If we really have passed ‘peak London’, what does that mean for Britain? | Andy Beckett

The capital may have fallen on hard times. But it still offers a defiantly different version of Englishness London feels like a city that might be in trouble. The usual tourist crowds are gone. New towers of offices and overpriced flats stand empty. Recently extended railway stations are deserted for much of the day. Hundreds […]

Family releases photos of schoolboy who fell from Tower Bridge

Inquest to take place after body of 13-year-old Zaheid Ali was recovered from Thames on 28 April The family of a 13-year-old who fell to his death from Tower Bridge in London have released two pictures of the schoolboy. Zaheid Ali, a year 8 pupil from Ark Globe academy in Elephant and Castle, south London, […]

Pakistan police search for two men suspected of killing UK law graduate

Mayra Zulfiquar, 24, from London, found dead in rented flat in Lahore Pakistan police are searching Lahore for two men suspected of killing a law graduate from London, amid claims that both men had pressured her to marry them. Mayra Zulfiquar, 24, now known to have been a Belgian citizen and UK resident who moved […]

Brussels and London settle row over status of EU ambassador to UK

British government grants full diplomatic status after months of refusing to accede to EU demands A row over the status of the EU’s ambassador to the UK has been settled, with the British government granting full diplomatic status after months of refusing to accede to Brussels’ demands. In a joint statement, the UK foreign Secretary, […]

Bloods review – patchy paramedic comedy unlikely to split your sides

Comics Samson Kayo and Jane Horrocks bring just enough charm to elevate this ambulance-based sitcom from perilously laugh-free to worth 22 minutes of your time In this new comedy (Sky One), Maleek’s former paramedic partner Kevin has gone on sabbatical to Thailand. Maleek is supremely confident this has nothing to do with the fact he […]

Secrets of the dead wood: ancient oaks hold key to new life

In Richmond Park, decaying logs and mangled old branches are no longer cleared away but valued as habitats for birds and insects Oaks are the elders of London’s Richmond Park. Some of them are 800 years old and have slumped, bulged and grown cavernous with age. By the time King Charles I visited in 1625 […]

Local elections: Labour must take advantage of changing demographics

Analysis: party allegiances are shifting all over England and Keir Starmer has to ensure he makes the most of favourable trends Just five years ago, London was a key political battleground and County Durham was a Labour heartland. But since Boris Johnson swapped City Hall for Downing Street, those situations appear to have reversed, with […]

‘Anything could happen’: inside the world’s first virtual reality opera

Current, Rising at the Royal Opera House, London, takes its audience on a dizzying journey through strange realms. Could this be the future? “Start with your feet, Earth-kin,” coos soprano Anna Dennis into my ear. I’m standing in the small space that is hosting the world’s first ever virtual reality opera. I have a headset, […]

Looking at India from afar, I’m furious at Modi’s wilful neglect of my homeland

If the government had faced reality and acted earlier, Covid might have been held at bay. But the rot runs deeper There was an air of inevitability about India’s unfolding Covid disaster. Watching from afar in London, I had long feared the worst for the country of my birth. Since India has decades of underfunded […]

Myanmar embassy row could be used as UK test case against junta

Exclusive: supporters of former ambassador in London aim to have court rule junta is illegitimate A UK-based NGO and solicitors representing Myanmar’s former ambassador to the UK want to use the junta’s efforts to evict him from his London residence as a test case to establish the illegitimacy of the junta in the English courts. […]

UK and US urge G7 to ally against threats from Russia and China

Dominic Raab and Antony Blinken call for defence of open societies and rules-based order Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, and the UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, have called for a revitalised and broadened alliance of G7 nations determined to defend open societies and the rules-based order from the threats posed by the autocracies […]

Way beyond Hadestown: the windswept rush of folk musicals

Inspired by Anaïs Mitchell’s underworld opera, Maz O’Connor and Finn Anderson are among those putting folk songs and stories into musical theatre In 2011, I watched a flock of British folk luminaries, led by US singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, perform Mitchell’s folk opera Hadestown at London’s Union Chapel. Ten years on, Hadestown has been a hit […]

Is it the end of history in universities?

Peter Purton urges academics to challenge the government’s views on the purpose of education. Plus letters from Jude Wilkinson, Geoff Timmins and Nigel Knowlman Among mountains of depressing news, your report on the further removal of history from core university subjects may appear just a hillock, 1 May) (Studying history should not be only for […]

Former Ofsted chief drafted in to help Pimlico academy head

Sir Michael Wilshaw advising London secondary after staff and students revolt over uniform and curriculum The former chief of Ofsted has been drafted in to advise the headteacher at Pimlico academy, the London secondary school at the centre of protests over allegations of race discrimination. Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former chief inspector of schools in […]

G7 nations to agree on global plan to help 40m girls into education

Talks between US secretary of state and Dominic Raab come as Britain cuts foreign aid to the sector The US secretary of state is to hold talks with his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, while the UK is on the back foot over plans to set new global targets to help girls’ education at a time […]

Topshop’s top shop goes up for sale in latest blow for Philip Green

Store on Oxford Street, London expected to fetch about £400m after collapse of owner Arcadia The prime location of Topshop’s Oxford Street store has gone on sale for as much as £420m in the latest step in the dismantling of Sir Philip Green’s retail empire. A US property investment bank, Eastdil Secured, is seeking buyers […]

Gareth Bale sinks Sheffield United to keep Spurs’ top-four hopes alive

Although the level of the opposition left much to be desired, this was a reminder that Tottenham still have a team capable of playing devastating football. It is not all doom and gloom in north London, even though there is no end in sight to the search for a new manager. At least Spurs are […]

Two arrested after reports of intruders at Queen’s Windsor estate

Man, 31, and woman, 29, held after report of trespassers in grounds of Royal Lodge Two people have been arrested after police were called to reports of intruders in the grounds of the Queen’s Windsor estate. Thames Valley police arrested a 29-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, both from London, after a report that two […]

‘Stop the Breast Pest’: MP’s ‘horror’ at being photographed while breastfeeding

Stella Creasy launches campaign to change law after a boy took pictures of her feeding her baby on a train An MP has described her “horror” after she was photographed while breastfeeding on public transport, as she and a fellow MP launch a campaign to criminalise the taking of such pictures. Stella Creasy, the Labour […]

Coronavirus live news: surge testing to begin in east London after South African and Brazilian variants detected; WHO approves Moderna vaccine for emergency use

Australians trying to return home from India could face fine or jail; Indian government ignored warnings on variant, scientists say Thousands waiting for dementia diagnoses during Covid crisis Travellers in England to get one-week notice of overseas rule easing Canberra condemned over decision for Australians returning from India UK’s south Asian communities worst-hit in Covid […]

Extra testing to start in east London after overseas Covid variants detected

Officials say cases of South African and Brazilian variants picked up in Tower Hamlets Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Surge testing will begin in parts of east London after several cases of the South African and Brazilian variants of coronavirus were detected, according to the Department of Health. NHS test and […]

London killings: ‘It’s like a war zone. How did it come to this?’

The shooting and stabbing of a teenager in broad daylight on a street in Canning Town is just the latest chapter of what has become Britain’s most violent gangland feud Rachid has no idea what the future holds, apart from the certainty that he’ll never visit east London’s Canning Town. “If I set foot there, […]

Police examine threats against staff at London school accused of racism

Petition accuses Harris Academy Tottenham of discrimination against black students A London school accused of institutional racism is at the centre of a police investigation after alleged death threats against its headteacher. Harris Academy Tottenham issued a safety notice to staff after its executive principal became the focus of hostility. Continue reading…

Sadiq Khan is way ahead – but the London mayoral elections are still full of jeopardy | Zoe Williams

While local elections are complicated and give me the blues, the London race has big characters and bizarre real-world consequences Local elections give me the blues. All political parties talk down their chances ahead of them, then a bunch of psephologists weigh in to describe what normal results look like at this stage in the […]

The Guardian view on the world’s rarest stamp: obsession conquers all | Editorial

The appeal of the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta may seem inexplicable, but it tells a very human story It has been described as a “shoddy-looking thing”, and like “a red-wine stain or a receipt that’s been through the wash a few times”. The item in question is a stamp, one of a kind. It is […]

How YouTubers turned running for London mayor into content

Several internet personalities will be on the ballot on 6 May, though most know they have no chance of winning Niko Omilana will not be elected mayor of London next week. But the 23-year-old YouTuber prankster and mayoral candidate, who is polling just behind the Lib Dems and the Greens, is still likely to emerge […]

Two YouTubers, Count Binface and a man who drank his own urine. Who gets your vote as London mayor? | Joel Golby

All right, only two candidates have a cat in hell’s chance of winning, but let’s look at the runners and riders in all their glory A London mayoral election looms, then. It isn’t “important” in the usual sense of the word – being mayor of London, a position with little actual political power, basically just […]

Police find body in search for schoolboy who fell from Tower Bridge

Body recovered from Thames believed to be that of 13-year-old who went missing on way to school Police believe they have found the body of a schoolboy who fell into the Thames from Tower Bridge in London last week. The 13-year-old, a pupil at Ark Globe academy in Elephant and Castle, south London, was reportedly […]

NatWest to move HQ to London if Scotland votes for independence

Chief executive confirms potential departure of Edinburgh-based bank after almost 300 years Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage NatWest would move its headquarters from Edinburgh to London if Scotland voted for independence, its chief executive has said. Alison Rose said an independent Scotland would be too small to support the banking group, […]

Why stars should think twice before calling out their critics

From Lizzo to Lana Del Rey, celebrities have taken umbrage with reviews online. But arguing with journalists only warps the public’s view of the media, and puts writers under siege In 2018, while working as a freelance writer, I travelled three hours outside of London on a train, and then a coach, to review a […]