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The 60 best love songs of all time

The 60 best love songs of all time

From yearning ballads to wrenching declarations of need, from madrigals to metal, the history of music is the history of love songs, and vice versa. And yes, there have been a lot of syrupy, formulaic declarations of affection churned out for the pop charts over the years. But that’s not what we’re about here. wWile you’ll find some great pop ballads on this list, it’s foremost here as a reflection of the glorious breadth of what constitutes a love song, a form claimed by no one genre. The only constant is that the best love songs express sentiments that in real life, we’d struggle to put into words. They’re touching, comforting, and uplifting all at the same time. Sometimes the music says as much as the words; sometimes the words are more powerful than the most beautiful of poems. Of course, there are days when a great love song is the last thing you want to hear. When that happens, head to our list of the best breakup songs.   Listen to these songs on Amazon Music RECOMMENDED:🍆 The sexiest songs of all time💕 The best R&B love songs💔 The best breakup songs🎙 The best soul songs🎺 The best Motown songs😭 The best heartbreak songs

The best UK festivals of 2022

The best UK festivals of 2022

After a muted return for the UK's festival scene in 2021, this is the summer where festivals are coming roaring back with a vengeance. And thank goodness for that: summer's not summer without the chance to go crazy in a field, accompanied by bands, pals, and plastic cups of your favourite bevvy. This year, all the usual big players are present and correct, from student bacchanal Reading and Leeds to rock-fest Download to glitter explosion Mighty Hoopla. Whether you want to wallow in mud like a hippo or be safely tucked in bed by 10pm, there's a festival for you. Read on for your guide to summer festival fun, full of bands, culture, and all-round wild times. 

The 31 best Disney songs

The 31 best Disney songs

Disney movies are among the best family movies out there, and the list of Disney songs enjoyed by generations is lengthy. In fact, picking a favourite from the very best Disney songs can be a daunting task – classic Disney tunes have stood the test of time, and newer songs are bound to last way past the play-it-on-repeat stage. In any case, if you’re ready for a singalong, harness your inner princess, prince, or villain and scroll through these catchy, heartwarming and uplifting Disney ditties. And if these magical melodies don’t get you in a happily-ever-after mood, try something from our list of the best Disney movies of all time and believe in the magic of the Mouse. Listen to these songs on Amazon Music RECOMMENDED:🍭 The best kids’ songs🎤 The best kids’ karaoke songs🍿 The best Disney movies🕺 The best pop songs of all time😊 The best happy songs👨‍👩‍👧 The best songs about family

The 50 best ’90s songs

The 50 best ’90s songs

No decade is a musical monolith, but seeing the best songs of the ‘90s listed all in one place, the era seems especially scattered. History has boiled it down to grunge and gangsta rap on one end, boy bands and Britney Spears at the other, but it’s the stuff in the middle and on the fringes that makes the period difficult to sum up.  In England, Oasis and the rest of the Britpop lot left nearly as big a mark as Nirvana and the other Seattleites. Hip-hop took over the world, and seemed to change shape every few months. Remember when electronica looked like the future? Where do mischief makers like Pavement, Beastie Boys and A Tribe Called Quest fit in? And that’s to say nothing of the totally random ska and swing revivals…although that’s all you’ll hear about it here.  Given the crowded field, we’ve been ultra-selective in compiling this all-bangers, no-clangers playlist and limited it to one song per artist. Whether the ‘90s was the greatest decade for music is mostly a generational debate, but as you’ll hear, one thing’s for sure: it was never boring. RECOMMENDED:📸 The best album covers of the ’90s🎶 The best ’80s songs🎵 The best songs of the 2000s💃 The best Beyoncé songs🎤 The best Kanye West songs🎞 The best music videos of all time🌱 The best jungle tracks

The 28 best classic rock songs of all time

The 28 best classic rock songs of all time

Classic rock isn’t just a throwaway term for guitar music of a certain vintage. It’s an era, a lifestyle and a sound all of its own. To paraphrase one of its great practitioners, classic rock songs will never die. Even as the ’60s and ’70s fade further into history, classic rock’s greatest contributions still have the power to get your fist pumping and your feet stomping. All while making you want to knock back a cold one.  In a way, assembling our list of classic rock’s greatest hits was an exercise in exclusion. While rock-adjacent genres like punk, new wave, psychedelic, garage and pop are indeed classic, here we’re defining ‘classic’ as arena-ready, guitar-driven, thunderous compositions from the late ’60s through the pre-hair metal early ‘80s. Yes, you’ll find the likes of Talking Heads, The Police, The Clash and Blondie on classic-rock stations, but you won’t find them here. They’re classic, but they’re not classic rock, no matter what your radio station reckons.  Prepare to raise your fists: These are the 28 essential classic rock songs.  Listen to these songs on Amazon Music RECOMMENDED:🎶 The best ’80s songs🏋 The best workout songs🎤 The best karaoke songs🚗 The best road trip songs💪 The best motivational songs

The 40 best pop songs of all time

The 40 best pop songs of all time

For this updated rundown of the best pop songs of all time, we’ve recalibrated the canon and focused solely on 21st-century hits. Yes, really: the 40 songs on this list were all released between 2000 and 2021. We've excluded straight-up rock, alternative (whatever that means), and hip hop bangers and focused instead on radio-friendly popular songs that even the stodgiest music snob will sing along if nobody’s looking.  These are the buzzy, zeitgeisty songs that no millennial or Gen Z music fan can get enough of; each one proudly carries on the pop tradition laid out by Motown, MJ and Madge. And once they reach a certain age, they’ll fit snugly on a ‘best songs of all time’ playlist alongside the likes of The Beatles and The Supremes. These are the 21st-century pop songs that stand tall among the greatest of all time.  Listen to these songs on Amazon Music RECOMMENDED:🎉 The best party songs ever made🎸 The best classic rock songs🎤 The best karaoke songs🎶 The best ’80s songs🎵 The best ’90s songs

The best karaoke songs ever

The best karaoke songs ever

One of the keys to acing these karaoke songs is having fun with them. No one will care that you’re no Mariah Carey if you project a little confidence and don’t take it too seriously. The other key is picking the right song: as a general rule, steer clear of anything dirge-like and focus on failsafe party songs, tear-jerking love songs and undeniable ’90s bangers. Choose any of the 50 karaoke songs in this list and you’ll be well on your way to karaoke MVP status. Listen to these songs on Amazon Music RECOMMENDED:🎶 The best ’80s songs🎶 The best ’90s songs🎉 The best party songs ever made🎸 The best classic rock songs🕺 The best pop songs of all time

The 100 best party songs ever made

The 100 best party songs ever made

We didn’t realise quite how much we missed parties until we were able to have them again. Seriously, is there a better feeling in the entire world than dancing in a club – or your kitchen – with a load of people who are also ready to lose it when they hear ‘Like a Prayer’ or ’Wannabe’ or ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’? If you want everyone at your party to join in, you have to err on the side of familiarity: if none of your guests will know a song, it doesn’t make it onto the playlist. End of. So, you get the snacks, we’ll bring the hot tracks: this playlist of classic party tunes is sure to get everyone moving in an explosion of joyful, fevered dancing. There are some pop favourites, a few karaoke classics, and some all-round happy songs. The beats are nonstop and the grooves are infectious. Hit play on these bangers and you’re guaranteed to get in the party mood wherever you are. Listen to these songs on Amazon Music RECOMMENDED:🎤 The best karaoke songs🍻 The best drinking songs🎉 The best birthday songs🎶 The best ’80s songs🕺 The best pop songs

The best markets in London

The best markets in London

Londoners love a market. It’s that unique combination of eating, chatting and browsing. Lovely stuff. Locals and visitors flock to the capital’s best stalls and these days there’s a market for almost anything across London, from farmers’ markets and fashion markets to street food, and vintage and antique markets. Any one of these is worth making a beeline for. Here’s our pick of the very best markets in London, from foodie Borough Market to flower-filled Columbia Road. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in London.

The 20 best house tracks ever

The 20 best house tracks ever

After evolving on the Chicago club scene in the early ‘80s, house music exploded at the end of the decade to become the world’s most exciting and innovative dance genre. By the early ’90s, massive pop stars like Madonna, Janet Jackson and Kylie Minogue were all incorporating elements of house music into their sound – a sure sign that it had infiltrated the mainstream. Thanks to globally renowned DJs like Honey Dijon and The Blessed Madonna, house music is still filling dance floors today, and has spawned no end of sub-genres including acid house, witch house, electro house, handbag house and, most recently, tropical house – come on, you know you’re partial to a few Kygo tunes. But these 20 house music anthems picked by Time Out Music writers and DJs from iconic London radio station Rinse FM are the OG four-to-the-floor bangers from the pioneers of the genre. Play ‘em loud and play ‘em proud!  Listen to these songs on Amazon Music RECOMMENDED:🎵  The best ’90s songs🎉  The best party songs ever made🎤  The best karaoke songs🚗  The best road trip songs🎶  The best ’80s songs

The best road trip songs of all time

The best road trip songs of all time

Don’t get us wrong—we really love city life. But sometimes day-tripping to a nearby summer music festival doesn’t quite satiate our need for escape, and that’s where these classic road trip songs come in. When the urge strikes, it’s time to hit the highway/motorway/whatever for a good, old-fashioned road trip. Of course, you can’t drive in complete silence—well, you can, but the very thought is giving us a flat tyre—so we’ve compiled our list of the best road trip songs to get your motors running and propel your journey into fifth gear. Crank up classics from the Boss, the Dead and Prince, and even some Whitesnake, as you cruise along the open road, forgetting every care in the world. RECOMMENDED:🤝 The best songs about friendship🎉 The best birthday songs of all time🎶 The best ’80s songs🎤 The best karaoke songs🕺 The best pop songs of all time

The best New Year’s songs to countdown to 2022

The best New Year’s songs to countdown to 2022

New Year’s Eve is one of the most joyous celebrations of the year, but that comes with a lot of pressure. Somehow, NYE needs to feel more ‘special’ – whatever that means – than other nights, and one of the keys to achieving this hallowed party nirvana is playing the absolute best New Year’s songs, all night long. Just ask Lionel Richie. So, while you’re loading up the confetti crackers and chilling the fizz, outfit the night’s playlist with these hits. You’ll need tunes to cover every atmosphere the night may have: the best drinking songs for the lead-up, party songs for the stroke of midnight, and the best love songs for all the New Year’s kisses to come. Whatever the genre, we have you covered, because spinning the top tracks means your soiree should be one of the best parties yet, right? Let’s ring in 2022 the way we mean to go on with these New Year’s songs. Listen to these songs on Amazon Music RECOMMENDED:🎉 The best party songs ever made🎶 The best ’80s songs🎤 The best karaoke songs🕺 The best pop songs of all time🎅 The best Christmas songs

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Night Drafts: GGI 끼

Night Drafts: GGI 끼

This Hackney Wick club night celebrates queer, trans and nonbinary ESEA (East and South East Asian) artists making waves in electronic music. Performances on the night will come from gendertranscendent witch YaYa Bones and electronic musician ZAH, while Lindrum, Clarity and LARASATI will deliver DJ sets. According to the organisers, ‘Everyone is welcome, with the understanding that this is a space that centres and celebrates queer and trans ESEA identities’. Let the rave begin!

Disney Snatch Game 3 - Villains

Disney Snatch Game 3 - Villains

As its title suggests, this drag night is based on a popular challenge from, ahem, a certain TV drag competition. This time around, six up-and-coming performers will impersonate iconic Disney villains in a bid to be crowned the ‘snatchiest’ of them all. Just don’t expect their takes on these classic characters to be quite as PG as Walt originally envisaged...  On the night, there will also be a special halftime performance from Shar Cooterie, winner of the last Disney Snatch Game, and an auction raising funds for local HIV charity Wandsworth Oasis. Book early to avoid disappointment and feeling like one of Ursula’s ‘poor unfortunate souls’. 

Queer Lives at the Tower

Queer Lives at the Tower

Did you know that James I was given the nickname ‘Queen James’ because of his intimate relationships with several male courtiers? I didn’t. Not until I went on Queer Lives at the Tower, a new tour of the Tower of London that shines the spotlight on the lives, loves and experiences of LGBTQ+ figures linked with the landmark. It begins with a kind of disclaimer: because history has been documented predominantly through the eyes and actions of men, this hour-long tour won’t offer as much of an insight into the lives of queer women. That’s a shame, and one that will hopefully be rectified in future LGBTQ+ tours of London’s palaces planned for later this year. Still, the queer stories that the tour does explore are vividly brought to life with ‘creative storytelling’ by actors and a ‘drag raven’. The wingless – but still very fabulous – raven acts as our primary tour guide as we move between rooms watching imagined interactions between several kings and their same-sex lovers. The tour is fascinating and often funny but ends poignantly with a mini-candlelight vigil for Roger Casement. A key figure in Ireland’s fight for independence and in the Easter Rising of 1916, Casement’s homosexual activities were used by the British government to undermine his case for clemency when he was convicted and executed for high treason. That this happened just over a century ago is a crushing reminder that the push for greater LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance has been a long, hard (and ongoing) battl

‘On Your Feet!’ review

‘On Your Feet!’ review

3 out of 5 stars

Gloria Estefan’s life story is worth celebrating: it’s a stirring immigrant-to-riches tale which saw her defy record industry prejudice and potential paralysis to become the ‘Queen of Latin Pop’. And if ‘80s hits like ‘Dr Beat’ – released when she was lead singer of the Miami Sound Machine – and ‘Get on Your Feet’ can’t make you dance, then, to paraphrase another Gloria banger, no rhythm is gonna get you. Even at its cheesiest, this jukebox musical – written by Oscar-winning ‘Birdman’ writer Alexander Dinelaris Jr – does a decent job of turning her creative and romantic partnership with hubbie Emilio into satisfying West End entertainment.Jerry Mitchell’s production, which ran on Broadway in 2015, cha-chas through Gloria’s early life briskly. Reprising the role she originated, a vocally impressive Christie Prades shows how the shy, Miami-raised daughter of Cuban immigrants thrives after she joins a local band led by encouraging and ambitious Emilio (George Ioannides). Her disapproving mother (Madalena Alberto), whose own thwarted ambitions power a poignant flashback sequence, provides one obstacle to success. The other: a bigoted record exec who says they should stick to singing in Spanish. When Emilio claps back by saying that, despite his thick Cuban accent, the bigwig is definitely ‘looking at the face of an American’, it’s an already-powerful moment intensified in 2019 by current US immigration policy. But whether you enjoy the gimmicky decision to bring a conga into the

