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

Trocadero rescued by Burford for pounds 94m: Office space will be converted to leisure use

BURFORD, the fast-growing property company, confirmed yesterday that it had bought the Trocadero leisure complex out of receivership for pounds 94m, writes Tom Stevenson.

Games: Just the place for players

SOME years ago, at the main British games show, I was amused to overhear the respective buyers from Hamleys, of Regent Street in London, and F A O Schwarz, of Fifth Avenue, New York, each earnestly claiming to represent the largest toyshop in the world.

An empty future feared for offices

DEMAND for office space is unlikely to keep pace with the growth of the economy, or even the rate of employment in the service sector.

THEATRE / All the world's a workshop: Joan Littlewood revolutionised the stage. Irving Wardle reviews her autobiography, and her life

WHEN Joan Littlewood slammed the door on the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, in 1975 and went permanently to ground in France, she brought a chapter of English theatre history to a close.

Conrad Ritblat buys new London office buildings

CONRAD RITBLAT, the surveyor that gained a stock market quotation last year by merging with Sinclair Goldsmith, yesterday put its own investors' money behind the flood of bullish comment on the property market, writes Tom Stevenson.

Letter: Tax and the ability to pay

IN HIS penetrating article on the tax system ('Time to be direct about higher taxes', Business, 7 November) Christopher Huhne says the best taxes to maximise incentives are lump sum taxes where everyone pays the same regardless of income.

Property: It pays to live at the office: Commercial properties in London are being turned into flats and houses. Amanda Seidl investigates

A bed in the office must have seemed a useful accessory to many an overworked executive burning the midnight oil, but how many people would consider going the whole hog and converting the office into a home?

Hemingway losses deepen

HEMINGWAY Properties sank further into loss at the halfway stage, largely because of compensation payments to two former directors, writes Russell Hotten.

Architecture Update: Guidelines for listed buildings

NEW guidance on listed buildings places emphasis on the need to keep them in viable use. A note issued jointly by the Department of National Heritage and the Department of the Environment says that in future planning authorities must take into account the future use and financing of buildings considered worthy of listing. The note also emphasises the need for a more selective approach to listing and says priority will go to the best buildings of types currently under-represented. An announcement on the listing of post-war office buildings and factories will be issued in the autumn.

Gunman opens fire in office

A gunman opened fire on the 34th floor of an office building in San Francisco's business district yesterday, wounding at least six people. No deaths were immediately reported, a police spokesman said. He couldn't say how seriously the victims were wounded, AP reports from San Francisco.

Letter: Don't damn Lloyd's tower before you've seen inside

IN HIS article 'Lloyd's counts the cost of keeping 'The Espresso Machine' sweet' (6 June) Jay Thompson isolates the cost of maintenance and repair of the Lloyd's Insurance Market from all other criteria to attack the technological sophistication of the building. The article states that maintenance costs Lloyd's 50 per cent more than it would in 'less sophisticated premises', but fails to source that statistic or justify the relevance of the comparison.

'Biggest VAT ring' cracked by Customs: Treasury estimated to have lost pounds 10m

CUSTOMS officers yesterday claimed to have cracked Britain's biggest VAT fraud ring after a series of raids across the country.

How the mighty mills are fallen

ONCE they were the symbol of Britain's industrial might, an economic and visual focus for thousands of communities. They were places where children as well as adults laboured for long hours in hazardous conditions. Yet, despite the crucial historic role of Britain's textile mills, so many have been demolished or left to decay that some types are in danger of being lost for ever, writes Jason Bennetto.

Bunhill: Fun house

GOOD to see that Peter Brooke, the National Heritage Secretary, has finally got the national lottery off the ground. The Ministry of Fun is paying pounds 25 a square foot to move 250 staff into 66,800 square feet of sumptuous offices off Trafalgar Square.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee