Deep purple: the L’oscar Hotel afternoon tea is as decadent as the decor Looking for chandelier-hung, vintage glamour? Or sleek, modern twists on the classics? London has an afternoon tea to suit all tastes and we’ve scouted out the most glamorous — from high-concept menus to straight classics, and from luxe hotels to velvet-strewn ex-chapels….

Queues! If chuckling disingenuously at people making lazy jokes about how the British love queuing was an Olympic sport, then we’d have choked to death on gold medals by now. Here’s a definitive/utterly subjective list of London’s best and worst queues. Please read this one at a time. Best: The Wimbledon queue Wimbledon – where…

Love food? Join our new Facebook Group, Foodie Finds, to discuss all things edible in London. That cheeseburger: Four Legs at The Compton Arms. The Compton Arms is a small, recently prettied-up pub down an Islington backstreet. Lovely in a low-key way, it’s all low-beamed ceilings and tight angles, and a sliver of bench-space and…

This is a sponsored article on behalf of Raffolux. Fancy zooming over London’s landmarks in a helicopter? What about popping open a bottle of Pinot Noir and grazing on champagne truffles in Hyde Park? Or perhaps you’d prefer to bask in the sauna of a luxury Mayfair hotel? These might not sound like ordinary raffle…

Go on, pile it up. Photo: Thomas Hawk on Flickr. London has no shortage of great ice cream, but that doesn’t always guarantee a great sundae. Sometimes the best gelaterias are just too purist about their ice cream to properly sully it with wild excess the way a good sundae demands you do. Lightness of…

Image copyright LFB/PA Image caption Dany Cotton was one of only 30 female firefighters when she joined London Fire Brigade London’s first female fire commissioner has said she will retire next year. Announcing her departure, Dany Cotton, 50, said the “utter devastation” of the Grenfell Tower fire was something that would never leave her. Ms…

Buses4Homeless is a project created to shelter those sleeping on the streets of London. Four old buses have been converted into spaces for sleeping, eating, wellness and career building. Krzysztof Szymczyk from Poland is one of the first homeless people to benefit from the programme. The number of rough sleepers in London has reached a…

Laura Reynolds Fascinating Photos Show London’s Pigeons Through The Years Women in uniform in Trafalgar Square, c.1961. © Estate of Lutz Dille/Museum of London Love ’em or hate ’em, pigeons are part of living in London. To mark National Pigeon Day (which is an actual thing, and definitely not something we’ve invented), the Museum of…