Piccadilly Market

Piccadilly Market

Occupying the courtyard of Grade I-listed St James’s Church, one of Christopher Wren’s finest buildings, Piccadilly Market isn’t your average group of stalls. As befits its central location in elegant Piccadilly, close to Mayfair, this market is pretty, well, upmarket. It first became permanent in 1984, but has grown significantly since then, and now opens for trading six days a week. Come for bijou food items on Monday and Tuesday (when it’s open 11am-5pm), and arts and crafts Wednesday through Saturday (when it’s open 10am-6pm). This isn’t the market for bargain-hunters, but if you like picking up unique trinkets and gifts, it’s definitely worth a visit. Nick Levine RECOMMENDED: London’s best markets

Camden Lock Market

Camden Lock Market

Confusingly, several distinct markets make up what people call Camden Market. Camden Lock Market is, as its name suggests, the one by the lock on the Regent's Canal. Open every day from 10am, it’s an arts and crafts haven with covered retail units specialising in scarves, shoes, hand-stitched leather goods, custom Converse, Fairtrade jewellery and loads more. If you’re a lover of vintage clothes, you’ll find plenty to drain your bank balance. The market’s outdoor section is dominated by street-food stalls catering to all tastes: try New York-style pizza, vegan curries, coconut pancakes, souvlaki, fish and chips, or even a metre-long sausage. On a fine day, you can grab a seat and munch while watching the barges go by. Bliss. Nick Levine. RECOMMENDED: London’s best markets

Camden Market

Camden Market

Camden Market comprises several adjoining markets that colonise a prime chunk of Camden Town. Together, they attract around 250,000 visitors a week, making Camden Market the capital’s fourth most-popular visitor attraction. This means it’s pretty hectic, especially at peak times, so it’s best to plan ahead. one of the constituents is Camden Lock Market which, as its name suggests, is located on the lock next to the Regent’s Canal. It’s an arts and crafts haven packed with covered retail units specialising in scarves, shoes, hand-stitched leather goods, custom Converse, Fairtrade jewellery and loads more. It’s also the place to go when you’re hungry, thanks to street-food stalls selling grub such as souvlaki, vegan curries, New York-style pizza and coconut pancakes. Housed under a huge sign that reads ‘The Camden Market’, Buck Street Market is an indoor space where traders sell T-shirts, jewellery and touristy trinkets. It’s hardly Camden’s classiest corner, but you can pick up the odd vintage gem. Occupying a former horse hospital, Camden Stables Market is a trendier spot where you’ll find quirky furniture, edgy and unusual gifts and a great selection of goth, punk and fetish clothing. As you saunter through the different markets, don’t be surprised to see grungy teenagers and old punks on the street corners. Camden feels more mainstream than it did in the ‘90s, but it’s still one of London’s most rock ‘n’ roll neighbourhoods. Top tip: Did we mention how busy it gets? Visit

Alexandra Palace Farmers' Market

Alexandra Palace Farmers' Market

Alexandra Palace Farmers’ Market ranks among north London’s finest for fresh produce. Taking place most Sundays from 10am-3pm, locals flock here for fruit and veg from Kent, pressed fruit juices, rare-breed meats and sausages, top-quality fish, organic bread, cakes and biscuits, relishes and sauces, and handmade pies. There's a decent selection of street food, too, including pancakes, pastries, vegan Indian food, Chinese dumplings and even Guadalupian cuisine. Because it takes place in the leafy park surrounding Alexandra Palace, this market doesn’t need to pack its stalls super-tightly. There’s a relaxed, villagey vibe and you can peruse while holding a latte without worrying about shunts and spillages. Some temporary seating is provided for market-goers, though on a pleasant day you might prefer to have a picnic in the park. You’ll find the market near the park’s Muswell Hill entrance. If you have access to a car, there’s loads of free parking on site. If you’re coming on public transport, the W3 bus passes nearby and Alexandra Palace railway is a short stroll away. Turnpike Lane and Bounds Green are the nearest tubes, though you’ll need to allow for a brisk 25-30 minute walk from each. Which, as it happens, is perfect for working up an appetite. Top Tips:  Definitely check the website before setting off. The farmer’s market doesn’t take place every single Sunday, and it moves to nearby Campsbourne School when there’s an event on at Ally Pally. Nick Levine RECOMMENDED: Lo

