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The 15 best Chicago boat tours

The 15 best Chicago boat tours

Sure, walks along Michigan Avenue and State Street are nice and rooftop bars offer plenty of pretty sights—but the best way to see downtown Chicago is from the water. Both Chicago River and Lake Michigan offer unparalleled vantage points for taking in the city’s world-famous architecture and the breathtaking Chicago skyline, with many of the tours providing unique insights into the city’s culture and history. From architecture tours and history lessons to straightforward sightseeing affairs, or from romantic excursions to pirate-themed family fun, there's a Chicago cruise for every groove. Below we’ve got the essential list of the city’s finest waterborne tours, including tall-mast ships and glitzy speed boats. Bon voyage!   RECOMMENDED: Find more to explore with one of the best things to do in Chicago This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best options for flower delivery in Los Angeles

The best options for flower delivery in Los Angeles

You know that moment when you realize that tomorrow is Mother's Day and you’ve arranged nothing? Yup: we've all been there. But you needn't worry, because Los Angeles is full of fantastic online florists who offer same-day and next-day delivery. We’re not talking humdrum flowers either: from floral shops focused on classic roses, precious orchids and bargain blooms to more one-of-a-kind offerings like tropical succulents, floral buds and even dried bouquets, LA has last-minute flower options to suit every occasion. You’ll definitely be able to find something to turn your moment of forgetfulness into a triumph and you can tailor your gift with ease, be the recipient a botanical garden aficionado or somebody who never remembers to water their flowers (may we suggest an eco-friendly snake plant). You can also find plenty more personalized add-ons and gifts to give your arrangement a special touch. Think hand-written notes, ceramic pots, mason jars and gift sets that include everything from jewelry, candles and handmade soaps to sweets like Sugarfina candy, Godiva chocolate and s'mores kits. Honestly, everything you could need within the world of gifting flowers is here – and it'll be delivered nice and promt, so you never need walk to the gas station in a sweaty panic only to hand Mom a bunch of limp blooms and cheap chocolates. Never. Again. Now, you can find it all and more in our definitive guide to the best online flower delivery services in Los Angeles. Need more help? Why

The best options for flower delivery in NYC | order online

The best options for flower delivery in NYC | order online

Mother’s Day and flowers – it’s a match made in heaven. There’s no better way to show your ma that you love her than by giving her a bouquet (or two) of dazzlingly pretty blooms. And luckily NYC is home a truly magnificent array of florists primed to help you find the perfect bunch. In fact, there’s no need to even restrict yourself to traditional florists. Everywhere, from restaurants and bars to coffee shops, seems to sell flowers these days. And you know what’s better than just getting your mom flowers? Having them delivered. Not only does flower delivery make for a super sweet surprise but it also means you don’t even have to leave the house. Pretty neat, huh? From glamorous bouquets to pot plants, below we’ve rounded up NYC’s best flowery delivery options. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 28 best Chicago attractions

The 28 best Chicago attractions

Chicago might be the Second City, but our attractions are first class. Need evidence of that fact? Look no further than the many Chicago museums, where you'll find everything from the best-preserved T.Rex skeleton ever found to paintings from Van Gogh and Picasso. Or take a stroll through our gorgeous parks and gardens, home to some of the best public art in Chicago (hello to The Bean). Or spend a day swimming in Lake Michigan's surprisingly huge freshwater waves at one of the many Chicago beaches, or see a jazz show at a bar once frequented by Al Capone, or have a Michelin-starred meal at one of the best Chicago restaurants... the list goes on. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or a lifelong Chicagoan looking to see a little more of their home city, we’ve curated a list of the very best attractions Chicago has to offer, just for you. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 14 best hotels in Maui

The 14 best hotels in Maui

Where to sleep when in paradise? Tough question, we know. The best hotels in Maui offer a wide range of options, from family-friendly villas and boutique heritage properties to world-class resorts and five-star opulence. A good night’s sleep is almost a given, meaning visitors have plenty of energy to tackle the best things to do on Hawaii’s second-largest island. Maui is a special place, at ease with the tranquility of sun-worshipping as it is the adrenaline-fuelled excitement of adventure. What do adrenaline junkies and sun-worshippers have in common? Plenty, being humans and all, but the central thing? Everyone needs to sleep. Maui has no shortage of bedtime options, and these are our picks for the best of the best.

