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Yesterday, 13:22

The much-hyped London version of Munich’s Oktoberfest has been cancelled at the last minute by its organisers ‘due to unforeseen circumstances’, leaving thousands to seek refunds.

Thu, 14:10
Nothing to see here (Photo: Joe Innes)

This stripy little fella went for a ride on the Central Line on Monday, and we are heartbroken that we didn’t get to meet him.

Thu, 13:36
The London Porridge Championships 2015 will be held at Whole Foods Market on Friday October 16 (Picture: Rude Health)

Is it too hot, too cold or just right? You can decide for yourself (while sampling the most elaborate oaty dishes the capital has to offer) at the 2015 London Porridge Championships next week. The result is a crucial one - who makes the city’s best oats?

Friday, October 2, 2015
There will even be a gravy fountain to accompany your roast delights (Picture: Getty)

In the latest instalment of all things brilliantly bizarre, a potato pop up is coming to London, complete with its own gravy fountain for dipping.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Darts fans love nothing more than dressing up...(Picture: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Flight Club, a bar which aims to ‘blow apart the classic pub game of darts’ will open its doors on October 26 in Worship Street, not far from Shoreditch and Old Street.

Monday, September 28, 2015
(Photo: Nailcat)

Every Londoner knows that it’s really uncool to carry a Tube map or, God forbid, get caught looking at the big ones in Tube stations. In fact, before the advent of CityMapper, we were perpetually getting lost and ending up at Cockfosters just to avoid looking like tourists.

Monday, September 28, 2015
A woman adds more body art to her leg at the London Tattoo Convention 2015 (Picture: Getty)

The London Tattoo Convention 2015 returned for the eleventh time this year and featured more than 400 of the world’s most talented tattoo artists. It was a sight to behold.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
A London bubble bath from a bygone era... Nancy Robert soaks in a Building Exhibition in Olympia, London in the 1950s  (Picture: Getty)

A champagne bubble bath pop-up bar is coming to Shoreditch next month, where waiters will pour you chilled bubbly as you soak (solo or en-masse) in foamy heaven.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Olive Elisa Day shared this picture of a charming homemade sign on the Facebook group Shit London

It’s a dislike that binds Londoners - in fact, all humanity - together: People leaving dog poo in the street.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
(Photo: Kristina Kashtanova for East London Strippers Collective)

If you’ve ever swung awkwardly round a Tube pole whilst a bit drunk on the last train home (and cringed about it the next day), you’ll appreciate the strength and grace that has gone into these beautiful posters.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
What's your job again? (Picture: Kate Nelson)

If you relish the thought of working in a burger joint and understand that means mustarding the energy to craft a masterpiece of beef each day then why not take on this full time roll at Loaded in Stoke Newington High Street?

Monday, September 21, 2015
Isn't he just the cutest patootiest?  (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Apropos of nothing, we’ve decided to make this adorable gallery of everyone’s favourite farmyard friends.

Monday, September 21, 2015
They say pigs can't fly, but David Hameron soared over the finishing line [Ben Birchall/PA Wire]

In light of the mudslinging happening today, we thought we’d reintroduce the micro pig which is actually called David Hameron.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The view of Westminster Abbey from Henry V's secret chapel (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

These beautifully atmospheric and eery pictures reveal Henry V’s secret chapel at Westminster Abbey, never opened to the public before. To mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Westminster Abbey will conduct special tours of the king’s chantry chapel. The chapel sits above the medieval King’s tomb within the Shrine of Edward the Confessor. Tour places will be allocated by ballot, scroll to the bottom for ballot details.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Will Our Glorious Leader install solar panels in Number 10? (Photo: Carl Court/Getty, Gary Tallowin/Archant)

After months of waiting, Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour leadership contest. We imagine what things will be like for Londoners if he becomes Prime Minister.

Friday, September 11, 2015
In the dark with glowing candles (Picture: eBay/Doug Peters)

A ginormous six metre high cake (complete with candles) was spotted by many drifting happily down the River Thames yesterday evening.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A young fox got into a difficult spot after she got stuck head-first in an old campervan tyre in a garden in Hounslow at the weekend.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
David Vaz sent a letter to the queen with £50 as a gift to congratulate her on breaking Queen Victoria's record

Royal superfan David Vaz was so excited about the Queen becoming the country’s longest-serving monarch today that he sent her £50 to buy ‘herself her favourite cup of tea’.

