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Ed Cunningham

Ed Cunningham

News Editor, Time Out UK and Time Out London

Ed Cunningham is the News Editor for Time Out’s London and UK teams. Based in London, he has been writing for Time Out’s London, UK, travel and commercial teams since 2021.

You’ll usually find him writing about culture, music, design, art, sustainability, travel and London. Anything – yep, anything – happening in London or the UK, that’s Ed’s beat. 

Ed has a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London. He also edits, writes for and runs a music website called The Glow that, depending on the time of day, is either the joy or bane of his life.

Time Out has covered the world’s greatest cities through the eyes of local experts since 1968. For more about us, read our editorial guidelines.

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The best brunch in London

The best brunch in London

The humble brunch is perhaps one of the greatest inventions of the modern age. Breakfast is too early to really get stuck into, while eating eggs and downing buckets of coffee at lunchtime seems odd. Brunch, then, is the one true morning-ish meal, especially if it incorporates pancakes, bacon and those aforementioned eggs – or a totally vegan take on proceedings like at LD's at The Black Heart in Camden or WAVE in Hackney. London is particularly well stocked with places to indulge in the famous breakfast/lunch hybrid. Let us guide you to the best restaurants in town for a fabulous brunch in our city, from a traditional full english to innovative twists on the majestic meal, such as a bacon bao brunch. And it’s not just a weekend treat; some of these spots serve brunch every single day.  RECOMMENDED: Like unlimited fizz with your fry-up? Here are the best bottomless brunches in London.  Want to brunch for less? Check out the awesome selection at Time Out Offers. Leonie Cooper is Time Out London’s Food and Drink Editor. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

The 14 best Airbnbs in Copenhagen close to the centre

The 14 best Airbnbs in Copenhagen close to the centre

Copenhagen has risen in popularity recently as one of the best destinations for a weekend city break. Whether you're a tourist travelling from afar or a fellow Dane looking for a change of scenery, renting an Airbnb for a few days is a great way to see the city and experience it like a true local.  The capital of Denmark, one of the world's happiest cities, is a gorgeous place with brightly coloured buildings, amazing food, lots of culture, rich history and architectural design, making it a place worth exploring with lots to do and see. And there are few cities that offer such a resplendent selection of Airbnbs as the Danish capital. No matter your trip, whether you’re hunting for a table at Copenhagen’s fabulous restaurants, spending your days in its captivating museums or boogieing it out thanks to its exhilarating nightlife, there’s usually a phenomenal Airbnb rental to fit the bill. Here are our favourite Airbnbs right here in Copenhagen.  Time Out tip: The (easiest and quickest) way to get around Copenhagen is on two wheels, but if you prefer to hop on public transport, the DOT ticket app will be your best friend.  Recommended: 🚲See the best things to do in Copenhagen🍷Hit up the best bars in Copenhagen🇩🇰Here's how to spend a weekend in Copenhagen Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth researc

The 8 best cycling routes in the UK for a beautiful ride

The 8 best cycling routes in the UK for a beautiful ride

Riding a bike is not only good for you and the planet, it’s also a thrilling way to explore new places, and some of the UK’s most spectacular spots are best accessed on two wheels. From canal paths and famous city landmarks to rural routes and isolated vistas, the country’s traffic-free cycle network means you can ditch your car and feel the breeze.  Sure, you might work up a bit of a sweat every now and then, but that’s very much part of the fun. There are nooks and crannies all over the place just waiting to explored, so whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or totally new to the bike game, we’ve got you covered. These are the eight best cycling routes in the UK. RECOMMENDED:🚞The most breathtaking hikes in the UK🌤️The best places to visit in the UK🏄The best extreme outdoor activity breaks in the UK🏝️The most beautiful islands in the UK

The best places to stay in Yellowstone

The best places to stay in Yellowstone

If you're a nature lover, Yellowstone National Park is probably your ideal place. One of America's most famous national parks (maybe even the most famous), Yellowstone is a mix of cavernous canyons, dense forests, rushing streams, steaming hot springs, and even geysers. A lot of nature packed into one. Don't forget the range of wildlife, too. Bears, elk, bison, and cougars. Meeeow. With all that on offer, you’ll almost certainly find yourself on a Yellowstone trip at some point in your life, it's a must. But where should you stay? We’ve trawled through all the hotels, cabins, lodges, Airbnbs, and glamping pods both in Yellowstone National Park and in the surrounding settlements to filter out the best ones. Below are the best places to stay in and around Yellowstone. Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel or Airbnb featured below, we've based our list on top reviews and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The best bars in London

