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11 London spaces where you can barbecue like a boss
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11 London spaces where you can barbecue like a boss

Yes, we’re well aware that the sunshine we’ve had of late might be our lot for this summer. But we can enjoy it while it lasts – and nothing quite beats the triumphant taste of burnt bangers in the great outdoors. So if you want to get a barbie going but don’t have a garden, here are 11 places in the city where you can get your sizzle on.  A post shared by Amy-May Wallace (@amymaywallace) on Jun 14, 2017 at 1:42pm PDT Highbury Fields, Islington We’re all for killing two birds with one stone, and at Highbury Fields, you can chargrill your chicken thighs on a sunny day while your quads feel the heat too. Just remember that sunscreen. You want your food crispy, not yourself.   London, you look lovely today ☺️ #London #Islington #Holloway #Summer #CaledonianPark #CaledonianClockTower #BlueSkies #Nature #Park A post shared by TARA MILLINGTON 💋 (@taramillington) on May 22, 2017 at 4:00am PDT Caledonian Park, Holloway Caledonian Park has got so much time for your barbequing endeavours, it even has a Grade II listed clock tower. Use it as a handy timer for your grills – or to see how long the sun stays out to play. Cantelowes Gardens, Camden This little Camden gem is tucked away from the hustle and bustle you’d normally expect from

Eight London bookshops where you can have your cake and eat it
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Eight London bookshops where you can have your cake and eat it

If tucking into a book and a slice of cake is your idea of happy, these London bookshops might just be your cup of tea.   Anna Thornton London Review Bookshop Cakes are serious business in this highbrow Bloomsbury bookshop and bijou tea room. They’re handcrafted in-house by shop founder Terry Glover, and the icing on the cake is that you can order bespoke, hand-painted ones for weddings and birthdays. Try the showstopper: lemon myrtle, caramelised apple and camomile cream cake. 14-16 Bury Place, WC1A 2JL.  We're feeling musical this month at Travelling Through 🎷🎶 Why not pop by for one of our June events? #Waterloo #Southbank #London pic.twitter.com/UGkG9ArYAu — Travelling Through (@Trvllng_Thrgh) June 13, 2017 Travelling Through It’s a bookshop for globetrotters but you’ll definitely want to stop and put your feet up for cake and a cuppa. Serving culture, art and books, Travelling Through is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Waterloo – for balmier days, there’s a walled garden downstairs. 131 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE.   The royal treatment you can get @BookandKitchen, the best cafe and bookstore in London! #weekend pic.twitter.com/uEluKFbYML — Jakub Krupa (@JakubKrupa) June 4, 2016 Book & Kitchen A mecca for bibliophiles and cake lovers, this eclectic Notting Hill bookshop is also a café, art gallery and events space, with su

15 places that appear in ‘An American Werewolf in London’
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15 places that appear in ‘An American Werewolf in London’

On June 18, director John Landis will be in town to host a concert at the Royal Albert Hall dedicated to the work of film composer Elmer Bernstein. In 1981 Landis wrote and directed one of the best films ever set in our city, for which Bernstein provided the score. A lot has changed since ‘An American Werewolf in London’ was released, so these images are a bit of a trip down memory lane, but here are all the places that feature in the much-loved comedy-horror mashup.  The Black Swan, Ockham Okay, we’re cheating with this one as it’s in Surrey. But c’mon, it’s less than a mile outside the M25 and is way too good to leave out. The Black Swan was used for the interior of The Slaughtered Lamb, the isolated Yorkshire boozer where backpackers Jack Goodman and David Kessler encounter a pentagram and some very cagey locals – including two much-missed legends, Brian Glover and an incredibly young Rik Mayall. London does have its own Slaughtered Lamb pub; you can find it on Great Sutton Street in Clerkenwell. Chiswick and West Brompton After a hasty retreat from The Slaughtered Lamb, Jack and David are pounced on by a werewolf. Jack is killed but David survives and is transferred to London where he recovers in the fictional St Martin’s hospital, suffering some seriously WTF nightmares along the way. Two old hospitals were used for St Martin’s: the now demolished Chiswick Lodge, which was in Netheravon Road South; and the Princess Beatrice on the corner of Old Brompton and Finb

Five great ways to catch some rays in Croydon this summer
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Five great ways to catch some rays in Croydon this summer

After a spell of great weather, we Croydonites are usually on the lookout for more ways to spend some time outdoors without having to trek up to town. If you can’t squeeze on to the terrace at Boxpark Croydon, here are some alternatives to camping out in a pub garden when the weather gets good.  A post shared by Jo Irwin (@_theladylondon) on May 26, 2017 at 12:17pm PDT Yoga on the roof of Centrale Shopping Centre Don’t worry: this isn't about performing your best child’s pose in a parking bay. After last year’s success, Lost Format Society is back and has taken over the top of Centrale’s car park. It may not seem the obvious choice for catching some late afternoon sunning, but there’s a bar, a cinema and a pretty nice vibe. The music’s good, the sun lasts late into the evening and there’s the customary giant deck chair for all your Instagram needs.  To top that, on June 11 they’re starting up yoga sessions on Sundays, in the sun. Slightly more appealing than in the basement of a gym, eh? Bring your own picnic to Beddington Park  You could be forgiven for thinking that the sometimes overlooked Beddington Park is too picturesque for Croydon. The meandering River Wandle and chocolate box St Mary’s Church are perfect for pretending you’re a million miles away from the centre of town on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Better still, they’ve got public barbecue stands. So grab some mates, some sausages and some beers and hav

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Watch this guy will make the fastest falafel wrap you've ever seen
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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.

City envy: we want a burger-burrito like Brooklyn
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City envy: we want a burger-burrito like Brooklyn

  Good news for junk-food lovers, terrible news for cows. A New York eatery is serving up a food hybrid we never knew the world needed: the burger burrito. The niftily named Burgrito's restaurant opened in the Park Slope neighbourhood of Brooklyn recently, and as well as dishing up regular old burgers, it has a glorious signature dish that's as brilliant as it is terrifying: a sliced beef patty and a handful of chips plus American cheese, chipotle sauce, tomato, lettuce, onions and bacon, all tucked up in a floury tortilla wrap. It's available for hungry Brooklynites to snap up for $9.99 (about £8), and there's also a veggie-burger-filled 'Vegrito' for those who want a meatless option. Clean eaters should probably know that the 'Burgrito' clocks in at around 900 calories. Even so, we know a few Londoners who'd roll with it. We're also envious of Rotterdam's screensaver art exhibition

Overheard in London: this week’s #wordonthestreet
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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