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

Mercy and Grand/I Fagiolini, Spitalfields Winter Festival (4/5, 5/5)

Ever since his elaboration of a tramp’s rendition of ‘Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet’, Gavin Bryars has been a master of the re-use of what one might call ‘musiques trouvees’, sometimes ranging as far as Japanese gagaku.

Man About Town: London needs a new place to party

Once upon a time, all a brand had to do to give itself credibility was to hold a party in Shoreditch. This enclave of London’s East End, represented the new, the different and (as media types are generally inward-looking types), the unknown.

Sea of Bees, XOYO, London

If you are going to disown your overbearing, religious family, then head first to Sacramento, California. That is how Julie Ann Bee escaped, first by falling in with some "witchy, objectionable" types, she says, before reinventing herself as Sea of Bees, a studio project now bearing fruit as a live proposition.

99 Days out for the family: The big events 13-40

There's plenty of waterside fun to be had this summer.

Alice-Azania Jarvis: It turns out London can be cheap and cheerful

London is expensive. Extortionately so – or so runs the conventional wisdom. And it's true: a pint in a Zone One pub costs considerably more than it does anywhere else. The tube is both a necessity and a luxury: yes, it gets you from A to B, but it's also pricey, crowded, dirty and unreliable. And that's before you even take into account the lack of large-scale supermarkets, shunned in favour of their more expensive "metro" equivalents. There's no doubting that London living isn't cheap. But what do visitors to the big city think?

Iconic image: The Smiths outside Salford Lads club

Photographer Stephen Wright says his eleven-year-old son Paul tells him to turn his music down and can’t understand why his old music photos are in black and white.

Between The Covers: 15/05/2011

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Tender Napalm, Southwark Playhouse, London

An explosive dose of the toughest love

Watcha Clan, Rich Mix, Shoreditch

Marseille-based Watcha Clan are the latest exponents of the Afro-French crossover groove style that has previously spawned bands like Lo'Jo, their music intended to surmount cultural divides through the judicious blending of beats and diverse influences. "This is Radio Berber!" announces singer Sista K, quickly correcting herself, "Radio Babel!"; but she's not wrong either way, there being more than a little of the hypnotic Berber desert-blues vibe about Watcha Clan's music, which reached Britain for the first time in front of a small but enthusiastic audience at east London's Rich Mix.

Hercules and Love Affair, The Village Underground, London

I'm not entirely sure who Hercules had an affair with, but after a cursory glance at the band as I entered Shoreditch's Village Underground, I'd guess Run-DMC, Grace Jones, M-People, Kraftwerk, Queen and Yazoo. An eclectic combination, you might think, and you'd be right. But inadvertently intruding on their eccentric one-night-stand, I found that I wasn't the only one mesmerised by what I saw.

Farewell, Pete

Stars including Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon, Sue Johnstone and Kevin Spacey attend a memorial service for Pete Postlethwaite in London yesterday

Big Society tsar tells council staff to cut hours

The Conservatives' Big Society tsar has suggested that councils cut the hours of their staff and ask them to volunteer in the community instead.

Ian Holloway: They said Charlie was on his way to Anfield... but he was sat next to me in my office

Despite how wrapped up us managers get in everything that happens on transfer deadline day, I had to laugh at what was on the telly. Sky Sports News treat it like it is the most important day in the history of the world. Ever.

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