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The best indoor activities in London for kids
It rains in London. Fact. Even in the summer. So it’s always worth having some wet-weather ideas up your sleeve to keep the kids entertained. Of course, there are always museums, theatres and cinemas to visit, but the capital is full of other indoor activities for children of all ages. Whether you’ve got a story-lover, aspiring climber or would-be circus performer on your hands, there’s more than enough to keep little ones (and bigger ones) occupied. Rainy days just got a whole lot more appealing... RECOMMENDED: 101 fantastic things to do in London with kids.
The best bus tours in London
Whether you’re after a whirlwind tour of London’s attractions for the first time or you want a little refresher of your favourite spots in London, we’ve rounded up the best London bus tours for you to take your pick. Our choice selection includes open-top classics that enable you to tick off favourite landmarks one by one, and some sinister tours that take place after dark… And don’t worry Harry Potter fans – we’ve included a London bus tour that takes in all the bespectacled boy wizard’s trips around the capital, from King’s Cross to Number 12 Grimmauld Place. RECOMMENDED: Try a London bike tour instead This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.
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 Korean restaurants
If you’ve got a kimchi craving, London has many amazing options. There are so many great places to eat Korean food all over town, from unassuming takeaways to sleek temples of fine Asian dining. At London’s best Korean restaurants it’s mainly all about the three Bs: bulgogi, bibimbap and barbecue. The fun part isn’t just in choosing which one you’re off to, but in the DIY element to Korean dining, with cooking meat at your table a common practice. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. RECOMMENDED: 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.
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.
Free art galleries and museums in London
London can be a pretty expensive place to go out in, and there's the small matter of the deepening cost of living crisis to boot. But there's no need to lock yourself away, because almost all the art here is free to see. Most of London's major museums – as well as many of its smaller institutions and literally every commercial gallery – are free to enter, so you can see world-class art and artefacts without getting out your wallet. From the Tate to Gagosian, the National Gallery to Camden Art Centre, you've got your choice of literally hundreds of amazing art spaces, all free. Want to see masterpieces by Raphael and Turner, or contemporary abstraction by future art stars? You can, and you don't have to pay. Our list of brilliant, and totally free, art galleries and museums in London covers the four corners and centre of the city, so wherever you live, there’s a gratis cultural experience near you. Go forth and enjoy, and save your pennies for something else. RECOMMENDED: The best free things to do in London.
London’s best Thai restaurants
The capital’s Thai food scene is hugely underrated – and way more varied that you might expect. London’s best Thai restaurants do the staples – green curry, pad thai, tom yum et al – extremely well, but also offer spicy street food, tangy tapas and fiery regional fare. And you can enjoy your Thai feast everywhere from a buzzy pub basement to a luxe hotel. What are you waiting for? RECOMMENDED: London’s best Chinese restaurants.
Things to do in London today
Got a few hours to kill today? You’re in luck. London is one of the very best places on the planet to be when you find yourself with a bit of spare time. In this city, you’re never too far away from a picturesque park, a lovely pub or a cracking cinema where you could while away a few hours. And on any given day, you’ve got a wealth of world-class art shows, blockbuster theatre and top museum exhibitions to choose from if you’re twiddling your thumbs. And while London has a reputation for being pricy, it’s also one of the best places in the world to find fun things to do on a budget, whether that’s a slap-up meal that won’t break the bank or the wealth of free attractions across town. Whatever you feel like doing today, you can guarantee that London has the answer. Here are just a few suggestions of our favourite things on right now. Don’t forget that you can also check out our area guides and Love Local pages if you’re after something in your immediate vicinity. You have absolutely no excuse to be bored in London ever again! RECOMMENDED: Find even more inspiration with our round-up of the best things to do in London this week.
London’s best dim sum restaurants
Peking duck, special fried rice and bountiful bowls of noodles are all extremely delicious, but sometimes Chinese food is best eaten in exquisitely crafted bite-sized packets. London’s best dim sum restaurants traditional buns, dumplings and rolls as well as renegade riffs on old classics. And not just in Chinatown: you can sample London’s yum cha offerings across the city, from fancy west London hotels to hip Hackney hideaways. All you need is a pair of chopsticks and – depending on much you manage to put away – some elasticated trousers. RECOMMENDED: London’s best Chinese restaurants.
