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Love Local: keep supporting the independent businesses that make London tick

It's never been more vital to keep backing the city's unique shops, makers and restaurants

Joe Mackertich
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Joe Mackertich
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Hello London,

For more than 50 years Time Out has been all about showing you the best of the city. And very often the best of the city is something local. London's independent or iconic restaurants, pubs, theaters, gig venues, nightclubs, cinemas, art galleries and concert halls. The places where stuff happens.

Time Out wants to help the city’s small, independent businesses. That's why we've been running our Love Local campaign to support local food, drink, culture and entertainment in London. From the knife-forgers in Peckham, to chefs selecting their favourite fruit and veg shops. We're also asking interesting citizens to share with us their picks of the neighbourhoods they know and love and spotlighting the craftspeople that are turning out fantastic local products

Recently, we asked you to vote for your favourite venues in our Love Local Awards. Thousands and thousands of people voted for their top spots. The Cafe that plays your favourite music. An art gallery that just has a really nice vibe. One nightclub in which you feel at home. Anything and everything is allowed, as long as you love it. Now we have announced your winners: a list of 17 tremendous venues, from across the city, that are beloved by you, our readers. 

We're also proud to have played a role in getting the word out about various crowdfund campaigns that successfully saved a number of London venues. The Jazz Cafe, The Gun pub and Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, among them

We'll go on highlighting independent shops and businesses, so do get in touch with info about your local makers and your crafty mates. Tell us about them at hello@timeout.com and we’ll tell other Londoners.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the ongoing campaign. As London emerges from an abject period, Time Out will continue to fight for the city's brilliant local businesses.

Joe Mackertich
Editor
Time Out London

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The nominations are in! We had tons of them. Loads of entries which means loads of brilliant venues that make all of our lives in London worth living. That tiny art gallery that serves weirdly good lasagne. The café that plays actually decent music. And, of course, the pub you love. Time to show them your support by casting a vote. 

If you have a favourite theatre, gallery, pub, restaurant or anything, we want you to vote for it right now. 

Love Local: how you can support local businesses in London

Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, a news study by Reebok and MTV has revealed that younger Brits would choose to move to London over any other place on Earth. That’s right, despite extortionate pint prices, rent hikes, and transport strikes just about every other weekend, London is still an extremely well-loved place by young people. It’s not all bad of course, London has culture, good weather on occasion, fun weird museums and interesting people. So, who can really blame them? Adele said it best singing about London in Hometown Glory ‘Ooooh the people I've met, are the wonders of my world / are the wonders of now’. According to the study, the majority of 18-30 year olds decide to make the jump to London and Manchester with 23 percent of Gen Z noting that their hometown was limiting their creativity.  Out of the 46 percent who are still living in their hometowns, 50 per cent are itching to relocate. And almost a third (32 per cent) don’t feel they can reach their full potential by remaining in the city or town they grew up in. A further 26 percent want to move to find their ‘purpose’ in life. Heavy! A spokesperson from Reebok said: ‘Being inspired can evolve from many sources, including your hometown or the city you chose to make a home’. London has also been ranked best city for students. While you probably won’t get that full uni halls experience studying in London, it seems that it’s still a fave with students when choosing where to study. The re

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London’s major galleries and museums are all open as usual, but check on the galleries’ websites before visiting, you may need to book a slot in advance. This city is absolutely rammed full of amazing art galleries and museums. Want to see a priceless Monet? A Rothko masterpiece? An installation of little crumpled bits of paper? A video piece about the evils of capitalism? You can find it all right here. London’s museums are all open as normal, and the city’s independents have been back in business for ages. So here, we've got your next art outing sorted with the ten best shows you absolutely can't miss. 

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Two bold new sculptures have just been unveiled outside Hackney Town Hall. They’re the work of young British artist Thomas J Price, and are stark, beautiful tributes to the Windrush Generation. Opened on June 22, Windrush Day, the two nine-foot high bronze sculptures were created by scanning 30 multigenerational local Black residents, creating composite figures that act as representations of the history of the area, and the enduring impact of the Windrush Generation on Hackney, London and the UK in general. Unlike most public sculptures Price’s work isn't a glorification of someone famous or notable, but a celebration of the ordinary people who came to the UK 74 years ago and profoundly changed this country. The work, called ‘Warm Shores’, also isn’t displayed on a pedestal, a very deliberate move: ‘It is important that my figures are not placed on plinths,’ says Price, ‘to disrupt a sense of hierarchy that surrounds many public monuments. They exist amongst the public and daily life and are an extension of the people who inhabit these spaces. It was very important to me to continue this approach with the Hackney Windrush Commission, which is why the two figures have been positioned in the square directly outside Hackney Town Hall.’ Price’s combination of conceptual intent, clever technological wizardry and unapologetically confrontational aesthetics make this work some of the best public art London has seen for a very long time. Go see it, but no need to rush, thankfully it

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One of London’s most beloved leisure spots, Hampstead Swimming Ponds, are set to receive the better part of a million pounds in investment to improve their facilities for all swimmers. The main focus of the proposed improvements is to make all the Ponds more accessible to disabled users. Works will take place at Highgate Men’s, Hampstead Mixed and Kenwood Ladies Ponds, with new toilets and changing facilities for all swimmers. Impetus has been given to the project by the growing number of people using the Heath’s bathing ponds, partly prompted by the legacy of London’s lockdowns. A hoist will be installed at the Men’s Pond, and a wheelchair ramp at the Mixed Pond. There will also be new changing rooms and improvements to the showers at Parliament Hill Lido.  The Ponds are run by the City of London Corporation, who said in a statement: ‘The objective is to create inclusive layouts at the bathing ponds which will enable ambulant disabled and wheelchair users to enjoy these unique bathing facilities. The key project aim across all the locations is that the facilities are fit for purpose, taking account of the increase in visitor numbers, along with ensuring the configuration and layout is adapted to enable bathing load to be managed more effectively while ensuring the swimming facilities are welcoming to a diverse range of visitors.’ The works are slated to begin next year. The Corporation hopes to not stop access to the Ponds altogether during the upgrades, saying ‘a phasing pl

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To mark the last print issue of Time Out London, four of London's coolest artists and creatives have created bespoke covers representing London right now. In this week’s issue we collect love letters to London from writers and comics, look into how our city is rewilding itself and present our guide to the best of summer 2022. You’ll be able to collect a copy from a member of our street team or a stand at one of the following stations or areas: 📍 Thursday June 23 7am-10am     Wimbledon Brixton Vauxhall Camden Town Kentish Town Warren Street Barons Court Walthamstow Central Finsbury Park Highbury & Islington   Noon-3pm Camden Town Leicester Square Tottenham Court Road   3.30pm-6.30pm Oxford Circus Bond Street Tottenham Court Road Holborn   📍 Friday June 24 7am-10am Old Street Liverpool Street London Bridge Farringdon West Hampstead Finchley Road (outside Waitrose) St. John’s Wood Queen’s Park    11.30am-2.30pm Ealing Broadway (Broadway Shopping Centre) Hammersmith Broadway (Hight Street) Fulham Broadway (High Street)   3.30pm-6.30pm Green Park Hyde Park Corner Victoria Waterloo King’s Cross   📍 Saturday June 25 11am-2pm Oxford Circus Covent Garden Bond Street Westfield Shepherd’s Bush You’ll also find it in selected Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Asda stores. Plus, a lucky few will get a magazine straight through your door!  Only planning to travel as far as the kitchen? No problem, you can read the magazine online. Feeling extra, extra lazy? We feel you.

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From the moment that Russian troops invaded Ukraine in February, Balham’s Polish White Eagle Club knew what was needed. A call-out for donations on Instagram and Facebook left its community centre flooded with duvets, pillows, clothes, toys and sanitary products. ‘We were humbled by the support we received at the beginning,’ says its media officer Kate Frolova. She’s speaking to me from a busy café in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine. The background hum indicates that life is carrying on almost as normal, just with the occasional air-raid siren. The day before, she spent 19 hours in a car in the Donbas region so she could donate aid packages from the Polish White Eagle Club to a local orphanage. She’s also been working in Donetsk in an area that’s inaccessible to most officials. Back in south-west London, the club’s organisers have found a waning interest in Ukraine’s plight. ‘We’re seeing a decline in donations because the war’s not on front pages any more,’ explains Frolova. To tackle the fatigue, the charity has arranged a fresh burst of activity. ‘We’re accepting funds because we know what’s needed on the ground and it’s easier to buy the products ourselves,’ she says. ‘We’re also helping refugees in the UK, integrating them into society and getting them education through Wednesday night meetings. And because lots of people arrive with few belongings, we’re providing them with quality clothing.’ What started as a local community appeal has evolved into a full-scale operati

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Ifeyinwa and Emeka Frederick are the owners of Chuku’s, a Nigerian tapas restaurant in Tottenham. Here are their picks of the best places to hit up next time you're in the area.  1. Electric Grubb Ifey ‘The food at this Caribbean takeaway is one thing, but the owners embody what we love about Tottenham. They have so many regulars. When I walk in, I feel a sense of belonging.’ 286 High Rd, N15 4AJ. 2. Yinka Ilori art installations Ifey ‘When I pass the wall on the bus it brightens my day. I’m reminded that there’s a number of people on this journey together and that hard work can pay off.’ Opposite Tottenham Hale station.  Photograph: Walthamstow Wetlands 3. Walthamstow Wetlands Ifey ‘The first time I went was in spring 2020. I was having a bad day and wanted to be outside of London. The whole time I was there, I felt like I was somewhere else. It had such a calming effect.’ 2 Forest Rd, N17 9NH. 4. Beatles mural Emeka ‘There’s a mural that says “The love you take is equal to the love you make” [from ‘The End’ on ‘Abbey Road’]. It’s art for the community. It helps me think: Let me try and have a positive impact on others.’ Watermead Way. 5. Las Delicias de Juancho Emeka ‘We both speak different languages: French and Spanish. It’s a real joy to go to this Colombian coffee shop to have a chat in Spanish. The coffee’s very good!’ 276 Tottenham High Rd, N15 4AJ. Photograph: Shutterstock 6. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Emeka ‘A match day always brings an amazing energy to the st

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Foodies, this is a call to grab your cutlery weapon of choice and head down to Shoreditch Boxpark on Saturday July 2. Like a siren song luring hungry Londoners on to the rocks, Ninja Kitchen has teamed up with chef and model Isaac Carew to deliver us a treat with a free 'Fast Foodi’ pop-up that ditches all the bad stuff often involved in eating things we like, but cunningly, retains all the deliciousness. The collaboration between the manufacturers of covetable kitchen gadgets like seven-speed blenders and air fryers and Carew, their culinary UK ambassador and author of ‘The Dirty Dishes: 100 Fast and Delicious Recipes’ is one to get us salivating. The chef explains: ‘There’s nothing better than good food done well, so when Ninja Kitchen UK invited me to host their Fast Foodi pop-up, I knew I couldn’t say no. ‘I have always said that “dirty” food doesn’t have to be unhealthy for you, which is why I love that Ninja is recreating fakeaways in the hope that they will encourage Brits to try something new in the kitchen. Food that’s better for you, saves money and doesn’t compromise on taste… what’s not to love?’ So, from noon on July 2, the first 500 Londoners lucky enough to be at the front of the pop-up queue will be able to try twists on classic takeaways, all cooked with Ninja’s appliances: kimchi beef burgers, vegan buffalo cauliflower bites, chicken tinga tacos, the moreish-sounding spicy halloumi fries and, for sweet-toothed addicts, salted chocolate fudge ice cream and ve

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Where in London can you find a giant upturned ice-cream cone bursting out of someone’s roof, gardens full of headless mannequins, a nature reserve and a working boatyard? Eel Pie Island, a tiny Thames mudflat in Twickenham, may only be 500m long, but it manages to pack in a whole lot of weird and wonderful stuff.  Never heard of it? There aren’t that many bits of London that are actually secret any more, but the residents of Eel Pie have done a very good job at keeping their island as clandestine as possible. Only accessible by boat or via a little footbridge reaching over the river, a ‘private property’ sign at the entrance usually keeps people out of the secluded enclave, except for twice a year when the public is granted the rare privilege of being able to snoop around the place at the island’s Open Studios event.  Photograph: Shutterstock What’s so special about it, you ask? Well, the island was once at the epicentre of the UK’s rock ’n’ roll music scene. If you visited the place in 1963, you’d have been treated to Rolling Stones gigs every Wednesday and bands like The Who, Pink Floyd and Screaming Lord Sutch all played at the Eel Pie Island Hotel, which was destroyed in a fire in 1971: how rock ’n’ roll is that? Basically, it was the place to be in the ’60s: full of anarchistic artists and counter-culturalists.  While the island’s music scene isn’t quite as thriving today, you’ll find 26 artists’ studios full of painters, potters and sculptors all working away in the s

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UPDATE, June 21 The tube strike on Tuesday June 21 has gone ahead as planned with services on all Underground lines completely cancelled or massively disrupted. As announced the RMT union’s action was supported by a walkout of nearly 1,000 members of the Unite union as well. So it’s definitely a WFH situation.This latest industrial action follows the threat from the RMT union to disrupt the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend celebration in the capital, before they backtracked (infrastructural gag) and rearranged the strike for the Monday following the bank holiday. Here’s the lowdown: What’s this strike all about, then? There is an ongoing dispute between the RMT union, which represents most Tube staff, and TfL. The core issues are TfL’s proposal to lose hundreds of jobs at stations on the network and review its pension scheme.  Which tube lines will be affected? Probably most, if not all, of them. The last walkout of 4,000 Underground staff brought the network to a halt, and this one is going to be more than twice as big. What are the alternatives? Well, not trains. There are even bigger train strikes (also called by the RMT) on June 21, 23 and 25, which will see most rail services in and out of the capital cancelled. So, buses, bikes and your feet. The former two were pretty hellish last time, so… it’s shank’s pony or shank’s WFH. How likely is it that the strike will be called off before June 21? Hard to say. The threatened Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend strike didn’t go a

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