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A £16bn tide of overseas money flooded into the London commercial property market last year, fuelling the best year for the capital since the height of the boom in 2007, according to estate agents Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).

Copenhagen: The alternative diary

5 December: "The Wave" march in London, from Grosvenor Square to the Houses of Parliament to urge UK to be a leader in Copenhagen

Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Cherie Blair, QC

'I wasn't at all the best-behaved girl'

Wedlock, By Wendy Moore

Beginning with a bloody duel and the deathbed marriage of one of the combatants, this torrent of a biography sweeps the reader along in a scarcely credible story that maintains its hectic pace for the next 400 pages.

Tom Keylock: Rolling Stones fixer from the 1960s

There have been many dark chapters in the long, tumultuous, history of the Rolling Stones and their chauffeur and "fixer" Tom Keylock witnessed several of them.

Planning rules waived for Reagan statue

Westminster allows tribute at US embassy so Baroness Thatcher and Nancy Reagan are well enough to unveil it

Squatters moved from £22.5m house

A group of squatters was cleared from a £22.5 million Mayfair house today and the property was placed under 24-hour surveillance, the owner's solicitor said.

American embassy plans move to south London

The American embassy is to be moved out of central London to the South Bank of the Thames, ending a 200-year association with Grosvenor Square. Robert Tuttle, the American ambassador to the UK, announced yesterday that he had signed a conditional agreement with a developer to acquire a five-acre "opportunity area" in Nine Elms. He said the relocation would see "America playing a role in the regeneration of the South Bank".

New US embassy to be built in London

A new US embassy is to be built in London, ambassador Robert Tuttle announced today.

Poulter desperate to be a shoo-in for Ryder Cup

The last time Ian Poulter was at Oakland Hills he threw his shoes at someone, which does not sound completely out of character until one attempts to comprehend the esteem in which he holds his footwear. Perhaps only Imelda could ever understand.

Raising the steaks: Maze Grill, Grosvenor Square, London

City lunchers have had to re-think their priorities lately. Gone is a three-course blow-out at the Mercer, with the throw-caution-to-the-wind bottle of Chateauneuf. A new realism is abroad. It's saying, You, my lad, will be lunching at Strada or Wagamama or Yo! Sushi for the immediate future. So why is everyone going to the Maze Grill?

Banned! The statues they won't let you see

A little-known committee is keeping top artists out of public spaces. Richard Osley reports

'Superhacker' bids to halt extradition

A British man accused of the "biggest military computer hack of all time" will make a last desperate plea today to try to stop his extradition to the US.

Heir to Tetra Pak billions arrested for possession of heroin

The heir to the £5.4bn Tetra Pak drinks carton empire was arrested yesterday on suspicion of possessing crack cocaine and heroin. Hans Kristian Rausing, the son of one of Britain's richest men, was detained at his Chelsea home after Eva, his American-born wife was arrested, allegedly trying to smuggle small "wraps" of the class-A drugs into a function at the US embassy in Grosvenor Square.

Jagger vs Lennon: London's riots of 1968 provided the backdrop to a rock'n'roll battle royale

Forty years ago, the world was on the brink of revolution. But while Mick was urging insurrection on the streets of London, John was preaching peace and love. In a series of incendiary, rediscovered interviews, Jagger and Lennon reveal themselves as never before or since: battling one another for the soul of rock'n'roll

Best-laid plans

Why go for stripped-down minimalism when an 18th-century map of London can make such fantastic flooring? Caroline Kamp visits a small flat with a big personality. Photographs by Michael Franke
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
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Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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