The expansion of the London skyline has sparked serious debate, weighing up the value of the city’s heritage and classic scenery with the importance of development and moving with the times. With news that more than 230 towers are soon to hit the capital, scrutiny over new buildings has never been more intense – but not all the structures springing up will be scraping the skies. We’ve taken a look at two very different buildings that are new for 2014: the loud and proud Leadenhall Building, and the quietly revolutionary refurbishment on Barnes Avenue.
London is a stat lover’s dream. Did you know that every year, Underground trains travel the equivalent of a total of 1,735 times around the world (or 90 trips to the moon and back), and that the average Londoner spends 11.5 days each year on the Underground? Or that around 670,000 households in London, live in the private rented sector, a higher proportion than the national average of 14.2%?
The great detective Sherlock Holmes is a legendary London figure who has caught the public imagination and been immortalised on film by a number of outstanding actors, from Basil Rathbone to Benedict Cumberbatch. A new exhibition at the Museum of London invites visitors to investigate the life and times of Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic creation.