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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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£500m deal for Crossrail station

A £16 billion rail project received a welcome boost today when a deal to build one of the link's new stations was reached.

Monteverdi Choir/ English Baroque Soloists/ Gardiner, Christ Church Spitalfields

Over at Christ Church Spitalfields, as part of the annual Winter Festival, John Eliot Gardiner has been serialising Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/zaha-hadids-par.html" target="_blanK">London Fashion Week: Zaha Hadid's party at The Wapping Project</a>

The great and the glamorous gathered last night in Wapping's formerP1010205_3 hydraulic power station to celebrate the unlikely collaboration between award-winning, experimental architect Zaha Hadid and eco jelly-shoe giant Melissa.

An arresting presence in the classroom

One of the first schools to have a police officer stationed on site was George Green, a 1,300-pupil comprehensive on the Isle of Dogs in Tower Hamlets, east London.

Dante Quartet / Van Dyk, Christ Church, Spitalfields, London

Beethoven's String Quartet in A Minor and T S Eliot's Four Quartets are both majestic works that speak with oracular force, and there is evidence of a historical link. At the time this poem-sequence was germinating in Eliot's mind, he was listening to Beethoven's work, and wondering whether he might be able to get something of its "heavenly gaiety", its sense of relief after immense suffering, into verse at some future date.

The Delivery Room By Sylvia Brownrigg

The therapist as sheepdog - and human

Aziz denies Galloway claims

City workers give positive reaction to new freesheet

But can a business newspaper handed out to commuters survive in a very competitive market? Saeed Shah reports

Fire on London bus sparks panic

More For Your Money: Old Ford E3

The real East Enders

'Quality isn't confined to the broadsheet shape'

Bravery is the key to a successful reinvention, says ex-Times editor Charles Wilson

Labour in third place as Respect wins council seat

The Anti-War Respect Coalition was yesterday celebrating an electoral breakthrough in the East End of London after winning its first council seat.

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