The best bars in London

Want a drink? Well you've come to the right place. This is Time Out’s list of best bars in London, our curated guide to London’s drinking scene, featuring the buzziest booze dens in the capital right now. If it’s on this list, it’s excellent. These are the 50 places we'd recommend to a friend, because we love drinking in them and have done many times over. From classy cocktail joint to delightful dives, hotel bars, speakeasys, bottle shops, rooftops and wine bars, London's got them all. The latest additions to our list include the new Three Sheets in Soho, Bar Lina, an Italian aperitivo spot underneath the famous deli, Moko hi-fi listening bar in Tottenham, Oranj's vertitable wine warehouse in Shoreditch, and Helgi's, a suggestively Satanic rock bar in Hackney. Now go forth and booze. RECOMMENDED: Like bars? Then you'll love London's best pubs.  Leonie Cooper is Time Out London’s Food and Drink Editor. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

The 18 best places to visit in Spain

The 18 best places to visit in Spain

Millions flock to Spain every year to see the likes of Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. And while those top dogs are popular for a reason (they’re all fantastic), there’s so much more to this beautiful country than just its famous cities.  So why not save some energy for the national parks, the cultural richness and fascinating history of this enveloping country while you’re here? You’ll find secret wineries, romantic castles, symbolic mountains and more, in a country that is as varied as it is fabulous. Here are the very best places to visit in Spain, according to our experts. RECOMMENDED:📍 The best things to do in Spain🏖 The best beaches in Spain😋 The best restaurants in Spain🗺 The best city breaks in Europe At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines. 

The 13 most romantic hotels in NYC

The 13 most romantic hotels in NYC

We know, we know. NYC is already an incredibly romantic city. With all those legendary sights, how could it not be? But don’t underestimate the power of a hotel to make the city even more amorous. Just think about it: NYC’s classically romantic backdrop plays host to fancy restaurants, hot tubs and massages. It’s enough to seduce even the sternest of New Yorkers. Of course, you can’t put a price on love – but if you could, these hotels are great places to start. Updated May 2024: When we updated a list, you know it's worth getting excited about – especially when we've added an iconic hotel that's been a New York institution for over 100 years, and a boutique gem that's historic as it is stylish.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best hotels in NYCThe most romantic hotels in the U.S. Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every hotel featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines. 

The 16 best places to visit in France

The 16 best places to visit in France

France is one of the most visited places on the planet – and you better believe that it lives up to every bit of the hype. This famous country has been at the cultural heart of western Europe for millennia, and you can see signs of its complex and fascinating past all over the place. But it’s not all grand old châteaux: France is also blessed with some exceptionally beautiful natural wonders and some of Europe’s coolest city-break destinations. So, from heavenly beach destinations and picturesque rural villages to grand old cities like Paris, Lyon and Marseille, these are the best places to visit in France – and some of the world’s most essential destinations. Discover France: 📍 The best things to do in France🌳 The prettiest villages in France🏖 The best beaches in France🌆 The best French cities to visit🏰 Spectacular French châteaux you can rent😋 The best restaurants in France🌊 The best places to stay on the French Riviera

The 12 best lavender fields you need to visit in the UK

The 12 best lavender fields you need to visit in the UK

Few summer sights are quite as vibrant as the pristine purple carpet of a lavender field in full bloom. Both soothingly smelly and really, really pretty, when this brill-for-bees plant is at its peak it makes for a sensory overload of scents and colours. And while cherry blossom, wisteria and bluebell seasons might be much earlier and shorter-lived, lavender season certainly isn’t. Lavender in the UK tends to be at its most vivid and aromatic from early June to late August. Plus, many of the best lavender fields in the UK also harvest the plant for its oils, selling everything from aromatherapy products to soaps. For pale violets, bright azures, dusky indigos and everything in between, these are the most beautiful lavender fields in the UK. RECOMMENDED:💜The best places to see wisteria in the UK🌻The best places to see wildflowers in the UK🌸The best places in the UK to see cherry blossom💙The UK’s top spots for bluebells🌤️The best places to visit in the UK

London’s best afternoon teas

London’s best afternoon teas

Afternoon tea. Yes, it's twee, but there is something quite fun about working your way through what's essentially dessert tapas, especially when you’re at one of London’s top hotels or restaurants. We've rounded up London's best afternoon teas in a city renowned for putting on some of the world’s best spreads – with tiny cakes, little finger sarnies and pots of perfect tea the name of the delicious game. Expect to pay in the region of £50 to £80 for the pleasure per person, but you'll be in for a treat and a half. Many of the teas have set times for seatings, so booking in advance is always recommended. RECOMMENDED: The best hotels in London.

