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Revealed: Time Out London’s 2021 Love Local Awards winners

Revealed: Time Out London’s 2021 Love Local Awards winners

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Londoners really love their city. In this year’s Love Local Awards, there were a whopping 100,000 votes as you guys championed your favourite places in the capital. All those votes are a celebration of the city’s beloved local restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés, shops, music venues, galleries and theatres – the places that make this city what it is. Now, we can finally reveal the winners… 

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Red Bull BC One Cypher UK

Red Bull BC One Cypher UK

Whether or not you’re familiar with a freeze or a windmill, you won't want to miss the UK’s biggest one-on-one B-Body and B-Girl breaking competition at the Electric Brixton. Hosted across two days in May, the nation’s best breakers will compete for the top spot at the world final in New York City. Red Bull BC One 2021 winners B-Girl Stefani and 31 titleholder B-Boy Sheku will compete in this year’s UK Cypher to win a coveted spot on the NYC dancefloor. Judges include Flow Mo Crew member AT, Lagaet, who has won numerous titles around the world, and RoxRite, a competitive B-Boy who has won 100 titles, including the Red Bull BC One itself. This is an unmissable event since breaking is now an officially recognised sport at the Olympic games and will feature in the 2024 Paris games. Catch a glimpse of future Olympians at this year's BC One Cypher. 

V&A Friday Late: Freedom of Movement

V&A Friday Late: Freedom of Movement

The V&A’s latest instalment of their Friday late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society. This month’s theme, ‘Freedom of Movement’, uses dance to explore the experience of migration displacement and what it means to thrive in the face of adversity. Its free events programme includes a performance and accompanying photography exhibition by Black British dance duo Fubunation, a panel discussion from refugee art charity Counterpoint Arts, a digitally enhanced aerial performance from V&A artist-in-residence Sian Fan and loads of pop-up installations to discover around the museum’s many galleries.  

Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival

Hampton Court Palace Artisan Festival

Bask in the magnificent East Gardens of Henry VIII’s home at Hampton Court Palace and take part in craft workshops ranging from traditional blacksmithing to block printing, calligraphy and clay jewellery making. Pick up craft techniques and gain expert advice in the interactive sessions, including Indian block printing and beautiful embroidery. You can even master the art of designing a pom-pom keyring with the help of bespoke makers. Explore market stands for luxury shopping and artisan street food, backdropped by live music from the bandstand. Take a step back in time and live out your Tudor fantasy in these historic gardens.

BFI and Radio Times Television Festival

BFI and Radio Times Television Festival

Telly addicts and boxset-connoisseurs, listen up! A star-studded line-up returns to the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival, previewing some of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year, including the BBC’s new adaptation of Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel ‘Conversation with Friends’ and a premier of Sir David Attenborough’s new AppleTV+ series, ‘Prehistoric Planet’. Over three brimming days, the festival will reunite the cast and crew behind some of the biggest dramas of the last year, including Russell T Davies’ hit ‘It’s a Sin’ and Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’. Want an inside scoop? Stars will appear live on stage to talk about their knockout shows - directors, producers and writers - giving audiences an exclusive look behind the scenes of some of the UK’s most acclaimed shows. Headliners include Stephen Merchant and the cast of ‘The Outlaws’ and Rose Matafeo, writer and star of ‘Starstruck’. Celebrate an exhilarating year in television at the BFI Imax and BFI Southbank alongside the people that made it.

Urban Village Fete

Urban Village Fete

Greenwich peninsula’s raucous Urban Village Fete returns for its eighth year this summer, offering a stellar lineup of headliner DJs Bradley Zero and Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy who promise the very best of dance music and vinyl. Colleen, a renowned Worldwide FM DJ will be recording her signature ‘Balearic Breakfast’ show live from Urban Village Fete from 1-3pm, with an option to eat brunch in front of the main stage. Rhythm Section founder and Boiler Room veteran Bradley Zero will be closing the evening with an eclectic range of techno and house.  But it’s not all about the music. You can also expect immersive performances, mouthwatering artisan street food and cultural talks with BBC Radio London’s Robert Elms, with a crowd of 30,000 attendees making for a properly lively atmosphere. Entry is completely free too, so bring the whole family!