These 11 restaurants are pairing Vins de Provence wine with their food this fall

These 11 restaurants are pairing Vins de Provence wine with their food this fall

Vins de Provence (Wines of Provence), now where have you read that before? On a lovely bottle of rosé, that’s where. It’s in the south of France, a good wine country, and it’s where France's first vineyard was planted around 2,600 years ago – in a vast, sun-drenched region perfect for growing incredible rosé. Naturally the grapes are still growing strong there today, and there’s a whole lot of history and expertise. You’ll see it marked on the bottle with one of three AOPs (Appellation d'Origine Protégée, or protected designation of origin): Côtes de Provence, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence and Coteaux Varois en Provence. Of course, you could fly over there sometime. You could recline and lap up that nice south-Eastern French Mediterranean climate and sample the goods: seafood, wine, cheese, wine, bread, wine and uh… wine. But you can also bring Provence to you – there’s no shortage of good provençal corkage in the US. The region is about to make that fact a whole lot easier to access for you. This fall, Vins de Provence is partnering with some great restaurants across New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Vermont and California in order to pair each bottle (by the glass, so you don’t need to drink an entire bottle!) to an equally delicious meal. If you’re looking for some mind-bending examples of how wine and food can elevate each other, these places (and pairings) will be well worth a visit. All of the wines come from one of the three appellations (that’s the legally determined and pr

The 21 best art galleries in Paris

The 21 best art galleries in Paris

For centuries, Paris was the undisputed art capital of the Western world. Many pioneering, properly perspective-altering artists lived in Paris over the years – van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Dalí and countless others – and much of their work can be found within the city’s immense number of museums, galleries, attractions, salons and other arts spaces. We say look beyond the mammoth classical institutions and check out some up-and-comers at one of several established contemporary art galleries in Paris. Be that Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac or Galerie Daniel Templon, you’re bound to catch something eye-catching (and perhaps even buyable). But whether you prefer big-name or unheard-of, old-school or contemporary, our pick of the best places to see art in Paris has you covered. Some of them are big and you should spend most of the day around them – others are actually pretty small. Many are clustered near each other too, so when you've picked out your few favoruties, have a look at where they are – you might be able to see more art than you'd think!  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Paris This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Your essential guide to sightseeing in Paris

Your essential guide to sightseeing in Paris

Eiffel Tower – tick. Louvre – tick. Notre-Dame – tick. We’re sure you’ve got those most obvious of Paris sights and attractions right at the top of your holiday hit list. But what else should you try to squeeze into your packed Parisian itinerary? There’s almost too much to see and do in the French capital, let’s be honest, so we’re here to give you some guidance. From a charming mecca for bibliophiles to a stunning off-the-beaten-track park near Belleville, trust us: you’ll never get bored in the City of Light. This is our ultimate guide to sightseeing in Paris. So here we go, strap in, bonjour.  This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Paris

Manchester’s best shops for online flower delivery

Manchester’s best shops for online flower delivery

With the daffodils poking their sunny heads above the soil and the temperature rising to something approaching tolerable it can only mean one thing: spring is here! And with it comes the celebration everyone is always in danger of forgetting - Mother’s Day. Celebrate the lovely mother figures in your life with a bountiful bouquet that makes the most of the new season and has the added bonus of coming from an online florist who will make your life as easy as a few clicks (and some credit card details). Bloom away! This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The best online shops for flower delivery in London

The best online shops for flower delivery in London

As a springtime celebration, Mother’s Day demands flowers like pretty much no other celebration. Whether you’re in the market for a traditional bunch of pretty spring blooms, or looking for something sculptural, artistic and cool, we’ve found the best online florists in London to help you find exactly what you want. And don’t worry if you’ve left it to the last minute - many of these places offer next day or even same day delivery. (Phew…) This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Seven things you never knew you could see in Las Vegas

Seven things you never knew you could see in Las Vegas

Vivaaaaaaaa Las Vegas! So you’re heading to Sin City, The Oasis of Nevada, the City of Second Chances. Well, before you set off, consider this: There’s a lot more to the city than casinos and world-class entertainment. Sure, there’s metric tonnes of both those things to enjoy, but say you want something a little different? Well, this is a city full of wonderful quirks and strange environments, so you will not be short on options. Here’s a mere seven things you never knew you could see in Las Vegas, to go and see. RECOMMENDED: Here are the very best things to do in Las Vegas

Seven electric bikes for commuting around London

Seven electric bikes for commuting around London

This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here. On your bike, they’ll say. You say, yeah actually you know what, I could do with cycling now and then – it’s good for the heart, it’s quicker, saves the planet. Yeah! You’re right, I’ll get a bike. But then, you get your bike, bum on the saddle, and suddenly it’s 8:47 on a rainy Tuesday morning and you’ve got that bloody hill coming up that your office decided it should live on, like an idiot. Your glasses are steaming, hands are freezing, and you're unsure which wet is rainwater and which wet is sweat. You walk into the office and all those fresh-faced London Underground-using people are wondering why you do it to yourself, and so are you.  But it doesn’t have to be this way. Okay, the rain is a little less controllable, but you don’t have to struggle up those hills anymore. Now we have the electric bike. The reason your deliveroo seems to be much quicker than before. It’s a bike, two wheels, pedals and that, but with a motor that means you can be spinning those legs and then… you can just stop but the wheels keep turning! It’s amazing. It’s like going on a run, and suddenly an escalator pops into the hill. It’s genius. Anyway, if you’re looking to e-change your life a little, here’s a list of the best electric bikes for cycling around the city. 

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Hogwarts in the Snow

Hogwarts in the Snow

Yeah winter is magical, but say you want to add some magic to your magical, what would be a way of doing that? Ooo, how about taking the Harry Potter (that’s magic) tour at Warner Bros studio, EXCEPT, the studio is transformed into a wintery version of Hogwarts too? Woah, that’s a lot of magic, don’t you think? Yup. Well, brace yourselves, this year for the first time ever the Forbidden Forest will also be accessible, and those willows and woodlands too will be dusted in snow (should be a bit chilly for the spiders, don’t worry).  Of course, the other classic locations of the Harry Potter world are also very much feeling festive too. The Great Hall’s wreaths are pinned up, and Christmas trees are topped with witches on miniature broomsticks. The Hogwarts castle model will be covered in a layer of glistening snow made by the prop team and so much more will be there to see and marvel at, in the most magical place during the most magical time of the year. Hogwarts in the Snow will commence from November 13, and ends January 16 2022. Find out more here.

Edgar Wright's London After Dark

Edgar Wright's London After Dark

Film fans are going to absolutely love this one. The director Edgar Wright is hosting a big old takeover at the BFI Southbank called ‘London After Dark’. Across October and November this year Wright’s takeover series will be a load of film screenings he's curated. But that's not all. They're not just a pick n mix of moving images. Oh no. This list of screenings is the exact list that has inspired his latest film ‘Last Night in Soho’. The idea being, you can sit there after dark in the lovely BFI Southbank and soak up all those films that have influenced Wright’s recent hit There are 17 screenings in total, with choices like ‘The Small World of Sammy Lee’, ‘Frenzy’, ‘Peeping Tom’, and more.

Brent Cross Winter Festival

Brent Cross Winter Festival

It's back! For just the second time ever, there's going to be a Brent Cross Winter Festival this year. Following on from the very well received 2019 winter festival, this year's instalment will be a great welcome back for the North-West Christmas festivities.  Despite being young, there's no shortage of attractions and activities to enjoy at the wonderland. From bars to bus rides, light displays to a giant observation wheel – the shopping center truly becomes a spot for all things Christmas cheer and quality time. Some of the main features you'll want to check out include the massive ice rink. We're talking one of the largest in London. Plus, and here's the good bit, it's indoors. So you can be sure the surface isn't getting washed out with that Dickensian winter rain. With the help of Santa’s little elves, you'll also find Santa Claus's Magical Grotto where children will be able to share their Christmas wishes with Santa. He's not flown over from the North Pole empty handed though, oh no. He's brought presents!  So come along, enjoy the festive season!   