London’s best sushi restaurants
Sushi doesn’t just mean raw fish, rice and seaweed paper – although there’s plenty of excellent examples of that kind in the capital. No, sushi can have many forms: fishy forms, meaty forms and even vegan forms. In London, you can eat it in Michelin-starred restaurants, at long counters and with breathtaking views. Or, if you fancy you can eschew sushi and go for a steaming hot bowl of ramen instead. Here’s our list of London’s best sushi restaurants covers all this ground and more, so have a browse and then book your next Japanese feast. RECOMMENDED: London’s best Japanese restaurants.
The best Greenwich pubs for perfect pints
We don't want to get too wistful here, but Greenwich is glorious. Swoon at the delights of Greenwich Park, flutter your eyes at the Old Royal Navy College, let rip on the historic ship that is the Cutty Sark, skip through the marvelous market and be totally charmed by those winding streets. The Royal Observatory will let you know when it's pints'o'clock, and there are plenty of pubs in the area in which to sip a drink or three. Come with us and discover the very best pubs in Greenwich. RECOMMENDED: Get stuck in with our genius Greenwich area guide
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A steakhouse and raw bar from ex-Gaucho head honcho Martin Williams, following up on M Raw and M Grill over in the City.
Karamel London N22
Being vegan in London must be punishing. Every other opening sees the capital’s carnivores licking their lips in anticipation at more ribs from a new street-food pop-up or another addition to the city’s army of fancy hot dog and dirty burger joints. Even breakfast haunts are dripping in, well, dripping; while bone marrow is trending apparently. And that’s where Karamel comes in. Tucked away in a quiet, residential bit of Wood Green, this restaurant-cum-bar-cum-gallery space is a haven for north London’s meat- and dairy-shunners. With its vaulted ceilings and basic furniture, Karamel is unpretentious and slightly reminiscent of a village hall, which is no bad thing; at least you could never accuse it of prioritising style over substance. Visiting just before Christmas, we were treated to festive fare. A cheeseless French onion soup was pleasingly sweet and happily arrived without a gloopy substitute (which usually bears more resemblance to plastic than Gruyère). The main course was an uninspiring nut-roast Wellington with all the trimmings – red cabbage went some way to perking up the plate, but the stars of the show were the garlic roasted carrots and parsnips, grown by Karamel’s owners. Pudding, though a trifle underwhelming, was coconut-creamy and fruity, and still managed to round off the meal nicely. Despite the food not exactly setting our taste buds alight, I would go back. Why? Because Karamel is one of the friendliest, most welcoming places I’ve been to in London. I d
‘Sababa’ is a piece of Hebrew slang that’s hard to translate, but it along the lines of ‘cool’, ‘great’ or ‘awesome’. A verbal thumbs-up, basically. And really, that’s all you need to know about the vibe at this casual dining spot in Soho. The team here serves up Israeli-inspired street food with effortless style: think sizzling meats, tangy salads, moreish dips and decadently gooey baklava.
A restaurant near Piccadilly Circus focussing on charcoal-grilled chops.
The Jones Family Project
Bag 50 percent off at this restaurant with Time Out’s ‘Table for Two: Gin Supper Club Gift Box’. A very handy restaurant/bar hybrid that feeds and waters Shoreditch’s media crowd and others from morn till night, the Jones Family Project is all about Josper-grilled British meats (courtesy of those carnivorous heroes at Ginger Pig). The ground-floor serves as a café/workspace during the day, morphing into a cocktail den come nightfall, but head to the huge, cavernous basement dining room if you fancy chomping on Longhorns steaks, Tamworth pork ribeyes and Blackface lamb chops with sauces, butters and sides such as truffled mac ’n’ cheese or triple-cooked chips. Start with smoked mackerel, gremolata and horseradish; finish with a triple chocolate brownie and coconut sorbet. Saturday brunch and Sunday roast will see you right at the weekends; also note the BYOB offer on Mondays (£5 corkage).
