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London's housing boom is pushing businesses out of the West End, a leading commercial property advisor has warned.

Tourists gather underneath the pyramid of Chichen Itza in Merida, southern Mexico

21/12/12: The date to party like it's the end of the world

But remember the bar bill just in case...

Huge Olympic effect on value of homes in London's East End

Prices have risen by over £200 a week since London was awarded the Olympic Games

Room Service: Thompson Belgraves, London

Belgraves, which occupies the former Sheraton Belgravia, is the first European venture for Thompson Hotels, a group that made its name with a collection of boutique properties in Manhattan. Its US hotels are known for design-led chic, though they retain a level of affordability, and Belgraves follows the same model.

Pre-Globe Shakespeare theatre unearthed in London

Archaeologists in London have discovered the remains of an early playhouse used by William Shakespeare's company where Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed.

Roy Hodgson has ordered his squad to rest before Euro 2012

Hodgson 1, Sponsors 0 as players told to rest

Nike event is kicked into touch but Ferdinand row continues to hang over England manager

The Oranges and Lemons garden is in the courtyard of St Leonard's Church - renowned for the Bells of Shoreditch in the nursery rhyme 'Oranges and Lemons'

If the Chelsea Flower Show is too posh for you, try the Chelsea Fringe

Of particular interest is the Oranges and Lemons Garden in Shoreditch, created with help from The Independent on Sunday

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Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books
The Shard in London

In the shadow of the Shard: Why the next generation of skycrapers is struggling to get off the ground

The Shard already dominates the capital's skyline and Liverpool, Brighton, Glasgow and east London are next in line for the tower treatment. Or are they?

Top designer in for new Thames-side hotel

Leading London designer Tom Dixon is set to create his first ever hotel – he has been hired by the upmarket American group Morgans Hotel for their Mondrian on the south bank of the Thames.

Explosive: Buckley with Ms. Dynamite

Rock's classic genius

When it comes to adding orchestral punch to their sound, pop acts know Jules Buckley is their go-to man, says Emma Love

Trending: Babyccinos? Been there, got the milk 'tache

Oh, Brooklyn, capital of all things hipsterish and well-coiffured, we love you, but you are losing your touch. Early last week New York mag reported that the plaid-clad parents of on-trend Fort Greene and Park Slope in Brooklyn are all in thrall to the "babyccino" – oodles of foam and a sprinkle of cocoa in a tiny mug.

Nobu gets some rooms in Shoreditch

It's not yet clear if there will be a broom cupboard in every room, but Nobu, the Michelin-starred restaurant where Boris Becker famously sired a daughter during a "five-minute thing" with a model, is opening a hotel.

Fashanu remains, 14 years after his death, the only British player to announce he was gay

James Lawton: Time has come for game to tear down last taboo

Documentary about the tragic death of Justin Fashanu is a powerful reminder of a prejudice that still shames British football

Fashanu remains, 14 years after his death, the only British player to announce he was gay

James Lawton: Time has come for the game to tear down its last taboo

A new documentary about the tragic death of Justin Fashanu is a powerful reminder of a prejudice that still shames British football

Hammerson loses key tenant for skyscraper

Hammerson's proposed £350m Principal Place skyscraper in London was dealt a major blow yesterday, as the main potential tenant walked away from the scheme, blaming financial uncertainty.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

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The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Lost in translation: Western monikers

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KidZania: It's a small world

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