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What to do with London's increasingly-cramped Heathrow Airport? While plans have previously centered around building a new runway, London mayor Boris Johnson favors abandoning the site altogether, and building a new airport on an artificial island in the Thames Estuary. Should this ambitious plan come to pass, it would leave the original Heathrow site obsolete, presenting an opportunity for redevelopment. To this end, the mayor's office has revealed three proposals for transforming the airport into a new town dubbed Heathrow City. Read More

Those planning on taking a bus to or from London's Regent Street in the next few weeks can look forward to a more interesting journey, as a new fully-functional bus stop made primarily from Lego has been installed in the vicinity. Read More

Last month, a new hotel opened at the Shard in London. Shangi-La at the Shard claims to be the tallest hotel in Western Europe, in the tallest building, with the highest champagne bar and the highest swimming pool. Naturally, it seemed only right for Gizmag to visit and give it our seal of approval. Read More
Motorexpo is the world’s biggest free-to-visit car show, with events in London, Toronto and New York. It was first run in Canary Wharf, London, in 1996, with the intention of bringing a new format to the traditional motor show. Gizmag visited the 19th London Motorexpo this week. Read More
A new library and research facilities are at the center of refurbishment plans for the London Science Museum. The commission to refurbish around 400 square meters (4305 sq ft) of space on the ground floor and mezzanine levels was recently awarded to Coffey Architects. As well as providing space for research and study, the new facility will allow access to more than half a million sources contained in the Wroughton Library, including archives and original materials. Read More
Having a robot around the house might be nice, but not if it keeps stepping on the cat and tripping over the coffee table. This month, the public will get the chance to meet a robot at the Natural History Museum in London that may be a bit kinder to furniture and tabbies. The University of Lincoln’s Linda robot, which will mingle with visitors, is designed to learn about its surroundings and make it easier to work human environments. Read More

Some of the most interesting homes we've covered were conceived due to constraints in size, budget, or location. That said, there's generally more to work with than 2.5 meters (8 ft, or 99 inches) in width, as was the case with what's thought to be London's narrowest house. It recently hit the market and is expected to fetch at least £450,000 (US$757,000). Read More

An innovative self-service sexual health clinic has opened in Soho, London, where anyone can be screened free of charge six days a week, while only waiting six hours to get their results back. The NHS Dean Street Express clinic was designed by Penson architects and features a high-tech system that allows patients to log themselves in, before being given a self-test kit and shown to a screening room. The clinic is also home to the first on-site Infinity machine, which quickly tests all samples and allows for results to be sent back to the patients within six hours of testing. Read More
The Design Museum in London, UK, has announced the winners of its 2014 Designs of the Year Awards. The designs are judged by a high-profile panel and are presented in seven design categories. One category winner will be go on to be named the overall winner. Read More
Some are sharp, some are boxy, some tubular. Some will be built in pairs, groups of three or clusters. More than 230 new towers are being built or planned for London, making Renzo Piano’s Shard look like a modest proposal and St Paul’s almost quaint. Read More