Human trafficking gang jailed for ‘exploiting over 300 women in 5 brothels across London’

27 May 2022, 18:06 | Updated: 27 May 2022, 18:09 The gang ran at least five brothels, with locations in Acton, Ealing, Paddington, White City, and Dudden Hill. Picture: With police A human trafficking gang has been jailed for trafficking and exploiting ‘over 300 female victims’ from Poland into London. The trafficking gang was run … Read more

The Leader podcast: Deep underground in London’s ‘super sewer’

T his week, we’ve already taken you on the first passenger journey on Crossrail, but what else is going on beneath us in the capital? London’s new £ 4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel, or ‘super sewer’, is due to open in 2025 to help cope with the capital’s overflowing waste water. With the existing system, … Read more

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: RMT union call off planned London Tube strike June 3rd

27 May 2022, 13:34 | Updated: 27 May 2022, 14:07 The RMT union has called off its London Underground strike on June 3 2020, the opening day of the Queen’s Jubilee weekend. Picture: Alamy A planned strike by workers at two London Underground stations over the Jubilee weekend which was set to “cripple” the Tube … Read more

RideLondon and FreeCycle 2022: Route, road closures in London and Essex

The annual cycling event is returning for the first time since 2019, after being cancelled for two years during the pandemic. Three RideLondon cycling events will take place this weekend: RideLondon-Essex, RideLondon Classique, and FreeCycle. Find out below where the cyclists will be heading and which roads in London and Essex will be closed as … Read more

On course for winning week

LONDON — European stocks were cautious on Friday as global markets head for a positive week, with fears over monetary policy tightening subsiding slightly. The pan-European Stoxx 600 nudged 0.2% higher in early trade, with basic resources adding 1.5% to lead gains while utilities slid 1%. Swedish cloud computing firm Sinch jumped more than 9% … Read more

Beside the seaside: staycationers push average price of a beach hut to over £50k

C andy-striped beach huts lining a sandy beach may be the quintessential Great British Summer sight, but if you want a miniature holiday home to call your own, it’ll cost you over £10,000 more than last year. The average asking price for a beach hut has soared from £39,382 to £50,336 in the past 12 … Read more

European stocks open to close, data WEF, Fed minutes

LONDON — European stocks closed higher Thursday as traders reacted to new fiscal stimulus measures in the U.K. The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed 0.9% higher provisionally, with retail shares surging 4.8% to lead the gains. The sector got a boost from news of U.K. plans to boost economic activity. British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak on … Read more

Art on the Elizabeth Line: travel on London’s newest public gallery

F our decades after its initial proposal, and 13 years after physical work began, the Elizabeth lineopened on Tuesday. In a plush royal purple, the new line – which connects Reading and Heathrow, with Paddington, Bond Street, Stratford and Romford – had 130,000 passengers pile on the train just hours after its opening. If you … Read more

UK slams stormfall tax on oil and gas giants over rising energy bills

Sunak had previously rejected the idea of a stormfall tax, saying that while it sounded “superficially appealing,” it would ultimately discourage investment. Leon Neal | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — Britain’s finance minister Rishi Sunak has imposed a stormy tax on oil and gas companies as the government struggles to alleviate the … Read more