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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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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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