In our new series, we ask cool Londoners to tell us what’s good in their neighbourhood. 😎 This week: @jeremy_joseph , who owns Old Compton Street institution G-A-Y Bar. He picks out must-visit spots in Soho and Covent Garden at the link in our bio.
Ready for a dino-mite day out? The newly reopened @natural_history_museum has just released extra (free! ) tickets.🎟 Now really is the perfect time to visit. Booking your slot in advance means no crowds – plus, there are one-way systems and plenty of hand sanitiser stations.🙌 All your friends (including Sophie the Stegosaurus, featured ) are waiting for you. You can also go deeper into the museum’s fascinating collection, with new self-guided tours showcasing hidden gems, like a rock as old as the solar system!🌌 The museum is open 11am-6pm (last entry 5pm ), Wednesday to Sunday. Book your slot now. 🎥 Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London.
@zsllondonzoo has recently welcomed two new young animals. If you’re thinking: Oh, cute! Well… just back up a second. Because these creatures have a nickname, and it’s ‘demon pigs’. Yes, really. Named Budi and Beth, the ‘babirusa’, pigs hail from Indonesia where they’re referred to as ‘rat pigs’ or ‘demon pigs’ because of their long tusks, which aren’t actually tusks – they’re teeth growing through their noses that curl backwards. Yikes. Beth has just turned two and Budi is a one-year-old and, while he doesn’t have them yet, he’ll eventually develop those crooked tusks – which are certainly a #lewk . As well as teeth growing through their noses, the pigs have wrinkly grey skin and long snouts. Oh, and they’re hairless. Still, looks aren’t everything, and the zookeepers have welcomed them at London Zoo, where they’ve been teaching them how to swim. 🐗💦✨
At the start, there was a certain novelty about kitchen discos for two and streaming world-class performances straight to our sofas. But the sheen wore off faster than we could say ‘unprecedented’. Now, after a long five months of shuttered doors for theatres and music venues, things are on the up. Today, the government is poised to announced when indoor performances can go ahead to socially distanced audiences in England. And the start date is tomorrow! 🥳 Not only will indoor performances be reintroduced, but close-contact spa and beauty treatments, wedding receptions for up to 30 guests, ice rinks, bowling alleys and casinos will also make a comeback. Just don’t go expecting any moshpit action any time soon. [📷: @roundhouseldn ]
Stuck in London for the rest of the summer? You can now get all the vibes of a French holiday without even travelling beyond the M25. (Although our freakishly long spell of good weather might be coming to an end this week. ) It’s thanks to a pop-up from French apéritif @lillet , running in Sloane Square until September in collaboration with the area’s fancy French restaurant @colbertchelsea . Pétanque on the Square will transform London’s posho heartland into a slice of Bordeaux life. There’ll be snacks – like black olive tapenade toast and savoury madeleines – spritz cocktails (in flavours from orange to pamplemousse ) and, most importantly, a brand new sandpit where you can try your hand at pétanque. It’s a classic Gallic game that’s a version of boules and is played in town centres around the country. There's no need to book and you'll find opening times at the link in our bio. Oh là là! What a place to spend your lunchbreak. 🇫🇷
One hell of a storm is coming, London! It’s set to punctuate this scorching heatwave, which last week saw temperatures reach a whopping 36C in some parts of the city: garnering reports that this particular hot spell is London’s longest stretch of high temperatures since the 1960s. And now, The @metoffice has issued yellow weather warnings for the South of England for the days ahead, forecasting heavy rain, thunder and lightning. Which should help cool down the capital. 🥵 This may also be one of the few times since the 1960s that we've actually prayed for rain, so we can get out there in the wet stuff and do our best t.A.T.u for Tik Tok (yes, we've seen you on @loveofhuns @brayrain ). Tap the link in our bio to find out how you can track UK lightning on a map as it moves close to London, so you can get that all important #content . ⚡⚡⚡
London Design Festival ( @l_d_f_official ) has been taking place in the capital since 2003, and this year… will be no different. Finally, an annual event has escaped the lockdown cancellation/postponement roadblock that is 2020. We have our eye on ‘Architecture for Dogs’ @japanhouseldn , an exhibition of designs by famous architects like @sou_fujimoto , made specifically for canines. Visitors are invited to bring their own pups to interact with the exhibits, and will be encouraged to download blueprints of the works, so they can become pet architects themselves. If you thought your Ikea dog kennel was a pain to assemble, try making Konstatin Critic’s ‘Paramount’, a tiny vanity cabinet designed for a toy poodle. 🐩 Link in bio for more of the LDF line up.
This time last night, some of London’s most iconic arts buildings lit up in red in response to the ever-deepening crisis facing the UK’s live events industry. The #Red Alert campaign's aim is to highlight the threat of job losses in the live events sector, with out-of-work crew also taking part in marches within the UK and gathering along London’s South Bank in protest. Organisers of last night’s light-up say that around 1 million people in the UK work in the live events industry, many of whom are freelance. They’re calling on government support and better protections for their livelihoods, with venues now having been closed for five months. @nationaltheatre , @roundhouseldn , @royalalberthall , @unionchapeluk and @wembleystadium were among the London institutions taking part. Many of the landmark buildings showed signs of support as well as a red glow. @tate Modern flashed the words ‘throw us a line’ on its towering chimney, while event staff flashed red lights from their phones while lining the Millennium Bridge. See the #WeMakeEvents movement in pictures at the link in our bio.
Spice up your midweek meal by cooking coastal chicken curry with @chefvineet
Have you been to @thestandardlondon 's swanky garden terrace yet? They're serving chilli cheese and vegan hotdogs, slushies and mini @moetchandon bottles if you're feeling fancy. It's open Wednesday to Sunday, and on the Sabbath you can drinketh until your heart is content with their bottomless prosecco/bloody mary brunch deal for £20. [📷: @charliemckay ]
@somersethouse is back in action with not one, but two free open-air installations. The neoclassical arts venue has been partially open since mid-July, but now it’s opening up even more of its site to bring us some extra, and much-needed, culture. As well as its choreographed fountains (which have just been brought back to life ), the gallery’s grand eighteenth-century courtyard will be home to an ‘Arrivals + Departures’ board this summer – a new installation from artist duo @yaraanddavina . The second alfresco installation will be a colourful pop-up from fashion designer @bethany_williams_london , just in time for #LFW ! The gallery’s also opening up its River Terrace (swipe to see that sweet #londonview ), and there’ll be a pop-up food stall selling seasonal ice-creams and granitas, so you can cool off after soaking up all the culture. And, if you’re more comfortable staying at home, there’s still a programme of online events to get stuck into – just set up a sprinkler in the garden for that fountain effect. 😎 🍦 💦
Tables spill on to the streets in Chinatown. Diners sit outside restaurants under a sea of scarlet lanterns. It’s glorious to see. ⛩️ 🏮 Especially given that when the pandemic hit, it was here that emptied first. This wave of outdoor dining is thanks to a successful campaign to temporarily pedestrianise Soho. The project has meant extensions to how far outside restaurant owners can place tables on thoroughfares including Greek Street, Dean Street and Frith Street. Its launch on July 4 has led to copycat schemes around the city – from the Bermondsey beer mile to King’s Cross. But how do Chinatown's restaurant owners feel about it? Find out at the link in our bio. [📷: Haydon Perrior]
This ‘little’ sculpture is one of many works to appear on The Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square over the years. The dystopian creation – complete with a fly, drone and a juicy 🍒 – reflects the landmark as a site of both celebration and political and social protest. Just to make it a little more y'know, Black Mirror, passers by can live-stream what the drone sees from where it's perched atop the whipped cream mound. The tallest of commissions so far, ‘The End’ by British artist Heather Phillipson stands at a whopping 31ft and will watch over Londoners until spring 2022. 👀 [📷: @taintedskies ]
From today, we’re Time OUT again in London! For the past three months, we’ve been Time IN, bringing the best of the city to your home. Now we’re heading out again – safely, cautiously – to rediscover everything we love about food, drink, culture and the great outdoors. We’re looking forward to embracing everything we love about our city. ❤️ London, we’ve missed you.
As the fruit season winds down on this family-run pick-your-own farm, turn your attention to its fields of sunny blooms instead. 🌻 There are three sunflower fields dotted across Garsons Farm's whopping 155 acres and the £4 entry is taken off your ‘pay and weigh’ bill at the end. Wanna mix things up? Have a look at the PYO dahlia fields too. More info on this sunny sunflower spot and 3 others at the link in our bio.
For the last four-ish months we’ve been called Time In. We don’t need to go into why. You know why. We all know why. What’s important is that tomorrow marks our frankly historic shift back to being #TimeOutLondon . We feel that it’s now time to begin responsibly promoting the idea of ‘going out’ again. London isn’t ‘back to normal’. But it is ready to have a bit of fun in the sun. To mark the occasion we’re bringing back our much-loved magazine. We’ve jam-packed this thing with up-to-date information about going out in the capital this August. We’re also honoured to be dedicating our first issue back to Time Out’s remarkable founder #TonyElliott , who passed away on July 17. A six-page retrospective, featuring dozens of people who knew him best, celebrates the legendary man who started a listings guide in the 1960s and ended up genuinely changing the world. Our mag will be back on the street from tomorrow Tuesday August 11, available until Thursday evening. Our usual, much-loved street distributors will still be out there, but, due to the current circumstances, lesser in number. To make up for this, you’ll be able to pick up Time Out at selected supermarkets, hotels, bars and restaurants across London. We’ll also be delivering the magazine to certain postcodes, so don’t act all shocked if we pop through your letterbox. 📬 See you tomorrow!
Good morning, Holloway Road! 🌅🌈 [📷: @sergiobezzanti ]
So the government has kicked its ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme into gear. But everyone’s favourite purveyor of Indian comfort food @dishoom has gone above and beyond, offering half-price on everything on its food menu – with no £10 limit to mention. For fans of bacon naans this is immense. Fancy some spicy scrambled eggs and bottomless chai for breakfast? That'll be about £5. A lunchtime combo of house black daal, roomali roti and lamb chops will set you back less than a tenner. One thing: the deal’s only good from Monday through to Wednesday at Shoreditch, Carnaby Street, King’s Cross and Kensington branches. Bookings can be made for groups of up to six people for any time, or feel free to just walk in off the street and try your luck. Doing your bit tastes pretty good right now! 😋
🐋 Whale helloo there, old friend! We’ve got great news, London: the @natural_history_museum is now open and ready for visitors. All your pals have been patiently waiting for you, including former London Zoo resident Chi-Chi the panda, the terrifying T. rex and of course, the beautiful blue whale. The difference? You’ll need to book your slot in advance. It’s still free, but this way, queues will be almost extinct. Has there ever been a better time to visit? Probably not.
Struggling to find a holiday cottage, rustic cabin or bell tent for your UK summer hols? We’ve done the digging for you. Near the coast and right in the middle of the Kent Downs, this treehouse has an actual leafy tree growing through the middle of it (swipe if you don't believe us ), like the treehouses of your childhood imagination. The vibe here is rustic – think chemical loos and no shower. And best of all, it still has availability in September and October. Hit the link in our bio for more holiday rentals that still have availability.
You can have another go at decoding the Rosetta Stone from Thursday August 27, the date the @britishmuseum has just announced it will be reopening after months of holding its objects and artefacts in lockdown. It’ll be a phased reopening for the iconic London museum – a great day out, whether you’re an adult seeking enlightenment or you’re on your first school trip to the Big Smoke – with its ground floor the first to open at the end of August. Most rooms will be accessible to the public via a new one-way system, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more than 9,000 objects. One such item will be @graysonperry ’s 2011 work, ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’, which the artist is lending to the museum to mark its return. Tickets can be booked in advance from Wednesday August 12, either online or over the phone. 163 days of lockdown might not seem like much time in the context of the British Museum and its ancient objects, but if it’s felt like a lifetime to you, this news will be music to your ears. 🎶 👂
Feeling boujie? Been missing surf and turf restaurant @burgerandlobster ? 🍔 🦞 We’ve got good news: their London venues reopened on July 4. But if you’re not quite ready for restaurant dining yet, or you’ve just become weirdly accustomed to eating in parks, fear not – you can still get your hands on that luscious lobster. Their latest offering comes in a handy pre-packed hamper, which you can order from @primefeast , and we were lucky enough to give it a try. The box comes filled with lobster rolls and garden salads, as well as a dessert to share. And you can add on soft drinks, prosecco, wine and even champagne if you’re feeling extra fancy. So, is it worth the £55 price tag? Well, that all depends on how much expendable cash you’ve got at your disposal. What we do know is that it’s a very tasty way to spend an afternoon, and perfect if you’re looking to treat yourself (and who doesn’t deserve a treat every now and then? ).
Grab your bubble (and er, maybe some bubbles ) and set sail on one of @skunaboats BBQ vessels! 🍾⚓ The BYOB (bring your own bangers ) boat is available to hire seven days a week, from £150 and holds up to ten bobbing barbecuers. Each trip is one hour 90 minutes long, so you should have plenty of time to get your grill on. You can have cups, cutlery, napkins and plates provided onboard for an extra £1 a person, while a captain’s hat (we’re not here to judge ) will set you back another £7.50. All boats are deep cleaned and water changed between each group. 🧼 And remember, it’s a long swim back to the shops if you forget the ketchup.
First off, this is not a #Ad and no, we didn't get #Gifted . We just very much like the idea of this watermelon margarita in a pouch from south London-based booze pop purveyors @waveyice . 🍉🧊 They've been freezing their alcoholic since 2014 so they must know what they're doing. Plus, this particular flavour is limited edition and only available this weekend for collection or delivery. Each pouch is enough for two servings (350ml ) and is 10% ABV. DM their Instagram account to order! 📲