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Hour-by-hour Met Office forecast for London amid weather warning UK News

A number of weather warnings, including two amber wind alerts, were put in place by the Met Office across the country for Sunday, when Storm Isha swooped in.

Rail, sea and air travellers are set to face disruption, with closures, cancellations and delays expected across a number of services.

Damage to homes and buildings, falling trees, power cuts, flying debris, large waves and even some flooding in places should also be expected, forecasters warn.

London will see a few well-scattered blustery showers during the day, with Tuesday looking more unsettled with further wet and windy weather.

Here is the hour-by-hour forecast for today (Monday)

7am – Clear

8am – Clear

9am – Sunny

10am – Sunny

11am – Sunny

12pm – Sunny

1pm – Sunny intervals 

2pm – Sunny intervals

3pm – Sunny intervals

4pm – Sunny

5pm – Clear 

6pm – Clear 

7pm – Clear 

8pm – Clear 

9pm – Clear 

10pm – Clear 

11pm – Clear 

Here is the hour-by-hour for tomorrow (Tuesday)

6am – Cloudy

9pm – Heavy rain 

12pm – Heavy rain 

3pm – Light rain

6pm – Overcast

9pm – Overcast

Forecast in full


Largely dry with bright or sunny spells. Perhaps a few well-scattered blustery showers during the day. Windy with gales at first, gradually easing later. Temperatures near normal. Maximum temperature 9 °C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Unsettled Tuesday, with further wet and windy weather sweeping east. Largely dry with sunny spells Wednesday. Dry at first Thursday, before wet and windy weather arrives later. Often mild.

Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “Storm Isha will bring strong winds to the whole of the UK through Sunday and into Monday.

“The areas of particular concern are reflected by a large Amber severe weather warning which covers Northern Ireland, central and southern Scotland, Wales, much of northern England as well as southwestern parts of England.

“In these regions we could see gusts frequently between 50-60mph and even up to 80mph in exposed coastal locations.

“As the storm starts to move away on Monday morning very strong winds will also develop in the far southeast of England, bringing the risk of 70-80mph gusts here too in the early hours of Monday morning.

“Storm Isha will bring a disruptive spell of weather to the UK with strong winds across the whole country.

“Heavy rain will cause additional hazards, particularly in the west.

“A number of severe weather warnings for rain have also been issued. Keep up to date with the Met Office warnings and pay close attention to guidance from your local authority.”

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Is TfL introducing ‘dynamic pricing’ on to the Tube? UK News

It comes as the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, shared that ‘dynamic pricing’ could be introduced as Transport for London (TfL) has been considering the idea.

Khan shared that the change in fares would be to encourage more people to use the London transport system following the decline since the pandemic. 

However, the Mayor added that there may not be enough time to introduce dynamic pricing ahead of the annual fare increase.

National rail fare will rise by 4.9% from March 3, whilst TfL fare rise for 2024 is expected to be confirmed soon, it’s understood that London transport costs will increase to 4%, according to The Standard.

Will TfL be introducing dynamic pricing to the Tube?

Currently, travellers on the Tube have to pay peak fare prices from 6.30am to 9.30am and 4pm to 7pm on weekdays.

Sadiq Khan was previously asked by Lib-Dem member of the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon, about the potential use of dynamic pricing, as the Mayor responded: “Those are some of the options that TfL are looking into.

“I have not made a decision in relation to what is doable in the short period of time we have got.

“We are getting numbers back but you are right to look into the question of times of day, parts of London and so forth.”

Khan added that the budget committee was looking into peak and off-peak prices, however, some have shared that while Tube fares could increase, London buses should remain low.


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Passenger watchdog London TravelWatch shared with The Standard that keeping bus fares low should be a priority after TfL previously increased bus fares by 10p: “If TfL does match the national rail fares hike, we believe it’s very important that bus fares are kept as low as possible (even if some other modes are increased).

“That’s because more people use the bus every day in London than any other type of transport, and they’re most used by lower-income Londoners.

“Further price hikes would not be fair and might deter people from using public transport.”

