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Six reasons to visit the Cinema Museum this month
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Six reasons to visit the Cinema Museum this month

Ever wondered what life was like when cinema was a new invention? If you fancy a break from the digital age, here are six reasons to spend a couple of hours at the Cinema Museum this month. A post shared by Camilla Malmer (@mindthebook) on Jan 7, 2017 at 9:40am PST  It has an amazing Hollywood history  The building in Kennington dates back to 1873 and was originally a Victorian workhouse. A notorious last resort for the desperately poor, its most famous inmate was a young Charlie Chaplin.  You’ll learn about the surprisingly grisly history of cinema A super knowledgeable guide tells stories about the fires that plagued the highly flammable early cinemas. You’ll also get to hear random facts like how the certificate ‘H for Horrific’ was created especially for the release of the then-terrifying-but-now-tame 1931 film ‘Dracula’. Guided tours are by appointment and take about an hour: they include free tea and biscuits and a viewing of short films from 1910 to the 1960s. Tours cost £10 (or £7 concessions) on the door or if you book in advance then it’s £8.50 (or £6.50 concessions).  A post shared by Mandy ShuChen (@mmchouchou) on Nov 30, 2016 at 1:01pm PST You can sit inside an authentic Victorian auditorium The museum’s palatial picture house reconstruction is literally a window into a lost world. Art deco carpets, red velvet seats and plenty of faded grandeur will take you back to

Four new co-working spaces in London where everyone wants a desk
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Four new co-working spaces in London where everyone wants a desk

Big corporate offices are out, casual co-working spaces are in. Whether you’re a freelancer, a start-up or you just need to rent a desk to write your novel, co-working spaces are popping up all over London faster than you can say ‘Is that a pug under your desk?’ And the opportunity to work alongside other creatives in a cool, quirky environment is attracting many a digital nomad. Here are four new and soon-to-open co-working spaces to know about if you’re a freelancer at large.   Palmspace, Hackney Downs Studio   1. Palmspace at Hackney Downs Studio, Hackney Best way to make an office zen? Add palm trees. Hackney Downs Studio’s new collaborative workspace is all about the palms. The idea is to give its resident creatives an environment to explore their imagination (and get shit done). The space will be working with Umbrella Collective to provide monthly workshops, weekly drop-ins and help connect freelancers. Whether you’re a start-up or a more established brand, a creative team or a solopreneur, there’s a little hideaway in this print-factory-turned-trendy-office to suit anyone, and nurture all types of innovation. Work.Life, Clerkenwell 2. Work.Life, Clerkenwell This brand new, intimate co-working space from the Work.Life group boasts ninja-fast wifi, fruit water on tap, and member benefits such as breakfast, a running club and food tastings. Plus beer and pizza nights – mustn’t forget those after a productive week. With all the workspaces a creative could

Ten street art tributes in London you should seek out this spring
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Ten street art tributes in London you should seek out this spring

You know someone was kind of a big deal when a graffiti artist turns their face into a mural. London may be full of art, but unlike portraits found in the National Gallery street art is likely to disappear at any moment as buildings are demolished or repainted. With the arrival of spring, now is a great time to go and pay an al fresco tribute to some of the lates and greats.  Carrie Fisher - Peckham Road, Camberwell A post shared by Lara Dilaver (@laradilaver) on Jan 8, 2017 at 12:41pm PST   The Artful Dodger painted this tribute to the rebellious spirit of Princess Leia aka Carrie Fisher on the side of a closed down pub a few days after her death. Shakespeare - Clink Street, Bankside A post shared by James Cochran (Jimmy C) (@akajimmyc) on Mar 19, 2017 at 12:31pm PDT   Street artist Jimmy C painted this psychedelic portrait on a railway arch near Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It appeared in 2016, just in time for the bard’s 400th birthday – possibly making him one of the oldest people ever to be commemorated in spray paint. Carrie Fisher - The Winchester Pub, Angel A post shared by Pegasus (@pegasusart) on Dec 29, 2016 at 6:05am PST   The Artful Dodger wasn’t the only street artist to feel moved after the death of Carrie Fisher. This piece by Pegasus also features the actress in character as Princess Leia, with a stylistic nod to the Virgin Mary.

Five ways to kill time near Victoria station
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Five ways to kill time near Victoria station

Nobody’s knocking Victoria. It’s got London’s biggest coach depot and some 90 million people used the railway station last year. But it’s just a transport hub, isn’t it? Chaotic and constantly under construction, there’s nothing to do here except… well, go somewhere else. Right?  Actually, there are some hidden treasures in this little corner. The next time you end up clock-watching here before an onward journey, here’s a time-killer’s guide to the local area.  Coffee Geek & Friends Don’t be put off by that shopping centre  The Cardinal Place development has little to recommend at face value, but delving into its underbelly reveals a beacon of self-knowing hipsterdom in Coffee Geek & Friends, an independent café packed with students and travellers. Get your Strutt-on  You’d be forgiven for thinking Victoria isn’t really a place at all, only a crossroads between more interesting parts of the capital. But try saying that down at Strutton Ground: a bustling cobblestone market just off Victoria Street. At lunchtime, locals mingle with the temporary population: parliamentary ‘spads’ (junior staff) and media-types from the nearby Channel 4 HQ. Enjoy a shovelful of fish and chips from The Laughing Halibut, or try the Flat Cap Coffee pop-up.    Cave PimlicoKaren Turner   Update your wardrobe  Towards Pimlico is a surprising range of retro shops. Go for an expedition into Cave, a wacky little den of vintage clothes, antiques, and artwork – open on Tuesdays, Wednesda

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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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