London’s canals are full of rats, rubbish and centuries of city detritus. At least, that’s what I’d heard. So it is with some trepidation that I put the weight of my right foot, then the left, onto a flimsy kayak and fall back into the seat. My girlfriend Vick boards in front and, with the grace of a baby turtle entering the sea for the first time, we splash off into Tower Hamlets’ Limehouse Basin. This is the first time I’ve booked a tour through Secret Adventures, a London-based company which promises “unusual and off-grid” activities that “generate a sense of exploration and wonder.” It is also the first time I’ve been kayaking since I was a child, so it’s not long before our first hiccup. “You’re supposed to be steering,” Vick points out, as our vessel heads straight for the slimy brick canal wall. She’s right, during the briefing our instructor had told us that it’s the person in the … [Read more...] about London as you’ve never seen it: Weeds and relics on an East End kayak tour
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The 100th murder investigation in 2018 has been launched in London as the body of a 73-year-old pensioner was found in a blazing house. Police say 73-year-old Carole Harrison's body was found in her house in leafy Teddington, south west London following a blaze in the early hours of Wednesday. Scotland Yard say she had suffered injuries "consistent with an assault." The death marks the 100th murder investigation in London this year. The year got off to a bloody start with three young men all stabbed to death on New Year's Eve in unrelated incidents. While the investigations into the motives behind deaths vary wildly - from social media disputes to domestic incidents to seemingly random attacks a consistent theme from month to month is the use of knives as a lethal weapon. In 2017 there was a total of 116 murders in the capital with this year appearing set to mark a rise in the number of offences. During February -where there was 15 - and March - 19- there was a higher murder rate in … [Read more...] about 100th London murder investigation launched as capital set for killings record
PUBLISHED: 15:01 31 May 2018 Paul Geater The new Intercity Stadler train. Picture: GREATER ANGLIA Archant Could East Anglia have a high-speed rail line taking passengers from Ipswich to London in just 45 minutes by the middle of the century? That is one of the proposals in a new document “Beyond HS2” published by transport pressure group Greengauge 21. This calls for a network of new high-speed lines across the country to help speed up journeys and ease pressure on congested existing routes. For East Anglia it suggests building a new high speed line from Stratford in east London, tunnelling under built up areas before emerging in south Essex. It would continue to near Stansted Airport where it would form a Y-shape with one line going to Stansted and Cambridge with the other line heading to Colchester. This would mean trains from Stratford to Colchester would take 25 minutes and would use the existing track to Ipswich and Norwich to speed up services further up the … [Read more...] about Ipswich to London in 45 minutes? Could the fast train depart in 2050?
Labour's Heidi Alexander is to quit as an MP to work for London Mayor Sadiq Khan , it was confirmed today. The former Shadow Cabinet Minister's departure from the House of Commons had been rumoured for weeks. But today, City Hall confirmed she was to become London's Deputy Mayor for Transport, sparking a by-election in her South London seat. Ms Alexander was Shadow Health Secretary before resigning from Jeremy Corbyn's front bench in 2016. She will replace long-serving Deputy Mayor Val Shawcross, who is set to retire in the Summer. Ms Alexander's departure could prompt a key battle between Labour centrists and left-wing backers of Jeremy Corbyn in her south London seat. Lewisham East is an ultra-safe Labour seat with a majority of more than 21,000. That means huge power will be handed to a panel of Labour's ruling National Executive Committee, which will draw up the shortlist for the Labour candidate. Ms Alexander was one of Jeremy Corbyn's most prominent critics - quitting his shadow … [Read more...] about Heidi Alexander to quit as an MP to work for London Mayor Sadiq Khan
News / Business by Press Association 30/04/2018, 12:02 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter An East London distillery is banking on global appetite for local English whisky as it embarks on a £750,000 crowdfunding campaign meant to help fuel its international expansion. East London Liquor Company, which already distils its own gin and vodka in a former glue factory in Bow Wharf, is expecting to release its first batch of London Rye by year-end, making it the first whisky to be produced in the capital’s East End in more than 100 years. Founder Alex Wolpert said half of the prospective funding through its Crowdcube campaign had been earmarked for ramping up its burgeoning whisky production, with hopes of boosting the profile of English liquor among aficionados. He said “inquisitiveness and a willingness to try something new” would drive initial interest, but Mr Wolpert said he had no illusions … [Read more...] about East London distillery banks on growing appetite for English whisky