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A King’s Cross Station for the 21st Century

King’s Cross station’s new, bright and spacious concourse reflects the renewal of the wider area, heralding a renaissance in how railway stations interact with their urban context. The Victorians excelled at creating a sense of arrival, leaving a legacy of grand stations that took pride in railway travel. After a period of decline, London’s railway stations are beginning to scrub up to smart 21st century standards.

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Insider Interview: Urban Bees

Urban Bees is an organisation that aims to bring bees to cities, promoting sustainable and responsible urban beekeeping. Since starting beekeeping in 2006, they have worked with an impressive range of companies and organisations across London, including the City of London Festival, the Co-Op Group and London Wildlife Trust. Co-founder Alison Benjamin kindly answered some of our questions about their work and the importance of having bees in the city.

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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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