The BFI has teamed up with Bond producers EON to mark the centenary of film producer Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli who, with Canadian producer Harry Saltzman, brought James Bond to the big screen. A season of films produced by Broccoli will run throughout April and May at London’s BFI Southbank.
Archaeologists from the Museum of London have discovered the foundations of London’s earliest found medieval tide-powered mill. The discovery was made at Greenwich Wharf during archaeological investigations in conjunction with Erith Contractors Ltd to prepare for the building of a new residential development.
Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who as Home Secretary ordered the Macpherson inquiry that found the Metropolitan Police service was ‘institutionally racist’ has said this is no longer the case. In an interview with the London edition of The Politics Show to mark the tenth anniversary of the Macpherson report and to be broadcast this Sunday Straw says: “…if you are asking me whether I believe the Met as a whole is still institutionally racist, the answer is no.”
Drivers in London could soon benefit from a single system for paying for their paring by mobile phone. London Councils, the body which represents and co-ordinates work by the capital’s 33 boroughs, is looking at ways to set up a system covering the whole of London.
Over 1,000 arrests have been made in a major operation to combat antisocial behaviour and pickpocketing on London’s buses. nFunded by Transport for London and enacted by officers from the Met’s Transport Operational Command Unit, Operation Ridgeway saw up to 200 officers carry out “high-visibility patrols” on the bus network.
Figures published by Wandsworth Council show 1,080 new homes were completed during 2008, only 20 less than in 2007 when the housing market was at its peak. The council says developers are continuing to display confidence in the borough as a long term choice for people to set up home.
Stansted Express has become the latest outlet for Visitor Oyster Cards. Under a deal announced today, visitors to the capital will able to buy a card pre-loaded with £10 when they purchase their train tickets at Stansted, allowing direct access to the Tube and bus network as soon as they arrive in London.
The Monument, the City of London’s memorial to the Great Fire of London, reopened to the earlier today following a £4.5 million restoration project. Work to the memorial included the installation of a new viewing platform balustrade and cage, new telescopes as well as improved lighting, cleaner stonework and repairs to the architecture sculpture.
A new 12-week advertising campaign has been launched by Visit London, the capital’s tourism body. Created in partnership with British Airways, the “Londoner” series will air on pan European channel Euronews in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.
The London Assembly has launched an investigation into support and advice available to new businesses in the capital. The body says new businesses have an important role to play in London’s economic recovery, replacing those which have failed because of the recession.
Boris Johnson has presided over a year of “controversial planning decisions” according to Darren Johnson who sits on the London Assembly for the Green Party. Mr Johnson says three of the Mayor’s planning decisions are in the running for his “worst planning decision” award.
Cafes and restaurants in Hackney are being warned to look out for bogus letters demanding £1000 ‘fines’ for claimed breaches of Health and Safety regulations. The letters, which are being sent out in the name of Hackney Council’s Public Affairs department, include a fake penalty notice and inspection report.