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Mark Reckless

Tories are suing Mark Reckless for defecting, so he's crowdfunding legal fees

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Did you hear about the Tories suing Mark Reckless for £3,000 on now useless 2015 general election leaflets?

Nick Hewer

Nick Hewer is leaving The Apprentice

By Sophie Hobson

The Apprentice is a divisive show among the entrepreneurs and businesspeople we chat to here at LondonlovesBusiness.com.

London bus

London bus drivers might strike in 2015 over pay dispute

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Bus drivers in London may go on strike in 2015 over a pay dispute.

Bullsh*t in a box

Why has a company sold 30,000 boxes of faeces for $6 each?

A US company sold 30,000 boxes of cattle faeces in just 30 minutes in the run up to Christmas.

Russell Brand

Have you read the RBS worker’s open letter to Russell Brand and its responses? You should

Oh look, it’s been five minutes, so there must be another… Russell Brand headline! Thankfully, this one involves less Russell and more Jo, a banker from RBS and some excellent bloggers.

Oil rig in North Sea

Oil be damned: North Sea oil heading for the rocks as prices crash

By Harry Cockburn

The UK’s North Sea oil industry is in crisis as the price of oil has fallen below the cost of sucking it out of the earth.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett

The public overwhelmingly thinks the Green Party should be included in the general election TV debates

By Robyn Vinter

The vast majority of the British public think the Green Party should be included in the TV leaders’ debates.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Britain could see a Sydney-style terror attack, warns Scotland Yard chief

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Britain narrowly escaped four to five terror attacks this year, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has warned.

Green party poster

The Green Party is growing much faster than you might think. This is whyVideo

By Robyn Vinter

It’s not easy being green, as Kermit the Frog used to say*, and the Green Party know that better than anyone.

Happy graduate jumping for joy university

Take that, Oxbridge! London universities dominate the research top 10

By Sophie Hobson

Oh, Universities of Oxford and Cambridge – you think you’re so clever, don’t you?

Snow chaos causes train delays

Christmas Eve commuter chaos: leave London before 9pm

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Christmas Eve in London is set to be commuter hell, thanks to the £200m worth of essential engineering works that need to be carried out over the holidays.

Job vacancies employment

Unemployment falls and wage growth overtakes inflation for first time in 6 years

By Harry Cockburn

Some good news as Advent reaches its giddy yuletide peak: levels of employment have risen.

Uber taxi

China's Google, Baidu, invests a rumoured $600m in Uber

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Controversial taxi app Uber, valued at $40bn recently, has just got a vote of confidence from “China’s Google”, Baidu.

Top UKIP donors

Top 10 donors who bankrolled UKIP in 2014

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Nigel Farage’s party has raised over £3m this year

Knife and fork carving restaurant dining food

London’s Restaurant Story named best restaurant in UK. Who else made the list?

By Harry Cockburn

Eight of the top 10 restaurants in th UK as chosen by diners are in London.

Branson gets a kiss from Tony Fernandes

World Cup, Ebola, iPhone 6 and how to kiss - here are 2014's biggest UK Google trends

“How to kiss”, “How to draw” and “How to meditate” – these are the three big questions Londoners sought answers for on Google in 2014.

Boris Johnson on the London Underground

Boris blames xenophobia for complaints London is overcrowded

By Harry Cockburn

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today lashed out at xenophobic Londoners for complaining that the capital is too crowded.

Dom Joly with an oversized mobile phone

BT is trying to buy EE for £12.5bn. Here’s what you need to know

By Sophie Hobson

Why does BT want EE? How would the deal affect customers and staff?

Basket of goods inflation

Inflation falls to 12-year lowVideo

By Robyn Vinter

We could soon join our European neighbours in being at risk of deflation, after last month’s figures show inflation fell to just 1% - a 12-year low for the UK.

UKIP logo

How did UKIP get its hands on £1.5m in EU funds?

By Robyn Vinter

UKIP has received £1.5m worth of EU funding which was set aside for helping European countries integrate better.

Coop bank

Co-op fails banking stress test

By Robyn Vinter

The Co-operative Bank has failed a Bank of England test which aimed to work out how well banks could withstand a financial crisis.