Berwick Street Market

Berwick Street Market

Clustered at the end of Berwick Street in the heart of Soho you’ll find 20 or so stalls making up Berwick Street Market. There’s been a market here since the eighteenth century, though in recent years it’s been gentrified along with the rest of this neighbourhood, which was once London’s red light district. A few traditional fruit and veg sellers remain, but most of the stalls offer trendy street food: Wow Shees’s Egyptian pittas, Freebird Burritos and The Jerk Drum’s Caribbean food are all popular. Soho Dairy, which offers milk and cheese from indie farmers, is also highly recommended. Berwick Street Market is open Monday to Saturday from 8am-6pm, but it’s best to check the website before heading out as some stalls don’t trade every day. Nick Levine RECOMMENDED: London’s best markets

Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market

If Greenwich Market looks familiar, it could be because you’ve seen Lord Sugar’s lackeys scanning its stalls for random items like skeletons and old coins during the ever-popular ‘buying task’ on ‘The Apprentice’. But this historic eighteenth-century market – London’s only one set in a World Heritage Site – is definitely worth perusing in a more leisurely fashion. Open seven days a week from 10am-5.30pm, and situated in the heart of charming Greenwich, this large indoor market houses around 120 stalls selling jewellery, clothes, second-hand furniture, unusual gifts and general bric-à-brac. Go on Tuesday and Thursday for a greater number of antiques stalls, or any other day for an arts and crafts focus. The market is surrounded by a range of independent stores and fashion chains, so if you’re in the mood to treat yourself you won’t be disappointed. Greenwich Market has a lot to browse, but there’s no need to worry about hunger cramping your haggling style. On any given day you’ll find around 40 food and drink stalls selling street bites, sweet treats and artisan sarnies. Top tip: Make a day of it by travelling to Greenwich on a Thames riverboat and pay a visit to the nearby Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory or National Maritime Museum. Nick Levine RECOMMENDED: London’s best markets

Chapel Market

Chapel Market

Chapel Market may be situated in Islington, spiritual home of London’s champagne socialists, but it remains a down-to-earth affair – well, mostly. Running along the road of the same name, two minutes from Angel tube, it has stalls selling unpretentious fruit and veg, cheap and cheerful household goods, and the sort of clothing you’d see the shoppers of Albert Square fingering. A few street food stands have crept in, but they’re outnumbered by long-running traditional traders. Chapel Market is open for business Tuesday through Saturday from 9am-5pm, then on Sundays it welcomes the well-regarded Islington Farmers’ Market. As you’d expect, that’s very much an organic kale and home-made sourdough kind of place. Nick Levine RECOMMENDED: London’s best markets

Lower Marsh Market

Lower Marsh Market

After starting in 2013 as a string of street food stands, Lower Marsh Market in Waterloo has expanded into a more varied shopping destination that also sells crafts, plants and general bric-à-brac. Food is still the focus on weekdays, when there’s almost always a lunchtime rush, while Saturdays bring the most eclectic range of goods and produce. On the third Saturday of every month, immerse yourself in this historic market street’s vintage vibes when the Waterloo Classics Car Show rolls in. Nick Levine

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Pride in London has announced this year’s parade route

Pride in London has announced this year’s parade route

After two years of Covid-induced cancellations and live streams, Pride in London is coming back as an epic in-person event this year. And because it’s celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022, it’s made the entirely fitting decision to retrace the route of the historic inaugural 1972 Pride march.  Pride in London takes place this year on July 2 and the parade will begin at Hyde Park, where the first post-march picnic took place in 1972. From Hyde Park Corner, it will wend its way down Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus, before turning south onto Haymarket and Trafalgar Square. The 1972 march ended at Trafalgar Square, but this year’s parade will continue just a little further to Whitehall Place. See a handy map of the 2022 route below. Pride in London Pride in London says the 2022 parade will welcome 40,000 marchers and more than 400 community groups. ‘For 50 years, Pride has been a visible cultural protest that brings the LGBT+ community and its allies together in solidarity,’ said Christopher Joell-Deshields, executive director of Pride in London. ‘It is important to recognise the activists who were brave enough to come out in 1972 to march for our liberation and pave the way for the rights we enjoy today. Early organisers took inspiration from the US civil rights group, the Black Panthers, a reminder that despite their differences there was a collective fight for the oppressed.’ ‘As we prepare for one of the most momentous LGBT+ pride events in the UK’s history, we are comm

