London Travel News 12/06/2010
King’s Speech rules at the BIFAs
On 5 December, the British Independent Film Awards crowned their cinematic champions of 2010; "The King's Speech" came up trumps.
UK sees the return of the big freeze
Despite freezing fog, ice and snow in many parts of Britain, transport network appears to be coping better than last week.
Chromaroma and the onward march of gameification
During winter commuter chaos, a company called Mudlark launches Chromaroma, a new visual treasure hunt on London transport.
London to get 4,500 trees planted over winter
London boroughs plan to plant more than 4,500 new street trees over the winter, funded by the capital's mayor's street tree program. The new trees will bring the number of trees planted since the pledge to more than 9,500 by March 2011.
Snow causes more transport disruption across England
The threat of heavy snow is continuing to linger over rail, road and air passengers in England as the severe weather persists. Met Office heavy snow warnings remain in place for the East, London, the South East and the East Midlands.Gatwick Airport re-opened safely on Friday morning, although flights remained suspended at other airports.
Shard London Bridge becomes the UK’s tallest skyscraper
The Shard London Bridge, currently under construction, has been crowned the UK's tallest skyscraper. The tower outgrew previous holder Canary Wharf's One Canada Square, which stands at 235m (771ft). When completed, the south London skyscraper will be the tallest building in the European Union.
Bike Hire Scheme Opens to All – No Registration Needed
On Friday, 3 December, the already-popular Barclay's Blue Bike scheme in London was opened to casual users with credit and debit cards, no registration needed.
TfL to create Kate and Wills Oyster card for royal wedding
Transport for London is considering the creation of a limited edition souvenir Oyster card for the Royal Wedding. If this goes well, you'll probably see one for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, as well.
Heartbreak as 2018 Cup dream ends
The 2018 World Cup will be hosted by Russia. (And in 2022, Qatar.) England, referred to in the announcement speech as "the motherland of football," is crying bribery…amidst its crushing disappointment.
Behind The Living Wall at London’s Athenaeum Hotel
Ever wondered how that living wall outside London's Athenaeum, well…lives? Check out this unique feature on the coolest building in Mayfair.
London Calling to the Faraway Film Fans
THE CLASH'S classic album, London Calling, is to be the subject of a new film that will follow the ins and outs of the creative process behind what is often regarded as the greatest rock'n'roll record of all time.
Memoirs of an airport ‘writer in residence’
Wonderful interview with Alain de Botton, a Swiss-born writer who lives in London, who "A Week at the Airport," chronicling his experiences about living in the wacky world of Heathrow Airport for a week.