The Euro 2020 will be held for the first time in 13 different locations and London is one of them! The capital of the UK has been chosen by FIFA as one of the venues for Euro 2020. London will host the semi-finals and the grand final of the tournament!
The venue chosen for the games to take place is the legendary Wembley Stadium. Re-opened in 2007, it has a capacity of 90,000 and is home to the England Football Team. On this field has taken place some finals that will go down in history such as the final of the Champions League in 2011 between FC Barcelona and Manchester United in 2013 or between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern München.
Euro 2020 will mark the 60th anniversary of the European competition and to celebrate the FIFA decided that for the first time in history would take place in different cities over the European continent. Dublin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Bilbao, Amsterdam and Budapest will host the group stages and further matches. The quarterfinals will take place in Munich, Baku, Rome and St. Petersburg.
Now we can only hope!
And if the next attraction of the city of London would be another Bridge? In fact a project by Thomas Heatherwick, often described as the Leonardo Da Vinci of our times, has been launched in order to create a Special Bridge: It would be a Garden Bridge, and would cut with the usual functionality of a bridge. This one would be created in order to “provide a quick and beautiful route… for dreamers a quiet place to linger among trees and grasses to look at the views” according to Joanna Lumley, one of the heads of the project.
Within the next few weeks, the proposal is being considered for planning permission by the committees of the London borough of Lambeth and Westminster city council.
As in all projects, there are critics and all is about money. In fact, the cost of construction which seemed to be by £60m in June 2013, is now estimated to reach the £175m. And even if it was also promised that the public contribution to the project was minimal, some people are sceptic about the huge prices of such project.
Anyway, that project shows that the city want to get more from his reputation of garden area, and could be one of the biggest project of the century.
Buy a house which has the same size as a garage is now possible.
In fact, advertised as a “one-bedroom terraced house”, this house is 188 sq ft of living space including all you need. Although in a small copy.
It is in the fashionable neighbourhood of Barnsbury on Islington’s Upper Street. The estate agent selling the house describes it as "unique" due to its laying out. You would be obliged to climb the kitchen work surface in order to climb the stairs to the bedroom, which is in fact just a Mezzanine. In the Bathroom, you could take a shower while using your toilet.
According to the agent, “It's possibly the smallest house in the world,” but “It's got everything a house would have and the space is cleverly used.”So if you don’t have £275K and you want to rent an accommodation in London, EazyCity will still be there to help you!
3,000 parks, 142 local natural reserves, 36 sites of special scientific interest, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 2 National Nature Reserves and 3.8 million in private gardens. All within the limits of the City of London.
Although we normally think of London as a modern industrial city, the capital is also one of the greenest cities in the world. This is confirmed by the endless list of parks and wildlife species that live in London. Thus was born the project in order to have the city recognized as a natural park. The campaign was launched four months ago and has already won the support of 60 organizations in the field of education, conservation and the environment.
By definition, National Parks “are protected areas because of their beautiful countryside, wildlife and cultural heritage" and the founder of the project believe that London has all these qualities.
Raven-Ellison is the founder and he believes that London is not just a place to live and work, London is a city to enjoy too. He is optimistic and able to convince the more than 8 million people in London that the project could become a reality within 20 years.
Today, Friday August 29th, is the Emergency Services Day in London.
Families from the city and surrounding areas are invited to spend a free fun day to learn more about the emergency services.
A police helicopter, dog units and a fire engine will all be there to show people how they act in case of emergency.
There will also be different teams from across the Metropolitan police: a riot team, cycle team, historic vehicles, and the teams from the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service.
The event takes places at Whitchurch Playing Fields, in Stanmore, from 11am to 4pm.
The objective of this day is to give people the chance to find out more about the capital's emergency services and how they serve the people of the borough.
