Ritblat shrugs off slump fears

Investment: Developer British Land is heavily exposed in City of London property

Cafe Society: Station to station

Wherever you go the world over, there is one thing you can gurarantee: that if you travel by train, the first impression you will get of a city is that it is run-down, dirty, unusually ugly and crammed with the sort of people you don't want your mum - and she doesn't want you - to see too much of.

Arts: All kinds of everything

Acclaimed sculptor Norman Ackroyd guides Andrew Lambirth around the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition

Welfare cuts hit single black mothers hardest

Reductions in benefits bite even deeper when they come on top of racial discrimination at work and at home. As Paul George discovers, many women are forced into desperate measures in order to survive

`Indy' man in record run

THE record for the first ever 50-mile solo urban run is being claimed by a London advertising executive. Nigel Dixon, group head of classified advertising with The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, ran seven circuits between Canary Wharf in east London, where the newspapers are based, and Liverpool Street Station, in a time of 11hrs 9mins.

Christmas tills fail to jingle despite cash surge

How much did high street cash tills jingle before Christmas? Not nearly enough, according to some retailers, although new figures show a surge in demand for cash in December. Diane Coyle, Economics Editor, investigates.

Homer's Odyssey

Talk about the classics of modern furniture and you are talking about Knoll. Since the 1930s, the company has built a reputation by beating a path to the doors of the world's best architects and designers. Now they are pinning their faith on two young and unknown Britons and a desk trolley called Homer. Ann Treneman charts a journey that started in the Bauhaus

Pub chain calls time on alcopops as more companies join ban

The bubble may be bursting on alco-pops. The sweet-tasting drinks which prompted public outrage by supposedly luring the young to alcohol were dealt another blow yesterday.

From fruit to futures

Spitalfields Market will be trading in lucre alongside the lettuces when a magnificent new development designed by Sir Norman Foster is completed.

Fast train to a shopping spree

Privatisation is creating a retail boom in our stations, says Charlotte Packer

lager with piggy: my life as a barmaid

As a teenager, I eloped with an alcoholic, so when we ran out of money after two weeks, it seemed quite logical to go and find work in a pub. We were homeless, too, having realised that living in a van under Liverpool Street Station wasn't necessarily going to be a forever thing. (It was impossible to sleep after 6am, for a start.) So we ended up in a vast, gloomy barn of a place in north London; a brick Ark marooned on the Mount Ararat of a sloping, Tarmac car park. For a 10-hour day and a salary which amounted to my sixth-form pocket money with a nought on the end, we got a large, bare bedroom, a plate of lunchtime slop and one and a half days off a week.

Rail consultant paid pounds 565 a day on scrapped line

A management consultant on a government project charged pounds 565 a day, five days a week, for five years, running up a total bill to the taxpayer of pounds 678,000.

Protesters' party bars motorway

Thousands of road protesters created traffic chaos in west London yesterday when theyblocked a motorway by holding a mass street party, writes Keith Nuthall.

Mission possible: red tape cut to boost film industry

It looked like a mission impossible: making a Hollywood blockbuster in the heart of London without making the movie-makers mad.

Impossible, but not that impossible

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Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

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Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
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Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits