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Seven great canalside stops for springtime vibes
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Seven great canalside stops for springtime vibes

Spring is finally here, so it’s time to peel yourself off that winter security blanket aka the sofa and hit the great outdoors. Trade the well-trodden streets and overpopulated parks of London for these fresh, waterside stops and go for a more adventurous meander.   A post shared by The Barge House (@thebargehouse) on Mar 18, 2016 at 7:23am PDT     1. The Barge House, Haggerston Avo eggs? So last year. If you’re not eating your entire meal from the inside of an artisanal loaf, your brunching is basic. Luckily, The Barge House has your back, so make a pit stop here while strolling through the ‘Haggerston Riviera’ and settle down for some carb-packed delights.      A post shared by Proud East (@proud_east) on Jan 22, 2017 at 2:57am PST    2. Proud East, De Beauvoir Town With a resplendent front-row view of Regent’s Canal, Proud East (previously The Proud Archivist) is a restaurant, bar, gallery and events space. It’s perfect for that weekend breakfast schmooze that slowly drifts into an afternoon then an evening cocktail fix. And when you’re done with all of that, squeeze in a bit of ping pong – you’d be foolish to pass it up.    A post shared by Something Different London (@somethingdifferentlondon) on Dec 19, 2016 at 12:35am PST   3. Puppet Theatre Barge, Maida Vale Bored with brunch and looking for some canalside culture? Look no further than the Puppet Theatre Barge, a waterborne venue, set against the verdant backd

Five things that might happen in London when the clocks go forward this Sunday
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Five things that might happen in London when the clocks go forward this Sunday

Hurrah! Spring finally looks like it has sprung in London. It’s not long now before we’re throwing the parka in the cupboard and getting straight down to our favourite beer garden. It all starts this weekend with the clocks going forward but, for some reason, this lifelong tradition still seems to bring out some strange behaviours. Here are some of the things you might see and hear in London the minute the clocks go forward an hour. Flip flops. Everywhere Because changing our clocks makes it hot. Apparently. Flickr/brand.on  People devouring two breakfasts This might happen, along with lots of chat about how the extra hour messes with the body’s clock. So much chat about ‘escaping for the weekend’  A few extra hours of daylight a week and before you know it we’re planning on turning our Instagram accounts into a travel blog. Constant references to ‘how light it is’ At 4pm. Then again at 5pm. And almost certainly with even bigger exasperation at 6pm.  A lot of moaning about the price of ice lollies ‘these days’ Normally by those already in flip flops.  i scream you scream we all scream for expensive hipster icecream — joevial (@josephngyen) 4 March 2017   A lot of tutting At the watch that hasn’t been changed. At the microwave that hasn’t been altered. At the person who ignores that the clocks changed on Sunday and will use it as an excuse to be late for work on Monday. Looking for a way to spend that extra hour? Check out 22 superb places to celeb

Four spoken word artists you should see in London this spring
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Four spoken word artists you should see in London this spring

Combining mesmerising delivery and provocative, imagery-rich lyrics, spoken word is poetry’s more dynamic younger cousin – and for many, it’s also an important outlet for speaking up in a world overrun with fake news. We’re celebrating four stars from the capital’s hotbed of homegrown artists who, luckily for us, are performing here in the coming months.   A post shared by Zoë Buckman (@zoebuckman) on Oct 6, 2016 at 10:17am PDT Sabrina Mahfouz at Clapham Omnibus, Tue Mar 28 Sabrina Mahfouz, raised between London and Cairo, is a multi-talented spoken word artist, having written plays, screenplays and librettos. Her recent collection of poetry, called ‘How You Might Know Me’, follows the bleak day-to-day realities of four sex workers, confronting the audience with taboos and powerful truths, inspired by Mahfouz’s time spent waitressing in London strip clubs where she used to scribble down notes on pieces of till receipt. Her rhyme and flow are a joy to watch live, with witty lyrics that everyone can relate to, showcased in ‘Toilet Break’ and ‘Red Raving Hood’. The event is now sold out, but you can put your name on the waiting list by emailing boxoffice@omnibus-clapham.org.   A post shared by Mari Angelica (@marimindles) on Mar 5, 2017 at 1:56pm PST Kate Tempest at O2 Academy Brixton, Sat May 27 If you’re just beginning to discover the wonderful world of spoken word, Kate Tempest is a good starting point. The Brockley native has made a se

