Formal talks to be held next week between Aslef and train companies

R ail industry bosses and union group Aslef are expected to hold formal talks next week over a strike which crippled large parts of the UK network on Saturday. Steve Montgomery, chairman of the Rail Delivery Group, and Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan confirmed that the talks would go ahead following the 24-hour action. Picket … Read more

Things To Do This Week In London: 15-21 August 2022

All week Carnaby Summer Festival goes on all week SUMMER SOUNDS: Head to King’s Cross for the final week of Summer Sounds Music Festival, a programme of free open-air gigs. This week, catch Celtic fusion project We Are The Monsters, folk pianist and songwriter Belinda O’ Hooley, English National Opera artists, and more — browse … Read more

London’s best afternoon teas

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea,” said Henry James. No truer words were, surely, ever spoken. For that most quintessential of English traditions – afternoon tea – remains the most idyllic and decadent of treats. It’s little wonder, then, that London is … Read more

London’s parks dry as dust as 30 million people are now in drought zone… but Lord’s is still green

Dismayingly brown and unsightly, these are the capital’s famous ‘green’ spaces that draw tourists and locals alike in their hundreds of thousands over the summer. London’s normally lush grassy parks have been left parched by weeks of drought and punishingly hot weather. Aerial photographs show Hyde Park and east London’s Wanstead Flats looking like the … Read more

Mayor of London ‘seriously concerned’ about possible flash floods in London

12 August 2022, 17:30 Sadiq Khan said he is ‘seriously concerned’ about the prospect of flash floods . Picture: Alamy The Mayor of London has said he is ‘seriously concerned’ about the possibility of severe flash flooding in the city, which was officially declared to be in a drought today. Some areas of the capital … Read more

Don’t be a basic beach! The most secret seaside spots a short day-trip from London

T orn between the hellscape that is your flat in 34 degree heat and Brighton beach in 34 degree heat? Swerve both. Believe it or not, even the country’s most popular stretches of coastline have hidden secrets, if you know where to look. From secluded swimming spots in Sussex to golden sandy beaches just off … Read more

United Kingdom: Urgent polio boosters for London children | International News | English News | WION – WION

United Kingdom: Urgent polio boosters for London children | International News | English News | WION  WION Around 1 million children in London offered polio boosters after virus is detected in sewage  CNN Polio transmitting between people in London says immunisation expect as parents urged to vaccinate children  Evening Standard BREAKING: Polio vaccine to be offered to 900000 … Read more

Hosepipe ban: Water rationing is on the horizon — could London really run dry?

Greenwich Park is a savannah, wildfires have broken out in Croydon, and the source of the Thames has dried up. We’re on the verge of an unprecedented drought — and no amount of aftersun can soothe the sorry prospect of water rationing. Around the UK, counties are acting accordingly. Hampshire and the Isle of Wight … Read more