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The Palestinian flag has been ripped down from Tower Hamlets Town Hall after Mayor Lutfur Rahman’s controversial decision to fly it.

Wed, 07:25
James Dowson is a former BNP Party member and founder of Britain First [Picture: Paul Faith/PA Wire]

The founder of a nationalist group that staged ‘Christian patrols’ on Brick Lane and invaded the East London Mosque has resigned and rejected his past behaviour.

Tue, 13:06
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said 5G will be rolled out in London by 2020 (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for London Music Awards)

Super-fast 5G internet allowing users to download a film in one second will be rolled out in London by 2020, according to Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson
Tue, 10:48
Mayor Lutfur Rahman faces a full inquiry into May's election in Tower Hamlets (Picture: Tower Hamlets Council)

A full inquiry into the controversial Tower Hamlets election which saw Lutfur Rahman crowned will go ahead after the Mayor’s legal challenge was thrown out.

High Court
Tue, 10:05
Ilford Jaloos 2014

A UKIP councillor has been accused of “scaring people with made-up information” after he branded an Islamic procession in Ilford “a call to war”.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Arsenal FC used to regularly give free season tickets to local police officers (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Islington police have been slammed for accepting up to £60,000 of free tickets from Arsenal football club.

Scotland Yard
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Frank Dobson is set to quit to quit as an MP for Holborn and St Pancras at the next election (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Frank Dobson, the veteran Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras, has confirmed he is quitting politics at the 2015 general election.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Almost 30,000 offenders were handed a police caution last year, sometimes for serious crimes (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The Met has been accused of ‘letting criminals off’ after figures reveal almost 30,000 cautions were handed out last year for crime including rape, arson and robbery.

Monday, July 21, 2014
Area to right of Aquatics centre where 'Olympicopolis' is planned

Thousands of commuters are to get cheaper travel into central London with Zone 2 on the transport map being extended eastward to Stratford.

Boris Johnson
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Murad Haider, director of GroupCars, launched a petition to try and save the mosque last year.

Plans to create a permanent mosque in an old Dagenham post office have been rejected by the government.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
'Science not slaughter' read placards held by activists from Campagin Against Arms Trade [Photo courtesy of CAAT Campaign Against Arms Trade]

Protests aren’t uncommon in the capital, but Londoners are used to seeing them take place in Trafalgar or Parliament Square, or near political buildings like foreign embassies.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Siobhan Patten, 26, with Joey Lyme, age 8 weeks. Her mum, Wendy, found a Stanley knife while trying to bathe him

A teacher has told of her horror after workmen left a Stanley knife between towels that she was about to use to bathe her six-week-old grandson.

Monday, July 14, 2014
The streets around the European Commission were flooded with a thousand people who oppose the plans [Photo courtesy of @dropthedebt Jubilee Debt Campaign]

A thousand people took to London’s streets this weekend to protest a new deal between the EU and the US that the protestors say “will give big business more power over our society, our environment, our public services, and our democracy.”

United States
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Mayor of London said that three 23-year-old water cannon had arrived in the UK from germany and were being refurbished at a secret location (Picture via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has confirmed that the crowd control water cannon he has bought for the Met have been shipped to the UK and are being prepared for use.

Boris Johnson
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Boris Johnson is no stranger to the classroom! Here he is teaching a history lesson at Pimlico Academy (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The Mayor has announced plans to teach kids aged 11 to 14 more about the city they live in.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be erected in Westminster (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be erected outside the Palace of Westminster in Parliament Square.

South Africa
Friday, July 4, 2014
The worst doubles pairing in history? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Fancy playing tennis with Boris Johnson and David Cameron? It’ll cost you £160,000. It’s probably not worth the money…

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Mayor Lutfur Rahman

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets Luftur Rahman said everyone has the right to walk the streets without fear after a violent attack on a gay couple in Whitechapel.

London police
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
An artist's impression of how a water cannon might affect our Mayor

It’s our favourite time of the month here at London24 – time for Boris Johnson’s Twitter Q&A, and it seems the Mayor loves it just as much as we do.

Boris Johnson
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The report wants to see more booze buses and sobering centres to deal with drunk people, as it costs costs £232 every time an ambulance is called out (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Get more booze buses on the road and double the fine for being drunk in public says a new report, as figures show alcohol-related incidents cost London’s emergency service £60million-a-year.

London Ambulance Service
Friday, June 20, 2014
Boris is not popular in Liverpool (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

A larger than life character who is no stranger to controversy, but one who remains an extremely popular politician, Boris Johnson has turned 50. To mark the occasion we run through 50 facts, quotes and anecdotes about the Mayor of London:

Boris Johnson
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Mayor has bought three water cannons for the Met. Now the people of London want to be able to fight back.  (Picture via Getty Images)

After we reported on Boris Johnson’s plans to buy three water cannon for the Metropolitan Police – despite not yet having the permission to use them – a group of Londoners has plans to hit back, hard.

Boris Johnson
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Boris said:

Boris Johnson volunteered to be blasted with water cannon this morning.

Boris Johnson
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Boris is urging Taxi drivers to call off the protest today (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has urged taxi drivers to abandon a mass protest which threatens to bring London to a standstill today and cost the capital up to £125million.

Boris Johnson
Monday, June 9, 2014
Oscars cinema on Northdown Street, Islington

A notorious sex cinema has lost its battle with Islington Council to win its licence back and now faces imminent closure.

Monday, May 26, 2014
Lutfur Rahman re-elected as Mayor of Tower Hamlets  Photo: Adam Barnett

Tower Hamlets borough council has still not completed its council election count more than five days after polls closed.

Friday, May 23, 2014
We'll bring you all the results as they come in this morning from councils across London in the Local Elections 2014 (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Results are already rolling in across London with Labour making key gains in Hammersmith and Redbridge as the Tories falter, but the Ukip push is not felt as keenly in the capital.

Friday, May 23, 2014
Ukip leader Nigel Farage is jubilant (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

A jubilant Nigel Farage has insisted Ukip will be “serious players” at the general election after the party landed major blows on the Tories and Labour in local polls.

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Voting has begun across London in local and European elections today (Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Voting has begun for both European and local elections in London today with police stationed at every polling station in Tower Hamlets in the hotly contested Mayoral race.

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Heino Vockrodt with his wife Lanka

A Ukip candidate in Brent has been drawn into a race row after he accused them of grooming sex slaves, compared a Willesden road to war torn Helmand Province and claimed Islam was an ideology not a religion.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
A brick was thrown through the window of Ukip's MEP for London yesterday (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Gerard Batten, a Ukip MEP for London has had a brick thrown through his window at his house in Forest Gate.

Monday, May 12, 2014
Boris Johnson offers a passenger some blueberries as he and David Cameron  head to Westminster after their visit to Harrow today (Picture: PA Images/Stefan Rousseau)

David Cameron and Boris Johnson helped a woman who had collapsed in Harrow after they spotted her from their ministerial car as they drove to a campaign event in west London.

Friday, May 9, 2014
Boris  has written some awful poetry. Can you do any better? (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Mayor of London horrified commuters yesterday with some awful poetry full of clunking rhymes about the RMT and the Milibands.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Boris the Bard? I think not... (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Hey Mayor, maybe stick to the day job because writing verse is clearly not your forte.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The Bexley branch of the party broke the news of the #pooinpost on Twitter (Picture: Twitter/@UKIPBexley)

Ukip’s freepost address has been shut down after faeces, blood and bricks were sent to the political party in south east London .

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Yesterday, 12:50
The man fell from the top floor penthouse above Barclays Bank in West Hampstead (Picture via Google StreetView)

A man who reportedly fell to his death from a penthouse in Hampstead while naked has been indentified as a Harley Street doctor who ran a Botox clinic.

Yesterday, 18:10
Police are advising members of the public not to approach John McClintock and contact officers immediately if they see him (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 26-year-old man who absconded from a bail hostel in Richmond yesterday.

Yesterday, 17:17
The Isufi family, from left back, mum Meri, daughter Ramela, dad Erion, son Richard and youngest son Clive (front)

A vast gathering of friends and neighbours stood outside the Barking home of a family torn apart by a car crash to pay their tributes to them today.



The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
London comedians are preparing for Edinburgh (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

During these sultry July afternoons and endless balmy evenings the nervous musings of young comedians in London drift to dreams of triumph on the Edinburgh stage.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man poduction came to an end on Sunday, July 6

If you’ve been wandering around bereft of purpose, a wet-eyed stare fixed on your blank face, then no doubt you too are as gutted as I am that The Drowned Man has finally come to an end.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
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But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

You might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

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The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

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Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

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