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When the CBI director-general, John Cridland, took the top job at the UK’s biggest business lobbying group in February 2011, his ambition was to find a fitting new home for the organisation: in his words, a “modest palace of glass and steel”.

A mad scramble by bargain hunters in one of the capital’s biggest

Online shopping ‘comes of age’ in time for Boxing Day as millions make most of the sales

Up to 118 million visits to UK retail websites estimated to have been made on each of Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Why do we get so trollied at Christmas?

The British attitude to drunkenness still baffles me, especially at this time of year

Raising the bar: the hotel's drinking den

The Fashion Audit: Cashmere cosy / Fright night / Juice shot

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

The Fashion Audit: Juliet's jewels, all tied up and designer duds

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Egg, ham and peas at Berners Tavern

On the menu: Berners Tavern; Dom Pérignon & Jeff Koon; Kraken Rum Tentacle; After Eight Dessert; Megaro Bar

This week I've been eating. . . egg, ham and peas

The actor Steven Berkoff was found guilty of driving without due care and attention after knocking a woman down on New Year's Eve

Bond villain Steven Berkoff fined £400 after running woman over on Oxford Street

Steven Berkoff, a luminary of the British film and theatre scene, best known for playing Bond villain General Orlov in Octopussy, has been fined £400 after knocking a woman over in his car.

West London College

History: Has its roots in 1930s correspondence schooling and became West London College in 1977.

Debenhams is upbeat despite volatile trading

Debenhams said it will hit City expectations for this year, despite yesterday posting its weakest sales for more than two years and reporting "volatile" high street trading in its third quarter.

Lining them up at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in New York

Byron? Pah! Can you do posher than George?

Our writers review their favourite burger joints...

The Business Matrix: Thursday 27 June 2013

Right royal result for Crown Estate

Selfridges robbery: Two men charged over an armed raid

Two men being held in custody and charged over an armed raid at Selfridges department store will appear in court today.

Police detain an anti-capitalist protester in London on 11 June 2013

Police braced for second wave of G8 protests in London

'We continue to ask protesters to contact us and work with us...  as yet no one has chosen to work with us'

Police, medics and passers-by around a man who came off a moped at the corner of Goodge Street and Charlotte Street, London. He and another man were apprehended by police shortly after a raid at Selfridges

‘I am no hero’, says waiter who tackled Selfridges raider

Two of six suspects in smash-and-grab robbery are captured as getaway moped crashes nearby

I would have stood shoulder to shoulder with the Suffragettes

A century on, the battle for equality still rages, says the writer of a new sitcom

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Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

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Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

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The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

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Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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