Met Police Helicopter
Met Police Firearms Unit
Met Police Riot Team
Met Police Dogs
Met Police Traffic Unit
Met Police Cycle Team
Historic Met Police Vehicles
London Fire Brigade
Royal Air Force Police & Dog Unit
London Ambulance Service
And much more…
Unfortunately, the weather forecast for this weekend is not favourable for this event.
The celebration, which is the second biggest carnival in the world, will take place on Sunday and Monday. Sunday is children’s day and Monday is adults’ day.
It looks as if the August Bank Holiday weekend will be a wet one as Arctic winds blow in cool weather. The rest of this week looks set to be three or four degrees cooler than is normal for August. Billy Payne, a forecaster with Meteo-Group, said: “The next few days will be showery and cold. Most showers will be in the North and West but some spreading south-eastwards. […] There’s not much to be optimistic about.”
We might see a similar performance to the 2011 Carnival, where dancers and drummers performed in the rain.
Held since 1964, the carnival is the undoubted highlight for much of the West London community, attracting more than one million people every year.
Today, August 15th, the Foodies Festival starts in London, and it will last until Sunday.
It is the UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, and each year tens-of-thousands of visitors gather from the surrounding areas to feast on a vast array of culinary activities, with a great view of the iconic Battersea Power Station. Around 25,000 people are expected to attend this year, which just goes to show the popularity of London's restaurants.
Cooking is made to look easy thanks to demos from top chefs, a children's cookery school and a cake and bake theatre.
This year there will be some new tents: a Feasting Tent at the heart of the festival as the social hub; the new Real Ale and Cider Farm where chilling out on hay bales and striking up a conversation with our beer and cider expert Melissa Cole; a new Chilli Food Market for those with a love for spicy foods with a range of chilli growers and artisan producers of sauces, sweets and jams; and a Vintage Tea Tent that will hold daily tea dances, alongside a Vintage Kitchen Market.
If the mere thought of all makes you hungry then you can head to the restaurant tents where you can sample signature dishes from well-known restaurants.
The Tower of London bleeds withthousands of red poppies
To mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, a huge art installation has been unveiled in the moat of the Tower of London.
Artist Paul Cummins created more than 800.000 red ceramic poppies that represent every single soldier from the UK and the colonies, who fell during the First World War, fighting in the British Army.
In Great Britain and parts of the Commonwealth, the red poppy has been used as a symbol for the fallen of the war since 1920. The inspiration of this commemoration came from the poem In Flanders Fields, written by the Canadian physician John McCrae serving as Lieutenant Colonel during WWI.
The installation, called “Blood Swept Lands and Seas Of Red” will grow, adding more and more poppies until the 11th of November, Armistice Day.
For the first time in its history, a research has revealed that rents in London are twice higher than in the rest of the country.
The study found that the average rents in UK has grown up by 6.3 per cent this year and now reach £862 a month.
But the important fact to remember is that if you separate London and the rest of UK, the average rent is £1,412 in London compared to £694 in the rest of the country, which is more than the double.
Martin Totty, chief executive of parent company Barbon Insurance Group, said: “Although average incomes have also been rising, there are parts of the country where we are seeing affordability getting tighter. As a rule of thumb, for a rental property to be affordable, a tenant’s gross income must be at least two-and-a-half times his or her annual rent. Our data shows that rents in London have pushed beyond that boundary”
It is the only part of UK that has returned to pre-recession levels of job creation.
Outer London, the South-east and East have recovered since the crash but job starts are still 11%, 16% and 21% below pre-recession levels.
Although this is good news, it is true that many jobs are temporary, and hiring rates for young people have declined considerably.
As a solution, a report encourages targeted employment support programmes, such as a job guarantee for any young person out of work for at least six months, identifying low skills as a reason to provide more intensive employment support and establishing bodies in each industrial sector so government, unions and employers can work together to identify skills gaps and promote workplace standards and fair pay.
Paul Bivand, the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion’s associate director said: “Our concern is inclusion. It isn’t just our name. Employment growth should help close gaps in our society. […] We want all areas and groups to benefit. We need to close gaps.”