Here’s what you’ll find inside the £106,000 Oscars goodie bag

Here’s what you’ll find inside the £106,000 Oscars goodie bag

Hollywood’s biggest night out, the Oscars, takes place on Sunday, bringing awards season to a glitzy climax. The Power of the Dog is the frontrunner with 12 nominations and is also favourite to take home Best Picture, but don’t bet against Coda causing an upset on the night. This touching comedy-drama about a deaf family and their gifted daughter has all the momentum right now. Among the acting nominees are some brilliant Brits – Benedict Cumberbatch, Olivia Colman, Judi Dench and Andrew Garfield – plus the West End’s ‘Cabaret’ darling Jessie Buckley. But whether they win or lose, they won’t be going home empty-handed on the night. For the 20th year, L.A.-based marketing company Distinctive Assets are offering all 25 acting and directing nominees an entirely unofficial goodie bag packed with fancy and frankly quite ridiculous items. According to Forbes, this year’s super-swag-bag is worth an eye-watering $140,000 (£106,000). Here’s just some of what it contains: A plot of land in the Highlands, which entitles each nominee to style themselves Lord or Lady of Glencoe A three-night takeover of an actual castle complete with a bagpiper welcome, a private gin tasting and fully-personalised concierge service A session with New York-based ‘self-love’ coach Nicola Fernandes worth $1,111 (£842) A liposuction treatment worth up to $15,000 from Florida-based Art Lipo A supply of HempHera CBD cosmetics worth more than $1,000 (£758) You can check out a full demo of the gift bag, which

36 things seriously worth doing this spring

36 things seriously worth doing this spring

As a season, spring symbolises rebirth, rejuvenation and renewal. It’s when the days really get longer and the London weather becomes a little friendlier – at least in theory. So, this makes it a perfect time to expand your horizons and start saying yes to the things you passed on in January and February. With this in mind, here’s a guide to some unmissable events taking place in London this spring, from cool cultural happenings to tasty food festivals. Watch a huge star on stage or a high-profile revival After weathering another tricky winter, the London theatre scene is absolutely buzzing this spring with a mix of big-name debuts and feverishly anticipated revivals. Mark Rylance reprises his Olivier and Tony-winning turn in ‘Jerusalem’, Jez Butterworth’s wickedly funny modern classic. Jodie Comer makes her West End debut in ‘Prima Facie’, a hard-hitting monologue with music by recent Time Out cover star Self Esteem. Photograph: Jodie Comer in ‘Prima Facie’ by Helen Murray Amy Adams also makes her West End debut, in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ early masterpiece ‘The Glass Menagerie’.‘Six’ director Lucy Moss steers the first major revival of ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’, taking place at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.Dubbed ‘Sexy Oklahoma’, US director Daniel Fish’s radically inclusive take on the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical ‘Oklahoma!’ finally hits London. Tempt your tastebuds at a food fest or buzzy bar opening Now that the weather is warming up a bit, it’s

Notting Hill Carnival is planning its return to the streets in August 2022

Notting Hill Carnival is planning its return to the streets in August 2022

Some exceptionally good news for you this morning; after being thwarted by Covid for the last two years, Notting Hill Carnival is laying the groundwork for its return to the streets this August bank holiday weekend. In an Instagram post shared on Friday, Carnival’s official account announced this year’s lineup of Mas Bands and Dutty Mas Bands, whose colourful costumes and joyful dance routines are an absolutely integral component of the annual parade. It even used the hashtag #NottingHillCarnival2022, which we’ve got to say is a pretty heartening sight. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Notting Hill Carnival (@nhcarnivalldn) Notting Hill Carnival has been celebrating Caribbean culture in the capital since 1966, becoming an iconic tentpole of the London summer calendar. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic, though a series of free live-streamed events took place online, and the 2021 event was retooled into a series of ticketed fundraising events. It’s clearly too soon to know what summer 2022 in London will look like, but the simple fact that Notting Hill Carnival is preparing to return to the streets is definitely something to smile about. Watch this space for further news. Black historical figures are being turned into monuments across London. But there’s a twist The JAGS Foundation is making home-cooked Caribbean meals for deprived households

Adele pole-danced at London LGBTQ+ club G-A-Y and the internet is obsessed

Adele pole-danced at London LGBTQ+ club G-A-Y and the internet is obsessed

Having a night out at G-A-Y is a rite of passage for any Londoner, and even though she lives in LA now, Adele is clearly no exception. Last Thursday, after taping her appearance on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, the pop superstar paid a visit to G-A-Y at Heaven nightclub under Charing Cross station. Because it was a Thursday night, the club was hosting its weekly ‘Porn Idol’ contest, where brave punters can strip down and show off their dance moves for a chance at winning a cash prize. Now, if we know anything about Adele – other than the fact she drinks wine – it’s that she’s game for a laugh. So perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised that she ended up on stage showing off some pole-dancing moves of her own in front of the event’s host, Cheryl Hole of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ fame.  As footage shared on social media shows, fellow punters at G-A-Y went every bit as wild as you’d expect. Seriously, was anyone expecting this from February 2022? Now what is Adele doing pole dancing in my favourite gay club? pic.twitter.com/pJXJzA7bJE — Karolis 🍄 (@Karolis_G) February 11, 2022 During her big G-A-Y night out, Adele also posed for photos with fellow diva Cheryl Hole, who earlier in the week had been eliminated from ‘RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs the World’. To be fair, getting to party with actual Adele is quite the consolation prize. Confirmed: @Adele was devastated I was eliminated on Drag Race too. Love you divalina 💖 pic.twitter.com/GyY8U5sqtQ — Cheryl Hole (@CherylHo

