London on a budget: 50 fun things to do for £5 or less
It might sometimes seem like the only way to have fun in this city is to spend a wodge of cash, but there are actually loads of brilliant things to do in London for £5 (or even less). You can ride a pedalo, dance the night away, neck oysters, or sample some of the city’s finest culture (think ballet at the Royal Opera House, Shakespeare at the Globe and baroque murals at London’s very own ‘Sistine Chapel’ aka the Painted Hall). So don’t just fade away watching Freeview and waiting for payday – get out there and enjoy the best cheap stuff the capital has to offer. Tuck into London’s best cheap eats and check out the city’s top free art. Stay in one of London's cheapest (and best) hotels.
The 20 best things to do in Naples
Naples, Naples, Naples. Italy’s third most populous city inspires big thoughts and strong opinions, but things are changing in the south. Naples is underground a renaissance of sorts, shedding a rogue reputation for violence and embracing its many charms instead. The best things to do in Naples all involve getting cosy with the city, from its tangible history to delicious restaurants. The best pizza in Italy? You can be the judge of that. Naples is a fantastic city, one with a story to tell. Wander the streets and let that tale wash over you. This is a place that lives and breathes its history in its streets. It might just be the most authentic city in Italy. Recommended: 🍕 The best pizza in Naples🍽️ The best restaurants in Naples🏠 The best Airbnbs in Naples🏨 The best hotels in Naples
The 100 best comedy movies: the funniest films of all time
It’s easy to make a funny movie. Making a classic comedy is an entirely different matter. It’s one thing to make audiences laugh in the present, but to keep them laughing through the ensuing decades is one of the most difficult tricks in cinema. Because as society changes, so does our sense of humour. What’s hilarious in 1923 might bomb in 2023, and one generation’s laugh riot is another’s laugh riot is another’s ‘huh?’. That makes ranking the best comedy films of all time particularly difficult. You first have to ask, what makes a comedy truly great? There’s many criteria, but one of the most important is durability. Can it withstand the test of time, and stay funny five, ten, 100 years down the road? Making that determination isn’t easy. So we called in some help. To put together this list, we asked comedians like Diane Morgan and Russell Howard, actors such as John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker and a small army of Time Out writers about the movies that make them chuckle the hardest for the longest period of time. In doing so, we believe we’ve found the 100 finest, most durable and most broadly appreciable laughers in history. No matter your sense of humour – silly or sophisticated, light or dark, surreal or broad – you’ll find it represented here. Recommended: 🔥 The 100 best movies of all-time🥰 The greatest romantic comedies of all time🤯 33 great disaster movies😬 The best thriller films of all-time🌏 The best foreign films of all-time
Where to stay in Santorini
In Santorini, the sunsets blaze across the sky, the beaches boast beautiful colours, the archaeological sights tell ancient stories and wind-beaten vineyards produce world-class wines. The island is filled with things to do and see – and knowing where to stay is essential. So what are your options? Well, you could opt for a clifftop area where you can enjoy views over the villages nestled into the sides of the island. Or you could relax in a quiet inland village or you could head to a series of hamlets positioned near to the volcanic sand beaches on the coast. In all cases, the options are pretty darn dreamy. Read on to find out more. RECOMMENDED: 🛏 The best hotels in Santorini☀️ The best things to do in Santorini
The cosiest winter pop-ups in London
Looking for the best place to enjoy a chilly evening in London this Christmas? You, my friend, should immerse yourself in the world of the city’s seasonal pop-ups. In the run-up to Christmas, London goes mad for the winter snugs, complete with hot chocolates, steaming mulled wines and ciders, twinkling lights and novelty festive kitsch. From Christmas bars that look straight from the set of ‘White Christmas’ to toasty igloos where you can gorge on hot melted cheese, here’s our round-up of the best hideaways, markets and quirky festive experiences waiting to lure you in from the cheek-tingling cold and warm your socks off. RECOMMENDED: Here are the best things do in London this Christmas
The 13 best things to do in Benidorm
This is a Marmite town, which means you'll either love or hate our list of best things to do in Benidorm. As a tourist here, you’ll get a fun holiday in the sun at a great price, and who can say fairer than that! If you prefer to hang out with locals, just turn up later at restaurants and bars. (Seriously: this works!) And, as the cherry on the cake, Benidorm’s golden beaches are some of the loveliest anywhere in Spain, and its skyscraper hotels are backed by rugged mountains full of superb hiking and biking trails. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
The 25 worst Christmas songs ever inflicted on humankind
The best Christmas songs of all time bring tidings of pop-inflected comfort and groovy joy. These... aren’t those songs. The fact of the matter is that 90 percent of Christmas songs are hasty knockoffs or cheap gags. And mercifully, most of them have been forgotten. Some, though, remain impossible to forget no matter how hard you try, either because one listen is genuinely enough to scar you for life, or because the artist is of sufficient stature that they still rack up Christmas airplay, despite the fact they absolutely shouldn’t. These are the worst Christmas songs of all time: sludgy byproducts of mankind’s consumerist urges, sentimentalist miscalculations and questionable tastes. Here you will find no Bing Crosby or Darlene Love. This is the Isle of Misfit Songs: Home to the cast of Duck Dynasty and Justin Bieber, GaGa and Chewbacca. Whether you love them for their awfulness or dread them for their inevitablity, each is proof that just because you have holiday spirit does not mean you need to sing about it, even if you've got a golden voice.
The best Christmas shops in London
Here’s the deal: we know that lots of people frown upon consumerism at Christmas. And we get it, there are plenty of lovely festive things to do that don’t involve ringing till and stashing receipts like carol concerts, or wreath-making, or gazing at glittering lights displays. That’s great, but it’s not all of us. For many Londoners, we can’t help it, but Christmas is all about shopping. Whether it’s a last-minute dash through the sale aisles, or a slow browse through a premium department store, carefully choosing which Diptyque candle to buy a loved one. Going to an actual, real-life shop can bring people alot of joy. Christmas purists might say it’s not the real meaning of the season, but perhaps it is a kind of way to give back to London’s small (and big) businesses during a tough time. Sort of. That’s why we’ve put together a list of brilliant Christmas shops around the capital, where you can pick up gifts that people will remember for years to come for all the right reasons. Festive dons like Harrods and Liberty are in there, of course (they’ve been hanging their tinsel since September) but we’ve got indie stores too, from arty museum giftshops to cute boutiques, geeky bookshops to top menswear spots. Get your wrapping paper at the ready and start shopping. RECOMMENDED: Read our complete guide to Christmas in London.
The 100 best pubs in London
I left my part-time pub job a few months ago – and boy do I miss those sloppy drip tray days. I miss the free pints and the customers’ dogs. I miss the distinct stench of lager on my clothes from pulling pints all night and the frothy stickiness on my hands after not pulling them that well. I even miss trying to take payment from a table of 12 during the Euros while they ferociously reminded me ‘it’s coming home’. Most of all, I miss seeing the same locals every week and that stupid camaraderie between staff and the customers. But I don’t miss it that much: I know that wherever I am in London, there will always be a pub nearby. Without pubs, London could never be its chatty, chaotic and slightly tipsy self. There are thousands here and they come in many forms: your old man boozers with crap carpets permanently sticky from decades of spilled beer, your craft-beer hipster hotspots, your questionably soundtracked 3am blurs and more. Time Out’s 100 Best Pubs list exists to celebrate London’s taprooms in their many guises. From the perfect pubs for drinking alone to the best boozers for giant yorkshire puddings – get stuck in, spot your local and maybe find a new favourite. Chiara Wilkinson Find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars here. RECOMMENDED: Burn the midnight oil at London's best bars.
The 11 best things to do in Paphos
Paphos is blessed with a darling location, that’s for sure. The harbour city is found in southwestern Cyprus, where the mountains meet the sea, and it is no great shock to discover millennia and more of culture, life and love. This is the birthplace of Aphrodite, and you know what that means. Love and beauty hit just a little softer in Paphos. The best things to do in Paphos are all about love and beauty, with plenty of exploration and excitement on top. Paphos is also home to some of the finest beaches in Cyprus, serving up a brilliant combination of culture, history and total relaxation.
The 16 best things to do on Corfu
Corfu is a little different to the other beloved Greek islands (geography plays its part), but this slice of paradise is inundated with annual visitors for good reason. The landscape is luxurious and leafy, brimming with olive trees and fruit groves, giving Corfu a verdant feel that is easy to get lost in. The good kind of lost, obviously, although the ever-present shimmering cerulean of the Ionian Sea means you are never truly lost.What are the best things to do on Corfu? Well, be on Corfu for a start, but there is plenty to get your teeth into on this beautiful island. Gorgeous architecture, stunning walks, idyllic beaches and ornate palaces headline, but the beauty of Corfu arguably lies in the spaces. You’re going to love this place. Greece at its absolute finest.
19 amazing UK castles you can actually stay in
Fancy feeling like a king or queen for the weekend? The UK is the castle capital of the world, and luckily for us, many are available to stay the night in. These beautiful historic mansions offer a rare chance to live out your fairytale dreams and escape the stresses of everyday life – whatever that fairy tale may be. Need to let your hair down? Check out the stunning Rapunzel-esque tower in County Down. Scheduling some bonding time with seven mates? Head to a cosy fourthteenth-century Snow White-style pad in Argyll and Bute. Feel like finally living out your Little Mermaid fantasies? Take a look at the glorious waterside castle in sunny Devon. Whether you stick to a single room or get the girls together for an opulent group getaway, you’re pretty much guaranteed a royally good night’s sleep. We can’t guarantee there’ll be no peas under your mattress, though... Book yourself a night (or two, or three) in one of the many UK castles that you can stay at. You know you deserve it. Or, if you fancy something a little closer to nature, here are 13 amazing UK treehouses you can actually stay in. RECOMMENDED:🏠 Great Airbnbs for large groups in the UK🤏 Tiny but perfectly formed UK hideaways🏡 Cabins and cottages to book now for autumn🌳 Amazing treehouses in the UK you can actually stay in⛰️ Outdoorsy UK getaways to help you reconnect with nature
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Neon Naked Death Drawing
When most Londoners get decked out in Halloween fancy dress, it’s usually because they’re heading out to a party, going out trick-or-treating or because they work at The London Dungeon. Not the models at this life-drawing sesh. They’re donning neon body paint and costumes – think: creepy clown and zombie outfits – for a special sketching class this spooky season. Capture their deathly appearances and then try your hand at designing your own neon craft beer label on the free can of Northern Monk you’ll get on entry if you fancy paying a couple of quid more.
Caravel is a restaurant on a boat, but don’t expect any ahoying. It’s on a boat with a vibe so distinctly unboaty that you’ll forget you’re floating on Regent’s Canal until the moment you need to climb back on to dry land to pop to the loo. (The only ones are in its sister restaurant next door, whose jetty picnic tables make a great spot for a pre-dinner, Haribo-tasting, rum ’n’ coke old-fashioned, FYI.) Until then, you’ll feel more like you’re at the kind of local bistro that might be used as the set of a classic London romcom. The walls are painted dark green and tilt inwards, cocooning each table. Service isn’t rushed. Tables aren’t crammed in. An open doorway at the back of the boat allows for nosy glimpses of the surprisingly chill kitchen. (When I visited, Eric Clapton blared out from there towards the end of the night.) If you’re a fan of St John, Jolene or Rochelle Canteen then you’re probably going to love the menu here. Caravel is run by brothers Fin and Lorcan Spiteri, the sons of two of London’s most renowned restaurateurs (mum Melanie Arnold is the co-founder of Rochelle Canteen and dad Jon Spiteri is the co-founder of Session Arts Club). The brothers have racked up an impressive CV; they’ve worked at some of London’s biggest restaurants including Quo Vadis, Oldroyd and 69 Colebrooke Row. Overall? Caravel is, in my opinion, the best date restaurant I’ve ever been to Now, they’ve taken over a restored barge next door to Studio Kitchen. The food is a run of prop
Football Crazy, Football Mad
Football, it’s good. If you’re a fan of the beautiful game then you’ll probably be interested to hear about this new exhibition in Hoxton. Football Crazy, Football Mad will run from Nov 18-21 at Hoxton Arches and is the work of creative agency Patterns of Play. The plan? A look at the intersections of football, art and design around the world. Thirty artists will be displaying pieces – so expect a good show. And, in case the whole thing leaves you gagging for a kick-about, the whole thing is reasonably near the astro at Haggerston Park
If any generation knew how to throw a party it was the lads and lasses in ‘70s New York. If they weren’t lounging about on a large white horse, they were roller-skating through the city in glittering gowns. Or you know… something like that?! Anyway, the team at the Jellied Eel are bringing the spirit of that tremendous era to Leyton for a Studio 54-inspired immersive dining experience. On the menu? Fondue, laced with Champagne. Cocktails, laced with Champagne. And also, you guessed it, Champagne, straight up. It’s all happening at new warehouse space Patchworks, which will be decked out like a Manhattan loft party for the whole of the festive season – think fur rugs, a vintage wood burner and a disco ball, with a massive retro campervan and director’s private room that serve as VIP spaces. Performances from musicians, singers and a world-class circus performer are promised too.
Crystal Palace Park is becoming home to a load of dogs in their finest Christmas gear in November. If that won't get you feeling festive, we don't know what will. This year's Dog-Fest will feature Santa Paws Dog Walks, a Christmas-themed dog show, a so-called Dogstacle Course and a Santa Dash, where London's most competitive pups will test their speed, racing over hay bales. There'll be mulled wine and hot chocolate on offer as well as a chance to get a Christmas card portrait with your pooch.
Now That's What I Call Christmas
You know those NOW! CDs you had as a kid? Well, the Southbank Centre is taking that concept and turning it into an event for Christmas this year. Except, rather than the music being played out of a tinny '00s CD player, it's going to get performed in the Royal Festival Hall by an orchestra and a choir. Capital Voices will be running through contents of 'NOW that's what I call Christmas' on December 10. Think: 'Fairytale of New York'; 'Last Christmas'; 'All I want for Christmas' and more.
Before I tell you any more about my trip to Brutto, I need to get The Giant Mural out of the way. A frenzied painting of a blue, three-eyed man, a gorilla with a port glass, Keith Lemon (?!) and many other surreal things getting sucked into a black hole. I sat facing it for three hours and hated it. No work of restaurant art has ever left me feeling so unsettled, which is a shame because everything else about my visit to the big Tuscan-inspired trattoria was so relaxed it was almost meditative. So, I’m going to pretend the mural doesn’t exist and won’t mention it again. Brutto is the latest opening from Russell Norman, who founded Polpo (that Soho Italian small-plates spot known for really good spritzes). It’s on one of those streets near Smithfield that looks like the set of ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’, but the vibe inside is much more ‘a restaurant that the love interests from an ’80s New York romcom would go to’ than ‘a hangout for Scrooge and Tiny Tim’. It’s wood-panelled and moodily lit – even at lunch time. The tablecloths are gingham, light fittings have napkins flopped over them and walls are pastel green and dotted with art that Norman collected while researching the space. Meanwhile, a soundtrack of soul and Neil Young made sure things stayed very, very chilled while I was there. (At one point I spotted one of the bar staff dancing and whistling along to ‘Harvest Moon’ between orders.) My pal and I kicked off our lunch with three lots of St John bread. Like every
Crafty Fox Christmas Market
Last year, Crafty Fox’s Christmas markets went online only. Now they’re back in business. You’ll be able to make small talk over scented candles once more! Expect to find bespoke homeware, art, cards and other lovingly made stocking fillers at the events coming up at the The Department Store in Brixton, The Crossing and Mercato Metropolitano. Or you can buy all the felt pieces and beads you need to make them yourself. If 2021 isn’t the year of your handmade Christmas presents, it’s never going to happen.
Festival of the Dead
Since last year’s Halloween was an extremely tame seated affair for us all, why not go all out for 2021 with a trip to Europe’s biggest touring Halloween show. The Festival of the Dead is pulling up at the Troxy on Oct 23 and it's bringing a boat load of party vibes with it. Think: circus performances, clubbing and carnival all mixed up into one extremelty high-octane witch's brew. And the music? Rock, metal and the dark side of dnb and electronic.
Night of the Raving Dead
If you’re looking for just a classic, massive Halloween knees-up, this party at the Troxy should definitely be on your hit list. It’s a fancy dress fiesta promising an immersive experience filled with ghouls, ghosts and zombies. There’ll be loads of special drinks and there’s also a cash prize for the best dressed. And you can expect proper house party vibes – it’s all being pulled together by a promoter called Matt’s BBQ who started out running literally BBQs for his mates and has since put on massive raves in Jamaica and Ibiza.
Halloween House and Garage Brunch
What’s spookier than chowing down on a two-course brunch to some sexy garage classics? Some might say... quite a lot?! But if your idea of celebrating spooky season is less ‘dressing up as a swamp monster and watching every “Saw” movie b2b’ and more ‘popping on some cat ears and dancing to some very good music’ you're in luck. House and Garage Brunch promises games, DJ sets, dancing and bottomless rum punch plus a burger, fries and a chocolate brownie for every guest. Vegan options available.
