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Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen

Deputy Chief Sub Editor, Time Out London

Sarah Cohen has been Deputy Chief Sub Editor at Time Out London since 2019, and she previously worked for the company from 2006 to 2012 in various digital editorial roles.

She is a Snoopy fan and dairy phobe who grew up in west London and never left (apart from a few years at university). You will often find her in the cinema, at a gallery or anywhere she can indulge her carnivorous tendencies.

You can reach her at sarah.cohen@timeout.com

Articles (62)

The best bottomless brunches in London

The best bottomless brunches in London

Bottomless brunch. These words strike excitement – and also a slight sting of terror – into our hearts. Endless quaffing of fizz, usually within a 90 minute time limit – and, often, endless platters of food, seem like the perfect backdrop to catching up with mates on a weekend. Simply bash your cash down and let the fashionable London restaurant of your chosing do the rest. Will you get drunk? Most likely. Will you be so full of food that you're worried you may explode? Also possible. Are you in? Yes, you very much are. In London, you’ll find bottomless bubbles and Bloody Marys, but you can also go beyond the tried-and-tested and experiment with infinite beer or endless streams of rosé. The food doesn’t have to be straightforward breakfast stuff either. Brunch can be anything from bao to barbecue, Turkish to Japanese. Time to go hard then go home! Or, you could just stick to regular old brunch. RECOMMENDED: Find more great breakfasts in London.

The most romantic restaurants in London

The most romantic restaurants in London

There's nothing quite as romantic as a dinner date. London is full of romantic things to do, and flowers, gifts and grand gestures are all well and good, but sharing a meal is the best way to conjure up some love, especially if the food is superb and the setting super special. 'Eating with abandon couldn't be more of a turn-on: it shows that you're comfortable with yourself,' said the late chef Anthony Bourdain, and we're inclined to agree. The places in our list of London’s most romantic restaurants all provide excellent opportunity to shove food in your face but call it flirting.  From chic French spots to elevated Japanese joints, we’ve got somewhere for every amorous encounter, whether a big date, anniversary dinner or ‘Yay! We got a babysitter’ celebration. Really want to push the (love) boat out? Then visit one of London's Michelin-starred restaurants with your beau. To paraphrase Shakespeare: if food be the food of love, munch on. But which are the best restaurants in all of London? These! RECOMMENDED: The most romantic hotels in London

The 50 best attractions in London

The 50 best attractions in London

A visitor, a daytripper and a tourist all walking into London and... As it turns out, there are certain iconic London attractions that they all simply have to visit. These museums, galleries, monuments and parks are part of the city’s fabric – to experience them is to uncover a patch of the capital's culture and history. But where to begin? We’ve pulled together a list of the 50 best attractions in London for you to start ticking off your bucket list. And the best news? Loads of these must-see London attractions are free, and for those that aren’t, you can book below. Still after some sightseeing inspiration? Check out our list of 101 things to do in London, and find out what’s happening in London today, this week and this weekend. RECOMMENDED: incredible London deals with Time Out OffersRECOMMENDED: the best Airbnbs in LondonRECOMMENDED: the best hotels in London RECOMMENDED: the best alternative attractions in LondonRECOMMENDED: the best London bus tours

London’s best Indian restaurants

London’s best Indian restaurants

London has many fantastic local curry houses, plus some extremely high-end fine dining options. There are plenty of both that deserve shouting about. Here are some of the ones we think are particularly worthy of your attention (and cash). It’s a mix of great neighbourhood joints and more upscale central London purveyors of South Asian cuisine. Our city’s vibrant Indian food scene offers the full range of regional styles and specialities – from Bombay biryanis to Punjabi grills – it’s a Bollywood symphony of fantastic flavours. RECOMMENDED: The 100 best restaurants in London.

London’s best tapas restaurants

London’s best tapas restaurants

London is packed full of small plates restaurants, but before the trend infiltrated every kind of cuisine, there was tapas. The Spanish pioneered meals that involve sharing dishes of meat, seafood and veg that are small in size but, when done well, totally enormous in flavour. Whether you’re after reliable staples like tortilla and patatas bravas or you want to get adventurous with octopus, there’s a place on our list of London’s best tapas restaurants for you. Share nicely, now. RECOMMENDED: London’s best Spanish restaurants

Free things to do in London with kids

Free things to do in London with kids

Kids are expensive. We all know this. But taking your kids for a day out in London doesn’t have to necessitate selling a kidney. There are plenty of fun activities the whole family can enjoy for free. On sunny days, head out into the open air and explore one of the capital’s many beautiful parks, and their playgrounds, sandpits and paddling pools. There are nature trails to follow, zip wires to brave and dinosaurs to spot – yes, dinosaurs! There are dinosaurs indoors too at the Natural History Museum, which is free to visit – as are many of London’s other major museums and some of its quirkier, smaller institutions. Aside from free entry, there are often plenty of free activities to join in with, especially during the school holidays. So, whether you’re looking for somewhere to take the children on a half-term day trip or you want to fill the school holidays with family-friendly culture and adventure, London is your playground. Big kids welcome, too. RECOMMENDED: 101 fantastic things to do in London with kids.

London’s best burgers

London’s best burgers

Fancy a burger? Of course you do. The simple meat-between-bread combo is always a winner, whether for a fast-food fix or a gourmet feast. We’ve selflessly toiled away, trying and tasting a vast range of patties to compile this list of London’s best burgers. You can thank us later. London’s finest are utter meaty marvels: juice-seeping, humming with flavour and far more complex in creation than they’re ever given credit for. Roll up your sleeves and tuck in to the best flippin’ burgers in town. 🤤 RECOMMENDED: delicious burger deals with Time Out Offers 🤤

The best day spas in London

The best day spas in London

London is a stressful city at the best of times, but going away for a few days to recharge isn’t always possible. However, you can get a quick fix of relaxation with a trip to one of London’s best day spas. Dissolve into a hot tub or heated pool, feel your muscles release as you succumb to the heat of a sauna or steam room and let a professional massage your cares away. The places on our list of London’s best day spas range from the ultra-affordable to the super-luxurious, and offer classic treatments like facials as well as more alternative options (ice fountain anyone?). So step out of your daily life for a few hours and into a pampering paradise right here in London. Recommended: the best spas in LondonRecommended: the best hotels in LondonRecommended: the best Airbnbs in London

Hidden gardens and green spaces in London

Hidden gardens and green spaces in London

London is one of the greenest cities in the world, famous for its tree-lined streets and verdant parks and commons. You've probably heard of the big ones, like Hampstead Heath or Greenwich Park. But the capital is also full of secret nooks and hidden crannies of green space, ones that will enchant you with their peaceful atmosphere, rare plants and imaginative design touches. From nature reserves to community gardens, we’ve dug up some of London’s most secret outdoor spaces – the Davids to Goliaths like the Royal Parks. Yes, you might have to seek them out in the shadow of an empty office block. No, they won’t have Santander cycles and rentable deckchairs there. But, instead you’ll find pockets of glorious nature to tuck yourself into and forget about all your worries. RECOMMENDED: discover more of secret London.

London’s best Japanese restaurants

London’s best Japanese restaurants

Think Japanese food, think sushi and ramen, right? Well, yes, there’s certainly no shortage of places in London where you can eat excellent raw fish and rich noodle soup, but Japanese cuisine has so much more to offer. On our list of London’s best Japanese restaurants, high-end spots specialising in wagyu beef sit alongside hip joints serving Eastern-style down-and-dirty dude food. And fusion dishes include Koya's bacon and egg suspended in udon-filled broth and Uni’s sea urchin ceviche. Stick to the classics or be adventurous: the choice is yours. Still hungry? Here are London’s best ramen restaurants.

London’s best chocolate shops

London’s best chocolate shops

If you’re looking for a special gift for a loved one or want to indulge yourself, you’ll find the perfect sweet treat in one of London’s highly seductive chocolate shops. Cadbury’s is great, obvs, but these places raise the bar for cacao, offering everything from purist-pleasing super-dark chocs to sugary white varieties, in the form of truffles, slabs, bars and all kinds of innovative, artful creations. If you’re cocoa nuts, these are your temples and London’s chocolatiers are your gods. RECOMMENDED: London’s best hot chocolate.                                                                London's best flower delivery services.

