Socceroos to play Colombia in London as part of World Cup preparations

New coach to run rule over players on 27 March Game comes four days after friendly against Norway in OsloThe Socceroos’ preparations for the 2018 World Cup will take in a friendly match in the familiar surrounds of Craven Cottage against Colombia o


Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly to step down

Kelly, director of UK’s largest arts centre since 2006, wants to focus on Women of the World festivalJude Kelly, one of the UK’s longest-serving and highest-profile arts leaders, is stepping down from the Southbank Centre after 12 years.Kell


M&S to shut London distribution centre, putting 380 jobs at risk

Retailer to close Neasden site after tough Christmas but also reveals plans for new warehouse in HertfordshireMarks & Spencer is closing its London distribution centre, putting 380 jobs at risk, after disappointing Christmas trading figures.The move, part


Congolese government in rent arrears for London embassy

Owners of building on Great Portland Street reveal rent issue during successful legal action to remove human rights activistsThe Congolese government is facing legal action for failing to pay rent on its embassy in London, it has emerged.The step taken by


Life in London's working-class pubs – in pictures

We Could Be Heroes, an exhibition of images by the photographer Marco Sconocchia, is billed as ‘bringing to life the world and underworld of modern Britain’. The show will be at the Italian Institute of Culture from 26 January-3 March Continu


Josie Rourke and Kate Pakenham to leave Donmar Warehouse

Artistic director and executive producer were the first female partnership to run a London theatre The first female partnership to run a London theatre have announced their departure from the Donmar Warehouse, one of the UK’s most important theatre


Transport secretary 'should be accountable' for rail network delays

Department for Transport strongly criticised by NAO and unions for decisions that led to major disruption to passengersThe government’s management of the UK’s largest rail franchise has been severely criticised by auditors who found that pol


Julian Assange's stay in London embassy untenable, says Ecuador

South American country that has housed WikiLeaks founder for five years says it is seeking mediator to end impasse with UKEcuador’s foreign minister has said Julian Assange’s five-and-a-half-year stay in her country’s London embassy i

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