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Uber Banned in London

Uber Banned in London

Ride-hailing company Uber will lose its license to operate in London at the end of September following a ruling by Transport for London.
TFL said the decision was made due to “public safety and security implications,” referencing the ride-sharing company’s approach to conducting background checks on drivers and reporting criminal offenses.
Uber meanwhile said it planned to appeal the decision. The company has 21 days to do so, and will be allowed …

London Underground Struck by Terrorist Attack

London Underground Struck by Terrorist Attack

London was hit by yet another terrorist attack Friday morning when an explosive device went off in a crowded London Underground train in Southwest London.
The incident occurred at Parsons Green station on an eastbound District Line train coming from Wimbledon.
No deaths have been reported, although 22 people are in the hospital being treated for injuries mostly caused by panicked evacuation of the train.
BBC security corresponded Frank Gardner said that the …

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London to Undergo Extensive Renovations

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London to Undergo Extensive Renovations

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced that the 115-year-old Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London has begun an extensive renovation project. The property will remain open while the work, which is expected to be completed by next spring, takes place
The hotel’s 181 guestrooms will be completely refurbished, inspired by the building’s Edwardian heritage and Hyde Park, and will incorporate Art Deco themes including the artwork and furniture. Some of the refurbished rooms …

JAL to Launch Additional London and Bangkok Flights

JAL to Launch Additional London and Bangkok Flights

Japan Airlines announced that it plans to increase the frequency on two of its long-standing routes from Tokyo.
Beginning October 29 this year, the carrier will add a second daily flight to its route between Tokyo Haneda and London Heathrow. The extra flight will depart Tokyo at 2:45 a.m. and arrive in London at 6:25 a.m., with return flights scheduled to depart at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at 6:25 a.m. the …

Hotel Indigo London – One Leicester Square to Open in London’s West End

Hotel Indigo London – One Leicester Square to Open in London’s West End

InterContinental Hotels Group announced that it will open a new Hotel Indigo in London by the end of this year. The Hotel Indigo London – One Leicester Square will be located in the center of London’s West End.
The property will have 95 guestrooms, each with a decor meant to reflect the property’s location in the West End theatre district.
Guests can dine at the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant. The property …

Norwegian to Begin New Flights to Chicago, Boston, Oakland

Norwegian to Begin New Flights to Chicago, Boston, Oakland

Norwegian Air announced that it plans to launch new routes from London and Paris to the United States next year.
On March 25, the carrier will begin four weekly flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport from London Gatwick. On March 27, the airline will begin thrice-weekly service to Boston’s Logan International Airport from the capital of the United Kingdom.
Norwegian will launch service from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport to Newark on …

U.K. Airports Considering Preclearance

U.K. Airports Considering Preclearance

Travelers departing for the United States from airports in the United Kingdom might be able to clear customs and immigration before departure if discussions between the U.S. government and the Home Office come to fruition.
Preclearance at the airport of departure would mean that travelers flying to the United States would be able to clear customs at the airport in the United Kingdom and would enter the United States for all …