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Time Out pays homage to late founder Tony Elliott

Time Out London’s first post-lockdown print magazine will be released on 11th August 2020. This special summer edition will be dedicated to the memory of Time Out’s founder, Tony Elliott, who died of lung cancer on 17th of July 2020.

Time Out pays homage to late founder Tony Elliott
Tony Elliott: “I had one idea, but it was a good one.” Photograph: Andy Parsons

The special print edition will be published 52 years almost to the day after the first magazine, which was printed 12th August 1968.

Tony Elliott founded Time Out in London, as an eight page print listings guide which he handed out himself. At the root of the concept was his desire to find out where the good stuff was happening - and to share that insight with anyone else who was interested. It turned out that a lot of people were interested. (“I had one idea”, he famously said, “but it was a good one”). His curated, expert guides have spread all over the world: Time Out Media currently covers 328 cities in 58 countries, and now the curation has leapt off the magazine and web pages and into physical reality as Time Out Market – a place where you can immerse yourself in the best food and cultural experiences in the city under one roof, says Time Out. The markets currently reside in Lisbon, Montreal, NYC, Chicago, Boston and Miami with future openings in London, Dubai, Porto and Prague.

According to the publishers, Tony’s passion for culture and the city remained undimmed even in his final weeks. He was ‘Mr Listings’: obsessively diligent not only about the information, but also what he called “the information about the information” i.e. definitive curation that went beyond “what’s on where” to highlight what was culturally essential and why.

Tributes to Tony have poured in from every corner of the Time Out world and the edition will include edited highlights from colleagues, family, readers and friends such as Sir Richard Branson, Dame Anna Wintour, Peter Tatchell and more, with a full roundup published online.

This is a moment of colossal change for London’s culture. Covid 19 has imperilled the city’s venues and makers, and prompted some incredible creative innovations too. In celebration of what’s emerging as the city moves out of lockdown, the editorial team has been inspired by the pioneering spirit of Tony’s first 1968 edition.

The special edition will include:

  • A new look listings section inspired by the first 1968 edition, which captures the new cultural activities that are emerging in the city. Including iconic venues, which are adapting to entirely new forms.
  • A new Love Local section, highlighting Time Out’s Love Local campaign, which celebrates independent venues. Expect deep dives into vital neighbourhoods, legendary local heroes and inside tips on how to live like a traveller in one's own city.
  • ‘Time In’ pages, highlighting the finest within the new culture of streaming and films, bringing the best of the city to the sofa.

The iconic, 50 year old Time Out logo will also revert back to Time Out, following its pivot to Time In during lockdown. Time In will remain part of Time Out’s editorial mission: its editors will curate the new ways in which restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries, and culture-makers of all sorts are creating shared experiences and bringing the best of the city to everyone, in or out.

Joseph Mackertich, Time Out London Editor commented: “We have deeply missed creating our lovely physical magazine. This special edition is in honour of Time Out's late founder, Tony Elliott who dedicated his life to opening up the world's cities to locals and visitors. We’re excited to share the beloved and iconic magazine once again, which adds new, interesting content that reflects the times we are currently living in and the best of London this summer.”