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Grade-two listed Victorian terrace was left a shell

Martha Wainwright, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London

Much more than just a tribute act

Kings of Leon, Hyde Park, London

Just how have Kings of Leon got so big? For ages they were no more than a middleweight indie band with a little bit of underground cachet and a smattering of profile. Suddenly, they're everywhere, headlining festivals, rocking daytime radio playlists, and soundtracking Saturday afternoons in Argos.

Big screen plans for World Cup dropped

Plans to show World Cup games to thousands of fans in a central London park have been dropped, a spokesman for the mayor said today.

London 2012 ramps up Greenwich Park plans

The organisers of the London Olympics are pressing ahead with plans to use Greenwich Park to stage the equestrian events, claiming that they have now secured an overwhelming majority of local support.

New Year parade route changed for Americans

The annual New Year's Day Parade through London will march the route in reverse to satisfy American television broadcasters, organisers said yesterday.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London

Oscar Wilde's trivial comedy for serious people has a pronounced summery feel about it and is not as absurd a choice for the open air as it might first seem. But Irina Brown's revival is a spirited denial of the bosky surround, placing both Algernon's Half Moon Street apartment and the Manor House in Hertfordshire on a white disc with a white ramp and a white grand piano.

The Friday Playlist: British image revisited

As Blur's reunion reaches an extended crescendo this week with a triumphant Glastonbury gig and their Hyde Park shows, it only seemed right and proper that this week's Spotify playlist would be Britpop thermed

Observations: A photographic journey that was inspired by the number 24

Twenty-four might not strike you as a particularly significant number, but for one group of photographers it is. Six years ago, all 24 of them were studying together on a postgraduate photography course at Central St Martin's when they decided to collaborate on an exhibition documenting the first 24 hours of the New Year with 24 images. Each photographer drew lots for their hour and took a photograph of whatever, wherever they liked. The show was such a success that they decided to continue the project – you've guessed it – for 24 years.

Rachel: Police honey trap put wrong man in dock

Under intense pressure to catch Rachel Nickell's killer, detectives resorted to unconventional tactics.

Hartlepool dismiss manager Wilson

Hartlepool have sacked boss Danny Wilson.

The art of parklife by Tracey (and Charlie)

A sun-drenched dachshund called Charlie was one of the first to enjoy an exhibition of deckchairs unveiled in London's Hyde Park yesterday, each one dreamed up by artists and celebrities including Tracey Emin and Joanna Lumley.

The Renovation Game: Hyde Park, central London

What's for sale?

Nickell murder: A brutal crime, a bungled prosecution

The murder of Rachel Nickell as she walked with her two-year-old son across Wimbledon Common one morning in 1992 was one of the most baffling and indiscriminate crimes ever dealt with by Scotland Yard.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz