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Chinese Woodblock Printing and Calligraphy Workshop

Chinese Woodblock Printing and Calligraphy Workshop

Celebrate Chinese New Year with YICRAFTS and InkJoy calligraphy with a traditional woodblock printing workshop. You’ll get the chance to create four different beautiful prints, work on your calligraphy, and be able to take your work home, so you can proudly display on your walls for the auspiscious year ahead. There will be three different slots between 11am and 5:30pm, with each session lasting 90 minutes and all materials provided.

Year of the Tiger at Pantechnicon

Year of the Tiger at Pantechnicon

Pantechnicon is celebrating the Year of the Tiger, or the Tora in Japanese, in style, with a range of specially-crafted dishes, drinks, and events, that will bring out the strong, brave, and determined tiger in each of you.  Go down to Pantechnicon to try their new dessert (a fluffy melon pan bun), indulge in a seasonal zodiac inspired cocktail, and purchase ornamental zodiac coasters for your home.  If you’re feeling creative, you can try one of their exciting new events. Make your very own London Miso at a fermentation workshop on January 29th, where Japanese chef and teacher Yuki Gomi will help you learn the basics of the complex miso-making process.  Or combine the spirit of the tiger with vegaunary and enjoy a five-course plant based meal (January 15th and 13th February) created by 2011 Masterchef winner Tim Anderson. And for dessert? Between the 3rd and 31st of January you can get your hands on 19 different types of wagashi sweets, created by famed Japanese confectioners Minamoto Kitchoan. If you would rather celebrate The Year of the Tiger in the comfort of your own home, you can download Pantechnicon’s complimentary arts pack and discover which zodiac animal you are!  For more information, check out Pantechnicon’s website.   

Sea Containers London’s Comedy on the Rooftop

Sea Containers London’s Comedy on the Rooftop

In need of some lols to brighten up the gloomiest month of the year? Round up some friends and treat yourself to a night of light-hearted comedy on one of London’s coolest rooftop bars, 12th Knot. Join stand-up comedians Darren Harriott, Sarah Keyworth, Nabil Abdulrashid, and Cally Beaton, for a night of drinks, city views, and non-stop laughter.

Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop

Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop

What better way to celebrate the Chinese New Year than learning how to master the traditional art of paper cutting with YICRAFTS? Try something new and go along to the two-hour workshop where you will learn basic Chinese paper cutting techniques. You’re free to put your own spin on your beautiful creations, and even paint them to really stand out!

Classical Vauxhall Festival

Classical Vauxhall Festival

Classical Vauxhall Festival celebrates modern classical artists and aims to make classical music accessible to all. Now in it’s third year, the 2022 edition of the festival is bigger than ever, and will feature themed nights, including Love and Loss, Glimpses of Light, and Snapshots of Romance. The festival will include incredible performances from violinist Rosanne Philippens, french horn player Ben Goldscheider, pianist Fiachra Garvey, the cello and piano duo composed of Leonard Elshenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk, trio Amatis, soprano singer Elizabeth Llewellyn and pianist Simon Lepper. Look out for a one-night only a drag performance from Kimchilia Bartoli, countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim, whose performance will pay tribute to Vauxhall’s queer heritage. 

Lunar New Year: Lai See Canvas Workshop

Lunar New Year: Lai See Canvas Workshop

This year, to celebrate the Lunar New Year, The Steam Room has teamed up with Niconico.  There will be a series of free workshops on Jan 15 and Jan 22 where you can create your own personalised red pockets that will go towards creating a beautiful display of lai sees at The Steam Room’s shopfront window. The east London laundrette will also turn into a special store selling work from artisan makers from the East and South East Asian community in the UK and their unique lai sees will be available for purchase. Lai sees are little red envelopes traditionally given to people to celebrate the Lunar New Year and wish them good luck and prosperity.  Sign up to get a spot and there will be a limited number of lai see on day of event. All supplies will be supplied, but feel free to bring your own tools and old envelops to get creative and crafty. The display will run from January 29 to February 11. 

DIY Art Market - Valentine’s Edition

DIY Art Market - Valentine’s Edition

Panicking about what to get your significant other for Valentine’s? Go along to DIY Art Market’s special Valentine’s edition, featuring over 80 exhibitors, and find the perfect original gift for your partner. Chat to the makers directly, get to know their products, and walk away with great and affordable ceramics, comics, custom t-shirts, art prints, jewelry and much more! Find out more about the exhibitors here. 

BAO Lunar New Year: Red Envelopes & Prizes

BAO Lunar New Year: Red Envelopes & Prizes

What better way to celebrate the Lunar New Year than with a guaranteed prize? From January 28 to February 13, when you eat at BAO and order one of their lucky classic or daikon buns you will automatically receive a mysterious red envelope with a prize inside. Prizes range from £5 vouchers to spend at Convni digital supermarket, to crates of BAO’s own beer and a mega-prize: a metal pass that will grant you a bao a day for every day of 2022! The prizes apply to in-restaurant orders at any BAO location as well as take-away, and if you order a Lunar New Year, Classic or Daikon DIY home kit you’ll get a prize too.  If that’s not enough, BAO are also going all out with a special striped orange and black tiger claw bao filled with molten chocolate custard for a limited time throughout the Lunar New Year period.

The 1920s: Beyond the Roar

The 1920s: Beyond the Roar

Forget your copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’, and immerse yourself in the world of the 1920s with The National Archives’ new exhibition. Travel down a British 1920s street and learn about the key moments of this infamous decade from protests to roaring clubs. Analyse the archives’ vast collection of objects and reflect on this rich historic period.

The Big Dream

The Big Dream

What if dreams could be visible and tangible? Well The Big Dream hopes to do just that by projecting over 500 digital pieces of art on historic buildings around the world. 50 artists have created visual art that represents their dreams for our planet, focusing on the environment, social issues, and culture. The Old Royal Naval College will be one of the lucky 20 canvas-buildings and at sunset its art will be free to inspire everyone.

Africa Fashion

Africa Fashion

Celebrate the best of Africa’s fashion along the years with this new exhibition that includes over 250 artefacts, textiles, and photographs. Witness the evolution of clothing and accessories in Africa from the mid-twentieth century to present, exploring how music and visual arts have impacted the continent’s fashion. 

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Six of the best things to do in Shepherd’s Bush (picked by a local)

Six of the best things to do in Shepherd’s Bush (picked by a local)

Shepherd’s Bush resident Vera Thordardottir, co-owner of Bears Ice Cream Company, tells us how she spends her time in the area. 1. Bush Hall ‘I think a lot of musicians took their first steps there. It’s just this gorgeous old building. They have really interesting concerts and shows on.’ 310 Uxbridge Rd, W12 7LJ. 2. Bush Theatre ‘They put on lots of independent plays, discover amazing new playwrights and set up interesting productions.’ 7 Uxbridge Rd, W12 8LJ. 3. October 26 and Francis Smith Flowers ‘October 26 is an amazing bakery. The owner, Raluca Micu, makes the most delicious bread. Downstairs there’s a great florist: Francis Smith Flowers. I go there, get my bread, some special pastries and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from co-founder Philippa.’ 153 Askew Rd, W12 9AU. 4. Detour Café ‘This café is really nice and it’s run by a local friend, Kelly. It’s been there for ages but it’s just been refurbished. It’s got good sandwiches and great coffee and wine.’ 135 Askew Rd, W12 9AU. 5. The Princess Victoria ‘I really like going to The Princess Victoria. It has a great selection of wines and beers and also a pizza menu (they’re homemade and really affordable). It’s also a really gorgeous building.’ 217 Uxbridge Rd, W12 9DH. 6. Sufi ‘It’s a Persian restaurant that’s been there for a long time. They make really high-quality food. I usually order the joojeh boneless chicken with rice and salad, and the maast va mossier dip and tafftoon bread.’ 70 Askew Rd, W12 9BJ. An insider's