Spooky Spurs Stadium Tours

Spooky Spurs Stadium Tours

Few things in life are scarier than taking a penalty, you might have heard. But you know what is? A spooky stadium tour. Obviously! This half-term, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will open after dark for a ‘delights and frights’ Halloween experience. Dress in your favourite spooky clothing (no Arsenal tops, they’re far too scary) and help the ghostly guide hunt down the four spirits roaming Tottenham Stadium. You’ll have to explore the entire stadium in order to save the day. You’ll become an official ghostbuster and receive a certificate at the end – and you’ll have had a unique tour of the huge stadium. Something for everyone!   

The Halloween Ball at Electric Brixton

The Halloween Ball at Electric Brixton

If you're looking for one of the buzziest, largest and most guaranteed to sell out Halloween events in the capital, then congratulations – you just found it. It's sold out three years running, holds 1800 people across two floors and is packed with DJs, performers, ace visuals, a trick or treat station and a whole lot more. Obviously, you need to dress up to get in. It'll be more than worth it. When has Electric Brixton been anything other than a treat, hey?     

Pumpkin Quiz Trail

Pumpkin Quiz Trail

For a slightly spookier edge to your half-term trips, why not take part in the Pumpkin Quiz Trail at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo? Don't worry, quizzes aren't as scary as they sound! In fact, this promises to be a treat not a trick. Upon entering the park, you'll be able to grab a copy of the quiz and you can answer your way through the questions – why would you do this, you may ask? Well, if you do, you'll realise the answers should help you discover which of the zoo's animals have begun their Halloween celebration! From there, you get to marvel at the creatures and their lovely pumpkins and other festive touches. A lovely little Halloween-y day out! You'll get a little prize if you're lucky too. 

Klub Kids: The Disney Villain Ball

Klub Kids: The Disney Villain Ball

Feeling villainous? Well then, this Halloween there's only one place to head to get all of your tricks (or treats). That place is Klub Kids: The Disney Villain Ball at Clapham Grand. In addition to what will be a drag-tastic production full of incredible portrayals of Disney's finest villains. Your Ursulas, Captain Hooks and more are all in attendance, brought to life by the likes of Tayce and Miz Cracker. This event is open to those aged 14 and over, but if you're younger than 18 you'll need to be accompanied by an adult – after all, things could get spooky! 

Festival of the Dead – Halloween Returns

Festival of the Dead – Halloween Returns

After a two year break, the capital will be able to welcome back the spookiest night out of the year. East London venue Troxy will host Europe’s biggest touring Halloween show from off-beat party pioneers Festival of the Dead. Halloween Returns will blend a variety of music with magical scenery and stunning performances to bring you a wild and exhilarating way to celebrate scary szn, or whatever you're calling it. 

Winterfest

Winterfest

Following the success of Winterfest in 2019, and a postponed event in 2020, Wembley Park’ will once again host Winterfest. On Thursday 25th November 2021, the festive (uh...) festival, will begin.  An official switch-on of London’s tallest LED tree at Wembley Park Boulevard will mark the start of the event, which contains a host of attractions and events (all visually focussed) which will run until January 4. The super-lit tree will also be the canvas for a series of brand-new digital artworks by Brent-based artist Yoni Alter. ‘City Lights’, will be made up of 100,000 kinetic lights which pulse to different rhythms and evoke the vibrancy and pace of a cityscape. That's a lot of light. Other attractions include ‘Reunion’, a unique light installation from Kumquat Lab, which will be unveiled in Market Square as a world exclusive. The idea of 'Reunion' is to celebrate us being able to interact after the pandemic. With this installation, light will become an interactive experience.  There will be other light installations and a photograph exhibition at Winterfest also. Plenty to see! 

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Adele invited Grenfell survivors and firefighters to her London concert

Adele invited Grenfell survivors and firefighters to her London concert

Adele is without doubt, one of the best celebrity Londoners to have ever existed. Born in Tottenham, raised in Brixton and West Norwood (after a brief spell down in Brighton) she's up there with chicken shops, the Southbank skaters and railway arches with fun things in them when it comes to our city’s finest achievements.  Community has clearly been on Adele's mind too. Last night, to mark the release of her new album ‘30’, the singer hosted an episode of ITV's ‘An Audience With’. It was by all accounts, an A-List event. Dame Emma Thompson, Stormzy, Emma Watson and plenty more were in the audience. Mainly ambivalent about my Britishness until I watch something like Adele in London Palladium with Emma Thompson tryna get everyone up on their feet and Stormzy being all shy asking a question and then I'm like oi oi saveloy — Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) November 21, 2021 More importantly, Adele also invited plenty of Londoners who lived through the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy, including firefighters who were at the scene, and NHS staff. They were all treated to performances by Adele from her new album alongside some of her most popular tracks from the previous three records. She even gave them a special shout out ("Grenfell oi oi") during the show.  The emotional surprises were also gifted to Adele herself, who was prompted by Emma Thompson to speak about one of her inspirations from childhood, an old teacher called Miss McDonald. Was Miss McDonald in the audience? Yo

Nine Elms will turn into a giant advent calendar on December 1

Nine Elms will turn into a giant advent calendar on December 1

Yup, it’s that time of the year once more! Sure, there are already mince pies in the supermarkets and mulled wine at the pub, but for many people the festive season truly begins when December arrives and we can start on our advent calendars. And for south-west Londoners that tradition has become larger than life. For the third year, Nine Elms is transforming into a massive neighbourhood advent calendar.    The area will be hosting a huge, sprawling art trail, organised by Nine Elms Art Ministry. Twenty-four venues will each host an art installation – so there will be literally 24 doors to open. This year the theme is Peace on Earth. The artists involved have responded to that with all manner of creative and innovative installations, including a giant vintage collage, a floating barge and a living forest (you’ll find that in New Covent Garden Market). Artists include Saskia Jiggens, Adalberto Lonardi and Michael Wallner – all of who were part of the event last year – and many others based in the borough and beyond.  You can visit the trail on foot, using a special map to navigate your way around all of the installations – and you can check out the two new tube stations in the area while you’re at it. The trail is also available online, should you not fancy the cold: Nine Elms Arts Ministry’s social media channels will highlight one venue, and its artist and installation, each day. The event will start on December 1 (duh) and the work will be up until January 5, but the online

The Union Chapel needs your help to raise funds

The Union Chapel needs your help to raise funds

Islington’s Union Chapel is a true cornerstone of its community. The late nineteenth-century Gothic-revival building has a place in the lives of many: worshippers go there for services (it is still a working church), audiences enjoy live entertainment there and homeless people use its drop-in centre. Times are tough, though. The chapel has, like so many other venues, lost a huge amount of its live-events income as a result of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions. With Covid cases still high across London, there’s still an uncertainty in the air when it comes to planning for its future. This isn’t stopping the Union Chapel from persisting with the expansion of its charity programmes, though. London’s most vulnerable need our help more than ever. Please join @frankturner @hornesection @TheMaeMartin @stephenkb in supporting our crowdfunder. Please watch. Watch donate. Please share.https://t.co/D9M1CKF71b — Union Chapel London (@UnionChapelUK) November 20, 2021 The issue is that 80 percent of the chapel’s charity income was earned through its events, so now it will need help from the generous public (that’s you!) to achieve its goal of accumulating £120,000 over the next 30 days. The campaign has already raised more than £5,000, with support from the likes of Frank Turner and Deborah Frances-White. The funds will go towards supporting the Union Chapel’s community work for the rest of 2021 and rebuilding the Grade II-listed Sunday school hall, turning it in

Eggslut has dropped its first Christmas Sandwich

Eggslut has dropped its first Christmas Sandwich

Christmas menus are great, aren't they? What says ‘oh my goodness I get some time off work soon’ better than a limited-edition lunch number from the lunch spot ten-yards away from your office? Nothing. Exactly. If you’re a little done with the usual supermarket/superchain fare though, Eggslut might offer something a little different this year. They've just announced their new seasonal items.  Let’s get deep into what they're cooking for a second. The Eggslut Christmas Sandwich is a brand-new creation. The heart of it is a turkey and sage patty with a 'Christmas spiced' butter, and the toppings are cranberry sauce, rocket, plus a quality fried egg (Clarence Court Burford Brown, for the egg heads among you) on top. All of which is slotted between two slices of a brioche bun from Bread Ahead. Nice. It comes in at £9.95. They’re also bringing back their non-alcoholic Eggnog drink (which is a fiver).  You can pick up the festive goods at their stores across London (there’s one in Portobello, Fitzrovia and Shoreditch) from December 2 (that's day two of the Advent Calendar!) and on Deliveroo. Customers who order via Deliveroo or click and collect on the eggslut app can redeem a free Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie with any sandwich and drink (when ordered together) also, for a bit of an extra treat. If you're thinking ahead to morning munching on the big day itself, the Fitzrovia branch will be open from 8am - 5pm on actual Christmas Day. Pretty ideal if you're the type to accidentally

