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 …

British Airways Club Europe Business Class London-Dublin – Flight Review

Much to my relief, British Airways had neither a cabin crew strike or an IT systems outage the day of my flight from London to Dublin. Indeed, it appeared that the job actions that defined the start of summer this year were a distant memory when I arrived at Terminal 5 at London Heathrow, British Airways’ main terminal.
Despite its modern and efficient design, T5 is obsolescent due to a dramatic …

Review: ‘The Woman in Black’ at Fortune Theatre

While some musicals seemingly live forever, it is rare for a play to run continuously for a quarter of a century or more. Indeed, only three in the history of New York and London theater have hit that mark, namely “The Mousetrap” (now a senior citizen at age 65), “Perfect Crime” (just hitting the 30-year mark this year), and “The Woman in Black,” now in its 28th year.
A reworked version …

Review: Heathrow Express Paddington Station-London Heathrow Airport

If your stay in London brings you near Paddington Station, you might wish to consider the Heathrow Express to get to and from the Airport. While it’s somewhat pricey for a 15-minute journey, it’s well worth it given that other alternatives – including taxi – will take at least four times as long to make the same trip.
Paddington Station itself is worth a visit: an historic terminal, it has served …

Theater Review: ‘Bat Out of Hell’ at London Coliseum

LONDON—Forty years ago, Michael Lee Aday, known better by his stage name Meat Loaf, and composer Jim Steinman, after failing to produce a futuristic rock opera based loosely on Peter Pan that would have been called “Neverland,” released an album that became one of the best-selling albums of all time: “Bat Out of Hell.”
Perhaps better late than never, Steinman finished his musical, using the same “Bat Out of Hell” title …

Flight Review: American Airlines Flagship First – International New York-London

American Airlines began to fly the Boeing 777-300ER a few years ago and it’s one of the two aircraft types (the other is a 777-200) on its flights from various cities in the United States to London. At the start of a recent trip to London, which is increasingly becoming a second home for me, I found myself at Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport two hours before …