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Tom Kerridge

Forget the horses - it's the food that makes a day at Ascot unforgettable

By Sophie Hobson

Royal Ascot is all about Michelin-starred chefs and Mad Hatter’s tea parties - and apparently there’s some racing too

Drugs being cut up with credit card

More people are going online to buy legal and illegal drugs – and the UK is leading the trend

By Sophie Hobson

A higher proportion of drug users in the UK has bought drugs online than any other of the 43 nations questioned in a new survey.

London air pollution

3,389 deaths in London linked to poor air quality, new figures reveal

By Shruti Tripathi

A total of 3,389 Londoners over the age of 25 died due to pollution-related illnesses in 2010.

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Lost Fabergé egg to go on display in London for first time in a century

By Harry Cockburn

A lost Faberge egg crafted for Emperor Alexander III of Russia is to go on show for the first time in 112 years.

London eye turns blue

London crowned the third best tourist destination in the world

By Shruti Tripathi

Let’s stop moaning about the Saharan dust taking over London and celebrate the capital.

Heston Blumenthal has been crowned the world’s most successful chef

Revealed: The world's 100 best restaurants - Heston Blumenthal named chef of the year

By Shruti Tripathi

Top chef Heston Blumenthal’s two restaurants, Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, have made it to the top 100 eateries of the world.

Craft beer

Brown's beer: How mainstream is craft beer?

By Pete Brown

Our male-about-ale Pete Brown reveals the truth behind craft beer

London air pollution

Pollution hits high in London as Saharan dust chokes south

By Harry Cockburn

Londoners should be braced for “very high” levels of air pollution today, the government has said.

Rainbow flag Gay rights

Dating website OKCupid warns off Firefox users in gay-rights row

By Harry Cockburn

The free dating website OKCupid has advised users of Mozilla’s Firefox to change web browser, in a row over the tech firm’s gay-rights record.

Boris Spikes

Wondering what those “jogging” signs all over London are for? Meet the new Boris Spikes scheme

By Sophie Hobson

You’ve probably noticed the yellow “jogging” signs that have been appearing on roads and pavements in and around central London over the past couple of weeks.

Black out in London

Thousands of London homes faced blackouts last night

By Shruti Tripathi

Thousands of south Londoners were left in the dark last night, thanks to a fault at an electricity substation.

London smog

This week London is set to experience the worst air pollution on the scale

By Sophie Hobson

The Met Office is forecasting that tomorrow (Tuesday) and on Wednesday, London will hit the worst level on its scale for air pollution.

Reverie super-yacht

Meet the archetypal billionaire – survey reveals spending habits

By Sophie Hobson

The £22.3m London mansion is typically filled with art worth millions, though neither asset class is likely to have made much of a dent in the £1.79bn fortune of the average billionaire, as identified by a new survey.

Gay marriage

1 in 5 would turn down a gay wedding invite as first marriages happen tonight

By Robyn Vinter

One in five (22%) people still would refuse to go to a gay wedding, a survey by BBC Radio Five Live has found.

David Beckham

David Beckham and Class of '92 stars eyeing £2bn takeover of Manchester United

By Shruti Tripathi

David Beckham and Manchester United’s famous “Class of ‘92” are eyeing a £2bn takeover of the club.

Yellow Boris bike

Boris bikes go yellow ahead of Tour de France London leg

By Harry Cockburn

With just 100 days to go until the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire, some of London’s Boris bikes are sporting a radical new yellow paint job in support of the race.

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