These Clapham posties had a very slow day after allegedly eating hash brownies

These Clapham posties had a very slow day after allegedly eating hash brownies

Royal Mail has launched an investigation after video footage emerged purporting to show Clapham postal workers stoned on the job. The footage was first shared on someone’s Instagram Story, but inevitably made its way on to Twitter due to its high – pun definitely intended – comedy value. According to the original Instagram captions, several posties unwittingly tucked into a box of hash brownies when they first arrived at work. ‘We had a delivery of them with no return address and the house was empty and they were in our office for a month so we opened them and they got given out,’ the caption alleges. Seemingly, what they thought was a humble sweet treat turned out to have an unexpected extra ingredient: cannabis. The subsequent footage shows the Clapham posties carrying out their round very, very slowly. ‘One guy said he was walking to a door and thought he was walking forever,’ a caption says. There’s also a shot of an apparently spaced-out postie saying he had ‘no idea’ what he had eaten. 😂😂😂 Postman Pat was high as a kite pic.twitter.com/P7NqHAXhwa — Marc Smith (@Marc_Smi7h) February 2, 2022 Understandably, Royal Mail has found the footage rather less amusing than banter merchants on Twitter. ‘We have commenced an investigation, which will determine whether any further action, including disciplinary action, might be taken,’ a spokesperson told the BBC. ‘We are also reminding all staff at the delivery office of the correct procedures for dealing with item

Temple station’s roof terrace has been transformed into a dazzling art installation

Temple station’s roof terrace has been transformed into a dazzling art installation

Temple tube station’s grey concrete roof terrace has been given a kaleidoscopic makeover by London-based artist Lakwena Maciver. Titled ‘Back in the Air: A Meditation on Higher Ground,’ Maciver’s rooftop art installation features a series of interlocking geometric patterns inspired by her Ugandan heritage. One block of brilliant colour contains the unifying message: ‘Nothing can separate us’. As well as following the multicoloured lines of Maciver’s artwork, visitors can check out a brightly painted replica one of London’s famous cabmen shelters situated on the roof. The overall effect, as you can see below, is kind of mesmerising. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 180 The Strand (@180.studios) ‘They say that the Garden of Eden was the first temple — the story goes that we were cast out of the Garden, and ever since then we have been longing to find our way back,’ said Maciver. ‘This idea of a subconscious yearning for paradise sits in stark contrast to the highly colonised, concrete environment that now surrounds Temple Station. Yet it is this which has become the impetus for this public intervention.’ ‘Back in the Air’ is the first installation at The Artist’s Garden – a partnership with Westminster City Council and part of its Inside Out festival and WestminsterReveals campaign – and will be on show until April 30, 2022. It is co-commissioned with 180 Studios and supported by Vigo Gallery, WSP, Northbank BID and Transport for Lo

A walkway illuminated by giant Harry Potter wands is coming to Leicester Square

A walkway illuminated by giant Harry Potter wands is coming to Leicester Square

‘Harry Potter’ fans assemble! In Leicester Square, to be precise, where an installation of nine giant Wizarding World wands will arrive next week. The impressive 15 foot tall wands will light up to form an illuminated walkway through Leicester Square Gardens between 6pm and 8.35pm every day, from October 13 to October 25. The wands are exact replicas of those belonging to nine characters from the Harry Potter and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films, so they’re authentic as well as awesomely Insta-worthy. The wands will join nine bronze statues – including one of Harry himself – currently on display in Leicester Square as part of the completely free ‘Scenes in the Square’ installation. And it’s no accident that the wands are going on display now: the first film based on JK Rowling’s beloved books, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, is being rereleased in cinemas on October 29 to mark its twentieth anniversary. ‘Leicester Square itself has played its part in the Wizarding World legacy by hosting premieres for the Harry Potter and “Fantastic Beasts” films over two decades,’ said Polly Cochrane of Warner Bros., makers of the movies. ‘So we are delighted to bring the wands here for fans to enjoy.’  Frankly, they sound like just the kind of light relief we all need right now. Which Hogwarts House are you? Find out with our Sorting Hat quiz. Need even more HP in your life? Check out our guide to ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ in the West End.