The Big Collab Party Beer Fest

The Big Collab Party Beer Fest

Pressure Drop has brewed up a collaboration with three of the most exciting breweries in the UK to host a party filled with the finest beers and Börek. The line-up of brewhouses, Floc (Gipsy Hill), Gan Yam (Cumbria) and Gravity Well (Leyton) have collected their efforts to launch three collaboration beers for the event. Expect golden cheese pies by Mystic Börek and cold beverages at this Tottenham brewery party.

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

The fair features a variety of work from around 120 galleries, and covers paintings, sculpture, photography and prints. All art is priced between £40 and £4,000, and there are also workshops and activities for both adults and kids.

Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew

Enter a botanical world brimming with seasonal cheer when over a million lights and festive sounds return to Kew Gardens for another festive season. Christmas at Kew has become a key date in London’s festive calendar, with plenty of Londoners flocking to the 300-acre World Heritage Site to discover glistening tunnels of light, dancing lakeside reflections and trees drenched in jewel-like colour. As usual, there’ll be plenty more to enjoy besides the larger-than-life illuminations, from warming winter snacks to a grotto where you can say hello to Father C himself. It’s never too early to plan the perfect Christmas activity, especially given how quickly Christmas at Kew tends to sell out, so move quickly to secure a magical festive visit to the largest botanical garden in the world. 

Gymbox Bar Crawl

Gymbox Bar Crawl

Keen to stay fit while also eschewing the pressure to go dry in January? This exercise class is perfect for you. Every Monday throughout the first month of the year, Gymbox is putting on an anti-dry January, bar crawl-inspired class, where you leave with the best kind of six-pack: a six-pack of beer that is. Taking inspiration from the pub, the circuit class replaces regular equipment with kegs and includes keg lifts, squats, bunny hops and rope pulls, with beer pong challenges at the drinking game rest station (with a forfeit for ten burpees if you lose). Once you’ve sweated your way around the circuit, you’ll leave with a six-pack of Tiny Rebel low-cal beers to take home as a reward, which you can sink guilt-free in the knowledge that you burned off all the calories beforehand! That’s our kind of workout!

Luminescence: Lunar New Year Lantern-Making Workshop

Luminescence: Lunar New Year Lantern-Making Workshop

Bring the whole family to this paper lantern-making workshop where you’ll learn about and celebrate the Lunar New Year. Each participant takes home their own lantern, adorned with their wishes for the Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Tiger. 

Rivoli Ballroom Valentine’s Day Pop-up Cinema

Rivoli Ballroom Valentine’s Day Pop-up Cinema

The legendary 1950s Rivoli Ballroom (as seen in Strictly Come Dancing) is transforming into a pop-up cinema for Valentine’s Day, and the iconic venue is offering up some equally iconic cinema for the occasion, showing romantic classics new and old over four dates in the run-up to February 14. Choose from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, ‘A Star is Born’, ‘Pretty Woman’ and Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, recline back into the plush seats of the Rivoli and embrace this unmissable cinema experience. Famed for its red velvet flock original decor, chandeliers and for epitomising 1950s glamour, the Rivoli is as romantic as it gets this Valentine’s Day.

Galentines LGBTQ+ Pub Quiz

Galentines LGBTQ+ Pub Quiz

Grab your best platonic pals and head to Vauxhall for the Royal Vauxhall Tavern’s fourth annual Galentine’s Pub Quiz, a celebration of friendship, pop culture and London’s best queer spaces. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever before, with an aim to raise £2,500 for the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre. We recommend you get revising the latest pop culture hot-topics for a chance to win first place this Galentine’s Day.

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Meet the Chef: Luke Selby, head chef at Evelyn’s Table

Meet the Chef: Luke Selby, head chef at Evelyn’s Table

What’s the most unexpected thing that’s happened since Evelyn’s Table opened?                                                    ‘It’s amazing to be recognised by Michelin. I started working in the industry at a young age and, having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, it’s something that you always dream of. Knowing that I’ve achieved it myself with my two brothers (pictured above) and everyone else involved in Evelyn’s Table [located in the cellar of The Blue Posts pub] is amazing.’ Best thing you’ve cooked this year?                                                                                                                                ‘Our hand-dived Orkney scallop from Scotland is pretty special. It’s pan-roasted, served with a carrot-and-cardamom sauce and topped with miso tempura batter and cured kombu seaweed. Our restaurant is an intimate space and because we’re so close to our guests we can get feedback and explain the processes and ingredients right there and then. It’s like a little dance together.’ Who is London’s most exciting chef?‘In a couple of weeks, I’m going to eat at Ikoyi, which just won two Michelin stars. I’m excited to eat chef Jeremy Chan’s food. He’s got a real signature style of cooking and it’s super-different to everyone else.’ What’s the capital’s most ‘London’ restaurant?‘I think somewhere iconic like The Ritz, which has that old grandeur. It’s unique. Executive chef John Williams has created something classic, but it moves with the t

Check out these London fundraising events in support of Ukraine

Check out these London fundraising events in support of Ukraine

Since Russian president Vladimir Putin waged war on Ukraine, dozens of events, campaigns and cultural projects have arrived in London, all aiming to raise money to support the humanitarian effort. If you’re looking for top-quality activities to fill your week while helping the people of Ukraine when you’re at it, check out our round-up of the latest events happening in the capital. You can also check out other ways to help Ukraine from London here.  Cook for Ukraine View this post on Instagram A post shared by #CookForUkraine 🇺🇦 (@cookforukraine)  Since Clerkenwell Boy and the NEXTGen London team launched #CookForUkraine, a mammoth fundraising initiative with London’s foodie community, more than £662,775 has been raised for Unicef UK’s Ukraine appeal. Restaurant owners have been encouraged to add a voluntary donation to bills, meanwhile individual fundraising events by top chefs, food writers, and members of the public have been taking place across the city. To get involved, you can host your own supper club or bake sale, donate to the fundraiser, or share your culinary masterpieces over social media with the hashtag #CookForUkraine. Keep up to date with the project on and look out for upcoming events on Instagram.  Music and nightlife View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cafe OTO (@cafeotodalston) For electronic fans, Cafe OTO in Dalston is putting on a night in collaboration with Kyiv-based label ШЩЦ on May 21. The party starts of

Big Mamma is opening their first takeaway pizza shop

Big Mamma is opening their first takeaway pizza shop

Pizza lovers can rejoice as London's most loved Italian chain announces its latest offering. After launching the Napoli Gang delivery service during the tough times of 2020, Big Mamma Group (the restaurant’s parent company) will open its very own pizza shop in Ladbroke Grove on May 19. Big Mamma, the group behind iconic Italian restaurants Gloria and Circolo Popolare (you know, the ones with the huge lemon meringue pies?) are expanding out West after opening locations in Shoreditch and Kentish Town, bringing the Napoli Gang delight across the city. Expect juicy Puglian burrata with parma ham and mortadella, crunchy arancini, fresh cheesy pasta and creamy dolci. Available for takeaway, delivery or click and collect, meaning you can watch the pizzaiolo do their thing in real-time and tell them just how much extra truffle you want on that pimped up pizza. And Big Mamma Group aren’t stripping back on its usual flamboyant design and Instagram, worthy decor, despite the downsizing. This pizza shop will be a multi-sensory overload. Their in-house design team, Studio Kiki have fitted out the place with hot-pink neon lights, and graffiti-covered interiors designed by a local artist.  It is promising a playlist full of non-stop retro MTV songs coupled with video projections - expect Madonna dancing across the walls, keeping you entertained while you decide your ratio of truffle to pancetta for your pizza. The brand specialises in top-quality Italian ingredients from the same suppliers

Kew Gardens’ Food Forever programme is BACK

Kew Gardens’ Food Forever programme is BACK

Kew Gardens’ brand-new programme, Food Forever, is back with a bang this summer along with an impressive line-up of events that explore the future of food. In a rapidly changing world, Food Forever invites visitors to reflect on how what they eat can help to transform the planet positively. Festivities include a selection of large-scale art installations, a stellar line-up of guest menus, talks and after-hours evenings beginning in June running through to September.  As the sun goes down over Kew this summer, After Hours opens the door to a range of vibrant immersive installations and exhibitions across the gardens, so visitors can explore the ambience of Kew at dusk. The art installations are all humungous, too. Feast your eyes on work by Danish artist Thomas Dambo (above) who uses thrown away materials to construct colossal sculptures of characters and animals. Or explore the work of Serge Attukwei Clottey, who uses discarded car tyres and jute sacks to build kaleidoscopic installations. You can also expect live performances and food tastings while you soak up the lush gardens after-hours. The evening talks in the famous Victorian Temperate House will explore topics from biodiversity loss to food waste. Inviting a dazzling roster of leading writers, chefs, artists and scientists, Kew hopes to show us how to prolong the future of our food resources. And the festivities don’t stop there. In the heart of Kew’s Arboretum, the pavilion restaurant will be host to a bunch of awar

Lush is giving away 100,000 bath bombs today

Lush is giving away 100,000 bath bombs today

Love a good bath? And with a foamy, rose-scented bath bomb fizzing around in the tub, too? Well, today (Wednesday April 27) you’re in for a treat. Lush is doing a huge giveaway of 100,000 free bath bombs in honour of the day we didn’t know we needed until now: World Bath Bomb Day. Just walk into your nearest Lush shop today and you can leave with a bath bomb of your choice without spending a dime. The Lush team also say they’ll be handing out free bath bombs in ‘public places where stress levels might be high’, such as Covent Garden and London Bridge. It’s only while stocks last though, so act fast. Perhaps a sneaky trip to Lush on your lunch break or between work calls? Alongside the freebies, Lush customers can also book the ultimate immersive bathing experience. Available at Lush’s spa locations in Oxford Street, Bath and Liverpool, the Book a Bath treatment offers a bathe complete with a bath bomb, a fresh face mask and cooling eye pads. The 30-minute sessions start at £40. Things to do in London this weekend. London's first queer museum is ready to welcome you at last.

Dumpling Shack is opening its first restaurant in London

Dumpling Shack is opening its first restaurant in London

This June, John and Yee Li’s Dumpling Shack will return to Hackney but this time for the opening of their debut bricks and mortar restaurant. Returning with their signature dishes of shengjianbao, wontons, and dan dan noodles, this marks a homecoming for the duo who opened their first street food stall eight years ago on Broadway Market.  Although known for creations such as Hong Kong milk tea cream doughnuts, pastry puffs and succulent French toast, Dumpling Shack will be branching out with the Sichuan Fry, which brings together their love of fried chicken and bold Sichuanese flavours. These fried sandwiches will be filled with crispy layered chicken, coated in numbing, spicy sauces and oils.  Husband and wife John and Yee, alongside development chef Haydon Wong have come up with three staple sandwiches. The Sichuan Classic is made with spicy Sichuan peppercorns and chilli, coated in a sauce made from doubanjiang, and topped with pickles using the Shack’s iconic smacked cucumber marinade. The Vegan is any plant-based lover’s dream - a fried, panko-coated aubergine with Sichuan sauce, honey mala sauce, pickled cucumber and slaw on a vegan brioche bun. The final instalment is a chicken burger coated in mapo sauce, taking inspiration from Chen Mapo in Chengdu. And the sides are predicted to steal the show. The fries take inspiration from a McDonald’s concept in Asia known as ‘shake shake’ fries, with the option of various seasonings, including seaweed powder, salt and pepper, s

