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Holidays are hurting your pocket
Enjoy London’s Flavour of summer
Tell me what you want what you really really want
Top Gear in trouble
Top Gear? Flop Gear more like…
Oh, that’s not right
The new trailer has Star Wars fans palpitating
We don’t know what to believe anymore!
ITV This Morning’s resident agony aunt Denise Robertson died this morning.
Top Gear will return to screens in May
Tributes pour in for one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers
A tasteless advert showing a housemaid getting slapped has landed Tesco into trouble.
Fancy living here?
Mihir Bose on the problems with the world of sport today
And the kindest city in Britain is…
EXCLUSIVE: A pufferfish skull, a police whistle and a revolver – here are the weirdest things stolen from London museums
Why would anyone steal a replica rhino horn?
Source: Babies at the blackboard ...
Being a caped crusader doesn’t come cheap
Can’t be asked to tie shoelaces anymore? Don’t worry, Nike’s got a solution for you.
Introducing the $1bn Harmony of the Seas, the world's biggest cruise liner that's longer than the Eiffel Tower
The world’s biggest cruise liner, Harmony of the Seas, sailed off from Saint-Nazaire in western France as part of a trial run today.
Who’d have thought a tiny typo could save a $1bn bank heist?
46 UK institutions in the top 200
Bezos’ space firm says it expects to begin passenger flights in 2018
Heard of the Great Gold Robbery of 1855?
Museums and galleries and stuff like that
Mother’s Day is on Sunday. What is it? Should I buy anyone a gift?
Be funny, not offensive. Public speaking is harder than it looks, says Lucy Musselwhite
BBC boss defends Top Gear host Chris Evans, after rumours of “tyrannical” behaviour and opposition to Matt Le Blanc as co-host
Whole host of problems at Top Gear, as new series is delayed by two weeks
FIFA’s presidential candidates are a bland bunch. They should be calling for revolutionary change, argues Mihir Bose
2017 exhibition will coincide with the artist’s 80th birthday
People go a bit crazy for Ferraris it turns out
This exploration of Delacroix’s influence promises to be one of the biggest exhibitions in the capital this year. Does it deliver the goods?
Watch drone footage of the filming of the new series
Be it the Tube or the toilet seat, Candy Crush is a game played by almost everyone everywhere.
Jumble of new faces for nation’s favourite car programme. Can it work?
If you like reading and London, this is the guide for you
Right, lets swap pigs
It’s not April, you’re no fool, and this is no joke.
Explosive revelations in new BBC documentary: Did Roman Abramovich gift Vladimir Putin a £25m yacht?
Russian President Vladimir Putin was gifted a £25m yacht by billionaire business magnate Roman Abramovich.
London loves Stratford. It’s official, the east London district is winning over businesses and the public
Stratford is on the rise in a big way. Here’s why
We spoke to Yorkshire Tea’s Kevin Sinfield about growth, cricket, the Tour de France, and not playing up to the Yorkshire stereotype too much
The government should make legal changes to their gambling laws, argues our sports columnist Mihir Bose
Oh Dear! Is the BBC show going into reverse gear?
Adele, Andy Murray and Emma Watson among Brits named by Forbes as Europe’s most influential people under 30
Brits come out on top in entertainment and technology categories
World No.1 Novak Djokovic reveals he was offered £140,000 to throw match in Russia
Why did the capital drop off the list?
Just look at these mad Londoners getting their legs out
Are Greenwich dwellers dull and boring? Are Hackney folk hip and happening? Yes, is the answer, it seems
Google and Tesla are NOT the first companies to have dabbled with self-driving cars. This infographic by Car leasing made simple shows that self-driving cars go back to 1920s.
Now here’s an adrenaline junkie that will make you choke on your coffee.
Here’s hoping we forget some of these jokes in 2015
Over 30 million Britons experience a first world problem every day.
Motörhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister died this morning after being diagnosed with an “extremely aggressive cancer” on 26 December.
How well do you know London?
Nothing says “funny” like the birth of a god
The new show is set to launch on Sunday 8 May 2016.
From the Disney Christmas Tree at St. Pancras Station to skating on the Somerset House ice rink, here are 8 unique and exciting things to see and do in London this Christmas
Museum of London eyes historic Smithfield Market site
Now here’s a Christmas puzzle that is baffling the internet.
Santa is contributing to the “dead weight loss” of Christmas. He should just bring us cash
Australia? France? Or Hong Kong?
Featuring Cameron, Clegg, Farage and some less well-known, but equally embarrassed, faces
Here’s what not to do if you want to keep your job
Mourinho was called to Chelsea’s training ground and sacked at 2pm
Honey I shrunk the tin, but charged the same and made a tidy profit
London Loves Business’s Christmas shopping advice – mink fur gilets all round
Ed Miliband joke makes the top spot
Voluminous capacity for lewd language is indicator of verbal fluency, study says
Nothing says Christmas like the skull of a dead horse, as they say in Wales
More than 40 employees at celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Notting Hill cookery shop are livid for getting sacked right before Christmas.
A new ice rink proposed by design company NBBJ is set to be the mother of all ice rinks.
Britain is no longer a Christian country and must be “systematically de-Christianised”, says major inquiry
The UK must stop acting as if it is a Christian country says top judge
Females in the firing line: What's going on in The Apprentice? What can women in business learn from it?
Frances Dickens, a guest on The Apprentice You’re Fired, wonders what has gone wrong for the women in this year’s programme
Boeing 747 named Cosmic Girl to be used as launchpad for space travel
You wouldn’t expect it from Strictly or Blue Peter, would you?
A crash course on how to use the London Underground system
Christmas has arrived in Covent Garden in the form of a giant red, green and yellow Lego train.
Sick of hearing about the Garden Bridge? Here’s a new London bridge you could obsess over.
