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Pizza Union, Sandy's Row, E1

Restaurant review: Pizza Union, Spitalfields, E1

If you like waiting, you won’t like Pizza Union – unless cold pizza’s your thing.

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Lucia McAnespie and Yolanda Kettle  Joanna Kirkland and Yolanda Kettle

Theatre review: Shutters at the Park Theatre

In Park 90, the most intimate of the three performance spaces in this exciting new theatre, Making Productions stages three short plays by American playwrights.

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starring Martin Freeman and Gina McKee

Theatre review: Martin Freeman provides menace in Richard III at Trafalgar Studios

After a maverick but successful opening season, the first production in Trafalgar Transformed’s second run is the eagerly anticipated Richard III – anticipated, at least in part, because the lead role is taken by former The Office sales rep, Sherlock sidekick and serial dragon-botherer Martin Freeman.

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Hackney Volpone. Photo credit: Stefan Lacandler

Amateurs and professionals unite for Hackney-themed retelling of Volpone

All across London, directors are increasingly looking towards fringe theatre as a means to reconnect with a wider audience and bring the art of storytelling back to the masses. In Hackney and Islington particularly, there have been many companies over the last few years eager to engage with local wards, but a new production in De Beauvoir Town is taking this further than most.

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Dj Monki

Preview: Lovebox, Victoria Park, July 18 and 19

This weekend will once again see Victoria Park turn into a fully-blown festival for 48 hours as Lovebox comes back to town for the tenth time.

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The Alwyne Castle, Islington

Review: The Alwyne Castle, Islington

Located in leafy St Paul’s Road just up from Highbury and Islington station, the Alwyne Castle is a popular gastro pub boasting an impressive selection of ales and one the smartest beer gardens north of the river.

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Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Album review: Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Kicking tunes that balance raw garage-rock elements and heaps of emotion from this female duo.

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Sebastien Tellier - L'Aventura

Album review: Sebastien Tellier - L’Aventura

The esoteric French wunderkind takes a new, tropical tack on his electro-adventure.

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Lewis Watson - The Morning

Album review: Lewis Watson - The Morning

Singer-songwriter with broad appeal and a bagful of tunes? Step forward, Mr Watson.

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The cast are Laura Kirman (brunette) and Cecily Nash (the blonde in the bed!)


Theatre review: Frida Kahlo of Penge West at Rosemary Branch Theatre

This delicious double-hander brokers laughs and frustration alike. A product of writer/director Chris Larner, it’s a wry, comedic look at those who wreak immediate havoc upon those around them, testing patience and tolerance to the nth degree, and places the delusional aspirations of the belligerently determined under the microscope.

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Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer

Theatre review: Daytona at Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Actor-turned-playwright Oliver Cotton’s new work poses a problem for reviewers: how much to divulge? It hinges on big revelations, and as much of the meandering two-hour-plus play is interminable preparation for said revelations, it would seem cruel to spoil them, snatching away the ribbon just as you approach the marathon finishing line.

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Robert Henke - Lumiere

Lasers taught to dance in Robert Henke’s Lumiere

Berlin sound artist and producer Robert Henke is bringing his latest audiovisual performance to the Barbican. Using a software developed and controlled by Henke, Lumière features three white lasers drawing objects, seemingly floating in space, while the data used to produce the shapes is transformed into music.

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gt britain

Theatre review: Great Britain at the National Theatre

Richard Bean’s rollicking swipe at the red tops fizzes with energy and gags both coarse and clever, but takes so many (cheap) shots at its targets it’s in danger of not landing its punches.

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Example - Live Life Living

Album review: Example - Live Life Living

Example treads water on this glut of imagination-free club anthems.

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Rotunda's Secret Garden is an al fresco delight

Restaurant review: Rotunda’s Secret Garden, King’s Cross, N1

One of the best things about the British summer time is a spot of al fresco dining. Sure, we may not have guaranteed weather, but when the sun’s shining there’s nothing quite like London’s parks and gardens.

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Arcade Fire headlined the British Summer Time stage in Hyde Park

Review: Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath, The Libertines and McBusted at British Summer Time Hyde Park

The giants of rock, metal and pop descended upon the Royal Park to put on some of the most anticipated shows of the year.

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and Carey Mulligan as Kyra Hollis

Theatre review: Skylight at Wyndham’s Theatre

Fellow critics have reached for superlatives and bestowed five stars upon Stephen Daldry’s revival of David Hare’s bruising collision of love and politics. But while the two leads are on undoubtedly brilliant form, I had reservations about the 1995 play and the icky May-September romance between cadaverously thin Bill Nighy (64) and dewy-skinned Carey Mulligan (29)

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Lt-Rt: Alexander Neal (Sam) and Emily Plumtree (Anita), My Girl 2 by Barrie Keeffe, Directed by Paul Tomlinson, The Old Red Lion Theatre, Tues 24 June – Sat 12 July 2014, Box office: 0844 412 4307, www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk www.dilatedtheatre.com

Theatre review: My Girl 2 at the Old Red Lion

This long-established pub venue prides itself, quite rightly, on presenting the best in new and emerging theatrical talent. However, the The Dilated Theatre Company’s current production in The Old Red Lion comes across as somewhat dated.

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Remember Remember - Forgetting The Present

Album review: Remember Remember - Forgetting The Present

Third LP is an engrossing ensemble effort that pushes post-rock into pleasant new territories.

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The stunning raw tuna dish, served with avocado, raddish, ponzu and a seriously hot wasabi

Restaurant review: Penkul & Banks, EC2A

Writing about new Shoreditch hot spot Penkul & Banks seems like an utter waste of time. There are very few (not horribly clichéd) words to write about it- you just have to go.

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George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage

Album review: George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage

Early signs that a true talent may yet be in our midst on this promising, evocative debut.

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Old Dalston Junction Station 1985

Photo gallery: Sixty years of London through a Hackney lens

From the bombsites of Finsbury to the bistros of Shoreditch, Colin O’Brien has watched London grow for over sixty years through the lens of his trusty camera. His intimate snapshots of ‘ordinary people’ making their way in marketplaces, shops and family kitchens have over the years earned him a reputation as one of Hackney’s most valuable documenters, but a new exhibition is hoping to shed fresh light on his formidable back catalogue.

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Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Album review: Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Complex but compulsive rhythms, divine textures and infectious songs: First Mind reveals Mulvey’s huge talent as songwriter, musician and arranger.

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Dj Monki

Preview: Lovebox, Victoria Park, July 18 and 19

This weekend will once again see Victoria Park turn into a fully-blown festival for 48 hours as Lovebox comes back to town for the tenth time.

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Beyond Caring at The Yard Theatre

 Beyond Caring is written by Alexander Zeldin. Photo credit: Mark Douet

Theatre review: Beyond Caring at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick

Can corporations afford to care? If profit is king, perhaps it is best to allow employers to dole out zero-hour contracts, where employees are only given work when they are needed.

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What are you doing this weekend? Why not watch a film in a bath full of strangers?

Hot Tub Cinema gets cool in Shoreditch

When Hot Tub Cinema first sprang up in 2012, we all thought the idea was a bit weird and slightly gross. But two years later it’s become a summer staple and we’re excited to announce that the bubbly entrepreneurs are leaving their rooftop hotspots to take Hot Tub Cinema underground – literally.

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Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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