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Ten things you'll only know if you used to go out in Croydon
There was a time pre-Boxpark when Croydon wasn't hip, happening and trying to be cool. It was all bad pubs, cheap drinks and questionable nightclubs, a time where fake tan, polo shirts and passive aggressive bouncers reigned. So if you used to go out in Croydon, there are some things you’ll know better than anyone. 1. You still don’t know why you spent so much of your youth being drunk and dancing to Sean Paul in Lloyds. It was literally just a Wetherspoon’s. Inside a cinema. 2. You've ordered a Soco and Lemonade at least once. If you know, you know. A photo posted by kayley moore (@moorekayley) on May 28, 2016 at 9:22am PDT 3. You and your friends have been asked to leave The George more times than you care to remember. Somehow you were always allowed back in the week, no matter how outrageous your behaviour. 4. You spent every Friday night between the ages of 17 and 20 listening to the same garage album on loop in Yates. But you were too pissed on Barcardi Breezers or trying to chirpse Darren from JD Sports Whitgift Centre to care. 5. You remember when Reflex was an actual place that you’d go. The bloke with the iPod shuffle and speakers used to dress up like an old school headmaster. Because that wasn’t creepy. 6. You used to spend all of our Saturday job wage packet in The Goose. You bought £5 bottles of really terrible rosé wine and 'Croydon Jaegerbombs'. 7. You almost certainly did something mildly sexual in the foam party at Walkabout.
Nine things to do on Golborne Road this weekend
North Kensington might seem like a bit of a no man's land, but on the lesser-known end of Portobello Road is the villagey Golborne Road. With a wealth of places to visit, this thriving, multicultural community in W10 is the perfect place to head to this weekend. Here are nine things you should do. A photo posted by Elizabeth Carter (@carterelizabeth) on Oct 28, 2016 at 1:44pm PDT Swing by Snaps and Rye Pop into Snaps and Rye for a little bit of Copenhagen in London. This bustling little Danish spot is rammed on a weekend with hungry locals wanting their baked rarebit or kedgeree. Eat all the custard tarts Check out two Portuguese favourites on the road – O'Porto or Lisboa Patisserie for some of their famous custard tarts. A photo posted by OLIVIA RED (@thelondonladybird) on Sep 18, 2016 at 2:29am PDT Pick up cakes that are (sort of) good for you Pearl and Groove is one of those rare finds – a delicious cake stop that's actually relatively healthy. Grab one of their fresh, seasonal and gluten-free cakes while you're walking around. Grab a table at Golborne Deli Golborne Deli is a local favourite brunch spot. Grab one of the tables outside to enjoy your scrambled eggs and coffee with a side of people-watching. A photo posted by Erica Siegel (@ericasiegel) on Sep 24, 2016 at 6:24am PDT Enjoy one of the elaborate cocktails or a bottle of wine at West Thirty Six West Thirty Six is a lovely four-store
Four upcoming comedy nights where you can chuckle off the winter blues
It's been a horrible winter. Between the four hours of sunlight, feeble attempts to burn off the festive excess and the seeming omnipresence of Donald Trump, laughs have been hard to come by. But at least we've got comedy. Check out this line-up of funny gigs coming up. A post shared by Pickle Boy (@pickleboycomedy) on Oct 12, 2016 at 3:56pm PDT Yuriko Kotani: Work in Progress at Pleasance Theatre, Islington Winner of BBC's Radio New Comedy Award, Yuriko Kotani is trying out her new material this month and it'll cost you just a fiver to see it. Listen to her brilliantly awkward observations of life in the UK as a Japanese woman, recounted with her typically deadpan delivery. Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF. February 26, 7.45pm. £5. Helen Thorn at Hen & Chickens Theatre, Islington Helen Thorn, the notoriously brash parenting icon from the Scummy Mummies podcast fame, is trialling her Thorny Questions show before heading back to her native Australia to take on the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Expect a whole host of self-deprecating sketches as she tackles first-world problems, such as that time she found yesterday’s knickers in her jeans on the school run. Hen & Chickens, 109 St Paul’s Road, N1. February 27, 7pm, £8.50. Comedy Grotto at The Star Of Kings, King's Cross Is there anything that the Star of Kings doesn’t do? Nights such as 'Laundry to Do Music To' and a horror book club are a regular feature, yet the jewel in the crown is undeniably the
You know you live in Finsbury Park when...
Ah, Finsbury Park. Equipped with the supersonic Victoria Line, this neighbourhood has enough independent restaurants to keep an army of Deliveroo drivers in business. It also has a medium-sized green space hosting sporting activities for 95 percent of the year and girls in flower headbands singing Drake lyrics for the other five percent. No one really knows what constitutes this all-powerful Islington/Hackney/Haringey mash-up (does Stokey count? Holloway? Crouch End?) but you know you live in Finsbury Park when... A photo posted by Agathe Van Der Costes (@agathevdc) on Dec 13, 2016 at 1:08am PST ...you've lifted your phone above the heads of an angry mob at 8.15am to send a photo of closed tube gates to your boss at least three times this week. The picture probably isn’t necessary, but the mob mentality routinely convinces you otherwise. ...you campaigned via Facebook against the closure of The Silver Bullet but a) didn't part with your money in the hope that everyone else did b) scoffed at heavy metal music and c) barely even noticed it was there due to escaping from Station Place as quickly as humanly possible. A photo posted by Sara Georgina (@sara_georgina) on Sep 18, 2015 at 3:15pm PDT ...you and your friend from the Seven Sisters Road exit have a strategic, verging-on-military-standard operation when it comes to shopping at Lidl. Whether you're a 7am trooper or 10.55pm rusher, you know better than to brave the aisles during that p
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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
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.
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