Newly published list of Freemasons highlights extent to which inquiry may have been influenced
Mog the cat would scram the man on the moon in a head-to-head battle
Most millionaires ever, biggest fig ever, it’s all happening in the capital of England
The Koh-i-Noor was once the world’s largest diamond
We Brits are not only the most polite and boozy people in Europe but we’re also the most generous.
As the autumn chill bites and winds whistle across the capital, the London Loves Business resident culture vulture, Unique Venues of London’s Moya Maxwell, gives her pick of the best things to do this November.
Striking images show how London and other world cities could DISAPPEAR UNDERWATER in the next 100 years
Woah there global warming. Can you just, you know, go away? Thanks.
Chaos reigned in central London on Bonfire Night. But would Guy Fawkes approve?
Watch the new commercial here
The habits of highly successful people: Twitter reacts to the World Economic Forum’s absurd early morning to-do list
How many of these things do you do? None probably
This actually happened…
Ah, Knightsbridge. Harrods, Jimmy Choos clacking down the pavement, gold-plated Ferraris desecrating the speed limit…
Jeremy Clarkson and his co-stars James May and Richmond Hammond have started shooting their new motoring programme, possibly in Portugal.
Jaguar launched its luxury SUV, the F-Pace, by breaking a Guinness world record for cars performing 360 degree loop-the-loops.
Whiff-Whaff, roller skating, and artificial writing machines – London’s greatest contributions
Which one of them owns better cars and which one’s richer?
Smartphones eh? They are all the rage.
Storm in a beer mug?
Gloves are off for Naked Chef
We frankly don’t know what to tell you about this Taiwanese video about Jeremy Corbyn.
Could pasty revelations trigger civil war?
We asked business leaders how much kip they get
Jeremy Clarkson to become UK's highest-paid TV host. Here's how many millions he'll make from the new Amazon show
Getting the sack from the BBC might just be the best thing that’s ever happened to Jeremy Clarkson.
“Significant find” claimed by treasure hunters in Poland
Chef is taking on the sugar industry
The chambers can be accessed only by steep and spiral staircases
Since when did silent discos and the Cutty Sark go together? Since now!
An infographic showing how your body reacts to the first sip of Coca-Cola and its effects on your body in 60 minutes has gone viral.
Get out your gangplanks and commandeer these epic London boats
Bookmaker gets slammed on social media
The opening stage of the Tour de France could be hosted in London in 2017, according to the London Evening Standard.
Senior reporter Harry Cockburn chooses his favourite paintings of London
Executive head chef David Ridgway on where and what to eat this summer
Come 29 June and Wimbledon will take over all dining table/pub conversations.
London’s iconic Groucho Club has been sold to group of investors for a rumoured £40m.
Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Yotam Ottolenghi and a slew of other celebrity chefs are throwing their weight behind London Union, a food markets venture.
London has not one, not two, but five of the world’s 100 best restaurants.
Get your barbeque kits out people, Britain is set to have a heatwave this week
Its blue, has a back garden and is floating on the Thames… if you like quirky homes then this home at Number 1, The Thames, will definitely float your boat.
New show could be given “genius” title House of Cars
Women of Algiers by Pablo Picasso has become the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.
Top Gear trio seen lurking near Goodwood racing circuit
From Star Wars waxworks to Shakespeare, here’s what May has to offer
Moya Maxwell, chair of Unique Venues of London, picks the best culture, sport and art in the capital
And you’ll be able to get two-for-one cinema tickets on Wednesdays OR Tuesdays
Overflowing with some of the world’s most famous paintings, this exhibition has struck gold
From Mothering Sunday to the anatomy of crime – Moya Maxwell on what to do in London this March
We aren’t exactly known for our oenophilia here in Blightly.
The Iron Lady only took four hours of her 40 winks a night. What about Gates, Trump and Obama?
More gravity-defying art from Alex Chinneck
Chelsea FC owner, Roman Abramovich, has sent his super-yacht – the Eclipse – to Germany for a refit.
Yes, you read that right
Want to buy a suit? Head to the “Tall, Rich, Handsome Street”.
For those who believe there is smoke without fire
Think St Valentine’s Day is a load of commercial cobblers? Think again
Not your usual list of lovey-dovey expensive ideas
Food, fashion, rugby and relics - Moya Maxwell, chair of Unique Venues of London, picks the best
Rubens dazzles, but why are so few of the works by him?
Deloitte has published its annual Football Money League, and there are some big hitters. Really big
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay just lost a High Court battle for being personally liable to pay a London pub’s rent.
Is our male-about-ale Pete Brown right? Tweet us @Londonlovesbiz
The capital showed its unity with France yesterday.
Are these the best pubs in London? Let the arguments commence
Tourists staying in central London may soon have to pay £1-a-night “bed tax”.
Moya Maxwell, chair of Unique Venues of London, picks the best of the bunch
Expecting a White Christmas, Londoners? Well, don’t.
They’re light, portable, they store hundreds of books and allow you to download anything you fancy reading on a whim.
It’s time of the year again! Ofcom has revealed the most complained about TV programmes in 2014.
Britain’s favourite Christmas carol *drumroll and jingle bells please* is Silent Night.
Jesus is probably turning in his grave right now, thanks to Poundland’s Christmas decorations.
When a person is born who you suspect may well be God, you had better be sure your gifts are up to scratch.
Gosh – London can look beautiful sometimes, can’t it?
Have any more? Tweet us @Londonlovesbiz
“We caused the 2011 riots by shooting dead an unarmed civilian and then lying about it. And we got away with it.”
Do you expect us to wave Mr Bond?
In fact, London’s not even in the top five for Christmas spending. You tight gits.
Afternoon tea with oysters and dougnuts, Americana and salsify, pickles galore… it’s Christmas, but not as you know it
Is our male-about-ale Pete Brown right? Tweet us @Londonlovesbiz
Dining in London restaurants costs a bomb – even if the food is a bit meh.
Who has more endorsement deals and whose value on social media is more?
Discover that festive feeling
Who’s the artist behind the UK’s tallest piece of street art? No, not Banksy. It’s Stik.Source: Image © Stik (by Joyce/Division)
Sales of vinyl records have risen to the highest level for 18 years.
Go on, get in the spirit of things
Celebrity TV chef Gordon Ramsay has dragged his father-in-law to court for “forging his signature” on a £640,000-a-year gastropub lease.
From fitness trackers to tellies, it’s time to get gadgeting
There are galaxies of business books out there promising managers the secret to successful business techniques.
The launch of Gordon Ramsay’s new Mayfair restaurant was tainted by a rival who made 100 fake bookings that left tables empty.
For many, the Christmas period is a season for letting it all hang out.
Sainsbury’s Christmas advert will make you quit awwing at Monty the penguin, the star of the John Lewis Christmas advert.
Now we’re not sure if Tower Bridge’s £1m new glassway will be as popular as the poppy exhibition but the views from the top are pretty amazing.
About half a million people are thought to have turned out for the Lord Mayor’s Show at the weekend.
Duffle coats and doing good - Frances Dickens on why businesses are backing the bear
From Hitler’s Nazi base in Balham to the black sewer-swine of Hampstead
Do Brits have their life priorities straight? Read this story and make up your mind.
Not everybody in London is after your dough. You can watch fireworks for free in these places.
From sexology to skating, there’s more to November than orange leaves and pink skies
Seriously - they’re horrid
From Buffalo Bourbon to bonfire salt, here’s what to eat and where
Parliament is debating UK drugs policy right now. Make no mistake, this is a big deal.
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.
A 1970s concrete skatepark in east London has been awarded a Grade II listing.
Baby pimp costume, anyone?
Is our male-about-ale Pete Brown right? Tweet us @Londonlovesbiz
Serious about your grinds? Read on
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.
If you’re reading this on the bus/Tube/train, you may want to put that e-cigarette away right now.
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.
Waterstones is nailing it on the social media, PR and customer services fronts
Is our male-about-ale Pete Brown right? Tweet us @Londonlovesbiz
Are London’s iconic blue Boris bikes set to turn red?
Our film columnist examines the jack-of-all-trades annual film festival in the capital
We’ve all seen how Lord Sugar, sitting alongside his arm candies Nick Hewer and Karen Brady, uttering fiery and funny one-liners to diss contestants.
Centuries-old rarities come to London for Frieze Masters
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.
Malala Yousafzai becomes world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient at 17. Who else has won the award over the past 10 years?
Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai has been named joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist.
Former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss has said it’s “good to have conflict” in a team, following revelations of heated arguments and allegations of bullying in the England dressing room.
Our man at the movies, John Nugent, casts his eye over the programme
London restaurant makes the world's most expensive burger that costs £1,100 (and has 2,618 calories)
London’s famous for a lot of “most expensive” things but this one really takes the err, bun.
Ever been embarased by the dificulty you ocasionaly have spelling words? You’re not the only one who has struggled to aquire the relavent and necesery disipline.
School of Life’s Alain de Botton explains the virtues of modern business at this amazing event, launching Midtown Big Ideas Exchange
School of Life co-founder to give must-see talk
Sherlock, Strictly, satire and sartorialism - there’s something for everyone this month. Moya Maxwell picks her faves
Check out this series of inspirational debates and discussions in London, October 2014 - February 2015
From Alain de Botton to Google, The Midtown Big Ideas Exchange is well worth checking out
From the Queen to George Clooney’s wife Amal Alamuddin to Boris’ executive assistant – women from all walks of life have made it to GQ’s list of the 100 most connected women in Britain.
Putney Bridge has re-opened this morning after undergoing a significant repair operation to protect the Victorian structure from water penetration.
Ferrari has had to recall 3,000 of its £200,000 F458 Italia and F458 Spider models. Why? Because the latch that opens the boot from inside only works when the car is moving.
Sean “Diddy”/“Puff Daddy”/“P Diddy” Combs has long been top-dog in the hip hop earnings stakes, with a $60m empire made up from drinks, clothing and TV deals.
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.
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 has bagged the not-at-all coveted title of the worst company for customer service in the UK.
Londoners booed Boris today for making the capital’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display a paid and ticketed event.
Update: Shops were re-opened after the incident was stood down by Met Police.
“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.
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.
“Don’t gobblefunk around with words”, the BFG tells Sophie in Roald Dahl’s famous tale of a friendly dream-blowing giant.
Our film columnist can’t get enough of the trend for live musical scores at film screenings in London
The Camden and Bloomsbury restaurants are perfect for when you have visitors, says our reviewer
Oh, you didn’t hear? Apple just launched a load of new stuff.
The government’s chief medical officer has warned that major improvements must be made to support the UK’s growing body of stressed workers.
From music to oarsmanship to Ming, there’s loads going on in London this month. Moya Maxwell picks her favourites
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.
London School of Economics has come under fire for calling new students “Kung-Fu Pandas” in an email.
Is our male-about-ale Pete Brown right? Tweet us @Londonlovesbiz
Every year around 10 million passengers file through the doors of Victoria Coach Station to be whisked away to over 1,200 destinations across the UK and Europe.
Social butterfly Freya Simms blogs about how to get the perfect “British accent”
The proposed design at Westminster. Photo via Twitter
Pop star Gary Barlow has vowed to settle his tax affairs “ASAP” after tax avoidance allegations.
Woolwich central Tesco. Photo via Twitter
Yes you read that headline right.
A list of the 30 most powerful women working in and on TV features some unlikely suggestions alongside our favourites.
The second in our series from the 1000 Londoners project
Does the magician’s high-altitude stunt bear scrutiny?
Zara’s Twitter timeline was flooded with complaints yesterday over a striped shirt featuring a yellow star on the front.
Ah, Notting Hill Carnival – the August bank holiday parade is the best place in London to get down to some grooving tunes, while gobbling goat curry from a paper plate in the rain.
We <3 the Doctor
The first in our series from the 1000 Londoners project
Forbes has released the list of the world’s highest paid DJs. I think it’s fair to say they are minted.1: Calvin Harris $66m2: David Guetta $30m
The answer is no.
Battersea Power Station is being torn down. The iconic art-deco structure with its four colossal chimneys has dominated the skyline of west London for almost a century, but its reign is coming to an end, albeit temporarily.
Not sure what to do with your life? There’s an app for that
From drunk-dialling your ex to not waking up in your own bed, there are a lot of regrettable things we do when we’ve had a few too many drinks.
Fancy flinging yourself into the Thames for a bracing dip? Course you do. Well, now that beautiful dream is edging closer to becoming reality.
Is your cocaine fair-trade? It sounds like some sort of hipster joke, but drug dealers on the internet are now offering their customers “fair-trade” Bolivian cocaine, and opium from non-violent producers rather than cartels, in a bid to win business from conscientious users.
Whatever Benedict Cumberbatch touches turns to gold at the moment it seems. The actor is hot property across the globe after the success of Sherlock, which has won him fans as far afield as China and Japan, but it is his decision to tread the boards as Hamlet in a production at the Barbican next year that has got the ticket-buying public baying for Benedict.
Closed pub The Lord Napier in Hackney Wick
From London to Jiangsu to Auckland, the world was awed by the orb…Auckland, New ZealandSource: REX/Simon RuntingJiangsu, China
Two adrenaline junkies jumped off a 48-floor skyscraper in Canary Wharf last month.
London’s annual cycling festival, RideLondon, has cemented its place in the capital’s summer calendar despite being in just its second year.
He was a glass-half-full kinda guy. But now he’s feeling the grapes of wrath.
Harry Cockburn: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been given a "creepy" new cover. Let’s judge it.
Is the new image more snozzcumber than Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight?
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown says lager isn’t all bad
If you’re a petrolhead planning to attend The Frankfurt Motor Show — the world’s biggest car expo – then don’t bother. Head to Knightsbridge instead.
Thousands of cyclists are preparing to hit the streets of Surrey and London this weekend. Here’s the lowdown
More than half our waking hours are now spent listening to and/or staring at the screen of a digital device, according to new research from OfCom.
Being able to spot a trustworthy person is a vital skill in business, but as is not rushing to judge people before you’ve got to know them.
Haven’t started Christmas shopping yet? You should panic as there are only 141 days to go.
It costs a whopping £11,700 per night to book the Royal Suite in Park Lane’s Intercontinental Hotel in Mayfair. That’s why London has been crowned the world’s most expensive city to book a five-star hotel.
Fancy being a real-life Sherlock Holmes? Get a master's degree in cyber spying from these UK universities
Fancy getting a master’s degree in cyber spying? Look no further.
Secret Cinema’s offering missed some of the best bits of the franchise
Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future event went off with a bang last night, after licencing problems caused cancellations last week.
Nothing divides Londoners like a decent summer (north versus south, cyclists and Hackney aside). You’re either miserable, with your head in the freezer, or you’re wide-eyed and beaming. Here’s what this lot had to say about it.
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown on the City of Beer festival from 9-16 August
PROMS ALERT! Festival of Love, and Coral reefs in London?
£75 for three bottles of water? Only in London.
Today we discovered people aged 18-24 are doubly at risk of developing a gambling problem, because of technology and advertising.
Why 16-24 year olds are twice as likely to be addicted to gambling and how the World Cup didn’t help
Young people are twice as likely to be in the “at risk” category as the UK population as a whole, and the problem is getting worse.
David Bagley on his love of cars and setting up his dream supercar festival
Ever wondered about the origns of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese or The Pyrotechnists Arms?
Combine a world-famous sporting event and former European Capital of Culture and you’re always going to get some pleasant surprises. When that city is Glasgow, you know it will be memorable too.
There are 281,000 dollar-millionaires based in London, according to new research – the equivalent of almost one in 30 of the capital’s population (including those who work in London).
RIP Leicester Square - home of misguided tourists and soulless sports bars - says our new film columnist
All Londoners have an opinion on the Shard. The 87-storey Qatari owned skyscraper on the Southbank has become a dominating aspect of the London Skyline, and is now among several British buildings in contention for a major architecture prize.
Deceased “Norwegian Blue” Photograph: Twitter
Or is this hotel-foyer restaurant mutton dressed as lamb?
Brazil is in the throes of national catastrophe after their football team’s unceremonious elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Germany.
2014 is shaping up to be the year of the open-air cinema. If you thought last summer’s pop-ups were exciting, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Source: Guy Bell/REXThe 7/7 memorial last night, before it was defaced
The revamped and modernised Sherlock Holmes drama, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the oddball PI, has gained a vast global following.
I’m all for brands flying the flag for LGBT rights. A bit of brand activism can get important messages to wide audiences while boosting brand engagement – the ultimate win-win.
It’s Independence Day, but 238 years later, the battle for comprehension rages on
David Sonnenthal owns New Bond Street Pawnbrokers, London’s first luxury pawnbroker.
If you like sitting and reading, boy do we have the story for you.
It’s not just the housing market that’s heating up in London. As summer makes its presence felt, the sun is expected to scorch the capital today with temperatures high enough to smash the hottest recorded this year.
Did you spot the army of Lady Gaga lookalikes in Westminster yesterday? They were actually there for a serious reason...
A sea of scantily-clad Lady Gagas swarmed through Westminster yesterday, resplendent with strange hats, multi-coloured hair, impossibly-stacked shoes and the odd flailing Kermit the Frog dress.
While thousands of people flocked to grey and stormy Glastonbury, London was where the real fun was happening. Here are the best pictures from London Pride 2014:
How do you win? Why do they do it? Should I watch it? What’s it all about? We answer your Tour de France questions
Popular video camera company GoPro launched on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, with shares soaring more than 30% over the course of the day.
It all started with Barack Obama.
The monarchy cost taxpayers £35.7m last year, according to detailed annual accounts published by Buckingham Palace.The Queen’s income is expected to soar more than 5% next year as the Crown Estate has reported record profits. It is expected to reach £40m.
After the Suarez biting scandal, which other sports stars have "gone Dracula" on their opponents?Video
A tour of the sports world’s most astonishing biting incidents
The BBC News app got hacked this morning displaying a weird breaking news alert about TV series Game of Thrones.
This is a mysterious thing. There was a major demonstration march in London yesterday, but certain national media outlets seem to be ignoring it.
Big day for Andy Murray today as he begins to defend his Wimbledon title.
Even in the most exclusive parts of London, £4m could get you a pretty nice home.
A bus stop made entirely of Lego has appeared outside Hamleys toy store on Regent Street.
Just as well you didn’t make it to Brazil for the World Cup. Get a bite of the action anyway with this lot
A 300-year-old pub in Bayswater has been sold for £27m with plans afoot for turning the site into luxury flats.
We can safely assume that Mark Zuckerberg will have his grump on right now, seeing as Facebook has just gone down globally, and the
Katie Small, board director at insurance broker R K Harrison, on the risks footballers should watch out for
Lucky Londoners may get their hands on envelopes with £100 each this weekend, the man behind Twitter account @hiddencash has said.
We Brits generally like to think we have a good free press – it’s one of the things many of us are pretty chuffed with about the UK.
Did you spot a naked mob baring it all in central London today? No, it’s not because they were feeling hot. It was to protest against hidden bank charges.
Numberplate “F1” is on sale for a whopping £10m – the same price as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s £10m Richmond home.
Over £5m-worth of dollars were found stuffed in a wooden box in London yesterday.
9 - 5 grind getting you down? Make the most of your ‘5 - 9’ with a Microadventure says Alastair Humphreys
It’s Christmas for football fans today as the World Cup kicks off in Brazil.
Standby Britain. Dust down the deckchair, seek out the sunscreen, bring out the barbecue, summer is ON. And we’re set for a scorcher tomorrow.
Everyone living in London knows that beer is expensive. Back in the 1960s, people could scarcely believe that anyone would pay a whole pound for a pint. Today, a pint can easily top £4 in a relatively normal pub, and at some (hopefully) distant point in the future we’re bound to think nothing of handing over £40 for a pint. That’s just the way inflation takes us.
Another much-awaited Star Wars film that’ll hit theatres on 16 December 2016, will be shot in Britain.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is set to launch two new restaurants in London this year.
Ah, the Summer Exhibition, as much a regular fixture of English summer as Wimbledon, picnics, stripy deckchairs and Pimms and lemonade. Except unlike all of those things, it is perfect on a rainy day.
In classic Alan Sugar-style, Pope Francis has fired the entire board of the Vatican’s financial regulator.
Author, journalist and swimming enthusiast Jenny Landreth picks out the capital’s top 10 swimming pools
Air pollution in Britain has been linked with higher incidences of developing an irregular heartbeat and blood clots in the lung, new research has revealed.
The London Fire Brigade was called to the Shard after reports of smoke in the basement of the building.
A man was reportedly on fire near Holborn Tube station yesterday evening.
The nation’s favourite sport is absolutely raking it in – and the amount of money it makes is accelerating at an astonishing amount.
It’s taken £2.5bn and four years of construction work. It’s already been trialled more than 180 times by 14,000 volunteers and 100,000 bags.
Rihanna’s audacious. Earlier this week, she wore a see-through gown at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards.
It started in San Francisco, when an anonymous donor started leaving envelopes of cash hidden around the area, then tweeting cryptic clues for anyone to find them.
One third of people in the UK are racially prejudiced new research shows.
The quantity of alcohol in wines and spirits is rising, new figures from the Department of Health show.
Beleaguered PR guru Max Clifford is trying to rent out his £6m Surrey home for £12,000-a-month.
Do something new, our columnist urges
The BBC has spent almost £30m on hotel rooms in three years, with one room costing £633 a night.
Over 70 firefighters evacuated 600 people from Camden’s Stables Market after a fire broke out yesterday.
You thought Morrisons’ baguette advert mounted on the Angel of the North was crazy? Think again.
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown on judging the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards
Londoners, put down your umbrellas. Cast off your cagoules. The sun is putting his hat on for the weekend and it’s going to be hot! Well, moderately warm. Warm enough to wear summer clothes, lounge in the park and even have a barbecue.
Think Britain’s a nation of binge drinkers? Think again.
How can supplying fresh fruit to employees boost your bottom line?
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A trillion is a mind-boggling figure. Despite being spelt just slightly differently from a million or a billion, the vast leap to a trillion, aka a thousand billion, is one that is hard to comprehend fiscally.
Sir Richard Branson grabbed headlines in the US yesterday after revealing plans to build supersonic planes that could travel at 19,000 miles an hour.
King & Allen co-founder Adam King on how to dress
Max Clifford’s high profile PR firm is expected to close as the shamed PR guru is sentenced for a string of sex crimes.
Jeremy Paxman is to quit Newsnight after 25 years working at the BBC 2 programme. His opinion-led and acerbic delivery has won him huge popularity with viewers while simultaneously striking dread into the hearts of the public figures he turns his attention to.
The NHS yesterday released its figures on the number of hospital admissions caused by animal attacks for last year - and London has been suffering.
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown condemns the scaremongering press reports about alcohol
Whether travelling for business or pleasure, we all want to eliminate stress
The capital has lots to offer this weekend. We take a look at some of the best things to do
Which one would you like to buy? Tweet us @Londonlovesbiz
The MADE.COM CEO and co-founder on what the creative industries need to stay ahead
Former England Captain David Beckham has put his luxury BMW convertible up for sale on vehicle listings service auto Trader.
Royal Ascot is all about Michelin-starred chefs and Mad Hatter’s tea parties - and apparently there’s some racing too
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.
A total of 3,389 Londoners over the age of 25 died due to pollution-related illnesses in 2010.
A lost Faberge egg crafted for Emperor Alexander III of Russia is to go on show for the first time in 112 years.
It’s not all stabbing people in the back
Let’s stop moaning about the Saharan dust taking over London and celebrate the capital.
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.
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown reveals the truth behind craft beer
Londoners should be braced for “very high” levels of air pollution today, the government has said.
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.
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.
Thousands of south Londoners were left in the dark last night, thanks to a fault at an electricity substation.
The Met Office is forecasting that tomorrow (Tuesday) and on Wednesday, London will hit the worst level on its scale for air pollution.
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.
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 and Manchester United’s famous “Class of ‘92” are eyeing a £2bn takeover of the club.
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.
The story behind some of the world’s most iconic logos…
Investigators are now one step closer to unravelling the mystery of the lost Malaysian Airways flight MH370, which went missing on 8 March, thanks to a British communications satellite.
Siemens and the UK’s Associated British Ports are set to invest £310m in UK wind turbine factories.
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown on why beer deserves the support it got in the Budget
We take a look at the plans for the site that never quite made it
I need your help with a bit of web mischief that could sweep the world…
Boris Johnson has given his support to the use of water cannon on the streets of London by police.
Senior MPs have called for a Fifa investigation into the $2m bribery claims surrounding the 2022 World Cup bid which was won by Qatar, and should consider stripping the nation of the tournament.
Peter O’Toole plays Lawrence of Arabia in the 1962 film
The cumulative time people have spent playing popular video game Call of Duty, or COD, as it is sometimes known, has apparently reached an astonishing 2.85 million years. That is 2.85 million years spent gazing at television screens and making avatars run around shooting things. And those are the statistics for just one game.
“Michael Gove to teach all children himself”. Oops! Spoof article appeared on Department for Education website
An article headlined “Michael Gove decides to teach all children himself” appeared on the Department for Education website for a month, despite staff being notified.
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown on why cider is a complicated drink
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown on why cider is a complicated drink
Part 4 of VIN + OMI’s London Fashion Week blog
The most recent world rich list has just been published, and it turns out that there are 77 billionaires in the UK.
For an island nation with a population of less than 70 million, we sure do pack in a lot of billionaires.
Carson Yeung, the owner of Birmingham City Football Club, has been found guilty of money laundering in Hong Kong, where he is a citizen.
The Ideas Man is ‘pumped’ to provide you with business ideas that may just help you grow
The capital has plenty on offer to celebrate Wales’s national day
The burst water main in Stockwell, south London, was extensively documented on Twitter last night. Before any of the main media outlets had news of the moist mishap, shocking photos were doing the rounds minutes after the filthy water had spread.
Swot up on the way to work with these top bite-size management books as recommended by leading business and public sector executives as part of the CMI’s Management Book of the Year competition. The competition judges have picked out five fantastic books that are notable for their easy to digest management expertise.
Our resident Artman Kevin Wilson gives a nod to two artists worth a punt if you have that space to fill on the living room wall
Londoners should brace themselves for snow as the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for London & “many areas” of south east England.
This part three of a four part blog follows fashion designers VIN+OMI to London Fashion Week. It gives an insight into what it takes to put on a fashion show and looks at the other businesses it touches on the way
What do David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears and your six-year-old have in common? They are all Lego fans.
The Hennessey Venom GT has become the fastest car in the world after hitting 270.49mph on Nasa’s space shuttle landing runway.
British Airways has beaten tech goliaths Apple and Facebook to become Britain’s favourite brand.
Wearable tech is already one of this year’s hottest trends. Are you dressed to thrill?
Thousands of people in the UK are likely to have a rare 50p coin in their pocket, which is worth a phenominal £150 on eBay.
In the second of the four part series the duo encounter a sea of companies wanting a part of the action and a rock star wears one of their dresses
Following a string of other Olympic firsts in Sochi…
Harry Cockburn casts a sideways glance at some strange things going on in the dark
You’re probably just as accustomed as I am to having four chefs, a 24-hour chauffeur and a spa therapist at your complete disposal, so I’m sure you’ll join me in saying a big fat “pretty average holiday” to Richard Branson’s Verbier ski lodge.
How the recession has subtly shaped our exploding Nordic scene
The first of their four part series looks at the road to Fashion Week. It’s not a smooth journey
Katie Small, board director at insurance broker R K Harrison, on whether you should make inurance arrangements for clothes
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered
To mark the beginning of London Fashion Week
As Britain faces an “unparalleled natural crisis”, in the words of one army officer in charge of the flood recovery, Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, said that the effects of the disruption could derail the economic recovery.
May the force be with – us, actually. Lucasfilm, one of cinema’s all-time most iconic production companies, will be opening a branch of its visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic in Soho, according to Hollywood Reporter.
Hundreds more homes along the Thames face the grim prospect of a battering from further storms forecast to hit the UK later this week.