The world’s best music festival is on a tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean – here’s why it’s so good

The world’s best music festival is on a tiny island in the Atlantic Ocean – here’s why it’s so good

‘What were the chances of this happening, out here in the middle of the ocean?’ asks Colleen (stage name of French musician Cécile Schott), midway through a set of minimalist synth music in a cavernous mid-century theatre smack-bang in the middle of the Atlantic. Colleen’s performing on the Azorean island of São Miguel at Tremor, one of the world’s most remote music festivals. Taking in our surroundings, it’s hard not to share Colleen’s wonder and disbelief.  RECOMMENDED: The best festivals in Europe in 2024 The Azores, for those not in-the-know, are an archipelago very, very far from pretty much anything – roughly 1,400 kilometres west of Lisbon and 1,900km east of North America. On a map, the Azores are mere specks in a wash of blue; surrounded on all sides by a terrifying mass of Atlantic Ocean. Tremor uses that isolation to its advantage. By virtue of its lack of contact with the hyper-commercialised, overblown fests of the continent, for over a decade Tremor has distilled and incubated what a music festival should be: platforming excellent music in a unique location, for the benefit of attendees and locals alike. But while there’s no doubt that it’s that sense of inaccessibility that gives Tremor plenty of its identity and charm, this festival is more than its unusual location. Tremor has a rep for being one of the world’s best musical celebrations. So, why is that, exactly? We went to the festival’s 2024 edition to find out. Music venues reinvented My Tremor 2024 starts

The 30 best record shops in London

The 30 best record shops in London

Vinyl is back, baby. After decades in the dumps, records are now even more popular than CDs and are officially the best-selling of all physical music form. Suddenly your parents’ dusty Fleetwood Mac collection in the attic is looking a bit cooler, eh? London is one of the world’s best cities for crate-digging. Driven by stuff like dazzling vinyl-only editions and massive events like Record Store Day, this city’s independent record shops are thriving. Where, in the past, you’d have to head to Camden, Brixton, and Soho for your vinyl fix, these days, stores are flourishing all over the capital. Whatever your music taste, from reggae and hardcore to new wave and hip-hop, there’s a London record shop for you. Here are 30 of our absolute favourites. Get thumbin’ through those discs! RECOMMENDED:🛍️ The best markets in London.🎤 The best music festivals in London.👩‍🎤 The best London songs.🎸 The best shows and live gigs this month.

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The Queens Hotel

The Queens Hotel

5 out of 5 stars

If you’ve ever spent time in Leeds, you’ll know the Queens Hotel. Quite literally on top of (part of) the Yorkshire city’s train station, it’s an art deco concrete titan and inarguably the city’s most famous hotel. Dating back to the 1930s, the Queens was the first British hotel to have air con and ensuite bathrooms in every room, and over the years it’s welcomed the likes of Cary Grant and Nelson Mandela. While the Queens could easily rest on its historical prestige, in recent years it’s attempted to keep with the times and undergone a vast refurb. A whopping £16 million has been pumped into bringing the place back up to snuff, glamming it up with communal areas, a huge new dining venue and more rooms. How does all that sprucing up actually feel? In short, pretty damn good. The moment you step into the Queens’ lobby, with its endearingly gauche décor and genially raucous ambiance, you get a proper sense of occasion that feels appropriate for somewhere so stacked with history. The Queens might have been hauled into the 21st century, but it embraces its historical glamour – and the refurb certainly hasn’t sucked out any of its soul. The Queens is entirely decked out in stuff that harks back to the art deco 1930s – and what isn’t from the Queens’ original period (or directly linked to it, like the hallways’ historic photographs) is tastefully matched. The Queens balances modern polish and historical character in a caring, detailed sort of way, ensuring all additions – everythin

