the less desirable end of the spectrum, a miserable hell-hole.Based on a year-long study that looked at social interactions between strangers in all 119 London postcodes, creative agency Clubhouse Studios has plotted the points on a map to produce the Happy Forecast, which they're calling a 'social happiness experiment'. It's pretty damn cool, unless you live in one of the saddest areas of the city and then it's a bit depressing, naturally. You can search by postcode or click on points on the map to find out exactly what your 'happiness outlook' is. Things are looking pretty sweet in SW4:         But the outlook isn't so chirpy in Bow, where the forecast is a very blunt 'lousy'. The map also provides a 'current mood' for the area by analysing the sentiment of geotagged tweets, to give you an up-to-date view of how Londoners are feeling. As you can see, people in Bow are currently 'delighted' despite their lousy happiness outlook, so it's not all bad news.   <

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London is the thirteenth most expensive city in the world for beer

Summer in London is great, isn't it? Sipping on an ice cold beer in the sun with your pals – those memories are priceless, aren't they? Well, not exactly. According to research from GoEuro, London is the thirteenth priciest city for beer in the entire world. They analysed the cost of the dominant local beer and five of the most imported beers in 75 cities across the world, to produce an average cost for beers in bars and supermarkets in each city. The average price of a supermarket beer in London was a fairly reasonable £1.09 but the average bar cost was a sobering £4.74, bringing the overall London average to £2.92. But it's not all bad news – at least we didn't come first. Geneva scooped the top spot for the most expensive city on the whole planet, where the average pint will set you back £4.08. And if it's cheap beers you're after, you might want to consider a trip to Krakow, which was the cheapest place for beer in the world at a mere £1.07 per pint.  And while it might not be doing your bank balance or waistline any favours, apparently Londoners are chugging away 79 litres of beer per person every year. Good effort, guys. Now, anyone for an overpriced pint? Pretty sure it's your round. Thirsty? Take a look at the best craft beer in London.      

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In 'stagrams: the oh-so-colourful Serpentine Pavilion

A photo posted by Arkitera (@arkitera) on Jun 24, 2015 at 6:02am PDT As we reported yesterday, this summer's Serpentine Pavilion is now open! And naturally, the first visitors couldn't help but Instagram the b'jesus out of it.   A photo posted by Sanober Ahmed (@sanobi7) on Jun 24, 2015 at 1:25am PDT You can find the colourful structure bang in the middle of Hyde Park. It's open daily from 10am to 6pm, and it's free to visit.   A photo posted by @marianotellechea on Jun 24, 2015 at 2:20am PDT Designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano, it's the fifteenth pavilion to grace the Serpentine site. (Check out the previous years' pavilions here.)   A photo posted by Valentina Battaglia (@val_bat) on Jun 24, 2015 at 1:22am PDT This year's installation is an amorphous, double-skinned, polygonal structure consisting of panels of a translucent, multi-coloured fluorine-based polymer (ETFE) woven through and wrapped like webbing.   A photo posted by Flora Sharpe (@bunnysharpe) on Jun 25, 2015 at 3:19am PDT Inside you'll find a café, and talks and events are planned throughout the summer.   A photo posted by @jetsettera on Jun 25, 2015 at 2:58am PDT The Pavilion is open until October 16, so you can wait until a nice sunny weekend to pay it a visit.   A photo posted by Aaron Lam (@aaronylam) on Jun 24, 2015 at 2:14pm PDT   A photo posted by Anastasia Mishchenko (@londisland) on Jun 24, 2015 at 1:43pm PDT

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Scarily impatient people, rejoice! Amazon Prime Now has launched in London

  Absolutely need a packet of Fruit Pastilles in your hand in the next 60 minutes but can’t be bothered moving? There is – as the lazy stock opening sentence for blog posts about apps goes – an app for that. Prime Now is the latest instant gratification shopping service from gargantuan online retailer Amazon. It’s an evolution of its original next-day-delivery Prime service, which now affords £79-a-year subscribers in qualifying postcodes the luxury of having their items delivered within two hours, or within an hour for an extra £7 fee. There’s a catalogue of 10,000 items to choose from, ranging from household groceries to hi-tech gizmos. The service added London to its portfolio of locations yesterday, with products and delivery times varying depending on your postcode (Zone 1 is naturally the best served).  Sure, summoning a courier from the other side of the city just because you quite fancy a can of Sprite isn’t going to win you Eco-Warrior of the Year, but then again there’s a ton of situations when super-fast delivery could seriously save your hide. Family on their way over but you forgot it was mum’s birthday? Genuine bog roll emergency? Drunk and bored? Relax, you terrible, lazy idiot – salvation is just a few taps away. Image: Garrett Coakley.

