Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers

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Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers exhibition
Ben Rowe
Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers exhibition
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Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers exhibition
Ben Rowe
Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers exhibition
Ben Rowe

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An exhibition of Time Out cover designs, dating right back to our first issue in 1968.

You won’t believe it, but Time Out is 50 this year. Since our pocket-sized first issue in 1968, we’ve published almost 2,500 magazines in London and many more in other great cities around the world. Now, to celebrate our big birthday, we’ve teamed up with the Museum of Brands in Ladbroke Grove to put together an exhibition of our best ever magazine covers.

The original print issues on display date right back to that very first magazine in 1968, through the radical ’70s and glitzy ’80s and ’90s and through to the present day. Check out cover stars like David Bowie, Elton John (who guest edited Time Out in 2004) and Joanna Lumley, and designs by Tracey Emin, Banksy and Gorillaz mastermind Jamie Hewlett as well as legendary Time Out designer Pearce Marchbank and other talented staff designers. It’s a brilliant and bizarre journey through 50 years of design, pop culture and city life. Don’t miss out!

Check out our video for a taste of what to expect:



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Time Out London is celebrating 50 years of awesomeness! In the museum of the brands, one can find a selection of the 50 best covers over those 50 years! Interesting and iconic! If you are in the area and haven't been to the museum of the brands yet then this is the perfect excuse! There is a garden and you can buy awesome Time Out merch!


Such a nice way to celebrate Time Out 50's anniversary! The Exhibition is tiny as part of the Brand Museum. It showcases Time Out's 50 most iconic covers through the years from the 1st ever edition which was pocket size, to the one made in few minutes in response to  the London bombing in 2005, to the worldwide ones. Really enjoy learning anecdotes behind each cover and wish Time Out to follow Londoner's life at least for another 50 years! 


TimeOut is 50! A nice little exhibition showing 50 iconic covers of Timeout across the world. I really loved the fact that covers were really showing key topics of the time and cultural traits across all countries and years. You will discover quite a few fun facts: that Timeout was not free before, that Banksy participated to one cover and that the first ever cover was a picture the founder found in an art magazine!


What fun to visit the Museum of Brands for my first time and even better to go celebrate TimeOut!

Very special to see the covers and follow the timeline of events in the world, that made sense as you walk through. I would have loved even more covers and stories, that’s my only complaint!!


A great way to view some of the past Time Out London covers. It's really nice to see how it's progressed and changed over the last 50 years. One of my favourites was the Andy Warhol Campbell's soup cover, a classic and so recognisable. The Museum of Brands is equally great - take a stroll through the time warp tunnel and be filled with some childhood memories! It was really nice to see older versions of the brands that I use today. 


A fantastic celebration of 50 years of this iconic magazine - in London and beyond! It was absolutely fascinating to see some of the earliest covers, and compare styles from across the world. In particular, I loved noticing how big events in the city were portrayed through stand-out, text-only covers which just seemed to make them even more impactful. A really inciteful exhibition into the history of this iconic publication.


The first ever edition of TimeOut, released 50 years ago, covered a 3 week period between August 12th and September 2nd. Robert Harris and Tony Elliot has done something not seen before in London and collated all the best events, places and quirky things to do within London, for just 1 shilling. A phenomenon was born.

Fast forward 50 years and TimeOut is now a weekly magazine and it's free. The format is exactly the same though. Let the people of London know what is going on and where you need to go to see it. It has also branched out into major cities throughout the world, including New York and Sydney.

This exhibit puts together the 50 best ever covers from throughout the TimeOut history and range, featuring the first edition, the cover in response to the tube bombings, produced in just a few hours, and some iconic cover based on the interviews contained withing, such as Maryln Manson,and Monty Python.

Found in the Museum of Brands (which is worth a visit on it's own), you can't go wrong popping in to see this too.


50 years ago, a young Londoner decides to start a magazine for all the events running in London; up to that point, so many things going on but not a single paper/magazine to gather all of them. This was the birth of Time Out; the No 1 cultural magazine for London & a brand that is spread worldwide. The Museum of Brands hosts the 50 most iconic covers of Time Out magazine through the years. A fun excibtion that you can enjoy with your ticket to the Museum of Brands - a great museum that covers the history of many of the today's brands that everyone loves!

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