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Museums in London start to shut down as Omicron wave sweeps capital
The latest wave of COVID-19 in the UK, sparked by the Omicron variant, is starting to take its toll on museums in London with the Natural History Museum closing its doors until 27 December due to “an unforeseen staff shortage”. The institution had to make the “difficult decision” to shut after front-of-house staff were “impacted by COVID-19 infections and isolation requirements”, a statement says. Museum officials say they plan to reopen 28 December when they “hope that staffing levels will have recovered”.
Florence Nightingale’s lamp and coded wartime quilt stars in new Red Cross museum in London
A quilt stitched with coded messages by allied female prisoners of war and a lamp believed to have been used by Florence Nightingale are among the “objects of kindness” that are to go on display for the first time.
Iranian family road trip movie wins top prize at BFI London Film Festival
A tender and unexpectedly funny story about a family’s road trip through the twisting desert highways and misty green valleys of northwestern Iran won the most prestigious prize at this year’s BFI London Film Festival.
Courtauld Gallery’s art treasures return to London for grand reopening
Renoir’s once shocking ‘La Loge’ is back from Belfast. Van Gogh’s show-stopping ‘Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear’ has arrived from Amsterdam. A long white wall will soon have eight Cézannes, once art lovers in Bergen have finished admiring them.
Historic London theatre to reopen after restoration
The curtain went up on Monday on at least one piece of certain good news for the troubled London’s West End. After an investment of tens of millions of pounds from its owners, London’s Grade II-listed Trafalgar theatre, close to Trafalgar Square, has had a complete restoration – taking it back to its grand 1930s design, much of which had been hidden for almost a century.
‘Epic Iran’ to put 5,000 years of artifacts on show at London’s V&A
From ancient sculptures to contemporary photographs, objects spanning 5,000 years of Iranian arts, culture and design go on display at London's Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum in the first such major exhibition in Britain in 90 years.
London couple find success in lockdown
A south London couple launched a successful grocery delivery business during the pandemic as thousands of Britons were forced to rely on couriers to supply them food in lockdown.
EU warns London to honor Brexit pledges or risk 'consequences'
The EU's Brexit negotiator warned Britain on Tuesday to fully apply the terms of its exit from the bloc, in particular on fishing and Northern Ireland, or risk losing credibility on the global stage.
In London, rail-side gardening blossoms during pandemic
A busy commuter train station is an unlikely place to find a haven for flowers, bees and hedgehogs.
London Kurdish festival hosting ‘Sky Sun, Tile Sun’
Iranian animation ‘Sky Sun, Tile Sun,’ directed by Ziba Arzhang, is on screen at the 12th edition of the London Kurdish Film Festival (LKFF) in the UK.

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