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Joe Mackertich

Joe Mackertich

Editor, Time Out London

Joe Mackertich has been the editor of Time Out London since the start of 2020.

Like everyone else in London he likes having pints with mates, eating Turkish food and pretending he goes to theatre more often than he actually does. Despite living in the city for the whole of his life he's never been on the London Eye but can recall the entire floorplan of the Trocadero from memory.

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The best brunch in London

The best brunch in London

Brunch. A simple but devastatingly impactful concept. Eggs, sourdough and coffee (and maybe booze) a few hours after conventional breakfast time? Count us in, friend. It’s all stuff you can do at home, obviously, but occasionally it’s nice to get out, isn’t it? It’s a pretty sociable meal, after all. 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 kick-ass weekend brunch in our city, from alco-friendly bottomless brunches to traditional full-English fry-ups and even New York-style feasts.  RECOMMENDED: awesome brunch deals through Time Out Offers 

The 23 best things to do in the world in 2023

The 23 best things to do in the world in 2023

Almost three years since the you-know-what put all our plans on hold, it’s set to be a pretty big year for getting out and doing things. 2023 has come through with an absolutely loaded cultural calendar – we’re talking the biggest summer for live music since 2019, a bunch of new museums, some pretty epic outdoor adventures, and much, much more. Plus, with all the new high-speed and overnight trains launching this year, you can get around and do the things you want to do much more sustainably than ever before.  So get your booking fingers at the ready. From music festivals and new museums to massive shops and the real-life Mushroom Kingdom, this is your definitive guide to the coolest new things to do in the world in 2023. RECOMMENDED:  đŸ–ŒïžÂ The best museums and galleries in the world🚂 The most incredible train journeys around the world🌊 The cities that could be underwater by 2030đŸŒč The most romantic places in the world 🍾 The coolest bars in the world right nowđŸ€żÂ The best beaches in the world

The best bottomless brunches in London

The best bottomless brunches in London

Bottomless brunch. These words strike excitement – and also a slight sting of terror – into our hearts. Endless quaffing of fizz, usually within a 90 minute time limit – and, often, endless platters of food, seem like the perfect backdrop to catching up with mates on a weekend. Simply bash your cash down and let the fashionable London restaurant of your chosing do the rest. Will you get drunk? Most likely. Will you be so full of food that you're worried you may explode? Also possible. Are you in? Yes, you very much are. In London, you’ll find bottomless bubbles and Bloody Marys, but you can also go beyond the tried-and-tested and experiment with infinite beer or endless streams of rosĂ©. The food doesn’t have to be straightforward breakfast stuff either. Brunch can be anything from bao to barbecue, Turkish to Japanese. Time to go hard then go home! Or, you could just stick to regular old brunch. RECOMMENDED: Find more great breakfasts in London.

The best restaurants in Soho

The best restaurants in Soho

There’s honestly nowhere in the world like Soho. The haunt of poets, gangsters, trendsetters and many a louche genius, the seedy, sleazy and impossibly romantic heart of London’s West End is also home to loads of great independent shops, cafĂ©s, bars and, most importantly, restaurants. Its culinary diversity has been fuelled by centuries of immigration and cultural cross-pollination. From rustic French fare to Mediterranean small plates and tasty tapas, here is Time Out’s list of our absolute favourite Soho restaurants. Whether you fancy a slap-up meal or are just in the market for a mid-town pitstop, we definitely have you covered with this.  RECOMMENDED: Here are London’s best restaurants.

London’s best restaurants for pancakes

London’s best restaurants for pancakes

Perfect pancakes are a Shrove Tuesday standard, but what if you can’t be bothered to FIY (flip it yourself)? Eat out, of course! Don't know where to go for your edible disc of joy? Well we do and have rounded up the best places for pancakes in London. There’s also way more to these carb-tastic delights than sugar and lemon. From meaty, cheese-oozing galettes to American-style delights at brunch and decadent crĂȘpes for dessert, these are the finest pancakes in town – for the big day (Feb 21, 2023) and beyond. 

