While the Shard is a whopping 309.6 metres tall and London’s current tallest building, did you know that it doesn’t have the highest public viewing platform in the capital? That title goes to Horizon 22, which has a viewing platform that sits 254 metres above street level – a whole 11 metres higher than that of the Shard.
In any case, that record could soon be shattered by a new tower being proposed for the City of London. Called One Undershaft, the tower will be London’s joint-tallest (also standing 309.6 metres tall) and have its highest public viewing gallery. Well, if it’s approved, that is.
While plenty of these sorts of City skyscrapers can feel a bit exclusive, like glass towers filled with suits, meeting rooms and penthouses, the plans for One Undershaft appear to be show somewhere much more intended for public access.
The plans, which come from Eric Parry Architects, show a ‘podium garden’ and viewing centre which will both be open to the public. On top of that, One Undershaft will apparently boast two floors of educational spaces at the top curated with the help of the Museum of London.
It all sounds pretty interesting – here are some renders of what a completed One Undershaft might look like.
Any keen followers of City of London planning applications (we know you’re out there) might have noticed that One Undershaft is set for a site that received planning permission for a skyscraper way back in 2016. Those plans have since been considerably reworked to include more greenery and public space.
The Boxing Day sales are an excellent time to get your 2024 theatre-watching plans off to an affordable start, with Theatreland’s biggest sale being the cunningly-named Boxing Day Sale (of which Time Out is a partner).
The sale sees reduced prices on over 50 shows – with savings of up to 77 percent – available from December 22 to January 3.
There are classic West End long-runners on there, including ‘Frozen’ and ‘Tina’ and more recent openings like ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ and ‘The Little Big Things’.
But it’s also really good for grabbing a bargain to shows that are a while off still: get your tickets in early and at a nice price for the return of big musicals ‘Sister Act’ and ‘Shrek’, see some promising-looking hipster theatre like the RSC’s trans Western ‘Cowbois’ at the Royal Court, ‘Nachtland’ at the Young Vic, which has just announced an excellent cast led by Romola Garai or secure a spot at the Almeida’s excellent, Jonny Lee Miller-starring ‘A Mirror’ as it becomes the first play to run at the swanky Trafalgar Theatre.
Or if you just want to liven up your Christmas holidays there are plenty of seasonal shows participating, from family fave ‘The Snowman’ to a handful of X-rated adult pantos.
Whatever your tastes, there should be something worth making a saving on.
For a full list of participating shows and to buy discounted tickets, head over here.
Shepherd’s Bush Market is due to get a major makeover, with the 109-year-old market set to get a full revamp and 40 new affordable homes built nearby. But the plans are proving controversial with some locals, and a community group has formed to protest against the plans.
The owners of SheBu market, Yoo Capital, have won planning permission to give the bazaar a proper glow-up. The developers, who are behind the transformation of Olympia, were given the go-ahead by Hammersmith & Fulham council’s planning committee in a 3-2 vote this week.
As well as the market’s upgrade – designed by architects AHMM – and the 40 homes, which will be managed by the council, plans also include a new commercial building with a life science incubator for Imperial College.
But not all the traders in the market are happy about the potential makeover. In the past, redevelopment plans for the marketplace collapsed due to opposition from traders. Earlier this month a council committee meeting to approve the development had to be abandoned when 20 protestors from local community group Protect Shepherd’s Bush Market disrupted the proceedings.
After the council vote on December 20, Protect Shepherd’s Bush Market shared a statement on X (formerly Twitter), saying: ‘Tonight’s vote to waive through the gentrification of Shepherd’s Bush Market is a shameful decision to side with corporate greed.’
‘Labour councillors asked performative questions about gentrification, trader retention and arch disrepair only to vote the application through. The Council have sided with the developer and ignored community and trader concerns for 18 months.
‘Tonight just 3 councillors voted to approve an application which will push out traders and destroy the market’s diversity and character. We will continue to fight this application and the rampant gentrification it represents.’
The traders’ main concerns are that Yoo Capital’s plans would mean big rent increases which would push sellers out of the market. More than 30 market traders have written to the council to share their worries.
Mark your calendars, because Expedia’s first-ever Expedia Travel Week sale is right around the corner. Running from 8th to 12th June, our biggest savings event to date will be available on the Expedia Mobile App and Expedia.co.uk, offering travellers up to 40% savings on select hotels and activities.
The Expedia Travel Week Sale will feature savings on more than 30,000 hotels and 800+ activities around the world, to help holiday-deprived travellers plan their next well-deserved trip.
Not ready to travel just yet? Fear not. Offers will be open to bookings as far out as January 2022, and most include flexible cancellation policies, making it the perfect time to lock in travel plans to look forward to for the rest of the year.
Here are all the different ways to save:
EXPEDIA TRAVEL WEEK DEALS
Beginning Tuesday, 8th June, Expedia will launch five days of deals to some of the most dream-worthy destinations. Whether it’s a relaxing summer trip to explore the surf-ready shores of Cornwall, or an international bucket list holiday to roam the vineyards of Tuscany, there’s something for every kind of traveller.
The Expedia Travel Week deals are for travel dates 8th June 2021 – 31st Jan 2022, and most include flexible cancellation policies, making it the perfect time to lock in travel plans to look forward to for the rest of the year.
CURATED DAILY GETAWAYS
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Preview them now and set a reminder when your favourite Daily Getaway goes live:
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE: Discover the hidden gems of Portugal and Cotswolds with @Rosielondoner
THURSDAY, JUNE 10: Learn @Jake_graf5‘s tricks to enjoying the city life in London and the secrets of Mallorca.
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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF EXPEDIA TRAVEL WEEK
– DOWNLOAD THE APP: Expedia’s award-winning mobile app also makes it easier to plan and keep track of travel plans, with handy push notifications alerting travellers to itinerary changes, easy messaging with your hotel, and a map feature to find nearby things to do. – KEEP TABS ON THE LATEST TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS: With restrictions changing by the day, it can be tricky to stay up to date on the latest COVID-related guidelines. Use the Expedia Travel Advisor which lets travellers search by their origin and destination to see what travel advisories or COVID-19 restrictions are in place. – BOOKMARK IT: Do a little pre-shopping and save hotels to your ‘favourites’ list, then set a reminder for when the sale kicks off and your favourite Daily Getaway goes live. – BOOK FLEXIBLE RATES: Many of the deals featured will have flexible cancellation policies. While many destinations are open, choosing refundable rates allows travellers to bag a great deal without worrying about plans needing to change. Filter search results for ‘free cancellation’ or ‘reserve now, pay later’ and select a refundable room type.