Six places in London connected with Pocahontas
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Six places in London connected with Pocahontas

Notepads at the ready, people. This might come up at your next pub quiz: 400 years ago this March, the legendary Pocahontas died just outside London. Folks tend to think of her as a Disney cartoon, but there was far more to her life than that. Here are six sites around the city associated with this remarkable Native American woman. Ludgate Hill Born around 1596 in the US state of Virginia, Pocahontas met English settler John Rolfe whom she married in 1614. Two years later, the couple sailed to England along with 11 other members of her tribe – the Powhatan – in what was essentially a PR stunt for the cash-strapped Virginia Company of London. Once in the capital, the group’s first digs were at the Belle Sauvage Inn on Ludgate Hill. It was described at the time as being the ‘haunt of thieves and conmen… noisy, dangerous and evil-smelling’. Shame they didn’t have TripAdvisor back then. Had it not burned down in 1666, the inn would have stood roughly opposite today’s City Thameslink station.   Robert Lordan   St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside Another English chap associated with Pocahontas was Captain John Smith (wrongly portrayed as Pocahontas’s beau in the 1995 Disney film). According to legend, the explorer was spared a nasty execution when (in Smith’s own words) the young Pocahontas 'hazarded the beating out of her own brains to save mine'. A statue of Captain Smith, copied from a sculpture in Jamestown USA, can be found in the yard of St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside, where he wa

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Pizza the action: eight of London's top pizza toppings
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Pizza the action: eight of London's top pizza toppings

What are this town's top toppings? Which pizza players whack the whackiest things onto their dough in the most brilliant ways? Take a bite out of these bad boys available by the slice or pie...  1. The Full Moon Slice at Voodoo Ray’s Photo: Andy Parsons       It sounds like something your flatmate’s friend who slept on the sofa for five months and tried to grow mushrooms in the bath would have cooked up for Glastonbury. But no: the mayonnaise pizza is real, and a slice of it can be yours. Voodoo Ray’s wildcard option (it’s only available after midnight, for obvious reasons) features bacon sprinkles, marinated tomatoes and mozzarella, all held together by splodges of cult Japanese mayo brand Kewpie. The one for… Mayonnaise-loving werewolves. £4 (slice). Get a 22" pizza and four cocktails for £35 at www.timeout.com/raysbaroffer.          2. TSB at Yard Sale Pizza   A post shared by Yard Sale Pizza (@yardsalepizza) on Aug 28, 2016 at 8:20am PDT     Not to be confused with the banking giant, Yard Sale’s TSB is all the reason you need to eat your greens. Manchego and pine nuts are the supporting acts for leggy florets of tenderstem broccoli (hence TSB), gorgeously charred. And if you finish your veg, it’s totally fine to have one of their freshly baked brownies for dessert. The one for… Chlorophyl nuts. From £9.50.     3. XO pig cheek, collard greens and crackling furikake at Homeslice   A post shared by Homeslice (@homesliceldn) on

Londoners reveal the most embarrassing things that have happened to them at work
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Londoners reveal the most embarrassing things that have happened to them at work

