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An employee poses for pictures with an orchid display during a photocall for the 2014 'Orchids Festival' at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west of London, on February 6, 2014. The Festival opens to the public on February 8, 2014.

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Preparations for the Orchids Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London. The festival opens to the public on February 8

Commuters take a bus in central London, ...Commuters take a bus in central London, on February 5, 2014, on the first day of a strike by London Underground workers. Workers on London's Underground train system kicked off a 48-hour strike at 9:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Tuesday, threatening chaos for commuters on Wednesday and Thursday.   AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

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Commuters take a bus in central London, on the first day of a strike by London Underground workers. Workers on London’s Underground train system kicked off a 48-hour strike at 9pm on Tuesday. Read more

Winter weather Feb 4th...People walk along the Southbank as a rainbow appears over the city of London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 4, 2014.

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People walk along the Southbank as a rainbow appears over the City of London Read more

Matt Isard (left) and Marie Njumba  look up at a pair of 20ft tall topiary sculptures named  Neighbours , made by Shipshape Arts, as they go on display at Victory Park in the East Village neighbourhood   built on the site of the former Olympic and Paralympic Village in east London. The figures depict the scene of two neighbours engaging in conversation over a garden fence and were featured in the Festival of Neighbourhood throughout the summer at the South Bank Centre.

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Matt Isard and Marie Njumba look up at a pair of 20ft topiary sculptures named Neighbours, made by Shipshape Arts, as they go on display at Victory Park in the East Village neighbourhood, built on the site of the former Olympic and Paralympic Village in east London. The figures depict the scene of two neighbours engaging in conversation over a garden fence and were featured in the Festival of Neighbourhood throughout the summer at the South Bank Centre.

Revellers wear costumes as they stretch whilst welcoming others to Morning Glory, at a venue in Hackney, London...Revellers wear costumes as they stretch whilst welcoming others to Morning Glory, at a venue in Hackney, London, January 22, 2014. Morning Glory is a nightclub which operates once a month from 6:30 to 10:30 am, at which revellers drink fruit smoothies, coffee and dance to high energy music, sometimes in their sleepwear. Revellers also enjoy yoga and massages, before changing into their work clothing and heading off to their day jobs. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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Revellers stretch while welcoming others to Morning Glory, at a venue in Hackney, London. Morning Glory is a nightclub that operates once a month from 6.30am to 10.30am, at which revellers drink fruit smoothies, coffee and dance to high energy music, sometimes in their sleepwear. Revellers also enjoy yoga and massages, before changing into their work clothing and heading off to their day jobs.

The Shard building.

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The Shard building is photographed in London on Thursday. Read more

Preventive conservation co-ordinator at Historic Royal Palaces Jonathan Bridal inspects the Rubens ceiling paintings for damage during a conditioning survey at Banqueting House on January 21, 2014 in London, England. Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens painted the nine oil canvases for Charles I, they were installed in the hall in 1636. The three main canvasses depict The Union of the Crowns, The Apotheosis of James I and The Peaceful Reign of James I, since their creation, the paintings have undergone at least 14 restoration treatments including mounting the canvases permanently onto plywood boards in 1907. For the first time Historic Royal Palaces has taken paint samples of the coffering to determine past colour schemes.

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Preventive conservation co-ordinator at Historic Royal Palaces Jonathan Bridal inspects the Rubens ceiling paintings for damage during a conditioning survey at Banqueting House in London, England. Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens painted the nine oil canvases for Charles I, and they were installed in the hall in 1636.

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, sets out his view on the economy ahead of the next general election at the Senate house, London this morning.

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Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour party, at the Senate House, London, on Friday morning, where he set out his view on the UK economy Read more

Actors dressed as zombies exit Bank Station in London as peer-to-peer lender RateSetter highlights the issue of 'zombie' savings accounts with  lifeless returns . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 15, 2014. The independent study commissioned by RateSetter found that 79% of Britons do not check their savings returns against inflation, with some falling as low as 0.1% earning just  1 a year on savings of  1,000.

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Actors dressed as zombies exit Bank Station in London as peer-to-peer lender RateSetter highlights the issue of “zombie” savings accounts with lifeless returns. The independent study commissioned by RateSetter found that 79 per cent of Britons did not check their savings returns against inflation, with some falling as low as 0.1 per cent, earning just £1 a year on savings of £1,000.

A general view of the Thames Barrier on January 7, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. After a period of recent storms and heavy rain, forecasters are warning that there is still more bad weather to come over the next few days.

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The Thames Barrier aims to prevent London, UK from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the North Sea. After a period of recent storms and heavy rain, forecasters are warning that there is still more bad weather to come over the next few days.