Bond fans weigh in on Daniel Craig‘s ‘No Time to Die’ premiere outfit

Bond fans weigh in on Daniel Craig‘s ‘No Time to Die’ premiere outfit

 Daniel Craig’s final Bond film, No Time to Die, is finally here and getting glowing reviews – including a five-star write-up from Time Out’s Phil De Semlyen. Also a major talking point? The actor’s choice of attire for last night’s swanky premiere at the Royal Albert Hall.  When you’re a world-famous actor bowing out after 15 years in an iconic role, you can totally pull off a raspberry velvet smoking jacket by Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard. This doesn’t mean, however, that people won’t compare you to another famous fictional spy: Austin Powers. Nice to see Daniel Craig channelling Austin Powers at the premier #jamesbond #notimetodie #austinpowers pic.twitter.com/bvxgaPHPMy — Miriam Hurley (@miribobs) September 28, 2021 Big fan of Daniel Craig dressing up as Austin Powers for the James Bond premiere #GroovyBaby https://t.co/yw0VYF1VyL — Daniel Lewis (@danllew8) September 28, 2021 ‘He can get away with it,’ one commenter wrote on the Time Out London Facebook page. ‘Normal blokes would look like an old pub settee.’ Another quipped playfully: ‘I knew MI6 had something to do with the disappearance of my nan’s curtains.’ However, other Bond fans were less waggish about Craig’s statement jacket. ‘I love it & he stands out amongst all those in black,’ said one Facebook commenter. Another said appreciatively: ‘Only a strong, confident man can pull a pink velvet jacket off and Daniel certainly does that!’ Well said, quite frankly. I don’t c

How to dress like Bond (when he turns up for a film premiere)

How to dress like Bond (when he turns up for a film premiere)

James Bond is a quintessentially British institution, so it’s fitting that Daniel Craig and co-star Lashana Lynch (who graces the latest Time Out cover) picked British designers for last night’s lavish Royal Albert Hall premiere. Lynch wore a stunning custom Vivienne Westwood gown with a hummingbird on the back to the world premiere of No Time to Die, in which she portrays a new ‘00’ agent called Nomi. Sharing a photo of the bright yellow dress on Instagram, Lynch’s stylist Karla Welch pointed out that the hummingbird, which is the national bird of Jamaica, was the actress’s elegant way of ‘representing her ancestors and the birthplace of Bond’. Lynch also rocked jewellery by two London-based designers – namely, a ring by Jessica McCormack and an earring by Shaun Leane.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Karla Welch (@karlawelchstylist) Craig’s attention-grabbing raspberry velvet smoking jacket is from Savile Row tailors Anderson and Shepherd, while his tux trousers are from another Savile Row tailors, Henry Poole & Co. His shoes are courtesy of Northampton-based Crockett & Jones, completing an outfit that screams ‘best of British’, but with a bold modern twist. We've been expecting you... Daniel Craig has arrived on the red carpet at the World Premiere of #NoTimeToDie at the @RoyalAlbertHall. pic.twitter.com/WhG226rKus — James Bond (@007) September 28, 2021 As well as winning raves for their fashion choices, Craig and Lynch

Working from home? Need motivational bangers? We got ’em!

Working from home? Need motivational bangers? We got ’em!

Working from home is the new normal, but it’s not without its challenges, especially if you’ve never really done it before. How do you psyche yourself for eight hours of emails, conference calls and Google hangouts when the dog’s looking at you weirdly and last night’s dirty dishes seem to be taunting you from the kitchen sink? This is where a failsafe motivational playlist comes in. You need a stack of absolutely massive bangers to jump-start your brain when you can’t justify making another cup of coffee or dipping into the biscuit tin again. We’ve compiled a playlist that gets the job done while obeying the golden rule of motivational playlists: a certain amount of cheese is essential, but you don’t want to overload it. And yes, it does kick off with ‘Work from Home’ by Fifth Harmony, because, well, we’re only human. Enjoy! Check out our guide to the 50 best London songs here.

Festival season might be moving to September

Festival season might be moving to September

With everyone from the Pussycat Dolls to The Who postponing tours and festivals including Glastonbury officially cancelled, it’s an incredibly tough time for the UK live music industry. But while no one knows for sure how long the coronavirus crisis is likely to rage on, some promoters appear to be pinning their hopes on September being the month when the UK festival scene comes back to life.  Several festivals originally pegged for May, including Upminster’s We Are FSTVL, Suffolk’s Red Rooster Festival and Liverpool Sound City, have recently announced new dates in September, and we’re hearing multiple whispers that many others are making plans to do the same. September is generally the tail end of the British and European festival season, but this year it could well become its epicentre. If it means that some of our excellent annual festivals get a chance to salvage something from this cruel situation, then we can definitely get behind September. So what if the weather is likely to be a little chillier than in July or August? That means you’ll have fewer dodgy Hawaiian shirts blocking your view of the main stage. And after an extended period of everyone being cooped up indoors, the vibe at these September fests will surely be INSANE. Let’s watch this space with a reasonable degree of optimism. Red Rooster Festival takes place Sep 4-6, We Are FSTVL takes place from Sep 12-13, and Liverpool Sound City takes place from Sep 25-27.  Check out Time Out’s music festival hub here.