Last Night's TV: Inside Men; Confessions from the Underground

"My husband's not a hero," says Kirsty anxiously, as a man in a sinister rubber mask locks her and her daughter into the downstairs loo.

Stow away: From £150 to £250, These beautifully proportioned shelves once worked hard on the London Underground, stashing commuters’ coats, bags and brollies. Now they can do the same in your home. They come in three sizes

Window shopping: Classic luggage and transport themes can send any room on a journey

Whether you're a frequent flier or an armchair adventurer, a travel-inspired interior will not only remind you of past journeys and inspire future jaunts, it will also make the comforts of home feel a little more exciting.

Above-inflation rail fare rises kick in for commuters

Higher rail and tube fares will welcome commuters on the return to work tomorrow as they rise by more than the rate of inflation.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Jules Holland has morphed into an emblem of respectability'

Who knew that the first thing Jools Holland, who will present his 19th New Year's Eve Hootenanny on BBC2 tonight, does when he wakes up each morning is play the piano? Even before he has a tinkle he is tinkling the ivories – a revelation that so horrified Elton John that his reflex response on hearing it from Chris Evans on live radio was to speak for the nation by spluttering "Oh, fucking hell".

New Year Tube strike plan is suspended

Planned New Year strikes on London's Tube network have been suspended while talks on a bank holiday pay row take place.

Contrasting reactions: Boris Johnson

Revealed: what the people really think of Boris Johnson

Busy, busy is the life of London's Mayor, Boris Johnson, as is revealed by a catalogue of emails to and from the Mayor's office.

Man stabbed to death in Oxford Street

A teenager has been stabbed to death in broad daylight in a shop as thousands of bargain hunters thronged one of Britain's busiest shopping streets.

Arsène Wenger admits 'football will play a part' tomorrow

Wenger to mull defensive woes over Christmas

Spare a thought for Arsène Wenger tomorrow.

Judge refuses to halt Tube strike

A High Court judge has refused to halt a Boxing Day strike by Tube drivers embroiled in a pay dispute.

Tube drivers are embroiled in a pay row

High Court judge refuses to halt Tube strike

A High Court judge today refused to halt a planned Boxing Day strike by Tube drivers embroiled in a pay row.

It's good to walk: the redesigned Exhibition Road in west London is a 'shared space' for pedestrians and cars

This town is big enough for the both of us

I am standing at the junction of two of the busiest streets in central London – High Holborn and Shaftesbury Avenue. In one direction is Centre Point and the start of Oxford Street; in another Leicester Square; to the south-east is Covent Garden; behind me is Bloomsbury and the giant hulk of the British Museum. It's quite a vista. But my view only lasts for eight seconds before the little green man turns red and a herd of black cabs rev their engines.

It's good to walk: the redesigned Exhibition Road in west London is a 'shared space' for pedestrians and cars

Walk on the wild side: Pedestrians could soon be given equal footing with cars

Traditional planning put cars at the centre of our streets but a radical rethink of how modern cities work could change all that.

Monday morning misery for commuters

Rail commuters and Tube travellers were hit by delays to morning rush-hour services today.

Tube drivers get £500 in Olympics strike deal

The threat of Tube strikes during the Olympics has lessened significantly after drivers said they would accept a payment of at least £500 for working during the event next year.

EDL to stage 'static' protest in Tower Hamlets

Far right activists will protest in the capital today after ignoring moves by police and the Home Secretary to stop them.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

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
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

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