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Jess Phillips

Social Media Editor, Time Out

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The 7 best things to do in Grenada

The 7 best things to do in Grenada

To a first-time visitor, Grenada is a country that feels honest, unpretentious and largely untouched by the claws of consumerism – a Bali before Instagram. A nature lover’s paradise, there are 60 dive sites, 50 white sand beaches and 15 waterfalls scattered across this tiny, fertile Caribbean nation. Grenada’s three islands also pride themselves on culinary excellence. It’s a place where even the wildest dishes, from sorrel sorbet, chocolate tomato soup or Tania Log (which Grenadians refer to as ‘nature’s viagra’), find their way to your belly. And the food and drink world has taken notice. In 2021, the World Food Travel Association crowned Grenada the world’s first ‘culinary capital’, putting the national dish, colloquially known as ‘oil down’ -  a chicken, pigtails vegetable and dumpling stew - on travellers’ radar. Here’s how intrepid travellers and foodies should enjoy their time on Spice Island… before the influencers arrive. RECOMMENDED: 🏖 The ultimate guide to the Caribbean

Is London ready for the male contraceptive pill?

Is London ready for the male contraceptive pill?

I was recently at a house party; the night punctuated by beer pong, dilating pupils and lightheaded chats. But there was a weight in the air. ‘Roe v Wade’ had recently been overturned in the US (a ruling which took away the federal right to an abortion in all 50 states) and the men in the room – a mix of progressive lawyer types and Tory-voting Oxbridge grads – had assembled in the corner to discuss it. Like most people in possession of a womb and a wi-fi connection, I’d just about had it with male-only groups voicing opinions and making decisions about female reproductive healthcare. So, emboldened by five rum punches, I approached the ad-hoc debating society to find out how much they really knew about the topics they were discussing. I asked if they knew how much the morning-after pill costs: they didn’t. How effective condoms were: they overshot. But then, a breakthrough. Would they take a male contraceptive pill? The answer was yes across the board. Pills for peens If ever there was a time to roll out a pill for peens, it’s now. The cost-of-living crisis is raging: there are seven renters for each available room in the capital; £9 pints are on the rise; and the real stinger: bloody peas are replacing avo on toast. The last thing anyone needs is an unwanted pregnancy.  Unlike many comparable nations, people in the UK benefit from free contraception and abortion care (God bless the NHS), but a new form of birth control hasn’t hit the market since the 1970s, and our reproduc

Tim Minchin: ‘The world would be better if people read more and watched less of The Kardashians’

Tim Minchin: ‘The world would be better if people read more and watched less of The Kardashians’

‘They can be soggy vinegar-soaked sticks of grossness or they can be crispy units of delight’. This is how Tim Minchin describes our national delicacy: fish and chips. You might gasp at the fact this is the man we entrusted with bringing Roald Dahl’s classic British children’s book ‘Matilda’ to the West End and now to the big screen, but believe me, the Aussie’s one of us. Minchin was born in the UK – Northampton to be precise – to Australian parents. His inner Britishness comes to the surface repeatedly during our chat about the new ‘Matilda’ film, whether it's discussing the 'Americanisation' of our TV or the rise of prank culture. Photograph: DAN SMITH/NETFLIXNewcomer Alisha Weir as Matilda in ‘Matilda the Musical’ Making magic Unlike the 1996 movie starring Danny DeVito, which Minchin says he may have watched once, this adaptation takes inspiration from the multi-Tony and Olivier award-winning musical. It’s a more straight-forward reading of Dahl’s dark-hued but ultimately upbeat tale. The story is set in an instantly recognisable England for a start, and there’s less of an emphasis on Matilda’s magical powers. ‘That’s a huge problem with the American film – they want her to be a superhero,’ says Minchin. ‘But she’s not just a magic kid. It’s not until she goes to school and Miss Trunchbull becomes this evil woman who keeps changing the rules that the telekinesis comes. The magic happens because of Matilda’s absolute fury and desire to defend the people she loves. To sh

Alexander Lincoln: ‘It’s refreshing to be part of a queer film where sexuality isn’t the conflict’

Alexander Lincoln: ‘It’s refreshing to be part of a queer film where sexuality isn’t the conflict’

You’d be forgiven for thinking the scariest thing about shooting a film with rugby at its core would be the threat of an 18-stone bruiser landing on your ribcage. But for Alexander Lincoln, who plays one of the leading men in London-set rugby drama In From the Side, it was donning skis that inspired real terror. Chatting over Zoom from his mother’s Surrey living room the actor recalls shooting the film, which premieres at BFI Flare next week, in the French Alps. ‘I swear to God, we nearly died. I was sure we were going to fall off the side of this cliff in a blizzard.’ He offers a grin familiar to any Emmerdale fan (he joined the long-running soap in 2019) – and a caveat: ‘I'm sure everyone else would say we were metres away from the edge, but it felt like we were going to plunge to our deaths. I’ve got really bad vertigo.’ Luckily, the majority of the film – which follows an affair between two men who play for a club based loosely on the Kings Cross Steelers – was shot on grass and mud. This is a place that the Lambeth-born Lincoln feels at home, having played rugby up to the age of 18 and gone to university in Wales, where rugby is as much national language as sport. But due to mounting injuries, his time at uni was spent spectating rather than shoving his head in a ruck. ‘I was terrified of it,’ he says. ‘I broke my nose so many times, so by that point, I thought my body couldn’t take playing again.’ He tells us about confronting that fear head-on in In From the Side. Pho

Dolly Alderton interview: ‘The weird naked dancing is based on me’

Dolly Alderton interview: ‘The weird naked dancing is based on me’

Dolly Alderton is probably best known for her voice. As one half of the acclaimed and now ex-podcast ‘The High Low’, alongside her best pal Pandora Sykes, her wheezy cackle and anecdotes about dating, friendship, fiction and feminism led to her unofficial christening as a kind of millennial Helen Fielding. Now the Londoner has adapted her own 2018 memoir, ‘Everything I Know About Love’, into a TV series to bring a similarly relatable lens to the growing pains of your twenties, female friendship, fuck-ups and hook-ups – all set in Camden in the 2010s. Suffering the after-effects of a friends-and-family screening the night before and nursing a slipped disc, she shared its story – and her dream London day.  How would you describe ‘Everything I Know About Love’?‘It’s the story of two best female friends who move to London with two other best friends in a house share in 2012. It’s a romantic comedy about female friendship, a coming-of-age story and a raucous girl gang show.’ Was it scarier writing the book or putting it on screen?‘They were scary in different ways: I’d never written a book before and it felt exposing to write about my personal life, but I didn’t have much of a following back then and I didn’t think people would be reading it. I was more worried about my mum and my ex-boyfriends! The TV show is scary because it’s on a larger scale and you don’t want to let down people who enjoyed the book. But it’s less exposing because it’s semi-fictional.’ Photograph: BBC / Univ

13 songs that got us (awkwardly) dancing again in 2021

13 songs that got us (awkwardly) dancing again in 2021

Whether or not we felt comfortable enough to hit the club, 2021 was the year we got our groove back. Hell, many of us had given it a go at home. We’d played that Dua Lipa album to death. We’d tried, desperately, to make ‘lockdown discos’ a thing. Last year, some of the bigger legends among us even attended virtual NYE parties. It was good fun, until it got boring – fast. Though much of the world has slipped in and out of lockdown this year, there were moments when most of us were able to get back on the dancefloor. The pre-night hype, the thump-thump-thump, the endless spilled drinks: by God, it felt good. And even if we weren’t quite up to a night on the town, as 2021 went on, there were certainly many more reasons to regain that spring in our step. The vaccine rollout sped up. We saw our loved ones again. And we danced – in bars, on street corners, and yes, at home. So wherever we wound up, however we got there, here are 13 songs that got Time Out writers dancing again this year. RECOMMENDED: 15 really, really great books that got us through 2021

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Burlesque Idol

Burlesque Idol

The Hippodrome is best known for its casino and for waxed, plucked and polished men getting their kit off at Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live. But underground, inside its cabaret bar Lola’s, performer diversity, be it in age, shape, size, sexual orientation or gender identity, is the status quo. As part of Burlesque Idol, which runs on the last Friday of the month, aspiring burlesque performers compete for your votes to win a spot in the Burlesque Idol grand final. Tassel titans, including founder of House of Burlesque, Tempest Rose, also make up a judging panel to provide expert insight into how to remove a glove Bridgerton-style and untie a bra strap without looking like a shimmying urine infection. You’ll likely leave questioning every sweet lyric Jermaine Stewart ever serenaded you with.

