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

Junior Apprentice artist to stage pop-up exhibition

Tom Lewis, an artist given prime-time exposure earlier this year when he was singled out by contestants on the BBC’s Junior Apprentice, is to stage a pop-up exhibition in London.

Illegal cab driver jailed for rape

An illegal minicab driver was jailed for eight years today for raping a passenger.

Anti-Design Festival takes to the street of Shoreditch

If you want an alternative to the London Design Festival, a spin-off will be taking to the streets of Shoreditch, hoping to jab a stubby finger into the ribs of its sensible older sibling.

Wavves, Cargo, London

Wavves are teetering on a lofty precipice. Headed by angsty 23-year-old singer/songwriter Nathan Williams from San Diego, on record, Wavves boast one of the most exciting sounds around. As Williams and his band take to the tiny stage under the bricked arches of Shoreditch club Cargo, they look, and sound like bratty couldn't-care-less teenagers.

1-2-3-4 Festival, Shoreditch Park, London

The brainchild of Sean McLusky, once a member of Subway Sect and now a co-owner of the independent record label 1234, the 1-2-3-4 festival heralds the re-emergence of a DIY subculture. The arrival of the internet has prompted the decline of the major labels' stronghold on musical culture and the resultant era of "accessibility" has sparked the return of a non-conformist aesthetic that was prevalent in the punk movement.

Spread the word: The rise of the literary night out

Forget book clubs – discerning readers now prefer literary salons and themed evenings where best-selling authors perform for their fans.

To see the world, just take a ride on the new East London Line to Forest Hill

Who'd have thought the opening of the new East London Line last month would give birth to a new cultural organisation in the capital? Yet the savvy people behind CultureLine (cultureline.org.uk) were quick to see the benefits that the new rail extension could bring to a string of attractions along the route.

Album: Cibelle, Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel, (Crammed Discs)

Cibelle Cavalli, reputedly stellar in her native Brazil, now resides in London's Shoreditch where she is a purveyor of "tropical punk" (her term).

Dom Joly: Make your own luck – corner the market in mascots for 2012

Basically, we just get that company to make a couple of weird costumes and then we can flip itround and say that they are whatever you want them to be

Viajante, Patriot Square, London E2

Fifteen years ago, the Independent on Sunday hired Helen Fielding as a restaurant reviewer, and I lucked into the role of regular reviewer's companion. Our first outing was to a hilariously pretentious restaurant in Bayswater's Hempel Hotel, where we were served designer Thai food by a team of off-duty supermodels in an atmosphere of utter solemnity. It was ridiculous, but enjoyable, in a mad sort of way.

Reynir Hutber wins the Catlin Art Prize 2010

29 year-old London based artist Reynir Hutber has won the 2010 Catlin Art Prize. Now in its fourth year, the prize acts as an annual showcase for recent art school graduates looking for a foothold in the unforgiving art world.

On the agenda: De La Warr Pavilion; V&A's Fashion in Motion; freshfacedandwildeyed2010; Carluccio's; Johan Grimonprez

A modernist take on music, planes stuck in trees and the changing nature of fear

Slow London: 10 ways to take your time in the capital

The slow movement is gaining ground for city-break visitors
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The super-rich now live in their own Elysium - they breathe better air, and eat better food, when they're not making beans on toast for their kids

The super-rich now live in their own Elysium

They breathe better air, eat better food, take better medicine
A generation of dropouts failed by colleges

Dropout generation failed by colleges

£800m a year wasted on students who quit courses before they graduate
Entering civilian life 'can be like going into the jungle' for returning soldiers

Homeless Veterans appeal

Entering civilian life can be like going into the jungle
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Sam Taylor-Johnson: Woman on top

Fifty Shades of Grey director on bringing the hit to the screen
As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch