London Business Directory Local Businesses, Tourist Spots & Classified Ads Tue, 18 Dec 2018 19:58:51 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 London Business Directory 32 32 London Could Be Hit By Major Earthquakes Fri, 01 Jun 2018 21:52:40 +0000 Scientists from Imperial College have discovered two fault lines running under Central London and the financial district of Canary Wharf. These fault lines, found to be moving between 1-2 mm a year, could cause a magnitude 5 earthquake.

The likelihood of an earthquake is ‘enough to be scary but not fundamentally a problem’, Dr Richard Ghail, a specialist in civil and environmental engineering at the Imperial College, London, told the Telegraph.

A view of Canary Wharf from the Greenwich Park, London
A view of Canary Wharf from the Greenwich Park

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake would feel like standing between two trains, on a railway platform – the Mirror noted. That’s enough to  lightly shake London, but might not be enough to bring down buildings. However, a magnitude 6.0 tremor could seriously damage building structures.

The discovery these two fault lines underneath London is a big news as geologists had previously believed the city was built on geologically stable surface. Now the city will need to draft new guidelines for buildings in London to survive an earthquake of up to 6.5 magnitude.

The strongest quake ever recorded in the region was a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in 1931. It was underneath Dogger Bank which is far from any inhabited land.

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Joblift Analyses the UK’s 3D Printing Job Market Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:25:27 +0000 20th March, 2018 – From new legs for rescue dogs to 3D-printed electric cars, the use of additive manufacturing in an increasing number of industries has made 3D printing big news, recently. On Monday, Siemens announced the building of one of Europe’s largest 3D printing factories in Worcester, thought to create 55 new jobs by September. However, how many jobs have already been created in additive manufacturing in the United Kingdom, and which cities are benefiting the most? To answer these questions, Joblift has analysed the UK’s additive manufacturing job market in the last year, and has seen that despite a boost in the usage of 3D printing, vacancies have increased by just 25% of the UK’s job market as a whole, with the aerospace industry growing the fastest.

3D Printing Vacancies Increase at Just a Quarter of the Rate of the UK’s Whole Job Market

3D Printing Infographic

5,509 3D printing vacancies have been posted in the UK in the last 12 months. Despite cheaper materials and more widespread use, these vacancies have experienced an average monthly increase of just 0.7%, a fourth of the 2.8% average monthly increase in the UK’s job market as a whole. The minimal average monthly increase shows a stalling of 3D printing vacancies, possibly due to companies training and promoting employees in-house. Although vacancy growth has been slow, 3D printing positions have stayed active online for an average of 32 days. This is just one day longer than the 31-day average for the whole UK job market, a surprising feat for jobs advertising for highly skilled positions like additive manufacturing staff.

3D Printing Vacancies Rise 13 Times More in the Aerospace Industry, But Engineering Holds the Crown as the Top Employing Sector

The widespread potential of additive manufacturing has led to its usage in a variety of industries in recent years. Around 995 3D printing jobs have been advertised in the mechanical and plant engineering sector. The healthcare/dentistry and automotive sectors follow closely with 17.1% and 16.3% of the 3D printing job share, respectively. The aerospace & aviation sector shows huge progress, with 501 vacancies advertised and the largest average increase of 9.3%, three times more than the engineering sector. Rounding off the top five, with an average monthly increase of 8.9%, the education and training sector has posted 286 vacancies in the last year. In terms of professions, system developers and analysts are the most in-demand (532 vacancies), followed by programmers (398) and mechanical engineers (346). In addition, illustrators and designers (253) are requested in 4.6% of vacancies, with scientists rounding off the top five with 185 postings.