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The 17 grossest things you’ll experience while commuting in the summer

  Summer was made for parks, festivals and things you do at the weekend, not crowded tubes and buses. Here’s the gruesome reality of your commute in a heatwave… 1. You’ll step onto the Central Line and swallow a mouthful of steamy body odour Londoners, eh? They're just full of hot air. Amiright? Amiright? 2. A bead of sweat will travel the full length of your body And there’ll be nothing you can do to stop it.  3. You’ll be squashed face-first into someone’s armpit Or worse: sweaty back. Or worst: moist chest. 4. You’ll sit in the front seat of a bus and realise it was a huge mistake Why not recreate the experience at home by positioning yourself under a giant magnifying glass and waiting for the sun to melt your organs? 5. You’ll sit on the back seat of a bus and realise it was a huge mistake The engine: a blessing in the winter, the most cursed of curses in the summer. 6. You’ll know you’re horrendously sweaty but will be forced to lift your arm to hold onto the rail on the tube IT’S HOT, OKAY? 7. You’ll get stuck with upper lip sweat And it’ll trickle into your mouth because the tube is too crowded for you to wipe it off. 8. You’ll get stuck wearing one layer too many And be left incredibly frustrated because the tube is too crowded for you to take it off. 9. The space between backpack and actual back will fill with a flood of body fluid Looking forward to revealing that sweat patch to the world.  10. The rail will get so slippy you’ll end up sliding ar

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A giant inflatable water slide is coming to Alexandra Palace

Everyone knows that a giant water slide is pretty much the dream when it comes to summer in London. Lately there's been a lot of talk – and quite frankly a lot of empty promises – about giant slip 'n' slides coming to London. Finally, someone delivered the goods earlier this month with a 100-metre water slide in King's Cross, as part of Lipton's Rise and Slide installation. But now we want more. Luckily, there's an even bigger and better water slide coming to Alexandra Palace in north London next month. The 150-metre inflatable slide will be at Alexandra Palace's free summer festival on July 25, but if you want to secure yourself a spot you'll need to book ahead. The 'SlideRider' is being organised by Cancer Research to raise money for the charity, so while you're whizzing down a giant slide you'll also be doing your good deed for the day. It's £20 for two goes but you can sign up now for an earlybird ticket for £15 – think of it like a Race For Life, except you don't have to do anything that even remotely resembles running. Find out more and book your ticket here. The SlideRider is at the Summer Festival at Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY. July 25, 11am–11pm.  

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Help save the George Tavern on Commercial Road

In the ongoing battle to save our favourite bits of London, we're now rooting for the The George Tavern in Shadwell to triumph in their fight against developers. Eight years ago the grand old pub was informed that Stepney's Nightclub next door would be demolished to make way for six luxury flats, which means The George would inevitably lose its live music and late (ie. fun) license. They've been fighting the decision ever since by hosting fundraisers to cover their legal costs, but now they need your help.         The 600-year-old boozer has launched a crowd funding campaign so they can continue their crusade, offering everything from shout outs and t-shirts to signed memorabilia in exchange for your donations. And if you send them a snap of yourself wearing your 'Save The George Tavern' tee, they'll add you to their gallery alongside the likes of Kate Moss, Sir Ian McKellen and Georgia May Jagger.   Donate at The George's IndieGoGo page and find out more information about the campaign at savethegeorgetavern.com.  

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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’: Five reasons we’re genuinely really excited

Yesterday it was announced that everyone's favourite fictional wizard was set to come out of fictional retirement for one more crack of the wand. As revealed by JK Rowling's Twitter feed, new story 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is set to be not a book, but a play, and will be hitting the West End next summer. The feeling among Time Out's theatre team is that press night can't come soon enough, and here's why. It’s an all-new adventure We’ve known for yonks that there was going to be a Harry Potter stage show, but details were extremely scarce, and the worry was that it’d just be a naff romp through ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’. But no: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is an all-new JK Rowling story that’s rumoured to deal with the adventures of Harry’s parents before their deaths – though Rowling has stated it’s not a prequel, so, er, who knows. Rowling has dipped her toes back in Harry’s world via her Pottermore website, but ‘The Cursed Child’ seems like the only thing that could legitimately be called an official eighth Potter story. The team making it is amazing Remember how ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ was loads better that the other Potter films because Alfonso Cuaron made it? Hopefully we can expect similarly spooky vibes from ‘The Cursed Child’. It’s directed by John Tiffany and written by Jack Thorne, who made the sublime stage adaptation of ‘Let the Right One In’. Expect dreamy visuals, plenty of stage magic, and more than a splash of darkness. It’s n

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Did you know… you can now hang out in the middle of Old Street roundabout?

Have you noticed that Old Street station's been smelling curiously delicious for the last week? That's due to the fact that the roundabout has turned into a bar and street-food hub. It's been renamed the Magic Roundabout, there's a bar up there packed with Beavertown craft beers, DJs, plus street-food stalls including an offering from the makers of one of the city's best burgers, Burger Bear. There's also the awesomely named seafood stall Prawnography, from Jim Tomlinson, a Michelin-trained chef who also previously ran Fry Hard, the deep-fat-fried pop-up that opened last Easter. It's open all day from 7am to 11pm – for lunch and dinner – and right now, it's such a well-kept secret that it's a blissfully quiet spot for a post-work drink. We'd get in there quick, though. We're guessing that's going to change pretty soon. Find out more about the Prawnographer and Burger Bear.

