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Rosie Hewitson

Rosie Hewitson

Newsletter and Events Editor, Time Out London

Rosie Hewitson has been Time Out London’s Events Editor since November 2021, and has edited the London newsletter Out Here since its inception in June 2022.

She has written for the likes of VICE, Dazed, Refinery29, Huck Magazine, Clash, DIY, The Guardian, The Independent, The Fence and British Vogue, and has also co-authored London Shopfronts with illustrator Joel Holland.

She moved to ‘That London’ from the northeast in 2013 and has since lived in approximately 20,000 houseshares around the city and drunk upwards of four million pints at Dalston Superstore. She mostly writes about queer stuff, football, climate change, music and nightlife, lifestyle trends and London, obviously.

In her spare time she likes messing up Ixta Belfrage recipes, performatively reading contemporary poetry in Clissold Park, going on her phone a lot, and moonlighting as a ball-playing centre-back in the manner of Virgil Van Dijk for Whippets FC.

You can read some of her very old freelance pieces on her appallingly out of date website at www.rosiehewitson.co.uk or catch her tweeting approximately twice a year @ro_hew.

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The best things to do in south London

The best things to do in south London

When it comes to picking something to do in London, there’s simply so much choice: world-class clubs, inspiring galleries, and mind-blowing restaurants – we’ve got the lot. The downside? Frankly, it's a lot to take in. The intrepid urban explorer can check out our ultimate list of 101 things to do in London, but here you’ll find a focused guide to south London – a vibrant area with everything from brilliant brunch spots to bustling street food markets.   From Peckham to Greenwich, Crystal Palace to Brixton, south of the river has never looked more appealing. We’re sure you’ll agree – south London has got it going on.  RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in west, north and east London  This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

Things to do in London this weekend

Things to do in London this weekend

It’s a good weekend for sports fans. Euro 2024 starts this weekend with our neighbours Scotland taking on host nation Germany on Friday night, before England’s inaugural group stage game against Serbia on Sunday evening. If you’re looking for the best places to watch all the nail-biting penalties, tackles and goals, look no further than our exhaustive guide on the best screenings, fan zones and events taking place in the city.  After a dose of culture along with all the sport? The weekend does not disappoint. Superstar Chaka Khan is curating this year’s Meltdown Festival, which begins this week with performances from the queen herself as well as Les Amazones d'Afrique, Norman Jay, Master Peace and Emeli Sandé.  Or check out English artist David Micheaud’s perfectly rendered paintings on the beautiful banality of everyday life, celebrate literary great James Joyce at Embassy Garden’s Bloomsday Festival, get your fill of weird science experiments at the Great Exhibition Road Festival which brings together some of the city’s best museum’s including the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Or, grab a seat at our restaurant of the week: Dalston’s best kept secret, Mexican joint Corrochio's.  Still got gaps in your diary? Embrace the warmer days by heading out on one of London’s prettiest walks, or have a sunny time in one of London’s best beer gardens. If you’ve still got some space in your week, check out London’s best bars and restaurants, or take in one of th

The 9 best immersive living museums in the UK

The 9 best immersive living museums in the UK

Forget faddish art spaces filled with smoky laser rooms and crummy van Gogh projections: immersive museums can be really fascinating places. The OG immersive museums are living, walk-through educational spaces. They’re designed to plonk you in the middle of another time and place – and give you an engaging, multisensory way to learn. And the UK has long been spoilt with proper, good old-fashioned immersive museums. Filled with artefacts and inhabited by energetic actors, they’re ideal for getting to grips with everything from industry in the Black Country and Victorian high streets to Anglo-Saxon village life. Want to see history come to life before your eyes? Head this way: here are the nine best living museums in the UK to visit right now. RECOMMENDED:🎨 The most colourful places in the UK🏰 The best castles in the UK💜 The best lavender fields in the UK🏘️ The best places to visit in the UK

The 19 best true crime podcasts

The 19 best true crime podcasts

Although there’s a hell of a lot of podcasts out there, there’s no denying that the true crime genre dominates all. The genre was basically introduced with ‘Serial’ back in 2014, and now tends to take on many forms; everything from investigative reporting to jokey chatter (we haven’t included the latter here – not our style).  But the best thing about true crime podcasts is how much deeper you can dig into a story than with an hour-long documentary. And you can listen to it while cleaning the house. Win win. From gripping court cases to tales of deceit and deception, here are the best true crime podcasts to listen to right now.    RECOMMENDED:🎧 The best podcasts of 2024✊ The best political podcasts📰 The best news podcasts

The 60 best podcasts to listen to in 2024

The 60 best podcasts to listen to in 2024

There are a million podcasts out there, and 2024’s releases are showing no signs of slowing down. There’s already been a load of bangers since the beginning of the year, and here at Time Out, we’re determined to listen to them all. After all, how else are you going to know which one to choose? We’ve rounded up our favourites, from political podcasts that look behind the news to comedy podcasts with your favourite funny people, and plenty of those all-important investigative whodunnits to keep you up at night. If you’re looking to dig deeper into one genre, we’d recommend trying our specialist lists on for size (you’ll find them below). But for a full list of good, addictive podcasts of every genre, read on.  We update this list with brand-new podcasts every month, so check back for more fabulous podcast recommendations from the Time Out team. Happy listening! RECOMMENDED:🎧 The best news podcasts😂 The best comedy podcasts 🗞️ The best history podcasts

Pride in London 2024: your ultimate guide to events, parties and more

Pride in London 2024: your ultimate guide to events, parties and more

As soon as June hits, London is packed with parades, parties and protests for Pride Month to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots. The London Pride parade is traditionally the focus of festivities, but there are plenty of other LGBTQ+ events taking place both before and after it. Over a million people take to the streets of London for the celebration each summer. Recommended: The best gay bars in London. Recommended: London’s best LGBTQ+ club nights. When is London Pride? This year’s London Pride parade will take place on Saturday June 29. The 2024 parade route is yet to be announced, but in previous years it has started at Hyde Park Corner before wending its way down Piccadilly, then south to Haymarket and Trafalgar Square, before culminating at Whitehall Place.  How to get tickets for Pride in London 2024 Unlike other big events like Brighton Pride, Pride in London is free and unticketed. Still, it does get pretty hectic, so if you'd like to watch the action with an unimpeded view from a comfy seat, you can book yourself a spot in the grandstand on Haymarket from £50. Applications are also still open to be one of the 600 groups marching in the official parade. If you’re part of a community group, employee network or non-profit wishing to join the parade, you can apply here.  The parade also relies on a team of volunteers, who donate their time to help fundraise, steward and generally insure that the day runs smoothly. Applications to volunteer at this ye

Wimbledon tennis screenings in London

Wimbledon tennis screenings in London

Has all the hype around ‘Challengers’ got you gagging for even more racket-based entertainment this summer? Great news, because the Wimbledon Tennis Championships – aka the oldest, and arguably the very best, tennis tournament in the world – is back in SW19 in just a few short weeks.  Missed out on tickets in the ballot this year? Can’t face camping out on the street for a chance to nab day tickets? Not to worry! You don’t have to make the pilgrimage to Murray Mound (fine, Henman Hill) to feel like you’re part of the action. London is a city that gives back, and as usual it’ll be peppered with big screens showing all the Centre Court action in so much blown-up high-res glory that you might as well be court-side.  This year the tournament (which started in 1877!) runs from Monday 1st July 2024 to Sunday 14th July 2024 and you’ll catch screens across the capital showing televised matches for the duration of the contest, so there are plenty of opportunities to spend an afternoon or evening in a sweet viewing spot.  There will be more big screens announced nearer the time, many of which will also have extras such as special edition cocktails, food offers and even pop-up tennis coaching. So grab yourself some M&S gins in tins – and a nice big punnet of strawberries while you’re at it – and pull up a pew at a summery screening near you.  RECOMMENDED: our full guide to Wimbledon 2024.

Things to do in London this week

Things to do in London this week

England flags are starting to pop up in pubs across London, and the news is awash with hot takes about who is and isn’t ‘on the plane’ (thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs Grealish 69 at this difficult time). It can only mean one thing: the UEFA Euros start this week. If you’re looking for the best places to watch the games, including the opening match where our neighbours Scotland will play against host nation Germany, look no further than our exhaustive guide on the best screenings, fan zones and events taking place in the city.  After a dose of culture along with all the sport? This week doesn't disappoint on that front either. Superstar Chaka Khan is curating this year’s Meltdown Festival, which begins this week with performances from the queen herself as well as Les Amazones d'Afrique, Norman Jay, Master Peace and Emeli Sandé.  Or check out English artist David Micheaud’s perfectly rendered paintings on the beautiful banality of everyday life, celebrate literary great James Joyce at Embassy Garden’s Bloomsday Festival, get your fill of weird science experiments at the Great Exhibition Road Festival which brings together some of the city’s best museum’s including the V&A, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Or, grab a seat at our restaurant of the week: Dalston’s best kept secret, Mexican joint Corrochio's.  Still got gaps in your diary? Embrace the warmer days by heading out on one of London’s prettiest walks, or have a sunny time in one of London’s best be

London’s best afternoon teas

London’s best afternoon teas

Afternoon tea. Yes, it's twee, but there is something quite fun about working your way through what's essentially dessert tapas, especially when you’re at one of London’s top hotels or restaurants. We've rounded up London's best afternoon teas in a city renowned for putting on some of the world’s best spreads – with tiny cakes, little finger sarnies and pots of perfect tea the name of the delicious game. Expect to pay in the region of £50 to £80 for the pleasure per person, but you'll be in for a treat and a half. Many of the teas have set times for seatings, so booking in advance is always recommended. RECOMMENDED: The best hotels in London. Leonie Cooper is Time Out London’s Food and Drink Editor. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

