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48 hours in the life of London's Docklands

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The first Chinese immigrants to move to London pitched up in the East End, so it seems fitting that festivities to mark China's resumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong should take place on the site of the original Chinatown.

A room with a view please, and I'll pay in hard cash

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Letter: Don't plug racism

Sir: We represent over 250 union members in the Export Credit Guarantee Department on the Isle of Dogs. It is a racially mixed office.

More than just a running track ...

At the start of Sunday's Marathon, runners will flash past some of London's most colourfully off-beat sites. Jane Furnival offers a guide

Tube line faces 12-month delay

The Jubilee Line extension, the pounds 2.6bn rail project which will link Westminster to east London and introduce a host of new stations in the capital, will be delayed by up to 12 months, it has been confirmed.

Lost: one Lion Emperor, last seen in the Isle of Dogs

The Lion of Judah was missing from London's Isle of Dogs yesterday. Around 7am a car took Zera-Yacob Selassie, the new hereditary Emperor of Ethiopia, from a tatty two-storey house surrounded by huge council estates and derelict factories to an appointment in the City.

The rebirth of Docklands

Catherine Wheatley reports on a recovery

'No way are my children running this shop, it's too much like hard work'

Asian parents' hopes for their families could kill the corner shop. Report by Charlie Bain and Charles Arthur

Rhinos and cowboys invade the Isle of Dogs

Keith Elliott gets down among the revellers, the walkers, the helpers, the talkers and the jokers

Docklands to get check-points


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Anger among 'the forgotten'

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