Most talked about London Evening Standard stories

Ex-Rothschild expert is the latest to fall victim to wine hustle in £50,000 con

standard.co.uk — Sebastian Woolf, a former associate of the Rothschild banking family, now runs fine wine merchant Woolf Sung in Covent Garden. He says the fraudster pretended to be the chief executive of a City firm looking to buy wine for "wealthy individuals" for a party. It follows similar frauds at two Michelin-starred restaurants.
Nov 28, 2014

Ex-Rothschild expert is the latest to fall victim to wine hustle in £50,000 con standard.co.uk/news/crime/exr…

Nov 28, 2014

Ex-Rothschild expert is the latest to fall victim to wine hustle in £50,000 con, following restaurants standard.co.uk/news/crime/exr…

Chris Blackhurst: ICAP charity day shows the City’s more-acceptable face

standard.co.uk — Of course, that perception is aided by the appalling, uncaring behaviour of some of its inhabitants, the scandal over foreign exchange rigging being but the latest example. However, the vast majority of those who work there know it is nothing like that, that a minority drag everyone else down.
Nov 28, 2014

Chris Blackhurst: ICAP charity day shows the City’s more-acceptable face standard.co.uk/business/busin…

Health bosses under fire over A&E closures go on £120,000 taxpayer funded 'study tour'

standard.co.uk — Campaigners have reacted with fury after learning that 23 people will tomorrow set off on a week-long taxpayer-funded £120,000 trip to Boston, New York, Baltimore and Richmond. Participants include Dr Tracey Batten, chief executive of Imperial NHS trust.
Nov 28, 2014

Don't call it a junket: 23 health chiefs at centre of A&E closure programme jet off to US on week-long "study tour" standard.co.uk/news/health/he…

Diane Abbott: I'm ready to challenge for City Hall

standard.co.uk — She will end weeks of speculation by saying that she will formally declare her intention to stand after next May's general election. In a speech at the London Labour party conference tomorrow, Ms Abbott, MP for Hackney and Stoke Newington, is expected to say: "Now is not the time for a formal declaration.

Woman 'sprayed in face with bleach and mugged' at florist in Clapham

standard.co.uk — The 24-year-old, believed to be a member of staff at Clapham Flowers, Nightingale Lane, close to Clapham South station, was taken to hospital after the incident. Police said a man entered the shop at around 2.30pm yesterday and threw the substance, thought to be ammonia or bleach, in her face.
Nov 28, 2014

Why there were lots of fire engines at Clapham yday- Woman 'sprayed in face with bleach' bit.ly/1zCQnHA pic.twitter.com/oiH7LOZa7f

London’s on a blender: the capital’s most wanted kitchen gadgets

standard.co.uk — According to its manufacturers, Homeland Housewares of Los Angeles (of course), the NutriBullet is no mere blender. It's the world's first Nutrition Extractor! Exclamation mark and all! "We are thrilled you have chosen the path to health and vitality!" proclaims the manual, which rails against the Western diet and doubles as instructions for you too.

Jack Wilshere will come back stronger from latest injury blow, insists Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

standard.co.uk — The 22-year-old underwent ankle surgery yesterday after damaging ligaments in last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United. Wenger expects Wilshere to return in "late February or early March" and insists the midfielder can still fulfil his potential despite undergoing multiple operations on his ankles in recent years. "He's very down," said Wenger.
Nov 28, 2014

Wenger vows Wilshere will come back stronger and gives injury updates on Welbeck, Walcott et al. Via @standardsport: standard.co.uk/sport/football…

Boris Johnson: Benefit tourism is not a widespread problem

standard.co.uk — The London Mayor's assertion that benefit tourism is not widespread comes on the day David Cameron made clamping down on the issue the cornerstone of a major EU speech. Mr Johnson's office maintained there was "not a cigarette paper" between him and the Prime Minister, but the Mayor sought to strike a markedly positive tone in his comments.
Nov 28, 2014

Boris Johnson says benefit tourism is NOT a widespread problem... standard.co.uk/news/mayor/bor…

Silicon Round-up: Is YPlan entering the terrible twos?

standard.co.uk — But with the cash injection comes a 'pivot' - start-up speak for switching business model. YPlan is ditching its curation model, where staff seeks out specific deals to offer on the app, in favour of a platform where anyone can upload events on the service. Staff are getting the chop as a result.

The faiths that moved mountains now being ground into the dust

standard.co.uk — They have survived, some of them, for millennia. They are threatened now like never before. Some of the world's most ancient religions, the bedrock of civilisations, now on the brink of extinction. All in the wider Middle East.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @GSJRussell: Nice review by @kileysky at the Evening Standard The faiths that moved mountains now being ground into the dust standard.co.uk/lifestyle/book…

Damian Barr: my miserable Christmas

standard.co.uk — The Now That's What I Call Music XIII double-cassette album, my mum and dad to get back together and me not to turn out gay after all. That's all I want for Christmas in 1988. It doesn't seem too much to ask.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @Damian_Barr: So here's the mini-memoir I wrote for Evening Standard. Complete w horrific pic of me at 17. Merry Christmas! standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esma…

Aaron Lennon deserves to keep his place in the Tottenham team as Mauricio Pochettino receives lucky break

standard.co.uk — Lennon's future at White Hart Lane is unclear. The club tried to sell him last summer and, as things stand, they will do so again in January. In recent weeks, there have been whispers about Lennon's attitude, rumours that Pochettino scotched when he praised the winger's response to his exclusion.
Nov 28, 2014

He looked an outcast a week ago but is Lennon now back in the frame for Spurs? On @standardsport standard.co.uk/sport/football… #thfc

Suspended Tesco chiefs to leave next week with more to follow

standard.co.uk — Finance bosses working with the groceries business may also be asked to step aside next week as the new chief executive Dave Lewis has started thinking of new candidates to fill some of the most senior positions in the supermarket and to begin implementing his plans to turn round the business.

James Ashton: Telecoms giants fight a cut-throat battle to keep us hanging on

standard.co.uk — O2, owned by Telefonica of Spain, and EE, a joint venture between France's Orange and Deutsche Telekom, have both placed a call with Gavin Patterson, the chief executive of BT, to see if he wants to buy their businesses.
Nov 28, 2014

Will bigger mean better as telecoms providers eye more consolidation? @ESComment standard.co.uk/comment/commen…

Cyclist hit in crash on Lea Bridge Road is fourth in London this week

standard.co.uk — The incident, which took place in Lea Bridge Road, opposite Lea Valley ice rink, is the fourth accident involving a cyclist to take place in the road this week. Police, the London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance were called to the scene at 7.25am this morning.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @tobycastle: On day Govt offer £200m for cycling infrastructure = less than 7 miles of motorway this: standard.co.uk/news/london/cy…

Nov 27, 2014

RT @tobycastle: On day Govt offer £200m for cycling infrastructure = less than 7 miles of motorway this: standard.co.uk/news/london/cy…

Nov 27, 2014

On day Govt offer £200m for cycling infrastructure = less than 7 miles of motorway this: standard.co.uk/news/london/cy…

Nov 27, 2014

Cyclist hit in crash on Lea Bridge Road is fourth in London this week standard.co.uk/news/london/cy…

'Put out your bats' tribute sweeps the internet in memory of late Australia batsman Phillip Hughes

standard.co.uk — Hughes passed away on Thursday at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital surrounded by his family and close friends after remaining in a critical condition in an induced coma since he was hit in the head with a bouncer earlier this week.

Tottenham v Partizan Belgrade - player ratings

standard.co.uk — Tottenham face UEFA sanctions after their Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade was suspended, overshadowing their progress to the knockout stages. Play was halted 41 minutes into this Group C clash after individuals encroached onto the pitch on three separate occasions in what appeared to be an orchestrated PR stunt.
Nov 28, 2014

Tottenham player ratings from last night's game on @standardsport (might not work on mobiles) standard.co.uk/sport/football… #thfc

London woman charged with encouraging terrorism on Twitter

standard.co.uk — Alaa Abdullah Esayed, 22, of Kennington, south London, will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on December 10. She has been charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act - encouraging terrorism, and the dissemination of terrorist publications and released on bail.

Seven in ten chickens in UK supermarkets infected with deadly campylobacter bug

standard.co.uk — Asda had the highest levels of contamination, with 78 per cent of tested birds infected - 28 per cent with the highest levels. Co-op was second worst and Marks & Spencer third - though M&S had the second worst percentage of chickens testing positive for the highest levels.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @standardnews Seven out of ten chickens in UK supermarkets are infected with a deadly bug bit.ly/1vSaLXb

Nov 27, 2014

Seven in 10 supermarket chickens have potentially deadly bug - with Asda the worst affected standard.co.uk/news/health/se…