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Virtual reality headsets are being offered during regional anaesthetic surgeries at a south London hospital to try and reduce stress among patients. Orthopaedic surgeons St George’s Hospital in Tooting are trialling the technique with patients undergoing upper limb surgery, as a way of helping them to relax and reduce any anxiety they may be feeling. […]

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Something mysterious is happening on the streets in Chiswick. Tiny houses, no more than an inch-high, have been appearing on the roads. Nobody knows where they have come from. But BBC London suspects a secretive guerrilla gardening group known only as Abundance is behind the phenomenon, and sets out to find out whether they’re behind […]

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Image caption Sadiq Khan helped serve 100 Christmas Dinners to guests at City Hall Christmas dinners have been served to Londoners who are reliant on the city’s homelessness services. Hairdressers and opticians were also made available at City Hall before guests were given a three-course meal. Last year, 8,855 people were seen rough sleeping in […]

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFlorence Widdicombe was writing the cards last Sunday when she discovered the message Tesco has suspended production of charity Christmas cards at a factory in China after a six-year-old girl found a message from workers inside one. The note, found by Florence Widdicombe, was allegedly written by […]

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The Mayhew animal shelter in north London looks after cats and dogs before they are adopted into their forever homes. But over Christmas, about 100 animals will be living at the centre. Cat adoption officer Matthew Pearson, along with a team of willing volunteers, are keen to make sure their furry friends have a great […]

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Sue Peart is preparing to be on the phone for Samaritans on Christmas Day. It comes after her life quickly changed in 2017, when she left her job as a national magazine editor to look after her sick mother, who died only months later. As a result, Sue’s mental health suffered – but two years […]

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Inspectors found some London firefighters had not received essential training in years The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has been “wasteful” and “slow to implement changes” needed after the Grenfell Tower fire, a watchdog has said. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found firefighters missed training […]

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Rushie Shah used to be an accountant in the city, but has now left his corporate career to become a jump rope coach. He coaches people online and has built up a large enough following on YouTube to allow him to leave his day job. Rushie wants to grow the jump rope community and get […]

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Image caption About 10,000 people marched through London as part of the student fees protest in 2010 A police officer accused of hitting a student over the head with a baton during a protest nine years ago has been cleared of misconduct. A panel concluded on Thursday that an unidentified Met Police officer was instead […]

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