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Football: Olympic Stadium shapes up for West Ham move

Work has begun to build a new roof on London's Olympic Stadium, future tenants West Ham United announced on Wednesday. The Premier League club will move into the arena, the centre-piece of last year's London Games, in 2016 and preparations are under way to facilitate their arrival. The first of 14 floodlight panels will be removed later this week, with a cantilevered roof due to be in place by 2015 in order to host matches at the rugby union World Cup that year.

Trial to begin over British soldier's murder

The trial of two British Muslim converts charged with murdering a soldier in broad daylight on a London street was to get under way formally on Monday. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, both Britons of Nigerian descent, deny murdering Lee Rigby, who was hacked to death near his barracks in Woolwich, southeast London, on May 22. The death triggered demonstrations from right-wing groups and attempted firebombings of mosques.

Ivanhoe Cambridge buys two properties in British capital for $73 million

MONTREAL - Ivanhoe Cambridge says it has increased the number of residential units it owns in London, England, through two acquisitions worth a total of $73 million. The Caisse de depot's real-estate arm says the 105 additional units bring the total in Ivanhoe Cambridge's London multiple-dwelling portfolio to 359. One of the acquisitions is the five-building Kew Bridge Court complex with 94 apartments in Chiswick, an affluent area less than 10 kilometres west of Buckingham Palace. The other acquisition is the Imperial House complex, with 11 apartments near Hyde Park.

Riots to riches: gentrification sparks fears for Brixton's soul

The small champagne bar faces the stall selling Afro-Caribbean produce, a stone's throw from the scene of some of London's worst riots. Welcome to Brixton, the once infamous district transformed by gentrification. Along the roads where hordes of young black men battled police in 1981, wine bars and sushi restaurants have flourished, squats have been cleared and houses are now selling for over £1 million ($1.6 million, 1.2 million euros).

Andy Murray nearly late for royal honour after drugs test

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was awarded an honour by Prince William on Thursday -- though the tennis star nearly missed his big day at Buckingham Palace due to a drugs test. It was a big occasion for William too as he takes on more duties from his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, presiding over an investiture ceremony for the first time. Murray, who in July became the first British man to win the Wimbledon men's singles title in 77 years, was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), two ranks below a knighthood, for his services to tennis.

UK's Frieze Art Fair gets smaller, but big players still hopeful

By Paul Casciato LONDON (Reuters) - The Frieze Art Fair got smaller in 2013, but industry insiders said that would make it no less important for international players who flock to London every October to see cutting-edge contemporary works. The world's largest art fair combines works by household names and those from lesser known artists in a giant white marquee in Regent's Park. This year it features 152 galleries and runs from October 17-20.

Royal Mail shares surge as formal trading begins

Shares in British postal operator Royal Mail rallied further on Tuesday when formal trading of the stock began following a controversial part-privatisation. Royal Mail shares jumped as high as 490 pence in morning deals on the first day of trading for many of the 690,000 small investors who bought stock last week. That increased the value of Royal Mail to as much as £4.9 billion ($7.8 billion, 5.8 billion euros), following part-privatisation of the group by Britain's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

British police charge man after Buckingham Palace arrest

LONDON (Reuters) - British police have charged a man with trespass and possession of a bladed article after an arrest on Monday at Buckingham Palace, just a month after another security incident at the London residence of Queen Elizabeth. David Belmar, 44, of London, who was apprehended by one of the palace's gates, will appear before a London court on Tuesday, a police spokesman said.

Chinese group plans to rebuild London's Crystal Palace

A Chinese investment firm on Thursday announced plans to resurrect London's Crystal Palace, once the largest glass structure in the world. The planned £500 million ($800 million, 600 million euro) re-creation by the ZhongRong Group is on the same size and scale as Joseph Paxton's original cast iron and plate glass masterpiece. The Crystal Palace was built in central London's Hyde Park for the 1851 Great Exhibition of wonders from across the globe, but moved to a hilltop dominating south London in 1854.

Britain's Tate museum calls on government for funding "contract"

By Paul Casciato LONDON (Reuters) - The Tate museum called for a five-year public funding "contract" with the British government on Thursday to help stabilize its role as a national repository of art in an era of declining public finances for culture. The Tate - which comprises four main museums, 70,000 works of art and includes the most visited gallery of modern art in the world - said it required the commitment to provide clarity for its long-term financing plans.
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