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Tower Hamlets trumped Kensington this month as London’s less glamorous boroughs showed the biggest increase in property asking prices, according to property website Rightmove.

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Canary Wharf investors in U-turn over sale

LEADING INVESTORS in Canary Wharf Group performed an embarrassing U-turn yesterday, abandoning Monday's bid to offload 7.4 per cent of the venture.

Leading investors reduce stakes in Canary Wharf

SEVERAL LEADING investors in the Canary Wharf Group announced yesterday that they were reducing their stakes in Britain's biggest office complex.

Food and Drink: Food Writer's Competition

A MONTH ago we launched this competition to celebrate the writing of Jeremy Round, The Independent's first food writer. Seize your last chance before the closing date - noon on Tuesday - to write your own recipe for success!

Locals step slowly into alien territory

For the vast majority of local people, Canary Wharf is alien territory. They visit, if at all, to shop at Tesco. Around 26,000 employees stream into the secure development every day, but few of them live in the council flats that surround it. Until now, the main work for local people has been as cleaners or canteen workers.

Food Writer's Competition

ARE YOU passionate about food and desperate for the chance to write about it? You have just 10 days to enter this competition, launched to celebrate the writing of Jeremy Round, The Independent's first food writer. Seize this opportunity to write your recipe for success!

Food & Drink: Food Writer's Competition

ARE YOU passionate about food and desperate for the chance to write about it? Three weeks ago we launched this competition to celebrate the writing of Jeremy Round, The Independent's first food writer. Seize this opportunity to write your recipe for success!

Food & Drink: Food Writer's Competition

ARE YOU passionate about food and desperate for the chance to write about it? Last week we launched a this competition to celebrate the writing of Jeremy Round, The Independent's first food writer. This is your chance to write your recipe for success!

Food and Drink: Would you like to taste success?

Then enter The Independent's competition to find Britain's new food writers

Minerva's pounds 800m City plans

ANDREW ROSENFELD and his Minerva property group are proposing the biggest building schemes in the City since Godfrey Bradman and Stuart Lipton built the Broadgate centre over Liverpool Street station in the 1980s.

Swimming: Palmer's pressure rewarded by gold

PAUL PALMER dominated his rivals to win gold in dramatic fashion in the 400 metres freestyle last night.

New targets are `unrealistic' as doctors fight social deprivation

TWO HOURS into the weekly ante-natal clinic at St Paul's Way health centre in the poverty-ridden London borough of Tower Hamlets, and a wilting Dr Alok Jain is splashing water on her face and redirecting the tiny fan whirring valiantly on her desk.
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own