Halloween at Lost Boys Pizza
Claiming to be the world's only ‘vampire pizza bar’, Lost Boys Pizza is hosting a whole weekend of halloweeny stuff. Expect four costume balls held over the course of October’s spookiest weekend. Tickets cost £40 and includes shots, pizza and three cocktails per person. You can book tables for two, four and six people and the grand prise for best fancy-dressed? Tickets to a movie screening with pizza and prosecco for you and up to 12 friends. It's unclear when the vampires will show up.
When is the Queen’s funeral, how can I attend and where is the procession?
On Thursday September 8 2022, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96. Now plans are in place for her funeral in London. If you want to pay tribute to the monarch, here’s everything you need to know about watching and attending. RECOMMENDED: the full schedule and timings for the Queen’s funeral. When is the Queen’s funeral? The Queen’s state funeral will take place on Monday September 19. After lying in state for four days, her coffin will be moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey. The procession will start at 10.35am when the Queen’s funeral cortege, carried by The State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy, drawn by 142 sailors, will carry her coffin to the abbey, arriving at 11am. The big procession will take place after the event. This parade will end at Hyde Park Corner, at which point the coffin will travel by road to Windsor Castle. Find out where to see the funeral procession here, and read the full schedule here. What time is the two-minute silence? At the end of the service, just before noon, there will be a national two-minute silence. Where is the Queen’s funeral being held? The funeral is taking place at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth II will be the first British monarch to have her funeral there since 1760. What time is the Queen’s funeral? The state funeral begins at 11am. See the full schedule and timings for the funeral here. Will there be a bank holiday for the Queen’s funeral? Yes. King Charles III approved the day
There will be a massive military procession for the Queen on Monday
With news of the Queen’s death earlier today, plans are now being put into place for her funeral. While that won’t be held until Saturday 17 (more on that here), London will start paying tribute to her from today. One major event worth knowing about is the military parade that will take place on Monday. Taking place down the Mall, through Horse Guards Parade, and past the Cenotaph, the parade’s route is long enough to fit around a million well-wishers. Apparently, the logistics behind the massive event are based on those used for the London 2012 Olympics. Wondering what to expect? The route being used is very similar to that for the Queen Mother in 2002. There were more than 1,600 people involved in that parade including military marching bands. The time of the event hasn’t been announced yet, but we’ll update this post as soon as we find out. The nearest tube stations will be Hyde Park Corner, St. James’s Park, Charing Cross and Green Park, though there will no doubt be travel restrictions and selective closures in place. When is the Queen’s funeral, how can I attend and where is the procession? Some of the more unusual things happening in London following the Queen’s death. What will happen when the Queen dies?
The Queen has died at the age of 96
It’s a tragic and momentous day. Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96. The news was announced by Buckingham Palace this evening. In a statement the palace said: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.’ Elizabeth – who was born in 1926 – became monarch of the UK in 1953. She is known for introducing the tradition of the ‘royal walkabout’ – getting up close and personal with the crowds who’d come to see her rather than keeping a safe distance – as well as being a mother to Prince Charles, grandmother to Princes William and Harry and fan of jazzy hats. Her husband Prince Philip died in April 2021. RECOMMENDED: What happens now that the Queen has died? No matter how you feel about the royals, her death marks a moment of change in our country. In the coming weeks you can expect to see Charles crowned as King and our stamps and money changed to show the face of our new monarch. Her funeral will likely take place in ten days’ time, on Saturday September 17 – an official ‘day of national mourning’. The service will be held to an audience of 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey followed by a procession down the Mall. It will be shown on big screens around the city and country. In the meantime, you can expect to see the UK go into a period of mourning. In London, Big Ben will be muffled, venues will close early and there’ll be designated areas around the city whe
2022年9月8日は、悲劇的で極めて重大な日となった。 イギリス女王である、エリザベス2世が96歳で死去した。このニュースは、バッキンガム宮殿が同日夜に発表。宮殿は声明で「女王は今日の午後、バルモラルで安らかに息を引き取られました。（新）国王と王妃は、今晩バルモラル城にとどまり、明日ロンドンに戻る予定です」と述べた。 1926年生まれのエリザベス2世が、イギリスの君主になったのは1953年。彼女はチャールズ皇太子の母、ウィリアム王子とハリー王子の祖母であり、カラフルな帽子の愛好家でもあった。夫のフィリップ殿下は2021年4月に死去している。 またエリザベス2世は、自分に会いに来た群衆と安全な距離を保つのではなく、間近で接するという「ロイヤルウォークアバウト」という伝統を導入したことでも知られる。 王室をどう思おうが、彼女の死はイギリスという国の「変化の瞬間」を意味する。今後数週間のうちに、チャールズ3世が国王として戴冠し、切手や貨幣が新しい君主の顔に変わることになる。 エリザベス2世の葬儀は、18日（日）にウェストミンスター寺院で2000人の参列者を前に行われると見込まれている。その後、ザ・マルを行進する予定。その模様は、市内外の大型スクリーンで放映されるだろう。 葬儀の日、イギリスは喪に服すことになる。ロンドンではビッグベンの鐘の音は弱められ、店などは早く閉まり、市民が献花できる場所が設けられる。 関連記事 『The Queen has died at the age of 96（原文）』 『英国王室ゆかりの地を巡るオンラインツアー、無料招待の参加者を募集中』 『東京でこの秋行くべき英国展・フェア3選』 『3万輪の真紅のバラ咲く「屋上庭園」がホテルニューオータニに登場』 『隈研吾が設計する英国アンティーク博物館「BAM鎌倉」が誕生』 『約40年間停止していたロンドンの発電所、総合商業施設として再生』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら
Padella has shared the recipe for its iconic pici cacio e pepe
Sick of everyone else’s lockdown pasta looking better than yours? It’s time to step away from the easy gnocchi recipe you found on BBC Good Food and delete all your Bon Appétit tabs (although this chickpea and tomato brothy pasta is very delicious. Strongly recommend). The main player of the pasta game has unleashed a recipe for a beige meal so flavourful it’s been a Time Out hype dish. Yes, Padella has revealed the secret to its iconic pici cacio e pepe. You can read the full recipe below, but here are some tips our writer Bobby Palmer found out when he chatted to chef-owner Tim Siadatan about how to make the big dog of Italian noodle bowls: ‘The key to any unctuous sauce is pasta water. If you combined the cooked pici, cheese and butter without it, it would split and be nasty. The water helps the fat melt properly. Traditional cacio e pepe uses only pecorino, but we use a Neal’s Yard Dairy aged parmesan too. They use it for cheese plates and think we’re mad for putting it in a sauce.’ Pici cacio e pepe Serves 4 For the pici Ingredients 375g white bread flour180ml water1 tablespoon olive oilPinch fine sea salt Process Add the flour to a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Mix together the water, olive oil and salt and pour into the well. Start incorporating the flour into the water-olive oil-salt mixture until a dough starts to form. Once it forms, take the dough out, transfer to a clean table and start kneading it until it becomes smooth. With a rolling pin, sha
We asked London chefs to sum up 2020 in a single photo
This week sees one year since the WHO declared Covid-19 a pandemic. To mark the anniversary, Time Out is looking back at the past year in cities around the world, and ahead to what the future could hold. We could be wrong here, but we’re pretty certain that London’s chefs and restaurateurs never signed up to become contestants on ‘The Apprentice (But It’s Actually Your Whole Life for a Year)’. Although that’s probably what the past 12 months have felt like for them. Since the pandemic kicked off last March, each month has brought new and impossible challenges for these knife-wielding saints. It’s like Lord Sugar (appropriately) has been stood behind them all year yelling ‘Launch a food charity FROM SCRATCH!’, ‘Start making impossibly fiddly desserts as TAKEAWAYS!’, ‘Become a SHOPKEEPER!’, ‘Invent a thing called DIY MEAL KITS!’. The prize for the restaurants that succeeded? Simply keeping their business alive. This feature is a tribute to all those cooks and business owners who have had to fight so hard over the past year. We asked some of London’s restaurant top dogs – from Yotam Ottolenghi to Angela Hartnett – to share one personal photo that sums up the past 12 months for them. The results are a touching insider glimpse at their creativity, struggle and community spirit. Photograph: Time Out 1. Yotam Ottolenghi, NOPI ‘A bunch of our chefs from Ottolenghi and the NOPI kitchens are pictured here after a busy afternoon cooking for kids at Manorfields Primary school. Who
Rosa’s Thai has revealed the recipe for its beef massaman curry