London’s most-loved dish is NOT curry, pizza, burgers or fish ’n’ chips

London’s most-loved dish is NOT curry, pizza, burgers or fish ’n’ chips

Deciding what takeaway cuisine to order can be a divisive topic in any household. A cold pizza rocking up 30 mins late can throw your evening in the bin, while a piping hot curry can make the world look that little bit brighter. Now, some Just Eat data analysis of more than 10 million restaurant reviews across the UK has uncovered London’s most-loved cuisines and dishes. This (very important) investigation has broken down the popularity of cuisines by London borough and given each dish a score out of 100. And the results are surprising, to say the least. Coming in first place – astonishingly – is the humble macaroni cheese, which is reportedly Londoners’ most favoured dish, scoring a whopping 77 out of 100. The saucy pasta proved to be a staggering 159 per cent more popular than the quintessential British classic, fish and chips, which only scored a dismal 29. But the results vary depending on where Londoners are ordering from. For instance, those living in Westminster apparently have an insatiable appetite for ‘British food’ (whatever the hell that means), with the classic yorkshire pudding scoring a giant 91 on the popularity scale. Sunday roast time! Up in Camden, Indian food is the most popular cuisine and it’s the trusty (and mild) korma that comes out on top as the most loved in the borough, with an impressive popularity score of 98, knocking the biryani (86) out the park.  In Kensington & Chelsea, the great British roast chicken claimed the top spot for the most popula

This Camden pub has unveiled a spectacular Simpsons mural

This Camden pub has unveiled a spectacular Simpsons mural

In the title sequence of ‘The Simpsons’, the unmistakable brown family couch has provided the starting gag for each episode. In one episode, the couch turns into a race car, in another it morphs into a monster, swallowing the family whole before they disappear.  Season nine, episode four opens with the Simpson family sitting on the couch in their usual order (Homer, Marge, Lisa, Maggie and Bart) before an auto-crusher compresses them into a rectangular block. This classic sofa scene has now taken over the wall of a Camden Town pub after street artist Stephen Gonzalez (@elvissey_art) painted the iconic Springfield living room. Outside the Old Eagle, a conveniently placed electrical box means visitors can mount the mural and sit on the beloved couch, backdropped by the memorable lopsided painting of a boat on the Simpson family’s wall. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 🍷Old Eagle Pub 🥂🍺 (@old_eagle_camden) Pub landlord Alison McGrath told the Camden New Journal that the artwork created a stir, with many passers-by stopping for photo ops. She said the wall of the pub had been in need of an overhaul after its previous design of an eagle was covered by graffiti. The Simpsons mural first appeared on the side of the pub in January.  Is the £7 pint really here to stay? A ‘mega Greggs’ is opening in Leicester Square this summer.

AJ Tracey is appearing on a charity single raising money for Grenfell

AJ Tracey is appearing on a charity single raising money for Grenfell

Five years on from the Grenfell fire, singers and rappers directly affected by it are highlighting the ongoing human cost of the tragedy with a new charity single. Titled ‘West Side Story’, the single is set to be released on May 6 and has been produced by DJ Toddla T. It features musicians from areas of London surrounding the tower, who talk about their feelings of grief, loss, despair and hope. Appearances include rapper AJ Tracey and Ashley Walters from ‘Top Boy’. Proceeds from the single will go to One Vibe, a charity established in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy that aims to unite and support the young people of North Kensington post-Grenfell.  Set up by Mel Rudder and Palmira Morais, One Vibe hosts events and community-led initiatives for young people in the Ladbroke Grove area. Morais said ‘West Side Story’ and One Vibe are inspired by improving the wellbeing of young people impacted by the fire. She told The Guardian: ‘They were under so much stress and suffered post-traumatic stress and the true cost is still unknown. We won’t even know the numbers for years to come.’ Toddla T hopes that the single will be a way to remember the people who lost their lives in the fire, but that it will also send out hope to others who are still grieving after the events. ‘It’s about hope,’ he said, ‘as well as what’s happened, which should be remembered, talked about and respected, but it’s also about looking forward.’ ‘West Side Story’ will be released on May 6 across multipl

