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Network Rail generates £4.8m from toilets

Network Rail collected almost £5m in 12 months from people paying to use its railway station toilets, figures show.

London Victoria topped the list, with its toilets taking £991,528 between the start of 2016/17 financial year until a 50p charge was axed last December.
Campaigners said toilet charges "add insult to injury" and called for them to be axed.

Network Rail said the money made was invested in passenger facilities.
Stations that charge for toilets include King's Cross, Euston, Liverpool Street, Paddington and Waterloo - all in London - as well as Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central.

Network Rail also runs stations at Birmingham New Street, Bristol Temple Meads, London Cannon Street, London Charing Cross, London Bridge, Reading, London St Pancras and London Victoria, where passengers are not charged.

Figures released by Network Rail for 2016/17 show it received £4.8m from the stations that charge.

That is down from 2015/16, in which £5.4m was paid by passengers using toilets.

'A basic need'

Passenger Julie Sather-Browne said: "It isn't free to provide them, clean them, stock them or maintain them.

"I would rather pay and have them clean for sure."

Kathryn Geels said the toilets "should be a free public service - or at least free if you have bought a train ticket. Going to the loo is a basic need."

Figures obtained by the BBC, show passengers have spent more than £41m using the toilet at Network Rail stations since 2007/08.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42307461
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Chaplin family plead to save London Cinema Museum


Charlie Chaplin's family have written an open letter to ask for London's Cinema Museum to be saved.

The museum, housed in the former Lambeth workhouse where Chaplin once lived, could be under threat when its lease expires next March.
The letter, signed by five of Chaplin's children, says they are "distressed" at the prospect of the closure.

They add that the film star's "painful experience there did much to mould our father's unique creative gift".

Katherine Ford, an adviser to the museum board, said the family "are great supporters".

The letter is signed by Chaplin's children Geraldine, Michael, Victoria, Annette and Jane.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42316670
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Enjoy our latest free guide to luxury Hotels and Resorts, see what the market has in store for you in 2018 and beyond.

#luxury #travel #hotels #resorts #vacation #holidays

World Luxury Daily - Issue 69 - New Hotels & Resorts opening in 2018-2020
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This weeks review - Le Caprice

Having heard about the world famous Le Caprice restaurant in London's St James, from many friends and celebrities, I thought it was about time I visited this British treasure and sample its menu for myself.

Le Caprice is situated close to my favourite shopping haunts in London, the Burlington Arcade, Bond Street, Mayfair and the West End. They offer a full à la carte menu featuring classic British, European and American favourites.

I had Beetroot salad to start (pictured below) follwed by Cod with Lentils which were both delicious and delicate, my partner had Chargrilled octopus
with chorizo croquette followed by seasonal game, which he thoroughly enjoyed and we both enjoyed one of their renowned desserts.

Did it live up to its reputation yes Le Caprice’s menu was excellent the service impeccable and the timeless black and white interior complemented by a collection of iconic photographs by David Bailey was everything I expected, although a lot smaller than I pictured (not many tables hence why you have to book so far in advance - but worth the wait).

Like its close neighbour the Ritz Hotel, Le Caprice is a true London landmark and one worth visiting.

Editorial TR - London's Best Restaurants

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Inside F1 champ Lewis Hamilton’s new £18m six-bedroom London mansion

The four-time title-holder has just splashed out on a new four-floor pad that is perfect for entertaining*

LEWIS Hamilton has splashed out £18million on a new London mansion that boasts six bedrooms across four floors and an impressive summer house.

The Formula One driver snapped up the “unique detached villa” after it was put on the market last month.

He even managed to knock almost £2million off the price after owners Burberry chief designer Christopher Bailey, 46, and his husband, actor Simon Woods, 37, originally priced it at £19.85million.

Not that the four-time champion couldn’t afford it, after it emerged his personal wealth reached £131million according to the Sunday Times Rich this year.

The stunning property has “generous entertaining space” which opens out into a 200ft garden with an impressive summer house.


https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5111180/lewis-hamilton-home-value-f1-champion-london-mansion/
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Start your holiday off in style say at The Hilton, London Heathrow Airport, England, who have been voted The World's Leading Airport Hotel 2017.

#WorldTravelAwards #london #uk #england #europe #Airport #heathrow http://bit.ly/2A9lHVf
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World's Best New Hotel Spa 2017 - The Lanesborough Club & Spa at The Lanesborough #London, #England #spa #luxury

http://bit.ly/2z13qLQ
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This has to be my image of the week of London has gone all upside down

This is #London as you have never seen before - incredible #photography by graphicshot #londontown #cityoflondon #city #regentstreet #londonbuses
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