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Charlie the parrot

A parrot owner is suffering “off the scale” stress after losing his pet of 22 years in Islington on Saturday evening.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
A view of London including the 'ugliest building in the UK',  the Walkie Talkie (on the left) (Picture: PA Images)

The City of London skyscraper nicknamed the Walkie Talkie has won a bitter-tasting first prize in an annual competition to name the UK’s ugliest building.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Jeremy Corbyn.

A disposable coffee cup used by Jeremy Corbyn as sold in an online auction for £51.

Friday, August 28, 2015
A Game of Thrones White Walker would not stand for any Tube strike

From the inspirational to the downright bonkers, here are 23 things you’d only see in London.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Coral Knockton with son Oscar and Amanda Stone with son Jake at the college

Stunned east London college students are dumfounded after discovering they all failed their IT course – having been told they had passed, some even with distinctions.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The kaleidoscope brightened up London's Southbank (Picture by @marmaladestudio)

A giant kaleidoscope has brightened up London’s Southbank this morning on an otherwise dull and dreary day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
(Photo: Kristina Kashtanova for East London Strippers Collective)

A stripping festival could be coming to Shoreditch – but the dancers need your help.

Monday, August 24, 2015
The cat cafe's shutters were spray-painted on Thursday night (Photo: Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium)

East London institution Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium has been struck by vandals, who have spray-painted “free the cats, free the $” across the shutters of the much-loved cat cafe.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Wildlife officer Pc Anthony Kiddle rescued the horses. Picture: @MPSHaroldWood

Two horses found wandering down a road today had been on the run for a week after escaping from a farm.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The Artic wolf is worth £32,000

We’ve all been there - you have Sunday night session and invite some randoms back to your Chelsea flat. Next minute, your stuffed Arctic wolf worth £32,000 has been stolen.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Will Brooker is spending a year transforming himself to resemble David Bowie's many personal styles (Picture: Kingston University)

An academic is spending 12 months living as incarnations of pop icon David Bowie at different points in his 40 year career. Ch-ch-ch-changes much?

Monday, August 17, 2015
Eating disorder survivor Jae West invited passing Londoners and tourists to draw hearts on her body (Picture: YouTube)

Eating disorder survivor Jae West stood in her underwear at Piccadilly Circus and asked passersby to draw a heart on her body ‘to support self acceptance’.

Monday, August 17, 2015
The playground takeover and ice cream festival for adults is one of a kind

An adults-only ice cream festival featuring alcoholic pops and liquid nitrogen frozen delights will appear in a Hackney playground this month - complete with slides and swings. It’s time to play!

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Prince Charlesmand Camilla seem as puzzled by daleks as we are by this video (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

We’ve seen some odd sights on the streets of London, from a man who walks pet ducks, to a man on a leash being dragged around Farringdon, but we couldn’t help but smile at this video.

Friday, August 14, 2015
Two tiger streakers enjoy the day at London Zoo (Picture: ZSL)

Londoners were asked to ‘strip off and bare all for Tigers’ and run naked through London Zoo yesterday. Here are pictures of hundreds taking up the (chilly) challenge.

Thursday, August 13, 2015
See, smell, hear and taste the sea in this giant shell on Southbank next Wednesday (Picture: National Trust)

A 4D seaside experience will wash up on Southbank for one day only, giving busy Londoners the chance to see, smell, hear and taste the ocean this summer without leaving the city.

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Slide the City was due to come to Wembley Park

A spectacular 100metre slide will not be coming to Wembley Park next week as planned.


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Saturday, September 26, 2015
Vintage Salt

Vintage Salt, in Liverpool Street, is wonderfully atmospheric, like stepping back into a dining room at a period seaside resort.

Friday, September 25, 2015
Pickled sardines

On a dreary main road where high rise flats line the horizon Rootdown restaurant stands next to a busy roundabout.