London

Matt Crabtree

Seeing London Commuters as Renaissance Paintings

A photographer finds transcendence on the Tube.

Mark Byrnes/CityLab

Which European Cities Will Grab London's Post-Brexit Business?

There are many contenders, but no clear winner.

Vic Duran

Well-Lit Urban Centers Are Driving Up the Arrival of Spring

Light pollution makes trees bud at least a week before normal, say researchers.

Pejac

Gravity-Defying Shoes Hang Skyward From London Street Lamps

Farewell, physics?

Marks Barfield Architects/Kevin Meredith

England Erects a 531-Foot-Tall, Rotating 'Observation Pod'

It’s meant to recreate the lofty experience on the London Eye.

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London Deploys a Hologram to Enforce New Escalator Rules

So far, commuters are mainly ignoring it.

Keep Britain Tidy

London's Nasty Sidewalk Grime Inspires Lovely Environmental Art

Street artist “Moose” power-washed dirty sidewalks to create a portrait of imperiled ocean life.

AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Cities Have Been Trying to Curb Dog Poop for Centuries

Excrement: messing up city streets since the 1800s.

Toby Melville/Reuters

London's Big Ben Will Fall Silent in 2017

The iconic clock needs a rest — and a makeover.

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The Sahara Desert Is Blanketing Europe in Dust

Grainy clouds wafting their way north have contributed to pollution woes in London.

London Cycling campaign

How Cycling Is Becoming More Equitable in London

A friendly approach and word-of-mouth are key to the Urban Cycle Loan program’s success.

Reuters Pictures/Gonzalo Fuentes

Paris Just Reached 1 Million Twitter Followers

Its nearest online rival, New York, doesn’t even come close.

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A Novel Idea for Regulating Airbnb

A "renters rights" exchange could spread costs and benefits more evenly across city neighborhoods.

TfL

London's Mayor: Huge Tunnels Will Solve Our Congestion Problem

The city ponders its own version of the Big Dig.

Jay Patani

London's Suburban Real Estate Prices Are Skyrocketing

But in Central London, home values might have hit their peak.

Olivia Harris/Reuters

An Ode to the U.K.'s Red Phone Boxes

Before cell phones, these booths were places for making collect calls and collective memories.

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How London Exceeded Its Entire 2016 EU Pollution Limit in Just One Week

Diesel vehicles are the main culprits, but other major polluters loom on the horizon

black shops with tiny white writing

The Latest Scourge of London Gentrification Is Black Stores With Tiny White Signs

You'll need to squint to make out what these self-consciously twee retailers are actually saying.