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This notice was published: 2024-01-21 05:00:00

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London New Home show discounts at Business Design Centre UK News

They are  offering cashback deals to potential home-buyers next week at the Business Design centre in Islington, to help with deposits and stamp duty on selected developments.  

“Financial incentives make a difference to buying as home,” the Hill Group’s marketing director Rebecca Littler explained.  

“The show is a chance meet people face-to-face who are considering a move. There are no hidden costs or ‘hard sales’ tactics.”  

Housebuilders are offering incentives for first-time buyers who may feel they are chasing an impossible dream to get on the London property ladder.   

Bellway regional chairman Ian Gorst said: “We are helping to secure their dream. Promotions and incentives can give financial support in a market where affordability is important.” 

Bellway is offering cashbacks on reservations in January on selected homes. 

Southern Housing is marketing new ‘Shared Ownership’ properties with a £1,000 cashback towards buying.  

The London New Home Show runs from January 27 to 28 and the Business Design Centre in Upper Street, Islington, near Angel tube station. 

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Great London parks and walks get National Lottery nature cash UK News

They include four major London schemes at the historic Highgate Cemetery and Broomfield Park in north London, a “green chain” of ponds along the southbank from Lambeth to Bexley and opening public access to the Roding River in east London.

The Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust get £105,700 towards a £6.7 million grant to conserve heritage, promote biodiversity and improve public access to this Grade I-registered site.

The historic burial grounds at Swain’s Lane in Highgate Village, where Karl Marx is famously buried, continues as working cemetery while remaining as a sanctuary for the public to “connect with nature and reflect on life for generations to come”.

Enfield Council is earmarked to get £3.7 million to establish Southgate’s Broomfield Park as a flagship open place to inspire sustainable living, with opportunities for communities to take part in its upkeep.

Another project is the new ‘London Blue Chain’ along the South Bank. Froglife wildlife charity gets £573,000 to restore freshwater habitats that encourages sustained growth of amphibian and reptile populations across south London.

The new chain of 100 ponds will run along the historic 52-mile ‘London Green Chain’ walking route, linking open spaces in Lambeth, Southwark, Bermondsey, Greenwich, Woolwich and out to Bexley. This creates wildlife corridors in housing estates, schools and allotments, with volunteering, workshops and even festivals in the pipeline.

The ‘Roding Rises’ project is set to get £1.5 million to connect areas along the banks of the Roding river. It also opens the Essex countryside to communities in Clayhall, Woodford, Redbridge, Ilford, Manor Park, East Ham, Barking and Beckton, while encouraging them to help restore this neglected river.  

Funding is also allocated to greenspaces elsewhere across the UK, such a ‘Garden Fit For a King’ to restore Brighton’s historic Royal Pavilion’s unique Regency garden and the Heritage Museum at St Andrew’s, north of Edinburgh, to improve public access.

Four other projects getting Lottery Heritage cash are the Peak District, North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national parks and new walking trails in Belfast.

The Heritage Fund has awarded £2  billion since 1994 to 4,700 nature schemes, thanks to National Lottery players whose money is helping the conservation of Britain’s unique landscapes and biodiversity.

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North London Stonegate pubs looking for new owners UK News

The Stonegate group has over 4,500 sites across the UK that are leased and tenanted or managed by the company

It is currently listing eight north London pubs for new owners in areas like Crouch End, Camden, Islington, Tottenham, Winchmore Hill, Newington Green and Harlesden.

Every thought about running a pub? Here are the premises on offer:

The Princess Alexandra, Crouch End

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The Princess Alexandra in Park Road, Crouch End, reportedly closed its doors this year due to the former owners being “fed up working 80 hours a week for not much money”, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said.

Stonegate said that the 120-year-old watering hole has the potential to build a great reputation for quality drinks.

It is estimated that the forecast turnover per year would be £645,647 and the guide rent is £1,000 per week.

All About Eve, Camden

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This 1950s inspired bar in the heart of Camden Town in Jamestown Road is described as a “well decorated” and “stylish venue”.

