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The London of Doris Lessing: in defence of the Underground

The novelist and playwright Doris Lessing (1919-2013) was born in Iran, brought up in what was then called Southern Rhodesia and lived in London from 1949. In 1957 she wrote: “One evening, walking across the park, […]

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Let 2018 be the year London renews its Good City ambitions

Optimism is a customary pleasure of New Year, but London enters 2018 with grounds for apprehension. For more than three decades the capital has grown in size and power, its population soaring and its economy booming, to […]

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London Mayors at Christmas, past and present

Christmas broadcasts by London Mayors have yet to embed themselves in the festive viewing habits of the capital, but Sadiq Khan has made a decent job of looking back at a year scarred by terrorist attacks and the Grenfell […]

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London 2012 Olympic Park: landscape of dispersal and renewal

We’ve just passed the fifth anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics, with all its sweat, glory and pride. The event sold Britain in the most positive image of its capital: a thriving, enterprising, multi-ethnic, multicultural […]

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Guest article: Tory manifesto plan to change how we elect London’s government can only be bad for us

This column is written Rachel Holdsworth, whose fine, witty writing on London politics, housing issues and more used to regularly grace Londonist. She’s now a freelance writer and editor. So much for devolution. The Conservative manifesto […]

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Corbyn and cupcakes: a journey through North London politics

Labour’s leader is sustained by an old north London brand of abstract idealism, dauntless optimism, moral indignation and discomfort with change. It has its charms but its reach is limited. Belief Jeremy Corbyn wore his reddest tie […]