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16 amazing things to do in Padstow
Padstow is the capital of Rick Stein World. Wait, what? Okay, it is difficult to visit this pearler without running into the famous chef’s empire, but why would you want to avoid that magic? Stein knows what he’s doing, to say the least.But there is more to Padstow than Rick Stein, with its famous lobsters, gorgeous trails, tranquil beaches and witchcraft waiting for visitors. It also happens to be magnificently picturesque, although we’d expect nothing less from charming Cornwall. These are the best things to do in Padstow. Make sure to come hungry.
The best Airbnbs in the UK
It doesn’t matter what time of year it is because there’s nothing like dusting off the suitcase, setting your out of office and enjoying a well-deserved break. And yes, you could jet off to somewhere tropical but have you seen what our pound buys abroad right now? That’s why we are firmly advocating a weekend or a week away in the UK. After all, our brilliant and beautiful little island is home to some wonderfully diverse climates and environments. From the coastlines of Pembrokeshire and the staggering beauty of the Lake District to Cotswold-stone cottages, and a wealth of countryside, forests and secluded sandy beaches there are endless opportunities to explore the country. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best Airbnbs in the UK for you to take a look at. Happy reading. 🏊 Dreamy UK holiday cottages with swimming pools💕 The best romantic weekend getaways in the UK🪵 Amazing cabins and cottages in the UK🏛️ Incredible UK buildings where you can stay the night🧘 The best wellbeing breaks and yoga retreats in the UK This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
15 brilliant places for breakfast and brunch in Manchester
Breakfast and brunch culture has gone through quite a change in recent years. With more and more of us working from cafés and coffee shops, baristas have had to up their game to accommodate both workers on the move and those who just want to sit back and enjoy a relaxed breakfast or brunch.And that’s great news for those of us seeking high-quality food to start the day. As our pick of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Manchester shows, this city has plenty to offer, from top-of-their-class restaurants to wholesome cheap eats, with a fantastic range of fry-ups, porridges and pastries so that you can start your day right. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Manchester
The 12 best coffee shops and cafés in Manchester
The art of a good coffee is something we can all appreciate. And we’re not just talking about the fancy shapes adorning the frothy top.Café culture in Manchester is booming and that includes the ever-increasing desire for a decent coffee. Fortunately, we have as much choice as the types of coffee and, indeed, the kinds of milk you can have, from soya to oat to cow. Manchester has everything from greasy spoons with mugs of jet-black filter to quirky brunch spots with fabulous flat whites to brilliant bars serving killer cortados. In fact, some neighbourhoods, like the Northern Quarter and Ancoats, have thrived in part because of the demand for places to sit back, sip, nibble and relax. Here’s our guide to the best coffee shops and cafés in Manchester. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Manchester
The 16 best seaside towns to visit near London
When the sun shines, it’s a tradition in London to immediately seek out the nearest beer garden or patch of grass to soak up some rays. But with a little planning, it’s perfectly easy to slink off a little further afield and upgrade your place in the sun to a seaside deckchair. The UK’s wild and sweeping coastline is peppered with pretty little towns - some of which are surprisingly close to London. Don’t be fooled by the small stature of these coastal retreats - they’re packed with plenty of things to do, see, eat, drink and explore. They’re kitsch, cool and perfect for flip-flopping your way through a day of salty, sandy fun. And for adventures further afield, check out our comprehensive guide to the UK’s best and coolest seaside towns. RECOMMENDED: The best beaches near London
The 13 best places to go stargazing in the UK
Whether you’re a Coldplay fan or not, you have to agree that they were onto something with ‘a sky full of stars’. Losing yourself in the chaos of the cosmos every once in a while can do wonders for your soul – it’s one of the most grounding things out there, after all. And while it’s easy to forget just how spectacular the night sky can be if you live in a light-polluted city like London or Manchester, the UK actually has an abundance of top stargazing destinations – and many aren’t too far away from the metropolis. From the rolling hills of Kent and the majestic beaches of Cornwall, to the furthest stretches of Scotland, we’ve handpicked the absolute best places to go stargazing in the UK. Hey, if you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of the fabled Northern Lights. RECOMMENDED: 🧙♂️Magical and mystical places in the UK 🎨 The most colourful places in the UK and Ireland🏰 The best castles in the UK💜 The best lavender fields in the UK🪦 The most beautiful graveyards in the UK
The 12 cosiest cabins and log cabins in the UK
Listen, we love the city. We love the hustle and bustle, the noise, the never-ending supply of things to do and see. But sometimes, you really do just need to escape for a bit. A change of scenery is good for you – especially if the scenery is as gorgeous as the settings for these cosy countryside cabins. And we’re not talking about that old shed in your grandparent’s back garden. We’re talking about full-on architectural wonders – ranging from luxury woodland shacks and rustic log cabins to eco-friendly huts and elegant tree houses. If you’re looking for a scenic hangout for a group of mates, a luxe romatic retreat, a pad to get back to basics or just fancy swerving the rest of humanity for a while, plan an escape to one of these hideaways. Here’s our pick of the best cabins and log cabins to stay in across the country. RECOMMENDED:💕 The best romantic weekend getaways in the UK☕ Tiny, cosy cottages you can book in the UK🌳 11 incredible treehouses you can book in the UK🧘 The best wellbeing breaks and yoga retreats in the UK🏞️ The most beautiful national parks in the UK
The best theme parks near London
London can be a pretty thrilling place to live – and sometimes just because you made the last tube without having to run like a loon for it. But for adrenaline kicks of a different kind, look no further than our guide to the best theme parks in and around the city. At some of them, you’ll find the nation’s most scream-inducing rollercoasters and at others you’ll get something a bit more gentle and suitable for little ones. Peppa Pig, anyone? And if you’re still in the mood for more heartbeat-raising activities, read our list of the best extreme London fitness classes or try these outdoor pursuits. At least you’ll sleep well afterwards. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
The 12 best wellbeing breaks and yoga retreats in the UK
Sometimes it all gets a bit too much, and that’s why it’s alright to ‘treat yo self’ every once in a while. Taking care of your body and mind will help you find balance in the chaos of everyday life – so what better way to reset than indulging in a dedicated wellbeing break or yoga retreat? From digital detoxes and seasonal cleanses to mindfulness classes and attentive yoga workshops, the sheer range of wellness options across the UK is pretty impressive. But if you’re finding that choice a bit overwhelming, please don’t stress: we’ve done the work for you and have handpicked a selection of the absolute best yoga and wellness retreats in the country. Whatever wellness means to you, all you have to do now is book your trip, pack your bags... and relax. RECOMMENDED:💕 The best romantic weekend getaways in the UK☕ Tiny, cosy cottages you can book in the UK🌳 11 incredible treehouses you can book in the UK🪂 The best extreme outdoor activity breaks in the UK🏞️ The most beautiful national parks in the UK
13 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty near London
Finding green spaces in London isn’t too hard. The capital is peppered with pretty parks, flower-filled gardens and walks that can make you feel a million miles from the city. But with new government guidance stating that we’re allowed to drive out of the city to other destinations in England for walks, we’re ready to broaden our horizons. Luckily, the UK has some grand patches of countryside to walk in. So many, in fact, that it can be tricky to decide where to go. That’s where Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty come in. These verdant areas are given special conservation laws to limit development and preserve their natural beauty. In other words they’re quiet, pretty, and perfect places to take a hike. There are 46 AONBs across Britain, and a handful of these are fairly close to London. Take a look through our list of AONBs within three hours of London and start planning your great escape. RECOMMENDED: The best day trips from London
17 of the UK’s most spectacular outdoor swimming pools
From day trips to one of the many golden sandy beaches to a sun-soaked pint in a beer garden, the British Isles are blessed with excellent fair weather activities, but none quite rival the retro charm of the lido. Back in the 1930s the chilly outdoor pools were one of the hottest hangouts, and hundreds were built up and down the UK. Now, just a handful remain, but thanks to a huge revival in outdoor bathing, the breezy baths are having a bit of a moment. Lidos can be found across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and they’re perfect for a summertime dip. From art deco cathedrals to swimming to sleek new rooftop hot springs, dive into our pick of the UK’s best outdoor pools. RECOMMENDED:🏊 The best wild swimming spots in the UK🦦 Where to spot rare wildlife in the UK📸 The UK’s most Instagrammed villages🪂 The best extreme outdoor activity breaks in the UK🚴 The most beautiful bike trails in the UK
21 dreamy places to go glamping in the UK
It’s a fact: spending time in nature is good for you. Whether that’s a long walk surrounded by lush countryside or a trip to the beach to plunge into the salty ocean, it’s proven that the great outdoors helps with anxiety and stress – and where better to soothe your soul than a leafy retreat in the UK? To really embrace Mother Nature, sleeping out under the stars never fails. Sure, there are some people who enjoy Bear Grylls-ing it on a wild camping adventure, but what about those of us who need a few more home comforts... loo roll, for example. That’s where glamping comes in. A cut above your average campsite, these luxurious getaways promise comfort and the great outdoors in equal measure. From bougie bell tents set around idyllic natural swimming ponds to quirky tipis with their own wood-fired hot tubs, these plush pads are a million miles from roughing it. So forget about wrestling with tent poles, leave that musty sleeping bag at home, and take your stress levels down a (tent) peg with a stay at one of these incredible glamping sites. RECOMMENDED:💕 The best romantic weekend getaways in the UK🪵 Amazing cabins and cottages in the UK🌳 11 incredible treehouses you can book in the UK🧘 The best wellbeing breaks and yoga retreats in the UK🏞️ The most beautiful national parks in the UK
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Like a crowd-pleasing superhero, it’s Southbank Centre to the rescue when you need something to do in London and you’re out of ideas. An astounding programme of cultural events – from visual art and music to literature workshops and performance – views over the Thames, and slap bang in the centre of London - no wonder it’s so many people’s trump card. The lively arts and entertainment centre is the UK’s largest, putting on over 5,000 events a year. Expect a well-curated line-up that straddles world-class artists, niche poetry, music festivals and everything inbetween. The London Literature Festival, for example, brings together the greatest literary minds for 11 days of talks, readings, poetry and performance. Meanwhile the annual WOW - Women of the World festival sees a killer line-up that champions everything good and great going on in the world of women. Events take place in multiple venues perfectly poised on the bank of the Thames. The Grade I listed Royal Festival Hall is at the heart of the complex, where you'll find - among many other things - a 2,700 seater auditorium and the National Poetry Library. The neighbouring Hayward Gallery is a stunning piece of brutalist architecture, and plays host to a range of inspiring and adventurous artists. And it's not just culture vultures that flock here, food fans circle the food market for their weekly helping of inspired street food, booze, coffee and artisan produce. The Southbank Centre restaurants are incredibly popular to
Aside from its iconic silhouette, The O2 is barely recognisable from its original guise as the Millennium Dome. It’s been over decade since the giant tent opened on the Greenwich peninsula, and they’ve not been shy of a few makeovers to reinvent themselves into a buzzing entertainment, music and arts venue. Most recently, The O2 added yet another string to its bow with a discount shopping centre. Launched in October 2018, ICON Outlet houses more than eighty stores along a polished indoor avenue. Think high-brow high street brands like Levi’s, Phase Eight, Hobbs and Jack Wills, as well as a range of restaurants, cafes and bars to rest your weary feet. Go full diva and shop ‘hands free’ for an extra £12, or get your shopping sent straight to your door with their home delivery service.
Chuan Body+Soul Spa
A day on Oxford Street might be brilliant for shopping, but with around half a million visitors milling around every day, it’s hardly good for the soul. Luckily, tucked away on a quiet-ish street nearby is the calming haven of Chuan Body + Soul – a luxurious subterranean spa perfectly positioned as an alternative to the mayhem on the streets above. The retreat is part of the stunning Langham hotel, with a separate entrance on Cavendish Place for day visitors. Inside, it’s a cosy haven of remedies and relaxation, underpinned by traditional Chinese medicine of the five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. There’s a small but well-curated selection of treatments available – but go for a signature Chuan session (from £90) to get a taste of the Chinese medicine influence. The Chuan Harmony massage starts with a quick but thorough questionnaire about your current hang-ups and personality traits (don’t worry, there’s nothing too probing) to determine which element needs rebalancing. The therapist will then use the unique blend of oils assigned to that element and hone in on the associated areas of your body that need loosening up. Rebalancing earth, for example, requires uplifting eucalyptus oil combined with a heavenly facial massage. During the hour-long treatment, the therapist gets to work on every part of your body, pushing pressure points, smoothing out any knots and generally working their soothing magic. It will almost certainly send you off into a sleepy state o
5 London vegan restaurants that’ll ease you into Veganuary
So you’ve signed up to Veganuary. You’ve stocked up on tofu. You’ve googled seitan. You have a cupboard full of Oreos at the ready. No one said it was easy going green but don’t fret: there has never been a better time to try out being vegan in London. There are plenty of eateries out there that have your back. From cosy vegan cafés to boundary-pushing veggie restaurants, in London you’ll find some of the best plant-based dishes in the world. 1. Eat of Eden This Caribbean-inspired, plant-based eatery has six locations dotted across the capital, so you're never far from an Eat of Eden, no matter which side of the river you're on. Choose the crispy seaweed fritters, ackee and juicy sweet peppers, washed down with a bottle of their finest Jamaican Guinness punch. 2. Itadaki Zen It claims to be Europe’s first Japanese, vegan and organic restaurant, and while we can’t confirm that, we can confirm it’s damn good. The little kitchen manages to offer a vast array of dishes. Sushi, udon noodles, tempura and bento boxes are on offer, making it the perfect place to mix things up when you get stuck in a houmous and pita groove. 3. Black Cat Café The menu is simple at this 100 percent vegan workers’ cooperative, but it’s top of the bunch for budget vegan dining. Its beef-style burger made with seitan and soya mince patties is a permanent fixture, but you’ll find changing specials too. 4. Purezza Purezza means purity in Italian, but try telling that to sinful dough balls oozing with a
5 London walks for blowing away the Christmas cobwebs
Christmas is a time for boozing (especially this year), eating and watching the telly – everyone knows that. But when the lines between you and the sofa become blurred, it’s probably time to mix it up a bit. Swap that paper crimbo hat for a woolly one and get out into the great outdoors, or at least, on to the great walking routes of London. We’re blessed with some fab treks around the capital, from lush waterside rambles to inner-city history tours, frosty park strolls to culturally enriching wanders. So give Netflix a break, grab your household or one friend and stretch your legs on one of these brilliant walks around London. The Westminster Walk Who said walks had to be all green and grassy? This self-guided tour takes in some of London’s biggest royal and political hotspots, starting and finishing at the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. You’ll scoot past the prime minister’s HQ, plus three art galleries, Winston Churchill’s secret bunker and several Monopoly board squares. At a leisurely pace it will take you around two hours, or power walk your way round in 45 mins. Find the route here Jubilee Greenway Photograph: Ben Rowe The Jubilee Greenway is an epic 60km route created in 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. But we’re not expecting you to Bear Grylls it around the whole loop. It’s split into sections, and we love the first bit. It starts at Buckingham Palace and ends at the waterways of Little Venice. You’ll walk up Constitution Hill, through Hyde Park, pas
The UK has four of the world’s most Instagrammed parks
