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Nine things you probably didn’t know about Euston station
It may feel modern, but Euston station is 180 years old this year. Here’s everything you need to know about the grandaddy of London’s inter-city termini. Public domain The station was nearly based at Chalk Farm When plans were first mooted in the early 1830s to build a railway between London and Birmingham, landowners at the southern end got all NIMBY. The line was originally going to stop short at Chalk Farm – a place way out in the sticks back then. A little arm-twisting meant permission was eventually granted to bring the tracks closer to the metropolis, terminating at ‘a vacant piece of ground in a place called Euston grove’. Allan Warren, Creative Commons Licence It’s named after a very big house in the country The plot of land snapped up for the terminal belonged to George Henry Fitzroy, the 4th Duke of Grafton whose crib happened to be Euston Hall, a stately home in Suffolk. When he died in 1844, the Duke was 85 years old – an age described at the time as being ‘considerably beyond the ordinary limits of human existence’. Pictured above is his very distant descendent Hugh FitzRoy, the 11th Duke of Grafton, whose grandson Henry is the current Duke. Public Domain Early trains needed a lift Because of the steep gradient between Euston and Camden, early engines faced an uphill struggle. This meant they had to be hauled out of the station on a long winch, which was powered by a huge, stationary steam engine based at Chalk Farm. R
Three places to get a quality kebab in Wood Green
Kebabs get a hard time, their image sullied by those Saturday nights spent cradling a grease-caked styrofoam box. A trip to Green Lanes will help dispel this myth and is a must for any self-confessed London-based foodie, being the kebab scene’s answer to Rusholme’s Curry Mile in Manchester. However, venture a little further north, past Turnpike Lane, and you’ll come across some of the most authentic kebab joints in the UK. Here are three of them: A post shared by Capital Restaurants (@capital_restaurants) on Jan 21, 2017 at 8:39am PST Capital Whatever else you do, make sure you come here with an empty stomach; the portion sizes are mammoth. For those fully prepared, why not try the 1.6-metre kebab for size? It comes with 63 chop shish pieces, 32 lamb ribs and 16 chicken wings, among other ingredients. If you’ve patiently worked your way through that lot, the attentive waiters will be poised, waiting to offer complimentary bread, dips and Turkish tea. Don’t fret, vegetarians, as the mezze are impressive, particularly the sarma (stuffed vine leaves) and ispanak tarator (fresh spinach with creamy yoghurt). Capital is also an ideal location for celebrations with its lively atmosphere and stellar service. Make sure you book well in advance, though. Both floors are constantly packed. The Broadway, 1-2 High Rd, N22 6DS. A post shared by Tarshish (@tarshishlondon) on Apr 25,
Five places that’ll leave you pining for summer
The weather might be a bit hit and miss at the moment, but here are five lush places that’ll get you in the mood for some serious summertime vibes. A post shared by Simplifying Food Choices (@tasteslikelondon) on Apr 19, 2017 at 10:58pm PDT Palm Vaults, Hackney The ’70s-styled, pink and green Pantone wonderland that is Palm Vaults is one of Hackney’s most happening spots. Bringing the outdoors indoors, this totally tropical succulent-filled café is an urban oasis for anyone that’ll dig an acai bowl with an added floral garnish. A post shared by ProudCamden (@proudcamden) on Apr 18, 2017 at 6:49am PDT Proud Camden Roof Garden, Chalk Farm Proud Camden Roof Gardens is the newly renovated alfresco destination sitting ‘proudly’, ahem, atop Camden Market. With decking, rock features and even an inbuilt – albeit miniature – waterfall, you can pick a spot on the huge sofas and lay back when the sun’s out. A post shared by Laura Chapman (@laurachapman2) on Jul 30, 2016 at 11:21am PDT Alfred Le Roy, Hackney Wick The Alfred Le Roy is a bar with a difference. Set on the Lea river, the team behind the Crate Brewery deliver summer in style on this seafaring stead. Hop aboard for a cocktail-fuelled canal cruise with a panoramic view and maritime exploits. A post shared by Bourne & Holling
Five historical things to look out for in... Shoreditch
Shoreditch’s not just about the latest pop-ups, bars and street art you know. Existing just outside the City of London meant it was a historical haven for those up to no good and creatives, like budding thespians. It was also famed for its furniture-making, particularly during the nineteenth century, which drove hundreds of eager workers into the area. Fantastic news for dodgy landlords, not so great for those living in the squalid slums. It does seem appropriate though that Shoreditch was first recorded as 'Soerdich' in 1148 (literally, 'sewer ditch') after a Roman freshwater spring in the area eventually went from boggy marshland to open sewer. Here are some more historical things to spot when you’re next in the area. 1. Theatre Plaque, Curtain Road Did you know the first West End was actually in the East? The Curtain Theatre (named after the road) was built as a rival to James Burbage’s The Theatre in 1577. This was William Shakespeare’s first stomping ground before moving over to Southwark, as it was in the theatres of Shoreditch that some of his early works, including ‘Romeo and Juliet’, were first performed. 2. Courthouse Hotel, Old Street Built between 1903 and 1905, the former Old Street Magistrates Court once held the Kray twins here on a charge of ‘demanding money with menaces’. Derelict from 2007 until recently, it’s now gained a new lease of life as a five-star hotel. The Grade-II listed building retains most of its period features and i
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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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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