Kusama Art Afternoon Tea

Kusama Art Afternoon Tea

The bad news is Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms at the Tate are sold out until the end of March. But if you can’t step into the artist’s imaginary world, you can at least eat your way through it, because Rosewood London is offering a red and pink hued, Kusama-inspired afternoon tea in its Mirror Room. Created exclusively for Valentine's Day by Executive Pastry Chef Mark Perkins, the menu fuses Japanese flavours with French culinary flair. Savoury offerings include chicken teriyaki sandwiches and keta caviar, while the cakes are contemporary and personal. ‘Dots obsession soul of pumpkin’, a dark chocolate sable paired with passionfruit ganache, is inspired by Kusama’s childhood when she recalled a pumpkin speaking to her during harvest on her family’s farm, with ’Flowers that bloom at midnight’, an ode to her 2010 sculptures by the same name. 

The Little Retreat

The Little Retreat

4 out of 5 stars

When you think of Pembrokeshire, chances are it’s the historic town of Tenby that comes to mind. If you’re Welsh, you probably spent lazy Sunday afternoons on North Beach dripping ice cream on your grandparents’ shoes or learning about how Henry Tudor launched his bid for the British throne from that same raspberry-ripple-stained spot. If you’re a visitor, you’ve probably come to see Wales’ – ahem, superior – answer to Cornwall. If it’s true Welsh tranquillity you’re after, though – the sort Gwyneth and Co would medi-gasm over – head north-west to Lawrenny. Located on the peninsula of the River Cleddau within Pembrokeshire National Park, the village is home to greystone farmhouses, a local pub, a bakery, a hostel, a village shop and around 500 people. It’s a corner of the world that benefits from the unique alchemy of being frozen in time, yet conveniently connected to the A477. That’s probably why luxury glamping site The Little Retreat is thriving. Starting out as the brainchild of health and wellbeing entrepreneur Amber Lort-Phillips, the project was brought to life during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic with a few helping hands from the local community. Fast-forward a year and you’ll now find four geo-domes situated on the slope of the upper walled garden on the town’s old castle site. Each dome is fully insulated, fitted with a super-king bed, Smart TV, coffee machine and telescope, and comes with a private kitchen and bathroom. Outside, there’s also a rattan fur

The Marylebone

The Marylebone

4 out of 5 stars

Part of The Doyle Collection, this family-owned five-star hotel is one of an eight-strong portfolio across London, Bristol, Cork, Dublin and Washington, which is leading the way in sustainable tourism as the only luxury hotel collection in the UK to run on renewables. In practice, this means The Marylebone aims to source food and drink produce from within a 50-mile radius for its on-site restaurants 108 Brasserie and Pantry, and it plans to move away from single-use plastic in its bedrooms by 2022 without compromising on comfort or quality. Speaking of its bedrooms, there are 257 of them, including 44 suites, and they’re pretty dreamy. Options range from Classic rooms, fitted with two single beds, a queen or a king, at £244 a night, to the pièce de résistance, The Marylebone Suite, which will set you back £2,625. Covering 120-square metres, it comes with an open-plan lounge with concealed 60-inch mirrored TV, dining room, mini kitchen with Nespresso machine and bar. There’s also a king-size bed, marble bathroom stocked with products by eco-conscious luxury skincare brand Malin+Goetz, a whirlpool bath, separate rain shower and TV. But the real showstopper is the Scandi-inspired all-weather terrace, kitted out with an in-built fireplace and TV. With a retractable roof, it serves up uninterrupted views of the local London skyline, from the rooftops of independent red-bricked boutiques to Selfridges’ alfresco restaurant. On site, guests can access the Third Space gym, exercise c

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Londoners reveal their strangest housesharing experiences

