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The grand entrance in Knightsbridge and the flat itself as viewed by Nick Clark

Flat the size of a broom cupboard – yours for £89,000

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It may be a major diplomatic incident, but for the people living near the Ecuadorean embassy, where Julian Assange, his supporters and the world's media are encamped, the circus is just an annoyance.

New owners of Harrods pocket a £100m dividend

The Qatari owners of Harrods, the world-famous London department store, have paid themselves a whopping £100m dividend in their first full year of ownership after the retailer posted record annual profits.

A £100m payday for owners of Harrods

Qatari royals pick up huge divi for first full year as retailer's profits hit new high

Father Christmas arrives early as Harrods opens Christmas department

Father Christmas arrived a full 151 days early today as Harrods opened its festive department to cater for summer visitors from abroad.

Linley expands his top-drawer furniture firm

Demand from overseas buyers for British-made bespoke furniture has helped the Queen's nephew, Viscount Linley, to generate record sales and boost plans for his fourth store in London, which will open during the Olympics.

How to be beautiful: How to get your beauty sleep

Owning a separate set of night-time beauty products is not in itself a sign of serious discipline in your skincare regime. It's actually using them every evening that signals a higher state of being, cosmetically speaking.

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Reubens in £25m swoop on Battersea heliport

The Reuben Brothers, who amassed a £6bn fortune through property and internet interests, have bought London's only licensed commercial heliport for about £25m. David and Simon Reuben bought Battersea's heliport from Andrew Davis, the former chief executive of the bust hotels group Von Essen. Mr Davis bought the heliport through the separate Von Essen Aviation company for £50m in 2007.

Jol doubts Hughes' ambitious plan

Mark Hughes' idea of ambition at Queen's Park Rangers has been questioned by Martin Jol, the man who succeeded the Welshman at Fulham.

Join the sweat set: For spring / summer Puma by Hussein Chalayan uses technical materials to create a wardrobe for sport and leisure. Above left: sail print cape £140, sports shorts £60, sandals £95, Dover Street Market, doverstreetmarket.com

Gym-class heroes

Under pressure to get fit and feel the burn? Make sure you find the right kit for the job – and that you look as stylish as possible, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Harrods guns for record results after overseas lift

Harrods appears to be on track for another record year of sales and profits after overseas visitors continued to spend freely at the landmark London emporium.

Harrods 'convenience' experiment ends

Harrods has pulled the plug on its convenience store on Brompton Road and US brand National Geographic is taking it over.

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