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Child hunger having dramatic effect at London schools

A new report released today reveals that child hunger and poverty in London are dramatically affecting children's ability to learn.

More than 80 percent of teachers in London say that children are eating the wrong foods in the morning, and most say they can tell just by watching their behaviour at school.

The report, by charity Magic Breakfast, is part of the 'Feed Their Future' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger on education.

The charity's report found that an alarming number of children are not having a healthy breakfast Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It also found:

  • Over a quarter of London teachers do not believe parents can identify what a nutritious breakfast is
  • Nearly 60% of children also do not know what a nutritious breakfast is
  • 23% of parents living in the city say that food is getting so expensive they have had to cut down on breakfasts
  • Up to 60% of parents let their children eat anything in the morning, just so they eat something

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400 boats on display at the London Boat Show

Visitors view luxury yachts at the Boat Show Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Boat enthusiasts have just over a week to catch a glimpse of some of the world's most luxurious boats at The London International Boat Show. It attracted large crowds on its opening day, along with some star power. Singer Nicole Scherzinger attended the event, unveiling Sunseeker International's new boat, the Predator 57.

Nicole Scherzinger attends the opening of the London Boat Show

There are close to 400 boats on show, which range in value from just £300 to £4.5 million. The biggest boat at the event is the Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht measuring 92ft. On the other end of the scale is the 8ft RibeyeTL240. It is the show's 61st event. It runs until Sunday January 18.

The boats range in value from £300 to £4.5 million

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Shoppers expected to have spent £150m this weekend

Shoppers are expected to have spent £150m this weekend in the West End alone.

Shoppers expected to have spent £150m this weekend. Credit: PA

And retailers expect to take up to £300m before Christmas, according to the New West End Company.

Footfall has also risen by 6.7 % from 2013, it said.

Tuesday between 1-2 pm is set to be the busiest hour on the busiest shopping day across Britain, according to the credit card provider Visa.

Boats worth millions carefully hoisted into Excel

Yachts and powerboats worth millions of pounds have been painstakingly lifted into place ahead of next month's CWM FX London Boat Show at the ExCel.

The 61st annual London Boat show, will run from January 9 - 18.

There will be almost 400 boats on display, including these yachts which were precariously lifted out of the Thames earlier this week by a team of engineers.

A full range of vessels will be on display from £300 boats right up to £4.7million luxury yachts, ranging from a tiny 8ft Ribeye TL240 up to the colossal Sunseeker yacht which measures 92ft.

Crowds fill the capital for 'Panic Saturday' buying

Shoppers have battled crowds across central London in the hunt for late Christmas bargains on a day when £1.2 billion was expected to be spent on Britain's high streets.

Sales on Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street alone was tipped to surpass £150 million during the vast consumer spend, which has been branded "Panic Saturday".

Shoppers looked for Christmas presents under the bright lights of Carnaby Street. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Oxford Street thronged with shoppers on the final weekend before Christmas. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The heavy footfall - estimated to be up 7.1% in the early hours - meant busy crowds at the capital's Christmas markets, including the South Bank. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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