The Ampersand Hotel

The Ampersand Hotel

4 out of 5 stars

Few London hotels so boldly take inspiration from their surroundings as the Ampersand. Steps from Kensington’s Museums Quarter, this boutique riffs off the studies and research of nearby world-leading institutions like the Science Museum and Natural History Museum, combining it all with many of the bells and whistles of a luxury hotel. From ornithological wallpapers and artworks to complimentary galactically-themed macarons, everything at the Ampersand plays heavily into the hotel’s neighbours. Its ‘science’ afternoon tea spectacularly involves making your own lemonade (with wacky test tubes and all) plus dry-ice and space-themed treats. Sure, this sort of stuff will no doubt be naff to anyone wanting a frilly, snooty sort of posh hotel; but it also makes everything a bit more fun, much less stuffy, and a lot more memorable. Beyond that, lots of the rest is solid, occasionally a bit more. Rooms are decked out with nice stuff: vast, comfy beds, sizeable TVs, Malin + Goetz toiletries, a standalone bath (with full view of the telly), nifty, sleek desk and huge, glitzy headboard. You’d be hard-pressed to criticise the style or function of any individual pieces within the Ampersand’s rooms, while the first three floors of Victorian ceilings are spacious and fresh.  The staff are as helpful as you’d want them to be, everything is delightfully clean, there’s a gym and two restos (one, Apero, is Mediterranean-themed). There’s also a general sense of calm. Compared to the shoulder-to-

Hyatt Regency Blackfriars

Hyatt Regency Blackfriars

4 out of 5 stars

Some five-star hotels are all-guns-blazing affairs: immaculate service, supremely stylish décor, spotless cleanliness, peerless comfort. Others? Well, others aren’t. Some AA-awarded five-star hotels get a top-tier rating by simply doing all the basics really, really well. Sort of technical, no-frills five-star hotels, if you will. Where does the brand-new Hyatt Regency Blackfriars fit with all that? It’s somewhere between the two, but mostly falls into the latter category. You get the feeling here that the comfort is well-honed, that it’s part of a formula thoroughly, thoroughly tried and tested. And that’s because it is: it’s a Hyatt Regency hotel, meaning that it’s one of American hotel giant Hyatt’s signature outposts. Looking at Hyatt Regency Blackfriars functionally, there’s very little it doesn’t do. The rooms are spacious and bright with Scandi-ish décor that is a few notches swisher than Ikea. The beds are plush, the Chromecast-compatible TVs are big, the standards of cleanliness are decent, the curtains are marvellously blackout and the bathrooms are well-equipped. In the rooms, the closest you get to a bit of OTT luxury are the floor-level lights specifically designed to show you the way to the loo. Though those are, admittedly, pretty snazzy. The flashiest part of Hyatt Regency Blackfriars is almost certainly the building itself, which is Grade II-listed and on the former grounds of Henry VIII’s Bridewell Palace. The location’s pretty unbeatable, too: in the City o

Colour Green

Colour Green

Looking to seriously broaden your musical horizons? Colour Green could well be just the ticket. Pitching an evening of tremendously diverse sounds and styles – with a focus on women and non-binary musicians – this brand-new night has a line-up teeming with music from the world over. Camden’s intimate Green Note (our very own ‘London’s Favourite Music Venue 2015’, no less) will be graced by the soaring Latin/jazz/R&B of XATIVA, marvellously textured electronica from Alice Boyd and the studious jazz and South American folkloric music of Delfina Cheb. Musical adventurers, don’t miss it.

The Henrietta Hotel

The Henrietta Hotel

5 out of 5 stars

On the hunt for the heights of convenience and cleanliness with a healthy helping of luxury and space? Look no further than the Henrietta. This sort-of boutique hotel (it’s a little bigger than most boutiques) sits steps away from the main Covent Garden piazza on Henrietta Street. It’s technically not one site but two; split between two townhouses that aren’t connected but aren’t more than a dozen feet or so from each other  As the townhouse location beckons glamour, so does the hotel’s inner chambers. Hidden behind an otherwise-unassuming door, you’ll find a place that reeks with design, from its loud wallpaper to the carefully placed Henry Moore, Man Ray and Roy Lichtenstein books in the lobby. The Henrietta was made with an eye for design and it wants you to know – but there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it’s all an exhilarating change from the dime-a-dozen, copy-paste rooms of many of the West End’s ginormous multinational hotel brands. The rooms are also exceptionally design-y (this time taking from art-deco, from golden lamps to swishly round sofas, stools and coffee tables) but don’t skimp on the essentials. The beds are massive and plush, the windows and huge and airy, the lighting is controlled and tasteful. There’s a decent mini-bar and tea/coffee selection, effective air-con, plenty of cupboard space and a well-equipped bathroom. If you want the basics covered – and a little more – few do them better than the Henrietta. Neighbourhood When it comes to the West

Alturas

Alturas

London’s Latinx music scene has a lot going on at the mo – and there’s nowhere better to get a taste of it than Alturas, which returns to Stoke Newington’s Doña this January. From the Latin/folk/jazz fusion of singer-songwriter XATIVA and silky, dark pop of Sophie Castillo to the Andean-inflected dancefloor concoctions of ANTIK’ARA and classic bossa nova of Cláudia Marques, revel in a diverse blend of contemporary Latinx sounds. And better yet, the deliciously kitsch Bar Doña will be dishing up its usual array of tacos and mezcal all night.

Growing Underground Urban Farm Tour

Growing Underground Urban Farm Tour

Would you ever imagine that a mere 33 metres below Clapham High Street, there lies one of the UK’s most cutting-edge urban farms? Us neither, yet that’s where you can find Growing Underground, a farm fashioned out of a former Second World War bomb shelter. Cultivating veggies using LED tech and hydroponic systems, the farm produces pesticide-free, carbon-neutral and nutrient-rich greens that taste delicious. Snoop around and discover more about the history of the tunnel and the farm’s sustainable credentials during a 75-minute tour, which includes a fresh micro herb salad to take home with you. Green in more ways than one. 

News (1434)

England is getting loads more wild bathing spots – and these 6 are near London

England is getting loads more wild bathing spots – and these 6 are near London

From lidos and outdoor pools to wild swimming spots, London has plenty of excellent places where you can indulge in a swim in the open air. But more places to open-water swim are always welcome. After all, haven’t you seen how busy Hampstead’s ponds get on sunny days? Fortunately, England just got a bunch more officially-designated wild bathing spots. Earlier this week it was confirmed that 27 more places across the country – ranging from rivers and beaches to lakes – will be getting bathing status before the summer. While none of those bathing spots will be in London, several are only a short distance away. So if you’re willing to grab a train or hop in a car, you’ll have rather a few more open water swim spots within reach. As noted by the Guardian, however, just because waterways have official bathing status doesn’t mean they’re actually clean – it just means that the Environment Agency has to monitor them for pollution levels. So, erm, take a dip at your own risk. Six of the new wild swimming spots are either in the Home Counties or boast solid transport connections to London. And one of them’s even in the Thames! Well, much further up and well upriver of London’s gunk. Here are all the new official places to swim near the capital.  England’s new official bathing spots near London Manningtree Beach, Essex (train to Manningtree, then walk) River Cam at Sheep’s Green, Cambridgeshire (train to Cambridge, then bus) Wallingford Beach, Berkshire (train to Cholsey, then bus) G

Lord’s cricket ground is getting a massive £62 million makeover

Lord’s cricket ground is getting a massive £62 million makeover

When you think of London’s classic sports venues, a few legendary names likely come to mind. Wembley, Twickenham, Wimbledon, the Olympic Park – all regularly host plenty of the planet’s most famous sporting events.  And now one of those celebrated venues is getting a huge, multi-million-pound makeover. Lord’s cricket ground, the base of the ECB (England and Wales Cricked Board) and the ‘home of cricket’, has revealed plans to overhaul two of its stands. Lord’s will pump a whopping £61.8 million into revamping its Tavern and Allen stands. This’ll result in increased capacity for the St John’s Wood stadium as a whole (by about 1,100) as well as improved catering, hospitality and accessibility. The makeover will also involve adding an extra tier to both stands. The Allen stand, which dates back to the 1930s, will be demolished and rebuilt, while the Tavern will see an extra floor built on top of the existing stand.  And it’s the Tavern stand’s new top that’ll be most eye-catching. Designed by fancy architects WilkinsonEyre, it is apparently ‘inspired by the shape and ribbed construction of a series of upturned traditional slip cradles’. Here are some renders of what it’ll look like. Image: WilkinsonEyre Image: WilkinsonEyre Image: WilkinsonEyre The plans for Lord’s have been approved members of Marylebone Cricket Club and planning consent was given back in April. Construction will start in September (the end of the cricket season), and it’s expected to be complete by 2027,

Olivia Rodrigo at London’s O2 Arena: timings, tickets and everything you need to know

Olivia Rodrigo at London’s O2 Arena: timings, tickets and everything you need to know

It’s been eight long months since Olivia Rodrigo announced her 2024 GUTS Tour would be coming to the UK. That tour is now finally underway – and this week the pop superstar lands in London for four massive shows. Rodrigo’s current tour follows the release of her 2023 album GUTS and it’s already seen her play arenas and stadiums across North America. Videos of those gigs show them packed full of hits and boasting spectacularly huge staging – needless to say, London’s Olivia Rodrigo fans have a lot to be excited about. Planning on heading to one of Olivia Rodrigo’s gigs at the O2 Arena this week? Here’s everything you need to know about the shows, from doors and stage times to support slots and the potential setlist. When is Olivia Rodrigo at London’s O2 Arena?   She’ll be taking to the stage four times this week: Tuesday May 14, Wednesday May 15, Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18.  What time do doors open? Doors will open to the actual venue at 6.30pm each day. However, the area around the venue (with all the shops, restaurants and bars), will open much earlier at 10am.  What time will Olivia Rodrigo come on stage? Rodrigo is expected to come on at 8.30pm or so each night. Get down early to get a good spot in the crowd! Who is supporting her? Support comes from American singer and songwriter Remi Wolf, who’s expected to take to the stage at about 7.30pm each night. Is the Guts tour setlist confirmed? The setlist may change, but each night of the Guts tour so far has seen R

All of London’s Elizabeth line stations now have mobile phone coverage

All of London’s Elizabeth line stations now have mobile phone coverage

The signal-ification of London’s underground transport network continues apace! Following expansion last year first on the Northern and Central lines and then to more stations across the network, now it’s been confirmed that even more stations and tube lines have 4G and 5G. The big news is that Paddington, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf and Woolwich stations on the Elizabeth line now have 4G coverage – meaning that all Lizzie line stations are internet blackout-free. The tunnels are next, with TfL saying the entire line will be covered by the end of 2024.  But that isn’t all. The Victoria line’s tunnels between Euston and Warren Street are currently getting some coverage, as well as the Piccadilly line’s Covent Garden station. TfL says that 25 percent of underground tube stations have mobile signal. In the coming weeks, the Piccadilly’s tunnels between Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park Corner will get network connection. The Northern line’s tunnels from Stockwell to Morden will also go live, as well Clapham Common station. Here’s a list of the latest stations and tube lines to get mobile coverage. Central line: Holland Park, Notting Hill Gate, Queensway, Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus (Central line only), Tottenham Court Road, Holborn (Central line only), Chancery Lane, St Pauls Northern line: Belsize Park, Chalk Farm, Archway, Tufnell Park, Kentish Town (station closed from 26 June 2023 due to engineering works, but 4G will still be provided to platforms for passing tr

M25 closures this weekend: May 2024 dates and everything you need to know

M25 closures this weekend: May 2024 dates and everything you need to know

The M25, the UK’s busiest motorway, will be closed again this weekend. The road is set to close several times this year as part of major works around junction 10: when the first  stretch of it closed in March (the first time it had ever completely closed in both directions), drivers faced lengthy traffic jams and longwinded diversions.  Expect exactly the same this time – though there’s also the added complication of ULEZ fines. While the M25 is not within the ULEZ zone, the official diversion will take drivers into it. National Highways has said the ULEZ won’t be enforced on these diverted roads – so drivers need to make sure they follow the diversion exactly.  Worried about navigating the M25 this weekend? Here’s everything you need to know about the closure, from where it is to how to get around it (without getting slapped with a ULEZ fine) When is the M25 closing in May? It’ll close from 9pm on Friday May 10 until 6am on Monday May 13. Where is the M25 closed exactly? This time, the motorway will be closed in both directions between junctions nine and 10.  Why is it closing? The closure is so that workers can work on a huge £317 million project around junction 10. This phase will see a new bridge and a gantry lifted into place.  Has the M25 ever closed before? Following the closure in March, this is the second-ever planned full closure of the M25 since it opened in 1986. It will close several more times before the end of the year.  What is the diversion route? According t

How to get tickets for Travis Scott’s 2024 UK tour: presale, ticket prices and everything you need to know

How to get tickets for Travis Scott’s 2024 UK tour: presale, ticket prices and everything you need to know

Hip-hop heads, we’ve got massive news. Travis Scott, one of the biggest rappers and producers on the planet right now, has announced he’ll be heading off on a huge tour this summer. The Houston musician’s UTOPIA – Circus Maximus Tour will see him play 12 dates this side of the Atlantic – including, excitingly, two shows in the UK. The Circus Maximus tour has been described as ‘an unparalleled audiovisual experience’ and its North American took place last year. The tour follows Scott’s chart-topping fourth studio album UTOPIA, which was the biggest-selling hip-hop release of 2023.   Keen to catch Scott on his upcoming tour of the UK and Europe? Here’s everything you need to know, from presales to potential ticket prices. When is Travis Scott going on his UK tour in 2024? Scott will be playing two shows in the UK on this summer’s Circus Maximus Tour. They are:  July 11: London, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium July 13: Manchester, Co-op Live The show at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be his largest UK headline show to-date. When do tickets go on sale? General sale kicks off at 10am BST on Friday May 10. You’ll be able to get tickets here.  Is there a presale? There are a few presales available. For the London gig, Tottenham Hotspur Season Ticket Holders and One Hotspur Members got access at 10am on Thursday May 9. For the Manchester show, Co-op members also got access on May 9 at 10am through the Co-op app.  How much are Travis Scott tickets? Official prices haven’t yet been conf

Keane at London’s O2 Arena: timings, tickets and everything you need to know

Keane at London’s O2 Arena: timings, tickets and everything you need to know

Noughties nostalgists, the time has finally come. Pop rock titans Keane are currently in the midst of a world tour celebrating 20 years of the band’s seminal debut album Hopes and Fears – and this weekend that tour finally arrives in London. The band best-known for hits like ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ and ‘Everybody’s Changing’ (both of which are on Hopes and Fears) are playing two huge shows at London’s O2 Arena. After these shows, Keane will head off for more performances in Europe and South America. Planning on going to one of Keane’s shows in Greenwich this weekend? From the start time to ticket availability, here’s everything you need to know.  When are Keane playing London’s O2 Arena? Keane’s shows at the O2 will take place on Friday May 10 and Saturday May 11 2024. What time do doors open?  Doors open at 6.30pm on both days. What time will Keane come on stage? Expect the band to come on between 8.45pm and 9pm. Who is supporting the band? Indie rockers The Lathums will be supporting Keane on both dates. Any news on the setlist? While Keane aren’t playing Hopes and Fears in order and in full, expect plenty of tunes from that record. For an idea of what the band will play, here’s what the setlist was at a show in Bournemouth (according to Setlist.fm).  Can’t Stop Now Silenced by the Night Bend and Break Your Eyes Open Nothing in My Way The Way I Feel Sunshine You Are Young Everybody’s Changing On a Day Like Today Perfect Symmetry A Bad Dream Untitled 1 Spiralling Is It Any

Elbow at London’s O2 Arena: timings, tickets and everything you need to know

Elbow at London’s O2 Arena: timings, tickets and everything you need to know

Can you believe it’s been six years since Elbow last went on an arena tour? The multi-platinum selling English rockers might’ve played the O2 four times, but they haven’t played huge-scale UK arenas since 2018. In other words, Guy Garvey and co are well overdue a massive gig in Greenwich – and that’s exactly what’s happening this week. Elbow’s Audio Vertigo Tour follows the release of the group’s studio album Audio Vertigo in March. The multi-platinum-selling band, who’ve won BRIT Awards and Mercury Prizes and released all-time singalong banger ‘One Day Like This’, are performing in arenas up and down the UK. The group’s London show is taking place this week: from start time to ticket availability, here’s everything you need to know about the show. When are Elbow playing London’s O2 Arena? The O2 Arena gig is on Thursday May 9. What time do doors open? Doors will open at 6.30pm. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat or a drink beforehand, the O2, with all its shops and bars, will be open from 10am. What time will Elbow come on stage? Judging from earlier dates on this tour, we can expect Elbow’s show to start between 8.45pm and 9pm.  Who is supporting the band? Support comes from English rock band The Waeve, which consists of Rose Elinor Dougall and Graham Coxon (best known as the lead guitarist of Britpop legends Blur). Any news on the setlist? For an idea of the setlist, this is what Elbow played at a show in Brighton earlier this week (according to Setlist.fm).  Things

4 British bars feature in a new Michelin-style awards for the world’s best bars

4 British bars feature in a new Michelin-style awards for the world’s best bars

Move over World’s 50 Best Bars and World’s 50 Best Cocktail Bars: there’s a new boozer-rating awards body in town. Called the Pinnacle Guide, it’s a newly-launched Michelin-style system for highlighting the world’s best bars. The Pinnacle is ‘aiming to become the cocktail bar industry’s most respected accolade of excellence’ and it dishes out ‘pins’ to worthy bars. ‘Excellent’ bars get one pin, ‘outstanding’ ones get two, and ‘exceptional’ ones get three. The guide decides who gets pins through a mix of interviews and anonymous reviews.  The Pinnacle just released its first bunch of ‘pinned’ bars and, excitingly, four UK bars have received two pins. No British bars have three pins because, well, no bars on the planet yet have that accolade. Nipperkin and The Spy Bar At Raffles in London, Panda & Sons in Edinburgh and The American Bar At Gleneagles are the selected few to get two pins. Only 12 bars in the world currently have two Pinnacle Guide pins, so it’s not to be sniffed at. More UK bars received one pin (15, to be exact), rubbing shoulders with esteemed cocktail joints in New York, Sydney and Singapore. Here’s the full list of one-pin British bars. Artesian, London Blue Bar at the Berkeley, London Couch, Birmingham Kiki Lounge, Isle of Man Kol Mezcaleria, London Kwãnt Mayfair, London Nightjar Shoreditch, London Passing Fancies, Birmingham Rattlebag, Belfast Sexy Fish, London Sexy Fish, Manchester Side Hustle, London Swift Soho, London The Guards Bar and Lounge at Raffle

