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London First is a body set up about 20 years ago by the London business community to promote the city as a place to do business and to lobby for the improvements – particularly to infrastructure – which everyone knows we urgently need but which government seems incapable of planning for.

London hit by record 20 per cent slump in visits

Leading visitor attractions in London lost out as the double impact of the Olympics and the wettest summer in 100 years caused a calamitous slump in tourism.

Album: Karine Polwart, Traces (Hegri Music)

The Traces of the title are the memories and marks that bind a people to a place, whether it's the "black hills" so fatally glimpsed in "Tears For Lot's Wife", or the "minarets of industry" of the petrochemical plant at Grangemouth in "Tinsel Show".

Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisolm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham at St Pancras yesterday

Spice Girls 'set for Olympics closing ceremony'

Rumours that the Spice Girls will be reuniting to perform at the Olympic Games closing ceremony look to be true after the band were pictured apparently rehearsing for Sunday's extravaganza.

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Shakespeare: Staging the World, British Museum, London

The Bard's glorious, grisly, world springs to life. Verily, it's a triumph!

Bradley Wiggins celebrated his gold medal last night

Team GB's Bradley Wiggins has cycling shorts stolen as he celebrates gold medal by getting 'blind drunk'

Bradley Wiggins marked his victorious win yesterday by raising a glass or two and getting drunk.

More than 40 groups to stage Olympics protest

More than 40 groups are to stage a protest against the Olympics to highlight the “corporate dominance” of the Games as well as other issues such as the cost of staging the event during a time of austerity.

Religious figures meet at conference to back plans to legalise civil gay marriage

Religious figures who support gay marriage will today launch a fightback against church leaders who have come out against same-sex marriage.

Eviction under way of Occupy London protesters from Finsbury Square

An eviction is under way to move Occupy London protesters from their seven-month occupation of a square in the capital.

The Queen left Buckingham Palace for a formal jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral

Queen honoured during formal Jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral

It's usually one of the country's busiest roundabouts, where Sir Paul McCartney dazzled the crowds last night, outside Buckingham Palace. This morning it was creeping back to business as usual, as crowds of people sat and waited, and waited, not really sure what to do with themselves.

A man put up bunting in preparation for the Jubilee

Her subjects party as the Queen goes to the Derby

The focus of all the festivities begins her big weekend at the races, while country prepares for a thoroughbred bash

High Court supports Islington council's bid to end Finsbury Square occupation

The High Court has backed a council's move to end the seven-month occupation of a square in London.

Occupy protesters in new London protest

Anti-capitalism protesters from the Occupy movement have pitched tents outside the Bank of England, they said tonight.

Five held over London stock exchange Occupy camp

Police arrested five people after a group of anti-capitalist protesters set up a temporary camp outside the London Stock Exchange following May Day demonstrations.

The Occupy movement set up tents at the Stock Exchange

Re-Occupied: protest camp is back at St Paul's

Activists move into private square just two months after losing drawn-out eviction fight

Ancient laws to be scrapped in legal spring clean

Animal owners will soon be able to rest easier knowing their pets can no longer be impounded to pay off the king's debts.

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

They shall not be moved: jobless protesters bring Tunisia to a halt

A former North African boom town is wasting away while its unemployed citizens stick steadfastly to their sit-in
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Hanging with the Hoff

Working with David Hasselhoff on his new TV series was an education for Ella Smith
Can Dubai's Design District 'hipster village' attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?

Hipsters of Arabia

Can Dubai’s ‘creative village’ attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?
The cult of Roger Federer: What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?

The cult of Roger Federer

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Malaysian munchies

With new flights, the amazing street food of Kuala Lumpur just got more accessible
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Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe

A Different League

Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe, says Pete Jenson
Amir Khan and James DeGale’s remarkable Olympic performances were just the start of an extraordinary journey - Steve Bunce

Steve Bunce on Boxing

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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

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