The 21 best vegan restaurants in London

The 21 best vegan restaurants in London

It's official: vegan food isn't just for veganuary. London's in the middle of a fast-mushrooming plant-based restaurant boom. Across the city, creative chefs are showing off their prowess with plants, creating pitch-perfect imitations of meaty comfort food classics, or dreaming up new veg-based delights. Whether you're after a lavish night of culinary theatre, a delicate Middle Eastern spread, or a carb-coma-inducing full English breakfast, you'll find it in our list of London's best vegan restaurants. Read on and plan your next plant-free feast. RECOMMENDED: Time Out's definitive list of the best restaurants in London.  London’s best restaurants for vegetarian food.

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Anya’s Grotto

Anya’s Grotto

Now here’s a Santa experience that’s truly for children and adults. Bag and accessories designer Anya Hindmarch is setting up a grotto within Anya’s Village in Chelsea, where kids can go on an immersive journey through a moonlit forest and across crunchy snow to find Father Christmas, who will read them a story and give them a gift. Grown-ups get a free hot drink from the Anya Cafe, where there will be piles of mince pies, gingerbread men and Christmas cakes on sale. Exit through the gift shop to buy limited-edition Anya Hindmarch gifts and Christmas decorations, including ceramic tree baubles, crackers, puzzles, mugs, crayons and teddy bears. But will Santa be decked out in designer togs?

JW3 Ice Rink

JW3 Ice Rink

West Hampstead’s Jewish arts, culture and community centre gains a 70-capacity, 200 square-metre ice rink in its piazza for winter, with twinkling lights overhead. Sessions last 50 minutes and little ones can make use of cute penguin stabilisers or banana toboggans to help them round the ice. It’s also the only London ice rink open for skating on Christmas Day.  Find more places to go ice skating in London.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Skate around Henry VIII’s sixteenth-century pad this Christmas. Hampton Court Palace makes a mighty impressive backdrop for this outdoor rink, especially when lit up after dark. The ice is right by the side of the Thames and is an impressive 1,040 square metres. It’s pretty family friendly (those little penguin and dolphin skate aids are available for children, if you book in advance). For rink wallflowers, there’s a café where you’ll find loaded hot chocolates, mulled wine and mince pies.  Find more places to go ice skating in London.

Noir Kringle: The Black Santa’s Grotto Experience

Noir Kringle: The Black Santa’s Grotto Experience

Set up in 2018 by a mother in search of positive Black representation at Christmastime for her children, Noir Kringle offers a full-on grotto experience with a Black Santa. Kids can tour his vintage workshop surrounded by glitter, presents, stockings and Christmassy sounds and smells. The 45-minute experience includes activities like storytelling, making Mrs Kringle’s magic reindeer feed, mini elf school and, of course, a meet-and-greet – and photo op – with Father Christmas, who will give each child a present. It sounds super fun, but also an important step towards introducing more diversity into Christmas and extending inclusion to (whisper it) fictional characters. The first batch of tickets for Noir Kringle has sold out, but the organisers will be doing a second release with more time slots. Keep your eye on their website and social media for details.

Sparkle in the Park

Sparkle in the Park

This Greenwich light trail has a dazzling array of extras. Expect twinkling trees, fire-art installations and interactive elements, plus live music, street food and drinks of all kinds. The whole thing is free, but you will need to book tickets. 

Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland

Syon Park’s Enchanted Woodland

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a dazzling surprise. Syon Park’s 600-year-old woodland garden will be transformed by beautiful illuminations again for Christmas. Follow a glistening trail past luminous sculptures, glowing candles and laser beams around an ornamental lake, alongside the sixteenth-century Syon House, through a historic arboretum to the spectacular Great Conservatory, which will be lit up with tutti-frutti hues. It’s almost always a sell-out, so book in advance.

The Magic of Christmas at London Zoo

The Magic of Christmas at London Zoo

London Zoo is the only place in the capital where you can meet Santa plus penguins, otters, tigers, zebras and a whole menagerie of other animals. The big guy and his elves need some help asking all the critters what they want for Christmas, so kids can head off on a festive trail to gather information and then send a postcard to Father C to make sure each animal gets a present they’ll love. An audience with the man in red in his grotto will cost extra, but the zoo’s other seasonal attractions – including animal crafts, Christmas-themed animal talks and marshmallow toasting– will be open through to January.

Big Fish Little Fish Halloween Spooktacular Family Rave

Big Fish Little Fish Halloween Spooktacular Family Rave

The post-rave generation of parents can induct their under-eights into the ways of the dancefloor at this family-friendly afternoon disco. Kids and adults can throw shapes to acid house, techno, drum ’n’ bass and more in a space filled with bubbles, balloons and foam. You can spend your downtime at the Halloween crafts table, getting the whole family’s faces painted or relaxing in the baby chill-out area. Spooky dressing-up is very much encouraged.

Rivoli Ballroom Halloween Pop-Up Cinema

Rivoli Ballroom Halloween Pop-Up Cinema

The beautiful Rivoli Ballroom – one of the last remaining ballrooms in town – is open again for its usual series of Halloween pop-up film screenings. In the days running up to fright night, it’ll be showing movies of the spooky and scary (and camp) variety, including ‘Bettlejuice’, ‘Carrie’, ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Hocus Pocus’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. Scroll down to the ‘dates and times’ section for full details of the film programme.

Winter Lights

Winter Lights

The bright lights of Canary Wharf's towers are quite the spectacle after dark, but the business district will glow brighter than usual for 11 days in January thanks to the addition of sparkling illuminations created by artists from around the world. The Winter Lights festival returns for its seventh edition with a new set of dazzling artworks, installations and interactive experiences, plus some old favourites from previous years. ‘Permafrost – Sleeping Giants’ by Fisheye will bring three brightly coloured life-size mammoths to the area, 12 glowing swans will glide across the water in formation and Camille Walala’s mural at Adams Plaza Bridge, ‘Captivated by Colour’, will be transformed by light especially for the festival. All 27 of the artworks are free to visit and a map showing their locations will be available to download from the Winter Lights website soon. There will be food and drink stalls along the trail and many of Canary Wharf’s shops, restaurants and bars will be running special offers and discounts.

Carmel

Carmel

4 out of 5 stars

In 2015, chef Josh Katz opened Berber & Q, a now much-loved Middle Eastern grill and smokehouse in Hackney. Next came sister restaurant Shawarma Bar on Exmouth Market. But Katz lives way across town in west London, so for his latest project – with brother Paul and business partner Mattia Bianchi – he has chosen to set up closer to home, in Queen’s Park. Finally, a bit of restaurant love for my neck of the woods. Carmel, the resulting all-day Eastern Mediterranean restaurant, is a delight. The interior is mainly white – tiles and painted brickwork – and numerous plants nestle on ledges and hang from the ceiling. There are three seating options: up at the counter overlooking the open kitchen or the bar; on benches along the communal table that stretches across the room; or, our choice, in the row of smaller tables suitable for a more intimate experience. We visited in the evening, but there’s an exciting lunch menu too, and the plan is for Carmel to open for breakfasts of shakshuka, turmeric-fried eggs and stuffed french toast as well. From the dinner line-up of small and large sharing plates, we started with firm and zesty cured sardines with lemon verjus, chunks of soft potato and sour cream, topped with slices of onion, green chilli and radish. Each mouthful was a riot of contrasting yet complementary tastes and textures – a very well-put-together combination. Then came the surprise of the evening: this carnivore found a vegetable dish that rivalled any of the meat or seafoo

Le Petit Beefbar

Le Petit Beefbar

3 out of 5 stars

Vegetarians look away now. Everyone else, welcome to Le Petit Beefbar: it does what it says on the tin. The Beefbar concept – to offer the highest quality meat in a modern yet luxurious surrounding – was first realised by ‘artistic director’ Riccardo Giraudi in 2005 with his flagship restaurant in Monte Carlo. Since then, the brand has expanded across the world and has just opened its first UK outpost in Chelsea. The modern yet luxurious vibe was evident straight away as we entered the restaurant, in the form of a dazzling, uplit horseshoe bar that dominates the front of the room. People were perched on stools sipping unusual-looking cocktails, which inspired us to order some drinks as soon as we sat down on the red leather banquette at our table in the dark-wood-panelled dining room. My friend considered trying one of the signature tea-infused cocktails, but instead plumped for the El Frances: Courvoisier VSOP, Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila, crème de cassis, crème de peche and fresh lemon juice. She was delighted to report that each of the fruity elements held their own. My maple lemonade was a revelation: why have I never mixed maple syrup and lemon juice before? A sweet-and-sour masterstroke. The meal of small and large sharing dishes began with a spectacle. A plate arrived covered with a cloche. As the waiter lifted this, wispy clouds of sweet-smelling smoke billowed into the air, eventually clearing to reveal two bao. But this dish wasn’t just smoke and mirrors: the buns

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In pictures: Ukraine solidarity protest in Trafalgar Square

In pictures: Ukraine solidarity protest in Trafalgar Square

As the war in Ukraine continued over the weekend, so did worldwide protests in solidarity with its people, including several large events in London.  On Saturday, Ukrainians, Russians and people of many other nationalities gathered at Downing Street to put pressure on the UK government to increase sanctions on Russia and do more to help Ukrainian refugees. There were also crowds outside the Russian embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens who pelted the building with eggs and fake blood while calling for Putin to withdraw his forces. The focus switched to Trafalgar Square yesterday (Sunday February 27), where thousands of people congregated to add their voices to the protest. Photographer and journalist Chris Bethell was among them – you can see some of his pictures below. Another ‘Stand with Ukraine’ rally in Trafalgar Square is planned for 6pm this evening (Monday February 28), and there will undoubtedly be more until the war ends. Photograph: Chris Bethell Photographer: Chris Bethell Photograph: Chris Bethell Photograph: Chris Bethell Photograph: Chris Bethell Photograph: Chris Bethell Photograph: Chris Bethell Photograph: Chris Bethell Photograph: Chris Bethell Photograph: Chris Bethell Chris Bethell is a UK-based photographer and journalist. www.christopherbethell.com/@christopherbethell How to help the people of Ukraine if you’re living in London. This night walk is raising money for loads of London homelessness charities.

You can slide down the Tower of London’s moat into a field of flowers

You can slide down the Tower of London’s moat into a field of flowers

As we reported previously, the Tower of London’s moat is going to be filled with wild flowers to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Gardeners are currently busy planting 20 million seeds that will grow into a beautiful meadow called ‘Superbloom’ come June, when the attraction opens. Wandering through a floral garden sounds like a lovely, gentle activity, right? Except that the organisers have just announced the addition of a giant slide at the entrance. Thrill-seeking visitors can grab a mat and zip down the side of the moat on an eight-metre slide. There’s room for four people to have a go at once and adults are just as welcome as kids. But once you’re in, you’re in: it’s one slide per person. And access is weather-dependent. Image: Historic Royal Palaces The slide was originally built for a National Trust property in Berkshire, but has been repurposed for the Tower of London moat. It’ll have plants running alongside it that complement the wild flowers below.  And don’t worry, bobbing along on your bum isn’t the only way to get into ‘Superbloom’ – those who don’t like feeling their stomach jump into their throat can walk through the fully accessible main entrance. But where’s the fun in that? ‘Superbloom’ is at the Tower of London, Jun 1-Sep 18. Book tickets here. You can climb the Cutty Sark’s really high rigging. This summer’s Serpentine Pavilion will be a place of rest and music.

Archaeologists have uncovered a hidden Roman mosaic near The Shard

Archaeologists have uncovered a hidden Roman mosaic near The Shard

A few metres away from one of the most modern things in London can now be found one of the most ancient. A huge Roman mosaic, dating from the end of the second century or the beginning of the third, has been unearthed near The Shard.  Specialists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), who have been working to uncover the artefact since June, say the eight-metre-long mosaic is the largest to be found in the capital for 50 years, calling it a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ discovery. We're a bit late for #MosaicMonday but it's worth the wait!Our archaeologists unearthed the largest area of Roman mosaic found in London in over 50 years, an incredible discovery made while working on the Liberty of Southwark - @uandiplc urban regeneration project with @TfL. pic.twitter.com/AuD3t4zWeI — MOLA (@MOLArchaeology) February 22, 2022 The archaeologists have deduced from the highly decorative mosaic’s design – which features flowers, geometric patterns and twisted ropes – that it was probably the floor of a ‘triclinium’: a fancy dining room where well-to-do Romans would recline and feast. This may have been part of a ‘mansio’: a kind of motel for people travelling to and from Londinium over the river. Photograph: MOLA/AndyChopping The mosaic was discovered because the area is being redeveloped by TfL and property company U+I to build a housing, shopping and office-space complex called The Liberty of Southwark. Before that can happen, the mosaic is going to be lifted and taken

