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  • ID-theft equality boss found guilty

    BBC News - London
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    The former head of the Somerset Racial Equality Council is convicted of fraud after stealing a London man's identity.
  • John Kerry insists progress has been made despite failure to reach Iran nuclear deal

    Telegraph News
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    US secretary of state aims to save face after eight days of talks result in no agreement to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions
  • Dalston Eastern Curve Garden – The secret garden

    London tips by locals | Spotted by Locals city guide
    Andrew Sidford
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Image by Andrew Sidford Hackney is well-known for being one of the greenest Boroughs in London, in fact there are over sixty parks, gardens and open spaces in Hackney. The range is as impressive as the quantity; from the largest concentration of football pitches in Europe at Hackney Marshes to the beautiful and historic settings of Springfield and Clissold parks; from the wonderfully hip and happening London Fields to the sedate walled garden and the Hackney City Farm within Haggerston Park. However, there is a sort of secret green space in Hackney and it is a little bit special. Tucked away…
  • #OccupyDemocracy to re-occupy Parliament Square 20-21 December; invites you to get involved!

    Occupy London
    Hazel
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    #OccupyDemocracy to re-occupy Parliament Square 20-21 December; invites pro-democracy supporters to get involved   Following an eventful weekend, #occupydemocracy ended the occupation of Parliament Square peacefully, announcing an intention to[...]
  • To Make London Better We Should All Basically Write More Letters

    She Loves London
    She Loves London
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I like writing people letters. So at the beginning of this year I got hold of my mates’ addresses, bought a load of envelopes and stamps and decided to start sending them things in the post. I’m a bit rubbish with remembering birthdays, so usually it’d just be random cards saying hi, or thank you, or crappy Valentine’s Day from Oscar the Grouch; or congratulating them on not killing their first outdoor plant, but occasionally there’d be one to commemorate something really really important or a momentous life event. Everyone likes getting post, but not…
 
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  • Dalston Eastern Curve Garden – The secret garden

    Andrew Sidford
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Image by Andrew Sidford Hackney is well-known for being one of the greenest Boroughs in London, in fact there are over sixty parks, gardens and open spaces in Hackney. The range is as impressive as the quantity; from the largest concentration of football pitches in Europe at Hackney Marshes to the beautiful and historic settings of Springfield and Clissold parks; from the wonderfully hip and happening London Fields to the sedate walled garden and the Hackney City Farm within Haggerston Park. However, there is a sort of secret green space in Hackney and it is a little bit special. Tucked away…
  • Bradley’s Spanish Bar – Hola!

    Andrew Sidford
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Image by Andrew Sidford Bradley’s Spanish Bar is a (tiny) hidden gem just off Oxford Street a million miles away from all the chain pubs in the area.  First things first, although it says it is a tapas bar on the sign outside, there is no food on offer. The toilets are also ‘an experience’, but these are the things that go to add to the unique charm of Bradley’s. The Bradley’s experience: It’s a bit tatty. It’s a bit run down. It will probably be difficult to get a seat. But for all that, it is simply one of the best bars in the area.  The…
  • Cooper & Wolf – Scandi-licious

    Andrew Sidford
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Image by Andrew Sidford Chatsworth Road in particular, and Clapton in general, is on the up and it has, slightly surprisingly, become one of the great London roads for coffee lovers.  First, we had the trailblazing Venetia’s, followed quickly by L’Epicerie, then the ever-popular Creperie Du Monde and the gorgeous little 46b Espresso Hut. The small bakery Doree has joined in the Chatsworth caffeine scene, while The Convenience has also recently opened and its Nana cafe is getting a lot of praise and attention! Amazingly, all have their own merits and are all worth a visit. The…
  • The Kings Arms – Old school pub perfection

    Andrew Sidford
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Image by Andrew Sidford The London pub is an icon which has sadly lost its way in recent years, but thankfully there are still pubs like The Kings Arms to show what a joyous place the pub can be. First of all, the setting is amazing. Roupell Street is an immaculate Georgian two-up-two-down terrace behind Waterloo East station. The architecture is like a film setting, and if you come via Waterloo Road or The Cut the transformation from those roads is wonderful. It’s quaint and charming and, thankfully, the pub itself lives up to its surroundings. There are nine real ale hand pumps and…
  • Happiness Forgets – A basement delight

    Andrew Sidford
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Image by Andy Bird A few years ago Hoxton was simply the best place to go out in London. It was a thriving, bustling area full of interesting pubs, bars and clubs, but unfortunately now Friday and Saturday night in Hoxton is much more like a night in the West End with stag and hen parties littering the pavements. Luckily there a still a few good places to be found, and one of them is the hidden basement bar Happiness Forgets. I really like Happiness Forgets. It’s full of friendly, interesting people. It’s small and needs to be ‘discovered’ compared to what else is open…
 
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  • To Make London Better We Should All Basically Write More Letters

    She Loves London
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I like writing people letters. So at the beginning of this year I got hold of my mates’ addresses, bought a load of envelopes and stamps and decided to start sending them things in the post. I’m a bit rubbish with remembering birthdays, so usually it’d just be random cards saying hi, or thank you, or crappy Valentine’s Day from Oscar the Grouch; or congratulating them on not killing their first outdoor plant, but occasionally there’d be one to commemorate something really really important or a momentous life event. Everyone likes getting post, but not…
  • You Can’t Really Compare Iceland to London, But I’m Going to Do It Anyway.

    She Loves London
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In October I went to Reykjavik. It wasn’t meant to happen. I was travelling on my own, and planned to go straight to see my mate in Boston, then over to New York. But then I found out I could get a free stopover if I went via Iceland on the way, so I thought, why not? Then I didn’t give it much more thought until the flight, where the general theme seemed to be don’t you dare turn up in our country without knowing some basic phrases. I’m not big on reading about places before I get there. This is mostly because I’m lazy, but also because I enjoy the…
  • Stuff I Did When I Was At Work: 100 Things in London

    She Loves London
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Disclaimer: if you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably already seen this. In which case, please accept this kneeling goat as an apology. He is sorry. As am I. But I put a project together for work and I like it, obviously, so by my powers of deduction, if you’re reading this then it probably means you: a) like London b) have some time on your hands c) enjoy reading things on the internet d) have recently had either me / one of my friends / my mum / my dad standing next you at a party refusing to top up your wine glass until you’ve put this website address into…
  • All Praise Walking Home from Work Along the Regent’s Canal (but not in winter)

    She Loves London
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s annoying that September’s over. Firstly because I can no longer legitimately get away with saying “it’s my birthday” in October, but also because it’s getting dark which means I’ll have to stop walking home along the Regent’s canal in the evening. Strictly speaking, I don’t have to stop. It is indeed my right as a human person to continue walking home even when it’s dark or cold or a bit rainy – but let’s face it, walking along an unlit stretch of canal just isn’t as good in the pitch black. And when I…
  • Why Clerkenwell EC1 is a Really Good Place to Work

    She Loves London
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    I work in Farringdon. Or maybe it’s Clerkenwell. Farrenwell? Clerkendon? I’m not totally sure what the difference is between the two, but I really like it here in EC1. I’ve decided to write about it because I’m not really going on Facebook any more, so this is my new platform for making people wish they were me. Plus, it’s not like you can just rock up to Clerkenwell at the weekend and expect to discover the brilliance. It’s all over by then. Done. Finished. Kaput. And I’m a little bit worried you’re missing out. Clerkenwell is a Monday to…
 
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  • Things to do in London in November and December

    Beverley Reinemann
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    London Food Blog post by Beverley Reinemann The weather at this time of year might make you want to do nothing more than curl up in bed with a cup of tea and a good movie but with so much to do in London in November and December there’s never been a better time to drag yourself out from under that duvet, throw on your winter woolies, and start exploring. Looking for some inspiration? Here are our favourite things to do in London in November, so whether it’s markets, street food, or exhibitions you’re interested in, there’s sure to be something for everyone. London in Winter Embracing…
  • Eat Your Heart Out in Brixton

    Ocean Belcher
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    London Food Blog post by Ocean Belcher As a self-confessed foodie, cheeseaholic, and vino fiend, Brixton offers a wealth of eating-out opportunities for the avid culinary explorer. Located South of London, Brixton is easily accessible on the Victoria line and a great alternative dinner spot to the usual haunts in Shoreditch or Soho. As a local resident in Brixton I have had time to explore the finer side of its dining treasures and made it my mission to sample each and every location at least once. It’s a cultural culinary hub with a vast range of ethnic foods from Caribbean to Thai and you…
  • Where to find the best fish and chips in London

    Beverley Reinemann
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    London Food Blog post by Beverley Reinemann If there’s one dish us Brits love (apart from a good Sunday roast, obviously) it’s fish and chips. Ask a Brit what they can remember of family holidays by the seaside and we’ll bet that at least a few of them get all nostalgic about eating salt and vinegar covered fish and chips out of greaseproof with a wooden fork. It’s got to be right though: crispy batter, moist fish, thick cut chips, and the big helping of mushy peas on the side. Although, pop into some households on a Friday night for Fish Friday and you’ll also find a slice of white…
  • In defence of… Camden Town

    Ciaran Bennett
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    London Food Blog post by Ciaran Bennett When I was younger (so much younger than today), Camden Town was my Mecca, my touchstone, my Lourdes. It had pretty much everything a guy in his late-teens could wish for; pubs with scant regard for ID, rock clubs with scant regard for quality music, and street food with scant regard for ingredients. Sure it was a little grimy, but it was cheap, great fun and really easy to get home from. I’m certain that this version of Camden Town still exists (if nothing else I haven’t moved that far away), but sadly the younger me is now the current me, having…
  • 4 London Speakeasy Bars to Visit This Winter

    Beverley Reinemann
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:38 am
    London Food Blog post by Beverley Reinemann Rooftop bars and sunny beer gardens might have been the places to flock to if you wanted to drink during the summer, but with winter almost upon us it’s time to find other places to drink in London that don’t involve sitting outside in the rain or shivering in the cold. Enter; the (ever-elusive) London speakeasy. Often difficult to find but definitely worth it once you’re inside. But which one to try first? Here are our favourites! Evans and Peel Detective Agency, one of London’s finest speakeasy bars Best for…theatre types: Evans…
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