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LGBT Events in London

While London thankfully has a reputation for producing and promoting the work of gay artists, this year there have been a wide range of events across London for the first time to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

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Edinburgh festival?

Edinburgh Fringe is a beautiful and mesmerising collection of everything that… shouldn’t really be a thing. From improvised Jane Austen to men dressing as gorillas, there’s weird, wacky and brilliant theatre, comedy and performance art. While the UK’s focus is firmly in Scotland, London is certainly not sitting quietly, with plays and gigs and exhibitions continuing apace for the month.

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Yes, you’re also an elite athlete

The IAAF World Athletics Championships are coming to London this week! So if you also consider yourself an elite athlete, we’ve pulled together some tough training routes, intense races and high-end events for a variety of sports in London.

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THE 5 best desserts in London right now

If you’re a savoury person, then turn away now. If, however, you’re anything like me and have a disgustingly unrelenting sweet-tooth and frequent cravings for gluttonous treats, then you can continue reading as this one’s for you.

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What a load of rubbish

We’ve had a look at some ingenious examples of how we can make use of pretty much anything, finding the best flea markets, art installations and upcycling workshops where you can purchase that throne (or unwanted chair, depending on how you see it).

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The secrets of Hampstead

Hampstead is embarking on route taken by Notting Hill with the release of the film Hampstead, shot and set in this leafy and beautiful North London suburb. So before the area receives a flood of visitors, we delved into the nooks and crannies to bring you where the tourists (and guides) don’t even think about going.

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