The architecture of the river Thames – in pictures

London is a city divided by the Thames, but united by its bridges, which allow people to navigate the city. An exhibition at theMuseum of London Docklands displays rare archive photographs. See more photos

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben taken from the south side of the River Thames near Westminster bridge in 1965. Photograph: Henry Grant

The evolution of London: the city’s near-2,000 year history mapped

How did London evolve from its creation as a Roman city in 43AD to the crowded, chaotic megacity we see today? The London Evolution Animation takes a holistic view of what was built in the capital during different historical periods – what has been lost, what saved and what protected. Read more »

Commuters try to get on a train on the District Line of the London Underground during the 48-hour tube strike at London’s Earl’s Court tube station. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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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 

North Koreans complain to London hairdresser about Kim Jong-un poster

Seeking an arresting image to promote a special offer, a hairdressers in west London attracted more than just extra customers when it used a large poster of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in its window.

When M&M Hair Academy in south Ealing put up the 1-metre-by-1.2-metre poster featuring Kim’s distinctive short back and sides with longer centre parting and the words “Bad hair day?”, they received a visit from disgruntled North Korean officials. Full story

Photograph: M&M Hair Academy/PA

Weekend readers’ best photographs: chic

From suits to wellies, your best pictures on this week’s theme, chic. See more.

“Yes, London is an unfriendly city – and long may it stay that way”

What is it like to live on Britain’s most expensive street?

London’s Kensington Palace Gardens is the most expensive address in the UK - the average property value of £41m. Its vast mansions are a symbol of the growing gulf between ordinary people and the super-rich. Our reporter tries to meet the locals

Pictured: Kensington Palace Gardens … so quiet you can hear birdsong. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Correction: The average property value is £41m, not a cheap £14m as previously stated. 

London is the billionaire’s preferred European residence, study says

The typical billionaire holds £50m or more in real estate and has four homes. A property portfolio would typically include a £22.3m mansion in London; an £18.6m holiday home on the French Riviera and a £12.1m estate in Tuscany, alongside another luxury pad. Read more

Pictured: Billionaire’s favour London’s ‘platinum triangle’ comprising Mayfair (above), Belgravia and Knightsbridge. Photograph: Beauchamp Estates