Eurotunnel’s new travel system will soon mean no more queues

Eurotunnel’s new travel system will soon mean no more queues

Later this year, the way we travel between the UK and Europe is going to change in a big way. Something called the Entry/Exit System (EES) will come into effect, replacing manual passport stamping with an automated IT system registering stuff like travel documents and biometric data. It’ll be a huge shake-up. And the changeover to a new system is expected to cause quite a bit of disruption at borders with the EU, with travellers needing to register fingerprints and a photo on the UK side of the border. Several people and organisations have warned that the new system could cause lengthy queues at the border. But now there’s some better news. The boss of Eurotunnel – which operates the Channel Tunnel – has said he reckons there will be no queues after the EES switch. That’s right: no queues at all. Eurotunnel chief executive Yann Leriche told BBC News that while cross-Channel journeys will take five to seven minutes longer, extra lanes and new technology will actually make the overall process smoother. Passengers will use machines to scan passports and register biometric data, while 140 new staff will be hired to help. Leriche said: ‘There will be no delay on the highway, nothing. It will happen in a very smooth manner.’ A confident man! Is Leriche’s confidence warranted? We’ll just have to wait and see. RECOMMENDED: The 14 most underrated travel destinations in Europe. When will the new EU travel system start? The new EES travel system is expected to launch on October 6 2024.

LeAnn Rimes at London’s O2 Arena: timings, tickets and everything you need to know

LeAnn Rimes at London’s O2 Arena: timings, tickets and everything you need to know

LeAnn Rimes – Grammy award-winning, platinum-selling country star – is playing London’s O2 Arena this week. Rimes, best known for her belting voice and hits like ‘Can’t Fight the Moonlight’ and ‘How Do I Live’, is coming to Greenwich as part of her The Story… So Far Tour.  This week’s show will be Rimes’ first in the UK in over six years. It follows her 19th studio album God’s Work in 2022 and the news that she’ll be a voice coach in the next season of The Voice UK. After her show at the O2 (which is her only Europe stop planned this year), she’ll return to the US.  Planning to see LeAnn Rimes at the O2 Arena this week? From timings to ticket availability, here’s everything you need to know. When is LeAnn Rimes playing London’s O2 Arena? Rimes’ show will be on Wednesday, May 8. What time do doors open? Doors will open at 6.30pm. However, the O2, with all its shops and bars, will open earlier at 10am. What time will LeAnn Rimes come on stage?  There is not yet official stage times. However, headline performances at the O2 tend to start between 8.30pm and 9pm. Get down early for a good spot in the crowd.  Who is supporting her? Support comes from Scottish singer and songwriter Nina Nesbitt.  Any news on the setlist? There’s no official setlist, but this is what Rimes played at a show in California on the same tour at the end of last year (according to Setlist.fm).  Remnants Life Goes On Blue Love Line Nothin’ Better to Do One Way Ticket (Because I Can) The Right Kind of Wrong

London bus strikes in May 2024: everything you need to know

London bus strikes in May 2024: everything you need to know

Thought London’s strikes were limited to our train network? Think again. Alongside the industrial action planned for the capital’s rail services in May (read more about that here), strikes have been taking place on buses, too.  Last week it was announced that several bus routes, primarily in southwest London, were to be affected by strike action from control rooms workers employed by Transport UK (previously known as Abellio). The 40 controllers, whose job it is to instruct drivers on accidents and traffic jams, ensuring buses run on time, work in Battersea and Twickenham.  Today (May 3), however, those strikes have officially been called off. The workers have received an improved pay offer, and will now vote on whether to approve it.  Abellio/Transport UK control room staff previously walked out over six days in January and February, and eight days in March. When are the London bus strikes? The strikes were supposed to take place on May 8, 9 and 10 and then from May 13-17. All action has now been called off.  Which bus routes will be affected? Quite a few routes were set to be disrupted, all based at Battersea and Twickenham bus garages. The most notable routes likely to be impacted were the 24, 27, 111, 156, 159, 267, 285, 322, 344, 345, 415, 490, 969, H20, H25, H26, R68 and R70. Those routes would still have run on strike days, but they’d likely have been busier than usual.  Why are bus control room staff striking? Workers were striking as part of an ongoing pay dispute. A