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Tell motorists to help tackle London’s toxic air peaks, authorities urged

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Campaigners have called on the government to urge people not to drive or light wood-burning stoves during toxic air peaks rather than telling the vulnerable not to exercise or go outside. London suffered its worst air...

London’s Marble Arch Mound attraction to close this weekend

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Marble Arch Mound, the scaffolding-and-turf urban peak that stood 25m tall, came with a £6m price tag and claimed the scalp of Westminster council’s deputy leader, will close on Sunday. The widely mocked Mound promise...

London’s West End theatres to pay tribute to the genius of Stephen Sondheim

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The lights of theatres all over the West End of London will dim on Monday evening to honour the life of Stephen Sondheim, it has been announced. The tribute, reserved for the passing of only the most significant talen...

Last Night in Soho review – a deliciously twisted journey back to London’s swinging past

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“It’s not what you imagine, London,” says Rita Tushingham in this deliciously twisted love letter to Britain’s cinematic pop-culture past. Director and co-writer Edgar Wright, whose CV runs from the rural action-comed...

District line blues: a journey through London’s struggling economy

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The morning rush hour used to be the busiest time of day for Jayant Amin’s newsagent in the heart of the City of London, before Covid-19. Having watched five neighbouring shops close in the building he occupies opposi...

London’s Soho on screen – from Peeping Tom to Mona Lisa

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It’s one of the capital’s most storied districts. Here Kim Newman leads a tour round 15 memorable movie locations in Soho and surrounds.Illustration by Lyndon Hayes Sun 24 Oct 2021 03.00 EDT...

Only London’s highest earners able to rent privately at affordable cost, ONS says

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Only the top 25% of earners in London were able to privately rent a property in the city at an affordable rate last year, according to official figures on costs across England. Data from the Office for National Statis...

Everywhere there is a whiff of the wild: walking London’s Capital Ring

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It’s Friday night on the Greenway path just outside the Olympic Park in east London. The last band of orange sky hangs lightly over the sleeping stadiums. Enough people linger in the gloom for the instincts to quicken...

Huguenots, Jews, Bengalis … now developers size up London’s Brick Lane

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For more than 300 years, it was the industrial heart of Brick Lane in east London, a vast rat-ridden edifice in which thousands of workers brewed beer. One man, who worked there in the early 1960s, said “it looked lik...

Pollution on some new UK trains ‘13 times one of London’s busiest roads’

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The amount of diesel pollution on some new trains is 13 times higher than on one of central London’s busiest roads, researchers found. Passengers travelling on board a Great Western Railway carriage running from Londo...

London’s Royal Docks ‘just keeps changing’ – as a new outdoor show reveals

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When the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, completes the relocation of City Hall HQ from Southwark to the Crystal building in the historic Royal Docks, he will become the latest to settle in an area synonymous with arrival...

This monstrous glowing orb makes a mockery of east London’s Olympic legacy

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When London bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games, we were driven not just by sporting desire, but by a vision for a regenerated east London after decades of deindustrialisation and deprivation. We were promised not just...

Levelling up should take many forms. And don’t forget London’s poorest need it too

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Levelling up is hard to do. Well, in one sense it is. Providing new opportunities for people and places that most need but have least access to them requires strategic vision and political will. Boris Johnson’s recent...

‘If we win, you’ll be sad’: London’s Little Italy torn over Euro 2020 final

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The prospect of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final between England and Italy is a “tragic situation”, according to a priest at the Italian church in London. With a pained expression, he says: “I’m Italian, but I live in England...

A Shock by Keith Ridgway review – life behind London’s twitching curtains

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Picture a novel about contemporary London and perhaps the kind of book that comes to mind is a plot-driven panorama along the lines of John Lanchester’s Capital. One suspects that nothing lay further from Keith Ridgwa...

London’s recent naval deal with Kyiv will add to Russia’s concerns

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British ministers will have been under no illusions that the decision to sail HMS Defender into disputed waters off the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea would provoke a reaction from the Kremlin. A dispute about whethe...

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