Saiphin Moore, founder of Rosa’s Thai, first cooked a massaman curry for a dinner party when she was living in Hong Kong. ‘Because I was from the north of Thailand,’ she says, ‘I didn’t grow up with this dish as it’s more popular in the south. Over the years, I've perfected the recipe and I have been using it ever since.’ Now the dish is one of the most popular on the menu at the East End restaurant. This is how you make it at home. Beef massaman curry What you need to buy 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin.Five cardamom pods.Five cloves.One small cinnamon stick (or 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon).Two tablespoons vegetable oil.Two generous tablespoons massaman curry paste.Three bay leaves.One medium onion, roughly chopped.400ml coconut milk, plus extra to serve.One teaspoon caster sugar.Two tablespoons Thai fish sauce (use two teaspoons of salt instead for a vegetarian version).Two tablespoons tamarind paste.One potato, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces.200g beef sirloin, cut into bite-sized pieces. (You can swap the beef for a firm tofu, and cut into one-inch chunks for a veggie-friendly version.)Two tablespoons of beef or vegetable stock (optional).Two tablespoons roasted cashew nuts.Five pieces of chopped pineapple.Sea salt.Steamed rice, to serve. What you need to do 1. Roast the cumin, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a dry frying pan set over a medium heat, stirring continuously for a few minutes, until their aroma fills the air. Crush the spices using a pestle and mortar and set asi
In pictures: hundreds of Londoners donate supplies for Ukrainian refugees to Polish community centre
Londoners. Nice people, aren’t we? That was proven this weekend when hundreds of us queued outside the White Eagle Club in Balham to donate supplies to Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland. The donations were offered up in response to a request on social media, and piles of supplies built up at the London Polish venue, including pillows and duvets, clothes, toys and sanitary products. ‘The response is great,’ Magda Harvey, the club’s owner, told PA. ‘People are really helping. And it’s not just Polish people that are coming and bringing stuff. It’s amazing,’ she said. ‘People that are crossing the border have just got a small backpack and maybe a small suitcase and what they are wearing. They’ve got nothing.’ The club is still collecting donations for the people of Ukraine, with drop-off times from 9am to 7pm, Tuesday to Thursday and 10am to 5pm on Sundays. The address is 211 Balham High Road, SW17 7BQ. Right now, wanted items include helmets, torches, batteries, plasters, black bin bags, drones, bulletproof vests, binoculars, knee protectors, portable generators, walkie-talkies, wound dressings, army clothes and first aid kits. You can find a full list here. At the White Eagle Polish Club in Balham to drop off some things for Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Looks like half of London got there before me ❤️🇺🇦🇵🇱🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/D9A4ZyCKKd — Darren Hague (@dhague) February 27, 2022 At the White Eagle Club in Balham. People are being so generous & donating loads.BUT
And the winner of Time Out’s Clash of the Slices is...
The winner of Time Out’s Clash of the Slices has been revealed. Yard Sale beat Pizza Pilgrims in the final of the knockout tournament, which finished on Time Out’s Instagram Stories this morning. The vote came after nine days of competition between some of London’s most popular pizzerias. Sixteen venues – Franco Manca, Pizza Union, Mike’s, Firezza, Voodoo Ray’s, Santa Maria, Pizza Pilgrims, Theo’s, Yard Sale, Zia Lucia, Gordo’s, Rudy’s, Four Hundred Rabbits, ICCO, Homeslice and L’Antica Pizzeria de Michele – all took part. Readers voted for their favourites through group stages, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Yard Sale Pizza (@yardsalepizza) There were many close rounds throughout the tournament (Santa Maria, for example, mobilised its cult-like following to beat pizzerias with much bigger operations in London). The final was the closest head-to-head of all though. Pizza Pilgrims created videos, sent newsletters and enlisted the support of stars like Andi Peters to try and secure a win. Meanwhile Ed Gamble backed Yard Sale, whose bosses sent a text out to all its fans encouraging them to vote. The result? The sourdough slingers beat the Neapolitan boys by just four votes: 4,566 to 4,562. A trophy’s in the post to our Clash of the Slices champion. In the meantime we want to express our gratitude to all the brilliant pizzerias that took part. It was so much fun and we hope to bring it back, bigger and
Pancake Day meal kits and deliveries from London restaurants
