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Five things we've turned to while broke in London
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Five things we've turned to while broke in London

We've all felt the pain. The pre-Christmas payday that the finance gods expect us to stretch out for six weeks. The January sale temptations that create an emotional breakdown between inner good cops and bad cops. The detox and feel-good supermarket aisles that don’t seem to comprehend those previous two points. But hey, being Londoners means that we're smart. Like any inhabitants of an uncontrollable climate, we've learned how to adapt to our surroundings. Here are five things Londoners are regularly guilty of in times of financial strife. The 'something-free' January   A photo posted by Amy (@amyparsnips) on Jan 23, 2017 at 5:19am PST Meat, alcohol, sugar – it all comes with a price tag. Expenditures that you can’t quite justify when you’re tempted to strategically distribute the toilet roll in your flat share. But rather than risk attaining a lavatory-enforced nickname, we turn such luxuries into a fad. Dry January. Veganuary. Sugar-free January. Inspired sacrifices that give the impression we’re walking into 2017 as selfless souls. But in reality, we’re trying in vain to keep our overdrafts on our side. The Borough Market sample binge   A photo posted by 식도락 여행 (@kebinkorea) on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:41am PST It’s the weekend. We want to be social. Honestly we do. But when all your fridge can offer is a questionable potato that’s sprouting limbs and a pot of yoghurt that’s put so much effort into breeding a furry fungi family, you’re actual

Five things you should know about the Peace Pagoda in Battersea
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Five things you should know about the Peace Pagoda in Battersea

There’s no getting away from it, 2016 was dire. But hopefully, things might just look up in 2017. If not, thankfully there’s a place you can head to whenever life’s rough and you’re in need of some quiet reflection: Battersea Park’s Peace Pagoda. Here’s everything you need to know about it.  Robert Lordan It was a special gift The Peace Pagoda was presented to Londoners by the Venerable Nichidatsu Fuji (affectionately nicknamed ‘Guruji’ by his close friend Mahatma Gandhi) in 1984. Founder of the Japanese Buddhist movement, Nipponzan Myohoji, Guruji stated that 'Civilisation is not to kill human beings, not to destroy things, nor make war; civilisation is to hold mutual affection and to respect one another'. Following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he pledged to build pagodas worldwide as shrines to peace. The Battersea pagoda was constructed by nuns, monks and other followers of the Nipponzan Myohoji sect and was completed in 1985 just weeks after Guruji died at the grand old age of 100.  Robert Lordan It tells a story The pagoda features a series of gilt-bronze statues which represent the most significant stages of Buddha’s life; birth, contemplation leading to enlightenment, teaching and death. Although the pagoda is open to all, these statues are considered sacred (so no climbing!).  Robert Lordan It's got terrific views The pagoda is located right beside the Thames offering a panoramic view of Chelsea Embankment. The perfect place to re

Six places in London where you can appreciate the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017
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Six places in London where you can appreciate the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017

The competition was fierce but the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 was finally announced at the end of last year and the award went to... Greenery! According to Pantone, the shade is 'illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors' and 'evokes the first days of spring'. Well, the next season's a while away yet, but until then, head to these places where you can get your fix of this vibrant, nature-inspired shade. The living wall at The Rubens at The Palace Hotel, Victoria It’s easy to forget to look up, but if you happen to be strolling by The Rubens at The Palace Hotel be sure to take a gander at their living wall installation – the largest in London. Ten thousand plants make up a 350-square-metre panel of greenery goodness. Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS   A photo posted by Lorraine (@lorraine627) on Aug 25, 2015 at 3:23am PDT   The Furniture & Arts Building, Chelsea If you’re getting your interior decorating on and you want to see what a really good green paint job looks like, the Furniture and Arts Building, formerly known as the Furniture Cave, is worth a visit. Pop inside to shop for antiques, or just marvel at its exterior pizzazz. 533 King's Road, Chelsea, SW10 0TZ      A photo posted by Emanuela Di Martino (@manu.dimartino81) on Dec 16, 2016 at 3:36am PST   The parakeets in Hyde Park The mysterious population of these bright green birds has been slowly increasing in the UK over the years. Today, y

19 tweets about London that should put a smile on your face
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19 tweets about London that should put a smile on your face

It's Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year, so they (PR people) say. So for some much-needed LOLs, here are 19 tweets about everything from hellish tube strikes to gentrified Greggs. We've all felt the struggle of a fancy coffee shop...   Taken my family to wanky London coffee shop and they are NOT on board with the seating arrangement pic.twitter.com/YqlZCelPx6 — Sophie Gadd (@sophie_gadd) December 20, 2015    Let's not forget the horrors of the recent tube strike.   Remember to prepare for a long bus journey tomorrow morning. Here's what I'm taking:#TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/11cKwz9Cji — Alex Harrison (@AlecSaracen) January 8, 2017   Scenes at Waterloo: #TubeStrike pic.twitter.com/GjXIzFmC7q — Mike Freeman (@MrMike1990) January 9, 2017   *12 buses, 6 Ubers, crawls the final 2 streets*Colleague: how was your journey in?Me: yeah, not bad thanks.@SoVeryBritish #TubeStrike — Jamie McCormack (@timeforjamie) January 9, 2017   Happy Monday morning #London. Due to the #TubeStrike TFL has released an updated map of the underground network... pic.twitter.com/f1xItAcwKN — Gerry Stergiopoulos (@GerryGreek) January 9, 2017   And the recent savage 'snowfall'.   You havent experienced panic until London get's snow! — Tristan Evans (@TheVampsTristan) January 12, 2017   Snow in London 🙈 pic.twitter.com/DS6Svy0G8c — Hanane (@HananeLDN) January 12, 2017   That inch of snow in London looks tre

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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.

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​.

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

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

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

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

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.

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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