There's been a rise in grass snake sightings on Hampstead Heath
Got a fear of reptiles? You might want to steer clear of Hampstead Heath, where there's been a rise in the number of snakes spotted in the grass. And we...
There's a free Ryan Lo fashion show at the Southbank Centre this weekend
Ryan Lo AW15 The Southbank Centre is holding a retrospective of Ryan Lo’s designs, and you're invited. Born in Hong Kong, womenswear designer...
Smokey Tails is giving away FREE breakfasts in Hoxton on Monday
Dreading Monday morning already? Here's something to help you drag yourself out of bed: the folks at Smokey Tails are launching a new breakfast menu, and...
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...
Shappi Khorsandi solves London's problems
Each week a different comedian solves Londoners’ issues. This week Iranian stand up and author, Shappi Khorsandi, tackles your problems head on. Dear...
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...
City envy: you can now get hot air balloon rides through Uber in Shanghai
Think taxis are a bit basic? So does Shanghai, it seems. Apparently the best way for the city's cool kids to get from A to B is by hot-air balloon. It was...
Top five drunken moments
Nathan James Page 1. The fox chat You’ve destroyed all the Jägerbombs and now you’re pirouetting down the street. The birds are beginning to sing...
Blog posts you've been loving lately
This interactive map showing London's murder hotspots is a teeny bit terrifying
We love a map – tube maps, interactive maps, Harry Potter maps – we're into all of them. But this may just be the creepiest map we've ever come across. A new...
In pictures: the 2016 London Marathon
The London Marathon took place yesterday, with almost 40,000 fundraisers taking to the city's streets – and our community of photographers were there...
35 fun things to do in London this week
Get crafty this week with laser cutting lessons in Peckham, find out more about the world of independent magazine publishing at the magCulture shop, or...
Winner winner Chicken (Town) dinner: here’s a deal worth crossing the road for
London’s paltry poultry landscape took a turn for the better when Tottenham’s crowd-funded, non-profit Chicken Town opened up in November. We gave its...
Popular posts from our Blog Network
Eight awful people you'll meet at the theatre
London has some of the best theatre in the world, but nothing can ruin a show faster than an unruly audience member. The next time you catch a show, pray that you don't end up sat near one of these unutterable bastards. The Snacker Yes, that is a whole rotisserie chicken they just pulled out of their bag, followed up with a nice crinkly bag of crisps. And just when you think it's finally over, out come a few individually wrapped mints. via GIPHY The Commentator The set is quite impressive, that line was really funny and (in case you didn't already grasp the plot twist) those two characters are having an affair. Whether you ask for it or not, The Commentator will make sure that you (and everyone else in the audience) are fully up-to-date with every detail of the show. via GIPHY The Person Who Has Seen EVERYTHING This person will put even the most avid of London theatregoers to shame. Not only did they see Mark Rylance's star turn in 'Jerusalem', they saw it at the Royal Court, in the West End and on Broadway. They've also already got front-row seats to 'Hamilton', despite tickets not being on sale yet. via GIPHY The Enthusiast You thought the show was 'meh' at best, but The Enthusiast is on their feet before the curtain has even fallen. They clap until their hands turn red, blissfully unaware that no one actually yells 'bravo!' in real life. via GIPHY The Frisky Couple Want to hear some funny stories? As
18 commuter struggles Londoners will understand, as told by 'Game of Thrones'
This year's 'Game of Thrones' season finale was full of major WTF moments – and if you're a fan of the show, you'll know that life in the Seven Kingdoms can be as hellish as London's transport network. Jon Snow almost being crushed to death during the Battle of the Bastards? Yeah, that's basically evening rush hour on the Piccadilly line. But even if you don't watch it, you'll know that the tube is 'dark and full of terrors'… and some serious struggles. Here are 18 you'll probably understand, GOT-style: 1. The queue to enter Oxford Circus tube station during rush hour. You'll be like: DRACARYS! via GIPHY 2. The lack of oxygen on the Northern line: via GIPHY 3. People who wait for the barriers to close before they swipe their Oyster card: via GIPHY 4. Drunk people on the tube who think it's perfectly acceptable to sit on the floor pissed out of their brains and take up valuable standing space: via GIPHY 5. People who try to make friends with you just so they can nab a seat: via GIPHY 6. People who leave their litter behind on the train: via GIPHY 7. No air con. On anything: via GIPHY 8. People who say: ‘can you move down the bus/carriage please?’ when there's no more damn space. DRACARYS! via GIPHY 9. When nobody gets the concept of PERSONAL space: via GIPHY 10. When you get on a bus home and then it suddenly gets diverted: via GIPHY 11. People who breathe down your nec
Read more blog gold
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.