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Commuting in London on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and in the New Year

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:03 am

Here’s all you need to know about travelling over the festive period from the Transport for London website.Christmas Day - Thursday, 25 December

Cameron Clegg Miliband

Christian values, informal truces & human solidarity: Cameron, Miliband and Clegg’s Christmas messages

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:37 am| By Robyn Vinter

This time of year the leaders of the three main parties release their Christmas message. Here they are in full.David CameronPrime Minister


What has caused the biggest rift ever in the coalition government?

Wed, 24 Dec 2014 10:30 am| By Robyn Vinter

We knew it was coming but we weren’t sure when.


No snow for London on Christmas day Video

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 4:15 pm

Expecting a White Christmas, Londoners? Well, don’t.

Boris Johnson

This is Boris Johnson's Christmas appeal to employers

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 3:52 pm| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

London Mayor Boris Johnson has requested firms to pay employees the London living wage in his seasonal broadcast from City Hall.

No Christmas parties

Bah, humbug... Brits to return £223m worth of unwanted Christmas gifts

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 3:36 pm

‘Tis the season… to return Christmas gifts?


Why are over 40 celebs threatening YouTube with $1bn lawsuit?

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 3:19 pm| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Celebrities including Pharrell Williams, The Eagles and John Lennon, are threatening to sue YouTube for a staggering $1bn.

Google driverless car - Dec 2014

Google’s self-driving car is now complete. But will it come to the UK?

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:35 am| By Sophie Hobson

The future is here, and it’s got four wheels.


Facebook now worth almost £228bn as shares hit all-time high

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:04 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Christmas came three days early for Facebook as the social network’s stock traded at an all-time high of $81.88 on Monday.

Kindle Fire HD

Here's why your e-reader could be damaging your health

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:02 am| By Robyn Vinter

They’re light, portable, they store hundreds of books and allow you to download anything you fancy reading on a whim.

Chocolate melting

Chocolate meltdown: What caused Thorntons share price to plummet 25% this morning?

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:52 am| By Robyn Vinter

High street chocolatier Thorntons saw a 25% drop in its share price this morning when the market opened, from 116p to 86p.

Shoppers in Walmart on Black Friday

Lunchtime today is the highest-spending hour of the year

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 9:09 am| By Sophie Hobson

If you go down to the shops today… don’t do it between 1pm and 2pm

UKIP Tesco

The hits and flops of 2014, from U£IP to Tescwoe

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 8:29 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

2014 has been a year of blood and sweat for some, and tears for others.

Breaking TV

The most complained-about TV programmes of 2014

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 4:20 pm| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

It’s time of the year again! Ofcom has revealed the most complained about TV programmes in 2014.

Best and happy

Here are the 50 best places to live in the UK - only two in London

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:21 pm| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Bad news, Londoners – only two London areas are among the 50 best places to live in the UK.

Elephant and Castle - short

London house prices are dropping… but demand is mega

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:47 am| By Sophie Hobson

And now for some excellent or alarming news, depending on which side of the fence you’re on.

Christmas carol

Silent Night or O Holy Night? Britain’s favourite Christmas carol revealedVideo

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:37 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Britain’s favourite Christmas carol *drumroll and jingle bells please* is Silent Night.

Tesco - trouble - gloomy sky - 300 tall

More woe for Tesco with yet ANOTHER investigation

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:10 am| By Sophie Hobson

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Britain’s biggest retailer…


Now Taiwan could ban Uber - here's why

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:03 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Taiwan has become the latest city to take issue with taxi app Uber.

Which London area?

You won't believe which London borough is the least popular among homebuyers

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:25 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Westminster, the borough of the rich and famous, has become the least popular London area to buy property in.

Bonus-tastic: Check out the rewards for these FTSE 100 boses

Bonus bonanza: City bonuses to rise 21% in 2015

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 9:43 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

If you don’t work in the City, look away now, because this story may dampen your festive cheer.


Sing Hosanna! More jobs to be created across Britain

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 8:04 am| By Harry Cockburn

Some more good news for Christmas: half of British businesses are planning to expand their workforce in 2015.

Garden Bridge London 300

London’s Garden Bridge has got the go-ahead. Here's why it's a bad plan

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:27 am| By Harry Cockburn

What could be more wonderful than a bridge in central London that is covered in trees and flowers? A lot actually.

Mark Reckless

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

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:17 am| 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

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:11 am| 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

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 9:56 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

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


Apple not protecting "exhausted workforce" at Chinese factoryVideo

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 9:26 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

A BBC investigation for Panorama finds

Bullsh*t in a box

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

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:41 pm

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

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:54 am

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.

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Christmas angry

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

Thu, 18 Dec 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

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

Oil rig in North Sea

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

Thu, 18 Dec 2014| 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

Thu, 18 Dec 2014| 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

Thu, 18 Dec 2014| 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

Thu, 18 Dec 2014| 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

Thu, 18 Dec 2014| By Sophie Hobson

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

Royal Mail stamps post - short

Government could have made £180m more from Royal Mail

Thu, 18 Dec 2014| By Sophie Hobson

But should we be bothered about £180m?

Snow chaos causes train delays

Christmas Eve commuter chaos: leave London before 9pm

Wed, 17 Dec 2014| 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

Wed, 17 Dec 2014| By Harry Cockburn

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


This beautiful video shows London in timelapses by 40 photographersVideo

Wed, 17 Dec 2014| By Sophie Hobson

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

Uber taxi

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

Wed, 17 Dec 2014| 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

Wed, 17 Dec 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?

Wed, 17 Dec 2014| By Harry Cockburn

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

lastminute.com - short

lastminute.com sold for £500m less than in 2005

Tue, 16 Dec 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Dealing with the dotcom bomb

Branson gets a kiss from Tony Fernandes

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

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

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

Police posters index

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

Tue, 16 Dec 2014

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

Boris Johnson on the London Underground

Boris blames xenophobia for complaints London is overcrowded

Tue, 16 Dec 2014| 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

Tue, 16 Dec 2014| 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

Tue, 16 Dec 2014| 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?

Tue, 16 Dec 2014| 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

Tue, 16 Dec 2014| 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

Mon, 15 Dec 2014| 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

Mon, 15 Dec 2014| 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

Mon, 15 Dec 2014| 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

Mon, 15 Dec 2014

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

Mon, 15 Dec 2014| 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

Mon, 15 Dec 2014| 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

Mon, 15 Dec 2014| 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

Mon, 15 Dec 2014

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

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