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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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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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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions