Land prices in London are spiralling … and public toilets are being reinvented as restaurants, cafes and boutiques

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Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

A specially commissioned map of London charts the city’s buried rivers, tube lines, bunkers, sewers, government tunnels, and other subterranean secrets

The map, created by Stephen Walter, is part of an exhibition documenting 500 years of maps of London.

London taxi drivers converged on Trafalgar Square in their vehicles on Wednesday afternoon to stage a major protest over a mobile phone app for booking private journeys in and around the capital. Full story here

Photo: Martin Godwin

The theme for this weekend’s photos was happy. Louisa Reeves submitted this shot: “One of my neighbours is pretty happy about the arrival of summer.” See more

EyewitnessA crimson sunset over the Italian city of Florence turns the waters of the river Arno flame-orange as it flows through the 13th-century Ponte Vecchio. Photograph: Giuseppe Torre/Solent News

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Bristol turns central street into giant water slide – in pictures

Bristol Park and Slide project, an interactive temporary installation by artist Luke Jerram, is set up in Park Street in the centre of Bristol. See more »

Picture credits: Matt Cardy/Getty Images (1 and 2). Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images (3)

Gherkin’s salad days over amid financial pickle for London tower

The Gherkin, voted London’s favourite tower, has been put into receivership 10 years after its completion helped transform the capital’s skyline.

The 41-storey City landmark is likely to be put up for sale shortly and is expected to attract offers of more than £550m from Middle East sovereign wealth funds and other potential buyers. Read more »

Photograph: David Sillitoe/The Guardian 

Campaign calls for Paris ‘love locks’ to be banned

With Paris’s bridges groaning under the weight of an estimated 700,000 padlocks scrawled with lovers’ names, campaigners say it’s time to end the love locks ‘madness’.Read more

Pictures of the week: London’s Square Mile, by Polly Braden

Polly Braden began photographing the Square Mile of London in 2006, fascinated by the way that this City within the city operates. With its own Lord Mayor and independent police force, the Square Mile is something of an oddity, and Braden’s photographs pose the question, “What is this space in the middle of our city?” Read more

Photos: Polly Braden