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Nine things you must never do in the gym

Your healthy new year goals may be waning already but thanks to your new gym membership, you're still giving it your best shot. Just remember to avoid these fitness faux pas at all costs. 1. Think you're at home You might pay the price of a small cottage in Cornwall to attend a gym in London but don't mistake it for your actual home. That means toenail clipping, bikini waxing and using the hairdryer on your nether regions is a no-no (true story). via GIPHY   2. Sweat Not sure if you got the memo, but gyms in London are not actually for exercise. That means turning up with a full face of make-up, wearing designer gym wear and sipping lemon-infused water. None of this:  via GIPHY 3. Show off So you've learnt to dance on a treadmill. Let's see how you cope with real life. You can't dance your way through a tax return, matey. via GIPHY   4. Have an orgasm Lots of people definitely sound like they are when lifting weights. And yes, they're very heavy, but it could put people off their lemon-infused water. Anyway, no-one does a fake orgasm as well as Meg Ryan. via GIPHY   5. Think you've picked the best locker in the changing rooms No matter how careful you are with your locker choice – even if you choose the one nearest that old plaster that has been there all week – the person with the locker next to yours will arrive at the exact moment you think you have succeeded in having some space and privacy.  via GIPHY   6. Wear see-through leggings for yoga

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Eight types of people you’ll find on the night bus

Night buses are mystical places. They’ve played a starring role in Harry Potter, been the focus of their own reality TV show, and have the uncanny ability of attracting the weird, wonderful and downright drunk inhabitants of this fine city. Given the fact you’d be hard pressed to find a better people-watching opportunity if you tried, it’s time to acquaint yourself with the eight sorts of night bus dwellers you’re likely to meet on your nocturnal travels (David Attenborough, eat your heart out).     A photo posted by Sonia (@soniaran) on Jan 21, 2016 at 1:15am PST 1. The late-night lothario There’s always one. After consuming copious amounts of alcohol, this individual is likely to think they're smoother than Bond manhandling a dry martini. The late-night lothario sees his journey as an alternative form of speed-dating, with every stop equating to another potential matchmaking opportunity. It’s pretty much ‘First Dates’ on wheels for this chap. Let’s take the opportunity to make one thing clear; hovering over us to ensure we accept your Facebook friend request isn’t actually going to make your offer of a date any more appealing.       This guy was eating chicken out of his wallet... 🤔 #chicken #friedchicken #wtf #drunkernantics #london #nightbus A photo posted by Roo Kaplan (@roos.adventures) on Nov 18, 2015 at 12:25am PST  2. The fast-food lover It may equate to a heart attack in a takeaway box, but fast food and night buses go togeth

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Five food trends to look out for this year – and where to find them

Bored of lobster? Had enough of quinoa? Eaten so much kimchee that you’ve turned orange? Fear not – 2016 has brought with it a whole new set of food trends – it’s time to jump on the bandwagon.   A photo posted by Smith & Sinclair (@smthandsnclr) on Jul 22, 2015 at 7:20am PDT   Boozy sweets You may think you had your fill of boozy sweets at Christmas (I’m still eating some of mine for breakfast), but you need to make room for more because they’re big this year. Smith & Sinclair are leading the way, creating edible cocktails with over 32 different drinks brands. Stocked in Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, these adult ‘penny sweets’ are free from preservatives, dairy and gluten – could they be more on-trend if they tried? Lasagnancino Novelty balls are always fun, and this time it’s lasagna and arancini that are getting a fusion. Served up in such accessible London spots as Vico, Arancini Bros and Pizza Locatelli, lasagnancino consist of layers of egg pasta, beef ragu and mozzarella, all wrapped up in a crispy fried risotto ball.    A photo posted by Saison Man (@saison_man) on Dec 18, 2015 at 12:01pm PST Pigs' ears If you’re looking to be really freaking trendy this year, just nibble on a pig’s ear. Nose-to-tail dining has been popular for quite some time, but it's the ears that are currently popping up on rather a few menus. For proof, check out, St John’s pig-ear salad and the crispy pigs' ears at Duck & Waffle.    A photo posted b

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Four hot cocktails on hot rooftops

Your mates are on dry January and it’s all looking a bit bleak. But we’ve got the perfect way to beat the misery of January and warm your cockles with these Instagram-worthy rooftop bars serving seriously hot cocktails. Swan on a Hot Gin Roof Normally only accessible to guests of the hotel, Ham Yard Hotel is opening its stunning rooftop from January 27 to February 14 (Tuesday–Sunday evenings) to host a Sipsmith gin pop-up. For £14 you can book an early or late evening slot and join the Sipsmith team on the rooftop, overlooking the best bits of London, to enjoy hot gin cocktails, including The Original, made with gin and gingerbread. Forest on the Roof Selfridges' top floor restaurant has been home to various long term pop-ups, and now it’s the turn of Forest on the Roof. Snuggle in blankets in the rooftop cabin and get stuck into the hot chocolate-based cocktails such as a Cheeky Monkey Choctail – banana and cinnamon liqueur, hot chocolate and whipped cream. They also do mulled wine. Still.   Once Upon a Wigwam We're big fans of the Queen of Hoxton's massive wigwam on their rooftop, and they do great hot cocktails, inspired by the Grimm Brothers. Our favourites are Gardener’s Grog – hot blackcurrant, blackberry and rosemary gin punch – and The Big Bad Buttered Rum. The Churchill Bar & Terrace - Hyatt Regency London The Churchill Bar and Terrace If a posh hotel is more your thing, head over to the Narnia-themed Churchill Bar and Terrace at The Hyatt Regency in