Pancake Day in London

Pancake Day in London

Forget Easter. Move over Christmas. Everyone knows the best holiday of the year is Pancake Day. A whole day dedicated to eating one of the greatest meals ever and no stress having to buy cards or presents. We’re 100 percent behind it. So frying pans at the ready for Pancake Day 2023. While you can stick to your own trad recipe, London’s best restaurants will flipping out for Pancake Day this year and there are plenty of weird and wonderful events happening to help you make the day even more memorable, including deals, flip-offs and races.  What is Pancake Day? Pancake Day, aka Shrove Tuesday, marks the last day before Lent, the period of fasting before Easter observed predominantly by Christians. Nowadays, Lent has become a period of abstinence, associated with clearing your cupboards of things like sugar, fat and eggs. The pancakes came about as batter was a good recipe to use up these ingredients. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  When is Pancake Day? Pancake Day takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday. Because the date of Easter Sunday is dictated by the cycles of the moon, Pancake Day can occur anytime between February 3 and March 9. This year’s batter action takes place on Tuesday February 21 2023. This page will be updated with things to do and events as they are announced.  RECOMMENDED: More great things to do in London this February

The best fruit and veg boxes you can get delivered in London

The best fruit and veg boxes you can get delivered in London

Still stuck indoors? Well, we can’t do anything about that, for now, but we can ensure we don’t slip on our five a day. The easiest way is to sign up for one of these pre-packed fruit and vegetable boxes that will be delivered straight to your door.  Many of the traders on this list have spent years supplying markets, hotels and restaurants with fresh produce. Now they’re supporting their local communities by doing the same for your average Londoner (that’s you). We’ve done our best to tell you what you’re getting from each place, but details change all the time, so we recommend you check their websites for up-to-date info regarding the contents of each box, delivery times and anything else you’re concerned about. While you’re here, why not also have a look at our list of local businesses selling all sorts of specialist groceries? If it’s meat or fish you’re after, check out our guide to London butchers and fishmongers who will bring their wares to you. Or, to satisfy your sweet tooth, shops and restaurants that will take their desserts on the road. And if you don’t fancy cooking, there’s always our directory of brilliant restaurants still delivering food across the capital. Chow! RECOMMENDED: The best flower deliveries in london This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Where to stay in London

Where to stay in London

Calling all nightlife nuts, country bumpkins, spa seekers and urban explorers – London welcomes you. The capital has everything you could ever need for a day trip or a weekend break, from afternoon tea with cats and parks full of deer to hotels with hot water bottles and DJs. Swish. Wanna get in on the action? All you have to do is pick your perfect spot. Take a look at our guide to nine great neighbourhoods and find the best places to stay in London. đŸ›ïž Recommended: the best London hotels🏹 Recommended: the best Airbnbs in LondonđŸ›€đŸŒ Recommended: the best hotels with hot tubs in London 🍆 Recommended: the best hotels for sex in London

The best bars for a date in London

The best bars for a date in London

Sorting out a sizzling date spot but not quite sure where to start? We got you. We're proper romantics here at Time Out, and have been on our fair share of date nights in London – which we like to think of as the hottest city in the world (sorry, Paris!) Some of these places are the kind of dreamy, low-lit bars you'd expect, but others are a little more left-of-centre; we know it takes more than couple of candles and a Negroni to charm this city's discerning daters. So read on to discover atmospheric cocktail bars as well as some outstanding and character-filled watering holes – all of them perfect for a lovely spot of London wooing.   Fancy some food with your flirting? Here are the most romantic restaurants in London

The best Sunday roasts in London

The best Sunday roasts in London

Sunday lunch. There’s nothing quite like it. An elemental meal, one that Londoners take incredibly seriously. Debates about what constitutes the ‘perfect’ Sunday roast have been known to last for hours. There is no shortage of top roasts in London. We’ve rounded up the city’s best Sunday meals from a host of homely pubs and restaurants all around town. From snug neighbourhood staples to more bijou gastropubs, we’ve got something for every taste (if that taste is for comforting mounds of roast meat, lashings of gravy and carbs that’ll see you through winter).  A lot of these places get quite busy, by the way. So you’re always advised to book ahead to avoid disappointment. 

The best secret bars in London

The best secret bars in London

At Time Out, we know a lot about bars in London. We know about the city’s best bars. We know about rooftop bars. We know about cocktail bars. And yes, we even know about (whisper it) secret bars. There’s a chance you don’t even know what secret bars are. You might have walked past them loads of time without even realising they are there. That’s how damn secret they are. But be in no doubt: London has its fair share of mysterious, hard-to-find drinking establishments. If you promise to be discreet about it, we’ll let you in on them. Just don’t go blabbing your mouth off about them.