The West End’s Christmas lights switch-on was the largest in the world

The West End’s Christmas lights switch-on was the largest in the world

Oxford Street usually unveils its Christmas lights first, but this year 20 streets across the West End, including Regent Street, Bond Street and areas in Mayfair and Piccadilly, all lit up in sync last week for what was the biggest switch-on in the world. Between them, they’re using more than a million LEDs. The Oxford Street display is brand new for this year, consisting mainly of nice calming stars, which make a lovely impact in the night sky. Pretty magical looking, really. As per, Bond Street’s installation is pretty stunning too, making use of opulent peacock motifs.  Instagrammers have been loving the lights too, with dozens of snaps already being uploaded to the grids. Here’s a little look at the photos people have taken. The lights should be on until early January. Best off seeing them at night-time, naturally.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by London UK 🇬🇧 (@its_so_london)   View this post on Instagram A post shared by م (@mmn.inldn) View this post on Instagram A post shared by 珍妮 (@jennie_zznnnn) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Wellington Araújo (@wellington_anaju) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Magdalena Skorupa (@magdalena_skorupa_) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Delia (@youmenthesea)

That little ticket Kiosk near Leicester Square is up for sale

That little ticket Kiosk near Leicester Square is up for sale

Ever walked past that tiny kiosk near the Garrick Theatre? The little round one tucked under a lamp-post, that used to be a bit of haven for cheap, last-minute tickets to theatre and music shows across the city? Well if you have, and enjoyed it, you might be pleased to know it's up for grabs. How much? Oh just 3.3 million great British pounds, plus VAT. That's right, for more than three million pounds the kiosk could be yours. Tourist Island, it's known as. From the surface you might be scratching your head as to the price tag, as it's a mere 250 square foot on ground level, which is roughly the same size as a small (maybe very small) studio apartment. However, there's also a basement which is a much more spacious 1448 square feet (nearly six times the size), according to Metro. On the for sale sign it’s described as a freehold with 1700Sq ft of space, so the numbers add up. This also means you're paying around £1943 per square foot.  It's actually been on the market for eight months or so. Prompted by the freehold ending, TKTS presumably decided to pass the building onto another business, having taken their ticket sales online. They first used the space for ticket selling in 2011, and stopped operations in Spring 2021. The spot has recently been brought to attention as a result of good bants on the Facebook Group Londonist Urban Oddities, where people have speculated what the new function of ‘Iconic Island’ should be, and whether it'll end up on Grand Designs. While the top-

London’s David Bowie pop-up shop has opened

London’s David Bowie pop-up shop has opened

If you're looking for new things to do in London, here's an idea that'll help you ch-ch-change up your itinerary. A David Bowie pop-up shop has opened in near Soho.  Running from October 25 through to late January 2022, the ‘retail experience’ will have a load of drops, including signed memorabilia and other rare and unique merchandise. It's intended to be a place to celebrate the life of David Bowie, exploring his super-prolific and influential career across music, fashion and art.   At the store, fans are able to watch and listen to Bowie content for the first time, using immersive audio. There’s also hour upon hour of unseen behind-the-scenes footage and clips to enjoy. If that wasn’t enough, there’s an extensive gallery of photography and installations offering new insight into Bowie's career, so you’ll be wanting to visit time and time again.  Should you want to swing by, the shop is at 14 Heddon Street, not too far from Piccadilly Circus. Bit of trivia for you: This is a couple of doors away from where Bowie (well, Ziggy Stardust if we're being specific) posed for that moody late-night shot that became the album cover of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’. If you're on the other side of the ocean, no worries, a sister shop is opening on 150 Wooster Street in downtown Manhattan. This spot is also significant, being near the house Bowie lived in while creating the final album he released during his lifetime, ‘Blackstar’.  The store is

