Most talked about London Evening Standard stories

Strictly Come Dancing features first same sex dance routine — Strictly Come Dancing featured its first same sex dance routine on Sunday night's results show when professional dancers Aljaz Skorjanec and Robin Windsor performed together.

Huge swathe of Lewisham under feet of water as River Thames tributary bursts its banks — The River Ravensbourne caused a flood in Lewisham this afternoon after a day of torrential rain in London. People trapped in flooded streets described the area as "moving like Venice." There were "scenes of carnage," according to witnesses who watched as police closed off streets as contractors battled to pump away rising flood water.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @juliangbell: Huge swathe of Lewisham under feet of water as River Thames tributary bursts its banks…

Labour's Dame Tessa Jowell 'confirms she plans to run for Mayor of London' — The former Olympics Minister is reported as saying she will give her "best shot" at winning Labour's nomination for the 2016 race. Labour List quoted her as confirming her plans at a party fundraiser in Ealing on Friday evening. She is quoted as saying: "I keep being asked about the London Mayoral campaign.

Chelsea 2 West Brom 0: Diego Costa and Eden Hazard score again as Blues put 10-man Baggies to the sword — Speaking before the match, Blues boss Jose Mourinho dismissed any notion that his table-toppers would become complacent in the coming weeks, and his side were quick to back their manager's word. Costa was first in line, putting the hosts ahead after 11 minutes, as the Spaniard latched on to Oscar's cross before slotting the ball past Ben Foster.
Nov 22, 2014

#CFC 2 #WBA 0 - my take on a straightforward win for Mourinho's men (via @standardsport):

Brendan Rodgers considers change of tactics in attempt to end Liverpool slump — In Daniel Sturridge's absence, which is likely to stretch from August 31 into the new year, the Italy international has managed just two goals in 13 appearances and has yet to hit the mark in the Premier League.
Nov 22, 2014

There may be a change in the wind at #LFC but will it be good or bad news for @FinallyMario?…

Ukip's Mark Reckless accuses Nigel Farage of policy u-turn on EU migration — Former Tory Mr Reckless sparked a row on Tuesday when he suggested EU migrants may have to leave the UK if Britain leaves the European Union. The Rochester and Strood MP then said Ukip leader Nigel Farage had changed his party's line after the controversy.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @Uma_Kumaran: Marriage in trouble already? MT “@standardnews: Ukip's Mark Reckless accuses Nigel Farage of U-turn on EU migration…"

Blow for George Osborne after £16bn deficit ‘black hole’

By Ben Chu — Public borrowing in October came in at £7.7 billion, £200 million lower than the same month a year earlier and slightly lower than City expectations. But over the first seven months of the financial year cumulative state borrowing has been £64.1 billion, up £3.7 billion on the same period of 2013-14.

London Underground network marks busiest day ever with more than 4.5 million passengers — Transport for London said the figure exceeds the total reached on August 7 during the peak of the London 2012 Olympics by 130,000 passengers. A Fare Free Friday scheme was offered to MasterCard contactless customers on November 14 which added to the numbers travelling. TfL said 175,000 free journeys were made using the contactless card.
Nov 21, 2014

1/ Free travel promotion helps London Underground set one-day record of 4.576M pax:… h/t @grescoe #transit

Murder probe launched after man caught 'trying to ditch dead body in the Thames' — The dead body, belonging to a man aged in his 20s, was found in a car after the driver attempted to deposit it in the water at Deptford Wharf, south east London, during the early hours of this morning. Police were called to the scene at 3am this morning and stopped the car in nearby Evelyn Street.
Nov 21, 2014

Pro tip: check the tide tables before dumping a body in the river.

Nov 21, 2014

Murder probe launched after man caught trying to dump dead body in the Thames early today…

Nov 21, 2014

Murder probe launched after man caught 'trying to ditch dead body in the Thames'…

Two dead and six injured after balcony collapse in Knightsbridge — Paramedics from London's Air Ambulance pronounced one man dead at the scene following the incident in Cadogan Square, Knightsbridge, just after 10am this morning. Another man was rushed to St Mary's Hospital Paddington in a critical condition where he later died. Six other patients were treated for minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.
Nov 21, 2014

BREAKING: Two dead and six injured after balcony collapse in Knightsbridge…

Matthew Freud held sale talks with WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell — Discussions between Freud, boss of one of London's top agencies, and Sorrell, head of the world's biggest advertising group, took place earlier this year but are not thought to have moved beyond an early stage.
Nov 21, 2014

Great yarn from @gideonspanier -Matthew Freud tried to sell a chunk of his PR agency to WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell

Labour's Emily Thornberry says she is a victim of anti-Islington prejudices after snob tweet row — Speaking to the Evening Standard, the Islington South and Finsbury MP denied "sneering" when she tweeted a picture of a Rochester house draped with England flags and with a white van parked outside the door.

Books of the year 2014 — My recommendation for this year's war novel is The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Chatto, £16.99), an account of a Japanese PoW camp on the Burma Death Railway; breathtakingly good writing. My New Year's resolution is to read Flanagan's previous novels. I also enjoyed A. N.

Old meets new in Istanbul — Travel tales don't necessarily need to begin at the beginning but arriving in Istanbul makes such an impression you almost have to. Driving in from Sabiha Gökçen airport, on the Asian side, the traffic crawls in the late autumn mist as hawkers peddle everything from Turkey's revered red flag to mobile phone chargers.

The Hoxton, Holborn - hotel review — Oh, déjà vu. The Hoxton, Holborn looks just like the original Hoxton Hotel. There's the same New York-ish open-plan lobby with a reception/lounge/computer area to one side and a bar and a restaurant, Hubbard & Bell, run by the Soho House Group on the other.

Nick Curtis: The man who would be a very opinionated king — Phew, thank goodness. I can't tell you the number of sleepless nights I've had worrying that Prince Charles's heroic, clarion voice would be muzzled when and if (sad day, let's not think about it, the Queen could go on for ever like a Terminator, etc) he becomes king.

Emily Thornberry resigns from shadow cabinet over 'snobbish' England flag tweet — The Islington South and Finsbury MP has apologised for the tweet which read: "Image from Rochester." She was accused of snobbery after posting the image of the terraced house draped with three England flags, one bearing a West Ham United badge, and a white van parked in the drive.
Nov 21, 2014

'The Islington South and Finsbury MP has apologised for the tweet which read: “Image from Rochester.”'…

Nov 21, 2014

Emily Thornberry resigns from shadow cabinet over 'snobbish' England flag tweet…

Market Report: Ophir Energy £260 million swoop on Salamander fails to fire shareholders — Ophir has tabled a £260 million all-share offer for South Asia-focused Salamander. That's roughly 103p a share, a price analysts at FirstEnergy conceded was "underwhelming". It must seem paltry compared with the 121p-a-share cash offer, plus a bonus payment if the assets came good, that was mooted by Spain's Cepsa.
Nov 21, 2014

Ophir Energy's "underwhelming" £260m offer for Salamander fails to fire shareholders #markets #FTSE #AIM

Howie the Rookie, Barbican Pit - theatre review — Mark O'Rowe's vibrant, scabrous, picaresque tour of the seedy side of life in Dublin announced the Irish writer as a talent to be reckoned with when it premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1999. O'Rowe himself directs this production, the first major London revival, and has now smoothly transformed a two-hander into a one-man show.