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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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Who is Oliver Bonas?

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Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

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However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

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Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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10 best PS4 games

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Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent