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London's housing boom is pushing businesses out of the West End, a leading commercial property advisor has warned.

The baby was reportedly born in a Sports Direct warehouse in Shirebrook, Derbyshire on New Year's Day

Sports Direct baby: Police arrest woman on suspicion of wilful neglect

Staff reportedly called an ambulance after finding the baby in the ladies toilets of the retail warehouse

John Cridland looks to ‘working café’ culture in CBI’s new home

When the CBI director-general, John Cridland, took the top job at the UK’s biggest business lobbying group in February 2011, his ambition was to find a fitting new home for the organisation: in his words, a “modest palace of glass and steel”.

Parisian glamour for the capital as Hermes announces new megastore in London

Luxury giant Hermes, known for its Birkin handbags and silk scarves, has announced plans to more than double the size of its flagship store to create a new mega boutique in the capital.

Home House to woo London's tech staff with Clerkenwell club

Private members’ club Home House is planning to open a second site in Clerkenwell in the hope of signing up a new group of young Londoners.

Power to the communities threatens solutions to housing crisis, warns Downing St adviser

Devolution could fuel nimbyism, says Lord Young

David Bowie in the video for 'Valentine's Day'

David Bowie returns with sedate video for new single 'Valentine's Day'

Legend takes a less controversial tone, after God-baiting video for 'The Next Day'

Open office: More room, less privacy

Open-plan offices affect employees' ability to concentrate, new study finds

Workers who spend a lot of time on tasks requiring focus find them difficult to complete when too close to colleagues

Yahoo wrong to recall staff to office, says Regus chief

Marissa Mayer, the chief executive of Yahoo, is "absolutely wrong" to tell her home workers to return to the office, according to Regus's chief executive Mark Dixon.

Police stand guard during last night's protests in Belfast

18 held after loyalist violence in Belfast

Eighteen people have been arrested after nine police officers were injured during the latest outburst of loyalist violence in Northern Ireland.

Police hunt for gang of ram-raiders who targeted cash machine

Police are on the hunt for a gang of ram-raiders after a stolen 4x4 smashed through a shop window in a quiet country town.

The 1960s Watergate building is in line for a total refurbishment

Rupert Cornwell: In 2012, Nixon would probably have got away with it

Out of America: Today is the 40th anniversary of Watergate. How would the US deal with the scandal now?

Labour peer Andrew Adonis, aka Baron Adonis of Camden Town in the London Borough of Camden

Diary: Disloyal subjects rail against Baron High-Speed of Camden

The Labour peer Andrew Adonis, aka Baron Adonis of Camden Town in the London Borough of Camden, was a Secretary of State for Transport who loved trains. He spent five days touring the country by train soon after his appointment. And he left behind a £33bn plan for a high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham, which survived the transition from a Labour to a Coalition government.

Scrap metal row murder pair jailed

Two men were jailed for life today for killing an unemployed plumber who was beaten to death after cashing in stolen scrap metal for £105.

Candy brothers develop an appetite for Sugar Quay in swoop on City

The Candy brothers, the developers behind London's One Hyde Park flats for the super-rich, have turned their attentions to the City after swooping to buy the Sugar Quay site from administrators.

Canary Wharf spreads its wings to grow by a third

The landlord of Canary Wharf ushered in a new phase in the evolution of its sprawling estate today with a land deal which could eventually bring another 20,000 workers to London's Docklands.

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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