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Glass facade of the unfortunate curved building to be covered up as temperatures set to soar to 29C in the capital

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Innovation could transform the skylines of the world’s major cities

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London Zoo must immediately stop sending me emails inviting me to get up close and personal with eight-legged freaks. Otherwise known as spiders.

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Grant Cameron, left, and Karl Williams allege they were beaten and electrocuted after being imprisoned in Dubai

Dull, frustrating and legally tortuous - the three jailed in Dubai face a fate shared by many

The prison where the Londoners will be held is at least relatively safe and clean

The pinnacle of The Shard

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The unlucky visitors were left stuck on the 68th floor for more than an hour after a fire alarm was "accidentally activated”

Video: the London Community Gospel Choir

Gospel singing is staging a comeback, and next week the London Community Gospel Choir are hoping to break the record for the most gospel singers gathered together under concert conditions (target: 1200). Get a taste of gospel by watching the choir in action around London below:

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