Category Archives: Out and about

Olympics 2012 – Stadium taking shape

Its interesting to see the progress of the construction of the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre etc for the London Olympics 2012.

On the official website, you can see the latest photos and also click the photos to see a timeline, from start to now.

Progress looks good and well on track for 2012.


Evening Standard to be free paper

This story was on the BBC website just now. Apparently, the publishers of the London Evening Standard have announced it is to become a free paper, with approx. 600,000 copies to be given out in London.

This follows the recent closure of the London Paper, News International’s London free sheet.

No details on the Standard website at the moment.

Quite often they dish them out free in the evenings anyway, at least in Central London, at main train stations, tube stations etc. I assume thats to keep up the circulation/readership figures, to keep the advertisers happy.

Will be interesting to see if this leads to any further new papers being launched or if too many hands have already been burnt in this market, especially with the  low levels of advertising about at the moment (except for all those poxy ‘sell your gold’ adverts on tv!)

Porsche-smashing bus

Check this CCTV out, a stray London bus slams into a (luckily) un-occupied Porsche and then careers into the bus stop, smashing all before it.

Mercedes Vito taking on the black cab

This article on the Evening Standard website says the Mercedes Vito is rapidly taking market share from the traditional black cab – the Manganese Bronze TX4.

According to the article, advantages of the Vito are room for six passengers and air-con and – most importantly for cabbies – better mpg.

Article: Evening Standard website

Another article on the Vito: London Daily News website

Trouble in the kitchen at TGI Fridays, Covent Garden

This story might put you off your lunch. Especially if its at a TGI Fridays.

Health inspectors shut down the Covent Garden branch of TGI Fridays, after they investigated customer’s complaints of spotting mice. The inspectors found ‘piles of dead cockroaches and mouse droppings’ in the kitchens!

I’ve never been a fan of the whole TGI Friday concept and this makes it worse. All a bit 1980s really.

The full story at The Metro website

And more at Bloomberg website

Tube Strike, June 9-11

One of the easiest ways to bring chaos to London is a tube strike and the current one is for 48hrs, from 19:00 on Tuesday 9 June until Thursday 11 June. The knock-on effects will then be felt up until and probably including Friday 12 June.

Looking at various news sites today, travelling to and from work is a nightmare, especially for those travelling through the main stations. Looks like massive queues at major train stations, bus stops, taxi ranks etc.


Don’t think the tube drivers will make themselves too popular with this strike, especially as they’re asking for a 5% pay rise at a time when the country is in deep recession and most people are just about hanging onto their jobs. Nice one Bob Crow!

News articles:  BBC  Metro  Evening Standard   The London Paper

Pictures: BBC  Evening Standard   

Comments: BBC 

Travel Information: TFL

Open air cinema in London – updated – Film4 Summer Screen 2009


Film4 Summer Screen – Somerset House

Open air cinema at Somerset House will run from 30 July – 8 August 2009

Got the email with all the films/dates/times today, so here’s the details:-

Thu 30/07/09
Broken Embraces (15) Find Tickets
Fri 31/07/09
Alien/Poltergeist (18) Find Tickets
Sat 01/08/09
West Side Story (PG) Find Tickets
Sun 02/08/09
Slumdog Millionaire (15) Find Tickets
Mon 03/08/09
The Shawshank Redemption (15) Find Tickets
Tue 04/08/09
Wings of Desire (15) Find Tickets
Wed 05/08/09
Don’t Look Now (18) Find Tickets
Thu 06/08/09
Strangers on a Train (PG) Find Tickets
Fri 07/08/09
Cool Hand Luke/Road House (18) Find Tickets
Sat 08/08/09
Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG)



The Scoop – Free open air cinema at The Scoop, alongside City Hall – starts again in September 2009. The lineup includes Slumdog Millionaire, The Usual Suspects, For A Few Dollars More and Mamma Mia – something for everyone then!  Full details at

Some other interesting (but not open air) cinema venues in and around SE1 are:-

Roxy Bar and Screen    Shortwave Cinema



 Open Air Cinema, Somerset House


Updated – 3 June 2008 – Got the lineup through in the email today, not a bad lineup, if not all that inspiring, but a couple of classics.

Pick of the bunch for me are Leon, Scarface and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

To get the list, sign up to the newsletter from or check out

One annoying thing is that tickets are through Ticketmaster, who want to charge service charge/booking fee of 4.50 on a 12.50 ticket price, taking the total to 17 quid! I won’t be paying these shysters this fee – managed to pick them up from the Somerset House ticket office, without any booking fee.

Updated – 2 June2008 – Found that there will be open air cinema at Somerset House, as in previous years, no details on their website yet, but should receive info via their email newsletter. The site is at
In previous years there’s been a DJ then the film and a lineup of classics and new cinema. From the photo from previous year, it looks awesome.

Having enjoyed this in the past in Zurich and Barcelona, I thought I’d check out what was available.

So far, not much, but I did track down a series of films being shown at The Scoop, which is near City Hall. First good one is on Friday 6 June – The Usual Suspects.

Good news is that its free, on first come, first served basis and there’s a BBQ and bar.