Carly-Ann Clements is Time Out's former London Commercial Editor.
Valentine's Day offers
Love, hearts, romance, stress, rage, arguments... Valentine's Day can quickly spiral out of control. Whether you're a last-minute planner, looking for inspiration or just want to do something fun with your favourite person, we have a whole range of exclusive Valentine's Day offers that'll make this Valentine's heavy on fun but light on your wallet.
Hofesh Shechter's #HOFEST ballot: Terms and Conditions
1. No purchase necessary. 2. One entry per person, no bulk or third party entries. 3. Open to entry from UK residents aged 18 or over. 4. The closing date for receipt of entries is 11.59pm Tuesday August 25 2015. Time Out is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email accounts, technical difficulties associated therewith, or the potential successful applicant's failure to adequately monitor any email address. 5. Those drawn from the ballot will be notified by Time Out by email within 48-hours of the ballot closing. Entrants who have not been drawn will not receive notification. If you have been successful, you have 48 hours to purchase your tickets from notification, after this time ticket availability will not be guaranteed and names may be redrawn from the ballot entries. 6. Time Out reserves the right to refuse ticket purchase to any applicant and the right to withdraw access at any time and without giving reason. 7. Individuals may request the name of those drawn in the ballot by submitting a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and specifying the ballot about which you are inquiring, before September 25 2015 to: Competitions, Time Out Digital Limited, 4th Floor | 125 Shaftesbury Avenue | London, WC2H 8AD. By participating, you agree to the promoter providing your name and the country of your residence in response to such requests. 8. How to enter: Enter your full name and email address to be entered into the draw
Tickets to Rising Stars
Discover the stars of tomorrow at one of our specially curated gigs and pay as little as £10 per ticket. Taking place at iconic music venues around London, our Rising Stars events showcase some of the best new artists in the UK. Each show will feature up-and-coming artists who will perform intimate sets especially for Time Out readers only. Featuring the freshest faces in blues, rock, country and folk, this is the place to find your new favourite artist before they hit the big time. Plus, if you arrive before 8pm, you can have a drink on us at each gig! Looking for something a little bit different? Find gigs happening this week or check our our listings for gigs in London tonight and gigs in London this weekend.
Silent disco tickets
We don't want to brag but our silent discos are a pretty big deal. Not only have we made thousands of people happy by giving them the chance to party at some of the city's favourite landmarks, but our unique events are award-nominated! And you can buy your silent disco tickets, right here! Haven't heard of the silent disco phenomenon? Then let us explain. On the night, you will be given a set of wireless headphones which can be tuned into one of three different channels. Each channel will be controlled by a DJ who will play the very best in pop, rock and party favourites so you can listen to your favourite tunes while your friends listen to theirs. But, keep your eyes peeled because each channel will be represented by a coloured light (red, green and blue) so you can see if an absolute classic is being played so you can flip your switch and not miss out on that all important Tay-Tay song. And if you get a bit tired and just want a chat, just remove your headphones and the hall will be silent - you know, except for the toe-tapping and singing. And all you have to do to experience all of that is buy your silent disco ticket. So join us on a Friday or Saturday night at either The View from The Shard, Millbank's Altitude or the world-famous Cutty Sark and have the night of your life. Can't make it our at the weekend? No problem! There are plenty of Time Out Events to keep you occupied and we can even tell you about the best things to do today!
