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Security contract to be split at Houses of Parliament

Private guards are to replace police officers to cover some of the security at the Houses of Parliament.

A private contractor will be used for security at public entrances from next April, but the Metropolitan Police will continue to provide armed officers.

The decision to split the contract comes as the government tries to make significant savings to the parliamentary security budget, which currently stands at £24m.


London dominates categories in Travellers' Choice Awards

Travel website TripAdvisor has announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice Attractions awards.

In its inaugural year, the awards honour the top attractions worldwide, in the categories of landmarks, parks, museums and amusement and water parks.

London has great cause to celebrate with multiple wins in three of the four categories including the UK’s best park and the city has the second and third best museums.

The Houses of Parliament came 7th in the top ten UK landmarks. Credit: Reuters

London dominates the UK museums list with six in the top 10, whilst the Tower of London comes in at fourth position in the ranking of UK landmarks with the Houses of Parliament taking seventh place.

The results also prove that the Capital is home to some of the best parks in the world with six of the UK’s top 10 located in the city.

St James’ Park is the UK’s number one and also scoops fourth place in Europe and 13th in the world. Credit: Reuters

"Nightriders" cycle through London under moonlight for charity

A massive 4000 cyclists have taken part in nighttime 100km charity bikeride. While the capital slept they collectively raised over £2.5 million in one nightfor hundreds of charities. The annual Nightrider London moonlit cycle challenge took place yesterday and was bigger than ever before.

Cyclistsset off from Alexandra Palace or Crystal Palace and followed a 100km route pastdozens of London’s most famous streets and iconic landmarks.

Highlights included a deserted City of London, the bright lights of Canary Wharf, dawn over the Houses of Parliament and panoramic moonlit views from Alexandra Palace.

Nightrider was organised by leading charitytour operator Classic Tours in partnership with Capital FM and Virgin MoneyGiving

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Thatcher's coffin lies in Parliament chapel before service

Baroness Thatcher's coffin lies in a chapel in Parliament, draped in the Union flag with a message saying 'Beloved Mother - Always in our Heart'.

Baroness Thatcher's coffin lies in a chapel in the Palace of Westminster. Credit: Leon Neal/PA Wire
There will be a service for MPs, peers and parliamentary staff before her funeral.
A message that reads 'Beloved Mother - Always in our Hearts' is on top of the coffin.
Her body will rest in the chapel until her funeral tomorrow.