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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.

Roller disco

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

Waterstones books shelves

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

Wellies mud festival

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

Traffic Jam M25 Motorway cars congestion

Car-mageddon: Congestion costs London $8.5bn a year and it’s getting worse

By Harry Cockburn

Exasperated by the slow crawl into work? Fed-up of traffic fumes? London is grinding to a halt, and as the transport crisis worsens, it is wreaking economic havoc on the capital.

House of St Barnabas

The best Christmas party venues in London

By Rebecca Hobson

It might not be Halloween yet, but if you want a decent venue for your Christmas party you need to book now. Don’t panic! Here’s our guide

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai becomes world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient at 17. Who else has won the award over the past 10 years?

By Harry Cockburn

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai has been named joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist.

Some bottles of wine in a cellar

Didn't you know? Lidl has some amazing wines at bargain prices. Here are Lidl's best tipples...

By Rebecca Hobson

The discount retailer is wooing the middle class with wines including Château Margaux and Saint-Émilion Grand-Cru

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