'Hand To God' review giveaway terms and conditions
Time Out Prize Draw Terms and Conditions HOW TO ENTER This prize draw is organised by Time Out Digital Limited (“Time Out”) in association with Nimax Theatres (“Prize Provider”) Please enter by leaving a review of 'Hand To God' using the hashtag #handtogod and you will be entered into a ballot, from which a winner will be selected at random (the “Entry”) Submit your Entry by leaving your review here between Monday March 28 2016 and Monday April 4 2016 for your chance to be selected to win £100 of theatre vouchers (“Prize Draw”). HOW IT WORKS Complete your Entry by leaving a review of 'Hand To God' using the hashtag #handtogodoffer and you will be entered into a ballot, from which one winner will be selected at random. PRIZE DRAW TERMS & CONDITIONS The Prize Draw begins at 12.15am on Monday March 28 2016 (the “Start Date”) The Prize Draw closes at 11:45pm on Monday April 4 2016 (the “End Date”). 1. The Prize Draw is open to all UK residents over the age of 18, except employees of Time Out and the Prize Provider, its agents, contractors and their family members. 2. Multiple entries will not be accepted. 3. By uploading your Entry, you understand that you are entering the Prize Draw and agree to these Prize Draw rules (“Rules”) Time Out reserves the right to exclude any Entry from the Prize Draw at any time if they have a reason to believe that the entrant has breached any of the Rules. 4. Copyright in all Entries submitted for this Prize Draw remains with the re
Acoustic East Festival exclusive to Time Out
After the roaring success of Acoustic East earlier this year, we felt like we left you wanting more. More brilliant acts. More brilliant venues. More brilliant recommendations to give to your friends around the kettle the next morning at work. And that's exactly what we're going to give you because Acoustic East is back and it's bigger and better than ever. This autumn, we've put together seven unmissable nights of fresh, up-and-coming musical talent for your aural (and viewing) pleasure. Acoustic East will be showcasing the dulcet tones and incredible skills of 24 UK artists and, because we always like to get in there first, Time Out's the only place you can get tickets! Each night, you will get to see up to five wonderful acts for just £10!Events take place at Concrete, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen and Miranda at Ace Hotel so make sure you turn up at the right venue on the right day, otherwise it'll all just be a bit embarrassing.
Buy tickets to 'Heartbreak Hotel' at The Jetty
Step inside a utopia for lost souls and broken hearts, and be swept away on the journey of a lifetime at the 'Heartbreak Hotel'. For the second year running, Greenwich Peninsula’s The Jetty - the home of last year's incredible 'The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face' - has been transformed into a playground for the senses and you're invited to check in for an unforgettable night of mind-boggling entertainment for as little as £10 (plus a £1.75 booking fee). For a strictly limited run, the riverside venue has been metamorphosed into the 'Heartbreak Hotel' - a once grand establishment on the English coastline that's now as dilapidated and mysterious as the characters within its walls. Take a journey through this eerie and whacky world where heartbreak comes to rest - well, that is, until it hits again - and discover the stories and secrets that line the walls. The action unfolds in nine interlocking shipping containers which form unique rooms and corridors that'll wow and astound you. This unique production tells the tale of love, lust and loneliness in a way you've never experienced before. Be part of the action as the story of this former diamond of seaside revelry reaches a turning point when the past and present collide leaving you in the surreal world that is, the Heartbreak Hotel. After the show, venture to London's most unique bar for a chat with your fellow explorers about the incredible experience you've just shared thanks to the 'Heartbreak Hotel'. Cocktails and food (in
It's a little-known fact that there are plenty of reasonably priced tickets out there if you know where to look. And luckily for you, we do! We've tracked down the lowest-priced tickets for seven top London shows so you can have a frugal-but-still-fantastic night out! Tickets start from just £14.50, so it's time to take your (cheap) seat, because London just got that little bit more affordable. What we mean by cheap: Yes, you can see your Aunt Gladys in her latest am-dram production for a fiver but that doesn't cut the mustard with us (sorry, Aunt Gladys). Just because these tickets are cheap, it doesn't mean they're not top-notch quality. We've selected some of our and your favourite West End productions to show you that you can get brilliant entertainment for incredible prices. They're cheap, they're outstanding, and we love them. Now it's your turn to experience them for yourself.
