Tower Hamlets beats Made in Chelsea as less glamorous boroughs set property prices pace

Tower Hamlets trumped Kensington this month as London’s less glamorous boroughs showed the biggest increase in property asking prices, according to property website Rightmove.

Transfer news: Ravel Morrison reported transfer target for Cardiff City as West Ham United exit looms

West Ham midfielder could be on his way out this January

Thinking about a career change? Get into teaching

Bethany Doughty worked as an actuary for 10 years before deciding to retrain as a maths teacher. It has proved to be a lifechanging move, for all the right reasons…

Book review: 'Boxer Handsome' by Anna Whitwham

This promising debut novel about boxing shows both its violence and its value

The attack left Naomi Oni with severe facial scarring

University student ‘ambushed friend with sulphuric acid in Katie Piper copycat attack’

Court hears how 21-year-old was jealous of her friend’s looks and carried out the alleged attack after a falling out

Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP which opponents say has suffered a split

'Free from financial worries': BNP leader Nick Griffin declared bankrupt

News means he was having 'a good day'

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust placed in special measures

A&E departments deemed unsafe because of the lack of full-time consultants

A photographer has been documenting discarded drug bags across south east London since January

Photographer charts London drug use through discarded zipper bags

Dan Giannopoulos has been taking pictures of 'baggies' he has discovered on the street and placing the different designs on a map of the capital

American smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light, By Iain Sinclair: Book review

An Englishman crosses the Atlantic in search of the Beat generation heroes of his youth on a circuitous and magical tour

Adebowale with gun in right hand behind tree

Lee Rigby murder trial: Police reveal dramatic new images and footage of the moments two suspects are arrested

The Metropolitan Police has released dramatic new pictures and footage that detail the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby and the dramatic aftermath involving police.

The misery induced by a rogue planning decision in Redbridge

The nightmare began when a private Islamic School, Apex, received permission from Redbridge Council to open in a residential street in Ilford

Home turf: The pitches of Hackney Marshes, where David Beckham honed his skills, have long been a home for amateur footballers

Hackney Marshes: Rising fees force the next David Beckham, John Terry and Sol Campbell off the pitches

Hackney Marshes, where some of England’s top players learned their craft, is driving  young talent away with over-complicated charging

Greg Wallace: Michael Gove praised him as one of the 'Magnificent Seven' superheads running state schools

Blow for Gove: One of 'Magnificent Seven' superheads resigns after IT contract probed

Greg Wallace's decision is said to have surprised staff at five schools he ran successfully in east London

Last Briton born in the 1800s, Grace Jones, dies at 113

Miss Jones, who was a member of the small group of individuals who live to be over 110

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links