Sadiq Khan launches £25,000 grants to change street names in London

Sadiq Khan launches £25,000 grants to change street names in London

Back in June 2020, in the wake of the George Floyd protests, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced The Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm. The initiative was founded to review and improve diversity and representation in public spaces across the capital, including statues and landmarks.  A little over a year on, a study (the first diligent one of its kind) has found that London has more statues of animals than it does of named women. The study also found that around 1 per cent of sculptures are dedicated to named people of colour, with just 0.2 per cent being named women of colour, as the Guardian has noted.  These (less than good) findings have prompted the mayor’s office to announce a £1m fund to help kick-start actual change across the city where representation in public spaces is concerned for "Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, women, LGBTQ+ communities and disabled people" a statement says. The initiative also extends to reviewing current landmarks, statues and street names across London, in a bid to decolonise the city we all live in together. As part of these efforts, grants of up to £25,000 are being made available for community-led groups that wish to remove and replace street names, building names, and memorials in their area that reference figures responsible for slavery and other events of oppression and colonialism.  The first round of Untold Stories grant applications opened on October 21 and will close on January 12, 2022. The applications are open t

Camley Street Natural Park has reopened

Camley Street Natural Park has reopened

Did you know that quite literally right next to Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, there’s a unique urban nature reserve? Well, there is! It’s called Camley Street Natural Park. It isn’t massive (clocking in at around a hectare) but it boasts a huge variety of habitats and wildlife that you can spend the day discovering and getting lost in.  Get ready, the canalside park includes: woodland, grassland and wetland habitats, such as meadow, ponds, marshy areas and reed beds. These diverse environments attract insects, amphibians, birds, mammals and hundreds of plant species. Quite the line-up!  The reserve has been a park since 1985, but its history dates back to the eighteenth century, when it was an industrial area. Until the 1960s the spot was used as a coal drop for the railways but it became derelict. Then it was colonised by nature, so the London Wildlife Trust campaigned to save the site from redevelopment, and succeeded. In December 2017 the park closed for reconstruction and reopened in September 2021. The makeover includes a new Visitor and Learning Centre featuring a café. Other improvements include better accessibility and interpretation, and there has also been ‘habitat enhancement’ work taking place.  Camley Street is also creating a butterfly and invertebrate bank, which is being worked on in collaboration with the park’s volunteers. So you might notice some differences there from one month to the next. Nice to have a new spot to walk to in central, isn't it?  Visit

Over a hundred of London’s private flood defences are rated ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ by the Environment Agency

Over a hundred of London’s private flood defences are rated ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ by the Environment Agency

In data recently obtained under the freedom of information act, Unearthed, the investigative arm of Greenpeace UK, has found that more than a thousand privately owned flood defences in vulnerable parts of England were in a poor condition last year.  Among the extensive data sets is information on how the Environment Agency (EA) rated privately maintained flood defences across the capital for its 2019/2020 audit. It does this on a scale of one to five, with one being ‘very good’ and five being ‘very poor’. All the data refers to what the EA describes as ‘high consequence’ locations. This means the flood defences are protecting areas ‘where the consequence on people and property’ is high, should a defence fail. So, like, there’s proper real-life impact stuff to worry about for people if there’s a bad storm and/or the long-term effects of rising sea levels. Unearthed kindly shared the London bits of its data with Time Out, so we can reveal that more than a hundred of London’s privately owned flood defences were rated as either ‘poor’ or ‘very poor’ by the EA during its 2019/2020 report. With roughly 10 percent of the entire country’s poorly rated flood defences in London, that’s real cause for concern.  Thanks to the information provided, we have been able to look at just where these less-than-adequate defences are located in the city. Tower Hamlets has the most badly rated defences, with 16 of them being ranked ‘poor’ and another ‘very poor’. Second-worst-off was Greenwich, wi

Ever wondered which trees are best at tackling London’s pollution?

Ever wondered which trees are best at tackling London’s pollution?