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The 11 inevitable stages of having a barbecue

Barbecue season, eh? You're just getting drunk while playing with fire in your garden. What could go wrong? 1. The False Starts You plan a barbecue. It pours with rain. You plan another barbecue. It pours with rain. You plan a third barbecue. This time it looks like the weather’s actually going to hold off. You start work on a complex beer-can-in-a-chicken’s-arse menu. It pours with rain again. 2. The Panic Barbecue Clean An hour before guests arrive, you realise the barbecue hasn’t been cleaned since the Great Meat Feast of 2014. You spend the next 50 minutes scrubbing at flaky black grime before giving up and dashing to Wilko to buy as many disposables as you can carry. Later, a pal will find a chunk of last year’s burger meat in your hair and you’ll pretend it’s a bit of twig.                3. The Last-Minute Marinade You Google recipes to enhance your grilling game, then realise they all insist you marinade your meat in a multi-ingredient mixture for at least 72 hours. Time to overcompensate by mashing the entire contents of your spice rack into some chicken breasts. Yes, that hard lump of dark brown sugar, the ancient sorry crumbs of dried oregano, Worcestershire sauce, half a crushed Oxo cube and Mystery Powder #4. Possibly paprika? 4. The ‘Should I Bring Anything?’ There are three types of guests who bring things to barbecues: 1) People who bring items that show off their culinary prowess and advanced knowledge of London delis. ‘Oh, this artisan quin

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TfL has a tool that works out how long it takes to travel to anywhere in London

Move over Citymapper, because TfL has stepped its game up with a feature that lets you map journey times to anywhere in London. It's called WebCAT, but has nothing to do with cats and everything to do with maps. On first glance, you might think you've stumbled into the wrong place because it's placed under the distinctly unglamorous-sounding 'urban planning and construction' tab, because it's used for planners to look at how well areas are connected when planning new buildings. But before you completely switch off, it's actually a surprisingly useable tool.You can choose to view the map by access level, which rates locations by their distance from public transport services. Or you can search by time mapping, which shows how far you can travel in a set amount of time and you can filter your search by transport mode, time of day and direction. You can also look ahead to what London's transport network might look like in 2021 and 2031, if you fancy a bit of crystal ball-gazing. It's a pretty handy feature if you're moving house or office and want a quick overview of how long it will take to get to all your favourite spots, or if you're trying to work out if the trek to your mate's house in Tooting is really worth the effort. Plus, all the colour coding makes it look real pretty. Good job, TfL. Have a go yourself here. Want more tube news? Take a look at these: Mind the ghost: explore London's abandoned tube stations with the Disused Tube app This is what the new night tube m

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Jungle cats: London is getting a tropical cat café

London is overflowing with ideas for niche animal cafés at the moment, whether it's micropigs, owls or even the world's ugliest animal, the blobfish, people are into it. But way before folks were cooking up plans for a café dedicated to creepy deep-sea creatures, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium was one of the first novelty cafés to open its doors back in March 2014. And now it looks like we're getting a second café dedicated to the humble cat – and this time it's jungle-themed. It's called Ginger & Tom's and the brains behind the operation is Anna Kogan Nasser, co-founder of London's original cat café. She's no longer involved in running Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium but has decided that what West Hampstead is lacking is a jungle-themed cat café – and who are we to argue? Anna hasn't confirmed the exact location yet but according to the Ginger & Tom's Facebook page, it will be one minute from West Hampstead tube. She told Ham & High that between 15-20 cats will be roaming around the café and they'll be coming from shelters and 'responsible breeders'. It's set to open in October this year and if the first cat café taught us anything, it's that Londoners are mad for cats. So sign up to their mailing list to make sure that you're the first to know of any goings on with the new feline venture.  Find out more about Ginger & Tom's here. Can't wait? Take a look at Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium.  

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Sweet cheesus! Someone's made a Kickstarter for mail-order toasties

We've professed our love for cheese many times on this blog, so it will come as no surprise that news of a toastie service that delivers your lunch in the post had us in a melty dairy frenzy. And to top it all off it has a fantastic pun for a name. But the logistics! Will London's posties be suing for scalded hands and dangerous stomach rumblings on their morning rounds? No need to panic; the letterbox-friendly packages come filled with ingredients that you must then assemble, pop into a special heatproof bag and then toast in your local kitchen/office tea station. The Cheese Posties (there it is!) come in a range of flavour combinations. Bread is of the posh, 'artisan' variety (despite that being against traditional cheese toastie standards) and fillings will include Cornish blue cheese, Port Salut, chorizo and even Nutella. Best of all, each sandwich comes with a collectable toastie top trumps card. We're concerned about the lack of refrigeration while it's in the hands of the Royal Mail, but not concerned enough to not eat them. We always did love getting things in the post. Cheese Posties will cost £3.99 per delivery. The Kickstarter opens on Tuesday June 23. Enjoy some more melted cheese pictures at cheeseposties.com. Love cheese? Check out The Melt Room toastie café.

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