5 of the best London what’s on websites

London is a whirling, overwhelming, relentless smorgasboard of…stuff. A bubble of brilliance that everyone outside its clutches likes to sneer at because they’re secretly jealous their town only has a Pizza Express.

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Exhibitions from old masters and bright new things, supper-clubs in Kilburn (cheers Ms Marmite) and fine dining Savoy-style on the Strand. Flea markets in Dalston and flower markets in Hackney. Riverside canal cafes for a coffee and posh bars with towering cityscape views for a cocktail. So why do I sometimes find myself struggling for inspiration at the weekends? A quick flick through the Time Out website brings up the same old, tired suggestions (it’s obsessed with telling me to go and see The Woman in Black…I don’t want to Time Out, ok?!)

Instead of trawling the net for ideas, I head to one of these guys, who’ve done the hard work already:

1. London on the Inside

Trends, bands, food and fashion (although the fact it describes itself as ‘hip’ makes me cringe inwardly)
Website: http://londontheinside.com/
Twitter: @LondONtheinside

2. Just Opened London

The city’s latest launches from bars to shops with great photography
Website: http://www.justopenedlondon.com
Twitter: @JustOpenedLdn

3. Skint London

Things to do in London for under a tenner
Website: http://www.skintlondon.com/
Twitter: @SkintLondon

4. ThrillList London

Food and drink focused site with some great editorial
Website: http://www.thrillist.com/london
Twitter: @ThrillCityLDN

5. The Nudge

New launches and secret happenings in the Big Smoke
Website: http://thenudge.com/
Twitter: @theNudgeLondon


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