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Today's news: Chanel fans get Karlified, a water tower becomes a home in Ladbroke Grove and London's latest transport advice? Get down the pub.

Written by . Published on January 30th 2012.


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Fashion Scoop
It’s not often that fashion and food go together, but Corrie Nielsen, the winner of Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden in 2010, will have her very own ice-cream flavour come London Fashion Week. Neilsen’s flavour was designed for Scoop, one of London’s top gelato spots, and features extra dark chocolate with a hint of orange blossom. Guests at her show will find a voucher for the ice-cream ready and waiting for them on their seats.


Modern Eco-Warriors
Sixth-form students from the City of London Academy in Lynton Road took a deputation to Southwark's environment-themed Council Assembly meeting last week to ask the authority what it is doing to help schools in the borough become more energy efficient. The students set up a student-led group called Eco Warriors, which ensures there are paper recycling bins in every classroom and lights are turned off when not in use.


A Hub Fit for a Prince
Prince Charles has unveiled plans to create a 'community hub' around Waterloo station. The area from Lower Marsh to the Old Vic theatre is to become the 'hub,' in the aim of making greater use of vacant buildings (the National Theatre's studios, which will become the new home of Handspring, the puppet company behind War Horse). The Prince of Wales visited Lower Marsh on Friday morning, taking a walk through Waterloo's street market and meeting shopkeepers and stallholders along the way.


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Karl Lagerfeld Launch
After months of anticipation, Karl Lagerfeld's collection has just landed on Net-a-Porter. Fashionistas queued round the block for the first chance to shop the range in Covent Garden last week, kitted out in obligatory fingerless leather gloves and white collars. The digital pop-up shop was based on taking pictures of a projected image of a style, and buying it straight through the NET-A-PORTER KARL app.


Monster in the Thames
A fisherman has landed what is believed to be the biggest trout caught on the Thames’ Putney Embankment in recent times. New Zealander David Shannon hooked the 10.2lb (4.6kg) monster, which supports evidence that the polluted river, declared dead in the 1950s, is now a thriving fish habitat.


Tinie on Top
South London rapper, Tinie Tempah, has been crowned Britain’s best-dressed man by GQ magazine. Fellow London rapper Dappy, of N-Dubz had less luck – he was voted fourth worst-dressed man in the poll, one place above ex-footballer, Robbie Savage.


Townhouse in the Sky
Designer Tom Dixon is literally going up in the world. He has been creating a futuristic home out of an old 60ft water tower in Ladbroke Grove, just above the Sainsbury’s. The concrete drum has undergone a dramatic transformation since the project began in 2005; at present, the living space comprises a kitchen, reception room and bathroom on the first floor, two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second, and a 360-degree reception room on the third. Not including the purchase price of the land and the tower, the project has so far cost £400,000. The final phase of the construction, in which another two storeys will be added, will cost a further £400,000.


Black Market Seizure
The Metropolitan Police’s Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) is teaming up with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to battle the sick and illegal trading of killed animals, sold for their furs or skins to be made into items like handbags and coats. Worth more than £6 billion each year, the capital city is a major hub of the international black market in illegally killed animals.


Saf, Only Faster
Restaurant chain, Saf, is trialling an express concept at Harvey Nichols’ fifth floor, offering raw and cooked vegan food scaled down and tailored to a take-away market. The pop-up is expected to run for two months, but may take up permanent residence if proven successful.


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In Stitches
Tony’s Gallery on Sclater Street in Shoreditch is currently home to the crochet creations of Olek, a Polish-born, New York-based artist with a penchant for yarn. This is her first UK solo exhibition – entitled I do not expect to be a mother but I do expect to die alone –  and crams in numerous household objects and hangings formed in crochet. The exhibition runs until 23 March.


Think AA, not AAA
How should Londoners avoid congestion during the Olympics? Just go down the pub says London's transport chief. The unlikely advice came at the launch of the ‘Get Ahead of the Games’ initiative, a campaign to urge the public to adjust their travel plans during the Games when a million extra visitors will flood in to London. "We are not saying don't travel. And we are not saying don't travel home at 5pm,” advises the Transport Chief, “But for those who can, go down the pub and travel at 6:30pm."

 

 

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