Londoners are expected to spend around £150 million this weekend beginning on 'panic Saturday' as the shopping days before Christmas dwindle.
London Ambulances spent more than 500 hours waiting outside hospitals last week. Official figures show more than 1,000 ambulances had to wait more than 30 minutes before patients were taken inside to be treated.
Barbara Hakin, the national director of commissioning operations for NHS England urged patients to help ease the pressure on hospitals by going to their GPs, pharmacists and using the non-emergency 111 helpline, if their condition is not genuinely urgent.
A lorry slammed into a bridge in Epsom today, leaving the trailer crumpled. Police have closed off West Hill. The bridge will also need to be checked to make sure it has not been damaged.
House prices in five UK cities have been rising faster than in the capital.
Findings by Hometrack found house price growth in London slowed by two-thirds in the last quarter to 0.5%. That is compared to 1.4% three months ago.
Meanwhile property in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham rose at a faster pace in the three months to November.
Edinburgh (1.8%) and Glasgow (0.9%) registered the fastest house price inflation in the last quarter, as demand fed back into the market post-referendum.
The greatest reversal was seen in Aberdeen (-0.4%) and Cambridge (-0.2%), but Oxford (0.3%), Cardiff (0.2%) and Bournemouth (0.1%) also showed pronounced slowdowns.
Two London prisons are facing staffing shortages this Christmas.
Extra officers are having to be sent to HMP Feltham and HMP Wormwood Scrubs over the festive period to make up the shortfall.
In total more than 230 prison officers are being deployed to seven prisons across the country in what campaigners have called a 'major crisis' for the service.