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05 Sep

Will London be the first National Park City in the world?

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.

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29 Aug

Harrow Emergency Services Day

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.

Displays include:

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…

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22 Aug

Rain and cold for Notting Hill Carnival

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.

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15 Aug

Foodies Festival has started!

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.

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08 Aug

The Tower of London bleeds withthousands of red poppies

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.  

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01 Aug

London rents higher than ever

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”

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18 Jul

London is recovering from the economic crisis

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.”

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11 Jul

Thames Bridge could be redesigned for £40m

Wandsworth Council approved last Monday some plans including a competition concerning architects from all over the world to design a new bridge. The exact location is not known yet, although there is a high probability to be built near the new US Embassy.

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said: “This Bridge has the potential to become a powerful icon for the revival of Nine Elms which will help us bring new life, jobs and homes to this underused part of London. […]”

The bridge and other transport improvements will be funded from private Nine Elms developments and from growth in local business rates income. 

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04 Jul

Lidl to create 2,500 UK jobs

Lidl, the German supermarket chain, continues to extend its expansion in the UK market. The company plans to create 2,500 new jobs through an investment of 220€ million. Currently, Lidl has 600 outlets in the UK and has set a goal for the coming years, reaching 1,500.

The company will create different jobs, based in Wimbledon and at the various stores around the country.

The company hopes that people realize that you can get big savings on their weekly shopping without losing quality.

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27 Jun

Bridges exhibition in the Museum of London Docklands

What would be London without its famous bridges?

With 35 bridges in the England’s capital, they represent emblems. Indeed, bridges do more than transport people from North Bank to South Bank; for example Tower Bridge is an integral symbol in the capital.

London’s Tower Bridge will celebrate its 120th anniversary this summer and the Museum of London Docklands will host its largest exhibition from the 27th of June to the 4th of November, 2014. According to this exhibition, London would not have existed without these bridges, and will show this fact through paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and films.

You can see the works of best vista of London. David Spence, the director of the museum has said “these places give you a completely different definition of whats it’s like to be in the centre of a city that you don’t get anywhere else”.

So let’s visit this free exhibition from the 27th June.

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