Diversity is essential in the workplace

Here’s proof Britain’s top boardrooms are going backwards on diversity

By Robyn Vinter

The boardrooms of Britain’s top companies are becoming less ethnically diverse, despite a huge government push to improve diversity.

Amazon Christmas Tree 2

Nightmare before Christmas for Amazon sellers as glitch reduces thousands of items to 1p

By Harry Cockburn

There are bargains, and then there are catastrophic pricing errors.

BNP racist card

The BNP has released its Christmas card and, true to form, it’s pretty racist

By Robyn Vinter

Here it is – the annual festive monstrosity known as the BNP Christmas card.

Supermarket shopping trolley fast

UK’s first social supermarket for low-income earners opens today

The UK’s first shop selling low-cost, high quality surplus food to people on income support has opened.

Boris glasses

This is why Boris Johnson might go to jail

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

“Now what on earth has London Mayor Boris Johnson done to deserve jail?” You might be wondering.

Nigel farage upset

This is Nigel Farage’s biggest regret

By Robyn Vinter

Nigel Farage has talked about his biggest regret in a programme going out on Channel 4 tonight.

House price drop

Big price drop: London homes lose £30,000 in a month

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Average asking prices in all of London’s 32 boroughs have seen a drop.

shopping on oxford street

London is NOT the world's most expensive retail market

Hong Kong boasts the most expensive retail space in the world, it has been revealed.

Parking ticket small

You wouldn't believe how many millions councils made from parking charges

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Councils in England went laughing all the way to bank this year as they made a combined profit of  £667m from parking charges.

Grosvenor Crescent

Britain's most expensive streets revealed - how many in London?

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

How expensive is a home on Grosvenor Crescent, the most expensive street in Britain? So expensive that Cheryl Cole’s £16m fortune will fall short for buying a typical Grade II listed house on that street.

Andy McLoughlin, co-founder, Huddle

Huddle just raised $51m. Meet co-founder Andy McLoughlinVideo

By Sophie Hobson

Want to learn about serious fundraising and growth? Read on

instagram breakast

Here’s why you’re about to lose followers on Instagram

By Robyn Vinter

No, it’s not becasue you took too many photos of your breakfast (but those are really boring by the way)

Instagram home page on a tablet

Instagram has just overtaken Twitter – here are 5 interesting stats

By Robyn Vinter

Social picture sharing site Instagram is now bigger than Twitter with 300 million active users.

Waterstones books shelves

Which books did people buy but not finish this year?

By Robyn Vinter

We’ve all been there. You start reading the year’s most talked about book but no matter how hard you try, you can’t work out what the hell the fuss is all about.

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The Water Swan

On a multi-course meal marathon at The White Swan, Fetter Lane - review

By Sherelle Jacobs

Tasting menus are all the rage for gastropubs, says Sherelle Jacobs

Christmas angry

Merry Shristmas anyone? Here are Poundland's hilarious Christmas blunders

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Jesus is probably turning in his grave right now, thanks to Poundland’s Christmas decorations.

Three Wise Lads

Christ! This is how rich the wise men would be today, with their gold, frankincense and myrrh swag

By Harry Cockburn

When a person is born who you suspect may well be God, you had better be sure your gifts are up to scratch.

LapseLondon

This beautiful video shows London in timelapses by 40 photographersVideo

By Sophie Hobson

Gosh – London can look beautiful sometimes, can’t it?

Office Party Christmas

7 things to remember during Christmas party seasonVideo

By Jonny Rosenblatt

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Police posters index

The story behind the posters everywhere saying police are "really racist"

“We caused the 2011 riots by shooting dead an unarmed civilian and then lying about it. And we got away with it.”

Senor Ceviche

Really, another Peruvian restaurant? Yes, Señor Ceviche - review

By Sherelle Jacobs

London’s craze for Peruvian food shows little sign of abating. Sherelle Jacobs heads to Kingly Court to suss out the latest

Lion Christmas present

Which UK city spends most on Christmas? (It’s not London)

By Sophie Hobson

In fact, London’s not even in the top five for Christmas spending. You tight gits.

Cinema old

And... CUT! Orange Wednesdays will end in February

By Sophie Hobson

It’s a sad week for British cinema-goers.

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