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Approximately 35,000 workers in Britain are to be given a pay rise today due to a rise in the national living wage. This comes as more than 1,000 companies are now committed to paying the living wage, rather than the UK government’s minimum rate.

Street art is one of the most powerful modern art movements and London is lucky to find itself in the middle of it. Blogger and marketer Konstantin Pinaev runs a walking tour of East End, talking about how street art emerged in London, how techniques of street art differ from each other, and how, previously thought of as vandalism, street art now is sought after by the capital’s auction houses.

The US-led airstrikes on ISIS militants in Syria, the Health Secretary’s comments about NHS cuts and a proposed ban on smoking in public spaces in London are among this week’s news items discussed by Alexander Nekrassov, Maggie Pagano and Jeffrey Robinson. VoR’s Brendan Cole asks the questions.

"Both unbearable and essential" was The Guardian’s review of Exhibit B which is defined by the London Barbican Arts Centre as a work of performance art. However, it was described by others as racist art that "fetishises the black body". The performance has drawn controversy wherever it goes. VoR's Juliet Spare hosts a discussion.

Britain's security services are monitoring thousands of terrorism suspects in London and are involved in operations on a daily basis, the capital's mayor Boris Johnson said in an interview published on Saturday.

 

House prices in London are likely to take their first annual fall since the financial crisis next year after soaring nearly 20 percent over the past 12 months, an economics consultancy said today.

The decision to dismiss plans for a new London airport on what is known as 'Boris Island' on the River Thames has left three options open: a third runway or a runway extension at Heathrow, or a second runway at Gatwick. VoR's Simon Parker has more on the debate.

London's Islington council has decided to impose on-the-spot fines for anyone leaving their vehicle engine running whilst it is stationary. This follows an announcement made by Mayor Boris Johnson that he plans to charge drivers of diesel vehicles an extra £10.00 to drive in central London.

Thousands of people lined the banks of London's Thames River today for the spectacular finish of the world's longest ocean race. Twelve elegant 70ft yachts crewed by amateurs ended their epic 40,000-mile journey under London's iconic Tower Bridge, which opened at 12:45 BST to allow the first three to sail through.

London’s Oxford Street, one of the most famous shopping strips in the world, boasts 300 shops. But now it has a new claim to fame -scientists have found it also has the the highest concentration of nitrogen dioxide in Europe, if not the world. VoR's Natasha Moriarty has more. 

Sotheby’s sale of fine jewels in London on July 16 promises to be a sparkling occasion, with a stand-out selection of period jewels of exceptional craftsmanship and pieces signed by leading makers such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Giuliano, going under the hammer. Here's a sneak preview of some of the exquisite trinkets.

On this day in July 2005, a series of coordinated suicide bomb attacks hit central London’s public transport system in what’s now known as the 7/7 bombings. Fifty-two people lost their lives in four separate attacks, making it the country’s worst terrorist incident since the 1988 Lockerbie incident. VoR's Tim Walklate reports.

The Richard Saltoun Gallery in London is exhibiting a special selection of works by leading practitioners of Russian avant-garde photography, including Alexander Rodchenko and the Vkhutemas Workshop as part of the 2014 UK-Russia Year of Culture. The collection was built in the early part of the 21st century and includes photographs from the Constructivist period (1920s), the Socialist-Realist period (1930s) and World War II photography.

Art, Photo gallery, London, Photography, The Visual Revolution

London's Battersea power station chimneys, which have dominated the skyline for decades are to be dismantled – and rebuilt. All four 50m chimneys will be painstakingly taken down in an operation which will take five months for each chimney. Meanwhile, it's been announced that the power station will see a pop-up cinema showing the World Cup Final, Toy Story and other films this summer.

The number of young people sleeping rough in London has more than doubled in four years. Figures from charity St Mungo's Broadway found there were 762 people aged under 26 sleeping on the streets between 2013-2014, compared with 316 in 2010-2011. VoR’s Brendan Cole spoke to Paul Noblet, Head of Public Affairs at Centrepoint.

Londoners and tourists alike are experiencing books in a totally new way - by sitting on them. Benches resembling open books illustrated by artists like Ralph Steadman will be dotted around the capital for 10 weeks forming the Books about Town scheme, which officially opens tomorrow. VoR's Graham Searles went out to see what reaction the benches are getting.

Representatives from the oil and gas sector gathered in London today for a conference on the current energy relations between Russia, the EU and China. Issues up for discussion were the current sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukrainian crisis and the recent multi-billion pound gas deal signed with China last month. VoR’s Tim Walklate reports.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II opens Heathrow airport's new Terminal 2 on June 23, almost 60 years after the original Terminal 2 opened as the airport’s first passenger terminal in 1955. The £2.5 billion project has been named ‘The Queen’s Terminal’. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Ed Robertson, consulting editor with the Travel Trade Gazette.

Maris Liepa was a Bolshoi Ballet superstar whose performances have been a major influence on dancers in both Russia and the West. Now his son, Andris, is bringing The Golden Cockerel, a revival of a Ballets Russes creation, to London’s Coliseum. VoR’s arts editor Alice Lagnado met Andris on the eve of his visit.

London has secured the first rights to deal in renminbi, the official currency of the People's Republic of China, outside Asia. China Construction Bank (CCB), the country's second-largest lender, clinched a deal to become Britain's first clearing bank for renminbi as London bids to become the leading western centre for the offshore yuan trade.

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