A Quarter of All Jobs are in London, But Two of the Top Ten 3D Printing Locations Have a Population of Less than 200,000 Inhabitants

1. London
2. Cambridge
3. Bristol
4. Coventry
5. Manchester
6. Birmingham
7. Telford
8. Leeds
9. Southampton
10. Nottingham

London hosts the most 3D printing vacancies in the UK, with around 1,426 job postings being advertised in the last 12 months. Interestingly, Cambridge and Telford (both home to less than 200,000 citizens) ranked highly in the top ten. The rankings can be attributed to pharmaceutical company, Bespak’s Innovation Centre and research positions at the worldclass university in Cambridge, and Protolabs Ltd. In Telford. As a whole, the spread of locations in the top ten shows how decentralised the 3D printing sector is; 40% of the locations are in the West Midlands and 40% in Southern England, with Manchester and Leeds leading the way for additive manufacturing in the North of England.

About Joblift

Joblift is a job search platform providing candidates with the most intuitive and frictionless experience during the recruiting process. Joblift applies latest machine learning techniques and big data-based algorithms to offer the optimal match between employer and job seeker. Currently active in the US, the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands, Joblift cooperates with over 4.000 partners to incorporate over 10 million vacancies on its platform. Joblift is a highly energetic and entrepreneurial team led by the experienced founders Lukas Erlebach (CEO), Alexander Rausch (COO) and Malte Widenka (CTO), who most recently held C-Level positions at companies such as Zalando, Amorelie and Frontlineshop.

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Natural History Museum Accident: Taxi hits people Sat, 07 Oct 2017 16:35:27 +0000 We regret to report an incident in London in which a number of people have been wounded after a taxi mounted the pavement outside the Natural History Museum in the South Kensington area .

The Natural History Museum is a top tourist attraction in London

The driver of the taxi has been arrested and mobile phone video from the scene showed a man being held face down by the law enforcement.

The incident does not appear to be terror related as it’s reported that Met Police has described it as a traffic accident. The Police said they are investigating any possible motive, and that a man has been detained but not formally arrested.

Downing Street confirmed that the Prime Minister Theresa May was being briefed on the incident.

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London Underground Explosion Is Terrorism Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:45:03 +0000 Scotland Yard has confirmed that the explosion on Parsons Green Tube train in south-west London is being treated as terrorism.

The blast injured the commuters at 08:20 AM on the District Line.


A white bucket was seen on fire inside a shopping bag, however it didn’t cause considerable damage to the carriage.

London Ambulance confirmed that Eighteen people have been taken to hospital.

Parsons Green station has been cordoned off by the Metropolitan Police who said it was early to confirm the cause of the fire.

Cobra, the government’s emergency committee, is set to have an emergency meeting today at 1:00 PM.

Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: “My thoughts are with those injured at Parsons Green and emergency services who are responding bravely to this terrorist incident.”

At least one passenger has been witnessed with burn injuries and others have described a fireball inside the carriage.

More injuries were caused by stampede as people rushed away from the scene in panic.

Be safe London.


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Watch Double Rainbow Over Jeremy Corbyn’s Rally in Birmingham Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:20:47 +0000 Jeremy Corbyn and Rainbow Birmingham Labour Rally
Jeremy Corbyn and the Rainbow at Birmingham Labour Rally

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn delivered a barnstorming speech at a star studded rally in Birmingham last night, just 36 hours before the general elections.

Mr Corbyn appeared on stage alongside hit dance act Clean Bandit, activist Saffiyah Khan, and comedian Steve Coogan at the rally, which drew thousands of supporters to cheer him on.

Saffiyah Khan Jeremy Corbyn Steve Coogan Birmingham
Jeremy Corbyn, Steve Coogan & Saffiyah Khan

As he spoke, a double rainbow appeared above the crowd which many thought was symbolic of his message of hope.

James Atkins commented on the video on London Directory’s Youtube Channel:

“‘Oh beautiful rainbow, cord of elements combined. Oh beautiful vision, gone with the storm or true light.’ My thoughts on rainbows: storm clouds tend to obliterate them as does the true light of political / economic reality. Happy voting everyone.”

Another user Davide Cantelmo commented: “Hi! This is brilliant and one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen.”

Watch the video of Jeremy addressing the crowd with the rainbow in the background and share it with your friends on Social Media.

Video Credit: Fraz Wahlah

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Anti-terrorism Police Deployed in London Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:04:27 +0000 Anti-terrorism police patrol units are being deployed in London in a bid to spot and disrupt ‘hostile reconnaissance’ and other criminal activity.

Police London

Lambeth and Wandsworth will be the first to have the uniformed and undercover patrol units from today. The arrangement will be extended to other boroughs over the next few months.

The move however is not in response to a specific threat.

Officers will also encourage locals to make an extra effort to be vigilant and report suspicious behaviour.

The policing scheme, known as “Operation Servator”, is based on extensive research into the psychology of criminals by the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI).

Its tactics include using uniformed and undercover units, CCTV network, and number plate recognition to reinforce the 1990s “ring of steel” around the Square Mile.

These tactics are already being applied by other forces including City of London and British Transport Police with other units, such as dogs, boat units and the territorial support unit riot police, to join soon.

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London’s Timeless Stones Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:57:24 +0000 Did you know London has housed at least four of the most legendary stones in the World? Read on to learn their stories and where you can see these timeless relics.

1. The Elgin Marbles, Bloomsbury

Elgin Marbles

The Elgin Marbles are a collection of Classical Greek sculptures that once adorned the temple of the Parthenon in Greece. Each year millions of people feast their eyes on this timeless piece of art lit under the spotlights in the British Museum.

So how did these Marbles get to London? Well, in 1801, a Scottish nobleman Thomas Bruce bought them to London from Greece, then ruled by the Ottoman Empire.

The removal of these ancient sculptures from Greece has long been controversial with critics terming it as an act of vandalism. There has been several demands in recent years for Britain to return it to its rightful place.

You can see this beautiful sculpture at the British Museum. The nearest Tube Stations are: Tottenham Court Road, and Holborn.

2. The London Stone, London Wall

London Stone
London Stone

Legend has it that the destruction or removal of London Stone will spell the fall of the British capital. Maybe, that’s why a huge supermarket was built on top of it to keep it secured in place.

This sacred London Stone spent much of its recent years lying underneath WHSmith’s branch at 111 Cannon Street.

Now the Museum of London has been tasked to ensure the grade-II listed relic remains in London.

Unfortunately, not much is known about its origins or use. There are stories about the mysterious rock having been used by the Druids as an altar. Some claim it was brought back from Troy by Brutas.

For all we know it’s just a stone and, like all stones do, has ancient origins.

Check the stone out at the Museum of London. The nearest Tube Stations are: Barbican, Moorgate and St. Pauls.

3. The Rosetta Stone, Bloomsbury

The Rosetta Stone
The Rosetta Stone

Yet another relic that can be seen in London but belongs elsewhere, the Rosetta Stone is an ancient Egyptian slate that bears a decree made on behalf of King Ptolemy V in BC196.

In medieval times, the stone was used to construct Fort Julien, near the Egyptian town of Rosetta.

It was rediscovered by French troops in 1799 before falling into the British hands in 1801 when British troops defeated the French in Egypt.

The contested stone has been on display at the British Museum in London ever since.

Go and see the mesmerizing piece at the Museum. The nearest Tube Stations are: Tottenham Court Road, and Holborn.

4. The Stone of Destiny, Westminster Abbey

Replica of the Stone of Scone at the original location at Scone Palace, Scotland
Replica of the Stone of Scone at the original location at Scone Palace, Scotland

The Stone of Destiny, that once adorned the Westminster Abbey in London, has symbolized the Scottish monarchy and coronation of kings for hundreds of years.

Legend dictates that it was used as a pillow by the Patriarch Jacob when he dreamt of Jacob’s Ladder.

Revered as a sacred object it was believed to have been brought first to Ireland, then Scotland. In 1296 Edward I of England took the Stone of Destiny from Scone, Perth, and had it built into his own throne.

It has been used in the coronation ceremonies for the monarchs of England and then Great Britain ever since.

On Christmas Day 1950, four Scottish nationalist students, Ian Hamilton, Gavin Vernon, Kay Matheson and Alan Stuart, removed the stone from Westminster Abbey in London.