A gorgeous lantern festival is coming to Bermondsey

A gorgeous lantern festival is coming to Bermondsey

Around Christmastime, London’s outdoor venues, from Kew Gardens and Kenwood to the South Bank and Greenwich Peninsula, filled with dazzling light trails, installations and festivals. But as the nights began to get shorter, these cheering spectacles came to the end of their runs. The season hasn’t quite finished, though: on Friday March 4, Illuminate Rotherhithe and Bermondsey’s free lantern festival will be taking up the baton. Locals are encouraged to gather at either Rotherhithe’s Mayflower Hall or St James’s Church in Bermondsey from 4pm, from where, as night falls (5.30pm), processions of glowing lanterns will make their way through the neighbourhoods, accompanied by music from a choir and samba band, arriving at Southwark Park’s bandstand at 6pm.  By then, participants and onlookers will undoubtedly have worked up a hunger, so after the parade has done a circuit of the park, there’ll be free pizza, cinnamon buns and biscuits for all, plus musical entertainment, a barn dance and appearances from ‘much-loved surprise guests’. Mysterious. Want to get involved? Head to one of Illuminate’s free lantern-making workshops which are popping up in the area this weekend (February 26 and 27), and learn how to craft your own paper-and-willow creation. This year’s theme is ‘trees and everything in nature you find in or on them’, so you may need a lot of green tissue paper. Southwark Park, Gomm Rd, SE16 2TX. Fri Mar 4. Free. Find other things to do in Bermondsey with our area guide. An

You can go to the cinema for £3 this weekend

You can go to the cinema for £3 this weekend

Still haven’t caught up with ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ or ‘Licorice Pizza’? Well, clear your diary on Saturday (February 26) and head to your local Cineworld, because the cinema chain will be offering tickets for £3 all day (although booking fees will still apply). That means you could watch at least three or four movies back to back for the same price as it usually costs to see one.  The discount doesn’t only apply to traditional 2D screenings, either: for maximum eye-boggling effect, you can watch IMAX, 4DX, ScreenX and Superscreen presentations too. Not sure what all of those are, but they sound BIG. But which film(s) to choose? New releases like ‘Cyrano’, ‘Death on the Nile’, ‘Uncharted’, ‘Belfast’ and ‘Jackass Forever’ will be showing on Cineworld screens, and blockbuster hits from last year, like ‘Dune’, will be returning especially for the occasion. Or you could take the kids to see ‘Sing 2’ – or your parents to watch ‘The Duke’. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Cineworld Cinemas (@cineworld) Arthouse fans can bag a bargain too: Cineworld owns all of the Picturehouses, and those cinemas will be running the £3 ticket deal as well. Choose from titles like ‘The Souvenir Part II’, ‘Flee’, ‘Drive My Car’ and heaps of others. And there’s more: Cineworld is also offering discounts on its Unlimited membership scheme, so you can get money off future cinema trips too. All of this means you should definitely spend twice as much as usual on

Where to see the Brit Awards nominees live in London this year

Where to see the Brit Awards nominees live in London this year

Tonight is the music industry’s big bash: the great and good of pop will be gathering at The O2 for the Brit Awards, hoping that they’ll be going home with a little statue to put on their, no doubt fancy, mantelpiece. But once the party’s over and the dustcart has done its thing, what’s next for the nominees? Big tours, that’s what, which is where you, the fans, come in.  Many of the Brit nominees are playing live in London this year, although some of their shows are already sold out: good luck trying to get tickets to see Adele at Hyde Park, Billie Eilish at The O2 or Wolf Alice at Hammersmith Apollo. The closest Little Simz is playing to London is August’s Reading Festival. And the only way to catch London Grammar in the capital is by watching them support Coldplay at Wembley Stadium, although you could leave when the headliners come on. But there are plenty of Brit-nominated acts whose London concerts you can still get into. Here’s our pick. Dave Nominated for: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Act The south London rapper is bringing his We’re All Alone in This Together tour to, er, south London later this month. The O2. Feb 21-22 (Feb 22 sold out). Buy tickets. Dua Lipa Nominated for: Song of the Year, Best Pop/R&B Act Also coming to The O2 is five-time Brit winner Dua Lipa. She’s also won a bunch of Grammys, you know. The O2. May 2-3 (May 2 sold out). Buy tickets. Sam Fender Nominated for: Artist of the Year, Album of the Yea

London’s museums have been hit by a wave of Covid closures

London’s museums have been hit by a wave of Covid closures

It’s not just restaurants, bars and theatres that are feeling the Omicron effect in London. Several major museums have closed due to staff shortages and concern for public safety. The school holidays are usually a busy time for such institutions, so these closures will deliver a serious blow. The Natural History Museum, the UK’s second most-visited museum after Tate Modern, will be shut from today (December 21) for a week, but hopes to reopen on Tuesday December 28. All tickets already bought for its exhibitions ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts: the Wonder of Nature’ between these dates will be cancelled and refunded. Thankfully, the museum’s outdoor ice rink is unaffected by this closure, so you can skate into Christmas as planned. The Museum at South Kensington will be closed from 21-27 December, due to an unforeseen staff shortage. We plan to reopen on Tuesday 28 December. You can also book new tickets for a future date on our website. https://t.co/9CmgCms76H — Natural History Museum (@NHM_London) December 20, 2021 The Wellcome Collection is not so optimistic. It closed on Friday ‘until further notice’, saying it will ‘monitor the situation and government advice’. Other casualties include the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury, Camden Art Centre and the National Army Museum, all of which will now be closed until early January. The Museum of the Home’s last day until next year is on Thursday December 23, due to staff shortages. And Sir John Soane's Mu

The first Grenfell Silent Walk in 18 months happened last night

The first Grenfell Silent Walk in 18 months happened last night

Yesterday marked four-and-a-half years since the Grenfell Tower fire, which took the lives of 72 people. To commemorate this, Grenfell United, ​​a group of survivors and bereaved families, organised a silent walk from Kensington Town Hall to the memorial wall at the base of the tower. Gatherings like this used to take place every month, but this was the first one since summer 2020, due to the pandemic. “Just look at the sea of evidence out there” - @GrenfellUnited #GrenfellSilentWalk pic.twitter.com/AlagXI3C39 — AO (@Anieshasha) December 14, 2021 As well as a symbol of remembrance, last night’s event was the launch of a new campaign for justice. Grenfell United is calling on the Metropolitan Police to pursue a criminal investigation, saying that plenty of evidence has been gathered and people have waited long enough. It’s encouraging supporters to share a video featuring survivors and relatives of the deceased reading out findings from the public inquiry, using the hashtag #DemandCharges, an evolution of its previous slogan, #DemandChange.  #DemandCharges #Grenfell @GrenfellUnited pic.twitter.com/qJ3Ksf2GCJ — Tim Downie (@TimDownie1) December 14, 2021 Is Grenfell Tower due to be demolished? The theatre group helping to rebuild its community after Grenfell.

The London Transport Museum’s new PJs look very fly indeed

The London Transport Museum’s new PJs look very fly indeed

Being told you look like the back of a bus is no longer an insult thanks to the London Transport Museum’s new Routemaster-inspired pyjamas. They sport a design that imitates the ‘moquette’ fabric used to cover double-decker bus seats in the late ’50s. ‘Moquette’ means ‘carpet’ in French, and anyone who’s travelled on a bus or tube will have experienced sitting on the hard-wearing, faintly bristly material. Luckily, the pyjamas are made from 100 percent cotton. Just as the Routemaster became a design classic, so the moquette pattern that adorned its innards has endured. It was created by industrial designer Douglas Scott, who used maroon, yellow and green to mirror the colour scheme of the bus’s interior. As well as the pjs, matching socks, a scarf, a throw, a baseball cap, a laptop case, a travel bag and a cushion are available. The pyjama set is unisex and comes in five sizes, from extra small to extra large. It costs £60 and can be bought online or from the London Transport Museum shop. Bus chic: it’s gonna be big in 2022. Consult our Christmas gift guide for other Londony present ideas. London buses are being turned into refuges for the homeless.

