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Rebecca Hobson: The drugs debate is raging in parliament. Here are the facts behind the headlines

By Rebecca Hobson

Parliament is debating UK drugs policy right now. Make no mistake, this is a big deal.

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Brian Blessed is exhorting Tube passengers to purchase remembrance poppies

By Harry Cockburn

Brian Blessed’s legendary loud voice has been booming out of speakers across London this morning. Why? Because he wants commuters to buy remembrance poppies to mark the Royal British Legion’s London Poppy Day.

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This 1970s skatepark in east London just gained a Grade II listing

By Harry Cockburn

A 1970s concrete skatepark in east London has been awarded a Grade II listing.

The manor house of Toten Hall - 1813

Brown's beer: Why the London Beer Flood is the strangest tragedy in London's history

By Pete Brown

Is our male-about-ale Pete Brown right? Tweet us @Londonlovesbiz

Battersea Power Station

Check out the lush new roof garden that’ll be on top of Battersea Power Station

By Sophie Hobson

It’s going to be one of London’s largest roof gardens – a space more than 350 metres long full of interlacing garden walkways, mini forests of birch trees and free-standing hammocks. There’s even a fitness deck.

ban on e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes were banned from London buses, trains & Tubes in August. Why didn't TfL let you know?

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

If you’re reading this on the bus/Tube/train, you may want to put that e-cigarette away right now.

Waterstones

Why has Waterstones invited guests for a sleepover?

By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Did you hear about the guy who caused a tizzy on Twitter after getting locked inside Waterstones’ Trafalgar Square branch? Well, that story just got better.

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London's best alternative work Christmas party ideas

By Rebecca Hobson

Want to shake things up this year? From roller discos to ceilidh dancing, here are some ideas to inspire

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Four reasons we all love Waterstones at the moment - and what you can learn from thatVideo

By Sophie Hobson

Waterstones is nailing it on the social media, PR and customer services fronts

Christmas Holly Berries

Five great restaurants doing Christmas Day lunch in London

By Georgiana Ndlovu

Don’t cook this year

Pete Brown

Brown's beer: Why Guinness is late to the craft beer party

By Pete Brown

Is our male-about-ale Pete Brown right? Tweet us @Londonlovesbiz

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What, no mud? John Nugent reflects on London Film Festival and sitting in silence in the dark

By John Nugent

Our film columnist examines the jack-of-all-trades annual film festival in the capital

Lord Sugar

10 best Lord Sugar quotes of all time

Lord Sugar is back on your TV screens tonight to choose his next business partner and give the finger to other wannabe business stars.

Pieter and Johannes Blaeus’ ‘Pascaarte van alle de Zee-custen van Europa’ from 1677 (£600,000)

Check out these beautiful antique maps - some are worth more than houses!

Centuries-old rarities come to London for Frieze Masters

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