Uber傘下の水上バス、ロンドン郊外への定期路線開設

Uber傘下の水上バス、ロンドン郊外への定期路線開設

ロンドンの東、ケント州にあるグレーブセンドタウン桟橋は、世界最古の鋳鉄桟橋として知られている。2022年1月、この桟橋がUber傘下で水上交通を手がけるテムズ・クリッパーズへ売却されることが発表された。同社がかねてから定期運行化を計画していたロンドンとグレーブセンドを結ぶ水上バス路線の運行拠点として使われる。 グレーブセンドは、ロンドンへの通勤者が多く住む街。同路線の開設は2017年から模索され、これまでもテムズ・クリッパーズによるトライアル便や季節限定便の運行が実施されてきた。 この桟橋は、修繕を目指して2000年に個人所有者から購入していた地元のグレイヴシャム評議会が保有。今回の売却により、桟橋の管理もテムズ・クリッパーズへ任されることになった。 KentOnlineによると、民間企業にこの名所の管理が適切にできるのかと、グレイヴシャム歴史協会が懸念を表明しているという。しかし、グレイヴシャム評議会のリーダーであるジョン・ブレン議員は「この売却は、コミュニティー全体に利益をもたらす。桟橋の未来はしばらくは安泰」と語り、将来の世代が楽しめる桟橋になるということについても自信を見せている。 桟橋の売却は今後数週間のうちに完了する予定。具体的なスケジュールはまだ発表されていないが、新しい水上バス路線の運行開始までにはそう時間はかからないだろう。 原文はこちら 関連記事 『アプリで予約可能に、Uberがロンドンの水上交通と提携』 『ニューヨークのハドソン川沿いに新しい水上公園がオープン』 『ニューヨークのミッドタウンとスタテン島を結ぶフェリーが就航』 『浮遊都市は我々の未来になるのか』 『インドネシアがカリマンタン島へ首都移転』  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 

UPDATED: the cheapest (non-Wetherspoons) pint in London. Just £2.50, people!

UPDATED: the cheapest (non-Wetherspoons) pint in London. Just £2.50, people!

UPDATE: 25/1/2022 Last week, we told you about our quest to find the cheapest pint of actual beer in London. At that (early) stage, we couldn’t do better than a Sam Smiths pint of Alpine Lager at the Captain Kidd in Wapping for £3.10. There were also runners-up that came pretty close to The Captain Kidd, with both Top Secret Comedy Club and The Ramble Inn selling pints for £3.60. Now, though, new information has come across Time Out’s news/beer desk. There are local reports of an A-board outside another riverside boozer, The Yacht in Greenwich, advertising a pint of cask bitter for just £2.50. Due diligence demanded that we didn’t just take some anonymous tip-off as gospel, so we forced one of our more washed-up writers to break Dry January and go down and check the story out for reals. He duly confirmed that this indeed seems to be the case, providing this snap of the streetside advertising as documentation:  Photograph: Chris Waywell Okay, so it’s an own-brand affair, but seriously, this is frankly a flipping steal, especially in a bougie, touristy postcode like Greenwich. Four pints for a tenner! It’s like the past.  Of course, our quest has only just begun. Perhaps there’s an even cheaper cold lad out there that we have yet to hear about. If you usually get your pints cheaper than this, let us know! In the meantime here’s a list of all the pubs and bars our readers recommended: The Duke Skehans Phineas (UCL Students' Union) The Tarmon GAY The Faltering Fullback   Kew C

The best things to do in Embankment, picked by a cool local

The best things to do in Embankment, picked by a cool local

Maria Brandani, marketing and social media co-ordinator at iconic wine bar Gordon’s picks her favourite nearby haunts. 1. The Strand Lane Baths ‘One of my friends read this article about these supposedly Ancient Roman baths in one of the side streets off the Strand, where you can go and press a light switch to see them. I looked it up and found out where it was. It’s just on Strand Lane and you wouldn’t notice it unless you know about it. It’s not the most amazing thing but it feels really secret!’ 5 Strand Lane, WC2R 1AP. 2. Cellar Door ‘Cellar Door is a really tiny bar-venue on the corner of The Strand and Waterloo Bridge. It used to be an old public toilet. It has drag shows and singers, and it always feels very private. The cocktails are really good, and you get free popcorn with your drink. It’s really atmospheric.’ Wellington St, 
WC2R 0HS. 3. Mister Fogg’s Society 
of Exploration ‘Mister Fogg’s invited us to a night for people who work in other bars. There were free canapes, and we got to try a few of the cocktails. It was great, because otherwise it’s really impossible to get in!’ 1a Bedford St, 
WC2E 9HH. 4. Rosetta ‘Everyone at Gordon’s really likes this Italian place. It mainly does sandwiches with this special bread called rosetta. They’re different from other sandwiches because here they cut all the cheese and ham on the spot, so you can really taste the quality. They also do a tiramisu that’s to die for. It gets polished off quite quickly. In fact, we all fight

You can visit the Richmond pub featured in ‘Ted Lasso’

You can visit the Richmond pub featured in ‘Ted Lasso’

‘Ted Lasso’, one of Apple TV+’s biggest comedy series, tells the story of a geeky and eccentric American Football coach who is brought in to train the fictional AFC Richmond by its vindictive owner, who wants to destroy the club because her cheating husband adores it. The show has been going since 2020, and now fans can visit its infamous Crown and Anchor pub in Richmond. Well, kind of.  Happy 3rd Day of Christmas! @TedLasso fans will recognize this bench, booth, and bar. 📷 by another American pilgrim to Paved Court, 2 Chicagoan strangers in fact, with whom we shared a pint in the pub.#tedlasso #futbolislife #afcrichmond pic.twitter.com/OEwhjnY7ZX — Ryan Flanigan (@FrFlanigan) December 27, 2021 The pub is actually called The Prince’s Head and, although it was only used for filming exterior shots, it’s capitalising on its association with the programme by showcasing some cool ‘Ted Lasso’ paraphernalia, including the iconic AFC Richmond football kit that’s heavily featured in the series. Spent the morning exploring Richmond seeing if we would be lucky enough to run into @TedLasso, @TheRealRoyKent , @TheKeeleyJones, @TheCoachBeard or @hanwaddingham. Sadly, we only found the pub. pic.twitter.com/jParGkBUWM — Liz Cromwell Acklin (@lizziecromwell) September 1, 2021 Some devotees have even gone on ‘Ted Lasso’ tours around Richmond, where the majority of the show is set and filmed, visiting the locations where the characters live and go about their daily lives.

There’s going to be a London vigil for Ashling Murphy on Saturday

There’s going to be a London vigil for Ashling Murphy on Saturday

The National Women’s Council of Ireland has confirmed that dozens of vigils are being organised along the UK to honour the life of 23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy, who was attacked in Tullamore while out for a run and died on Wednesday afternoon.  London’s vigil will be held on Saturday, in front of the London Irish Centre, between 4pm and 5pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring flowers and candles. All those who cannot attend are encouraged to light a candle for Ashling and all other victims of gender-based violence at 4:30pm.   A London Vigil to Remember Ashling Murphy Saturday 15th 4pm.Outside the London Irish Centre.#ashlingmurphy#shewasgoingforarun pic.twitter.com/9FPY2hKlJg — London Irish Centre (@LDNIrishCentre) January 13, 2022 Between 4pm today and 9:30am on Saturday, vigils will also be held in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Among the vigils, there will be one outside the Irish Parliament, Dáil Éireann in Dublin.  Meanwhile in London......a beautiful tribute to Ashling MurphyThere are no other or better words💔 🇮🇪 RIP#shewasgoingforarun pic.twitter.com/QLOaTYMldn — Rob King TV 💙 (@RobKingTV) January 14, 2022 Other arrangements have been made to celebrate Ashling, including a walk in Cork City, Republic of Ireland. Thousands of people are also taking to social media to express their sadness at Ashling’s passing and raise awareness about women’s security.

