London, the "Big Smoke," is the capital of the United Kingdom and the second largest city in Europe. From Brixton to Big Ben and Bethnal Green to Heathrow, there is always something brewing in the "Great Wen."
Samuel Johnson is quoted too often for writing that "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life," but the truth is that the British capital exhausts several million men and women - workers, tourists and the unemployed alike - on a daily basis. The city's comprehensive Underground moves 1.3 billion passengers per year over 402 kilometers of track, for just one metric of London's massiveness. And the 8.5 million people who call greater London home always have something to complain about – except having nothing to do.
The UK government has released documents setting out the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit. The Operation Yellowhammer contingency plan sets out a worst-case scenario in the event Britain leaves the EU without agreeing exit terms with Brussels. Keith Walker speaks with London-based journalist and political commentator Patrick Christys who begins by explaining whether Britons should be worried.
Boris Johnson has called for a snap election but it's failed in the House of Commons. It needed two-thirds of MPs to support it but it didn't get that after Labour party MPs abstained. Keith Walker speaks with Patrick Christys — a journalist and political commentator based in London at Love Sport Radio — about what this means and how British politics has got to this crisis point.
Professor Steve Tsang, Director of the SOAS China Institute at the University of London, spoke to Deutsche Welle about the intensification of the Communist Party's social credit system and how it might affect European companies.
Caroline Bennett came to sushi by chance. At the age of 18, she dreamt of picking grapes in France or working on a kibbutz in Israel. Instead, she ended up in Japan and eventually opened London’s first conveyor belt sushi bar. But her fish tale doesn’t end there. Dany Mitzman reports from London.