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Mornings at Counter Kitchen involve toast, and lots of it. Offering homemade breads with both sweet and savoury toppings, the relatively small menu is actually pretty varied thanks to a quasi-pick-and-mix approach. We ordered multigrain sourdough topped with smashed avocado, chilli flakes, poached egg and halloumi (flavours across the breakfast menu are broadly east Mediterranean). The bread was smoky and well-textured, nicely complementing the smooth, creamy avocado, replete with a zingy citrus kick and warmth from the light sprinkling of chilli. The poached egg added a savoury depth that rounded off the flavours, but toasted sourdough’s tendency to become knife-bluntingly robust meant that combining all the elements was a little difficult at times. Also good was the roasted cinnamon apple and Greek yoghurt-topped toast – possibly the most decadent thing I’ve ever had in my mouth this early in the morning. The sweet, almost caramelised apples were crisp and spicy, perfectly balanced by tangy yoghurt that afforded the dish a real freshness. Later in the day, the café promises interesting soups and hearty bowls of stews, curries and salads – all made fresh without artificial flavours, refined sugars, preservatives and other such trash – and if breakfast is anything to go by, they’ll be full of flavour, filling and pretty as a picture. Literally: a couple of pics posted, and Counter Kitchen did wonders for my Instagram following. The food might not be quite as revolutionary as
Dirty Bones Shoreditch
Slowly making its way across London, Dirty Bones has finally arrived in its spiritual home: east London. Across the road from Shoreditch High Street station, the third branch of this faux dive bar couldn’t have a more fitting location. Serving the same American-style comfort food as its Kensington and Carnaby Street restaurants, the dishes are packed with flavours that smack you around the face with the clout of a heavy-bottomed pan. In addition to mainstays such as burgers, hot dogs and ribs, a chargrilled lamb cutlet came with a punchy chimichurri sauce that flooded the taste buds without overpowering the juicy meat, while a robata-grilled aubergine and gruyère side dish was full of distinctive, balanced flavours. However, both felt slightly out of place on the otherwise casual and (for lack of a better word) ‘dirty’ menu, which largely focuses on poshed-up dude-food and home-style cooking. Big flavours and portions, along with an electric atmosphere, make Dirty Bones great for a group night out, though I wouldn’t recommend taking a first date there – you won’t hear a word they say over the excessively loud music. But perhaps that’s the point.
You can go to a 'Game of Thrones'-themed life-drawing class in Shoreditch
Okay, so winter is here but ‘Game of Thrones’ is nowhere to be seen. The distinct lack of ‘GoT’ action – not even a whisper of a trailer for season seven – may be causing anxiety throughout the geek world, but the Mother of Dragons is on hand to soothe that restlessness. Life drawing enthusiasts Art Macabre are hosting a ‘Game of Thrones’-themed sketch session at the Queen of Hoxton on Saturday February 18. Doodlers will be focused on Daenerys’s tale of romance and power while sat in a heated not-really-appropriate-but-still-kind-of-works Viking-themed wigwam on the roof of the pub. Models will pose in theatrical tableaus depicting the epic love story of Khal Drogo and his Khaleesi (it’s hard enough to keep up with all the characters, let alone one of them having three names!), with blood, dragon eggs and a sacrifice scene to complete the Dothraki look. It’s not exactly like battling against the white walkers, but a life-drawing class is probably the closest you'll get to a Westeros experience IRL. Tickets are £15 plus booking free and include drawing material. Find out more about Art Macabre Death Drawing: Game Of Thrones. In other news, the 'Game of Thrones' cast will get matching tattoos... if they make it to season eight.