Londoners reveal their strangest housesharing experiences

We asked you about the weirdest things that have happened to you while sharing a place in London. Here’s what you said… 'I lived with a guy who stored steak under his bed' 'I was introduced to my flatmate's boyfriend. He was my ex' 'My landlord died so I got to live there rent-free for a bit while his family figured out what to do.' 'My housemates had a full on fist fight about who should take the bin out' 'Someone carved threatening messages into my chopping board and peed in my pots and pans' 'I said no to a date with a guy in my house, so he keyed my car' ‘My flatmate crashed into the garage door after drunk-driving home from Spearmint Rhino.’ ‘A girl who collected her boyfriend’s semen in a plastic cup, which she kept under her bed.’ ‘Three vegan Aussie lads told me not to go in the “LSD fridge”.’ ‘My gay flatmate giving a blow job to his “straight” friend at the kitchen table one night.’ ‘A crazy French girl put drawing pins inside the oven gloves as a farewell gift.’ ‘My live-in landlady presented me with the ashes of her dead cat in a miniature coffin.’ ‘My male housemate couldn’t explain why my lost bra turned up in the back of one of his drawers – complete with makeshift plastic-bag padding.’ ‘My housemate brought home a few pheasants he claimed to have shot. They still had shop tags on their feet.’ ‘The man who greeted each morning in a waistcoat and Y-fronts, with a large G&T and the words: “It’s always six o’clock somewhere in the Empire!” No, he wasn’t called Bor

Save 99% on pink hotel rooms in London for Mean Girls Day

Save 99% on pink hotel rooms in London for Mean Girls Day

Anyone born in the Nineties will know the significance of October 3. It's been christened Mean Girls Day since 2004, the year Tina Fey's teen comedy became an instant cult classic. If you're over the age of 35, let us explain. The date relates to when Lindsay Lohan's misfit protagonist, Cady Heron, speaks to her conventionally dishy love interest, Aaron Samuels. He asks what day it is. She replies with 'It's October 3rd'. And thus, with three words, a million memes and an unofficial holiday was born. Following in the footsteps of Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You, Mean Girls has become a timeless cultural touchstone. Need proof? Try googling 'Mean Girls brunch near me'. And let's not forget Kris Jenner's 'cool mom' bit in Ariane Grande's Thank U, Next music video. 2018, what a time. Most October thirds, MG fans go all out, creating their own Burn Books, taking scissors to their T-shirts and bombarding Daniel Franzese with Cameo requests. And this year is no different. Except it kind of is. Hotels.com has gone OTT by offering one-night stays in pink hotel rooms on Wednesdays...for the price of an UberLUX. The five participating hotels can be found in Washington DC, Sweden and Paris. And there are two here in London. The Mayfair and Raddisson Blu Edwardian are offering up their pink-themed suites for a steal-price of £60.  Each room is bookable with a 'Fetch' bespoke code - yes, literally - but you'll have to move faster than Regina George in front of a moving bus to get

This New Orleans-style speakeasy is serving up whiskey and jazz

This New Orleans-style speakeasy is serving up whiskey and jazz

If multiplatform King’s Cross music venue Goods Way were a song, it would sure be something country. It oozes a rumpled charm but you know it’s experienced more heartbreaks than Brad Paisley can shake a handtooled boot at.  It fatefully set its opening a week before London’s first coronavirus-related lockdown, before tentatively reopening in October 2020 to again be stifled by lockdown 2.0. It wasn’t until June 2021 it finally got its shot to show the capital what it was all about. This New Orleans-style speakeasy situated on the Regent’sCanal is the brainchild of the people who brought us Flat Iron Square in Southwark, and aims to bring a taste of the Louisiana bayou to London. Sweetwater, the in-house saloon-style cocktail bar boasts an impressive cigar bar and plenty of whiskey, while the Courtyard is a thoughtfully curated dining space inspired by the Mississippi Delta, hosting an eclectic mix of independent food traders. Resident stalls include foodie favourites Pomelo, Breddos, Temple of Seitan, The Duck Truck and Sushi On Jones. And that’s just covering the basics. Now that the indie venue has finally found its feet, it’s leaning more on its Americana roots. Launching this weekend, Goods Way will host its first Sunday Service Live session, a new weekly series of free, live music featuring a line-up of established jazz musicians, including Irene Serra, Heidi Vogel and Corina Kwami, alongside rising stars.  The sessions will take place every Sunday between noon and 3pm,

You can rent Otis and Jean’s house from ‘Sex Education’

You can rent Otis and Jean’s house from ‘Sex Education’

Hit Netflix show ‘Sex Education’ is finally back on our screens for season 3, and making quite the bang in the process. (That opening sequence. Ooooft) There’s a new headmistress in town. Otis has debuted a pretty pathetic-looking moustache and we’re all still wondering what Eric sees in Adam. Known for being an era-shifting commentary on teenage life, covering sex, sexuality, body image, trauma and all the awkward fumbling in between, the show is also a love letter to ’90s fashion, nifty architecture and interior design. Otis and Jean’s home has become just as synonymous with the show as the actors themselves. And for good reason. The rusty-hued riverside chalet is a stunner. Luckily for the show’s fans, it really exists and is available to rent.  The 100-year-old Norwegian-chalet-style house is situated near Symonds Yat Rock in the Wye Valley in Herefordshire. It’s near the Forest of Dean and there are walking and cycling trails through spectacular coiuntryside. According to its website, it is accessed via a romantic wooded driveway and offers space for up to ten guests across four double bedrooms and one twin room. There’s also a sundeck and a massive conservatory filled with plants – perfect for conducting sensual arousal workshops or reading the latest Nick Hornby. Seriously, whatever works for you. Outside, there’s a log-burning fire, pizza oven, hammock and roll-top bath, to really get you in the wilderness spirit. Just remember Jean’s house rules while you’re there

London is officially the most expensive place to find love – and beer – in the UK

London is officially the most expensive place to find love – and beer – in the UK

While the ‘Is Bromley in London or Kent’ debate will rumble on long after humans have been wiped out by sun, sea, volcano or asteroid, what we can all agree on is that the capital is spenny. Everything from a takeaway coffee to a step on the property ladder appears to be getting more and more out of reach for the average Londoner. And things only seem to be getting trickier for the capital’s singles. According to research conducted by beauty expert Cosmetify, which analysed data from cost-of-living calculators Expatistan and Numbeo, London is the most expensive place to date in the UK, beating Oxford, Edinburgh and Cambridge. The study looks at the key pillars of *bougie* dating: the cost of two cinema tickets, a restaurant dinner for two, a pint of beer, a cocktail and a taxi fare within a five-mile radius.  The findings show that searching for The One in the Big Smoke is costing Londoners almost double what it would in the most affordable city, Hull, birthplace of Lemsip and Philip Larkin, and 2017’s UK City of Culture. The northern city’s average pint price is a wholesome £3.37, with a cocktail coming in at £7. While a beer in the capital will set you back £6.11(!!), with a cocktail costing £12. (Seriously, propose now.) In better news, Wales’s capital city, Cardiff, is second on the affordability scale, which basically means you’re probably better off catching the Megabus to the ’Diff to woo the lucky lad or lady in your life. And before some idiot asks, no you don’t need

This secret London treehouse is serving up some classy Margaritas

This secret London treehouse is serving up some classy Margaritas

We all love a treehouse (thanks George Clarke and B*Witched). But do you know what most of us love more? A treehouse that serves churros and Margaritas.​Madera, an organic Californian-Mexican restaurant on the fifteenth floor of The Treehouse Hotel delivers, serving up a spicy brunch menu and 360 degree views of the London skyline.​​As part of its Casamigos Tequila x Madera Brunch Series, the sky-high restaurant is taken over by dancers and DJs to keep guests entertained as they sip and scoff their way through mezcal cocktails and mushroom frittatas.​​The brunch package starts from £45 per person, which includes a Toca Margarita, one dish from their brunch menu, featuring fajita bowls and french toast, one side (truffle fries, obviously) and unlimited Madera churros. ​There’s a long list of options for vegetarians and vegans too, because, friends, Nando’s this is not.​​If you’re feeling particularly salty, you can pump the vibes by upgrading to the £65 package which gets you two more Margs. Take your pick from tipples including A La Vida, a blend of Casamigos, carrot juice, lemon, honey and fresh ginger, or a La Barrio, a mix of Casamigos Blanco, watermelon, mango and chilli shrub, lime and agave.​​Oh, and if you’re wondering where you’ve heard of Casamigos before, it’s the tequila company co-founded by handsome man George Clooney in 2013, which he subsequently sold for a lip-smacking $1 billion – nope, not a typo – just four years later. That Casamigos.​​The last of its flam

Covent Garden’s new dessert shop is serving NSFW willy waffles

Covent Garden’s new dessert shop is serving NSFW willy waffles

Remember when vagina cupcakes were all the rage? Well now, in the name of, er, equality, the male loin is getting the dessert treatment it deserves. Zizi Factory in Covent Garden is, unsurprisingly, French and serves up waffles in the shape of men’s dangly bits. The phallic business was the brainchild of three friends, Adrien, Antoine and David, who saw a similar treat parlour in their homeland and wanted to bring the cheeky taste of Paris to the UK. The freshly made willy waffles are thick and chewy, can be adorned with milk, white or pink chocolate, speculoos, rainbow vermicelli or triple choc balls, and come served on a stick. Oh and there’s also complementary chantilly cream flying around to emulate... use your imagination. The Parisian patisserie has naturally turned a few heads on Neal Street, with the Instagram and TikTok crowds flocking to get their NSFW snaps. The brand has set the risque tone with captions on its social media feeds including, ‘Great food is like great sex, the more you have it, the more you want it’ and ‘It’s not about the size... it’s about the taste’. Before anyone starts petitioning on behalf of the maligned vulva though, it’s worth noting that you can eat fanny waffles too if you feel that way inclined. They’re thinner, crispier, wider and missing a consistently overlooked piece of the female anatomy. Sigh. The saucy desserts cost £7 each, which, granted, is steeper than a classic McFlurry. But if you’re looking for a way to up the tempo on a fi

GoBoat is offering free voyages for pups and their humans this Thursday

GoBoat is offering free voyages for pups and their humans this Thursday

As dog people of London already know, this Thursday is International Dog Day; a 24-hour period exclusively dedicated to pimping your poodle, spotlighting your schnauzer, bragging about your bulldog, and attempting to claw one's pet to the dizzying heights of Bob the street cat stardom. RIP, little guy. We know you've been waiting patiently to find out what bone-shaped treat is being pulled out of the bag for this year's occasion. And the answer is...free boat rides for the fluff balls! On Thursday August 26, GoBoat is offering boat trips to anyone who hops aboard a vessel with a dog in tow. The boats will be available at both GoBoat locations in Paddington (Regent's Canal) and Kingston (River Thames) and will run all day from 9am until 6pm. Not a bad deal, considering it'll usually cost you a hairy £79 an hour. The voyages will last up to 60 minutes and can accommodate up to eight people - plus the pups. And you'll get to be the captain too, as the eco-conscious electric boats are self-driving. Speaking about the inspiration for the one-off offer, GoBoat Co-Founder, Julian Wootton, says: “The last 18 months have been tough for everyone, so anything that we can do to put a smile on people’s faces and get a tail wagging is always a bonus." Enjoy the Central Line armpit tango, feline-loving losers, we've got a ship to sail! London for dog lovers The best boat trips in London

Escaped parrot becomes Waterloo Station's newest employee

Escaped parrot becomes Waterloo Station's newest employee

If you've ever been to Waterloo Station at rush hour (or most hours, in fact), you'll know that it's a essentially chaotic mix of suitcases, spilt coffees and misplaced children.  This week though it's had an extra helper to keep travellers in line, in the form of Grey a two-year-old African parrot. The exotic bird has been making announcements and ordering them to 'keep left.'  Unfortunately, TfL won't be extending Grey's contract as he strumbled into the gig after fleeing his home in Tadworth, Surrey more than 20 miles away from the tube station. Karlene, Grey's owner luckily found her pet when the British Transport Police tweeted: ‘Urgent tweet! Officers came across a missing parrot today at Waterloo Station. If this parrot is yours or you know someone who has lost theirs please get in touch ASAP.’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by Grey🦜 (@greytheafricangrey) She said the bird was located on the shoulder of a rough sleeper, and besides a few ruffled feathers, returned home unharmed. Back in the home counties, the ol' boy's hasn't been skimping on his duties either. He's carried on echoing PSAs like the employee of the month he deserves to me. Go on Sadiq, recruit the flapper. The great London parakeet mystery has been solved (maybe) The world’s 15 most spectacular train stations

East End chippy under threat due to its ties to Jack the Ripper

East End chippy under threat due to its ties to Jack the Ripper

If you went to a British secondary school there are three things you probably remember from history class: Henry the VIII had six wives, Neville Chamberlain got off a plane waving a piece of paper and that Jack the Ripper was the most notorious serial killer in Victorian London. The tale of the nameless nightcrawler who stalked, brutalised and murdered Whitechapel's women in 1888 has been regaled to generation after generation, to the point where the truth is often, these days, ignored in favour of the myth. With an influx of gritty TV dramas, heavy metal songs and bad-taste merch, the Ripper’s five real-life victims are often, tragically, overlooked or dismissed as ‘just’ sex workers. Well, they were until the people of Greenwich got involved. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jack The Chipper (@jackthechipperuk) East End chippy Jack the Chipper recently opened its second store in the area. And let’s just say it hasn’t gone down well. Members of the public have decided to boycott the business and say the pun-named food joint is glamorising violence against women. The negative reaction has been so severe, owner, Recep Turhan says the shop might have to close. Speaking to The Sun, he says: ‘They were historical events. I wasn’t celebrating what he did. It’s a play on words… It’s not like this is a murderer from last year. It’s a name we chose and it’s a brand now.’ Turhan adds he will not bow to public pressure and change his business’s name. Inste

This Walthamstow brewery is saving the cheetahs one sip at a time

This Walthamstow brewery is saving the cheetahs one sip at a time

If you love beer and love animals, you’re going to love this new charity-partnered craft beer range that’s brewed in Walthamstow. Fauna Brewing was launched by London lad Phil F Howard just last month. He studied zoology at university and became a bush ranger in Botswana, where he saw the impact of the climate crisis first hand – and decided to do something about it. Combining his twin loves of wildlife and booze, he founded Fauna. Each of its beers is dedicated to an endangered African species and is partnered with a small charity, including the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Painted Dog Conservation and the African Pangolin Working Group. Speaking of his inspiration, Howard says, ‘The largest problem currently facing the world is climate change and species decline. We are facing the world’s sixth mass extinction, with over 100 species going extinct every day.’ Yikes. But fear not. The beer brand has already raised more than £3,000, helped cover the cost of two livestock guard dogs in Namibia and has funded 100km of anti-poaching patrols in the Zimbabwean wilderness.  So you’d better be thirsty, because how else are you going to live with yourself? Fauna Brewing’s flavours, Cheetah Lager, Wild Dog IPA and Pango Table Beer, retail at £2.70 per 330ml can or £24 for a pack of 12. Beavers are being reintroduced to London 400 years after becoming extinct here. How Paris plans to become Europe’s greenest city by 2030.

Amy Winehouse's London: nine places connected to the star

Amy Winehouse's London: nine places connected to the star

It's hard to believe that today marks ten years since the untimely passing of Amy Winehouse. Throughout her life and career she made an indelible mark on music and the city she called home. From The Jewish Museum London to The Dublin Castle, here are nine London spots linked to the unofficial Queen of Camden.    The Hawley Arms, Camden   A photo posted by André Hawk (@andrehawk) on Aug 12, 2015 at 12:00pm PDT   Home to what was supposedly Winehouse’s favourite drink, 'Rickstasy', (three parts vodka, one part banana liqueur, one part Southern Comfort, and one part Baileys), this local pub went up in flames during the infamous Camden Market blaze of 2008. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of its regulars, The Hawley Arms is back and open for business, hosting secret gigs and some great memorabilia.  Stables Market, Camden     A photo posted by @manhattan.alcock on Sep 28, 2016 at 11:54am PDT   Unveiled in 2014, a life-size statue of the soulful songstress is the latest addition to the newly refurbished Stables Market. Created by artist Scott Eaton, the bronze statue (complete with signature sky-high beehive) now stands as the area’s ode to the singer.  Camden Information Centre (Starbucks), Camden   A photo posted by dannidw (@danni_dewolfe) on Oct 14, 2014 at 3:06pm PDT   'Fallen Angel' can be found on the side of the Camden Information Centre and is perhaps street artist Pegasus’s most recognisable artwork. Located on the edge of Camden Lock, the artwork

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