Looking to escape London for a wilderness fix? Hold off on booking that long-haul flight, because picture-perfect national parks might be closer than you think. According to a study released today, some of the most Instagram-worthy national parks in the world can be found right here in Blighty. That’s if the folks at Faraway Garden Furniture are to be believed. They totted up national park hashtags used on Insta to compile a list of the 20 most Instagrammed in the world. California’s Yosemite National Park comes in at number one with 4,067,845 hashtags, followed closely by Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona (3,859,864). And in at number three it’s – gasp – our very own Lake District (2,662,538). It’s also the first park on the list that’s free to enter. Good ol’ Cumbria. The Lake District National Park Photograph: Shutterstock The Peak District (1,342,240) is number six on the list, while the Welsh national park Snowdonia (844,124) and Hampshire’s New Forest National Park (662,274) come in at numbers ten and 11. New Forest National Park Photograph: Chris Button They all ranked higher than the most expensive national park on the list, Komodo National Park in Indonesia. To enter the Komodo dragon’s playground you'll need a full year membership, which costs an eye-watering $1,000. The UK parks on the list also racked up more hashtags than global crackers like dormant volcano Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River. So there you
One of the world’s best bars is popping up in St Paul’s this month
Great news, cocktail fans: our favourite Greek bar is popping up in London again. You know the one, The Clumsies. Ranked sixth in the World’s 50 Best Bar Awards 2019, the Athens joint popped up here last year, and now it’s coming back to the rather swish rooftop bar Madison for a five-day residency. The Clumsies debuted at 22 in the list of The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2015, and has featured in the top ten three times since. Londoners can rock up to Madison from 4pm on Monday February 24 to Friday February 28, to see cocktail royalty and The Clumsies co-founder Vasilis Kyritsis shaking up some OG (original Greek) creations. The menu will include the glittering blue Aegean Negroni (featured on our list of the best cocktails on earth, no less) made with fennel seeds and the indigenous Cretan herb diktamus, as well as their take on an Old Fashioned, made with bourbon and salted caramel. Oof. Mediterranean holiday? Pfft. Just head to St Paul’s for a real taste of Athens. The Clumsies will be at Madison, One New Change Rooftop Terrace, St Paul’s, EC4M 9AF, Feb 24-28, 4pm till late. Find the perfect cocktail den with our list of the best bars in London. Get more boozy news delivered straight to your inbox when you sign up to Time Out.
Islington is introducing London’s first Low Plastic Zone
London has some great green initiatives. There are sustainable supermarkets, innovative restaurants and ethical fashion events. But there’s still room for more. Great news, then, that London’s first Low Plastic Zone launches this week. It covers Cowcross Street in Islington, where three-quarters of businesses have reduced the single-use plastic they give to customers. What did the businesses do exactly? Well, among other things, the charter of commitment asks folks to pledge to provide washable cutlery, offer items like milk and sugar in refillable containers, and avoid single-use plastics with fresh fruit and veg. It’s the work of NLWA (North London Waste Authority), which is partnering with other areas within Haringey, Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney and Waltham Forest to reach the same status. More than 50 percent of business will need to sign up for their area to bag the Low Plastic Zone title. The big green push comes after NLWA conducted a nationwide survey and found that 95 percent of people want local businesses to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic, and 83 percent of people have taken steps to reduce their own use. To help pinpoint sustainable businesses (or find out which ones haven’t signed up), NLWA has made this handy map. Top points to Cowcross Street, and here’s to more Low Plastic Zones cropping up soon. Want to be greener? Here’s our guide to sustainable living in London. Cut back on plastic with these ace zero-waste shops in London.
Fondue pizza is now a thing, thanks to Pizza Pilgrims and The Cheese Bar
What do you love more, pizza or fondue? It’s impossible to pick one. Like choosing between your best mate and a puppy. Well, thanks to the fromage experts at The Cheese Bar (aka the legends who made the cheese conveyor belt) and the Neapolitan-style pizzeria Pizza Pilgrims, you don’t have to choose. The former street food traders worked alongside each other in the early days, and now they’ve teamed up to create a fondue pizza, loaded with five types of cheese. Inspired by the Georgian dish, khachapuri, La Fonduta is laden with cheesy classics mozzarella, ricotta and parmesan, as well as The Cheese Bar’s cornish gouda and kingham. The cheesy mix goes in the oven with garlic and white wine and it’s then garnished with prosciutto and pickles. It’s all served atop a raised-crust pizza, made with PP’s much-loved chewy, flame-licked dough, shaped like a bathtub just to keep all that oozy cheese in. Gouda thing Veganuary is over. La Fonduta will be available at all of Pizza Pilgrims’ London locations from Mon Feb 10-Mar 1, priced at £12. Feeling peckish? These are the best dishes in London. Eat on the hoof with London’s brilliant street food.
Soho has been evacuated again after more parts of a World War II bomb found
Areas of Soho have been evacuated for the second day in a row after the discovery of part of a World War II bomb. The police team for Soho confirmed on Twitter today that the road closures and evacuations would continue. In particular, residents and workers on Dean Street, Richmond Mews, Meard Street and St Annes Court will be evacuated, they wrote. Another part of yesterday’s WW2 ordnance has been discovered.Further road closures are going to be implemented shortly. It is likely that the closures will be Dean St & the surrounding area however this will be updated as soon as we can. #Soho pic.twitter.com/apWazBlTA1 — Soho Police (@MPSSoho) February 4, 2020 Reports of a bomb in the area first surfaced yesterday afternoon, when the bomb disposal unit was called to Dean Street by construction workers. The police thought the bomb had been fully removed and a few hours later removed all the cordons, which originally stretched between Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue, Lexington Street and Poland Street. Details of the current situation are still unfolding. A tweet from Soho police team today stated: ‘We apologise for the inconvenience & understand the disruption caused however these closures will likely be in place until the end of this incident.’ The incident isn’t currently affecting any tube lines or Underground stations. Get up to speed on the latest stories with Time Out London’s news.
You can take a pottery class at a ‘Ghost’ screening this Valentine’s Day
Loved-up Londoners without Valentine’s Day plans: drop everything. We’ve found a date that’s cheesier than a raclette party on a dairy farm and just as fun. Cineworld is offering couples the chance to recreate *that* iconic pottery scene from ‘Ghost’ IRL at its cinema in North Greenwich. Punters who book tickets to the 1990 romantic classic at Cineworld’s O2 venue (and they’re a bit of a steal at £35) can get hands-on at a pottery class before the flick starts. What’s more, the class will be soundtracked to The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’, just like in the film. Maybe that’ll distract from your questionable pottery throwing skills. And if your wonky masterpieces don’t impress, then maybe the three-course dinner will, followed by cosying up in reclining seats to watch the movie. Photograph: Cineworld The VIP film experience starts at 7.30pm on February 14, but arrive at least an hour early to get your Swayze on. And for those who can’t be bothered with getting messy, the clay-throwing class is optional. You can still get down there early and make the most of unlimited nachos, hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. Because nothing says ‘romance’ like bottomless nachos. The VIP ‘Ghost’ screening takes place at Cineworld at the O2 Greenwich, on Feb 14 at 7.30pm. Book online here. Find more quirky date ideas with our round-up of non-naff romantic things to do in London. Looking for prime petals? Peruse London's loveliest florists
Surround yourself with colour at this new exhibition in Greenwich Peninsula
February can be a bit of a grey month in London. Thankfully, the capital has some incredible attractions to brighten up the days – and this exhibition might be the most colourful of them all. ‘Slices of Time’ is the vivid and immersive new work by Emmanuelle Moureaux. It hopes to offer a colourful refuge from the outside world. Open from Wednesday February 5 at Now Gallery in Greenwich Peninsula, the installation is made up of paper cut-outs in 100 colours. The vivid paper shapes will be layered to create mesmerising waves in all the colours of the rainbow. And if that sounds a bit waffly, take a peek at Moureaux’s previous exhibitions – they look ace. Photograph: Emmanuelle Moureaux The French architect and artist hopes it will create a pensive space to make you think about your valuable time here on earth. Or to wonder whether you left the oven on. ‘‘Colour of Time’ by Emmanuelle Moureaux Photograph: Emmanuelle Moureaux According to the curators at Now Gallery, Moureaux’s work will offer the perfect respite from the ‘political bedlam’ we’re currently experiencing. Regardless of the reason, we wouldn’t say no to a little rainbow respite. ‘Slices of Time’ by Emmanuelle Moureaux will be at Now Gallery Feb 5-Apr 17. Free entry. Plan your year in art with these 11 exhibitions we can’t wait to see in 2020. Get crafty with our list of London art galleries in weird places.
This is when the next Extinction Rebellion mass action is coming to London
During October last year Extinction Rebellion shut down parts of London for weeks. Now, rumours of the next peaceful mass action in the capital are starting to surface. Apparently, the next big rebellion by the climate change activists will take place in London on Saturday May 23. It’s a popular date: the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium takes place on the same day and the late spring bank holiday follows on Monday May 25. XR has confirmed other London-based events, such as the protest to stop expansion at London City Airport on February 11 and the Put Out the Fire march on February 22, but this new date will reportedly be the group’s next mass rebellion. Photograph: NurPhoto The date has been confirmed on Twitter by XR associates, Animal Rebellion. The decentralised group – which focuses on campaigning for a sustainable, plant-based food system – hit the headlines when it occupied Smithfield Market last October. The time has finally come to unveil the next phase for Animal Rebellion...✊🏼💕🌎✊🏾💕🌍✊💕🌎SAVE THE DATE FOR 23RD OF MAY !We came out strong in October and asserted ourselves as a key player in the struggle for Climate & Animal Justice. However that was only the beginning! pic.twitter.com/3iZPWtVQPD — Animal Rebellion (@RebelsAnimal) February 1, 2020 According to a post on its website, the peaceful protest organisation is teaming up with XR to arrange ‘something bolder, more creative and more innovative than ever before.’ Further details are yet to be a
You can eat adorable pink dumplings in London this Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and with so many date night options in London it’s hard to pick one. Is it best to plan a hot date in a cool bar? Book a table at a top restaurant? Or do something a little more offbeat? Doing Cupid’s bidding can send some people into a tizz, but we’ve got one word of advice: dumplings. Among London’s enormous platter of dim sum spots, the dumplings at BaoziInn really caught our eye. They’re turning pink for one day only. They also come with a free boozy shot. Photograph: BaoziInn Both the Romilly Street and London Bridge BaoziInns will be offering the rosy buns – which include chicken, prawn and soup dumplings – in 50 shades of pink. What’s more, you’ll get a free Ferrero Rocher chased down with a Red Velvet Baileys shot. Sweet. We reckon the intimate ambience at the Romilly Street branch of Baozilnn (not to be confused with its much busier Chinatown cousin in Newport Court) makes it a good choice for a romantic dinner, with dark, cosy seating upstairs and downstairs. Yup, rosy buns are our pick of the bunch for Valentine’s this year. Because no matter how badly the date goes, you’ll still have pink dumplings. Find more dinner inspo with our list of London’s best restaurants. Surprise your bae with some alternative date night ideas in London.
Tooting is getting a brand new 32-acre park
There are some cracking parks in London, but when grass turns into a patchwork of picnic blankets in the summer, it’s clear we could do with more green spaces. Great news, then, for Tooting, where a brand new public park is set to open soon. The new south London space will span 32-acres and include oodles of grassy space for rugby, cricket and football teams to play, according to MyLondon. The lush area will also be home to a pavilion and cafe, two children’s playgrounds, fitness equipment, a rose garden and more than 400 trees. It’s just one part of a huge new £150 million redevelopment at Springfield Hospital, which was given the go ahead earlier this year, and includes two new mental health facilities, new housing and new transport facilities. Work has already begun on the site, and according to reports the new park should be open in the next couple of years. Get those picnic blankets ready… Can’t wait that long? Here’s our list of London’s glorious major parks. Find more secluded escapes with these hidden green spaces around London.