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The oil-Rich Qataris failed to note those three basic requirement for success in the UK property market: location, location and – you guessed it – location

The high life: Harrods moves even further up in the world

Mohamed al-Fayed, the Egyptian entrepreneur, is to take his Harrods brand even further upmarket when the store joins The Luxury Network later this month. For £50,000 a year, premium brands, including yachtmaker Sunseeker and alcohol group Moët Hennessy, become part of an elite group which swaps marketing ideas and business links.

Original Banksy works go on sale in London

An exhibition of 20 original works on canvas, pallet and steel by the renowned urban/grafitti artist, Banksy, including the largest canvas yet to become available, measuring fourteen feet in length, will go on show tomorrow until 16 May at the Andipa Gallery in Knightsbridge, London.

Mohamed Al Fayed: FA and Premier League run by 'donkeys'

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has moved to quash rumours that he is looking to sell the club and lambasted the FA and Premier League for the financial hardship facing many clubs.

Duffield bounces back from New Star with third investment venture

John Duffield, the veteran investor, has staged a comeback by launching a third investment group, Hyde Park Asset Management, following the recent near-collapse of his previous venture.

The Third Angel, By Alice Hoffman

Over 24 books, Alice Hoffman has established herself as a highly successful purveyor of adult fairy tales. Here she moves away from home turf – backwoods Connecticut – with a three-part novel set in a Knightsbridge hotel.

Al Fayed attacks Met as assault case is dropped

Mohamed Al Fayed has criticised the Metropolitan Police after learning that he will not face charges in relation to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl.

Al Fayed slams police over sex attack probe

Mohamed Al Fayed today launched an attack on how police handled a sexual assault allegation against him after learning he will not face charges.

Harrods chief executive leaves after less than a year

The chief executive of Harrods has left the iconic London department store after less than a year in the role.

Man jailed for stealing pages from rare book

A businessman was jailed for two years today after admitting stealing pages from rare and priceless books at two historic libraries.

Martin Amis & Friends: Intimate early photos

Portraits of the young Amis and his friends, taken by his former fiancée, are being revealed for the first time. Hannah Duguid gets a sneak preview

Top banker found hanged in hotel room

A top HSBC banker has been found hanged in the room of a five-star hotel, police said tonight.

Harrods hosts an old master

Has the credit crunch reached even Harrods? It's not often the superior Knightsbridge store provides a cut-price option but, in these straitened times, they're offering money-saving Monets and reduced Renoirs.

How to look good when you're dodging bullets

For the discerning Russian oligarch, possession of an armoured Bentley and a guard of special forces veterans is de rigueur for personal safety. But what to wear if one wants to mingle with the public or slalom downhill at Verbier?

My first Job: Novelist Penny Vincenzi was a Harrods librarian

Just a minion earning her upper crust

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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

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Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

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