  Nathan James Page     We asked you to share the most embarrassing things that have happened to you in the work place. Get ready to blush. 'I vommed into my handbag, and a colleague unwittingly offered to carry it. He then proceeded to ask me out while carrying a bag of puked-up curry.' I pushed my boss into a swimming pool.' 'I vomited and shat myself in front of a class full of students.' 'I was having a catch-up with my boss in the canteen when they started playing Salt-N-Pepa's 'Let's Talk About Sex'. Very loudly.' 'Working late, I walked into the boardroom to find two male, married senior executives pleasuring each other.' 'IT picked up a group email I'd sent asking who was buying the MDMA for the office Christmas party.' 'I shouted "Oh fuck!" on a conference call to thousands of my fellow employees.' 'I got caught going for the five-knuckle shuffle in the office darkroom.' 'I had a sex toy delivered to my office on the day that the admin decided to open everyone's post for them.' Now tell us: what's your most heartwarming London story?

Nine lovely photos of London's overlooked neighbourhoods
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Nine lovely photos of London's overlooked neighbourhoods

Even before Arcade Fire spent an entire album bemoaning the 'endless suburbs stretched out thin and dead' the 'burbs have had a bad rep, but one German photographer has managed to find beauty in towering pylons, low terraced brick houses and overused sports fields.  Philipp Ebeling did a ten-day, 250km circular walk around London's outskirts to document the places 'too far from the inner city to feature in the story of London, not far enough out to be leafy suburb and commuter land'. He captures the bits of the city where you can probably still get a coffee for under £2, where the sky isn't reflected in glass-paneled skyscrapers and abandoned spaces aren't turned into street-food markets (yet).  'London Ends' is a love letter to places like Tottenham, Barking, Catford, Woolwich and other areas forgotten by the guidebooks but inescapably real to the great swathes of people who live here. Ebeling told Time Out that when he first arrived in London, at 19, from a small village in Germany he found the city overwhelming: 'You never feel like you really know the city because it is so spread out and the many centres are very disconnected. It took me years of exploring until I had a more complete picture of the city in my head. The crazy thing about London is you can always find a new and different neighbourhood or street where there is something new to discover.' 'London Ends' is available to buy from FishBar, a gallery in an old fish and chip shop. Check out some of the photos b

Most Googled: How did Soho get its name?
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Most Googled: How did Soho get its name?

It's been a hot spot for sex shops, gay clubbing and posh restaurants, but Soho might owe its weird name to another, older London pastime. ‘The origin is uncertain,’ says Hazel Forsyth, senior curator at the Museum of London, ‘but according to popular mythology, “so-ho!” or “so-hoe!” was originally the cry of the huntsman.’Hundreds of years ago, the area now covered by Soho was uninhabited land, and a popular hunting spot for the capital’s great and good. In a 1563 account, historian John Stow describes how the Lord Mayor and his hunting party caught a hare, ate it for dinner at the chamberlain’s banqueting house then went back out to chase a fox just for fun. There is another Soho, of course. But New York’s SoHo is boringly named after its location in Manhattan, south of Houston Street. Would they have chosen that particular name if ours hadn’t existed already? I think not. Copycats. Check out the best restaurants in Soho.

London's favourite emoji has been revealed
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London's favourite emoji has been revealed

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so it's no surprise that time-pushed and communication-averse Londoners are relying on emojis to get the message across. After all, why pick up the telephone when a tiny picture of two glasses clinking will do the trick? But which emojis are Londoners using the most? Perhaps the eye roll for Underground delays, an umbrella to represent the city's standard weather, or the aubergine for... y'know. Surprisingly it's none of these – the most popular emoji in London is the 'crying with laughter' face. You know the one – usually preceded with 'lol' and named as Oxford Dictionaries 'Word of the Year' in 2015. 😂 According to Emojipedia, other popular emojis that Londoners search for on their online archive include the Union Jack flag, love heart, smirking face and party popper. Can we blame Brexit for the number of people using the Union Jack flag emoji? We'll never know. But judging by these findings, Londoners are a flirtatious and patriotic party crowd.  Did you know you can now get London emojis including Sadiq Khan and the tube roundel?

