The 'Whitechapel fatberg' (Image: Thames Water)

Is the Whitechapel fatberg the ultimate symbol of our times?

The fatberg has officially become an emblem of our times. The smelly conglomeration of fat deposits, toilet waste and towelettes that clog the sewers under London is to the 21st century what the night-time activities of the night soil men were to the Victorians. For a salami slice of the bloated monster found beneath the streets of London could find …

Giles BroadbentIs the Whitechapel fatberg the ultimate symbol of our times?
Winter Lights is returning to Canary Wharf in 2018 (Image: Canary Wharf Group)

Winter Lights returns to Canary Wharf in January

One of the most spectacular and successful installations at Canary Wharf is returning in the new year. Winter Lights, which saw brilliant and mesmeric artworks in unexpected corners of the estate, will be shining bright between January 16-27 in 2018. Read more: Think about this – Rodin is coming to Canary Wharf The sculptures, structures and installations are the creations …

Giles BroadbentWinter Lights returns to Canary Wharf in January

Watch – hot air balloons rise over London City Airport

Early Sunday morning, a light breeze, perfect conditions, and the skies above East London were dotted with drifting shapes in primary colours. The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta took to the skies from London City Airport coinciding with the 30th birthday celebrations of the Docklands landmark. At 7am, 27 lifted off, the first time from the runway, and stayed …

Giles BroadbentWatch – hot air balloons rise over London City Airport
Roads in Tower Hamlets

Why a Smart car is like a stretch limo on Tower Hamlets roads

Tower Hamlets road users would find themselves with a case of agoraphobia if they were to venture to the Orkneys. For the group of Scottish islands has a commodious 49m of road per person. The London borough has just 0.9m. They represent the best and worst in the country, according to the Department of Transport. At 90cm per person – …

Giles BroadbentWhy a Smart car is like a stretch limo on Tower Hamlets roads
Altazimuth Pavilion, Greenwich, where new astonomy equipment could be placed

Astronomers in Greenwich aim to reach for the stars – again

Astronomy could be coming home. The Royal Observatory Greenwich is looking to turn the Altazimuth Pavilion into a working observatory for the first time in 60 years. An appeal to raise £50,000 to kickstart the work is close to success, heralding the start of a new era of stargazing on the historic site. The work would include restoring and housing …

Giles BroadbentAstronomers in Greenwich aim to reach for the stars – again
The suspect checks around him (Image: Met Police)

CCTV of suspect who squirted corrosive substance in driver’s face

Police in Tower Hamlets have released CCTV pictures of an incident in which a takeaway delivery driver had a corrosive substance squirted in his face by an attacker who demanded money in east London. The attack took place in May but detectives have renewed their appeal for information about the attack which place outside a residential address in Dane Place, …

Giles BroadbentCCTV of suspect who squirted corrosive substance in driver’s face
Work is nearing completion on the new station at Abbey Wood (Image: CROSSRAIL)

New pictures show how designers have put the wood into Abbey Wood station

A new station at Abbey Wood, on the Crossrail network , is coming together, piece by piece, an befitting its name, it has an impressive display of timber at its heart. The upgrade, by Network Rail and Crossrail, is reaching its final stages and will host Southeastern services later this year before the Elizabeth line opens in 2018. The station will act …

Giles BroadbentNew pictures show how designers have put the wood into Abbey Wood station
A man is removed from the road by police after taking part in a protest to block the arrival of military vehicles to the arms fair in 2015 (Image: AFP)

Campaigners make plans to disrupt Excel arms fair

Protesters plan to lay siege to the Excel exhibition centre , in Docklands, for a week next week in an attempt to disrupt a major arms fair. The DSEI Conference, the world’s largest, heads to east London every two years, each time drawing a coalition of campaigners, some of whom set up camp as a staging post for direct action. The police …

Giles BroadbentCampaigners make plans to disrupt Excel arms fair
Tower Hamlets

Judge places foster girl back in grandmother’s care after race row

A judge has ruled that a young Tower Hamlets girl can go and live with a family member after reports she was fostered with a Muslim family who couldn’t speak English. The council has rejected some aspects of reports, which have dominated headlines for days, and said it was always its intention to place the five-year-old Christian girl in a …

Giles BroadbentJudge places foster girl back in grandmother’s care after race row