Along with its two separate trading floors, there is a living accommodation split across two floors, with four spacious bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen.

It’s estimated that the forecast turnover per year would be £658,988 and the guide rent is £1,375 per week.

Four Sisters, Islington

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This Islington pub in Canonbury Lane is permanently closed at the moment, but is said to “have the potential to be transformed into a high-end business” and is described as a “blank canvas” with plenty of scope for development.

Split over the two floors, the venue also comes with a covered courtyard area and a two-bedroom private accommodation.

Stonegate said: “The venue has the potential to become and really popular spot and one where booking will be essential.”

The forecast turnover is estimated to be £362,166 per year, with a much cheaper guide rent of £673 per week.

Royal Oak, Harlesden

Times Series: The Royal Oak HarlesdenThe Royal Oak Harlesden (Image: Street View)

The Royal Oak pub in High Street, Harlesden confirmed at the beginning of November last year that it would be closing down.

Now the Victorian building, which has a private two-bedroom flat on the third floor, is being listed for lease.

According to Stonegate, the forecast turnover per year when the Royal Oak reopens is estimated to be £520,000.

Cellar Taps, Newington Green

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A skylights looks down onto the dining area of the Cellar Taps in Newington Green Road, a place described to have a number of growth opportunities.

Above the pub’s trading area is a five-bedroom accommodation with a separate lounge and a domestic kitchen.

Stonegate said: “This is a stunning site in a great location. It’s rare that opportunities like this come available, especially when the site is in the condition it is. There are a number of areas that present growth opportunities from the existing trade, food would be the key area.”

The forecast turnover is £607,626 per year and the guide rent is £923 a week.

Queens Head, Winchmore Hill

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Located in Station Road, Winchmore Hill, the established community pub is looking for inspiration from an “entrepreneurial publican”.

There is a large floor space at the front as well as a garden at the back and it comes with a three-bedroom flat, with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom.

The forecast turnover is £562,941 and the guide rent is £846 per week.

Dog & Duck, Winchmore Hill

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Found in Hoppers Road, Winchmore Hill, the pub is described as a “popular hotspot within the community” as it attracts trade with entertainment such as quiz nights, Sky Sports viewings, live bands and DJ’s.

The one-room operation is on the ground floor, providing 30 seats and standing room. There is also a beer garden used as trading space in the warmer months.

It comes with a three-bedroom private accommodation spread across two floors, with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom.

Its forecast turnover per year is £416,993 and the guide rent per week is £673.

The Elbow Room, Tottenham

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This notice was published: 2024-01-20 17:00:00

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Piccadilly line and Metropolitan line closed in Harrow UK News

The Metropolitan line and Piccadilly line in Harrow will be shut both days this weekend (January 20 and January 21) due to planned engineering works.

Passengers are advised to take rail replacement bus ML1 between Uxbridge and Harrow-on-the-Hill if their journey is impacted.

Elsewhere, the Elizabeth line is also shut between Paddington and Abbey Wood both days this weekend.

TfL has urged passengers to check their journey before travelling. Here is a full list of closures in north and east London this weekend.

Piccadilly line


January 20 – January 21

No service between South Harrow and Uxbridge.

Replacement bus service ML1 operates between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Uxbridge via West Harrow (Treve Avenue), South Harrow, Rayners Lane, Eastcote, Ruislip Manor, Ruislip, Ickenham and Hillingdon.

Metropolitan line


January 20 – January 21

No service between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Uxbridge.

Replacement bus service ML1 operates between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Uxbridge via West Harrow (Treve Avenue), South Harrow, Rayners Lane, Eastcote, Ruislip Manor, Ruislip, Ickenham and Hillingdon.

Elizabeth line


January 20 – January 21

No service between Abbey Wood and Paddington.

Trains will operate between Shenfield and Liverpool Street National Rail station, not serving Whitechapel, and between Paddington and Heathrow Terminal 4 / Heathrow Terminal 5 / Reading.

Please use London Underground services to cross Central London.


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Lily Mills to compete in Australian Open tennis championship UK News

Tennis star Lily Mills was given the cash by Islington Council after qualifying for the grand slam tournament’s ‘Persons with Intellectual Impairments’ championships.

The 23-year-old athlete, who trains at the Islington tennis centre in Holloway, is one of eight contenders in the women’s three-day championships at Melbourne, starting on January 26.

Lily was diagnosed as a baby with meningitis and septicaemia, as well as the rare condition galactosemia, which occurs in just one in 45,000 people.

These early complications left her with cognitive impairments such as learning disabilities, short-term memory loss, poor coordination and a tremor.

But her passion for tennis overcame co-ordination problems, having first picked up a tennis racket when she was just five.

She has since amassed trophies and medals at regional, national and international levels.

So the council decided to support her fundraiser when they heard her story and agreed to help pay for the trip for the Australian championships.

“This has made Lily’s dream a reality,” her mother Tallulah Bayley said. “The opportunity means the world to her. We are overjoyed to be heading to Melbourne and are grateful to the tennis community which has rallied round Lily to make this possible.”

Lily’s dedication is seen by the local authority as sport being used to promote inclusivity in line with its own leisure department’s mission, so it has picked up the tabs to support Lily on her “remarkable journey”.

Cllr Nurullah Turan, executive member for social care on Islington Council, said: “Lily’s journey stands as a symbol of inclusivity in sports.

“We were inspired by her commitment to tennis when we heard her story as we are determined to create a more equal society where everyone can enjoy the mental, physical and social benefits of staying active.”

The ‘All Abilities’ championships recognise those with disabilities such as vision, hearing, mobility, sensory and intellectual to take part in the Australian Open in a secure environment. They share the same hallowed courts with starts like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber.

Some 40 players from 14 countries competed at the first event last year alongside the world’s top players in the Australian Open Grand Slam.

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This notice was published: 2024-01-20 07:00:00

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UK rail tickets to see discounts in Great British Rail Sale UK News

The Department for Transport has announced that rail ticket prices will be slashed on many routes over six weeks in a week-long sale.

Passengers will have from January 23 to 29 to claim up to 50% off selected Advance and Off-Peak rail tickets, through the Great British Rail Sale.

“The return of the Great British Rail Sale is good news for passengers, following the success of the previous sale which saw passengers benefit from around £7m in savings on their travel costs,” Transport Secretary Mark Harper said.

Times Series: The Great British Rail Sale begins January 23. ( Lauren Hurley/PA)The Great British Rail Sale begins January 23. ( Lauren Hurley/PA) (Image: Lauren Hurley/PA)

He added: “With discounts on more than a million tickets, there’ll be plenty of opportunity to connect with friends and family and explore great destinations across the country – I hope passengers make the most of this sale and choose to travel by rail.”

Journeys on thousands of popular routes in England and Wales will be included in the sale, the Department for Transport has confirmed.

There will also be discounted tickets for cross-border trips into Scotland, for journeys taking place between January 30 and March 15 too. 

Jacqueline Starr, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group said: “Train travel is the greenest way to explore our towns and cities as well as connect with your family and friends because nothing beats being there in person for those special moments.

She continued: “Following the success of the Great British Rail Sale in 2022, we are really excited that it’s coming back, and customers will be able to once again purchase over a million Advance ticket fares starting on 23rd January 2024 and enjoy what rail has to offer.”

Popular journeys passengers could claim savings on tickets for include:

  • Portsmouth to Penzance – was £43 now* £21
  • Birmingham to Bristol – was £30.60 now £15.30
  • Manchester to Leeds – was £8.60 now £4.30
  • Leicester to Sheffield – was £7.30 now £3.60

Sale tickets will start to become available from midnight on Tuesday, January 23.

The Rail Delivery Group will host a central webpage helping customers find the best deals, and tickets can also be found on all ticket retailer websites, for journeys taking place between January 30 and March 15.

It is important to note that there is only a limited number of tickets are available, and no further sale tickets will go on offer once they are sold out.

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Additionally, operators are not offering sale tickets on days where their services might be impacted by the strikes announced by ASLEF on 15 and 18 January 2024.

The first Great British Rail Sale in 2022 saw passengers save around £7m on rail tickets and encouraged around 70,000 adults who hadn’t travelled by train since the pandemic to take a trip, the Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT) estimated.

The Government and industry are therefore launching a second Great British Rail Sale to save passengers money and get more people using the UK’s railways.

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Conservatives win Hackney Council Cazenove ward by-election UK News

Ian Sharer received 1,623 votes in the Cazenove ward vote on a turnout of 32%, gaining the Tories a seat won by Labour at the local elections two years ago.

Labour had initially hoped to replace councillor Caroline Woodley, who is now elected mayor, with its candidate Laura Pascal.

The party suspended Pascal less than a week before the poll took place on January 18, after accusations on social media that she had made “anti-trans” remarks, but reinstated her hours before voting began.

Pascal ultimately received the second highest vote tally, with the Green party’s Tamara Micner and Liberal Democrat Dave Raval finishing in third and fourth respectively.

In an exchange with another user on X that began on July 29 last year, Pascal claimed that “by definition” trans women are male.

But after being reinstated by the Labour party, Ms Pascal said: “I offer a heartfelt apology to the people of Cazenove ward, Hackney and anyone who has been offended by my social media activity, which fell well below the standard expected of someone seeking election to public office.

“It was a mistake to like some tweets that caused offence and a great deal of hurt.

“Ultimately, the people of Cazenove ward will make their own judgements on Thursday, but I hope they can find some reassurance in the fact that I have reflected deeply on my past social media activity and offer this apology unreservedly.”

Following the announcement of Cllr Sharer’s victory in the early hours of this morning (January 19), Hackney Conservatives said they were “delighted” to welcome him as the new councillor for Cazenove.

They added: “Thank you to the residents of Cazenove ward for this historic victory.

“We are honoured to be representing all our communities and will continue to oppose the rollout of LTNs.”

Full results


Here is a breakdown of who voters in Cazenove cast their ballots for in the order they appeared on voting slips:

  • Tamara Micner – Green party – 387
  • Laura Pascal – Labour Party – 935
  • Dave Raval – Liberal Democrat – 73
  • Ian Sharer – Conservative and Unionist Party – 1,623 – ELECTED

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Haringey to double council tax on empty properties UK News

With 1,000 homes in the borough currently standing vacant, Haringey Council’s cabinet has voted to charge 200 per cent on properties left empty for just 12 months  — reduced from the current rule of two years — as a stick to bring them back into use.

“We are determined to turn empty dwellings into homes,” Cllr Dana Carlin warned. “London is in the grip of a housing crisis. Bringing unoccupied homes into use is part of the solution.”

There are an estimated 34,000 long-term empty homes across London, more than half the number of homeless families in temporary accommodation, while Haringey gets 4,400 applications a year from people who are homeless.

“Empty properties drive up the cost of renting,” Cllr Carlin added. “Affordable homes are in short supply so it’s fair that those who keep properties empty should contribute to preventing homelessness — or maybe find socially-responsible ways to provide income.” 

The tough council tax charge would apply from April 1 on long-term empty properties.

There are also plans for a new double tax on furnished ‘second homes’ and holiday lets for the times they are left vacant, to be levied from April 2025.

Both measures follow changes in legislation after pressure on the Government from many local authorities for more powers to help tackle the housing crisis.

There are currently 1,028 properties that Haringey says have been empty for between 12 months and five years, according to its calculations. The council claims the premium could raise an extra £900,000 a year for the town hall coffers. 

Another 1,067 properties are registered as fully furnished second homes, including 479 with no-one living in them for more than a year. 

High inflation pushing up the cost-of-living is blamed for more people facing homelessness. 

The sweeping measures will also help towards services hit by cuts in the council’s budget. Core government funding for Haringey is estimated to be £143m less a year in real terms than it was in 2010.

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