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Boxing never looked so glam at KOBOX – the flashy night-club inspired studio in Chelsea that offers a fast, furious – but fun – sweaty HIIT class combining heavy bag sparring and functional strength building. In the 50-minute session, participants alternate between a speedy punching routine by numbers that flash up on a wall – or a serious bout of floor work that ticks off everything from squat jumps to lobbing medicine balls at a target. The studio, which is open seven days a week, also keeps a stylish stock of fitness kit and their own branded wraps for sale, plus freshly-made protein shakes to refuel post-workout. A second branch can be found in the City (85 London Wall, EC2M 7AD).
Well & Bucket
When a pub closes, as this one did way back in 1989, the worst thing that can happen to it is to be turned into a Tesco Metro. Next bad, demolition, followed by change of use to chicken shop or bookies. But sometimes, a pub comes back from the dead. Not in a creepy, zombie way, but a joyous, on-the-third-day style. And here is one of these born-again boozers – following wilderness years as a Chinese restaurant and a leather wholesaler, the Well and Bucket is once again brimming over with beer. A lot of care has been spent restoring the big room to resemble a pub once again. The Victorian tiling was once noted across London for its splendour; it now looks a bit battleworn, but is brilliantly atmospheric. Close your eyes and you can imagine the place packed with porter-drinking, pipe-smoking, H-dropping Cockneys of yesteryear. Phantom East Enders might be a bit unfamiliar with the huge array of craft beer on offer, which includes about 18 on tap: on our visit there was Evil Twin’s Hipster APA (vividly described by my companion as ‘dad-strong’), to the fruity, prickly, almost Hawaiian-tropical Omnipollo Fatamorgana. There’s even a little cocktail bar downstairs: in short, definitely one for the bucket list.
10 things that sort of defined London in 2021
Let’s be honest, this year didn’t exactly get off to a great start. It was cold, it was bleak and everything was closed. But hey, at least we all had loads of time to binge-watch and weep over the truly excellent TV show ‘It’s a Sin’. And remember when it snowed that time in January? That was nice. But if we’ve learned one thing from this year, it’s that London is resilient. When the big outdoor hospitality reopening in April cruelly coincided with torrential downpours, we dutifully sat sipping cold pints under dripping wet pub garden umbrellas. And you know what? We were ecstatic about it. As everything unlocked, Londoners flocked to restaurants, bars, cafés, theatres, cinemas, galleries and museums, reminding ourselves why we love this city. This year saw the sweaty, joyful and euphoric return of festivals and clubs. It was the year that football properly, nearly, actually came home. It was the year that we all laughed at stupid stuff like the Marble Arch Mound and a man charging thousands of pounds for salty slabs of meat. For a year that started off so terribly, 2021 has not been without joy. At the time of writing, things feel uncertain again. As we’ve learned from the last (nearly) two years, the situation can change overnight. But now we know that, no matter how shit everything gets, Londoners still know how to laugh, they still buzz with creativity and new ideas – and there’s always a chance that someone might even stick a flare up their bum in the name of football. S
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London's museums are getting snap happy in the first #MuseumInstaSwap
Ten of London's most popular museums are going on a cultural exchange powered by social media. Instagram has invited the city's ten most popular Instagramming museums on a slumber party of sorts in the UK's first #MuseumInstaSwap. They've all been selected for their gorgeous 'gramming skills and have been paired up with a fellow museum to swap locations with their exchange buddy for the week. They'll look around each other's museums for stories that fit with their own collections and share what they discover on Instagram. The Imperial War Museum has disappeared into the depths of the British Museum's archives. 10 London museums have paired up on @instagram this week to connect over stories and themes. Our partner is the vast, varied and very exciting @britishmuseum. We'll be exploring their amazing collections, going behind the scenes and finding links between their museum and ours. Follow #MuseumInstaSwap all week to see what secrets lie behind this door and the amazing connections we've made. Meanwhile the Design Museum has gone gaga over the Science Museum's bicycle installation. #MuseumInstaSwap What better way to start the week than with a focus on a design classic. Is this wonderful bicycle installation on the Science Museum ceiling getting you excited for #CycleRevolution? #DesignMuseum #design #ScienceMusin #science #bikes #cycling #bicycles 10 London museums have paired up on @instagram this week to connect over stories and themes. Follow #MuseumInstaS
Londres crea casas para personas sin hogar por 5 libras a la semana
Londres ha impulsado un nuevo plan para proporcionar una solución temporal a las personas que están en situación de sin hogar. El Ejército de Salvación, Citizens UK y el promotor de viviendas Hill Group se han unido para construir hasta 200 pequeñas casas prefabricadas que se pondrán en diversas áreas de la ciudad durante los próximos cinco años. Cada unidad será para una sola persona y estará completamente equipada con cocina y baño y, según los desarrolladores, son muy eficientes en términos de energía: cuestan cinco euros por semana en costes corrientes. Aparentemente, las 200 casas costarán menos de 47.000 libras. El proyecto se ha llevado a cabo en Londres tras el éxito de las 60 casas construidas en Ilford, al este de la ciudad, que fueron financiadas después de que un niño de 10 años, Malachi Justin, diera el dinero que recibió cuando se le cayó un diente a las organizaciones benéficas para personas en situación de sin hogar y pidiera en una nota que con el dinero compraran una casa para aquellas que no la tenían. Según la Fundació Arrels, en Barcelona hay, al menos, 4.845 personas sin hogar. De estas, según el recuento que la fundación realizó en junio de este año, 1.064 personas duermen en la calle. NO TE LO PIERDAS: Las mejores cosas que hacer gratis en Barcelona Lee el número de julio y agosto de Time Out Barcelona, con entrevistas, reportajes y las mejores recomendaciones de ocio y cultura de la ciudad.
Londres crea cases per a persones sense llar per 5 lliures a la setmana
Londres ha impulsat un nou pla per proporcionar una solució temporal a les persones que estan en situació de sense llar. L’Exèrcit de Salvació, Citizens UK i el promotor d’habitatges Hill Group s'han unit per construir fins a 200 petites cases prefabricades que posaran en diverses àrees de la ciutat durant els pròxims cinc anys. Cada unitat serà per a una sola persona i estarà completament equipada amb cuina i bany i, segons els desenvolupadors, són molt eficients en termes d’energia: costen cinc euros per setmana en costos corrents. Aparentment, les 200 cases costaran menys de 47.000 lliures. El projecte s'ha portat a Londres després de l’èxit de les 60 cases construïdes a Ilford, a l’est de la ciutat, que van ser finançades després que un nen de 10 anys, Malachi Justin, donés els diners que va rebre quan li va caure una dent a les organitzacions benèfiques sense llar i demanés en una nota que amb ells compressin una casa per aquelles que no en tenien. Segons la Fundació Arrels, a Barcelona hi ha, com a mínim, 4.845 persones sense llar. D'aquestes, segons el recompte que la fundació va realitzar el juny d'aquest any, 1.064 persones dormen al carrer. NO T'HO PERDIS: Les millors coses per fer gratis a Barcelona Llegeix el número de juliol i agost de Time Out Barcelona, amb entrevistes, reportatges i les millors recomanacions d'oci i cultura de la ciutat
Five podcasts that will immediately lift your spirits
There is no doubt that 2020 has been hard for everyone. We’ve all been looking for coping mechanisms, be it binge-watching beloved TV shows or baking bread. Now, as parts of the UK are in a second lockdown, finding these moments of light relief are more important than ever. If escaping into a podcast is your idea of bliss, then we’ve got some recommendations for you. Below, five Time Out editors give their picks for the podcasts that have helped them get through this year. Pod perfect stuff. The Whisperer in Darkness The earnestness of ‘serious’ podcasts isn’t for me, which is why I loved this witty meta horrorcast from the BBC, the successor to 2018’s ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’. It reunites us with the hosts of Mystery Machine, a fictional podcast devoted to exploring unusual true crimes. And once again, it’s a modern spin on an HP Lovecraft tale that manages to mock the conventions of the genre while also scaring the living heck out of you. Andrzej Łukowski Unruffled As someone whose child reached the badlands of toddlerhood as this all started, this one has been a life saver. With episodes including Meltdowns at Bedtime, Why Is My Child Behaving This Way? and Is It Okay Just to Stick Them on eBay? (okay, made that one up), child whisperer Janet Lansbury calmly talks you off whatever ledge you’re on at the time. Not only is she expert in the dos (stay patient) and don’ts (run away) of parenting in lockdown, her voice also has powerful ASMR qualities. Phil de Semlyen
