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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”.

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Retail guru Mary Portas will risk her reputation when she opens her own store this summer

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The Riding House Cafe, 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London

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Simon Calder: How attractions could spruce themselves up

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West End shops to enjoy £50m boost

The royal wedding is set to give shops in London's West End a £50 million boost, it was revealed today.

Uncertainty will make growth figures doubly controversial

Experts divided on whether the economy has recovered from last year's snowfalls

Andreas Whittam Smith: Is it wise to criminalise respectable protest groups?

Judge UK Uncut by its actions and its words. At a Boots store, its supporters dressed up as hospital doctors in protest against £20bn of cuts to the NHS

Fears of crackdown on right to protest in wake of anti-cuts violence

Are Prince’s nuptials being used as cover for a crackdown on dissent? Nigel Morris and Cahal Milmo report

Government considers 'thug' crackdown

The Government is considering a crackdown on hooligans who cause trouble at public protests in the wake of the "mindless violence" which marred a huge union-organised demonstration.

Leading article: A message from the many stifled by the violence of a few

There was comfort and distress to be drawn in almost equal measure by all parties to the protests staged in central London at the weekend. The trade unions, which organised the March for the Alternative, would have been gratified at the turn-out and the orderliness of the main protest. They had hoped in advance for at least 100,000 marchers; anything below that would have disappointed. On the day, the number was at least twice, if not three or four times that. The march was good-natured and well marshalled – by the unions themselves – and participation went beyond aggrieved public-sector employees.

Some food for thought from inside Fortnum & Mason

View from the sit-in

A peaceful protest. The inevitable aftermath

Up to 500,000 people marched in London yesterday against the Government's cuts. Should we allow the violence of a tiny minority to detract from Britain's biggest demonstration in eight years?

Police clash with protesters from campaign group

Hundreds of people attempted to hijack today's main anti-cuts demonstration to wreak havoc in London's West End.

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