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Street Art Picture of the Week: Cranio, Rivington Street, Shoreditch

Cranio London street art

With the world’s eyes on Brazil at the moment, who better to feature as our street art picture of the week than Cranio? Born in Sao Paulo, Cranio developed his distinctive blue ‘Indians’ as a way of depicting the indigenous people of Brazil. His work frequently has a political edge: you can see an example of his anti-World Cup street art here. This photograph was taken on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, London, near Cargo.

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How Green Is Your Hotel? Inside 5 London Hotels

The sun is shining and we’re daydreaming about holidays, but we’re still thinking about sustainable architecture. Not in the office or the home this time, but on holiday and, more specifically, in hotels. Many of the luxuries that are enjoyable part of a hotel stay are, by their nature, wasteful, so hotels have to address the sustainability question in alternative ways. Just look at these five very different ‘green’ London hotels, and see how they compare.

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Inside five of London’s hidden rooftop gardens

On a sunny day in London, thoughts tend towards outdoors drinking, perhaps in one of the city’s rooftop bars. On our sustainable architecture walking tours we also tend to look up. But it’s to the city’s rooftops that are alive all year round, thanks to the rooftop gardens that are helping to make London green. Rooftop gardens have become an important element in sustainable architecture: they can improve water and air quality, not to mention increasing the biodiversity of the local area. And, for lucky workers in the buildings, it’s been proven that access to a green space can also reduce stress. Here’s a peek at five of London’s hidden green rooftops.

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How well do you know the London Underground?

Since the grand opening of the Metropolitan Railway back in 1863, the Tube has been a constant source of interest and intrigue for both Londoners and the many tourists that flock to the capital each year. As one of the most iconic modes of transport in the world, the London Underground is impressive not only for its rich and eventful history, but also for the sheer size of the network.

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