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Foreign brands outnumber British stores on Regent Street

The Apple store on Regent Street Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

For the first time in 192 years, there are now more overseas retailers on London's Regent Street than there are domestic brands, with American stores leading the way, according to property specialists.

Currently, more than 50 international brands - a quarter of which come from the USA - are based on the capital's prestigious shopping street. Some of these brands include J Crew, Anthropologie, Calvin Klein, Desigual, Karl Lagerfeld and Longchamp.

Demand for shops in London's West End remains high. In 2014, central London saw the sharpest fall in vacant units since 2007. Research by real estate company Colliers International showed that prime rents rose on average by just under 15 per cent last year.

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New scheme to help disabled passengers

Thirty railway stations in London are launching a new scheme to help disabled passengers.

The six-month trial, called 'Turn Up and Go', aims to help people who need assistance without them having to book ahead.

Currently support needs to be organised 24 hours before travelling.

"Many disabled Londoners already go by rail without booking assistance but we know that many more would like the extra confidence that catching a train can be a spontaneous decision for them.

Rail services are now far more accessible than ever, and we are committed to continuing to make travel by train an attractive prospect for disabled people."

– David Sindall, Head of Disability & Inclusion for the Rail Delivery Group

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One year since aquatic centre opens to the public

The London Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Today marks one years since the London Aquatics Centre first opened to the public, following modifications after the 2012 Olympic Games.

Since 1st March 2014, the centre has hosted numerous high-profile events including the World Diving Series, the Invictus Games, Sport Relief and National Paralympics Day.

It is now home to the Tom Daley Diving Academy and served as a 2014 Commonwealth Games training base.

The centre received 640,000 visitors between 1st March and 31st December 2014. Since it opened to the public, nearly 3,000 young people have joined the London Aquatics Centre Swim School programme and 300 primary school pupils per week attend a new school swimming initiative at the centre.

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