London

Has the London Mayor's Office Been Too Successful?

One columnist believes it has.

Grisly Reports From Britain's Worst-Rated Public Toilets

Bathroom users warn of the boogers, blood and unbearable stench in the U.K's allegedly three foulest loos.

Big Cities, Bad Cities, Beer Cities: The Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

A Massive, Infinitely Reshapable 'Toy' in Trafalgar Square

A new piece of interactive design invites community participation.

The Case for Distinctive Taxi Cabs

What we lose when cities begin copying each other.

What Makes a Public Space Good for Democracy?

The best world capitals to raise a democratic ruckus. 

This Week in Bans: It's Criminal To Say Men Have 'No Balls'

Also, a British city forbids its own employees from watching the Olympics and a Tennessee burg attacks noisy street preaching.

50 Years After the Beatles, Liverpool Is Back

England's Detroit has boosted its cultural offerings to become a tourist magnet.

Data-Mining a City's Visual Identity

Researchers train an algorithm to tell us why Paris looks like Paris.

Keep Those Off-Brand Condoms Out of Olympic Village

The brand police investigate a bucket full of non-Durex condoms. Perhaps they're taking this whole sponsor protection thing a bit far.

The Divided Global City

Global class conflict is still playing out on a local scale.

London, 1918 Versus Today

Rare footage offers a glimpse of the city right after World War I. Compare those with sleek aerial footage from today.

The Geography of James Bond

Who's been to more cities, you or 007?

Mapping a City's Surnames

An amazing new tool tracks the names and nationalities that dominate parts of London.

Ghost Town on the Thames

Olympic visitors came for the sports, and stayed for the karaoke bar in the mall. Why aren't they visiting London?

Confirmed Stereotype of the Day: Brazilians Love to Dance

The World Cities Culture Report came out today, and most of what you thought is true.

Beach Volleyball Bikinis and Women's Bodies in Public Space

The perception of women’s bodies as public property to be commented upon and regulated is one of the universal undercurrents of urban life.

Is London's Air Up to Snuff?

How does England's air quality compare to that of past hosts, and could it affect athletes?

For Rent: An Apartment in a Water Tower

$3,900 will get you a room in this renovated tower, complete with a fire escape walk-up.