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Say cheese! It's your favourite lasagne in London

Holy sheet, it's London's best layered loveliness, as chosen by you Lardo: Hackney   A photo posted by @pipmccormac on Nov 8, 2015 at 9:48am PST 'Seriously, I've never had a better lasagne in my life.' Sonya B via Facebook Natura Café and Pizzeria: Hackney Wick 'Best I've tasted outside of Italy.' Matt S via Facebook Vivo: Islington   A photo posted by Luca Barbieri (@barbedos) on Apr 12, 2015 at 10:12am PDT 'A generously portioned, silky, rich, cheesy slab of utter comfort I could happily crawl into and eat my way out of.' Alexandra L via Facebook Princi: Soho   A photo posted by Ellen Musselwhite (@ellenmusselwhite) on Jan 19, 2016 at 7:41am PST '£7 for a slice of Milan's finest.' Chris M via www.timeout.com Bar Bruno: Soho   A photo posted by @kyrstie on Mar 7, 2015 at 12:27pm PST 'No-nonsense, filling, homecooked meaty brilliance.' Eddy F via Facebook Il Piccolo: Kensington 'They have the BEST lasagna. Chock full, with great sauce and made by Italians. The real deal.' Michelangelo I via Facebook Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments! Want more cheesy goodness? Chow down on your favourite mac 'n' cheese in London

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The weirdest things people have left on the tube

We've all had that moment of sheer panic when you hop off the tube only to realise just as the doors are closing that you've left your wallet/phone/entire bag on the train. You can shout, scream and manically bang on the tube doors all you want, but once that train whizzes off to the next stop, your stuff is long gone. Or is it? Last year, TfL's lost property office collected a record 300,000 lost items and 22 percent of them were returned to their rightful owners, including a brown envelope stuffed with £15,000 and an urn of ashes that had been sitting in lost property for almost seven years.  And that's barely scratching the surface on the weird things that get abandoned on London's tubes and buses. Distracted Londoners have managed to leave behind a full-size carpet, a judge's wig, a hairdresser’s mannequin, a life-sized Spider-man doll, a drum kit and a prosthetic leg. Yes, really. Losing your oyster card with £2.50 credit on it doesn't look so bad now, does it? Take a look behind the scenes at TfL's lost property office. Bad news: there's a 48-hour tube strike coming this weekend. But this should cheer you up – someone's taken London's worst tube adverts and made them way better.

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Here's what London looks like from the International Space Station

#London midnight Saturday – I’d rather be up here…but only just!! #toughcall https://t.co/DB9LeKgOAC pic.twitter.com/RxX7wYc9Zs — Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 31, 2016 Ever wondered what London looks like from outer space? For those of us that don't fancy the whole freeze-dried food and no-gravity thing, astronaut Tim Peake has saved us a trip with these ace pictures of London and the UK taken from space. Tim Peake posted the pictures at midnight on Saturday night, which show London's street lights beaming all the way up to the International Space Station, where he's currently over six weeks into a six-month mission with the European Space Agency. And we can probably all agree that London on a Saturday night looks a lot more majestic from outer space than down on the streets of Shoreditch waiting for a night bus. Hey, I recognise that place! https://t.co/3aKgRADbhz pic.twitter.com/sZxt6erYh2 — Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 30, 2016 Want to see more cool pictures of London from above? Take a look at these ace aerial snaps.

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Is this alternative tube map easier to understand than TfL's version?

Cameron Booth Click for the full-sized map TfL recently announced its grand plans to take over suburban train services in south London and make them part of the Overground network, which is great and all, but we can't help worrying that the tube map is getting a little overcrowded. And we're not the only ones. Graphic designer Cameron Booth has decided that enough's enough and that the tube map – which is still based on Harry Beck's original 1931 design – needs a good de-cluttering to make it easier to understand. For starters, he's got rid of the grey and white zone areas, mainly for for aesthetic reasons but also because Oyster cards and contactless payment methods mean people don't really need to know which zone they're in anymore. Cameron Booth He's also come up with a new way to show accessibility at stations, by using blue dots that can sit inside the circular symbols for interchanges, to avoid confusion between circles that show an interchange and circles that show accessibility. And tube geeks everywhere will be pleased to know that he's made a point to restore some of the qualities from Harry Beck's original design by devoting a lot of time to making sure that stations all line up across the map. Phew. And even with the addition of the new Crossrail routes, the end result is much easier on the eye. Take note, TfL. Cameron Booth   Read more about Cameron Booth's redesigned tube map. Take a look at TfL's biggest ever tube and rail map. Or stroll arou