Astronights: ten things to expect if you go for a sleepover at the Science Museum
If, like most Londoners, you wish that the hordes of people milling around your favourite museum would just bog off so you can enjoy the exhibits, spending the night at the Science Museum must sound like a dream come true. Astronights gives adults the opportunity to roam around the incredible building and all its wonders with a glass of wine in hand and barely a person in sight. But it’s not all automobiles and spaceships at this all-night jolly, there are a few more things you should expect. 1. No sex! #astronights intro time cheers guys ;) pic.twitter.com/b9nJvjhkC1 — boatshed.com (@boatshedneil) June 18, 2016 Oh, did things just get awkward up in here? Well, it probably did for the 18-year-old and his parents sitting at the neighbouring table because one of the night guardians of the museum (not their official title) just announced that even though things can get romantic in the dark, secluded corners of the world-famous venue, you are never alone. There are 500 cameras that will be watching your every move and let’s face it, although it may sound like a good idea in theory, it’ll probably end badly. 2. A load of food Getting fed at @sciencemuseum before a night of exploring #astronights. pic.twitter.com/EFyoGbEGuY — Carly-Ann Clements (@woshixiongmao) November 11, 2016 After your prudish warning, dinner is served. But you won’t just receive an evening meal that'll bring school canteen memories flooding back to you, you’ll also get a buffet-style breakfast, too. We
You can now go on a 'Pokémon Go' guided tour of London
Wanna be the very best, like no one ever was? Soz, according to the rumour mill someone’s already caught them all, filled their Pokédex and taken the title of ultimate Pokémon Master. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for any old Pidgey, Rattata or Drowzee that comes your way – there’s still a whole jungle of Pokémon out there, you just need to know where to find them. Before the weekend saw its closure, you may have relied on sneaky web app Pokevision to find the exact location of those rarer virtual creatures but now that’s gone, you may need a helping hand. That’s where PlanetPass comes in. One of their Blue Badge guides, Hazel, is a Poké enthusiast and wants to help the public hone their skills and catch some critters all while taking in some London history. The private tour is for up to six people, lasts 90 minutes and costs £66. We’re pretty sure you’ll hit a mass of Pokéstops and hatch some eggs along the way but as Pokémon are wily little things, we’re not sure how many rare or even good catches you’ll get on your travels. But, who are we to say? Seeing as Pokémon are generated by the highest ranking trainer in the area, Hazel’s mega skills might encourage that Cubone or Rapidash hit up the South Bank for a nice stroll. And if you need to entertain your aunt and uncle with some London sightseeing, you could kill two birds with one stone… or capture two Grimers with one Pokéball – something like that at least. This is where to find 30 of the best and rarest Poké
Pokémon Go hits Croatia
Have you seen an increasing number of people looking at their phones, aimlessly pacing down the road and bumping into walls? Well, it’s not the next stage of the techno-rapture, it’s all down to a brand new game that’s getting users outside for once. If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the past week, you’ve probably seen people obsessively chatting about ‘Pokémon Go’, and if you’ve been wondering what it is, allow us to fill in the blanks. Pokémon Go, the latest bizarre internet global phenomenon, has just landed in Croatia. Already released in more than 30 countries, the interactive game is taking over both the internet and the actual, real-life streets. The mobile app that has been flooding Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and even the news uses your GPS to create a real-life map on your phone and displays where those sneaky Pokémon are hiding. All you have to do is wander the streets, happen upon one of the critters and collect them. You can even take pictures of the Pokémon in your natural habitat using your camera and refill your Pokéballs by walking to places of note that have a podium, clicking on the target and spinning the image of the landmark – you might even learn a thing or two about the local area as some podiums have little factoids for your trouble. And if hoarding Pokémon isn’t enough, you can visit gyms which can be found at larger landmarks to go to battle with the AI. So that explains why you might have seen a few crazed-looking people rushing to odd
Squirtle on the Central line! 23 Pokémon we've spotted in London
