Voices The pinnacle of The Shard

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

Swiss role for Lonrho as it sheds Tiny Rowland roots

One of the most colourful chapters in corporate Britain finally came to a close today as the 104-year-old Lonrho agreed to a £175 million takeover bid from two Swiss businessmen.

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Independent on Sunday: Aviva faces new investor row at annual meeting

The Carlton House Terrace property

London home set to smash property price record by going on sale for a staggering £250m

The house, which is on Carlton House Terrace, enjoys views of St James's Park and is 30 times bigger than a typical London family house

Mono mania: In the style stakes, everything is black and white

Styling: Gemma Hayward

The Big Six: Luxury London hotels

Cricket themes, cigar terraces and rooftop bars

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Boris Berezovsky post-mortem finds hanging is cause of death

A post-mortem examination on Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky has found he was hanged, police said tonight.

Pale and very interesting

How to look beautiful in beige

Review: Allium, Best Western Abbey Hotel, North Parade, Bath

The spices on the quail left my tastebuds buzzing like hornets

Natalia Vodianova at the launch of the exhibition in London on Thursday

Christian Dior: From Paris with love

The house of Christian Dior has crossed the Channel to stage a grand exhibition in London. Bienvenue, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Savills staff to get £100m bonus payout after profits soar

The estate agent Savills' 25,000 staff worldwide are set to share more than £100m in bonuses this year after the property consultant's profits jumped.

It’s not about the money... super-rich Kirsty Bertarelli turns to pop

Former Miss UK Kirsty Bertarelli draws on ‘real life’ experiences for the album ‘Love Is’

Welcome to Britain: Overseas visitors go shopping to the tune of £4.5bn in a year

Overseas tourists to the UK spend more than £4.5bn in Britain's shops each year, with "personal shopping" requests a growing trend for the worlds' super wealthy.

Flaming lips: Step out in bold, brazen style and set the world on fire

(From left to right) 1. Nutrilips in Ella, £15, Wild About Beauty, debenhams.co.uk

Julian Assange police guard at Ecuadorian embassy nears £3m cost

The cost of policing the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been staying for almost eight months, has reached £2.9 million, Scotland Yard said today.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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