How Art the Clown became horror’s bloody breakout star in 2022

How Art the Clown became horror’s bloody breakout star in 2022

Right now there are lots of films vying to be considered the best of 2022. Decision to Leave dazzled critics with a darkly kaleidoscopic plot and visuals to match. Triangle of Sadness had arthouse patrons in agreement that social media influencers and rich people were in fact, bad, actually. Top Gun: Maverick got people back into cinemas and proved that the American military industrial complex is still nothing to fuck with. Good films? Yes. Best of the year? No way. 2022’s best film is a two-and-a-half-hour gore-and-greasepaint rampage called Terrifier 2.  It’s worth pointing out at this juncture that, while I like horror films, sadistic or excessively bloody films don’t do it for me. Saw is a bore. Not a fan of Hostel or The Human Centipede. I’ve never described an on-screen death as ‘rad’ or high-fived a pal after watching someone’s head explode. And yet
 my favourite film this year is an uncompromising, relentless slaughter-thon dubbed ‘the most brutal movie of all time’. I saw it twice! I’m shook. So, what gives? I took my bafflement to the one man capable of providing answers; the film’s writer-director Damien Leone. Photograph: Jeff Harris‘Terrifier 2’ director Damien Leone Leone is a young, alarmingly wholesome man. He made the first Terrifier in 2016. As far as I can tell, people quite liked it. A slasher film with a memorable antagonist in Art the Clown, it won plaudits for its practical effects. It was, in retrospect, merely a warm-up. Like a kind of viscera-splat

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‘One Woman Show’ review

‘One Woman Show’ review

5 out of 5 stars

Liz Kingsman: ‘I don’t want to be a spokesperson for boring women’ Liz Kingsman is really clever and talented. Her one-woman show, ‘One Woman Show’, is about to make her famous. Unlike the version of herself she plays on stage, she deserves the incoming bombardment of adulation.  This is a show about Liz Kingsman putting on a show. The production in question, ‘Wildfowl’, is a laser-guided parody of the kind of dismal confessional theatre that appeared in abundance after the success of ‘Fleabag’. Liz Kingsman (the real one, not the character) clearly finds all that stuff shallow, mortifying and hypocritical. Luckily, because of her aforementioned talent and cleverness, she is capable of what I can only describe as next-level piss-taking.  Like David Brent or Alan Partridge, Kingsman (the character) is an oblivious, pompous hypocrite. A classic British grotesque, brought bang up to date. Throughout ‘One Woman Show’ we see her bend the truth, cut corners, angle for undeserved pity and commit several utterly atrocious crimes against both poetry and dance. Crucially, jokes are delivered relentlessly. Clever jokes, dumb jokes, physical jokes, absurd jokes, jokes that rely on sound effects, jokes about sex, jokes about jokes about sex. It must be galling for certain comedians to have Kingsman take the mickey out of their craft so effectively and astutely. It must be downright depressing seeing her do it while also being far funnier than they could ever hope to be. Kingsman’s nailed

Storytime with Father Christmas

Storytime with Father Christmas

Father Christmas, aka Santa, returns to his west London crib, aka the Royal Albert Hall. All told, this is a great day out for the weans, what with the whole building’s porch transformed into a full-on winter grotto. ‹Step inside and you’ll get a tĂȘte-Ă -tĂȘte with Santa himself, along with his head elf who’ll read the Christmas story, Chris Naylor-Ballesteros’ ‘Tiny Reindeer’. And yes, every child present gets to take home their very own gift. 

Winter Light at the Southbank Centre

Winter Light at the Southbank Centre

Everyone’s favourite riverside culture hotspot Southbank Centre be aglow again with festive illuminations. Winter Light is a free, open-air exhibition featuring an electric smorgasbord of lightworks (which is what we’re calling these now) from super-talented artists from around the world. All of them make mind-bending use of light, colour and even boundary-pushing film to deal with issues and topics surrounding nature, technology, urban life and spirituality. Works featured include: Dichroic Sphere (a light sculpture powered by a single energy-efficient bulb); Sphere (a gas-filled tube that rotates to produce a giant glowing orb illusion); Loomin (a lovely neon canopy above the trees of The Queen’s Walk); Sixty Minute Spectrum (a light show transforming the Southbank Centre into an enormous colourful clock) and Stella (which stands for Super Terrestrial Electric Light Aurora – ooh). Why not combine your visit with a trip to Southbank Centre’s Winter Market? Find out all about London’s other massive festive light shows

Christmas in Belgravia

Christmas in Belgravia

The charming cobbles of Belgravia will become a winter wonderland once again. Belgravia will be illuminated with beautiful Christmas displays for festive season with spectacular white lights spread across Motcomb Street, Elizabeth Street, Pimlico Road, Eccleston Yards and Halkin Arcade. Don’t miss the switch-on event on November 9, which will feature live music and mince pies.  From December 3, at the Museum of Architecture, you’ll also find The Gingerbread City. Put together with input from more than 100 architects, designers and engineers, this is a whole bloody city made from gingerbread. Wow. You’ll also get to take part in gingerbread house workshops. 

Chelsea Christmas Lights

Chelsea Christmas Lights

West London’s famous Chelsea neighbourhood is going to be utterly and undeniably aglow this Christmas. From November 19, an area that encompasses Sloane Street, Duke of York Square, and Sloane Square will be decked out with clusters of star lights and twinkling trees. There will also be a festive food market on Duke of York Square, and Christmas cocktails at the Winter Terrace in Sloane Square.

Morden Park Fireworks

Morden Park Fireworks

The Morden Park fireworks involve bonfires and two displays, the first of which is a child-friendly one, at 5.15pm. That's followed by a more elaborate (read: way louder) ‘Festival Favourites’ adult display at 7.15pm, again kicked off by a bonfire. Fairground rides and food stalls also make an appearance. Find more fireworks displays in London

The Tamil Prince

The Tamil Prince

4 out of 5 stars

Run out of a small ex-pub in that strip of Islington squashed between posh Barnsbury and less-posh Cally Road, the Tamil Prince is an Indian restaurant from two guys who worked together at cult Malay-Singaporean canai-and-curry basement joint Roti King. Unlike everyone else who went to university in London, I missed out on Roti King at the time, which in retrospect feels a bit like living in Paris in the 1920s and not bothering with CafĂ© de Flore. But that’s on me. That’s my L to carry.  Tamil Prince head chef Prince Durairaj has taken inspiration from what makes Roti King popular (bombastic, flavoursome cooking, centring spiritually on billowing, pliable roti) and ratcheted up the dining dimension. Whoever did the interior has done a cracking job and deserves a medal for their services to Tasteful And Consistent Aesthetics. The shade of green on the walls is the best shade of green I’ve seen for ages. The menu, comprising of small plates and mains, is compact but satisfying, like Xherdan Shaqiri. If you and three friends were starving you could probably eat it all. The crinkly crunchy okra fries were great, neither oily nor stodgy. I’d recommend the cheeky, chunky chicken lollipops too, served with chilli chutney. It’s the mains, however, that will make this place famous (if indeed it isn’t already by the time you read this). Most eye-catching is the channa bhatura, a chickpea curry accompanied by an inflated pufferfish-sized bread balloon. Honestly, you could whack a lightb

The Nook

The Nook

4 out of 5 stars

I once had a really awful flatmate. His bedroom smelled like the London Zoo reptile house, his taste in music offended me and he often left the bathroom in a state of apocalyptic dilapidation. But I put up with it for one reason. He was a great chef. You do that, don’t you? Overlook the repulsive habits that make a person unfit to be a co-habiter, because they can knock up a decent chargrilled Norfolk quail. I only mention this because if The Nook’s chef LalĂ© Oztek-Pook was my flatmate, she could get away with absolute murder and I’d be fine with it – her cooking is that good. The Nook, built on the white-tiled bones of Highbury’s much-missed Linden Stores bar, and run by a winsome husband-and-wife team. It sits awkwardly on a narrow bit of pavement, directly opposite a mysterious bubble tea shack. Upstairs, you’ll find the kinetic Angus who does front of house and knows loads about wine. But he’d be the first to admit that, for all his talent, he’s essentially the Flava Flav to his wife’s Chuck D. You can tell Angus is as gob-smacked by Lalé’s Turkish-inspired, deeply personal cooking as the rest of us, and he talks about it like a teenager gushing to his mates about a new band that’s just changed his life. LalĂ© trained at Cordon Bleu (and paid her dues at Oklava, Kyseri, and The Mash Inn), stays mostly out of sight, a Michelin-worthy Santa’s elf, toiling away in the kitchen downstairs. Alone. I mean really alone. Not only is she picking up veg on the way to work, she’s also

Mulan Rouge

Mulan Rouge

Why yes, this is a bizarre, immersive mash-up of Disney’s ‘Mulan’ and Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge’. Guests are encouraged to turn up dressed like a character from either film (although they’re at pains to point out that culturally insensitive costumes will not be tolerated) and get involved with a drag-tastic night of food, music and fun.  The four-course meal sounds particularly exciting, created as it is by Flavourology, the team behind Gingerline. Classic French cuisine meets fresh Asian flavours is what we’re promised. The whole venue will have been done up to the nines, and there’s a drag show written by ShayShay. A very full-on night awaits.

Flying Frenchman

Flying Frenchman

4 out of 5 stars

Flying Frenchman doesn’t resemble any of the restaurants and cafĂ©s perched on the edges of Newington Green, like screw-faced supermodels lounging around a rooftop swimming pool. Flying Frenchman has secured a place by the pool, but how come it looks so much happier than everyone else? I’ll tell you why Flying Frenchman is happy. This idiosyncratic, corner-site bistro isn’t concerned about superficial stuff, social media clout or whether its starters are sufficiently on-trend. This is a lively, lovely communal dining room for locals. And the man whose house it is, slaving away in the kitchen, greeting people at the door, dispensing hard-won Gallic wisdom, sending you away satisfied and tipsy, is owner and head chef Guillaume Desmurs. Reviewing this place without talking about Desmurs would be like trying to explain Buckingham Palace without mentioning the Queen. Much like her Royal Highness, Desmurs has been doing his job for a while. Unlike the Queen (as far as I know), he is passionate about sausage meat. Flying Frenchman’s homely, informal setting is an extension of his personality, as is the menu, which revolves around old-school but deftly assembled French classics. The sausage cassoulet is significant, rustic and rich – like a farm-dwelling Kardashian Things Desmurs may bring you: a soulful and cheesy french onion soup (croutons as big as rocks, mate); anecdotes about living and cooking all over the world; wine; rare-breed pork belly (butter-soft and smoked in-house to

Japan House kintsugi workshops

Japan House kintsugi workshops

Ever see pictures of ceramics where there’s an odd but definitely very beautiful golden line running through the piece? That, friend, is kintsugi. ‘Joining with gold’ would be an approximate translation from the Japanese, and it’s a centuries-old technique for repairing stuff, using lacquer dusted with powdered gold.  It’s a proper art form, and lucky for you the friendly folk at Japan House want to share the knowledge with everyone. From February 27 to the end of May, the Kensington venue will be offering introductions and demonstrations, so we can all repair our own broken and chipped ceramics at home.  Workshops are on March 27, April 30 and May 28. Each day consists of two sessions, one starting at 1.30pm and the other at 4pm. Can't get a ticket? Check out this online talk and kintsugi demonstration.

La Linea

La Linea

The Latin music festival La Linea is coming back to London this spring. You can expect all kinds of artists, playing in some of our favourite music venues across the capital from April 21. Artits features include Grammy-nominated (and daughter of Joao Gilberto) Bebel Gilberto, French-Chilean vocalist Ana Tijoux, Cuban pianist Roberto ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Fonseca and Las Adelitas aka the only all-female mariachi bands in Europe.

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Your first look at the eye-popping, immersive Van Gogh exhibition

Your first look at the eye-popping, immersive Van Gogh exhibition

We've been banging on about 'Van Gogh: The Immersive Show" for what feels like forever. With good reason! The retina-battering, virtual-reality post-Impressionist extravaganza that's taken up residence at 106 Commercial Street has all the qualities needed to make it a post-pandemic smash. Why not utterly lose yourself in a load of lush brush-strokes for a few hours? Sounds nice. Studio Melrose How does it work though? Is it projections? Are head-sets involved? Do they play depressive music to recreate the feeling of being inside the famously morose artist's head? We went along and found out. As you can see from the photos, Van Gogh's paintings are beamed hyper-sharp all over the floors and walls, using dozens of cutting-edge projectors. The all-encompassing sight of iconic works like Starry Night and Wheatfield with Crows (complete with flying birds, natch) knock a lot of socks off (particularly when augmented and combined with VR headsets). Studio Melrose The exhibition is in three parts, each one dedicated to a different section of the Dutch artist's life.  Be forewarned: the VR part of the exhibition (which takes you on a trip through eight Van Gogh paintings) is included in the price of VIP tickets, but anyone with a standard ticket will need to stump up a bit extra to experience the head-set bit of the exhibition.  Photo: Studio Melrose Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience’, 106 Commercial St, E1 6LZ, Jul 29-Feb 2022. Tickets from £19.90 (adult), available here. The

Time Out has a new daily newsletter and you should sign up immediately

Time Out has a new daily newsletter and you should sign up immediately

Mark it in your diary: June 20 (aka ‘this coming Monday’). This is the day on which Time Out’s all-new, daily newsletter hits eager inboxes all across London and beyond. It’s called Out Here. And it’s wonderful. You like Time Out? Of course you do. You adore the way we sort the wheat from the London chaff, rising above the noise and hype to recommend and highlight only the tastiest dishes, crispest pints, weirdest (in a good way) exhibitions and, uh, least-boring plays. Our jokes amuse and delight you. Your friends consider you clued up about culture, trends and vibes because you frequently pass off our opinions as your own. And we’re fine with that. Really. Out Here is everything you love about Time Out, condensed into a five-minute morning read. You’ll be bowled over by its brilliance, its usefulness, its humour and its charm. It’ll tell you what’s good, with daily bite-sized reviews of film, art, food and all the rest, and also provide recommendations from the capital’s best chefs, artists and makers. Daily London news? But of course. We’ll even find time to rate the city’s park benches and stuff like that. Don’t waste even a single second of your time. Subscribe here. Eating, drinking and having fun. We’ll show you how it’s done. Out Here is a daily email from the Time Out team. Subscribe to it right here. A massive, immersive dinosaur experience thing is coming to London. The 30 best rooftop bars in the city (according to us).

Yard Sale Pizza and Top Cuvée are teaming up

Yard Sale Pizza and Top Cuvée are teaming up

Name a cool London brand. Good. Now name another one. Okay. Chances are you just said ‘Um, Yard Sale.... Top CuvĂ©e?’. Because both of those are cool London brands. We like them both. Good news: they're teaming up for a bit. The pizzeria and natural wine specialists are joining forces to create a kind of ultimate London food Voltron restaurant. Vin-Yard is the pop-up. Hackney Road is the place. May is the month. From this Friday (until May 25) the Yard Sale basement will play host to this collab of dreams. As you'd expect, Top CuvĂ©e is handling the booze, while Yard Sale will be slinging their hot, hot pies. All the classics will be present, as well as Yard Sale’s game-changing cheese and Marmite garlic bread. See you there, basically. 184 Hackney Road London, E2 7QL, May 6- May 25. The absolute best bottomless brunches in London. Yo, Bone Daddies be collab-ing with Ivan Ramen.  

Sleep in the building where The Rolling Stones made rock ’n’ roll history

Sleep in the building where The Rolling Stones made rock ’n’ roll history

You a fan of rock and/or roll? Then you will definitely be interested to learn about a new, sexy boutique hotel, named Chateau Denmark, perhaps unsurprisingly located on Denmark Street in central London. Denmark Street was, of course, famous for its music shops. If you wanted to buy a guitar in London, that was where you went. The Chateau’s owners are no doubt hoping the hotel offers a similar level of attraction to the city’s music-loving populace and rock-steeped visitors. View this post on Instagram A post shared by CHATEAU DENMARK (@chateaudenmark) Excitingly, the hotel, which features loads of themed rooms, is set across 16 buildings (including some grade II-listed eighteenth-century townhouses). That’s loads. Interior designers were asked to ‘imagine a time where punk rock and vintage gothic meets modern psychedelia with a timeless grandeur’. Erm, right
  Several of the buildings which make up the Chateau Denmark are veritably drenched in rock and pop history. Maybe the best fact of all is that the Rolling Stones (who are celebrating their sixtieth anniversary this year) recorded their eponymous debut LP in one of these buildings. Chateau Denmark, Denmark Place, WC2H 0LA. Coca Cola’s opened a flagship shop in Covent Garden. Blackhorse Beer Mile is kicking things off with a free party this Sunday.

Blackhorse Beer Mile officially becomes ‘a thing’ this Sunday

Blackhorse Beer Mile officially becomes ‘a thing’ this Sunday

Craft beer heads in the city know that Blackhorse Lane is probably London’s most vital and exciting booze location. Signature, Exale, Beerblefish, Hackney, Wild Card and Truman’s all have massive taprooms there. It’s a fun place to have a drink (and do pub quizzes, eat pizza and all that other beer-adjacent stuff). Well, this Sunday, all day from noon to midnight, the aforementioned breweries will be throwing a big old shindig, featuring exclusive beers, live music, street food and brewery tours. Entry is absolutely free. The cause for all the celebrating? The official launch of the Blackhorse Beer Mile (aka the name that people have been using for the area, unofficially, for absolutely ages). But nice that it’s now legit!  Blackhorse Lane, E17.  Check it out: a new retro arcade bar is opening in Soho. The Ukraine Freedom Orchestra is playing at the Proms this year.

