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

Shakespeare's church found in Shoreditch

Bard's place of worship is located in London's East End

Album: The Kills, Midnight Boom (Domino)

The game's up for this kind of who-you-know-not-what-you-know Shoreditch smack-rock. Alison "VV" Mosshart and Jamie "Hotel" Hince have been peddling designer dangerousness for the best part of a decade. ("I want you to be crazy cos you're boring baby when you're straight/You're stupid when you're safe" is a typical trying-too-hard-to-sound-sleazy line from 'Midnight Boom'.) "Last Day of Magic" is mildly reminiscent of Robert Palmer's "Looking for Clues", and that's as close as I can get to a positive. "M.E.X.I.C.O.C.U." is so offensively stylised and fake it makes you want to punch something.

Retro Delights: The Ercol chair

It probably started with a little shop in Shoreditch. I always used to pop in there to have a look; they sold mostly Danish design, but one day they had a little coffee table by British company Ercol, from the Fifties, and a chair – what's now called a stacking chair – and I suddenly saw that style afresh. I grew up with it, but I remember realising how simple, elegant, quite modern and very well made it was. From then, I gradually started collecting good British design from that time. There was a house clearance shop that I used to drive past when I had a studio in Battersea, and I'd always immediately recognise a piece of furniture from that era. And because I'm associated with British design, this appreciation seems somehow appropriate.

The joy of 6: Who says digital radio is dead?

Some say digital radio is dead – go tell that to Radio 6. On the station's sixth birthday, Stephen Merchant, Russell Brand and a quirky cast of DJs reveal how the BBC's first major music station for 35 years conquered the airwaves

Conran's timeless style takes no chances

To his critics, his consistency is condemned as predictability. To his fans – and there are many of them, both of the ladies-who-lunch variety and from the designers at Debenhams, budget-conscious stable – Jasper Conran is the ever-reliable provider of classic, timeless style.

Pete and the Pirates, Mean Fiddler, London<br />Modernaire, Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, London

These devious pirates have nicked the lot: Over-hyped and derivative - surely it can't get any worse than this. Can it?

Beach Blanket Babylon, 19-23 Bethnal Green Road, London

The burgers might be stone cold, but at least Beach Blanket Babylon serves a mean Porn Star Martini

Bites: Calabrian cuisine takes centre stage

The first big restaurant opening of 2008 comes from Francesco Mazzei, last seen as the launch chef at St Alban, the follow-up to The Wolesley from Jeremy King and Chris Corbin.

Penitent Mel Gibson turns on the charm to plug film

With a movie coming out and a tattered reputation to mend following his drunken anti-Semitic tirade this summer, Mel Gibson is embarking on a renewed charm offensive.

The Mission Song, By John le Carr&eacute;

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Small wonder: Opera in Wexford

The annual festival of opera in the tiny town of Wexford is proving so popular that it is raising money for a state-of-the-art venue, reports Jessica Duchen

David Lorimer: A Prince for the spiritual and practical

From a lecture by the research director and author to the Royal Geographical Society in London
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