London Articles

Underground London

The subterranean life of Britain's capital.
Feb 15, 2016

The elevator is one of the terrifying old-fashioned kind with a metal latticework that clanks across, through which you can see the shaft as you sink below street level into the cavernous unknown. The red and yellow treads of now-unused stairways spiral past like the double helix of subterranean DNA.

There are only two of us in the elevator; both of us wear lab coats, hairnets, and blue plastic bags over our shoes. Down we go, 14 floors below the Northern Line into the heart of Clapham, a London borough south of the Thames. I am on a mission to discover some of the city’s oldest and newest attractions. And it turns out that the place where London's buried history meets its emergent future is

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Moscow on the Thames

Movie Review: From Russia with Cash.
1:37 PM, Dec 17, 2015

"London property has become the bitcoin of the global kleptocracy," says British journalist Ben Judah. Indeed, 37,000 properties in the British capital are owned by offshore companies. That's about 10 percent of all property in central London. And much of this property was purchased using money gained through crime or skimmed from government accounts, frequently in Eastern Europe.

That is the market being exposed in a new documentary, From Russia with Cash, first shown in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Judah wrote the film.

The film itself is about an hour long and follows two undercover reporters passing themselves off as a government minister and his girlfriend looking to buy a house or apartment in London.

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Soft Power Can Be A Joke -- Or Make A Mayor

Gleanings and observations.
1:22 PM, Apr 08, 2015

Harvard’s estimable Joe Nye has argued for decades that an important component of America’s ability to  influence world affairs is soft power -- a culture and values that coopt other nations and makes them want to follow our lead. A notion beloved of liberals who forget that Nye also mentioned the need for hard power. Never mind.

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U.S. Returns Magna Carta to England

A catalyst for civilization and good governance.
10:05 AM, Jan 20, 2015

Today, America bids farewell to the Magna Carta. The 800-year old document returns home to Lincolnshire, England, after six months in America. It landed at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in July, and spent the past few months at the Library of Congress.

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Keep Calm and Say Something

Julianne Dudley keeps quiet and carries on.
Oct 06, 2014

"If you see something, say something.” To anyone who uses public transportation, it’s a familiar refrain. Yet while the constant warnings to beware of one’s fellow travelers are but a sign of the times, the message is ambiguous. How do you know what qualifies as “something”? As a subway commuter, I regularly see (and hear and smell) some pretty strange things. 

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The British Jihadists

10:36 AM, Aug 21, 2014

The killing of James Foley was done, it seems, by someone who spoke with a British accent. This is disturbing, of course, but not surprising.  The first of these ritual executions, that of Daniel Pearl, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, was organized by a man named Omar Sheikh who was born in London and educated at the London School of Economics.  

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Israel and the West

6:14 AM, Jul 17, 2014

Douglas Murray has a terrific post at the London Spectator's website, a reply to Hugo Rifkind's claim in his column in the magazine that Israel is "drifting away" from the West.

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Hillary Gaffes in London: Gets UK Political Parties Wrong

7:02 AM, Jul 03, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken her book tour abroad. But in an interview with the BBC, when answering a question about how specialness of the special relationship between the U.S. and UK, the nation's former top diplomat gets the names of the political parties in the UK wrong.

The BBC host asked, "So how special is the special relationship?"  

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The Brotherhood in London

Why the Cameron government is concerned.
Jun 02, 2014


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Global Glamour

What I learned at London Fashion Week.
Nov 04, 2013

It’s tough to determine the origin of the It Shoe for next spring. After all, the turquoise-and-golden-yellow Manolo Blahnik pump with black ankle ties is made of fabric from Africa, was stitched together in Italy, and debuted at London Fashion Week last month. Presented a few blocks from Oxford Street in the Covent Garden Hotel, Manolo Blahnik’s spring collection featured prominently in a short film starring Rupert Everett—whose character recalls his ex-wife dancing the tango with another man in turn-of-the-20th-century Spain.

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Britain in Bloom

The Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its centennial.
Jun 17, 2013

In his short story “The Occasional Garden,” Saki pinpoints a subject dear to the British heart, but also key to its social anxieties. Elinor Rapsley is about to receive a lunch visit from a woman whom she detests, Gwenda Pottingdon. Gwenda’s garden is the envy of the neighborhood; Elinor’s is a barren wasteland. Gwenda is coming on purpose to crow over Elinor’s pathetic pansies while describing her own rare and sumptuous roses. 

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Rise of a Free School

Toby Young’s astonishing second career as an education reformer
Jun 17, 2013


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Obama Condemns London Terror Attack; Doesn't Single Out Motivation

12:29 PM, May 23, 2013

President Barack Obama condmned the London terror attack, but he didn't single out a motivation for beheading. Here's Obama's statement:

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Special Report Panel on IRS, James Rosen, and the London Terror Attack

5:45 AM, May 23, 2013

Bill Kristol, with Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Biden's $459,388.65 Hotel Bill

'Approximately 136 hotel rooms for 893 room nights.'
8:46 AM, Mar 22, 2013

Vice President Biden and his entourage spent a little time in London in early February during his first foreign trip of the second term of the Obama administration.

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Biden Gaffes His Way Across Europe

10:34 AM, Feb 05, 2013

In his first foreign trip in the second term of President Barack Obama's presidency, Vice President Joe Biden is gaffing his way across Europe. Biden's three country trip has taken him from Germany to France and, finally, to the UK, where he's just finishing meetings.

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Dark Laughter

Depravity at the heart of contemporary England.
Nov 05, 2012



Despite the inapt “literary bad boy” label that continues to trail along behind Martin Amis like a disappointed autograph seeker, he has never been a shock novelist. Rather, he’s a comic-hyperbole man, forever pushing up into the thin air atop Mt. Absurdity. 

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Mob Gathers Outside U.S. Embassy in London

9:52 AM, Sep 14, 2012

Photos and video from the Twitter feed of Phil Han, a reporter and producer in CNN, who is outside the U.S. embassy in London where a mob has gathered and burned the American flag: 

Police forming a line front of a relatively small protest.. Police say 100 to 150 here…

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LeBron Leads the U.S. Basketball to Gold, cont.

4:37 PM, Aug 13, 2012

A loyal reader writes in: 

Fred Barnes is one of the most astute commentators on Washington policy and politics there is. He is also knowledgeable about sports. But like anyone else, he can sometimes get things wrong—and, sadly, he did with his post “LeBron Leads the U.S. Basketball to Gold.”

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LeBron Leads U.S. Basketball to Gold

11:00 PM, Aug 12, 2012

Next to Mitt Romney picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, the best thing that happened over the weekend was the USA basketball team capturing the gold medal at the London Olympics.

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Go for the Gold! (Pay the IRS.)

9:35 AM, Aug 01, 2012

Because conservatives are scrooges, the good folks at Americans for Tax Reform have gone through the fine print to find out what our Olympians will have to cough up to the IRS should they be lucky enough to win any medals in London.

Even by the standards of our government, the numbers are insane.

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Romney’s Fairly Successful Foreign Trip

10:05 AM, Jul 31, 2012

Warsaw, Poland
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney went 2-for-3 on his 8-day foreign trip. He was a rousing success in Israel and delivered a pleasing performance in Poland. But in London, he was pilloried for doubting whether the Olympics would come off smoothly. Also, the American media traveling with him was largely unimpressed, regarding the trip as little more than one Romney gaffe after another.

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Rating Romney’s Foreign Trip

11:00 PM, Jul 30, 2012

Warsaw, Poland  
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finishes his 8-day trip to the UK, Israel, and Poland with a speech in Warsaw today. It’s been an up-and-down trip as Romney seeks to demonstrate his ability to function effectively as an American leader overseas.

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Piers Defends: 'Everything Mitt Romney Said Was True'

9:18 AM, Jul 27, 2012

CNN host Piers Morgan defended Mitt Romney this morning, after the Republican presidential candidate wondered whether London is prepared for the Olympics:

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Romney: 'Looking Forward to the Bust of Winston Churchill Being in the Oval Office Again'

2:00 PM, Jul 26, 2012

At an event in London, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, "I'm looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again."

Mitt Romney at London fundraiser: "I'm looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again." #watersedge?

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Michelle Obama to Hold Large Health Initiative Event in London

10:25 AM, Jul 26, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama will hold a large event for her health intiative Let's Move in London tomorrow. The White House announced: 

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Mitt Meets Tony Blair

7:42 AM, Jul 26, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney met with Tony Blair in London earlier today. Here's a picture: 

Romney is in London to kick off his foreign tour with the opening of the Olympic games tomorrow night.

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Blind Quotation Used to Inject Race into Presidential Election

3:01 PM, Jul 25, 2012

Barack Obama's reelection campaign has seized on this blind quotation in today's edition of the British newspaper the Telegraph

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Welfare Riots

9:46 AM, Aug 12, 2011

Douglas Murray, writing in the Wall Street Journal

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Republicans, Take Note

9:33 AM, Aug 11, 2011

Republican candidates in Iowa, preparing for tonight's debate, should take note of this video starring Michael Gove, a member of the British Parliament, clearing up some rubbish surrounding the protests in London:

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