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

Death fire fiance jailed for life

A woman has been jailed for a minimum of 23 years after she murdered her fiance by locking him in a storeroom at his workplace and setting fire to the building.

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Who is this bejewelled fellow?

Forget the picture of Rudolph, just print the postcode, says Royal Mail

Today the influx of illegible festive cards reaches a peak of 23.5 million

Dealer accused of smuggling guns faces US extradition

A British arms dealer can be extradited to the United States to stand trial for allegedly smuggling weapons, a court has ruled.

MWB steps up takeover bid

The hotels operator MWB has raised its potential offer for the 28 per cent of MWB Business Exchange that it does not already own after the office space supplier's second-biggest shareholder, Pyrrho Investment, said it would reject the initial bid.

Rowland's bank raided by SFO

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) yesterday expanded its investigation into the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing by raiding five addresses in Luxembourg, including the business premises of David Rowland, the former Conservative Party treasurer.

The workshop that changed the world

The room measures 6m by 5m, and could almost be a hyper-quaint visualisation from an animatronic version of a Dickens novel starring an orphaned fish with Eddie Murphy’s voice. And yet it was in this attic workshop - restored and open to the public from today at London’s Science Museum - that James Watt, inventor of the modern steam engine, presided over the industrial revolution.

Office rents soar as new skyscrapers rise in city

The capital's commercial rental market is recovering rapidly after a bruising decline during the recession, reports Nikhil Kumar

Setting up a home business? Don't forget to buy insurance cover

Many people who run their own companies from home put themselves at risk by not taking out proper protection. Chiara Cavagliari reports

Hammerson moves back into the black

The Anglo-French property company Hammerson swung back to profit in the first six months of this year, boosted by a resilient retail economy either side of the Channel and robust demand for office space in London.

Soldier's view: I was in Derry that day. I just wish the Army hadn't been

I cannot pretend that I remember all the details of what happened that day

Office living: the new work-life balance

Faced with rising rents and a lack of supply, cost-conscious tenants are taking advantage of empty office space to escape the rental race and embrace loft-style living. Holly Williams reports

West End named as world's most expensive office rental market

Companies planning to open offices in the West End of London can expect to pay the highest rents in the world, latest research shows. A six-monthly survey of the cost of office space around the world shows that the central London area is the most expensive place to run an office, and is far more costly than other exclusive districts in almost 180 cities. The study, by the commercial property adviser CB Richard Ellis, shows that office space in the West End is being let at an average of $185 (£110) per square foot – $13 a square foot more than the Inner Central area of the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

Simon Read: Crooks hit more than premium costs

Crashing for cash is a crime that costs each British driver around £40 a year through increased premiums on their motor insurance. Yet, as we reported earlier this month, more than a million motorists have thought about staging a motor accident in order to make a claim on their insurance. More shockingly some 340,000 say they having already successfully done so.

Blaze sweeps Soho office building

Sixty firefighters tackled a blaze in a bustling area of central London today.

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