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Paddleboarding, birds of prey and a floating beer garden: it's the best bits of Royal Docks

What’s up at the docks? Watersports, outdoor sculpture and a music hall. Why go there? After the decline of the British shipping industry, the three Royal Docks – Royal Victoria, Royal Albert and King George V – became a neglected part of the East End. Peter Landers/Courtesy Pangolin London and the Artist's Estate       Wow, you’re really selling it. Wait a second. Things are changing! The area recently underwent a massive revamp and there’s plenty of culture to be found. First, visit the futuristic city sustainability exhibition at The Crystal (Siemens Brothers Way). Then make like Johnny Cash and walk The Line, a sculpture trail that runs all the way up to the Olympic site in Stratford. At the docks end of it, you’ll find works by Martin Creed and Eduardo Paolozzi.        And it’s definitely not all urban desolation?  No, there’s actually loads of green space. Thames Barrier Park (Barrier Point Road) boasts wildflower meadows, a riverside promenade and 32 fountains, while Newham City Farm (Stansfeld Road) is home to alpacas and birds of prey. In the summer, a corner of Royal Victoria Dock is transformed into a sandy beach – so cross your fingers for sunshine, pull up a deckchair and kick back.  Karen Bryan/flickr                 I’m starving. Where can I get a bite to eat? If you’re on a budget, head to Al Masar (Western Gateway) for delicious Lebanese food; it’s BYOB, so stop by the Nisa across the road first. Order the roast lamb and the

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Exclusive: inside Clapham South's secret wartime tunnels

TfL has just announced that the wartime tunnels underneath Clapham South tube station are to be revamped – along with tours the public can attend. So we went in for a look around and took a load of lovely photos. Welcome to the secret world of the old concrete tubes under Clapham Common. If you've ever bought a pack of Monster Munch in the Clapham South branch of Tesco, you may have spotted this over the road. Looks like a vat made out of concrete, but is in fact the entrance to Clapham South's deep-level air-raid shelter – one of eight, which housed up to 8,000 Londoners within walls capable of withstanding a direct hit from a 500lb bomb.     To get in, you walk past a little ticket booth, where during the war an inspector would've checked your pass (each bed was allocated to a specific person who had a pass entitling them to that specific bunk – if they didn't turn up, it lay empty). Then, it's down a long, winding metal staircase, here captured inexpertly via iPhone (the rest of the photos are better: our photographer took 'em).   Then you get to see part of the shelter without any of the beds or other paraphernalia that would've filled it during wartime (those photos come later). It's cavernous (the tunnels are a quarter of a mile long). But it's also pretty obvious when it's empty that it's basically a railway tunnel (the plan was to use them to run some kind of Crossrail of the day after the war, but for some reason it never happened):  There's loads of knac

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Your shout: Zing Tsjeng - 'Get over it: immigrants are London'

Ignore tabloid posturing about a tidal wave of immigration in this country. This is London, not Middle England. Ah, London. It's pretty crap living in London, isn't it? According to the tabloids, we're a city sinking - some say metaphorically, I like to think literally - into the Thames under the weight of immigrants. Coming over here, eating our Nando's; awkwardly attempting to pull our women in Wetherspoon's; forgetting their Oyster cards at the barriers and making everyone wait while they scrabble around in their bag at rush hour. They're ruining everything this place stands for! I'm an immigrant to London, 11 years and counting. And these are tough times. We immigrants used to peacefully plot the destruction of this green and pleasant land in our special immigrant private members' club - the one that looks like Soho House, except with the big fuck-off sign outside reading 'No Brits Allowed'? At the same time, we were determinedly undermining the NHS by demanding free prescriptions for sticking plasters. Me and Mikolaj had some right laughs, I can tell you! Now the temperature in the city has changed. Immigration is a dirty word again, and that's not the London I know. When I was growing up in Singapore, I read books about this city in all its pulsating, Technicolor glory, like a huge version of the West End curry houses in Zadie Smith's 'White Teeth', alive with clattering plates and swearing. I listened to Ms Dynamite and Mike Skinner albums 7,000 miles away from the

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Driverless cars are coming to London this summer

Fasten your seatbelts, London, because driverless cars will be hitting our city's streets later this year. Yep, the future is here and it involves robots. Well, sort of. The Greenwich Automated Transport Environment project is adapting the electric passenger shuttles used at Heathrow Airport to design new driverless cars, which have been dubbed 'UltraPODs'.  The swanky new cars can carry up to six passengers but will also require a steward in case of emergencies. The cars will be trialled around the Greenwich Peninsula from July this year, when they'll also be assessing the public's reaction to them – so if you spot one, try not to scream. Find out more about the project. Read more about the future of travel in London. Or take a look back at London's 40,000-year history retold through paper animation.  

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