What did LOTI 2021 | Lifestyle

We started the year in a lockdown, and we end it in the grip of a new variant – not quite the roaring thieves we had imagined right? Still, there was something fun to get squeezed in between the big C, music festivals welcomed the UK, international travel opened up so we could see something fun, and football came * almost * home. Here’s what LOTI has done over the last twelve months …


When the European Championships finally took place, a year later than planned, in 2021, we decided to make things interesting by giving you the chance to predict the outcome of the matches and win some big prizes. LOTI AMC (it’s Armchair Managers’ Club for the Uninitiated) gathered football fans, and although it did not come home in the end, it was a glorious race of the three lions. And hey, there’s always Qatar 2022 …

2. In-depth exhibitions

There were lots of exhibitions coming to town this year, but there was a trend that made you buy tickets in droves, and those were immersive art exhibitions. We had not one but two dedicated to Van Gogh’s life and work; Yayoi Kusama returned with one of his Infinity Rooms; and you could step into the Sistine Chapel right here in London. And with exhibitions about Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera and Gustav Klimt opening next year, this is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down.

3. LOTI Heroes

LOTI Heroes is our way of recognizing and honoring individuals, brands and companies who do something positive for the city and the people who live here, and after the year we have all had, we had to highlight the good more than ever . This was our third edition and the best to date with a host of new faces among the familiar in our Top 50 change creators and pioneers.

4. Unusual things to do in London

World-class galleries and museums, beautiful parks, incredible restaurants that cook from all over the globe, cool boutiques and boutiques, a variety of performing arts and music venues… .London does not exactly lack things to do (there are plenty of those who donate) does not even cost money). But what about the strange and wonderful, the unexpected and the unusual? We also brought you the best of them.

5. Food deliveries you must try

Ever-changing lockdown restrictions forced chefs and restaurants to be creative and create different ways you can enjoy their food outside of a eat-in service, meaning we now have tons of takeaway options and an ever-growing selection of DIY meals set. These were some of our favorite new ones to order.

6. The best beer gardens

Do you remember when we could only socialize outdoors? Available tables al fresco were like gold dust and we helped you secure these ressies with our summary of the best beer gardens in London.

7. The best rooftop bars

When you could not find a table in a beer garden, you walked towards the rooftops and there have never been so many to choose from. New ones appeared all the time, both on new developments or cut out of small spaces in the city.

8. Eat another day

It’s no secret that we eat out a lot, so we’ve gathered some of our favorite dishes from all the places we’ve eaten each month. The eye-catching bangers we would happily go back and eat again and again … and again. If someone teases you, it’s best you go down and try them sharp, just do not blame us if the “daily changing menu” has already wiped them out!

9. London Lockdown Food & Drink Awards 2021

When we handed out our Lockdown Awards last summer, we had hoped it would not become an annual tradition … fast forward to the spring of 2021, and there we were again. Three lockdowns, the new one in the meal set may have disappeared, but the companies continued to take up the challenge and keep us all full and watered down.

10. Where to see Cherry Blossom

There is one thing that is guaranteed in the spring and that is that your Insta feed will be filled with shoots of cherry blossom. We have gathered the best places to spot the flowering and ensure the perfect snaps.

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