'Pokémon Go' has taken over the world. Fact. You can't walk down the street without someone jabbing at their phone and doing a not-so-inconspicuous happy dance when they get their hands on a Jigglypuff. The augmented-reality, GPS-enabled app has officially launched in the UK today, and it's so popular that people seem to have forgotten about taking selfies and moved on to snapping up pictures of their Pokémon instead. We don't know if we should call them #goies, #pokees or #catchems, but we do know that they're taking over our Twitter and Instagram feeds. And if you've not seen them, then here are some pics of Pokémon in their natural environment: the streets of London, obviously. From famous landmarks: When you're sitting outside St Paul's and a pokemon appears 😰😂 #PokemonGO #london pic.twitter.com/dRNXhFte4s — Deejay (@DJSinghx) July 13, 2016 pic.twitter.com/RngllUoesu — Vincent Delorme (@delormev) July 13, 2016 A photo posted by Pascu Diaz (@pascudiaz) on Jul 14, 2016 at 2:33am PDT To the backstreets of Chinatown: In theatres: Outside cinemas: They've even joined the queue at Bao: Even @Pokemon's are required to queue at the new @bao_london 😂📸🐲💫🎉 #BAOfitz #Doortrait #ThisIsLondon Anyone else addicted to *PokemonGO* ??? 👻🐊💛 A photo posted by Clerkenwell_Boy 🌞🌴🌊 (@clerkenwellboyec1) on Jul 13, 2016 at 2:19pm PDT Pokemon are everywhere! Some choose to stay with their own: When a Pigeon get
Here's everything you need to know about 'Pokémon Go'
Have you seen an increasing number of people looking at their phones, aimlessly pacing down the road and bumping into walls? Well, it’s not the next stage of the techno-rapture, it’s all down to a brand new game that’s getting users outside for once. If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the weekend, you’ve probably seen people obsessively chatting about ‘Pokémon Go’, and if you’ve been wondering what it is, allow us to fill in the blanks. The mobile app that has been flooding Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and even the news uses your GPS to create a real-life map on your phone and displays where those sneaky Pokémon are hiding. All you have to do is wander the streets, happen upon one of the critters and collect them. You can even take pictures of the Pokémon in your natural habitat using your camera and refill your Pokéballs by walking to places of note (or sometimes just your local Odeon) that have a podium, clicking on the target and spinning the image of the landmark – you might even learn a thing or two about the local area as some podiums have little factoids for your trouble. And if hoarding Pokémon isn’t enough, you can visit gyms which can be found at larger landmarks (like the Thames Magistrate Court of all places) to go to battle with the AI. Pretty simple, huh? Well, it’s not quite as straight forward as it sounds. The app isn’t actually available in the UK yet so all those giggling pedestrians that are sprinting and stopping every 30 seconds and causing a
A hole lotta fun: Birdies crazy golf club pops up in The Vaults
It’s time to hit the clubs, the golf clubs that is, because the pop-up giants behind Rooftop Film Club are laying down the lawn and opening a subterranean nine-hole crazy golf course at The Vaults in Waterloo next month. Hit the green at the underground playground where a unique course made up of loops, half-pipes and an elevated five-foot drop onto the sixth hole will test your skills, sense of humour and pride as you battle it out against your friends. While you’re swinging, you can get swigging at the Caddy Shack cocktail bar where they'll be serving up drinks by mixology masters Spirited Mixers. Or if striving for a birdie leaves you feeling peckish then you can chow down on grub provided by Hawksmoor Knightsbridge’s head chef Richard Sandiford’s pop-up concept RockaDollar, as well as a new bespoke menu from Hix. It tees off on November 11 and Time Out are taking over an hour a day throughout the run from Nov 13, with tickets costing just £9 for entry and a round of golf. Find out more about Birdies crazy golf and book now.
Breaking Mad: there's a new 'Breaking Bad'-inspired party in Brick Lane
It’s been two years since the world’s favourite meth-peddlers left our telly screens and we still haven’t really recovered from it. We’ve tried to fill the gap with other shows, but really, they couldn’t bring the life and Saul to the party. So for those still in mourning, in December you can immerse yourself in a party experience inspired by the cult series with ‘Breaking Mad’ at the Old Truman Brewery. On the night you'll be plunged into a seedy immersive underworld where you’ll be taken on a whirlwind adventure accompanied by actors and alcohol. We can't spoil all of the surprises on the night but we can reveal you'll be hitting up party and possibly ending up in a chicken shop… mysterious. There are eight 'Breaking Mad' events between December 1 – 11. Tickets are £44, which includes two free cocktails, and are available to buy only through Time Out.
A Door in a Wall announces its latest murder mystery puzzle
Those puzzling folks over at A Door in a Wall have just announced their latest murder mystery adventure and this one sounds pretty tasty. Following the success of their last jaunts into the quizzical world – ‘The Life and Death of Paul Marrane’ and ‘A Stab in the Dark’ – the masters of pondering have a brand new game that will get any puzzle-solvers hungry for a challenge. ‘An Appetite for Murder’ will follow the usual treasure-hunt-meets-murder-mystery format where players will have to use their wits and the power of deduction to solve interactive clues in the aim of discovering who is responsible for the suspicious death of a famous and ambitious chef. Taking place at the aptly named The Red Herring in St Paul’s, the game will run Tuesday to Sunday evenings between September 29 and November 1 and costs £30 per person. It’s recommended to be in groups of three to six people, so get whispering among your friends to get your team together now as we know tickets are going to fly. Find out more and book at adoorinawall.com.