Tag Archive for London

The heart of London: celebrating art at the City of London Festival

London may be known as a great financial centre, but it’s the arts that are at the heart of London life, says Robin Linnecar, one of the directors of the City of London Festival.

Photo: Manic Street Preacher

The myth of “planet London”

The media increasingly suggest London has a very different world view from the rest of the nation. Sunder Katwala argues it really hasn't and that there is a widespread national pride in London too.

VIDEO: Ian, London

Columnist and foreign correspondent Ian Birrell talks about being educated in Scotland, having a Scottish, Irish and English heritage but identifying with London most of all.

“In many ways I see myself first and foremost as a Londoner, and take great pride in what London is today and that represents me best.”

Columnist and foreign correspondent Ian Birrell talks about being educated in Scotland, having a Scottish, Irish and English heritage but identifying with London most of all. “In many ways I see myself first and foremost as a Londoner, and take great pride in what London is today and that represents me best.”

“London represents me best”

Columnist and foreign correspondent Ian Birrell talks about being educated in Scotland, having a Scottish, Irish and English heritage but identifying with London most of all. "In many ways I see myself first and foremost as a Londoner, and take great pride in what London is today and that represents me best."

VIDEO: Richard, England

Richard was born in England, but moved to Florida at the age of two. "By the time I left the United States when I was 11 I definitely identified myself as American." Moving back to England changed this, however.

Identity shifts

Richard was born in England, but moved to Florida at the age of two. "By the time I left the United States when I was 11 I definitely identified myself as American." Moving back to England changed this, however.

Sneaking into the 2012 stadium ahead of Olympics

British Future headed off to Stratford this morning to get a sneaky peak inside the Olympic stadium ahead of this summer's crowds. Even the journey to the stadium is exciting, if you take London public transport options, the Docklands Light Railway or the Jubilee line. Both sweep past the edge of the park allowing arrivals to catch sight of the striking new buildings, the swoop of the aquadrome and the butterfly of the velodrome in the distance.

Hackney students debate integration

"When you go into school, or into college, you meet people from everywhere - from America, from Poland, everywhere - in one day", says one Hackney Community College student at a British Future debate. British Future went to Hackney to talk to students about whether they defined themselves as British, English or something else. The students' debate, chaired by Anthony Painter, also focused on integration - in terms of the diversity they could see around them in London, and how they thought that was mirrored in the rest of the country.

The Eltham I knew

Do we need to accept a trade-off between tackling racism and addressing the marginalisation of white working-class communities? My own experience of living in Eltham gives me some hope that we do not.

Why we will remember Stephen Lawrence

It was a murder that came to shock a nation, eventually. But I had my own, personal reasons for thinking about Stephen Lawrence almost every day, back in 1999.