A friend of the City: Margaret Thatcher's impact on London's financial centre praised

City traders, economists and commentators praised Margaret Thatcher today for reforming London’s financial centre and turning it into an engine of the economy and the envy of the world.

Credit Suisse chief Brady Dougan rewarded with 34% pay rise

Brady Dougan, chief executive of Credit Suisse, received a 34% pay rise last year, taking his total package to Swfr7.7 million (£5.4 million).

Anthony Hilton: Why insurers are a tower of strength

One of the more interesting deals of the week was the decision by British Land to sell Ropemaker Place, once the City headquarters of Merrill Lynch, for not much shy of £500m. It wants the money to fund further developments but the buyers inevitably were a group backed by the Chinese.

Boris Johnson wants to 'de-Lycrafy cycling' with £913 million plan for London

A £913 million plan to revolutionise cycling in London was announced today by the capital's mayor Boris Johnson.

James Moore: It's not just the weather that's making homebuyers batten down the hatches

Outlook. Plus: Hiscox quits with a storming success; Pearson boss vows to stick with the FT
German Gorbuntsov after recovering in hospital

Moscow arrest linked to Canary Wharf mafia-style hit on Russian banker German Gorbuntsov

Moscow police say they have arrested the man they believe was behind a mafia-style hit on a Russian businessman in London last year.

Offally good: haggis served at Boisdale restaurant in London

You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy haggis

Try it this Burns Night – or at any other time

The spaces around Canary Wharf in London are designed to foster public respect and value for them

Postgraduate diary: getting the most out of Sustainability

George Soiza enjoys the hands-on approach of his MA in sustainability

Video from 2003 shows Piers Morgan talking about phone hacking

The ex-Daily Mirror editor can be seen telling Charlotte Church about the practice of voicemail hacking in Channel 4's Taking on the Tabloids

How do rent levels compare around the major London football clubs?

New figures provide good news for Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace fans

High life is great, providing you've got the head for it

The views might be wonderful from the shard, but could you stay up there for long?

One Minute With: Salley Vickers, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Last Night's Viewing: Young Apprentice, BBC1
The Year the Town Hall Shrank, BBC4

It must be something of a relief for the BBC to get Young Apprentice back on air. Look, it can say, here's a star broadcaster we can be absolutely confident is safe with teenagers. Lord Sugar might jab his stubby finger at them from time to time and growl dyspeptically about cost-control, but at least there won't be anything untoward going on.

A competition winning shot by Dominic Burdon

Images with the power to transport us

Capturing the essence of place secured prizes in our annual travel photography competition

Workers clean the windows of the Shard

What’s it like to climb Europe’s tallest building?

As the 314m Shard opens to sightseers (for £25 a time) Tom Peck tests the lifts – and his nerve

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before