2011: The London business year in pictures

It’s been an extraordinary year for London businesses. Do you remember these defining moments?

Saturday February 19

A model on the catwalk during the Belle Sauvage show at Somerset House for part of London Fashion Week.

A model on the catwalk during the Belle Sauvage show at Somerset House for part of London Fashion Week. The fashion industry is worth £21bn to the UK economy and London Fashion Week helps to keep the UK fashion industry in the global spotlight.

Saturday March 26

A flare is lit in Trafalgar Square after the TUC March For The Alternative at Oxford Circus in London, a protest against Government spending cuts.

A flare is lit in Trafalgar Square after the TUC March For The Alternative at Oxford Circus in London, a protest against Government spending cuts. An estimated 400,000 people took place in the rally which was tainted by violence. Fortnum and Mason, Topshop, HSBC, RBS and Santander were among the businesses targeted by vandals.

Friday April 29

Prince William drives himself and his wife Kate as they leave Buckingham Palace for Clarence House.

Prince William drives himself and his wife Kate as they leave Buckingham Palace for Clarence House. Given that the day was a public holiday certain reports estimated that the wedding cost the economy £30bn.

Monday August 8

Firefighters fight blazes in Croydon following the August riots

Firefighters battle blazes in Croydon following the August riots. The disturbances were sparked following the killing by police of Tottenham man Mark Duggan and caused damage to hundreds of homes and businesses at an estimated cost of £100m.

Saturday August 20

The Olympic Velodrome is seen in the background as Riders compete in a heat during the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at Olympic Park, London.

The Olympic Velodrome is seen in the background as Riders compete in a heat during the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at Olympic Park, London. Businesses have watched the Olympic park take shape amid a mix of excitement about commercial opportunities and growing trepidation about the effect the Games will have on normal working life.

Thursday September 22

City trader Kweku Adoboli, 31, arriving at City of London Magistrates' Court where he is accused of fraud and two charges of false accounting over three years at Swiss banking giant UBS.

City trader Kweku Adoboli, 31, arriving at City of London Magistrates’ Court where he is accused of fraud and two charges of false accounting over three years at Swiss banking giant UBS.

Thursday October 6

A tribute to the late Steve Jobs displays on Apple platform

An iPhone and desktop computer display the Apple website’s tribute to the company’s Steve Jobs, who has died aged 56. The Apple co-founder passed away after his battle with pancreatic cancer. Sales of the Apple iPhone 4S have exceeded Apple sales records by 66 per cent.

Tuesday October 25

Protester cleans up outside tent at Saint Paul's Cathedral

A protester cleans up outside tent at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. The protesters have been there since 15 October and have set up classrooms, shops and have had a appearances from a number of high profile celebrities.

Wednesday October 26

Prime Minister David Cameron prepares, at the British Residence in Brussels, for the EU meeting where he is due to meet with other European leaders about the current Eurozone crisis.

Prime Minister David Cameron prepares, at the British Residence in Brussels, for the EU meeting where he is due to meet with other European leaders about the current Eurozone crisis.

Monday November 28

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (right) and London Mayor Boris Johnson, during a visit to the Riverlight construction site in central London, a development which is being constructed on a regeneration area on the south bank of the River Thames

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and London Mayor Boris Johnson, during a visit to the Riverlight construction site in central London, a development which is being constructed on a regeneration area on the south bank of the River Thames near the Battersea Power Station, to become six residential apartment buildings. Osborne later set out plans for an ambitious £30 billion investment programme in Britain’s infrastructure in an attempt to breathe new life into the stalled economy, it has emerged. The decade-long programme is intended to lever in £20 billion of private investment from pension funds to finance the development of roads, railways and the high-speed broadband network.

 

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