End of mega-basements in Kensington and Chelsea

The Council has won its historic battle to limit the scale of basement development in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. In the report just published, the Government’s Planning Inspector declares the Council’s proposals for tougher policies to be sound. Basements will still be permitted but strict guidelines will...

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Welcome to the new look website

At Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Today we’re thrilled to announce our new look website. We’ve taken a whole new approach to presenting the very best in local news, from arts and culture to travel and sport, even interactive crosswords. We’d love to hear your comments, opinions and views and we hope you enjoy the all...

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Who on earth can afford to be an intern?

Working an internship in London costs interns, on average, nearly £1000  a month. According to education charity, The Sutton Trust analysis of government data, 31% of all interns, or around 22,000 people, are unpaid. Unpaid internships can cost an individual £804 a month in Manchester and £926 a month in...

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The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature Announces Shortlist

Thursday, 27th November 2014, London: The world’s literati gathered at the historic London School of Economics and Political Science on Thursday, 27th November, as the prestigious shortlist for the fifth annualDSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 was announced. Making the esteemed shortlist is a dynamic mix of new and established writers as well as a translated work. This year’s...

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Is your horned frog a health hazard?

Worried what your monkey might pass on to you? Is you hyena hygienic? Exotic pets have now become so widespread, official health warnings have been issued by the Emergent Disease Foundation. Owning exotic animals, “most likely causes thousands of cases of human illness annually and occasional deaths,” according to the...

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A city of two tales: London boroughs rank at the very top and bottom of average business turnover in Britain

Research released today on business hotspots in the UK shows that two London constituencies ranked 1st and 632nd in a British league table of business performance.   The ‘BAS Business Heat Map’ analyses average annual turnover of businesses according to the constituency in which they are based.   The findings,...

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Open Art Surgery

Hospitals have been major investors in public art for a long time but now evidence is emerging that art really does have a positive effect on patients and staff. The charities which sit alongside some of the NHS Trusts in London are  keen to highlight that they have been working...

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Bottom Bench unveiled in memory of Rick Mayall

London’s most bizarrely situated bench, once located on a traffic island in the middle of Europe’s busiest roundabout system, is being returned as a tribute to comedian Rik Mayall. The bench which featured in the opening credits of the classic comedy series  Bottom has been recreated and unveiled in its...

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Westminster mother fights ‘social cleansing’

A mother of five is taking Westminster City Council to the Supreme Court in what her lawyers are calling a ‘landmark case’ that could prevent councils from freely moving housing applicants out of the area. Titina Nzolamesois is currently homeless after losing her Court of Appeal battle against being rehoused...

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Two die, six hurt, in Knightsbridge balcony collapse

Two men have died after a balcony collapsed on Cadogan Square in Knightsbridge. The two men, who have not yet been named, are thought to be removal men who were working at the address. The first-floor balcony is thought to have been connected to property number 37, a five-storey terraced...

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