The best pilates classes in London

The best pilates classes in London

There’s a reason why everyone seems to be doing pilates right now. Developed by German trainer Joseph Pilates in the 1920s, the exercise regime is low-impact but does absolute wonders for the core – and it’ll sort out your posture too. Celebs, dancers and elite athletes swear by it and now all sorts of new studios are popping up over the city. If you wanna get a bit more bendy, toned and powerful, look no further than one of these expert pilates classes. What’s more, it doesn’t matter whether they’re mat-based, inspired by ballet or take place on a reformer machine (they’re not as scary as they look, we promise), these fun and fancy studios won’t leave you bent out of shape. Here are the best pilates classes in London. Fancy testing that new-found flexibility? Try one of these yoga classes in London next.  RECOMMENDED: The best sport and fitness in London

Notting Hill Carnival interactive route map

Notting Hill Carnival interactive route map

Notting Hill Carnival, one of the best weekends of the year, is almost upon us. It's incredibly fun, but the sounds, smells, sights and crowds of Carnival can make it a little overwhelming. An estimated 2.5 million punters head to west London for the celebration, so it’s totally understandable that you might get turned around, lost or just need a handy reminder of where you're going are after several cans of Red Stripe. Never fear! We’ve created the interactive map below, soundsystems and all, to help you navigate your way around the famous west London parade. Check it out.  What is the schedule for Notting Hill Carnival 2024? Notting Hill Carnival 2023 starts on Sunday, August 25 and continues on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26.  What is the Notting Hill Carnival 2024 parade route?  Sunday is the day of the children’s parade and the adult’s parade takes place on Monday. The route for 2024 is yet to be officially confirmed, but both are likely to begin near Westbourne Park tube station. Last year, the adult parade then moved down to Westbourne Park Road, down Cheapstow Road to Westbourne Grove, turning up Ladbroke. It then looped down Kensal back to the starting point. The whole thing is three miles long in total. Most of the participating soundsystems have now been announced. Find out where to find them over the weekend with our guide.  RECOMMENDED: Read our full Notting Hill Carnival guide. 

The 101 best things to do in London

The 101 best things to do in London

  June 2024: Look alive, London! June has arrived, which means it’s only a couple of weeks until the official beginning of Summer in the City™.  The city’s parks, beer gardens and lidos and  have come into their own, and everyone seems to be walking with a spring in their step, full of anticipation for a summer of day trips, picnics, barbecues and general alfresco fun.  There’s no shortage of fun to be had over the next month, from major music festivals like Meltdown and Pub in the Park, a host of outdoor theatre including West End Live and big cultural openings like the RA Summer Exhibition.  June is also a massive month for sport, with the Champions League final being hosted right here at the beginning of the month, followed by loads more footie action as Euro 2024 gets underway.  It’s also Pride month, so there’s a plethora of fabulous events taking place to celebrate London’s LGBTQ+ communities, culminating in the city’s massive Pride parade on the final weekend of June.  If you ask us, this glorious city never looks better than when you’re three Aperols down, gazing at its magnificent skyscrapers through tinted shades from the top of a rooftop bar. So get out there and enjoy it! No matter what your vibe, tastes or interests, there is always something to do in London. When the sun’s out, London’s parks turn into leafy social clubs, restaurants dust off their outdoor seating and fountains erupt from dusty concrete squares. Whether you want to see cutting-edge art exhibitio

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Raindance Film Festival 2024

Raindance Film Festival 2024

Worship at the altar of Cassavetes? Think Tarantino went downhill after ‘Reservoir Dogs’? Get along to another bumper celebration of indie filmmaking courtesy of Raindance. Setting up home in some of London’s finest cinemas – Genesis, Curzon Soho et al – there’ll be a host of buzzy new independent films to discover across ten jam-packed days, alongside special events including immersive live performances, digital artwork and Raindance Industry Sessions, with panels and talks from emerging filmmakers. Other highlights include the UK premiere of Hunter Schafer in horror-thriller Cuckoo. Check out the full programme here.

Carnival Pride

Carnival Pride

QTIBPOC bloc party collective Fagamuffin returns to the Village Underground for another epic Pride afterparty inspired by carnival and soundystem culture. The lineup for this June’s edition is still to be announced for 2024’s party, but it’s sure to be an epic club night of afrobeats, dancehall, reggaeton, ballroom and plenty more sounds to get you dancing right through ‘til Sunday morning.

Duckie

Duckie

LGBTQ+ collective Duckie became famous for their weekly Saturday night sets at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, which were a super-fun mix of anything-goes performances and brilliant music which had been running since ‘95. They ceased in 2022, but Duckie Magic is back for Pride. DJ duo the Readers Wifes play everything from Britpop and Britney, and Irish DJ Azara is on the programme too. Head to Eagle for what is promised to be a ‘night of mischief and mayhem’.

The Divine

The Divine

Missing The Glory, the infamous London pub that was a key part of the capital’s queer scene? The Divine is the new venue run by that much-missed space’s team and owned by iconic drag queens Jonny Woo and John Sizzle. Located just a short sashay down the road on the site of long-lost Dalston bar Birthdays (gosh, remember that place?) the venue is similarly split across two floors; a main bar upstairs where you can enjoy a quiet(ish) drink, and a performance venue in the basement. Head down to check out the ecclectic programme of outré cabaret shows, drag competitions and fringe theatre, before dancing until the small hours as the place transforms into a sequin-studded, drag-fuelled, pop-tastic disco. RECOMMENDED: ‘Dark, sexy, shambolic’: an oral history of The Glory

Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories

Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories

Get to know the surprising queer histories behind some of the art and artefacts in the British Museum’s vast collection on this free tour of the iconic institution. Led by a knowledgeable volunteer, the 70-minute tour takes in a huge variety of objects ranging from the ancient world to the present day, illuminating the fascinating stories behind some of the musum’s most famous artefacts and lesser-known gems, including the Townley Diskobolos, the Gilgamesh Tablet and the Warren Cup. Can’t make it to one of these dates? There’s also a self-guided version of the tour with free audio commentary you can access through your preferred streaming platform. 

UEFA Women’s Champions League Semi-Final: Chelsea Women vs Barcelona Femení

UEFA Women’s Champions League Semi-Final: Chelsea Women vs Barcelona Femení

Over 30,000 tickets have already been sold for this pivotal fixture in manager Emma Hayes’s final season at Chelsea. After twelve years and fifteen trophies with the club, the legendary boss will be taking to the touchline for her final game at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues take on current Champions League holders Barcelona at the iconic west London stadium. England stars Millie Bright, Hannah Hampton, Niamh Charles and Lauren James could be among those taking to the pitch for the Blues, potentially facing Lioness teammates Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh in the star-studded fixture. The current WSL champions were knocked out by Barcelona at this same stage last year, but will be hoping to hold onto the narrow 1-0 lead they established in the reverse fixture last weekend, before going on to secure the European trophy that has thus far eluded this otherwise dominant club. Tickets are almost sold out, so book now if you want to be there to witness what could prove to be a defining match in the club’s season, if not its history!

Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival is back in the UK for its fourth edition in November, with a jam-packed schedule of eclectic live music encompassing everything from avant-rock and post-punk to psych-pop, UK rap and deconstructed dance music. Gigs take place at plenty of the capital’s most illustrious music and nightlife venues, including Fabric, HERE at Outernet, The Village Underground, EartH and The Roundhouse, plus a bunch of atmospheric small venues like the Shacklewell Arms, Hackney Church, Union Chapel and St Mathias Church. The first wave of artists announced for the six-day festival includes the likes of Tierra Whack, Arooj Aftab, CASISDEAD, Sega Bodega, Kae Tempest, Empress Of, Snow Strippers, Shame, Marika Hackman and plenty of up-and-coming acts who will no doubt be on your Spotify Wrapped come December 2025. It’s basically the place to be if you consider yourself as a music fan with a finger on the pulse. Check out the full line-up here. 

Body Movements

Body Movements

The great and good of the city’s queer nightlife scene are once again coming together for this massive day-to-night festival celebrating LGBTQ+ clubbing culture in London and beyond. Having outgrown its first home in Hackney Wick, Body Movements is making the move to Southwark Park for its biggest and best edition on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday. Adonis, Big Dyke Energy, Little Gay Brother, Love Child, MARICAS, NYC Downlow, Pxssy Palace, Queer House Party, Riposte and unfold are just a handful of the 25+ clubnights and collectives involved this time around. And there are some pretty exciting names on the line-up, including Swedish rapper and singer COBRAH, who previously headlined the festival’s Winter 2023 edition alongside LSDXOXO, Coucou Chloe and Confidence Man. Be sure to sign up to emails for information on ticket sales in due course. 

Hotel AMANO Covent Garden

Hotel AMANO Covent Garden

3 out of 5 stars

A first international outpost for the Berlin-based Amano Group – which boasts 10 hotels across four cities in its native Germany – this 141-room property sits on the site of a former 1980s office block on a quiet backstreet near Covent Garden Piazza. Rooms are minimally decorated in a clean, masculine style, with tones of charcoal grey, soft indirect lighting, hardwood floors and gold accents, (although for a touch more glamour you can book a ‘Goldy’ room, featuring a free-standing bathtub overlooking the surrounding rooftops.) Chic, full-size toiletries from German skincare brand Daluma add to the bachelor pad vibe of the place –  it’s worth noting that the entire place smells fantastic, like the building itself is wearing an expensive cologne – while ample soundproofing and carpeted corridors ensured that we slept soundly despite visiting in the middle of a storm. It doesn’t make a song and dance of things (let’s leave that to the cast of ‘Frozen’ in the building next door) but this is a comfortable spot that’s perfect for a central London business trip with a side of culture. Neighbourhood You’re right in the heart of Theatreland here; with one side of the hotel overlooking the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, you could leave your room ten minutes before curtain up and still have time to grab an overpriced wine before Elsa and her pals burst into song. With the flagships and boutiques of Covent Garden and Seven Dials just round the corner, it’s also a prime location for indulging

Wish You Were Here with Nancy Silverton

Wish You Were Here with Nancy Silverton

If you’re the type of person who devours each new series of ‘Chef’s Table’ as soon as it drops, you’ll have heard of Nancy Silverton, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind LA’s iconic Italian restaurant Campanile, and a host more celebrated dining spots. She’s teaming up with Sera – an exciting new platform staging truly special foodie events across the capital – for a menu of her greatest hits, as part of the  platform’s new ‘Wish you were here’ series, offering Londoners the chance to enjoy food from some of the most celebrated chefs on the planet. Available for one night only at Silverton’s London outpost of Pizzeria Mozza, the menu costs £80 a head (or £120 with wine pairing) and features plenty of her most iconic dishes, including the ‘Nancy Caesar’ and a selection of Osteria Mozza inspired pastas. An unforgettable feast, without the hassle of an 11-hour flight. 

EuroSmash Festival

EuroSmash Festival

This year’s Eurovision is shaping up to be a slightly controversial one, with many of the contest’s biggest stans choosing to boycott. So if you’re looking for a way to get your dose of cheesy Europop without watching the live show this year, look no further than EuroSmash, a brand spanking new day festival at south London arts hub Woolwich Works featuring a stellar line-up of former contestants. On the bill are larger-than-life Irish twins Jedward – who represented the land of Eire in 2011 and 2012 – and this year’s Irish entry Brooke (just Brooke), plus Norway’s Subwoolfer, Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov, and Belgium’s Gustaph. Saxophone-playing drag artist Snow White Trash and ‘Drag Race UK’ contestant Just May also feature, alongside a string quartet playing all your favourite Eurovision classics. Headlining the festival is Katrina, who won the contest in 1997 (the last time the UK was victorious) with her snappy hit ‘Love Shine a Light’. We’d certainly be giving douze points to that line-up. 

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

The renowned Sundance Film Festival returns to London to give film buffs the chance to view more thought-provoking, emotion-stirring movies. The 2024 festival will open with ‘Kneecap’, the first-ever Irish language film to premiere at Sundance, which tells the story of a rising Belfast rap group and their mission to save their native language. Closing night will boast the UK premiere of ‘Dìdi (弟弟)’, Oscar-nominated director Sean Wang’s ode to first-generation teenagers in the Bay Area. Stay tuned for the full programme, which is announced in late April. 

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Where to watch Euro 2024 matches in London, from screenings to sports pubs

Where to watch Euro 2024 matches in London, from screenings to sports pubs

It feels like it was just yesterday that we were watching the Lionesses smash Germany in the Euro 2022 final. But it’s already time for another round of spectacular goals, missed penalties and euphoric wins. That’s right, the Euros are back, kicking off on June 14. This time, the men are up. Our fave boys will be battling it out in Germany for a chance to become the UEFA Euro 2024 winners. Whether you’re a die hard footie fan or just hoping to catch a glimpse of Jack Grealish’s calves, you’re going to want to know all the best spots in London to catch the matches. From screenings to sports pubs, these are the best places to watch Euro 2024 in London.  Boxpark Wembley, Croydon and Shoreditch All three Boxpark locations will be screening live matches throughout the whole tournament. England games are expected to sell out fast – you can purchase tickets here.  Wembley Park, HA9 0JT / 99 George St, CR0 1LD / 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY; from £8. Big Penny Social The Walthamstow brewery will be showing all the games on screens inside and outside. Plus, there will be pyrotechnics for big moments and even a live band for England matches. Book online here.  1 Priestley Way, E17 6AL; free, booking advised. Hotel Mundial Hotel Mundial’s name might sound familiar to football fanatics – it was created by the team behind the quarterly footie mag Mundial, after all. The venue (located at Hoxton Docks) will be screening every match during the first week of the event and running a range o

The best things happening in London for Record Store Day 2024

The best things happening in London for Record Store Day 2024

Fancy yourself a bit of a vinyl junkie? Reckon that real DJs don’t need a subscription to Serato? Then you’ll probably already know that this Saturday (April 20) marks the return of Record Store Day.  Founded in 2007 in the early days of the vinyl revival, the annual celebration of indie record stores has since become a key fixture in any crate digger’s calendar, with thousands of stores across the globe participating. This includes many of London’s 50-odd independent record shops, where you can pick up limited-edition releases from the likes of Blur, Olivia Dean, Young Fathers, Sinéad O'Connor, Talking Heads, Laufey, Paramore, Pulp and The 1975.  But that’s not all. From fashion collabs and in-store sets to giveaways and immersive listening experiences, there’s all sorts of fun stuff going on around the city in celebration of the humble. Here, we’ve rounded up a selection of the best things happening around the city.  SXSE – Dash The Henge Turn your Record Store Day into a mini festival adventure, aka SXSE. Pick up your wristband – and an armful of new records – at Dash The Henge’s shop in Camberwell, where you’ll also find acoustic performances and DJs on the decks (including La Roux!). From there, move onto The Old Dispensary and The Bear for more musical goodness. Still not had enough? Head to Peckham’s hottest new venue, The Greyhound, for an after-party hosted by The Cause. Grab your ticket here. 348 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0RW. £11.50. Rough Trade East This record sho