How to have fun outside in London right now

How to have fun outside in London right now

Here we go again. Following the government’s announcement of Plan B yesterday, you might be feeling cautious about those upcoming Christmas parties in your diary. But gathering with 30 of your workmates in a packed venue isn’t the only way to socialise. Remember when the great outdoors was our living room, restaurant, bar and dancefloor? It can be again, even in winter. Loads of London pubs have got wise and installed awnings and heaters in their beer gardens. Terraces couldn’t be cosier, with insulating foliage and blankets to snuggle up in. And these days, it’s common to bask in the glow of a heat lamp when eating outside at restaurants.  You can order pints and mulled wine to go, take in some alfresco art and even see a festive play in the open air. Most of London’s ice rinks are outside, and then there are the Christmas illuminations glowing-up every corner of London right now: grab some friends and head out on a light trail. You can even do your Christmas shopping outdoors at one of the capital’s many seasonal markets. So, fling on your hat, scarf and gloves and take the party outside. Want more outdoor fun? Explore London’s hidden gardens. Our ultimate guide to Christmas in London.

You can swim beneath the stars in this (heated) London swimming pool

You can swim beneath the stars in this (heated) London swimming pool

Nowadays, going for a swim at one of London’s lidos usually requires advance booking, but you’ll have to be seriously on the case to maximise on this cosy, outdoor swimming adventure: Hampton Pool is back with its very popular Moonlight Dip sessions.   Once again, Londoners will have the chance to splash about under the stars at the (thankfully!) heated outdoor lido. There are various time slots, starting from 6pm, but the most exciting are the Friday night 10.15pm swims: proper after-hours action. The 75-minute sessions run on selected Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from November 26 to January 9 and can be booked on the pool’s app. They cost £12 for adults and £8 for kids. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hampton Pool (@hamptonpool) on Oct 25, 2019 at 12:22pm PDT A moonlight dip is something you’re more likely to find at a far-flung beach party than a swimming pool in the suburbs, but the Hampton team is determined to bring it to city dwellers too.  ‘We started our moonlight swims to give our customers the chance to swim in our heated pool under the stars,’ Hampton Pool manager Mickey Lewis told us. ‘Each one has its own special feel depending on the time of year, and we love seeing families from the locality and further afield coming along to join in the party atmosphere.’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hampton Pool (@hamptonpool) on Oct 29, 2019 at 11:24am PDT

Celebrate the release of ‘No Time to Die’ at one of these suave Bond events

Celebrate the release of ‘No Time to Die’ at one of these suave Bond events

Bond is back. Really, properly, definitely back. ‘No Time to Die’ was the first high-profile Covid cultural casualty: due to come out in April 2020, it was postponed again and again, but will finally be released in cinemas on September 30. Tickets went on sale this week, so you can book now to see the biggest film of the year. If you want to get in first, many cinemas are holding midnight screenings on September 29, but to really super-size your Bond experience, get involved in one of these events. After all, you only live twice. ‘No Time to Die’ Opening Night Event Head to your local Everyman cinema on the evening of the film’s release day to enjoy champagne, cocktails and canapés before the screening. Black tie optional but encouraged.Everyman cinemas. Sep 30. £50. Book here. Vesper Martini Cocktail Class Perfect your shaken-not-stirred technique at a masterclass in the Genesis Cinema’s Bar Paragon that will teach you how to create 007’s drink of choice. Also, if you turn up at the Genesis wearing black tie for a screening of the film on its opening day (Sep 30) you’ll get free bubbles.Genesis Cinema. Sep 27-29. £20. Book here. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fulham Road Picturehouse (@fulhamroad_ph) ‘No Time to Die’ Evening Event Hackney Picturehouse and its new sister on Fulham Road are hosting a soirée where you can dress up in your finery for food and drink before the film with the bar staying open throughout the screening.Fu

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