The blaze, in Rue Erlanger, broke out around 3am on Tuesday, 5 February, and 50 people were rescued by firefighters using ladders. It is thought the blaze may have been arson and a woman has been arrested. President Emmanuel Macron said France "had woken up to tragedy." But it is not the first time tragedy has struck in an apartment building or a hotel in the middle of the night. © AFP 2018 / French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner listens as a fire brigade officer explains how the Paris blaze spreadJune 2017 — Gr June 2017 — Grenfell Tower Just after midnight on 14 June 2017 a fridge-freezer caught fire in Behailu Kebede's flat on the fourth floor of the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in the North Kensington district of London. A 72nd victim — Maria Del Pilar Burton, 74 — died in hospital in January 2018. In hindsight, if all … [Read more...] about Death in the Night: Where Does Paris Fire Rank Amid the World’s Worst Blazes?
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The Barbican Estate was built in 1969 and houses approximately 4,000 people I remember vividly the first time I visited the Barbican Estate. It was 1997, I had just graduated from university and was working as a junior designer for the men’s magazine GQ. It was a hot summer and the Labour government had just got into power. I was broke and in debt, but it didn’t matter – there was positivity in the air. After a work night out in Soho, a group of us ended up going to art director Tony’s flat at the Barbican. I’d been to the Barbican Centre once before, but I hadn’t realised that people lived there on the estate. We took the lift to his sixth-foor flat and I was speechless at what I saw: a huge double-height living space, walls painted in Le Corbusier bright colours, wooden open-tread stairs – it was stunning. The interior of one of the Barbican’s duplex penthouse apartments We all cooed as … [Read more...] about 50 years since the iconic Barbican Estate was built in City of London
A tiny flat in an urban area of London has gone on the market for £200,000, making it the equivalent of £2,040 per square foot. The pokey property in Hackney, north London, has just 98 square foot of floor space, including a cramped 'living room' with a sofa bed and a compact shower room. The pound-for-pound fee for the studio flat dwarfs the average price-per-square foot of £1,328 for London's exclusive Kensington and Chelsea district. In terms of money per square foot, It is also £700 above the record price paid for a mansion in the millionaires' playground of Sandbanks, Bournemouth. Scroll down for video The pokey property in Hackney, north London, has just 98 square foot of floor space, including a cramped 'living room' with a sofa bed (left) and a kicthen area (right) The property, that is being sold on a 999-year lease, sits above an Oxfam shop (pictured) and was originally part of a bigger first floor flat And for the same asking price, you … [Read more...] about London bedsit with sofa-bed, kitchen and shower on sale for £200,000
If you take a stroll along the western end of Hackney Road in east London - and keep going as far as number 211, you wander past a ghost. It is not entirely unlikely that you might find yourself here, heading away from the cool bars that line Shoreditch High Street where these two arterial routes meet - or, perhaps, ambling towards the new restaurants which, for the last five years, have been opening on this busy thoroughfare, closer and closer to Hackney proper. Equally, it is very likely that you may fail to spot the phantom on the kerb - as there is no evidence of it beyond the developers' wooden boards fencing off the site, and the first signs of the new development rising up behind. But if you feel a tinge of sadness on the air, it is because number 211 was once home to the Odeon Hackney Road - and, as of April 2018, it is not. What was once a colossal, palatial cinema with 1,926 seats will soon be ten-storey block of luxury flats. The demolition was not without controversy - … [Read more...] about Glorious ghosts of yesteryear – in search of London’s ‘lost’ Art Deco cinemas
By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Tuesday morning. DRIVING THE DAY AMEND AND MAKE DO: The almighty Commons power struggle over Britain’s EU departure entered what looks like its final stages last night, as the first backbench and opposition amendments were put forward ahead of next week’s big Brexit debate. The most important so far is this cross-party proposal drawn up by Commons home affairs committee Chairwoman Yvette Cooper and former Tory Minister Nick Boles, and already signed by more than 30 backbench MPs. If voted through next Tuesday, it would force the government to give parliamentary time one week later — on Tuesday, February 5 — to Cooper’s new EU Withdrawal Bill (read it in full here). That bill, if passed, would in turn place a legal obligation on the government to seek a delay to Article 50 if it was unable to get a Brexit deal through the Commons by a new … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Amend and make do — Second coming? — Poles apart in Europe