Trees are nice, aren’t they? Big, fluffy, spiky, leafy, green things (sometimes orange and pink) that stick out against London’s moody old grey backdrop of concrete, steel and glass. Nature’s pop of colour, if you will. They’re a good time. Though they do always look a bit outnumbered by buildings in the city, London does surprisingly well when it comes to greenery.  Just over a fifth of London is covered in trees, apparently. This makes London technically a forest, going on a definition from the UN. However, there’s a lot more the city needs to do if it wants to clean up the air and make a better living environment for animals, plants and us humans. The aim is to get tree coverage up to 30 percent by 2050, according to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.  So the question is, what trees do we wanna plant? The pretty ones? No! Well, maybe. But only if they’re gonna be as useful as possible. You see, all trees are made differently. Some filter the air better than others, for example. So what’s the best type of tree for London? Well, it might be conifers.  If you don’t know your horse chestnut from your hornbeam, conifers are a group of cone-bearing seed plants. They’re usually spiky and triangular: think Christmas trees. Within this category, pine trees, oak trees and common yew are among the most effective at cleaning the air, according to Prashant Kumar, the founding director of the Global Centre for Clean Air Research at the University of Surrey. He spoke to the BBC about the subje

ロンドン市長、通り名や像などを多様化するため基金を設立

ロンドン市長、通り名や像などを多様化するため基金を設立

2020年6月、ジョージ・フロイドの死に関する抗議行動を受けて、ロンドン市長のサディク・カーンは、 The Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm(公共空間における多様性のための委員会)を設立した。この取り組みは、ロンドンの公共空間における像やランドマークなどについて多様性と表現を見直し、改善するためのものだ。 委員会では設立から1年を経て、本格的な調査を初めて実施。ガーディアン紙によると、ロンドンには女性の像より動物の像の数が多いことが判明した。また有色人種にささげられた像は約1%で、有色人種の女性にささげられた像はわずか0.2%であることが分かった。 これらの(あまり良くない)調査結果を受けて、市長室は黒人やアジア人、少数民族のコミュニティー、女性、LGBTQ+のコミュニティー、障害者のために、公共空間での表現に関わる市全体の実際の変化を始めるため、100万ポンド(約1億5670万)の基金『Untold Stories』の設立を発表した。 この取り組みは同時に、ロンドンを「脱植民地化」するために、現在あるランドマーク、像、通りの名前を見直すことにも及んでいる。その一環として、基金では奴隷制やそのほかの抑圧、植民地主義に関わる人物を指す通り名、建物名、記念碑などの撤去や交換を希望する地域グループに、最高2万5,000ポンド(約390万円)の助成金提供を決めた。 実際に、例えば通りの名前を変更する場合、住民の75%以上の賛成を得ることのほか、裁判手続き、救急や郵便サービスの管理費、さらに新しいサインや記念碑の設置費など、かなりの費用がかかるという。 『Untold Stories』助成金の第1次募集は2021年10月21日に始まり、締め切りは2022年1月中旬。募集対象はロンドンにある売上高50万ポンド(約7,800万円)以下のコミュニティー主導型の地域グループで、来年の春には第2回目の助成金募集も行われる。 これらの助成金の設立に関する声明において、カーンは次のように述べている。「ロンドンの多様性はこの街の最大の強みですが、あまりにも長い間、街の像や通りの名前、建物は、複雑な歴史について限られた視点しか示していませんでした。(この基金は)この街を最もよく知る多様なコミュニティーが、知られざる物語をたたえるための道を切り開く手助けをするものなのです」 実はホクストンのMuseum of the Home(以前の名前は、大西洋横断の奴隷制度で財産の一部を築いたロバート・ゲフリー卿にちなんで付けられた)やハリンジーのBlack Boy Roadなど、この12カ月間で(つまり今回の基金の設立する前から)、すでにランドマークや通りの名前が変わり始めている。『Untold Stories』設立によりそうした動きがますます加速するのは間違いないだろう。 原文はこちら 関連記事 『イスラム教徒として初の市長になったサディク・カーンにインタビュー』 『イギリスのチャールズ皇太子がロンドン近郊にエコタウンを開発』 『ビクトリア&アルバート博物館が東ロンドンに2つの新展示施設を建設』 『デヴィッド・ボウイの限定ショップがロンドンにオープン』 『ジャック・ホワイトがロンドンにレコードショップをオープン』