The seats on seven London Underground lines are never washed
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The seats on seven London Underground lines are never washed

Apologies in advance to the majority of you who’d rather not think about the levels of filth floating about in the tubes you board, but we’ve got new figures to share with you, and they ain’t pretty! Responding to a Freedom of Information request, TfL has recently revealed that seats on seven of the tube lines never get washed with shampoo. Those using the District, Circle, Northern, Piccadilly, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines, you’re in for a dirty ride. The only lines to get a little scrub are the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines, and even they only get shampooed every six months to a year. If that’s brought you out in a cold sweat, find solace in the knowledge that carriages get a basic clean every night, seats are hoovered regularly, and covers are replaced if soiled. The floors get a sweep and the poles a spot clean every night, and mopping takes place every two to three days along with a thorough wipe down on the poles. A TfL spokesperson said: 'We’re committed to providing the best possible service on London’s transport network. 'Although cleaning regimes vary across the Underground, each line has a rigorous cleaning schedule in place, for both the interior and exterior of the trains, to provide a pleasant environment for our customers.' Still, maybe getting a seat on the tube isn't that appealing after all.  A few years back, Time Out set out to find out how clean the tube was. Watch the dusty results below:   In other underground ne

Three ways you can get to know your neighbours in London
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Three ways you can get to know your neighbours in London

Between all the passive-aggressive notes and the hallway grunting, a quality relationship with your neighbour can be hard to come by. But it's not totally impossible. Check out these three websites that can help rebuild neighbourhood morale, one click at a time.   A post shared by Streetbank (@streetbank_share) on Nov 20, 2014 at 8:53am PST Streetbank So you’re hosting a party next week and you could really do with your neighbour’s barbecue set (not that you’ve been peeking into their garden or anything like that). Streetbank has you covered, listing all manner of tools and whatnot available to borrow in the local area. The exchange of services is also encouraged, which may include language tuition or advice on a range of interests, so even budding competitive dog groomers can find inspiration. Users are also able to declutter their cupboards of forgotten items, such as that dust-covered film projector you haven't used since 'Finding Nemo' came out on DVD. Team London Want to make a difference but don’t have the time or money to fly halfway across the world? With Team London, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own borough. There’s a wide selection of roles on offer, such as child mentors, conservation workers and choppers/stirrers of nutritious surplus food for the homeless. It doubles up as a handy platform for charities to enlist local help. You’re guaranteed to meet fantastic, like-minded people and you can even collect badges to show off about your vo

Vodka, dumplings and revolutionary art: it’s the best of Russian London
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Vodka, dumplings and revolutionary art: it’s the best of Russian London

London’s got Russia on the brain, and not just because of world politics or the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Grumbling about oligarchs is a major pastime these days, but Russian London isn’t all posh bars and mansions in Belgravia. There’s also a young, creative, trust-fund-free Russian community running dumpling-obsessed supperclubs, film pop-ups, art shows and start-ups. Of the 300,000-odd people of Russian descent in London, about half were born in Russia. The expat population has spiked in the last decade, leading to the jokey name Londongrad. But we’re an internationally minded bunch. When we do hang out together it’s usually to enjoy a nostalgic meal of pelmeni, or to do good. The London-based charity Gift of Life, for instance, helps cancer patients with fundraising events starring Russian classical music and theatre stars. It’s a long way from ‘Meet the Russians’. Sasha Raspopina Did you know? The Russian spring festival Maslenitsa, also known as ‘pancake week’, is widely celebrated in London in the last week of February. It’s a great time to feast on blini! Sasha’s favourite Russian places in London Home to Russian and post-Soviet art and photography, Calvert 22 Foundation in Shoreditch also has a bookshop stuffed with publications on everything New East, from brutalist architecture to Gosha Rubchinskiy. If you’re hungry and adventurous, look out for appearances by the Mince & Dough Russian Canteen, a pop-up serving some of the best Russian dumplings in

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