Tim Tam doughnuts are coming to London. Two writers argue for and against their existence
Forget pub gardens and hairdressers reopening, here’s the really big news of the week – Crosstown is launching a limited-edition Tim Tam doughnut. If you haven’t had a Tim Tam, they’re an Australian chocolate biscuit, which is a bit like a Penguin, except probably… better? And more Australian. For a limited time only, Crosstown is serving up Tim Tam doughnuts, which will be made with cocoa sourdough, filled with a chocolate custard made from Tim Tams and topped with a Tim Tam chocolate ganache and chopped up Tim Tam. A lot of Tim Tam, basically. The limited-edition doughnut will be on sale from April 19 to April 25 to celebrate Anzac Day, which is a national day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand to honour those who have served their country (ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). Also on the limited-edition menu is a ‘lamnut’, which is a lamington cake (another Aussie special) in doughnut form. It’ll be made filled with homemade raspberry jam, dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut. The news sparked debate in the Time Out office – are Tim Tams better than Penguins? Is a Tim Tam doughnut a Good Thing? If you say Tim Tam ten times will the words lose all meaning? (Answer: yes). Also, why do some biscuits have such weird names? (As one Time Out-er said: ‘At least Wagon Wheels are round’.) In order to get to the bottom of these very important questions, we asked two Time Out staffers to offer a very serious and in-depth debate about
26 ways to recreate your old office at home
The song was right: sometimes you really don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. Pizza buffets, mosh pits, street magic, all things you didn't appreciate properly before lockdown cruelly took them away, last year. The most surprising thing for which many of us now pine? The humble London office. That old place. It wasn't that long ago that you were complaining to anyone who would listen about how your desk was right underneath the air con and that lunch options were limited to 'just' Leon, a Franco Manca, two Prets and four different supermarket Meal Deals. But now... now you understand how wonderful your office was. You would give anything to waltz through that hallowed lobby again. Without any further ado (offices hate ado) we present to you 26 ways to recreate the 'London office experience' in your own home: 1. Walk around the block twice before starting work. This simulates the journey from Tube station to office, a period of time traditionally used by London workers to 'get in the zone'. Why not listen to Santana's 1998 track 'Smooth (feat. Rob Thomas)' while walking? You're going to smash some targets today! 2. Make yourself a really boring but healthy packed lunch and then get a Tesco Meal Deal instead of eating it. Illustration: Bryan Mayes 3. Introduce your housemate to ‘tea-round etiquette’. Important to note: when you bring someone their beverage always say ‘sorry, I think I made it too milky’ at which point they have to respond ‘ah, no worries, it looks
An epic club night is taking over a virtual version of Tobacco Dock
Tobacco Dock’s going virtual, baby. A replica of the venue has been created to host big nights out while we’re all locked down and unable to attend actual, real-life clubs. And it’s been done with a hell of a lot of detail. A collab between promoters and game manufacturers, its makers promise that no quirk of the space has been left undigitized. To celebrate, Tobacco Dock is putting on a free virtual weekend of music, running from 8pm to 2pm on April 2 and 3. The Friday line up will feature 40 big names (and up-and-comers) from the house and techno worlds: expect the likes of Adam Beyer, Hot Since 82 and Eats Everything. Then Saturday will be a drum’n’bass fest starring Sherelle, Chase & Status and many more very good DJs. Want to attend? It’s easy. There’ll be no race to get tickets, dogs to traverse or picky security guards at the door, you just create a Tobacco Dock Virtual account and then log on to an app called Sansar via mobile, Mac, tablet, PC, or VR. (If you really aren’t tech savvy, you can also stream the sets on Facebook and Youtube.) This isn’t the first time a London night has been replicated in the digital zone. Festival Junction 2 ran Junction 2: Connections earlier this year, giving attendees from around the world the chance to interact with each other in a virtual ‘festival venue’. LWE – the promoters behind Tobacco Dock Virtual – hope that more will follow. They plan to continue running the Tobacco Dock digital experience even when the IRL venue is open to
There’s a nationwide clap happening for Captain Sir Tom Moore
Get ready to clap like crazy. After yesterday’s (Tuesday February 2) sad passing of Captain Sir Tom Moore to Covid-19, there have been calls to mark the legend on a national scale. In case you missed it (really?!), the war veteran raised a staggering sum for the NHS last year by walking 100 laps of his own garden before his 100th birthday. He’d only set a target to raise £1,000, but the nation was so taken with his efforts that he racked up over £32m in donations. And it wasn’t even one of the top ten weirdest things to happen in 2020. Tributes to the hero have been in their abundance, with many remarking on how his positive outlook and resolve to help others touched a nation in a time of crisis. The public outpouring of grief led to flags at 10 Downing Street being lowered to half-mast and a minute’s silence during Prime Minister’s questions – after which, Boris Johnson revealed that Captain Tom would be honoured officially. While there’s talk of a statue to commemorate the World War Two veteran, the very first memorial will be a nationwide clap. You know, like the ones that used to happen on our doorsteps during Lockdown One. So when’s it happening? A clap for Tom will take place at 6pm tonight (Wednesday February 3). Johnson is urging Brits to join in with a round of applause dedicated to the late hero, along with honouring and thanking the country’s healthcare workers in their continued efforts. You may remember the last attempt to revive Clap for our Carers in January
Are you having London withdrawal symptoms? Take this quiz and find out!
Maybe you've been telling yourself you've been doing alright in lockdown. Walking the same route around the park everyday isn't so bad. You've got to know your Tesco Local security guard, that's nice. You even get excited about doing 'movie and takeaway night' on a Friday. It's fine: a bit like living in the suburbs. Maybe you've even thought about moving to the suburbs. But you and I both know that deep down something is brewing within you. Have you been starting to feel a bit... weird? A little twitchy? Like your internal chemistry is crying out for something vital and life-giving? What you could be jonesing for, friend, is London. Proper London. Open London. The London where you eat Pret for dinner on the tube between work drinks and a Tate Late. The London where you have three birthdays to attend in different corners of the city on the same night. London with the tourists and landmarks and really good culture and food. There’s only one way to be sure though. Take this helpful quiz, designed by the Time Out staff, to determine if you are indeed having London withdrawal symptoms. 1. When someone mentions a Tube station do you automatically calculate what changes you’d need to make to get there, even though you haven't taken the Tube in eight months? 2. When the bins next to your local KFC gets tagged by an extremely half-arsed graffiti writer do you find yourself standing in the road, appreciating it like the vital street art it definitely is? 3. Is the perennially under-
Is it going to snow in London next week?
You’d have thought that the Beast from the East would have had enough by now. In 2018, when Sudden Stratospheric Warming sent freezing winds from Siberia over our fair shores, the freak meteorological phenomena meant extremely cold weather and loads and loads of snow. (So much snow that the Met Office had to release a red warning.) But no, apparently the Easty Beasty is back and more beastly than ever. What's the theory? The Guardian is reporting that temperatures could hit an extremely chilly -7C in England on the night of Wednesday 13, with potential snowfall expected in some parts of the UK by Thursday 14 (perhaps up to 20cm worth!) and our friend the Beasty possibly rearing its head by mid-next week. That’s because there are reports of Sudden Stratospheric Warming (just like in 2018) happening above the Arctic. Is this really the Beast from the East, though? Well, according to the Met Office, not quite. ‘The winds will be generally from a northerly direction not from the east,’ says a spokesperson. ‘Drawing the cold airmass across Scandinavia.’ Okay, so perhaps more a Force from the North – but still a cold, snowy time, then? The spokesperson says that ‘the weather forecast next week is, in some ways, consistent’ with what we experienced in 2018. However, they say that ‘It is important to remember that Sudden Stratospheric Warming is only one [of a number of] meteorological phenomena that has the potential to impact our weather. For example La Nina is taking place at the