Property

When the British fashion design duo Antoni & Alison bought a derelict 1820s house, they spent a year, they say, "Going, 'Agh! What do we do with it?'" They wanted to respect its history but not to the point that it resembled an English Heritage property. The result is a surprisingly beautiful blend of giant Mr Blobby ornaments and painstakingly salvaged authenticity (above). On 17 September, as part of London Fashion Week, they open it to the public (open houselondon. org.uk). I asked Antoni what he'd learnt during the restoration...

Hotel star system to lose official backing

The official star-rating system used to rank hotels in Britain is to lose state backing this week, after claims that customer reviews posted online are more reliable. National tourism agencies, such as VisitEngland, grade hotels from one to five stars, but the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says collective rankings more accurately reflect holidaymakers' concerns. The current system is also considered to work against smaller hotels, which often receive just one or two stars because they cannot offer the same breadth of services as a large hotel, even if their standards of service, accommodation and food are judged very favourably.

Dylan Jones: 'The Design Museum’s move, in 2014, to the Commonwealth Institute, comes not a minute too soon'

As the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have withdrawn 65 per cent of the Design Museum's funding over the next four years, some may have feared that plans for the museum to move from its Tower Bridge home to the Commonwealth Institute may have been scuppered. But not a bit of it. The DCMS money only represents 10 per cent of the museum's annual budget, and it will still receive £900,000 over the next four years (rather than £1.4m).

Prospective BBC Trust chairman to face grilling from MPs

The prospective chairman of the BBC Trust will face a grilling from MPs before taking the job.

Threat to Liverpool's World Heritage Site

English Heritage has warned that the Shanghai-style redevelopment of Liverpool's historic waterfront could harm the city's World Heritage Site.

Jowell: Olympic stadium athletics legacy must be met

Former Olympics minister Tessa Jowell insists the Olympic Stadium in east London must continue to be an athletics venue after the 2012 Games in order to fulfil promises made to the International Olympic Committee during the bidding process.



Underwater search for lecturer called off

An underwater search for a former university lecturer feared dead after a boat carrying six passengers capsized was called off today.

The Last Word: Football needs to sort itself out at the top

New chairman must force the FA to become more efficient and representative of modern Britain

Outside the Box: Late, great Cunningham on shortlist for rare plaque honour

English Heritage are looking for help in increasing the strangely small number of London football men to be honoured with a blue plaque in the capital.

Mayor approves Battersea plans

The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station moved a step closer yesterday after years of setbacks and frustration, as London Mayor Boris Johnson gave the plan his blessing.

Harry is happy at Spurs, insists chairman Levy

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy accepted yesterday that any English manager would find it hard to turn down the national job, but put off to the realm of "if and when" how he would deal with any Football Association approach for Harry Redknapp.

Poor teachers make poetry a bore for pupils, claims Motion

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Aristocrats put Old Masters up for auction

Paintings that were on public display are being sold and taken abroad as Britain's titled families offload their treasures

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I thought that chubby bloke was in charge?

Royal Opera House shelves move north

The proposed £100m outpost of the Royal Opera House (ROH) in Manchester is among a swathe of arts projects that have been shelved because of the arts-funding cuts announced earlier this week.

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