London guide battles lockdown blues with virtual tours

Mar 24, 2020
Using the street view on Google Maps, her own photos and extensive knowledge about London, one tour guide walks people virtually through the city.
Look Up London's Katie Wignall has found a way to keep guiding through the crisis: virtual tours.
Courtesy Katie Wignall

Virtual wine tasting boosts London's locked-down spirits

Mar 19, 2020
With people encouraged to stay home in London, business owners are finding enterprising ways of making money and boosting spirits.
To keep spirits high among staff and customers, Gus Gluck decided to start conducting virtual wine tasting sessions on Instagram in the evenings.
Victoria Craig

COVID-19 is making it hard for London businesses to "keep calm and carry on"

Mar 18, 2020
One industry group says Britain's hospitality businesses have taken in 60% less money than usual and customer visits have plunged 40%.
Jesse Dunford Wood, chef and owner of Parlour restaurant pub in London, at work in his kitchen.
Lauren McLean

Will Brexit damage British tech?

Jan 24, 2020
While it faces competition from tech hubs like Berlin, London is unlikely to lose its tech crown, said one tech venture capitalist.
View of London's Old Street roundabout, also known as the Silicon Roundabout due to the proximity of startups in the area
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For a British honey shop, Brexit uncertainty still looms

Dec 4, 2019
Holiday sales will help From Field and Flower, but Brexit could bring tariffs of up to 40%.
Samantha Wallace sources most of her honey from small producers in Europe. Above, worker bees process honey while others seal the honeycomb full of honey with white wax.
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America’s Thanksgiving feast finds fans across the pond

Nov 28, 2019
C. Lidgate has been catering to American ex-pats in London for their Thanksgiving needs for three decades.
BBC / Stephen Ryan

U.K.’s Crossrail delay threatens small businesses along the line

Nov 25, 2019
The delayed arrival of Europe’s biggest infrastructure project — an east-west rail line across London — has hit small businesses located along the route.
A worker looks along a train tunnel at the Canary Wharf Crossrail station in London in 2017.
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What does London's Lord Mayor actually do?

Nov 8, 2019
The 692nd global ambassador for the City of London takes office during a silent ceremony today.
London's 692nd Lord Mayor rehearses in his ceremonial carriage.
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London taxi drivers hail “The Knowledge”

May 14, 2019
Black cab drivers in the British capital say their knowledge of the city gives them a big competitive edge over ride-share rivals.
Black cab drivers block Whitehall as they take part in a protest against Uber on Feb. 10, 2016, in London.
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Brexit is the leading source of frustration in the U.K., says Gymbox's Rory McEntee. "We wanted to provide an outlet for all the pent-up emotion."
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