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London Axes Body-Shaming Ads on Tube, Bus

Mayor Sadiq Khan tells Transport for London to stop running them

(Newser) - Londoners sick of being bombarded by pictures of the supposedly ideal "beach body" every time they jump on the tube may soon be vindicated. The city's mayor, Sadiq Khan, says he's banning body-shaming ads from London's mass transit system, the Guardian reports. An example of such... More »

London's Gay Choir Has a Moving Tribute for Orlando

Chorus sang 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'

(Newser) - Love is pouring into Orlando from around the world—including some 4,000 miles away in London. Among those to gather at a vigil in the city's Soho district Monday—in memory of those killed at Pulse nightclub —was the London Gay Men's Chorus, which performed a... More »

Britain's Oldest Dated Document Is Found

It was written 2,000 years ago and preserved in mud

(Newser) - Archaeologists say they've discovered hundreds of writing tablets from Roman London—including the oldest handwritten document ever found in Britain—in a trove that provides insight into the city's earliest history as a busy commercial town, per the AP . Researchers from Museum of London Archaeology uncovered more than... More »

JLaw: I Was Held in 'Jail' for 5 Hours

Lawrence's fib didn't go over well with customs agents

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence tried to tell a lie—really she did. On The Graham Norton Show, the actress says she was traveling to London to audition for the role of Mystique in 2011's X-Men: First Class when colleagues told her to lie about her visit because her passport was set... More »

Dig at Shakespeare Theater Reveals a Surprise

It was rectangular, not circular; and toys for sound effects were found

(Newser) - The Bard was truly ahead of his time—and not only because of his way with words. Archaeologists digging at one of London's oldest playhouses , where Shakespeare's company performed from 1597 to 1599, have found a ceramic bird whistle they believe was used for sound effects—perhaps during... More »

YouTube Pranksters Get Prison Time

They caused a panic with fake robberies at two London museums

(Newser) - Four YouTube pranksters will be spending the coming weeks locked up after pleading guilty to charges in connection with fake robberies and a kidnapping at two London art galleries, the BBC reports. According to Engadget , members of Trollstation caused a "mass panic" at the Tate Britain and National Portrait... More »

Worker Sent Home for Not Wearing Heels

Nicola Thorp wants British law changed

(Newser) - A 27-year-old woman is pressing the British government to intervene after she says she was sent home from work for not wearing heels. Nicola Thorp says she arrived at her temp job at London finance company PricewaterhouseCoopers in December and was told she had to wear shoes with a 2-... More »

Sadiq Khan Becomes London's 1st Muslim Mayor

He won with 57% of the vote

(Newser) - Labour Party politician Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver from Pakistan, was elected mayor of London with 1.3 million votes—57% of the total—the AP reports. The final result came after midnight Saturday, more than 24 hours after the polls closed. He defeated Conservative rival Zac... More »

$200B in Gold Sits Beneath the Streets of London

The Bank of England vaults are legendary

(Newser) - The old saying about the streets of London being paved with gold is kind of accurate. You just need to go a bit lower. Beneath Threadneedle Street in the city's financial quarter is a 300,000-square-foot "maze" of Bank of England vaults that hold $200 billion in gold... More »

People Can't Wait to Eat at London's Nude Restaurant

Diners and servers alike will be doing their thing in the buff

(Newser) - While its menu hasn't been unveiled, there's one thing hot new London restaurant The Bunyadi will have plenty of: buns. That's because, as NPR reports, the pop-up restaurant scheduled to open in June will be clothing optional. "We believe people should get the chance to enjoy... More »

UK Guy Jailed After Asking Muslim Woman to 'Explain Brussels'

He's held 'on suspicion of inciting racial hatred'

(Newser) - A partner at a PR agency specializing in social media landed in jail after tweeting about an encounter on a London street following the Brussels attacks. "I confronted a Muslim women [sic] yesterday in croydon," Matthew Doyle wrote Wednesday in a since-deleted tweet. "I asked her to... More »

Son of Punk Icons to Burn $7M in Memorabilia

It's a protest against 'mainstream' celebrations of punk

(Newser) - Joe Corre's collection of punk memorabilia is worth $7.2 million—and it will soon go up in flames. The son of late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and punk fashion designer Vivienne Westwood says he'll burn his "vast amounts" of clothing and artifacts from the era... More »

Clever Bike Thieves Using This New Trick

They're cutting racks, then hiding the gap with tape

(Newser) - London's bike thieves are getting extra crafty. On Friday, a police officer tweeted photos of a bike rack that had been sliced through and then taped back together to hide the cuts from the city's unsuspecting cyclists, per Boing Boing . Sarah King, a councilor for South Camberwell, tells... More »

Flights From London to New York May Get Longer

Thanks to climate change, say researchers

(Newser) - Planning a round trip from New York to London in the not-too-distant future? The good news: Getting to Heathrow may be quicker than ever at about five hours. The bad news: The flight back to the Big Apple could drag on for more than seven hours, making the overall trip... More »

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Kensington Palace

Unnamed man declared dead at scene

(Newser) - A man set himself on fire outside Kensington Palace on Tuesday and was pronounced dead at the scene, CNN reports. Police found the burning man around 3am near Kensington Gardens and attempted to administer medical care but were unable to save him. Prince William and his family, who live at... More »

2 More ISIS 'Beatles' IDed as Londoners

Alexanda Kotey, Aine Davis were part of cruel ISIS cell with 'Jihadi John': reports

(Newser) - A Londoner has been identified as part of an Islamic State cell—along with the late Mohammed Emwazi (aka "Jihadi John" )—that oversaw the beheadings of Western hostages in Syria, per a joint investigation by the Washington Post and BuzzFeed . Emwazi and Alexanda Kotey, 32, were part of... More »

Bus Explodes, London Freaks— Over a Movie Stunt

Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan apparently still making movies, and a little chaos

(Newser) - A bus has exploded in central London, raising no small level of alarm—over what turned out to be a movie stunt. City officials Sunday reassured the public that the explosion was part of filming for The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. The sight of the bus in... More »

Lord at Heart of 1974 Murder Mystery Is Officially Dead

Lord Lucan allegedly killed his children's nanny

(Newser) - A decades-old murder mystery has finally come to some sort of an end. Following a judge's Wednesday ruling, a death certificate has been issued for Lord Lucan, who the New York Times recounts as "a dashing British aristocrat" last seen on Nov. 7, 1974—the day that his... More »

Banksy's Newest Target: Tear Gas Used on Refugees

London mural takes shot at tactics allegedly used on refugees in France

(Newser) - Two giant sheets of plywood now cover Banksy's latest mural opposite the French embassy in London—though developers of the building it's spray-painted on say they're trying to keep it safe, the BBC reports. Never one to shy away from controversy, the artist borrowed the girl who... More »

People Petition God: Bring Bowie Back

And don't miss the singalong in London

(Newser) - A Change.org petition may be futile, but that hasn't stopped hundreds from signing their names. The mission: Bring David Bowie back to life. Created by a fan in Rome, the petition begs God to "say no to David Bowie dead" and currently has some 1,200 supporters.... More »

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