First up, we should point out that this is a safe space for pancake orderers. Sure, not making your own on Pancake Day is a pretty lazy move. They require roughly three ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time to make. But we’re not here to judge. We’re here to enable. If you want to spend your hard-earned cash on perfect takeaway pancakes or a bougie pancake meal kit then we say go for it. You deserve it. These are unprecedented times after all. But if you are going to order pancakes on March 1, at least get yourself some good ones. Where The Pancakes Are You’d have to be pretty obsessed with pancakes to open a restaurant dedicated to them. And the good folk at Where The Pancakes Are certainly are. They’ve launched a series of £45 Pancake Day meal kits for half-arsed (and cash-rich) pancake makers around the city. They come with everything you need to make fancy buttermilk pancakes, plus your choice of toppings from blueberries or bacon and Canadian maple syrup. A good (if expensive) treat. Polo Bar This legendary Liverpool Street caff is doing a special series of pannies to celebrate this year’s PD. They’re opening up their pancake hatch and will be available from February 23-March 1 on Deliveroo and Uber Eats and cost around £11. Expect super-decadent toppings like sticky toffee pudding, banoffee and Lotus biscuit and cookies and cream. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Breakfast Club Cafs (@thebrekkyclub) The Breakfast Club You
10 life-changingly good takeaway sandwiches in London right now
In the era of the posh takeaway, status subs, chunky ciabattas and whopping focaccia are the new kings. In fact, our city is awash with tasty sarnies right now. Here are some of the best for your discerning tastebuds. And if you're in the market for a bit of imaginary globe-trotting, do check out The Big Site's list of the best sandwiches in the whole entire world. 1. Cold Cuts from Dom's Subs What’s on it? Bresaola, gabagool, salami, mortadella, provolone, vinegar peppers, lettuce, tomatoes and mayonnaise on a semolina sub roll. Your eyes are not deceiving you: This Cold Cuts sub (£10) from Dom's Subs deploys a quartet of meat – from ruby red bresaola and nut-studded mortadella to Tony Soprano-approved gabagool and peppery salami. The veg accessories add much-needed crunch and acidity, while the chewy semolina roll ensures no ingredient goes rogue. It’s the kind of sub that requires some mouth stretches before you dive in. London is very much a sandwich city, and Dom’s is now our leader. 2. Dusty Knuckle's Veggie Option What’s on it? Pumpkin seed tahini, coriander and lime chutney - salad of mixed soft herbs and pickled red onions. At some point in Lockdown 1 (don’t ask us when, time is blurry) Time Out’s art director posted a picture of a takeaway sandwich on the office Slack that caused uproar. It was giant. It was crusty. It looked so, so delicious. And it was from the Dusty Knuckle bakery of ginormous crusty potato sourdough fame. The socially conscious spot (in Dalsto
‘Emily in Paris’ in London, imagined
‘Emily in Paris’ star Lily Collins announced on her Instagram yesterday that the show has been renewed for two more seasons. You might wonder why that is news that we, Time Out London, would cover, considering the show follows an American marketing exec who moves to Paris, France, not London, England. Well, it’s because Season 2 ended with lots hanging in the balance. Emily was choosing between staying in Paris and returning to Chicago, while her British crush Alfie had just moved back to London. It left viewers asking: what if she followed him back to Blighty for Season 3? Well, we’ve imagined just that… Scene 1 [EXT: THE MALL, DAY] ‘Get out of the bleedin’ way!’ Emily has just stepped out of Heathrow Airport. It’s commuter time and The Mall is chockablock with red buses and black cabs as gloomy Londoners try to make their way to work. It’s pouring with rain. She’s here for business – pitching a campaign to important British tea brand PG Tips – but also pleasure: will she be able to make it to The City to track down former banker beau Alfie before she flies back to Paris, France? Scene 2 [INT: BLACK CAB, DAY] Emily’s driver takes a shortcut to her meeting via Wimbledon tennis club, Tower Bridge, trendy Dalston, the Houses of Parliament and Snaresbrook. Scene 3 [INT: CAFÉ, DAY] Emily arrives at a caff in Leicester Square, orders a pot of tea and Instagrams it with the caption ‘exciting things brewing!’. Scene 4 [INT: CAFÉ, DAY] God, Emily feels stupid. Here she is, dre