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A swanky 24-bedroom house in the West End that was Britian’s answer to the Playboy mansion is up for sale – because its fraudster owner needs the cash for legal fees.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
A tight squeeze (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Scores of fun runners donned giant sumo wrestler suits to take part in a race around Battersea Park.

Friday, July 25, 2014
The two parts of the chair were inspired by the curves of an anonymous male model [Photo courtesy of Gigi Barker][Photo courtesy of Gigi Barker]

A London designer has created a unique chair designed to look, feel and smell like human skin.

Friday, July 25, 2014
The 'fire ants' were first found in this country when a colony of 35,000 were electrocuted gnawing through wires at a National Trust property in Gloucestershire [Photo courtesy of April Nobile / © AntWeb.org]

Hate creepy-crawlies? Then look away now! There are fears that ‘super ants’ who are attracted to electricity and cause fires are coming to London, after a colony was found in a house in Hendon.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
I'm not sure what he's going for here but I don't think it's worked (Picture via Gumtree)

In just a pair of shorts lying draped across his beloved Casio keyboard, this south London Gumtree seller is taking an unorthodox approach to shifting his instrument.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The London Fire Brigade has been called to hundreds of incidents of children stuck on or in things  (Photo by Lloyd Yearwood/Three Lions/Getty Images)

London Fire Brigade has revealed its strangest calls to rescue children as a warning to parents to keep a close watch over their sprogs during the summer holidays.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Don't you wish you were here right now? [Photo courtesy of Selfridges]

It’s the middle of the week, it’s a hot day... Wouldn’t you much rather be sat on a roof-garden sipping a craft beer right now? Well, if you nip over to Selfridges, you can do all that today for free!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The video shows the officers grappling with the 8ft boa constrictor in east London (Picture: YouTube)

An officer had to deal with a pair of pretty slippery customers after two boa constrictors got on the loose in a park in east London.

Monday, July 21, 2014
The Tesco sign apologised to customers for incontinence caused. Pic by @sparkigol.

This amazing typo was spotted by a Tesco customer in the Haggerston branch on Kingsland Road, east London.

Monday, July 21, 2014
The addictive game drops you into London using Google StreetView - but can you work out where you are?

Can you guess exactly where anywhere is in London from just one StreetView snap?

Monday, July 21, 2014
The attempt was held on Sherlcok star Benedict Cumberbatch's birthday (Picture: PA Images/John Stillwell)

To mark Benedict Cumberbatch’s 38th birthday more than 100 Sherlock fans dressed up as the great detective to break a Guinness World Record.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
You can play Connect Four all day long at Draughts - London's first board game cafe (Pic: Popperipopp  / Wikipedia)

London’s first board game cafe, Draughts, is due to open in Haggerston near Hackney in September.

Monday, July 14, 2014
The drinking lions

Westminster is steeped in history and magical stories, some of which are real- others of which are nothing more than fantasy.

Monday, July 14, 2014
A picture showing the angel of death presiding over London during the Great Plague of 1664-1666. Now Londoners have a chance to take part in a Black Death dig. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

London history buffs are being given a rare chance to take part in a dig at a historic Clerkenwell site where Crossrail archeologists recently uncovered a Black Death burial ground.

Monday, July 14, 2014
The nightingale dropping facial costs £180 (Photo by JMN/Cover/Getty Images)

Have you ever thought to yourself ‘I would love a bird poo facial?’ You have? Well swing by the Hilton in Park Lane and you’re in for a exciting excrement treat.

Monday, July 14, 2014
A giant dead parrot measuring 15 metres is unveiled on London's South Bank to promote the live broadcast of the final Monty Python Live stage show on comedy TV channel Gold this Sunday 20 July. David Parry/PA Wire

There’s a dead parrot on London’s South Bank, But don’t be sad... It’s not real! It’s a homage to Monty Python’s famous Dead Parrot sketch.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
The needle was found in a packet of Aldi button mushrooms

Aldi supermarket appears to have stitched itself up after a customer found a sewing needle lodged in the side of a button mushroom.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Balfron Tower in St Leonard's Road, Poplar.

Plans by a Turner Prize-nominated artist to drop a piano off an iconic east London tower block have been thwarted by residents, who were concerned over the “danger and utter stupidity” of the stunt.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A lorry shed its load of fizzy pop cans on A13 at Ferry Lane this afternoon (Twitter/@TfLTrafficNews)

A lorry caused “can-age” on the A13 this afternoon when it spilled its load of “fizzy pop” on the Ferry Lane roundabout in Rainham.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The lovely people at The Hoxton have promised that 'Hox In A Box' will look more like this and less like, well, a shipping container [Picture courtesy of The Hoxton and Tom Luddington]

London prides itself on doing things differently.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Sadly 'Big Ben' had to be put down after he failed to respond to veterinary care for his injuries (Picture: RSPCA)

An appeal has been launched after a cat was discovered, badly injured and being attacked by crows, in the grounds of the House of Commons.

Friday, July 4, 2014
The artwork brought a little taste of the Caribbean to the capital [Photo courtesy of the Cayman Islands Tourism Board]

Something fishy has been going on... People have been getting down on their hands and knees to kiss the ground. No, they’re not giving thanks for the fact that they live in London. Actually, they were puckering up to… stingrays?!

Thursday, July 3, 2014
The cycle hire bike was found 140 miles from London more than two years after it was taken (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

A Boris Bike has been discovered a long way from London after police in the West Midlands found one that’s been missing for more than two years.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Let's not forget that Andy Murray did what Tim Henman, bless him, never did: win the Gentlemen's Singles Trophy (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

It seems that Google Maps doesn’t want to jinx Andy Murray’s chances at Wimbledon.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
The peahen was spotted atop a building on Sunday

A peacock that escaped from London Zoo over the weekend has been spotted walking through Camden Town and being attacked by dive-bombing seagulls.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
TfL posted a picture of the man 'jogging' throguh the tunnel at 3am (Picture: Twitter/@TFLTrafficNews)

The Blackwall Tunnel had to be closed in the early hours of this morning after a man was spotted going for a not too swift ‘jog’ through it.

Friday, June 27, 2014
OUR New London Bridge under construction in 1968, after the old one was sold to the Americans.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Don’t panic! You might have been flustered by headlines of ‘London Bridge Is Falling Down’ today, but London24 can assure you that rumours of its demise are premature.

Friday, June 27, 2014
Musician John Cale, formerly of Velvet Underground, says his new London show will feature drones hovering above the audience (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

A new show by former Velvet Underground star John Cale in London will feature drones flying above the audience at the Barbican carrying speakers.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The 'bomb' was supposedly discovered in Victoria Road in Mill Hill (Picture: Google Streetview)

An ‘unexploded bomb’ discovered in the back garden of a house in north London which led to houses being evacuated turned out to just be a rusty old bucket.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The sign telling passengers to not drink from toilet bowls was spotted by Tom Papworth last week (Picture: Twitter/@TomPapworth)

I mean I know it can get a bit hot on trains but surely nobody’s thirsty enough to drink from the toilet bowl?

Sunday, June 22, 2014
On Regent Street, you can find a bus stop with a difference... Photo taken by Leigh Clothier

Remember the nursery rhyme ‘The Wheels On The Bus’ when you were little? You probably haven’t sung it much late, because there’s nothing more grown-up than the dull Monday to Friday ritual of the commute to work.

Friday, June 20, 2014
Patricia

A London woman said today that she is addicted to eating bricks.

Friday, June 20, 2014
The controversial show's star, Ryan the bisexual lion (Photo: Bodhi photography)

Over 1,000 people have signed a petition accusing a controversial play - Sex With Animals - of being “shameful subliminal propaganda of bestiality and zoophilia”.

Friday, June 20, 2014
The Queen is to visit the Game of Thrones set

The Queen has announced that she is to visit the set of hit TV show Game of Thrones.

Friday, June 20, 2014
Tennis fans step up to the service line for a difficult return

With just three days to go until London goes tennis-mad, this 3D interactive art which has appeared at Victoria should get in the mood for Wimbledon.

TOP Stories

Fusilier Lee Rigbywas killed whilst off duty near Woolwich Barracks by Michael Adebowale and Michael Adebolajo in May 2013  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The father of Drummer Lee Rigby, the soldier who was brutally murdered in Woolwich last year, has said it is ‘disgusting’ that his son’s killers received £200,000 from the state to pay for their legal costs.

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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.

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”.

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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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Quizzes

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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How much do you really know about QPR legends like Les Ferdinand? Picture: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Test your knowledge of QPR’s greatest players with our fantastic legends quiz.

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Quiz-1

Do you know your Lock Stock from your Long Good Friday, Sliding Doors from Shakespeare in Love?

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