Serious-minded songwriters have returned. Gone is the foul, metastasising era of Stock Aitken and Waterman and their 'Hit Factory', swept aside at long last by a tide of musicians dedicated to making music of depth that resonates with a music-loving public, a public which is awakening from its own bad dream of botox, gussets and 'Zig-a-zig-ah'.
In the wake of the horse meat scandal, more and more of us are turning to vegetables. To celebrate this sudden and unexpected shift in the cultural zeitgeist, the British Film Society is launching the first ever Vegan & Vegetarian Film Festival in our nation's capital.
London is definitely the city of opportunities - I just wish it would start giving the 20-something generation a little bit of it.
While additional traffic may be good news for businesses, for the gays and lesbians that form the foundation of Soho's sense of community there is a danger that in this commuter boom Soho could lose its sense of place and identity.
The depiction of teenagers on British television isn't offensive; it's hilarious. No matter how many 'youf' dramas are created, television still struggles to create dramas that are relatable, being out of touch with the even the minor details such as what trainers a character should be wearing.
Two young entrepreneurs who are proving that we all still love a slice of the USA are Sophie and Ella Berman, founders of London Love LA. The sisters run an online vintage clothing boutique, where they source vintage and thrift pieces from LA locations (they travel there all year round), selling them from their London base.
Perhaps I'm a navel-gazing Londoner, but I didn't expect to encounter the cool I'm-not-a-hipster-not-quite-a rude-boy-swagger I saw in London, when I met, Ashley Allen, the founder of Avenue Magazine, a quarterly magazine.
Whilst the Bank Holiday weekend's partying may have wiped you out to the extent that you feel like you never want to leave the house again, we reckon ...
When we're at school we pick a new best friend every academic year, and that's it-we're set, bound by a mutual love of The Wombles. By our teens we have a 'crew', a 'gang'. At university we're drunk. And by the time we're adults with jobs and responsibilities and families we... stop making friends?
American friends who come to visit invariably ask which spots they should visit to get a feel for the London poetry scene. Here are five of my current favourites (plus a bonus)--selected for their friendly atmosphere, talented lineups, and longstanding commitment to stoking the fires of poetry in The Big Smoke.
In less than two months I have met tens of new people; experienced wonderful dinners, raucous nights dancing and evenings in the kitchen chatting till the early hours. I have been enlightened, shocked and inspired. And I still crave more adventure! I want to do things I have never done before.
Emerging Icons is a site that's chock-a-block with fresh, new musical talent and it's a real pleasure to share some of our favourite finds with you.
As well as targeting specific funds to get stalled schemes in our most buoyant cities moving, we need to see more autonomy for cities to drive investment in new housing. By removing the restrictions on councils' ability to borrow money against their existing housing assets to invest in new housing, industry experts suggest councils could borrow an additional £2.8bn to invest in new housing.
Who defines how men should perform themselves to be seen as male in 2013 is the core of this very fine, tight little show.
With so much change in a what is often a 'spaghetti of legacy / new systems and processes' it will always be challenging and costly to make structural changes; hence banks will often take the least contentious path. After all, regulatory change is not revenue-generating and times are tough.
Running and training has had such a positive effect on so many aspects of my life that I can't see me giving it up any time soon. It is fair to say it has completely transformed my body. I've lost a stone and a half, developed a totally flat stomach and have slimmer arms, so obviously the physical benefits are definitely worth it!