Londoners have been told to avoid outdoor exercise today – here’s why

Londoners have been told to avoid outdoor exercise today – here’s why

If you needed reason to sack off any ‘new year, new me’ plans to go for runs every day this January – here is a good one.  The Government’s official source on UK air pollution has issued a warning, alerting Londoners that the pollution levels are very high right now. They are so high that according to IQAir, the PM2.5 (particulate matter) concentration in the city is currently 6.3 times higher than the World Health Organisation’s recommended annual air quality. The last time the air was this toxic was way back in March 2018. The government’s health advice states that all those with respiratory or heart problems should avoid any kind of strenuous activity, while everyone else should reduce physical exertion, especially outdoors.  You might especially want to avoid the Hammersmith and Stratford areas where the pollution levels are expected to be the worst.  Mayor Sadiq Khan announced last December that ‘toxic air pollution is a public health crisis’, highlighting the recent increase in car use and traffic to pre-pandemic levels. This surge in pollution levels was caused by extremely high pressure which causes a lack of air movement and traps all the polluting emissions in.     While these figures are worrying, a doctor’s order to stay at home, binge-watch 'The Tourist', and not lift a finger all day doesn’t sound too shabby – especially when a worldwide pandemic is still raging outside.  Plus, on Saturday the city’s pollution levels are expected to lower to normal (if you can c

Watch a Sumatran tiger cub take its first steps at London Zoo

Watch a Sumatran tiger cub take its first steps at London Zoo

A little Sumatran tiger cub was born in December last year - and it’s taking its first wobbly steps outside one month later. After an (unusual) day of glorious weather in London yesterday, the cub decided to brave a few steps away from Mama tiger Gaysha, and walk out into an outdoor shelter of London’s zoo. Photograph: © ZSL London Zoo  The cub, which belongs to a critically endangered species, has been quite shy up until now, so London’s zoo keepers were thrilled and fascinated to get to see its first steps. Zookeepers don’t yet know if the cub is female or male and will only find out in a few week’s time for the tiger’s first health check. Then comes the pleasure of choosing a name for the little critter (under Gaysha’s supervision of course)!  In the 1970s there were around 1,000 Sumatran tigers in the wild – today it is estimated that only 300 remain. The threat of extinction for this species is really high, so every birth and every new step is a victory for the Zoological Society of London.  If you visit the zoo in the near future, you might be lucky enough to see the little cub venture out further into its enclosure! See adorable photos of ZSL London Zoo’s annual stocktake.  The Time Out 2021 London animal power list

‘I’m building a spreadsheet!’ The guy who took out billboards to find a wife has had 1,000 applications

‘I’m building a spreadsheet!’ The guy who took out billboards to find a wife has had 1,000 applications

‘It's a bit of a shock when people recognise me on the street, or just come up and say “Oh, how's it going?” I just think: “well, how do you know me?” Oh, okay, because of the billboards”.’  Last week, Muhammad Malik went from unknown guy to famous face overnight. Sick of dating, the 29-year-old entrepreneur set up giant adverts for himself in London and Birmingham. Each one featured a photo of Malik, the tagline ‘Save me from an arranged marriage’ and information about how to get in touch. They were picked up by news channels around the world.  One week later, Malik’s life has been turned upside down, and he laughs as he says: ‘You can’t predict these things, right? Like, how people would react?’ Speaking to Time Out over the phone, the west Londoner sounds cheerful, saying that he’s had loads of applications, contact from old friends and teachers, and even proposals from businesses since he put the billboards up. In fact, he’s already been gifted stuff for his potential future wedding. ‘A company that sells wedding attire for South Asian people has said that when I let them know when the big day is, they’ll sort my swag.’  He talks to us about his parents’ reaction, how he’s organising his DMs and his ideal first date. How many applications have you had so far? ‘1,000 people through the website but quite a lot more through Instagram, a bit on Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok as well. But yeah, lots of DMs, some cheeky slide-ins...’ What’s your process for sorting through the a

Good news: London has passed its peak of Omicron infections

Good news: London has passed its peak of Omicron infections

According to official ONS numbers interpreted by public health director Professor Kevin Fenton, London is likely to have passed its peak of Omicron infections, with both cases and hospitalisations on the decrease.  The peak of 4,074 daily cases happened last Wednesday and numbers have since dropped.  The capital was swept by cases of Omicron in November, one of the latest variants of Covid-19. Infections soared so high in December that Mayor Sadiq Khan declared a ‘major incident’, and the country met new records of infections.  In late December, the Evening Standard reported that one in 15 people in London had Covid, making it the highest proportion of cases in England.   Despite being more contagious than previous strains, Omicron is believed to cause milder symptoms and illness.  Nonetheless, Professor Fenton has warned that the infection rate is still very high, and that people should still get vaccinated, even if they have already contracted the virus. Mayor Sadiq Khan told the Evening Standard that ‘it is right for there to be a review [of the Plan B advice] in a couple of weeks’ time’, and that while he couldn’t predict how the numbers would change, he would be ‘touching every piece of wood I can see hoping that the work from home rule goes.’ Wall of Hearts retouched: London’s Covid memorial looks spectacular again Why London’s terrible vaccination statistics aren’t quite what they seem

Breathe life into your old instruments by donating them to young, aspiring musicians

Breathe life into your old instruments by donating them to young, aspiring musicians

Do you have an old instrument lying around the house? That guitar you bought when you were 16 and swore to learn how to play, the recorder from your child’s schooldays, a crumbling violin that’s been in the family for years… do you actually use any of them? Ronnie Scott’s Charitable foundation, in partnership with charities Music for All and Sistema England, are welcoming all musical instrument donations for children in the UK and overseas.  The donation scheme aims to make music accessible for all, especially those that have not had access to a musical education.  The amnesty event organised by the legendary jazz club, has been going on for some years, and attracted the attention of celebrities such as singer Sam Smith, multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney, musician Neil Cowley, and trumpeter Christian Scott, who have all made donations in the past.  All those interested can email Ronnie Scott’s foundation to express their interest, and then rock up to Frith Street on January 22, between 10am and 3pm, to drop off their instrument, have a warm cuppa or a glass of fizz, and get to meet some of the talented musicians that have grown up on Ronnie’s iconic stage.  Once you donate your item you will receive a unique tracking number, so that you can follow its journey and find out where your instrument has ended up. All instruments will be checked with the help of Music for All and Sistema England, and then sent to children who haven’t had access to musical education. If your instru

Fines on Tfl red routes are set to go up for the first time in 10 years

Fines on Tfl red routes are set to go up for the first time in 10 years

In a bid to reduce congestion, road accidents and pollution, Transport for London has agreed to increase fines for road contraventions on all red routes. Red routes, if you don’t know, are the city's busiest thoroughfares, accounting for 30 percent of the traffic in the capital. Drivers will now have to pay fines of £160 rather than £130, with the rate increasing for the first time since 2011, and bringing the charge in line with the current penalty for non-payment of the Congestion Charge. Contraventions include things like illegal parking, blocking yellow boxes, illegal turns and the like. All the classics. Tfl's Director of Compliance, Policing, Operations and Security, Siwan Hayward said:  ‘Non-compliance impacts London's air quality, creates safety risks, disrupts traffic and creates congestion for everyone. Increasing the penalty charge for contraventions on our road network in line with inflation will provide a more effective deterrent to drivers and improve the safety and reliability of the network.’ This decision came after a registered 26 percent increase in penalty charge notices (PNCs) between 2016 and 2019. The new rule applies to red routes only, which constitute five percent of roads but still carry a huge amount of traffic. These roads are some of the busiest in London and are often congested, creating opportunities for serious accidents involving both drivers and pedestrians. Tfl is also considering making their 24-hour bus lanes permanent, so as to encourage