This year’s Proms will be the first to feature video-game soundtracks

This year’s Proms will be the first to feature video-game soundtracks

On August 1, the Proms (celebrating its 150th anniversary this year) is going to break a few barriers. An orchestra consisting only of kazoos? No. A programme made up entirely of incidental music from cancelled soap opera ‘Neighbours’? Also no. Instead, the annual series of classical concerts is dedicating a whole show to soundtracks from video games. The concert, titled ‘Gaming Prom: From 8-Bit to Infinity’, will feature music from the entire history of the medium. So not just the modern stuff that sounds like a film track. We’re talking bleepy-bloopy music, but played by an actual orchestra. Titles confirmed for inclusion so far: ‘The Legend of Zelda’ (sick), ‘Shadow of the Colossus’ (very atmospheric), ‘Pokemon’ (crowdpleaser) and ‘Battlefield 2042’ (don’t know it). The concert has been curated (and will be conducted) by one Robert Ames, who was also responsible for a 2009 sci-fi Proms concert that focused on film and television soundtracks. His Twitter profile image shows him scowling in the Barbican, which is quite cool in our opinion.  ‘The nostalgia of gaming music is very much part of our lives,’ Ames told the Guardian. ‘The fanbase is massive and gaming music, since its inception, has been ahead of the curve in terms of diversity. I really believe somebody like [‘Kingdom Hearts’ composer] Yoko Shimomura should be celebrated at an international music festival alongside composers like Brahms and Mahler.’ Too right, Mr Ames. Mozart did some solid work, but did he ever c

Your actual Robbie Williams is exhibiting his paintings at Sotheby’s

Your actual Robbie Williams is exhibiting his paintings at Sotheby’s

When Robbie Williams famously asked us to let him ‘entertain us’, we naively assumed he meant strictly through the mediums of song and dance. How wrong we were. It turns out that the ‘Angels’ singer is bang into painting. And throughout May the 300-year-old Bond Street auction house Sotheby’s will be exhibiting the fruits of his creative labour. The 14 never-before-seen paintings aren’t entirely his own work, though. Williams has collaborated with his designer pal Ed Godrich. ‘Art is really whatever you want it to be,’ observed the singer-painter, sagely. ‘Just like music it has the ability to soothe and provide company when you’re lonely. Art and music have punctuated my ups and downs, but more importantly they both have the power to change how I feel in a moment.’ Williams has admitted that his introduction to art came in the form of Peter Blake’s famous cover design for the Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Meanwhile, the new work, exhibited as part of The Black and White Paintings show, is heavily inspired by ’90s rave culture and dance music. Does that mean it features little smiley faces? Why not pop along to Sotheby’s and find out for yourself? ‘Black and White Paintings’ runs May 13-25 at the auction house’s New Bond Street base. The Royal Court’s new play is by a guy that no one’s ever heard of. Brilliant London fundraising events to help you support the people of Ukraine.

The normal person’s guide to having fun at London Fashion Week 2022

The normal person’s guide to having fun at London Fashion Week 2022

London Fashion Week is a bi-annual, week-long event that sees the world’s most glamorous people flock to the capital to attend run-way shows, network and make comments like ‘next summer's aesthetic is all about fisherman chic’. But you don’t need to be part of the industry to have a ball during London’s most fashionable five-day period. From Friday February 18 to Tuesday February 22 there are quite a few fun, open-to-the-public events that will admit even the schlubbiest layperson. Here are seven good 'uns. Waxy workshop French Connection’s snazzy, two-floor West End concept store is playing host to a DJ-assisted candle making workshop. If that doesn’t say ‘fashion’, then nothing does. February 19, 12-4 pm. 55 Duke Street, W1K 5NR. Clock on A lovely little shoe shop off Wigmore Street, Tracey Neuls has been made to look a bit like an old-school office to celebrate the brand’s 20-year anniversary. Pop in for free cups of tea, coffee and some stronger stuff too.  Feb 18–22, 10am – 6pm, 29 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2NQ. Future clothes Today’s fashion? All well and good. But why not go and get a good gander at tomorrow’s fashion. Gaze far into the future of clothes at the London College of Fashion’s special showroom, decked out with creations from the school’s masters graduates. Feb 19, 12–5pm, Victoria House Basement, WC1B. Sustainable snacking Remember Silo? The zero-waste restaurant in Hackney that we gave five stars to, just before the pandemic. They’ve teamed up with swanky cloth

Hackney Council is looking for a local artist to give Ridley Road Market a glow-up

Hackney Council is looking for a local artist to give Ridley Road Market a glow-up

Hackney Council has put out the call: it wants the help of local artists to renovate that much-loved stretch of Dalston known as Ridley Road. Part of the exciting, million-quid overhaul of the street, the chosen artists will be asked to create two public works that reflect the character and spirit of Ridley Road Market. The council has also made it clear that the artworks need to reference the history and heritage of the area. Considering the market started in 1880, there’s a lot of history and heritage to work with. The final request is that applicants should know all about the area and understand the market’s special significance. ‘There is a great tradition in Dalston of hosting exciting, progressive and participatory public art from the Peace Mural to the Dalston House installation,’ said Councillor Guy Nicholson. ‘It's now time to look beyond Dalston’s cultural quarter in and around Ashwin Street, to Ridley Road street market as the space for the next arts-led interventions in Dalston.’ The plan, currently, is to exhibit the works at the end of the market that connects with Kingsland Road. Prime real estate! If this sounds like you (or someone you know) why not get in touch with the council? Batten down the hatches: Storm Dudley is on its way to drench London. Notting Hill Carnival is back and better than ever (hopefully) for 2022.  

Check out Stephen Hawking’s mind-bending blackboard at the Science Museum

Check out Stephen Hawking’s mind-bending blackboard at the Science Museum

The Science Museum has decided to expose Londoners to the blinding light of pure genius. For the first time, the personal items of legendary cosmologist Stephen Hawking have gone on public display to, hopefully, provide unrivalled insight into the great man’s life and ideas. ‘Stephen Hawking at Work’ gives Londoners an opportunity to get up close and personal with loads of totemic objects, including the scientist’s actual, pre-fame PhD thesis, first voice synthesiser, spectacles and even an invitation to a ‘time travellers’ party’ that Hawking hosted. The objects have been chosen from more than 700 items belonging to Stephen Hawking that are now in the Science Museum’s possession. The museum says that, in time, details of all of them will be uploaded online for the public to study and enjoy.   One item of particular interest is a ‘treasured blackboard’ daubed in mathematical equations, scribbles, cartoons and weird maths in-jokes. What does any of it mean? Unless you’re also a Cambridge-educated super-genius, probably nothing. But it’ll certainly be nice to stare at, slack-jawed, for a while. ‘Stephen Hawking at Work’ is at the Science Museum until Jun 12. Free entry. Extremely cool things to do in London this weekend. More 20mph speed limit zones are going to be created across London.

A tasty Greggs x Primark collab is going to rock the fashion world

A tasty Greggs x Primark collab is going to rock the fashion world

Pasty powerhouse Greggs is teaming up with popular high-street clothing retailer Primark for a first-of-its-kind collab. Details are sketchy at the minute, but we’re told the collection will feature a limited-edition, 11-piece clothing range which will be available in 60 Primark stores across the UK from Saturday February 19. Could Primark and Aldi be the new Gucci and Versace? People first became aware that something was afoot, when a bloke called Anthony noticed something was off about one of the window displays in the Oxford Street Primark. It had Greggs food items placed stealthily within it! Imagine ‘Where’s Wally’, but instead of a creepy bespectacled weirdo in a massive crowd, it’s beige, baked goods peeking out of faux-leather handbags. It is, in other words, a Greggsbombing. Anthony promptly posted pics of his findings on Twitter. Erm, why are there sausage rolls and pasties in the windows of Primark on Oxford Street? This you @GreggsOfficial? 👀 pic.twitter.com/V7IGCICEQo — Anthony đŸŠ„ (@anorderlymess) February 6, 2022 ‘Deffo Banksy,’ commented one wag. Someone else accused Irish drag queen Victoria Secret of being involved, somehow. ‘I would never waste Greggs like this,’ came the reply. A cursory glance at Anthony’s profile does reveal he works in marketing. And while that is certainly not reason enough to assume the whole thing is a big ol’ PR stunt, it does make this particular Greggsbombing a little sus. In our opinion. The clothing collection will be av

Mark your calendar: Dino Kingdom is coming to London

Mark your calendar: Dino Kingdom is coming to London

April 1 will forever be known as the day the dinosaurs came to London! Huge, terrifying prehistoric lizards are heading for the capital, and there can only be one outcome: a wonderful day out for kids and families.  Dino Kingdom (which runs until April 18) will be a huge, interactive, outdoor experience, featuring AR holograms, life-sized dinosaurs, digital installation and loads more. Greeting you at the gate will be The King of the Tyrant Lizards himself, a 16-metre-tall replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Keep your eyes peeled also for an 18-metre-long Apotasaurus (aka the one you and everyone else used to call a Brontosaurus).  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dino Kingdom (@dinokingdomuk) It’s not all about the giants though. The place will be scattered with loads and loads of smaller dinos and other creatures including, crocs, frogs, bees, spiders and even little hatching babies. You and the kids will also get to enjoy volcanoes, eggs, an excavation sandpit and a giant skeletal dinosaur head with a walk-through fossil tunnel. Worth noting too, that Dino Kingdom comes from the same creative minds as the deliriously popular Lightopia. So probably safe to assume it’ll deliver the goods. Dino Kingdom is at Gunnersbury Park from from Apr 1-18. The London Insta pet power ranking according to us. An ultra-immersive theatre event is coming to the Churchill War Rooms.

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