News The judge said the family of Fusilier Lee Rigby had shown ‘great dignity’ during the trial

Lee Rigby survived a tour of Afghanistan which left seven of his comrades dead before he returned to what his family believed was the comparative safety of London.

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.

Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici qualified in ninth

Synchronised Swimming: Team GB duo qualify for final

There will be British representation in an Olympic synchro final for the first time in 20 years after Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici qualified in ninth for the duet, as Russia close in on their fourth consecutive gold.

Zara Phillips, on High Kingdom, competes in the cross-country section yesterday

Equestrianism: Zara Phillips and Team GB set up a showdown for gold with Germany at Greenwich

Cross-country heroics push home team up to second as three-day event nears climax

Jonathan Edwards, left, with BMW and Locog bosses at BMW Olympic fleet launch at Marsham Street

Olympics by the numbers

The London 2012 festival has kicked off to celebrate 'the remarkable culture in Britain'. By Nick Clark

Beefeater boss says he was framed

A cannabis plant was used to discredit the former governor of the Tower of London during an inquiry into bullying of the first female Beefeater, an employment tribunal has heard.

Ex-governor 'made Beefeater jibes'

The former governor of the Tower of London called Beefeaters the "lowest of the low" and branded them "thick", an employment tribunal heard today.

Tower of London governor 'behaved like child'

The former governor of the Tower of London acted like a "petulant child" when he was informed that a Beefeater he had sacked was to be offered an apology and a financial payout, an employment tribunal has heard.

Bones of Nazi Hess exhumed from 'pilgrimage' grave

The remains of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess have been exhumed from a grave in Bavaria after it became a pilgrimage for thousands of right-wing extremists.

Stephen Glover: This secrecy can hide far greater wrongs

He shouldn't have gone to the law to conceal his mistake - and the law shouldn't have let him

Let's float that idea... Boris's 2012 biosphere

A futuristic floating park has been proposed for the 2012 Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Off with the head of the Tower of London after Beefeater row

Life inside the Tower of London had improved across the centuries, Major-General Keith Cima claimed three years ago, after being appointed Governor of one of London's oldest and most distinctive landmarks.

Travel Agenda: Dom Pedro Laguna; Mint Hotel; Center Parcs

Today

The first guests are waking up at the new five-star Dom Pedro Laguna on the Aquiraz Riviera near Fortaleza in Brazil (dompedro.com), while in Switzerland The Grand Hotel Park Gstaad is reopening on its 100th birthday after a multimillion euro renovation (grandhotelpark.ch). In Paris, the Shangri-La finally arrives (shangri-la.com).

Boyd Tonkin: Animal magic from pen to page

The week in books

Beefeater compensated over 'unjustified' dismissal

A Beefeater at the Tower of London who was sacked for allegedly harassing the first female Yeoman Warder has been offered an apology and a financial payout.

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