Six life-enhancing films at BFI Flare (that you can still get tickets for)

Six life-enhancing films at BFI Flare (that you can still get tickets for)

The UK’s largest queer film event, not to mention a major fixture in London’s cultural calendar, BFI Flare returns to the BFI Southbank next week for its 38th edition, showcasing the best new LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world over ten jam-packed days. If you’ve not yet managed to grab tickets to some of the big hitters, be sure to check out the 'Best of the Fest’ programme on the festival’s final day. It just went on sale yesterday, and features additional screenings of all the most popular picks. But if you have missed out on the big, showy titles, don’t worry! There are still loads of great under-the-radar offerings worthy of your attention. Here are a few of our faves. Photograph: BFI Flare 1. Silver Haze Dutch director Sacha Polak’s fourth feature film sees her reunite with actress Vicky Knight, who previously won a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit award for her role as an acid attack survivor in Polak’s 2019 film ‘Dirty God’. Drawing inspiration from Knight’s own childhood, during which she survived an arson attack on her uncle’s pub, ‘Silver Haze’ is a powerful depiction of working-class Britain, in which Knight plays a 23-year-old nurse and burns victim who starts a relationship with one of her patients.  Photograph: BFI Flare 2. Don’t Ever Stop As a long-running resident at major gay nightclubs Heaven and Trade, Birmingham-born producer and DJ Tony De Vit was a hugely influential figure in London’s gay nightlife scene in the ’80s and ’90s, keeping a generation of young g

Diva down! Iconic East London queer venue The Glory is closing

Diva down! Iconic East London queer venue The Glory is closing

Founded by drag queens Jonny Woo and John Sizzle with their business partner Colin Rothbart back in 2014, pint-sized Kingsland Road pub The Glory is a jewel in the fabulous crown of east London’s ever-dwindling queer scene, beloved by all who pass through its unassuming blue doors.  Head down to the Haggerston venue on an average evening and you’ll find scene veterans like Princess Julia and Jeffrey Hinton on the decks, east London’s most out-there drag artists performing surreal cabaret on the tiny gold stage and a raucous crowd of spectacularly well-heeled creative types cackling in the smoking area. At least until the end of January, when the legendary venue will cease trading at its current location, as announced this afternoon. ‘It’s with much sadness that we shall be closing the doors of The Glory, as we know it, on 31st January 2024,’ its owners announced in a statement released on the venue’s Instagram page. ‘For us all, the staff, performers, DJs AND our much-valued customers, we know this is upsetting, but we have decided to relocate as our building is finally being redeveloped and we simply can’t cannot continue to operate as we'd like.’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by THE GLORY (@thegloryldn) To anyone who has spent more than five minutes on London’s queer scene, news of another LGBTQ+ venue’s closure probably won’t come as a huge surprise. While the number of queer venues in the capital has remained fairly stable in recent years,

Where to get Chanukah doughnuts in London

Where to get Chanukah doughnuts in London

While the goyim (non-Jews) do Christmas, Jews do Chanukah. While they have mince pies, we have sufganiyot: perfect, pillow-y doughnuts eaten as deep-fried treats during the festival of lights. The deep-fried bit is important: Chanukah is about the Maccabean revolt against the Greeks in the second century BCE, when there was only enough sacred oil in the Second Temple to last for one night, but it miraculously lasted for eight. To celebrate, Jews the world over eat oily food. It’s a very convenient excuse for scoffing a load of latkes and doughnuts. How are sufganiyot different from doughnuts? Glad you asked. They’re um… a bit lighter, basically. That’s kind of it. You could argue they’re closer to French beignets than English or American doughnuts, but what really matters is stuffing your face with some deep-fried dough and saying ‘up yours’ to the Ancient Greeks. Here are some amazing (mostly) Jewish bakeries in London where you can indulge yourself while sticking two fingers up to Antiochus.  Grodzinksi Photograph: Jess Hand London’s oldest kosher bakery was founded in 1888 by Belarussian expats Harris and Judith Grodzinski, and is still going strong across its locations today. It’s a bit complex as the owner retired and then one of the OG shops, in Golders, was sold, then bought back again. But here’s the thing: you just need to eat, in whatever shop it is, owned by whoever (Grodz or Grodzinski). Pop in for some sweet treats and you may well be tempted to dine on the im

‘You can’t give monetary value to art and music’: Thurston Moore on his favourite London music venue

‘You can’t give monetary value to art and music’: Thurston Moore on his favourite London music venue

