Year: 2015

Kate Effect: Royal Baby Boost for UK

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have continued to receive messages of congratulations and close family visitors to their Kensington Palace home in west London after the birth of their second child at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital. Read more: Royal Baby: It’s a Princess Royal Baby: Will it be Alice, Diana or Elizabeth The Prince of Wales and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, were early visitors to Kensington Palace to see his second grandchild. The duchess’ parents, Michael and Carole and her sister Pippa Middleton have also been to see the new baby. Kensington Palace said the Cambridges were “hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people from all over the world”. A spokesperson announced on Twitter: “It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.” Prince Harry who is on military duties in Australia said he couldn’t wait to meet his beautiful niece. Prince Harry has said about his new niece: "She is absolutely beautiful. I …

Becks Appeal: Goldenballs at 40

David Beckham decided to join us for breakfast this morning ☕️⚽️ #pastthepond #davidbeckham A post shared by Ashley Lomelin ❣️ (@ashleeyy__nicole) on Apr 25, 2015 at 7:57am PDT Local delicacy: David Beckham blends in at the Montparnasse cafe in Kensington David Beckham has indeed settled effortlessly into life in west London as the instagram snap shared above shows on a recent visit to his local cafe in Kensington. The man who gave us the sarong and cornrow has a lot to celebrate as he hits forty. Friend and sportswriter Matthew Syed paid a glowing tribute to one of Britain’s sporting and cultural icons in The Times. In fact he can count him as a friend, having penned his biography. He paints an endearing picture of a likeable personality and caring father. His red line?  Not even a commercial opportunity will stand between brand Beckham and the school run. “I can’t complain because there are so many aspects of being famous that are a privilege.” He regards the constant adulation as a small price to pay …

Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox, Margaret Thatcher, Pigment Print, 2015. Copyright Andrew Bruce & Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Photography, London

General Elections 2015: Spitting Image to the Rescue

Just when you thought the general election campaign needed a spark, an unseen hand to shake the main players out of their lethargy, up comes some very entertaining ghosts from the past. Those latex puppets that got 15m viewers glued to the television sets in the 80s and 90s are back again for a cameo role in a lacklustre election campaign devoid of characters, candour and colour.

Royal Baby: It’s a Princess

Follow our live coverage of the birth of the Royal baby from the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Paddington Hospital, west London. He or she will be the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child and will become the fourth in line to the British monarchy. *Comment, ask questions and make your points below the live dispatches and share them to social media.

Fans of the royal family hold a rosette saying "it's a girl" outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's hospital in London

Royal Baby: Will it be Alice, Diana or Elizabeth?

As we await the Royal news amidst speculation and with heightened anticipation – will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have another Boy George or is a new little Princess on the cards? The worldwide interest surrounding the latest Royal birth is staggering, played out in the open outside Paddington’s St Mary’s Hospital as international media, royalty fans, the public, retailers and manufacturers converge and await the birth. I bet the political parties will be delighted at this Royal distraction in the run-up to the general elections as media frenzy will be at an all-time high, if her Royal Highness’ due date extends beyond May 7th! Naming Ritual So with the new Royal due anytime, there’s been huge speculation about what name will reign. All bets are on and top of the scores for our new Princess is ‘Alice’ meaning ‘noble’ which features on both sides of Kate and William’s family trees. I think the Royal couple will choose a traditional name to complement George. Read more: Royal Baby live coverage from Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital …

The Wall Street sign is seen in front of the New York Stock Exchange

Wall Street Flash Crash: Hounslow Man in Court over £27m Fraud

A man from the west London suburb of Hounslow has appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court over ‘flash crash’ stock exchange manipulation that wiped £500bn off American shares for a few minutes in May 2010. In US Department of Justice extradition papers seen by WLT, Navinder Singh Sarao, 37 is wanted to face charges of wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation. Mr Sarao is alleged to have carried out the criminal enterprise described as high frequency trading from the Hounslow address where he lives with his parents trading as Nav Sarao Futures Limited. US regulatory authorities also allege Sarao made $40m (£27m) over five years. Mr Sarao has opposed his extradition and bail has been set at £5.05m bail with his parents required to deposit £50,000 with the court. He is to reappear in court in May. His passport and his parents’ passports have also been confiscated and he has to report to a local police station. He faces 380 years imprisonment if extradited and convicted of the charges.

A demonstrator from the Occupy Wall Street campaign stands with a dollar taped over his mouth in Zucotti Park near the financial district of New York

David Graeber: UK in a Globalised World

The man who coined the rallying cry for the Occupy Wall Street movement, “We are the 99%”, David Graeber, American anthropologist, activist, author and teacher at the London School of Economics, leads the discussion on how a globalised world affects UK democracy from Notting Hill’s Book and Kitchen as part of our General Elections coverage. *Please post your comments below the live commentary in the comments section below.

Stripes: The house in South End Kensington has to be repainted white

£15m ‘Stripe House’ Makes Kensington Neighbours See Red

A house owner has got one over her neighbours after they scuppered her plans for a triple basement redevelopment in South End, Kensington, a cobbled west London mews. The woman said to be Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring then proceeded to paint the three-storey townhouse valued at £15m in red and white stripes after a protracted planning and legal battle with residents. The Royal Borough which recently outlawed certain basement conversions has been plagued by so- called ‘iceberg homes’ for many years until it finally moved to restrict their explosion. The plans studied by West London Today included a triple basement comprising a swimming pool, a gym and media room. It is believed Ms Lisle-Mainwaring who is at loggerheads with neighbours wants to demolish the present structure and expand it from three storeys to five storeys with four bedrooms. But it is her latest move that has brought a whiff of comedy into an otherwise bitter affair and with it throngs of amused visitors. Social media is already abuzz about the house described by locals as resembling a ‘beachside hut’ …