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The Tulip is set to become one of London's tallest and most eye-catching skyscrapers At 305.3 metres tall, it would be just 3 feet shorter than the capital's tallest tower, The Shard, and loom above the second highest, One Canada Square at Canary Wharf. But there would be no homes or offices and it would be a visitor and tourist destination only.

Liverpool Street station's little noticed subway When people are waiting to cross the road at the Bishopsgate entrance to Liverpool Street, few know there's a subway entrance right next to where they're standing.

The Belsize Park supermarket ditching plastic This supermarket is replacing plastic with compostable materials.

Impressive Industrial Style Home Office Ideas If you love industrial furniture like I do, then you'll appreciate this impressive collection of factory and steampunk desks, machinist stools and versatile storage pieces from the online shop Vincent and Barn.

Police need public support to arrest violent offenders The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, Ken Marsh, spoke out after video footage appearing to show two officers locked in a violent struggle as they tried to make an arrest was shared thousands of times on social media.

Uxbridge, Harrow, Ealing and Hounslow could see some snow tomorrow "A few of the showers could be wintry with sleet mixed-in, most likely over any hills." Sleet is currently forecast for 11am to 1pm in Uxbridge and Harrow, with temperatures tomorrow not getting above a chilly 4 degrees. There will be slightly less sleet in Hounslow, according to forecasters - with some falling at 11am.

Meghan meets Take That at first Royal Variety Performance The Duchess of Sussex has met Take That as she attended the Royal Variety Performance for the first time. She wore a black-and-white sequinned Safiyaa dress for the charity gala at the London Palladium on Monday night.

Rayners Lane incident: Two London Underground lines partly suspended due to 'person on track' Two London Underground lines were partly suspended due to a "person on the track" in west London on Monday evening. Rail users continued to face disruption at around 8.30pm after both the Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines were partly suspended.

Former academy head given £850,000 payoff The former head of a controversial academy is being paid an £850,000 severance package out of proceeds from a private leisure centre run on the school grounds, MPs have heard.

'These walls have seen many things': Annabel's artefacts go under hammer Celebrities and minor royals are expected to go head to head at Christie's auction house on Tuesday in the hope of securing a piece of memorabilia from Annabel's, the Mayfair nightclub and playground of the rich and famous, which has closed its doors after more than half a century.

VIP 'paedophile ring' accuser to face trial in March A 50-year-old man who claimed to be the victim of an alleged VIP paedophile ring in the 1970s and 1980s is to stand trial in March next year. He is not being named for legal reasons but is known by the pseudonym Nick.

Saddam Hussein memorial plaque appears on London bench These are external links and will open in a new window. A Saddam Hussein memorial plaque that appeared on an east London bench has been removed. It read: "In Loving Memory of Saddam Hussein" and it is not clear who left it there or what their intention was.

Hayes man arrested after huge M25 crash near Heathrow seriously injures two women The crash, between a blue BMW 7-Series and a red Hyundai i10 hatchback on the M25 resulted in the driver and passenger of the Hyundai suffering multiple serious injuries. The Hyundai passengers was "ejected" from the car in the collision, police report.

Boxpark Wembley to open soon with a weekend of raves and food Following the success of Boxparks in Shoreditch and Croydon, Wembley Boxpark will open on Saturday, December 8, with a takeover by Rinse FM and special bingo event with Charlie Sloth.

The hidden 'secret email' that could show councillors were told to vote for care home closure It could show members were 'whipped' into choosing to shut the borough's last residential home.

Sadiq Khan announces £13m fund to tackle London's serious youth violence problem London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced £13 million of funding to tackle serious youth violence in the capital. It comes after a weekend of violent attacks in London, which saw four men stabbed in Enfield.

Anti-racism protest deserved coverage, too But I'm sorry Monday's paper didn't cover the anti-racism, anti-fascist protest in London on the same day, marching from Portland Place to Whitehall, attended by up to 30,000 people from a wide range of political, civic and charitable organisations and trade unions.

Like Norman Foster's gherkin? Meet his cocktail cornichon The Tulip, Foster’s strange proposal for a Mini-Me Gherkin on a stick, is a parody of architectural hubris he’s hoping will get the billionaire owner out of a pickle.

Bao & bing to open If you thought the bao craze was over, think again because new Taiwanese restaurant Bao and Bing is opening in Marylebone this month. It's being launched by Paul Sarlas, who was formerly a director at Ping Pong, and his Taiwanese wife Meng Hsen Chu, so it sounds like a team that knows what they're doing.

Jordan Nobbs: England and Arsenal star suffers serious knee injury England and Arsenal playmaker Jordan Nobbs could miss the rest of the season and is a doubt for next summer's Women's World Cup after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament. The Gunners say the 25-year-old is "receiving specialist care" after suffering the injury in Sunday's win at Everton in the Women's Super League.

Polpetto Restaurant Review - Eat and Drink - London On The Inside Polpetto has been a Soho fave for a good few years but even a classic needs a bit of TLC once in a while and that's exactly what the restaurant has just had.

Super League: Golden point extra-time introduce for regular season from 2019 Super League will introduce golden point extra-time to regular-season competition from 2019. A statement issued on behalf of the 12 Super League clubs confirmed the rule change is among a series of "exciting innovations" for next season.

Saddam Hussein plaque bizarrely appears on bench on busy London high street A plaque dedicated to the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has bizarrely appeared on a bench on a busy east London high street. The bronze tribute to Hussein, who was hanged in 2006 after almost 25 years of running a brutal regime in the Middle East country, was recently left on a bench in Wanstead High Street.

Seinabo Sey: 'I wanted to write more powerful songs that make listeners feel good about themselves' "But I realised people wouldn't understand what I was talking about so I needed to be more simple with my words." Upon reflection she realised she wanted to have a little more fun with the songs and looked to one of her biggest influences Beyoncé. Seinabo says: "A problem for me is I'm too analytical.

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