Editor's Pick / November 13, 2015 The City gets another tower
The City gets another tower

as 40-storey skyscraper gets green light

Hordes of suits in London's Square Mile will have another office skyscraper to call home, after a Japanese developer got the go-ahead this morning for a 40-storey tower.

The City of London gave planning permission for Mitsubishi Estate London to create a 769,727 square feet tower at 6-8 Bishopsgate and 150 Leadenhall Street.

With the help of one of the architects helping on Battersea Power Station- Wilkinson Eyre- the property will ..»

Editor's Pick / November 11, 2015 London's 'walk the Tube' map...
London's 'walk the Tube' map...

reveals the real distance between stations

Londoners know it, but not all visitors do: sometimes it's quicker to walk than take the tube. The official London Underground map — designed by Harry Beck in 1933 and arguably the most recognizable transit map in the world — is a masterpiece of compressed design, but this can also make it misleading as visitors confuse proximity on the map and physical distance. To fix this, Transport for London (TfL) has released the first official walking map ..»

Gourmet / October 30, 2014 London Develops a Peruvian Palate
London Develops a Peruvian Palate

a dozen or so high-profile Peruvian restaurants have exploded on the scene

While London is relatively welcoming to non-native cuisines, few could have predicted just how quickly the latest culinary trend would take off. Though the Peruvian population is small, a dozen or so high-profile Peruvian restaurants have exploded on the scene, with more on the way. Peru’s most famous chef, Gastón Acurio, is even looking to open a branch of his La Mar cevicheria in high-rent Mayfair.

Peruvian restaurants are now comfortabl ..»

Editor's Pick / October 04, 2014 London Phone Booths
London Phone Booths

Find New Lives

They are much loved but little used these days, so Britain’s red telephone booths are often creatively repurposed — as tiny public libraries, art installations, shower stalls, places to keep defibrillators, elongated aquariums and even the world’s smallest pub. Now someone has come up with a new use that actually involves phones, the mobile kind that helped make the venerable kiosks obsolete.

Two entrepreneurs are transforming decommission ..»

Gateways / April 30, 2012 Four unmissable day trips from London
Four unmissable day trips from London

If you need a break from London after a week of hectic sightseeing…

England’s compactness means there are many day trips on the doorstep of the capital. From the dreaming spires of Oxford to sophisticated, sexy Brighton, from upper crust Windsor and Eton to classy Bath, you can easily hop on a train or bus to a range of real gems. OXFORD The Victorian poet Matthew Arnold called Oxford “that sweet city with her dreaming spires”. For visitors, the superb architecture and unique atmosphere of the university – made u ..»

Editor's Pick / April 30, 2012 My London, and Welcome to It
My London, and Welcome to It

A profile of London…

IF you’ve saved this article for your long-planned trip to London, and you’re now reading it for the third time, circling Heathrow, well, I’m sorry. You’re probably still up there because the queue at passport control has become mutinous. They’re snaking out onto the runways — grim, silently furious visitors, unable to use their phones, forbidden from showing anything but abject acquiescence to the blunt instrument that is the immigration officer ..»

London People / April 30, 2012 See London as a local
See London as a local

There is another side to the city that many tourists miss out on entirely: the London that locals love.

From a tour of the Tower of London to a spin on the London Eye, England’s capital boasts enough attractions to keep visitors coming back time and time again. SHOPPING AND MARKETS Since the mighty Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush opened its doors in 2008, tourists and Londoners alike have flocked to this West London giant which is home to all the usual high street suspects. However, to find the most unique fashion in the city, Londoner ..»

Exhibits / April 26, 2012 Cutty Sark reopens to the public today
Cutty Sark reopens to the public today

plus David Starkey's Royal River

The purists may be disgruntled, but families will love the new look Cutty Sark, which opens today. Amid much patriotic flag-waving, dewy-eyed Empire nostalgia and even a visit from Her Majesty The Queen, the Cutty Sark, one of London's best-loved visitor attractions, finally reopens to the public today. The famous Greenwich-based ship – once the fastest clipper in the world – has undergone extensive conservation work since 2006, costing a total o ..»

Culture / April 26, 2012 Full London 2012 Festival Programme Announced
Full London 2012 Festival Programme Announced

The full line-up for the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad

From 21 June to 9 September, London will be the focus of an unparalleled programme of music, theatre, film comedy, exhibitions, art and outdoor events. In short, this is an arts jamboree to end all arts jamborees. All 204 Olympic nations are represented with 25,000 artists performing not just in London but throughout the UK. Much of the final programme has been previously announced, but here are some highlights from the whole festival: 160,000 fr ..»

Editor's Pick / April 26, 2012 London 2012 Olympics:
London 2012 Olympics:

hotel rates in the capital expected to fall

The average price of a hotel stay in London during the Olympic Games could fall sharply in the coming weeks, with LOCOG, the organising committee, expected to release a second batch of unused rooms. More than 8,000 rooms were surrendered by LOCOG in January, prompting a 25 per cent fall in average rates, and a further 12,000 are to go back on the market, according to the online travel agency Expedia. "A number of rooms have been released by LOCOG ..»

Shopping / April 26, 2012 London's top shops: James Smith & Sons umbrella shop
London's top shops: James Smith & Sons umbrella shop

Europe's oldest umbrella shop has served customers, rain or shine, since Victorian times.

A slice of Victorian London is thriving on Oxford Street. A five-minute walk from the bland expanse of high-street shops that stretch from Tottenham Court Road station westwards to Bond Street, James Smith and Sons Umbrella Shop has remained largely unchanged since it moved to the location in 1857 (the shop was originally located in Foubert Place, off Regent Street, where it opened in 1830). The windows of the handsome shop make an immediate impa ..»

Exhibits / April 26, 2012 Out of Focus – Photography at the Saatchi Gallery
Out of Focus – Photography at the Saatchi Gallery

Tom Jeffreys picks out the highlights in Saatchi's first major photography exhibition in a decade.

In a neat bit of timing, cloud-computing service Google Drive is officially unveiled on exactly the same day as the Saatchi Gallery opens its first major photography show in over a decade. Out of Focus – Photography opens to the public today, with the interesting addition of Google's familiar logo adorning both the exhibition's press releases and the gallery walls upstairs. Yes, as Google gradually becomes associated less with the famous “Don't b ..»

Culture / April 26, 2012 Traction: London’s newest music festival
Traction: London’s newest music festival

Details of this summer’s new Traction festival, which is part of the London 2012 festival, have been announced.

One of a number of cultural events to be hosted in London in celebration of this year’s Olympic Games, the one-day Traction music festival will take place on Saturday July 14 and will feature a line-up that focuses on European acts. Created by Eurostar, a sponsor of the 12-week London 2012 Festival, the event is curated by the DJ Gilles Peterson and today it was announced that Parisian musician Sébastien Tellier will be among the headline acts. S ..»

Culture / April 17, 2012 Arts Ahead: What’s On In London 17 – 23 April
Arts Ahead: What’s On In London 17 – 23 April

This week’s hottest theatre, dance, opera, world music, jazz and art events

THEATRE: Everyone’s favourite comedy air hostess, Pam Ann returns to London from tonight, with a brand new show, You F’Coffee at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Also opening tonight is A Tale of Two Cities at the Charing Cross Theatre, a new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens, starring Jonathan Ansell. From tomorrow, Cillian Murphy’s one man show, Mistermanopens at the National Theatre Lyttelton brings a slice of Irish life to London. On Friday, the f ..»

Readers Buzz / April 17, 2012 This week's best London events
This week's best London events

From a mammoth Shakespearean sonnet session to the citywide London marathon

It's going to be a busy week in the capital, with major events taking place throughout London and one event - the 2012 London Marathon - dominating proceedings in the city on Sunday. Elsewhere, cultural programmes continue at Barbican, along the South Bank and in Camden. The London Marathon Participants in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon will have been preparing for this day for months. If you’ve only just learned about it you can choose either t ..»

Culture / April 17, 2012 Trafalgar Square To Become An English Garden
Trafalgar Square To Become An English Garden

The English Garden festival takes place in Trafalgar Square on 21 April from noon till 6pm.

The never-ending fad for unusual pop-ups reaches new heights this Saturday (21 April), as “pop-up woodland and moorland” appear in Trafalgar Square. The unlikely sylvan interventions will be joined by other green distractions, such as fruit trees and allotments. Meanwhile, live music acts will play from a temporary bandstand and English tea (as in ‘grown in England’) will be served from a special terrace. The one-day event marks St George’s Day ( ..»

Exhibits / April 16, 2012 Curator’s tour: Alighiero Boetti
Curator’s tour: Alighiero Boetti

Tate Modern, Level 4 galleries

Join one of the exhibition curators on a tour of Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan. The curators offer expert readings of how Boetti’s work engaged with the changing geopolitical situation of his time. Alighiero e Boetti (1940–1994) was one of the most important and influential Italian artists of the twentieth century. He was a key member of the Arte Povera group of young Italian artists in the late 1960s which was working in radically new ways using s ..»

Editor's Pick / April 13, 2012 Children's art in Buckingham Palace montage
Children's art in Buckingham Palace montage

Palace to star in new art project

The montage will be attempting to break the Guinness World Records title for most artists working on an art piece, more than 200,000 children's self-portraits are set to form a giant image of the Queen on Buckingham Palace. The images will be projected on to the palace from 20:30 to 23:30 on 19, 20 and 21 April and will also be displayed on 18 BBC Big Screens across the UK. It is part of the Face Britain art project for youngsters aged between fo ..»

Exhibits / April 13, 2012 The Scream Comes To London
The Scream Comes To London

Edvard Munch’s The Scream goes on public display

One of four versions of Edvard Munch’s The Scream goes on public display at Sotheby’s today. It’s the first time the pastel work has been seen in Britain, and only its second public outing in the world. The image is one of a quartet of Screams created by Munch in the 1890s, and the only one still in private hands. Its sale at auction in New York next month is expected to raise at least £50 million, which will go towards a museum and arts centre d ..»

Culture / April 09, 2012 London’s Top 10 Fringe Theatres
London’s Top 10 Fringe Theatres

London’s theatre scene is more vibrant than ever, with venues and shows of all different sizes.

If you venture away from the West End, you can find many theatrical treats in our city’s unconventional performance spaces. We’ve covered fringe theatres before, but this top 10 will run you through what we think are the best, quirkiest and most interesting alternative off-West-End venues. In no particular order… 1. Theatro Technis A short stroll from Mornington Crescent Tube station, Camden’s Theatro Technis is a real gem. The theatre is a forme ..»

Articles / April 08, 2012 Weekend Walking With Westminster Guides
Weekend Walking With Westminster Guides

Looking to do a bit of walking and exploring over the Easter weekend?

You could do a lot worse than taking one of the new regular tours from our friends at Westminster Guides. We know a few of these fine fellows personally, and can vouch for their ludicrously impressive knowledge of their chosen locale. They’ve got the chops to prove it, too; each guide has a university accredited qualification following a year’s study of Westminster, which sets them apart from most other operators. They also make it easy. No need ..»

Nightlife / April 06, 2012 London Champagne Bars
London Champagne Bars

Live the champagne lifestyle at one of London's best champagne bars.

Whatever the occasion, you can find an excuse to drink champagne! Whether you're partying in Soho, catching a train or enjoying a spot of retail therapy, there's always time for a glass of fizz. Flûte Bar & Lounge Already a roaring success in New York and Paris, London now has its ownFlûte Bar & Lounge. Located just off Oxford Street, the bar offers more than 100 champagnes by the bottle and 25 by the glass. The relaxing low-lit venue has plenty ..»

Articles / April 05, 2012 London Beer Festival Round-Up: April
London Beer Festival Round-Up: April

community pubs month

Forget fools, showers and chocolate eggs, this April is also ‘community pubs month’, a CAMRA initiative aimed at getting more people into their local pub and keeping these vital community institutions open. Over 330 London pubs are taking part and you can find your local events here. A selection of these, and other festivals is below, but if we’ve missed any please let us know in the comments. 6-8 April The Victory Club, South Norwood. Open 11am- ..»

Gourmet / April 05, 2012 London Food & Drink News
London Food & Drink News

5 April 2012

Ping Pong dim sum restaurants (they’ve got 11 locations in London at the moment and a few more in Sao Paolo, New York and Dubai) are trying to get the word out about the kitchen craft behind their handmade parcels of traditional Chinese yum by hosting complimentary dim sum classes. Two sessions (5.30 and 6.30pm) are offered every Wednesday night until the end of April at different restaurants across town. Each session lasts 45 minutes and has a m ..»

Culture / April 05, 2012 Ten more UK galleries join Google Art Project's
Ten more UK galleries join Google Art Project's

V&A and National Galleries of Scotland join likes of Versailles and the White House

Google has added a further 151 galleries and museums to its Art Project, which allows anyone with a computer to consider a virtual wander through the treasures of Versailles, the joys of the National Gallery in London or, if the mood takes them, Brazilian street graffiti in São Paulo. The expansion of the project, which allows virtual access to artworks in 40 countries, means more than 30,000 objects are available to view, compared with 1,000 in ..»

Culture / April 05, 2012 Titian’s First Masterpiece
Titian’s First Masterpiece

@ National Gallery

Titian may not be as highly regarded as some of his Renaissance brethren such as Da Vinci or Raphael, but he featured prominently in the news last month as £45m was spent to ensure that his painting of Diana and Callisto remained in the UK. This painting is currently on display at the National Gallery, alongside its sister piece – Diana and Actaeon. Gaining less of a media spotlight, the National Gallery is displaying what is considered to be Tit ..»

Articles / April 04, 2012 A yoga flash mob
A yoga flash mob

with free chocolate

You wouldn’t necessarily associate yoga and flash mobs, but this Sunday April 1 the two worlds will collide outside the Southbank’s National Theatre for the Original Beans’s Yoga flash mob. And yes, there will be free chocolate. That’s right, the founder of the high-end chocolate company, Philipp Kauffmann, believes we should do our bit to give back to the planet – through yoga and well-sourced chocolate. Philipp will be giving a free yoga sessio ..»

Articles / April 04, 2012 London Eye
London Eye

Will rotate five times faster during the Olympics

As we keep hearing, London will be packed to the rafters with people flocking to the city this July for the Olympics. Lots of precautions are being put in place to keep the city running smoothly, such as LOCOG encouraging Londoners to take alternative transport routes to ease commute congestion. To ensure everyone who visits gets to make the most out of the city, the London Eye will be sped up to five times the normal speed allowing many more peo ..»

Exhibits / April 03, 2012 British Design 1948-2012:
British Design 1948-2012:

Innovation in the Modern Age

British Design is the blockbuster art exhibition of 2012, sponsored by Ernst & Young. Celebrating creativity and innovation across seven decades in Britain from Jaguar to Alexander McQueen – British Design is the first ever event to showcase designers born, trained or working in the UK. In a year when the eyes of the world will be on London, we think it is a great opportunity to showcase our talents as a nation. We currently face global economic ..»

Articles / April 03, 2012 Celebrate British women in film at the BFI
Celebrate British women in film at the BFI

The past two years have been an exceptional time for groundbreaking British films written and directed by women.

Throughout April the BFI Southbank will celebrate with a season called ‘Made in Britain’, the first of an annual programming strand which will treat British film as a distinctive brand – an approach which, perhaps not coincidentally, was one of the recommendations of a recent report on the future of British film commissioned by the government. Many of the films, such as Lynne Ramsay’s ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’, Andrea Arnold’s ‘Wuthering Heig ..»

Articles / April 03, 2012 Dance Review: English National Ballet
Dance Review: English National Ballet

Beyond Ballets Russes

Following last week’s mixed bag, English National Ballet continues their celebration of the Ballets Russes legacy with a second mixed bill of new and pre-loved works. Balanchine’s Apollo is now 84 years old, but with its turned-in pliés and clean, unfussy lines it still looks strikingly modern today. Mr B’s trademarks are all there – the flexed hand details, six o’clock penchées and strong geometric arrangements – this time pressed into the servi ..»

Editor's Pick / April 03, 2012 Kidding around in luxury hotels
Kidding around in luxury hotels

Forget about black or platinum charge cards; at The Ritz, an ultra-luxurious hotel in London, the card to have is exclusive for Very Important Kids.

Under-16s staying at the hotel are kitted out with small-sized bathrobes, slippers and toiletries, and they have access to the hotel's Teen Concierge. Flash the VIK-card at the attentive staff and they will give you a goodie bag on arrival, feed you ice cream until you can eat no more, then serve you milk and biscuits at bedtime. It is all part of a growing realisation within The Ritz that the kiddie market is both fast-growing and increasingly i ..»

Books / April 03, 2012 Lunch Hour Lectures on tour at The British Museum
Lunch Hour Lectures on tour at The British Museum

Lunch Hour Lectures will be uprooted from their usual residence at UCL and go on tour to The British Museum.

During June 2012, UCL’s free, public summer series of four Lunch Hour Lectures will feature introductions by British Museum curators, and discuss: new discoveries in Neanderthal excavations; why anyone would want to visit museum collections online; how the smell of historical objects can reveal new information; and how putting artworks under the microscope can help us re-evaluate our knowledge of important pieces. The lectures will be held at the ..»

Shopping / April 03, 2012 Luxury Shopping in London
Luxury Shopping in London

Whether you want to spend big or just browse, London is a luxury shopper's paradise

London offers everything a discerning buyer could possibly want, browse your way through large designer shops and department stores, wander around world-famous jewellery shops or source luxurious goods and fine art at prestigious auction houses. Whatever you're looking for, London is packed with luxury shops just waiting to be explored. Buying Art in London London is a major player on the world art scene and art buyers will find everything from t ..»

Gourmet / April 03, 2012 New Restaurant Review: Ceviche, Frith Street
New Restaurant Review: Ceviche, Frith Street

Guess what features prominently on the menu of this couple of months old Peruvian restaurant in Soho

Yep, Peru’s national dish, ceviche. Flip the menu over and it’s an equally Peruvian proud read of cocktails and shots centred around Peru’s famed grape brandy, Pisco. If your mood is raw, then Ceviche is the place for you. From the simple raw fish/lime/chilli/sea salt creations on the front of the menu to the raw egg white/Pisco/lime/sugar syrup/bitters concoctions on the back, the restaurant does this trendy cuisine delicious justice … and just ..»

Music / April 03, 2012 Noel, Liam, Paul and Ringo to play Olympics closing ceremony
Noel, Liam, Paul and Ringo to play Olympics closing ceremony

The Olympics closing ceremony will see the Gallagher brothers join forces with the remaining Beatles.

In the ultimate band re-union, Paul McCartney and Ringo Star are to reform The Beatles this summer with Liam and Noel Gallagher stepping in to join them. The supergroup are to make a one-off appearance at the Olympic closing ceremony, performing songs from The Beatles' back catalogue in an hour-long show, including Oasis favourite Octopuses Garden. Sources close to Liam and Noel said “they're mad for it”. The news undoubtedly peaks the current tr ..»

Gourmet / April 03, 2012 Sunday lunch of the week:
Sunday lunch of the week:

The Vine Pub

Staff are very welcoming at this recently revamped Edwardian pub, which has plenty of room whether you want to sit in the capacious restaurant, cheerful bar or outside on the stylish alfresco terrace. The Vine in Highgate even has a couple of private dining rooms for large family groups or, on our visit, a well-herded party of six-year-old pirates. The menu’s similarly friendly, offering an all-day specials list of cicchetti, as well as more gene ..»

Articles / March 28, 2012 Southbank Chocolate Festival for cocoa-nuts
Southbank Chocolate Festival for cocoa-nuts

Chocoholics anonymous no more!

Go out and indulge in your favourite vice at the Southbank Centre’s annual chocolate festival March 30-April 1. Over three days, celebrated chocolatiers – including Paul A Young and William Curley – will be presenting their indulgent chocolate creations, while industry experts give a variety of mouthwatering talks, demonstrations and tastings. Don’t miss the master chocolatier afternoon on Saturday, where five top chocolatiers (including Bill McC ..»

Business / January 09, 2012 A Pop-Up Café In London
A Pop-Up Café In London

Summons India's Technicolor Vibe

Dishoom Chowpatty Beach's off-beat yet stylishly modern take on eco-friendly design. The Dishoom Chowpatty Beach pop-up café has sprung up on London’s Southbank Centre, offering a cheery summer outpost for Bombay snacks constructed of a mishmash of old materials, furnishings, and decorations. In other words, the perfect evocation of what everyday Indian life is actually like. Designed by the London-based Honest Entertainment, Dishoom proves that ..»

Articles / January 07, 2012 A Building Facade
A Building Facade

Uses Lights to Paint Central London

Jason Bruges Studio designed a skin for the W Hotel in Leicester Square, London, that translates data from the environment into a dynamic light show. There's an eternal tension between contemporary architecture and its (older) surroundings, with the former perpetually lambasted for neglecting to conform to the character of the latter. A clever new facade by the UK lighting designers Jason Bruges Studio would appear to sidestep the issue entirely: ..»

Editor's Pick / January 07, 2012 London's Futuristic New Double-Decker
London's Futuristic New Double-Decker

Bus Hits the Streets

London rolled out a new look for its iconic double-decker bus late last week. The prototype, a fuel-efficient hybrid by the studio of Brit-boy wonder Thomas Heatherwick, is cleverly designed to speed up passenger boarding and represents the first time that the city has commissioned a new bus in more than 50 years. The big inspiration here was the '50s-era Routemaster, beloved for an exposed deck that let riders hop on and off quickly. The new bus ..»

Editor's Pick / January 07, 2012 The World's Most Exclusive Hotel:
The World's Most Exclusive Hotel:

One Room, Two Guests, For One Year Only

A Living Room for London was inspired by Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness," of all things. London has unveiled what might be the world’s most exclusive hotel. Modeled after a river boat and perched on a building high above the Thames, it’s a one-unit hotel that sleeps just two guests a night and will only stay open for a year. That means fewer than 800 people will ever stay there. Geez. Kinda’ makes the Ritz seem like a Motel 6. A Room for Lond ..»

Articles / January 04, 2012 The 2012 Paralympics Medals
The 2012 Paralympics Medals

Offer Inspired, Tactile Interpretation Of Victory

Jewelry designer Lin Cheung evokes Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, with textured imagery. Historically, Olympic medals haven’t been the medium of daring, Olympic-caliber design. Take Omer Arbel’s design for the 2010 Vancouver Games. Originally, he proposed a two-piece medal, which would be held together by concealed magnets and open to reveal a locket that could be worn by the winning athletes as a reminder of their achievements. After a few ..»

Readers Buzz / November 17, 2011 A Pop-Up Gelato Shop
A Pop-Up Gelato Shop

Brings An Italian Beach To London

How to create a beachy vibe in gloomy London? Elips Design achieves the sun-splashed feeling of a Mediterranean coast with smart, simple moves. The key to producing a smart pop-up experience is striking a delicate balance: The interior needs to be efficient, economic, and light on its feet, but the design also must be transformative enough to make you feel like you're not in a temporary environment. This summer, a tiny, bright retail space on the ..»

Editor's Pick / August 11, 2011 The London Tube Map
The London Tube Map

Redesigned For A Multiscreen World

Mark Noad updated Harry Beck's legendary design to be more geographically accurate and easier to read on mobile devices. The London Underground map is right up there with the Mercator projection in the cartographic pantheon. Designer Harry Beck replaced assumptions of geographic accuracy with principles of electrical wiring diagrams to create an entirely new way of thinking about urban wayfinding. But that was nearly a century ago. According to r ..»

Articles / June 16, 2011 World Class Bar opens at the British Airways Lounge
World Class Bar opens at the British Airways Lounge

in London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5

If you have been to London lately, you must have already checked out World Class Bar, in the BA Club Lounge. It is located at the London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5. It has been a result of the tedious and tiresome work of British Airways (BA), Diageo Global Travel & Middle East. The bar is part of Diageo’s communications campaign which helps them interact with their clients during journey, pre-travel, on-airport and in-flight. It is luxury focus ..»

Articles / June 13, 2011 London 2012 Olympic
London 2012 Olympic

Golden Torch Finally Unveiled!

Most of the times speculations are so rife and great that whatever that is unveiled doesn’t live up to the expectations. Well, here we are talking about the much hyped golden torch of London 2012 Olympics. Finally, the London 2012 Olympic golden torch has been unveiled and it has not lived up to the hype and expectations. The golden Olympic torch was to be green without any carbon footprint with an exclusive design but designers couldn’t keep the ..»

Editor's Pick / May 23, 2010 London's new Routemaster
London's new Routemaster

Final designs for London's new Routemaster bus have been unveiled.

The double-decker uses green technology to be 40% more efficient, it has two staircases and an open platform enabling people to "hop-on hop-off". London Mayor Boris Johnson said the new bus for the capital would be "iconic" and "beautiful". A spokesman for Transport for London hoped the bus, which has three doors to speed up boarding, would be in service in 2012. A Transport for London spokesman said the bus would be 15% more fuel efficient than ..»