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

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

But it's perfect for a billionaire's servant (or anyone who needs central London parking)

Bubble tea comes in a range of flavours – and colours

A curious kind of cuppa

Bubble tea is big in Asia and the US but now this strange brew – complete with tapioca 'pearls' – has reached the sipping point here, says Neela Debnath

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reads his speech from a balcony at the Ecuadorean embassy in central London

Assange speaks to world from his embassy hide-out

For more than two months he has been hidden away in an embassy building in west London, shielded from public view and the clutches of the Metropolitan Police. But yesterday the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange briefly emerged to thank his supporters – and sell himself to the world as the fearless victim of US oppression rather than a man on the run from sex assault allegations.

Why We Build, By Rowan Moore

If you build it they will come, but they might be a bit of a shock

Neighbours' view on Assange drama: 'Talk about disruption. It's not nice living amid all this'

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.

A supporter of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange protests outside the Ecuadorean embassy in London

Britain fights to win friends as Assange row intensifies

South Americans rally round Ecuador after UK threat to storm its London embassy

Assange supporters are at the embassy

A tiny room (but they have installed a shower...)

Jerome Taylor gets a peek inside Julian Assange's new home,  Ecuador’s London embassy

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.

Play Without Words, Sadler's Wells, London

Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words tells a story in body language. His swinging sixties characters play out sexual power games in the tilt of a head, the shift of stance. When a dancer moves her weight to the other hip, it’s blatantly provocative; pulling a dressing gown tighter is a form of surrender.

Assange's fate in Ecuador's hands as he defies police request to surrender

Julian Assange has vowed to remain in the Ecuadorian embassy and has refused a request by the Metropolitan Police to give himself up.

London's Kensington tops property rich list

Kensington in west London has come top of a property rich list, where an iPad-sized floor space costs more than £550, a study found today.

Joan Smith: Why do we buy Julian Assange's one-man psychodrama?

The Ecuador government will be a laughing stock if it takes the Assange death penalty sub-plot seriously

Britain now home to a quarter of a million property millionaires

Zoopla's annual Property Rich List shows Kensington is the most expensive neighbourhood - an area the size of an iPad there costs over £550

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried