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Southbank skater

Southbank Centre skaters to stay for long term, thwarting redevelopment plans

By Harry Cockburn

Skateboarders embroiled in a battle to keep the famous skate park at the undercroft on the South Bank have emerged victorious after campaigning to keep the park open.

Constable Hay Wain

Preview - Constable: The Making of a Master at the V&A

By Harry Cockburn

Constable has long occupied a tranquil, homely corner in the hearts of British art lovers. His leafy landscapes are famed for their easy celebration of the quiet drama of the countryside. His winding rivers and relaxed rural scenes seem to be straightforward recreations of idealised natural beauty.

Fat Man

Fit for work? NHS chief urges tax breaks for companies tackling obesity

By Harry Cockburn

Businesses in the UK could be encouraged to help tackle rising obesity in the UK with tax breaks for firms introducing slimming clubs and health activities for employees.

npower football

And the award for the WORST company in the UK for customer service goes to...

npower has bagged the not-at-all coveted title of the worst company for customer service in the UK.

London Eye

Londoners boo Boris for charging £10 to see New Year's Eve fireworks display

Londoners booed Boris today for making the capital’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display a paid and ticketed event.

Westfield, Stratford City

Westfield Stratford evacuated after suspect package found

Update: Shops were re-opened after the incident was stood down by Met Police.

Great Scotland Yard

Great Scot! Former police HQ Great Scotland Yard to become £10,000-a-night hotel

By Harry Cockburn

“Ello, ello, ello”, is probably not what the person at the front desk at Great Scotland Yard will utter when you stroll into the lobby, as the former police HQ is set to be turned into a £10,000-a-night five-star hotel.

Punch face

Portuguese professor pans “promiscuous” and “pathologically violent” Brits in bestselling book

By Harry Cockburn

A Portuguese professor at Imperial College, who is an expert in theoretical physics, has turned his hand away from slamming particles together, to instead slam all aspects of bad British behaviour in a bestselling book.

Quentin Blake Roald Dahl BFG

It's Roald Dahl Day tomorrow. Here are 10 marvellous quotes from the author

By Harry Cockburn

“Don’t gobblefunk around with words”, the BFG tells Sophie in Roald Dahl’s famous tale of a friendly dream-blowing giant.

Charlie chaplin violin

John Nugent: There's no downside to live music in the cinema

By John Nugent

Our film columnist can’t get enough of the trend for live musical scores at film screenings in London

JD Wetherspoon

Wetherspoon makes biggest profit yet – up 37% – but slams pub tax

By Robyn Vinter

It’s the favourite pub chain of students and those people who have a pint with breakfast, and now it’s made a record profit.

Namaaste restaurant

Review: Namaaste Kitchen and Salaam Namaste - contemporary Indian cooking

By Robyn Vinter

The Camden and Bloomsbury restaurants are perfect for when you have visitors, says our reviewer

iPhone Apple haha

Funniest iPhone 6 and Apple Watch parodies, lolz and tweetsVideo

By Sophie Hobson

Oh, you didn’t hear? Apple just launched a load of new stuff.

Turner Burial at Sea

Preview: Late Turner at the Tate – an electric exhibition of the master’s most exhilarating period

By Harry Cockburn

There is no better story than that of triumph over adversity, and little can engender public adoration more effectively than an unlikely hero.

Stress person

Britain’s £100bn stress problem: 24% rise in lost working days since 2009

By Harry Cockburn

The government’s chief medical officer has warned that major improvements must be made to support the UK’s growing body of stressed workers.

The Great Riover Race - rowing boat

Five great things to do in London this September

From music to oarsmanship to Ming, there’s loads going on in London this month. Moya Maxwell picks her favourites

Jack the Ripper

London’s most famous murder mystery solved - Jack the Ripper’s identity revealed

By Robyn Vinter

A total of 126 years after his horrific murders shook Whitechapel, the identity of London’s most famous murderer, Jack the Ripper, has finally been revealed.

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