A London park could be renamed in honour of Diane Abbott

A London park could be renamed in honour of Diane Abbott

Labour MP Diane Abbott’s name is among the suggestions to rebrand Gladstone Park following a slavery review by its Labour-run council. The park in Dollis Hill was named after the former Liberal prime minister William Gladstone in 1899. The park’s name may be changed after a local-government-led review of historical slavery practices discussed links between the Gladstone family and the transatlantic slave trade. Brent council asked schoolchildren aged five to 13 to come up with a shortlist of ideas for a new name, and the Hackney North and Stoke Newington Labour MP Diane Abbott’s name is on the list of suggestions. Dr Inge Dornan of Brunel University told the Evening Standard: ‘Brent residents have asked the council to consider renaming Gladstone Park. This is because the Gladstone family were involved historically in the transatlantic slave trade.’ The aim of the project is to address ‘injustice, prejudice and racism’ in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to Dr Dornan. Abbott was the first Black woman elected to parliament and is the longest-serving Black MP – she’s been in the House of Commons for 35 years. From 2016 to 2020, she served in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet as shadow home secretary and has campaigned against racial inequality throughout her career. As well as ‘Diane Abbott Park’, other suggestions for new names for Gladstone Park include ‘Diversity Fields’ and ‘Multi-faith Park’. No decision has been made yet. London’s upcoming local election

A ‘Mega Greggs’ flagship store is opening in Leicester Square this summer

A ‘Mega Greggs’ flagship store is opening in Leicester Square this summer

After months of speculation, British high-street legend Greggs has confirmed that it will open a huge flagship megastore at 1 Leicester Square this summer, in the heart of London’s West End. In celebration of the announcement, Greggs has erected a giant (although unfortunately not edible) steak bake emerging from a humongous Greggs paper bag, as construction work begins behind the huge pastry in Leicester Square. The Newcastle-based chain is famed for its bargain breakfast deal (a roll and a hot drink for £2.20), and for its outstanding plant-based range of vegan sausage rolls (colloquially known as VSRs) and vegan steak bakes.  While no opening date has been confirmed, this ‘Mega Greggs’ is part of a wider rollout in prime spots across the capital. More than 150 new Greggs shops are set to open over the next year, taking the total to just under 2,500. Other lucky London locations have included The Strand, Canary Wharf, Paddington and King’s Cross station. To celebrate their takeover of central London, the new Leicester Square shop will offer local delicacies such as London Cheesecake and Tottenham Cake. And Greggs has modernised, too. Customers will also be able to make Click + Collect orders to skip the queue, and can earn rewards across the menu via the Greggs App. A spokesperson for Greggs said: ‘The opening of our new flagship shop in Leicester Square will be a huge moment as we continue to expand our presence across prime locations in central London.’ They added: ‘We’

Canary Wharf is getting a leafy green makeover

Canary Wharf is getting a leafy green makeover

The Canary Wharf Group is teaming up with Cornwall’s iconic biodiversity enterprise The Eden Project to give London’s (second) financial district an eco-friendly revamp. The two have been in talks for more than a year, and they aim to make a planning application next month. Designs by architect Glenn Howells propose floating pontoons, ecological gardens and water sports (including paddleboarding, open-water swimming and kayaking), with new bridges for dockside walks. This is part of the Canary Wharf Group’s mission to broaden the district’s appeal beyond office skyscrapers and bleak concrete spaces, and attract a new future for the area, with plans to open new schools, build more homes and make the area more comfortable for Londoners to live and work in.  But the project’s ultimate goal is to improve biodiversity in the area. By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to live in cities. According to The Eden Project, wildlife populations have fallen by more than 68 percent in the last 50 years, and cities, therefore, need to be part of the solution if we are to tackle climate change from urban spaces. Canary Wharf will be The Eden Project’s first London home, opening an office at 1 Canada Square as part of the deal. David Harland, chief executive at Eden Project International, said: ‘We’ve spent a long time getting to know Canary Wharf – this is the first project we’ve done in this type of location.  ‘We all know there is a climate issue. We all know that biodi