Three months later they turned it over it to the Church of Scotland, who in turn surrendered it to the English authorities. It was then returned to Westminster Abbey.

The unsuccessful heist re-ignited Scottish interest in the stone and in 1996 it was finally returned to Scotland.

In 2008, former First Minister of Scotland, Mr. Alex Salmond made a startling claim that the Stone of Destiny was a medieval fake. This was refuted by Westminster Abbey which said she had always believed the stone was genuine.

The stone will only ever leave Scotland for a coronation in Westminster Abbey only to be returned again.

The Stone of Destiny is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year in the Crown Room at the Edinburgh Castle.

Image: S Smith
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London Hit by Blackout on Black Friday Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:59:45 +0000 London’s West End has been plunged into darkness on this Black Friday evening after a widespread blackout resulting from power cut.

Tens of thousands of Londoners and tourists have been affected by the blackout after a power failure at around 5.20pm.

Piccadilly station has been closed, while the world famous Piccadilly Lights advertising billboards have gone out.

Bars, theaters, restaurants, flats and businesses have been left in darkness near Piccadilly Circus, Soho and Chinatown.

The electricity outage was affecting streets popular with party goers, drinkers and tourists such as Old Compton Street, Wardour Street and Shaftesbury Avenue.

It’s hoped power will be fully restored between 8:30 and 9:30pm.

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Top 5 Haunted Places in London Sat, 29 Oct 2016 17:57:51 +0000 London’s glorious past puts it in any tourist’s bucket list. For paranormal enthusiasts, London has its own dark side. Here are 5 most haunted places in London for all those interested in history with a morbid twist.


When you google “Tower of London”, “Tower of London Ghost” is a suggested search. The Bloody Tower is one of the most infamous places in London for it was used as a prison from 1100-1952 for those disliked by the Royal Family. Almost all prisoners were beheaded.

Tower of London at night

Tower of London’s encircling walls are the witness of over eight centuries of England’s story in tragedy and suffering. Now a tourist attraction, the Tower of London is known for voices and apparitions of ghosts. Some of the popular ghosts are the ghosts of Guy Fakwes, and Anne Boleyn – one of King Henry VIII’s Queens whose spirit wanders the execution ground, with her head in tucked under one arm, and suddenly vanishes.

The Queen’s ghost is also seen from the courtyard, staring out the window of the room in which locked by her psychopathic husband.

Sir Walter Raleigh‘s phantom is also known to have been seen in and around the prison cells and passages of his long captivity. Some claim to have heard the agonized cries of Guy Fawkes, stretched in torture upon the rack near the White Tower dungeons.

Below is an excerpt from a book by renowned author and historian Walter G. Bell describing the haunted Tower of London:

“When darkness descends upon the Tower of London the sharp outlines disappear, and piled masses of masonry take new and fantastic groupings. That is the time for testing nerves. A wind blowing unobstructed over the broad river reaches sings its message among the tops of the high turrets and through the locked gates. The tide lapping the Thames wharves, unseen though but a few yards distant, the occasional stir of the shipping, and the inexplicable sounds of a great city add to the mystery of the night. Out of a break in storm clouds the moon peers down, searching with a silvery light the baileys and sally-ports and prisoners’ walks guarded by these strong walls. Then, some will tell you, the dark shadow of an axe steals across the blood-soaked plot of ground on Tower Green, and stands gaunt and erect, silhouetted against the Norman keep.”


Although a religious landmark for around a thousand years, the church is also the burial ground of more than 3000 people. The building is dark and supposedly haunted by two ghosts: Father Benedictus and another infantry soldier from World War I.

Westminster Abbey

Father Benedictus is said to be the spirit of a monk who was killed by robbers during the reign of Henry VIII. His violent death is possibly the reason why his spirit is trapped within the Abbey. In 1932 two tourists claimed that they had a conversation with the monk’s ghost who, they said, was very polite. The monk likes to make his presence known at the time of evening prayer around 5-6PM.

The second ghost of the soldier, however, is slightly more mysterious and much less social. His act involves appearing next to The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and bowing his head in respect.

The Tomb is situated at the west end of the Nave of Westminster Abbey housing the grave of the Unknown Warrior, whose body was brought from France to be buried here on 11 November 1920. The grave is covered by a slab of black Belgian marble with an inscription honoring the fallen soldier’s courage and sacrifice.


It was inevitable for this attractive resting place to be included in this list. It is part of the “Magnificent Seven” network of cemeteries in Central London which has become one of the most visited paranormal sites in the UK. Highgate Cemetery includes the graves of George Eliot and Charles Dickens’ family.  There have been rumours and reports of cults ceremonies and ghost sightings in and around its ruins.

Entrance to the Egyptian Avenue

One man reported to have seen an apparition with red eyes glaring at him through the gates of the cemetery when he his car broke down. Another was knocked to the ground by a creature which seemed to glide from the walls of the cemetery.

The ghastly phantom vanished into thin air when an oncoming car shone its headlights on the poor man. There is also the story of a phantom cyclist working his way up a steep incline scaring the hell out of a young mother

Another encounter with a vampire like figure frightening witnesses out their wits attracted the attention of media which stationed a barrage of cameras, crews and journalists at the cemetery. The hunt however did not yield to any results.


Do you get the feeling that you know this pub? Well, you might do as this is a location in Bram Stoker‘s “Dracula” and Charles Dickens’s “The Pickwick Papers”.

The Spaniards Inn. Credit: Melizza
The Spaniards Inn. Credit: Melizza

The legend has it that the pub is named after two Spanish landlords, Francesco and Juan Porero who fell in love with the same woman. The love triangle tragically led to a duel between the men in which Juan lost his life.

Juan was buried near the pub, and his ghost haunts the pub to date. His is not the only ghost there, there are two other ghosts often associated with the centuries old Spaniards Inn, a woman in white reputedly seen in the garden and another figure thought to be Dick Turpin haunting the road outside. Dick was a highwayman who spent most of his life drinking and eyeing travelers while planning his next heist. Turpin’s ghost is seen and heard on a horse surrounding The Spaniards Inn. Not much is known about the ghost lady in white. Maybe she was one of Turpin’s victims or the lady in the love triangle over whom Juan lost his life. What is known however is that she likes to frequent the garden, and some drinkers report feeling a spooky hand tugging at their clothes.


During six-hundred years of its operation, The Clink prison was known as the most notorious prison which was synonymous with extreme suffering in medieval England.

A shackled skeleton. Credit G Knight
A shackled skeleton. Credit G Knight

What went on at the Clink left such a dreadful mark that its name became a slang word for prisons worldwide. Those who ran the Clink are said to have been merciless, sadistic and sociopathic men meting cruel sentences and punishments against inmates on the orders of the church.

The punishments included inhumane beatings, torture, starvation, and solitary confinement. The poor prisoners didn’t get fed much, so some of them would catch mice, imprison them, and then feed them up before eating them.

The restless spirits of inmates who lost their lives still wander the prison. Their suffering can be felt everywhere around this historic site. Visitors have long reported poltergeist activity particularly phantom guards and prisoners in chains and spooky sounds of footsteps and slamming doors.

]]> 1 London Buses are Slower than Horse-carts Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:24:41 +0000 A new study has revealed that traffic in central London move slower than horse-carts making for a whopping 101 hours wasted over the course of the year for Londoners.

Journey times in London have increased by 12%
Journey times in London have increased by 12%

It’s been found that some central London buses move at an average speed of 3.8mph, whilst the average walking speed is 3.1mph.

Londoners are therefore better off walking, cycling or riding a tube to get around central London.

Conducted by Inrix, for the Sunday Times, the study shows journey times to have increased by 12%.

The rise in congestion is attributed to new cycle lanes and increased use of online shopping delivery vehicles.

What is Mayor of London doing about it?

Mayor Khan has already announced congestion-charge reforms to reduce congestion and improve quality of air Londoners breathe.

His London Infrastructure Plan 2050 includes feasibility study for tunnels, ‘fly-unders’ and ‘decking over’ sections for roads in London.


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