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Six reasons to hate winter in London
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Six reasons to hate winter in London

With winter just around the corner, blogger and personal trainer Melissa Power explains why she's not a fan. I love London. I really do. I was born and bred here and it’s my favourite city in the world. I love cycling around it, I love getting on the tube (even when I have to change at Bank), I love its people, its secrets, and once in a while I even try to love south London. However, I hate it when winter comes to London. Here’s why. Ice skating As soon as November arrives, we all have to pretend that we love ice skating so much. If we really loved ice skating we would go all year round at normal ice-skating rink, at a reasonable price. In winter, ice skating costs around a million pounds a ticket. And we can’t actually ice skate because it’s full of too many other people who have also recently taken out a loan to buy their ticket. We’re not even allowed a warming whisky on the rink.     A photo posted by Woof & Co. (@woof_co) on Nov 15, 2016 at 6:05am PST   Secret dog poo All those pictures on Instagram of fallen leaves on Hampstead Heath may look pretty (well not after you’ve seen 1,500 of them, all with the same filter), but they're hiding mountains of dog poo. At least in summer you can see the dog poo. Admittedly you can smell it too, but you can’t argue with fair warning. In winter, we may think we're taking a romantic walk in our lovely new winter knits but actually we're stomping through many different kinds of shit. Dreamy.   A photo p

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Four types of traveller you'll spot on the tube during the festive season
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Four types of traveller you'll spot on the tube during the festive season

It’s that time of the year again where we brace ourselves for an extended season of mince pies, merrymaking and mistletoe. With the exception of those who work in retail – who may try to end it all after the ten thousandth hearing of Noddy Holder squawking ‘It’s Chriiiiistmaaaaaas!’ – there ought to be a few LOLs in store, especially on the tube. Here’s a rundown of the seasonally exclusive travellers to look out for this festive season. The Human Thermostat It's pretty impossible to maintain an agreeable temperature while out and about at Christmas. Layering up to avoid frostbite leaves you vulnerable to shops that have got the heating firmly on the ‘Surface of Mercury’ setting. Dress any lighter and you’ll freeze to death. However, keep your eyes peeled to the highly evolved creatures on the most stifling tube journey who are able to maintain composure in full woolly hat, scarf, gloves and puffer jacket regalia.   A photo posted by Rhea (@rheabee04) on Nov 26, 2016 at 12:43am PST   The Afternoon Works Do Retreater Official or not, it’s highly likely that an impromptu party in the office will kick off at some point in the run-up to Christmas; probably around lunchtime when thoughts ought to lean more toward ‘Pret’ than ‘pint’. These accidental incidences of merriment result in an intrepid Works Do Retreater being one of the more common sights of the tube in the dark of the early evening. You'll spot them well turned-out in business attire and yet strang

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Five festive tap takeovers in London this December
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Five festive tap takeovers in London this December

December is traditionally reserved for libations and merriment. In the interest of avoiding awkward booze-fueled bonding sessions with co-workers, we’ve compiled a list of five festive tap takeovers happening around London this month. These are definitely worth bunking off your office Christmas party for. Five Points Brewing Co at The Gun Hackney’s Five Points Brewing Company heads to the Gun with an ample quantity of beer in tow. They’re celebrating East End Independents’ Day and the launch of Well Street Market by commandeering the Gun's taps. In addition to keeping your glasses filled, the Five Points team will be on hand to chat about their range, the brewery’s history and what’s in the pipeline for 2017. The Gun is an East London fixture and the beer guaranteed to satisfy, so it’s worth putting your Saturday afternoon aside for a quick one (or pull up a stool and stay all day, we won’t judge). The Gun, 235 Well Street, E9 6RG. Dec 3, 1pm-5pm. Moor Beer at the EeBria Taproom Bristol’s Moor Beer Company was recently recognised by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) as the first brewery in the world to successfully can-condition real ale – that means that live yeast and natural carbonation survive the canning process. They're also responsible for some seriously delicious beers, some of which will be showcased at the EeBria taproom. If you need a break from drinking, there’s air hockey and shuffleboard tables to keep you on your game. But we reckon that after a few sips, y

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Three Christmas events that'll make you feel like you're in the ’90s
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Three Christmas events that'll make you feel like you're in the ’90s

Everyone has a fondness for the Christmas of their childhood. This is particularly true of that special breed the ’90s kid, never afraid to proudly proclaim the decade of their youth. If that's you or you simply think Christmas was better 20 years ago, here are three festive fiestas that will take you back in time like a tinsel-wrapped DeLorean.   A photo posted by Ilovethe90s (@ilovethe90sparty) on Oct 14, 2016 at 6:07am PDT   I Love the 90s Christmas Party, December 2 The ’90s is for life, not just for Christmas. No venue knows this better than the O2 Academy Islington, which hosts London’s 'best and longest running' ’90s themed party every Friday night. For Christmas, I Love the 90s is putting on a yuletide special that will no doubt feature Christmas classics from East 17, Mariah Carey and, if you're really lucky, Mr Blobby.   A photo posted by Fatboy Slim (@officialfatboyslim) on Apr 28, 2016 at 12:53pm PDT Fatboy Slim’s Night-Rave Before Christmas, December 17 It doesn’t get more ’90s than raves and bad puns. The Night-Rave Before Christmas is what Mr Slim himself is calling it – the O2 understandably just calls it ‘Fatboy Slim’ – and by all accounts the show is set to live up to that frighteningly festive monicker. Celebrating two decades of his classic 1996 album 'Better Living Through Chemistry' this year, Norman Cook will be giving his audience flashbacks to their ’90s rave days with tracks like ‘Everybody Needs a 303’, which wi

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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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