Entertainment

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The long weekend is looming, and we’ve got some ideas for how to make the most of it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Forget the Aperol spritz of yore; here's what you should be drinking

2014 was the summer of the paloma and the Aperol spritz, but what are the best new offerings for sundown sipping?

Monday, August 24, 2015
David O'Doherty

Greenwich Comedy Festival will once again play host to a stellar line-up of A-list comics next month including Reginald D Hunter, Adam Buxton, Rich Hall, Bridget Christie, David O’Doherty, Tim Key, Sara Pascoe and Richard Herring.

Monday, August 24, 2015
Luckily no-one has yet seen Boris daggering (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Notting Hill Carnival is a massive street party that takes over Notting Hill every year with Caribbean culture, food and music.

Friday, August 21, 2015
Formerly homeless guide, Henri leads a fascinated group (Picture: Unseen Tours)

Grab the chance to help people rebuild their lives and see a hidden side to London by taking a walking tour with homeless guides.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Shops on top of one another is so 'convenient for the housewife'

Brixton, Walthamstow, Hackney...all have been the subject of intense debate over gentrification. But what about Mayfair, one of London’s most exclusive enclaves?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Plymouth Aerial View

A weekend in Plymouth is a chance to reconnect with the sea and a perfect antidote to the rat race of London life. Dating back to the Bronze Age, it is the site where the Pilgrim Fathers departed from in 1620 and boasts a strong naval history, which means there is also plenty to see and learn.

Monday, August 17, 2015
Big Mother, on the side of soon-to-be-destroyed Charles Hocking House in Ealing (Picture: Joce Division)

Stik began daubing his now iconic figures on the sides of east London buildings while he was homeless in the early 2000s. He talks to London24 about his life, the capital and his amazing stick people.

Monday, August 17, 2015
Gilgamesh

Named after the title character in a Mesopotamian epic, Gilgamesh, in Camden Lock market, inspires awe upon entry.

Friday, August 14, 2015
People in fancy dress play dodgeball in aid of Mencap

‘If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball’ - prove yourself (as well as your film buff knowledge) at the UK’s largest fancy dress dodgeball tournament and make a difference to the lives of disabled people at the same time. Win win.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Pressure is showing in Empire Cinemas from August 21

Four deep sea divers fight to stay alive, stranded 650ft below the ocean’s surface, in Pressure.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
30th July 1912:  The platform of the Central London Railway extension at Liverpool Street Station. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

We’ve been trawling the photo archives again for historic pictures we know London24 readers love, and have found these fascinating shots of the city’s Tube network. While some sights are becoming rare – like reading a broadsheet on a morning commute or even buying a ticket from an office - others are becoming depressingly common…we’re talking Tube strikes. Let us know what old pictures you’d like to see by tweeting @KateNelson999 .

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Just like these guys, we always wanted to hang out in Monica and Rachel's apartment (Photo by NBC/Newsmakers)

Comedy Central is throwing a ‘FriendsFest’ on Brick Lane this September and we could not BE any more excited.

Friday, August 7, 2015
The hotel is in the small town of San Giuliano Terme, just outside of Pisa

It’s clear to see why the Grand Duke of Tuscany chose to summer at Bagni Di Pisa in the 18th century. This is a palace fit for nobility.

Friday, August 7, 2015
June 25, 1968: Pedestrians in St George's Walk, a new shopping precinct in Croydon. (Photo by Mike Barnes/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

It’s been the butt of a thousand suburban jokes but more and more Londoners are moving to Croydon enticed by good transport links and affordable housing. But what was it like before the office blocks and new-build estates sprung up? Here we take a look back at this south-east London enclave through the decades, contrasting the once quaint old town with more modern developments.

Thursday, August 6, 2015
You can see Gywneth Paltrow's Emma on the big screen

If you love Regency romance, you need to head down to Brunswick Square this September, where a Jane Austen mini-festival is being held to celebrate 200 years since Emma was published.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Impossible is on until August 29, visit impossiblelive.com to book tickets

A magic show is a tough sell in this day and age, what with cinemas pumping out fantastic concepts exponentially year on year.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
1979:  Hill's Garage at Leytonstone during the petrol shortage. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Bordering Walthamstow and Forest Gate, Leytonstone in east London is known for its good pubs, long high road and churches. Former residents include the film director Alfred Hitchcock, Blur’s frontman Damon Albarn and footballer David Beckham, who was born there before moving to Chingford.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Pizza Rossa Selection

The square slice pizza artisans at Pizza Rossa have made their home at The Pump, the old petrol station on Shoreditch High Street, which is now a thriving street food market.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Richard O'Brien will be returning the the iconic role this autumn (Photo: Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)

Rocky Horror fans rejoice - not only is the cult hit coming back to London, but creator Richard O’Brien will be reprising his role as the narrator for the first time in over 20 years.

Friday, July 31, 2015
The whiskey bar boasts a huge collection of Scotland's finest

Sounding at first hearing like some sort of low-rent male stripper experience at your local town hall, Boisdale is in fact one of the swankiest places to chow down in the Canary Wharf skyline.

Friday, July 31, 2015
Free live music event for the whole community in Hackney (Picture: Acoustic Sunday)

An afternoon of live music will be echoing around Hackney on August 2, featuring new talent, plenty of food and a lot of community spirit.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Amanda Drew and John Simm. Picture: Tristram Kenton

Idle aristocrats dabble clumsily in matters of the heart in this lively adaptation of a Russian classic.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Leicester House is on Leicester Street

The Paris Chinatown district in the 13th arrondissement is full of Vietnamese restaurants.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Source's stylish interior  (Kris Kirkham Photography)

Seasonal. Simple. Socialise is Source’s motto and it certainly delivers on all fronts.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Cocktail at The Sterling

The Sterling, nestled in the shadow of the iconic Gerkhin which looms above, is a perfect place for drinks and nibbles in the city with colleagues and clients.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Matilda's Mr Wormwood in cake form (Picture: PA Images)

Nearly 400 babies are born each day in London and they have a world of literature, films and music to come. Here are the books English teachers think young minds should absorb as they grow up.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
We know, we've always wanted to do that too (Photo: Brian Hamill/Getty Images)

St Pancras station already has the world’s longest champagne bar, but on Thursday it will also have Europe’s longest floor piano, just like the one in Big!

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Freerunning summer camps will run in July and August (Picture: Kelly Reeves Photography)

London24 got an exclusive interview with Sebastien Foucan, freerunning founder and James Bond movie star, on his daredevil experiences and why he has brought London its first trampoline park.

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Mathew Spencer as Winston. Picture by Manuel Harlan

Returning to the London stage for a strictly limited run, 1984 grabs your mind and wrestles with it unrelentingly from the minute the curtain goes up.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
BunBunBun

Inconspicuously signposted and located, BunBunBun is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair on a street already littered with Vietnamese canteens.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Harry Potter film stars around the same age as the new actor will be (Picture; PA Images)

The studio behind Harry Potter spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ is looking in London this weekend for a young girl to star in the new film.

Monday, July 13, 2015
The Minerva Bath at Thermae Btah Spa

Hampered by building delays, soaring costs and rows over peeling paint, Bath’s Thermae Spa was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
The bar has everything you would expect from a regular pub, including games - just not, you know, colour. (Photo: Bulmers)

London already has plenty of retro bars, but this latest pop-up doesn’t look like a black and white film because it’s vintage - it looks like a black and white film because everything in it is black and white!

Thursday, July 9, 2015
A group playing and jiving in the street at a Fifties fair  in Soho  (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

As the austerity of the 1940s released its grip on London fashion and music exploded, bringing with it rock n roll, Teddy Boys and greased comb-backs. Here, we bring you 11 nostalgic pictures from the 1950s of the city looking super slick and glamorous.

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Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

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Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

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Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

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