Thurston Moore’s early music may seem synonymous with 1980s New York punk rock, but he’s been a Londoner for well over a decade. Having previously lived in Stoke Newington, the 65-year-old has moved south of the city (the exact location he keeps vague), where between making solo albums and running his record label, Ecstatic Peace, he’s embraced London’s improvised live music scene. Fitting perhaps, given the DIY nature of his work as Sonic Youth’s frontman. The band’s abrasive, free-natured sound often paired rapid guitar riffs with droning basslines and slowly clattering drums that always felt very in the moment. His new book ‘Sonic Life’ is, as he says, ‘All the musical inspirations I have from all the different ephemera, books and recordings that defined my growing years. ‘Then the advent of Sonic Youth and how we moved through the course of the 80s and 90s.’ To tie in with the launch of his new book, the musician spoke to us about his favourite London music venue, IKLECTIK, an independent space that champions new, free-form music. With the threats of closure ahead of planned redevelopment, Moore is keen to highlight the importance of this personal sacred space.  ‘IKLECTIK is found underneath the Waterloo Bridge in Old Paradise Yard. It’s been there only nine years, so right after I relocated here. I was living in Stoke Newington at the time, very close to Cafe OTO, which is sort of the critical listening room for experimental music. But I started hearing about this new pl

Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2023 in London

Where to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2023 in London

Fancy yourself a bit of an oenophile? Then you’ll probably already know that this coming Thursday is a pretty big day in the wine world. That’s because the third Thursday of November is Beaujolais Nouveau Day, i.e. the first day on which this year’s bottles of the good stuff are allowed to be sold. A gamay grape wine from the Beaujolais district of Burgundy, Beaujolais Nouveau is one of the few varieties of plonk that’s sold during the same year in which it’s produced. The juicy red has gained a bit of a following in London in recent years, with many of the capital’s favourite wine bars throwing special events to celebrate the cult cuvée. Here are some we especially like the look of.  Gordon’s Beaujolais Breakfast If Beaujolais Nouveau Day is the equivalent of Christmas in your world, then Gordon’s should be the first place you head to on the Big Day. London’s oldest wine bar is playing every oenophile’s St Nick, letting you sip on glasses of the good stuff bright and early from 8am on, so you can sample this year’s crop before everyone else. They’ll be serving up Full English brekkies to soak up all the booze, and nice strong coffees for anyone needing to sober up quickly. All the same, we’d probably still advise going into the office on this particular Thursday. Gordon’s Wine Bar. Thu Nov 16. Free entry. Top Cuvée Beaujolais Nouveau Masterclass If there’s a burgeoning trend on the British wine scene, you can bet that London’s most ‘banter’ wine merchants will be heavily i

Up-and-coming acts to catch at Pitchfork London

Up-and-coming acts to catch at Pitchfork London

Ever looked at a music festival line-up and realise, with abject horror, how desperately out of touch you are? Several of Time Out London’s editorial team felt like that when Pitchfork released the line-up for its London festival, which is taking over some of the capital’s best-loved music venues this week for its third edition.  Among big hitters like the Mercury Prize-winning jazz quintet Ezra Collective, riot grl legends Sleater-Kinney and dance music protégé Yaeji are a frankly concerning number of head-scratchers, even for us NTS-listening, ‘Crack’ magazine-reading Cafe Oto regulars.  Luckily for you, we’ve spent the last few weeks swotting up on the lesser-known artists appearing on the eclectic bill, so that we can tell you who is worth buying a ticket for. Here are some of our favourite up-and-comers to look out for.  Balming Tiger Who are they?: Balming Tiger are a South Korean multi-national alternative K-pop collective consisting of rapper Omega Sapien, DJ Abyssm director San Yawn, music video directors Jan'Qui and Leesuho, singer-songwriters Sogumm, Wnjn, Mudd the Student, and editor Henson. The hip-hop single ‘Sexy Nukim’ with BTS’s RM is a good entry point. For fans of: BTS, NewJeans, So!YoON. Village Underground. Wed Nov 8.  CHAI Who are they?: A sugary sweet experimental pop group blending elements of Tom Tom Club, Basement Jaxx and CSS to create punchy anthems inspired by female empowerment and redefining ‘kawaii’ culture.  For fans of: Confidence Man, Kero

The scandalous stories behind six London statues

The scandalous stories behind six London statues

Twenty-first century London is saturated with low-level smut. Its streets house three separate penis waffle purveyors and you can hardly walk into a gift shop without your eyes being assaulted by boob or bum-shaped novelty vases. But in times of yore, Londoners had to go to extreme lengths for a glimpse of tantalising nudity. They had to seek out statues with intriguing curves, modelled in fleshy marble, and discreetly ogle them until the nearest policeman moved them on with a swift jab of his truncheon. Here are some of the most outrageously sexy statues of yesteryear: seek them out, but bring the smelling salts in case it all gets too much. Achilles, Hyde Park Photograph: Claire Ward / Wikimedia Commons The body part that the Greek warrior Achilles was classically best known for was his heel. But that all changed when a scandalous statue of the hero was placed in Hyde Park in 1822. It was funded by Ladies of England, a patriotic women’s group who were presumably quite embarrassed by the scandal his lovingly chiselled anatomy provoked. A fig leaf was attached soon after. But it still attracted undue attention from Londoners including, allegedly, the storied actor Laurence Olivier, who once opined that the statue had ‘the best arse in London’. Time to see for yourself? Michelangelo’s David, The V&A Photograph: Shutterstock The V&A Museum’s magnificent replica of Michelangelo’s David was given to Queen Victoria as a birthday present in 1857... but only after a tasteful l