As the Environment Agency prepares to announce that further rain could result in the wettest winter for 250 years, the continuing floods and storms are set to leave Britain with a £1bn bill, according to latest estimates.
Steve Henry, the advertising legend behind “You’ve been Tango’d” and other iconic ads, on why lip service is choking the creative industry
PwC has bashed out an interesting bit of research predicting how many medals it expects countries to get at the Sochi Winter Olympics based on socio-economic as well as sporting factors.
The secret Londoners and their love for the capital…
A family is suing the owners of the Apollo Theatre for injuries and trauma sustained when the ceiling collapsed in December.
We meet Jasper Hope, the man behind the hall’s booming success
Trafalgar Square Chinese New Year party - the world's biggest outside China - creates 20 tonnes of rubbish
Westminster City Council collected 20 tonnes of rubbish after the world’s biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside China on Sunday.
Culinary “alchemist”, Heston Blumenthal has been forced to close his London restaurant Dinner, after an outbreak of a vomiting virus.
Back to the Future is set to return – but this time to London’s West End.
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown on why there’s genuine value lurking in a pricey beer at a craft beer bar near you
It’s always a bad sign when machinery starts talking to you. But someone definitely had too much time on their hands when they put together a video of a Tube barrier making a sound that may or may not sound something like the catchy “wahoo!” refrain from Blur’s 1990s hit single Song 2.
Fancy buying a rare sports car? Log on to Gumtree.com.
What do people want to know about your borough when they type “why is…” into Google?
Are you social not-working or blue sky drinking? The UK’s worst office jargon + Nick Hewer videoVideo
In the future - or “going forward”, as it is now known - the British language will be practically unrecognisable.
Scottish people – we salute you!
Whisky, poetry, and the obligatory haggis: London has plenty on offer this Saturday
If you’ve got Paul the Octopus-like predictability skills and know a thing or two about Basketball, then you can be a billionaire this year.
London’s become home to the world’s largest solar-powered bridge as a solar roof with 4,400 panels has been unveiled on Blackfriars Bridge.
Manchester United has been kicked out of the football club rich list’s top three for the first time in the list’s history.
It was set to be a schmaltzy tale, full of hugs, pink unicorns, kindness to mankind and not a drop of blood spilled – perhaps. In fact, now we’ll never know what Tarantino’s new film The Hateful Eight would have featured, since the director has cancelled it.
Chad (Africa), Angola and Ethiopia are among the worst 10 countries to eat in the world.
If you’ve ever dreamt of getting into Andy Murray’s shoes, or better still, his pants, then you are going to love this news story.
Every Londoner loves London in their own way. Every Londoner creates their own map of the city, charting their favourite places, must-sees and must-dos.
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown slams the campaign against alcohol
Skateboarders at the iconic Southbank skatepark have received the support of London Mayor Boris Johnson in their battle to keep the skating location in the face of opposition from conservation groups.
Scores of Roman era skulls excavated from a site near Aldwych in 1988 have long been considered the unfortunate victims of Queen Boudica’s AD60 revolution. The East Anglican leader of the Icenii tribe swept across the south east of England, with her army torching Roman settlements in her path.
In the mid-1920s, pioneering cinematographer, filmmaker and inventor Claude Friese-Greene travelled across Britain capturing fascinating footage of life in the UK for his collection of films called The Open Road.
More than a third of high-risk food businesses across the UK are failing to meet food hygiene standards and testing levels are declining, it has emerged.
QIPCO Holdings, the holding company for a branch of the Qatari ruling family, has signed a five-year agreement to become the first official partner at Royal Ascot. QIPCO will sponsor two races - the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes - and will have branding rights all over the tracks.
An alien crash-landing on earth would be confused by many of the world’s traditions, but this one seems bizarre even to us.
A London woman took home more than just her baggage after going into labour in a lavatory at Heathrow Airport.
We all want to support British businesses. But how far can you really walk the talk?
Rapper turned entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs has teamed up with British drinks giant Diageo, to buy Hollywood’s favourite tequila brand DeLeón.
Despite lower levels of smoking among Londoners than those in other areas of the country, lung cancer is among the top four causes of death in the capital, as pollution levels are higher in the capital than anywhere else in the UK.
Adam King explains all as the second men’s fashion week, London Collections: Men, draws to a close
The River Thames burst its banks at Henley
Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s Mayfair flat, which he described as “the only home I ever had”, is set to become a museum.
BBC’s Sherlock newspaper mock-up describes London Mayor as “dithering, incoherent, and self-interested”
Hit detective drama Sherlock has riled the right-wing press after describing a nameless London Mayor as “dithering, incoherent and self-interested.”
You can learn Greek, Japanese or ICT with some of the very best tutors in the world, but the UK’s most famous public school has decided to take a rather more involved line in sexual education.
A highly infectious form of drug-resistant tuberculosis is on the rise in London. Health experts have warned that the bacterial infection, which is spread through coughing and sneezing, could leave London on the verge of a TB epidemic.
Mark Howley, MD, Zenithoptimedia UK, on why personalisation and individualisation works for selling products
You’ve got to give it tardy British taxpayers for coming up with the most bizarre excuses for late tax returns.
So you never have to stop raising a glass to the new year
Crush your opponent on the chessboard, then sock him in the jaw - it’s chess boxing
The collapse of the ceiling at the Apollo theatre during a performance on Thursday night has left 76 people injured, seven of them seriously. Fortunately there were no fatalities.
Who said it: train robber and long-time fugitive Ronnie Biggs, or anti-virus software developer and fugitive John McAfee?
Polymer bank notes are now set to be introduced to replace the traditional cotton-paper ones from 2016. The proposed plastic notes are said to be smaller, cleaner and should even survive a spell in the washing machine, the Bank of England has said.