Our favourite pumpkin dishes to try in London this Halloween

Our favourite pumpkin dishes to try in London this Halloween

Be strong. You too can fight the seasonal siren song of pumpkin spice! The sugary blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger – there is, in a wild plot twist, no actual pumpkin in the ubiquitous autumnal flavour – has hijacked hot drinks for the past few years and we remain annoyed by it. But rather than flipping over every pumpkin spice latte we see, we’ve decided to celebrate the humble pumpkin instead, and point you in the direction of the best savoury squash dishes available in London this autumn. ‌Steamed Delica Pumpkin at Poon’s Wontoneria, Fitzrovia Photograph: Courtesy of Poon’s Wontoneria Herald the extension of Chinese restaurant royalty Amy Poon’s wonton-tastic pop-up (now running until February 2024) with this steamed pumpkin dish. Served alongside dried tofu skin also known as fǔzhú, as well as Chinese mushrooms and black bean sauce, these perfect hunks of soft pumpy are just what you need to cosy up to as the nights draw in. Yes, we did just call in ‘pumpy’. Get on board.  23 Charlotte St, W1T 1RW. £11.50. Pumpkin Arancina at Norma, Fitzrovia Photograph: Norma An oozy nugget of carb-based gold, this is pumpkin done the Sicilian way. The godfather of seasonal rice balls, this Delica delicacy comes topped with shavings of scamorza cheese and sage, and makes for the perfect edible autumn accessory. And if you really, really need that tawdry pumpkin spice hit, then scroll down to Norma’s dessert menu, and check out the pumpkin spiced tiramisu they’ll be offe

The 15 best LGBTQ+ club nights in London right now

The 15 best LGBTQ+ club nights in London right now

London’s LGBTQ+ scene has faced its fair share of challenges – among them: gentrification, a pandemic and the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. But somehow, the city’s vibrant and defiant queer community always bounces back. In addition to some awesome LGBTQ+ clubs and bars, London has a pretty dazzling array of LGBTQ+ club nights. Here are 15 of the very best, from radical queer raves to ridiculously fun pop parties. 1. Feel It Held every Friday at London Bridge venue Omeara, this self-styled ‘queer super-party’ lives up to its billing. The genuinely diverse crowd includes plenty who like to dress up, and plenty who like to undress as the night progresses, especially in the sweaty main room. Banging house is the soundtrack there, while two other rooms are dedicated to chilled disco and pop. Brilliantly produced by London club legend Jodie Harsh and the Little Gay Brother crew, Feel It brings Berlin-style thrills and spills to south London. @feelitparty Photograph: Henri TButch, Please! 2. Butch, Please! Launched by Tabs Benjamin in 2016, this monthly club night at south London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern celebrates the butch identity and its place in queer culture. Each party has a different theme – from ‘kinky butch’ to ‘muscle butch’ – and prides itself on being fully ‘dyke-centric’ from the performers to the door policy. It’s a space for lesbian and bi women, as well as trans and non-binary people, so don’t bring your cis male mates. @butchpleaselondon 3. Horse Meat Disco Ther

London Fields could be getting a swanky new swimming pool

London Fields could be getting a swanky new swimming pool

If you’ve ever tried nabbing an hour-long slot at London Fields Lido on a hot July afternoon, you’ll already know that it’s somewhat akin to trying to secure tickets to Glastonbury.  The destination of choice for east London’s outdoor swimming fanatics, London Fields’ 50-metre heated pool has become progressively more popular in recent years, welcoming more than 340,000 visitors in 2022. Now Hackney Council has proposed planned improvements to the facilities that will allow even more locals to feel the wind in their hair as they consistently fail to overtake an octogenarian in the slow lane (just me?) via the addition of a new training pool where beginners will be able to learn to swim. Photograph: Hackney Council Designed by architects FaulknerBrowns – who previously worked with Hackney Council on the nearby Britannia Leisure Centre – the proposed plans feature a 13m x 7m indoor training pool in place of the previously decommissioned paddling pool, as well as accessible toilets, a moveable floor and a viewing gallery.  The proposal for the pool extension is currently in a six-week consultation stage in which local residents are invited to have their say on the project, at the end of which a planning application will be submitted. Should this be successful, construction will begin at the end of the year and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2024.  If you’re a Hackney resident and fancy weighing in (or maybe diving in?) on the plans, you can access the online sur