The end of the year is just a few days away, and it has been a busy one for TV watchdog Ofcom. But unless any particularly controversial televisual content has been scheduled over the Christmas holidays, then it’s fairly safe to look back at the programmes which have almost certianly won the dubious honour of having racked up the most complaints for 2013.
London’s cycling-supporting Mayor, Boris Johnson, is to announce a significant extension to the London bicycle hire network today, in a move that will encourage higher participation in cycling after a year blighted by fatalities in the capital.
£45m shiny British pounds.
We scour the capital’s calendars to find the top 10 Christmas events you cannot miss this year
Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory in July this year had the nation on the edge of its seats.
Last week we told you about the gifts billionaires are eyeing up this Christmas. The outrageous list included everthing from a $62m tree house to a $83m Sky yacht.
As more high-profile cases of stress come to light, is it time to re-examine our working lives?
Our male-about-ale Pete Brown on why pubs across the UK are closing
Twenty two brothels, three sex shops and two lap dancing clubs in Soho were raided by more than 200 police in Soho yesterday.
Gamblers in the UK spent an incredible £46bn on gambling machines last year, prompting calls from anti-gambling campaigners and MPs, who have called for tighter regulations.
Who ate all the pies? Probably Britain. We are notoriously fond of anything encased in pastry. But are we ready for a luxury pie that costs in excess of £300?
For billionaires with bottomless bank accounts, Christmas gift shopping can be quite an ordeal.
If you were impressed by Amazon’s announcement yesterday that it plans to deliver items within 30 minutes using drones in the not-too-distant future, then here’s some news that’s really worth getting in a flap about.
We’re not quite sure what’s happened here, but this is a rap about UKIP. That’s right - Nigel Farage, down with the kids, as ever.
Luxury London retailer Fortnum & Mason is sallying forth and has set up an outpost in foreign lands – the firm’s first in its entire 306 year history.
If you have begun the week feeling hollow as the Christmas shopping ecstasies of “Black Friday” have receded over the weekend, then here is some news to perk you up.
From Oxford Street to Canary Wharf, where to see the capital’s best festive illuminations
Here at LondonlovesBusiness.com, we love business. And the gaming industry is big business, so by definition we bloody love it, even if we don’t really understand games.
This is combat - consumer style
As the clocks struck 12 in London last night, Black Friday was officially underway and the new Playstation 4 became available in the UK.
From Christmassy to quirky and cool, the capital has got it all
With just four weeks to go to Christmas, the high street’s biggest names have rolled out their big guns in the annual war to drag ever more customers through their shiny doors to spend spend spend.
Ever since the world became acquainted with the psychedelic world Roald Dahl created in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, people have longed to stroll through edible landscapes.
Soho-based music streaming service Spotify has today been valued at $4bn (£2.5bn), as the firm raises funds for expansion into Japan.
Cyclists filming their journeys are “longing for” drivers to run them down, a Conservative peer has said.
London saw one fire a fortnight last year, thanks to the capital’s burgeoning cannabis industry.
Defy awkwardness and tedium with cheffing, dance-stepping, piccalilli and ping pong
A £22m bridge over the Thames linking Battersea and Chelsea Harbour is set to get planning permission today.
The Hippodrome Casino is on the hunt for “Britain’s smallest bouncers” for its new entrance at Leicester Square.
Steve Henry, the advertising legend behind “You’ve been Tango’d” and other iconic ads, on how adverts make you feel rubbish about yourself
One-and-a-half years, £45m and 1,800 builders later, Tate Britain is ready to reveal its revamp in full.
Bad news Londoners. The capital has been named as one of the worst places in Britain to live today.
A road safety charity has revealed that an astonishing 55,000 Londoners have points on their licence for using a mobile phone while driving.
Westminster Council has gifted Picadilly’s iconic Eros statue a 62ft snow globe this Chritmas to protect it from vandals.
Organisers Youth Business International pick out the most useful events for London entrepreneurs & managers
Following the trailblazing path set by Toronto’s infamous mayor Tom Ford, Britain has gained its own high-flying narcotics user.
Focus groups are easy money - and we just made them even easier
The iconic windows of Selfridges hardly need any introduction, having risen in the public consciousness to practically become a draw in their own right. But at Christmas, when London is heaving with tourists and their gravid wallets, the Selfridges window team have to pull out all the stops.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced plans to spend £30,000 on the creation of a “tropical park” in (distinctly non-equatorial) Tottenham.
Festive photos of London’s biggest Christmas light display, plus James Arthur and Lisa Snowdon
It’s the one they’ve all been waiting for…
A report by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has found that the gender pay gap can be as wide as £16,000, with female health professionals in the worst position to receive fair pay.
Deaths due to poor air quality in London have gone up in almost half of London boroughs, figures from the Department of Health show.
Amid a dreadful two days for cycling in London that have seen one fatality and two life-threatening injuries, Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled a £35m scheme to help improve safety for cyclists in the city.
It’s the kind of management and investor line-up to make other ambitious style-centric start-ups weep through their Dior-masacara’d lashes: ASOS founder Nick Robertson and Net-a-Porter boss Mark Sebba as investors; Grazia launch editor Fiona McIntosh as co-founder; and serious financial kudos in the shape of Dharmash Mistry, formerly of Balderton Capital, as the other co-founder.
A tax on sugary drinks could help cut soaring rates of obesity and raise over £275m for the Treasury, according to research by Oxford and Reading universities.
It may not be a very merry Christmas for Britons this year as more than one million will turn to payday lenders in the run up to the festive season.
Just as we thought that food manufacturers had managed to reign in their horsemeat habit, it has emerged that canned beef sold by Home Bargains and Quality Save contains between 1% and 5% horse DNA.
Image source: © MOLA/ Andy Chopping
It’s official! Not letting people off the Tube before getting on is the most annoying commuter habit for Londoners.