More than 160 anti-Islamist and rival protesters arrested in London
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs London Guided Gastro Tours Annette Thompson, Special to USA TODAY 5:53 p.m. EDT September 5, 2013 A small group sharing the cheese and charcuterie platter in a pop-up restaurant on a Mind the Gap tour. (Photo: Mind The Gap Tours Ltd.) SHARE 9 CONNECT 2 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE If you haven’t eaten in London in several years, you’re in for a tasty surprise. London’s food scene is bubbling with new possibilities. While you’ll have no trouble finding traditional British fare of fish and chips and pasties, a stroll around the city today turns up a cornucopia of flavors influenced from around the world. The one element that hasn’t changed is the quality of British ingredients from tangy cheeses and rich meats born of the bucolic countryside, to the freshest seafood from the island’s waters. One of the most flavorful ways to sample the dining revolution is to explore the neighborhoods and markets that serve as nurseries for the maturing food scene. Several walking tour companies take the guesswork out of sampling markets and trendy eateries, introducing you to a fresh crop of chefs who started out with secret supper clubs or pop-up restaurants and now boast crowded brick-and-mortar establishments. The tours also help you make the most of the town’s 7,000 or so pubs. These taverns are as much a part of the local scene as sidewalk cafes are to Paris. Here’s a collection of the best guided tours to get you started on your discovery of London’s tastes. Mind the Gap Tour, A Tale of Two Markets John Warland, guide and co-founder of Mind the Gap Tours, has cooked up a four-hour, comparison tour of up-and-coming Brixton to the more-established Burroughs Market. Brixton’s side streets at the southern terminus of the Victoria Tube line offer history, cultural diversity, and promising chefs.
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Two days after an intruder was discovered prowling around Buckingham Palace, police confronted Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, in the royal residences garden and demanded that he identify himself. Egypt squeezing Gaza Strips economic lifeline William Booth and Abigail Hauslohner The militarys effort to shut down the tunnels seems to be part of an effort to cripple Brotherhood-allied Hamas. Will Englund Alexei Navalny scores unexpectedly strong result, but it won’t be enough to put him in City Hall. World Digest: Sept. 9, 2013 Afghan officials accuse NATO of civilian deaths; the army is enlisted to quell religious violence in India. Londons Metropolitan Police said in an e-mail Sunday that the department had apologized to Andrew, also known as the Duke of York, and that the royal responded with a touch of humor. I am grateful for their apology and look forward to a safe walk in the garden in the future, he said in a statement. Wednesdays embarrassing mix-up with the duke followed an even more embarrassing security breach Monday, when an intruder was arrested after having scaled the fence around the palace. He and an alleged accomplice were arrested on suspicion of burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary, respectively. The confrontation between the duke and police was first reported by Britains Sunday Express tabloid, which used the eye-catching headline PRINCE ANDREW HELD AT GUNPOINT. Although royal protection officers do sometimes carry weapons, the police force denied the papers assertion that guns were pointed at Andrew, insisting that no weapons were drawn. In comments to BBC television, former royal protection officer Dai Davies said that, even if the story had been blown out of proportion by the media, the incident does sound a little unusual. Associated Press
Members of the right-wing and anti-Islamist English Defence League (EDL) listen to leader Tommy Robinson (R) during a rally in London September 7, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Kieran Doherty LONDON | Sat Sep 7, 2013 8:06pm EDT LONDON (Reuters) – Police arrested more than 160 people in east London on Saturday during rival protests by hundreds of anti-Islamist activists and thousands of counter-demonstrators near an area home to one of Britain’s largest Muslim communities. About 3,000 police officers were deployed to keep a group of 500 members of the right-wing English Defence League, or EDL, apart from a larger group of anti-racist protesters, including Unite Against Fascism. Police formed lines across the streets to enforce a ban on the EDL marching to the borough of Tower Hamlets, which has a large Muslim community, and to keep the counter-demonstrators in their assigned area. Police imposed the geographic restrictions on the EDL march as well as a time restriction, fearing a risk to public order. The EDL lost a court battle on Friday to overturn the ban. A police spokesman said about 150 counter-protesters were arrested after a group broke away and headed towards Tower Bridge where the EDL march was to end. He said 14 others, mainly from the EDL, were arrested during the day for violent disorder, possession of knives and fireworks, and one 30-year-old man for inciting others to break the conditions set for the protest. The EDL said on its Twitter account that the group’s leader, Tommy Robinson, was arrested “for incitement”. Despite the high number of arrests, the police spokesman said there were no serious clashes. “The police presence did manage to keep the two groups apart,” he said. Local MPs had written to police calling for the march to be banned, fearing a repeat of violent clashes in 2011 between the EDL, police and anti-fascist groups in Tower Hamlets. They argued that the historical violence of EDL marches and heightened threats made against the Muslim community since the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby in a south London street in May posed a threat to community safety. Two suspects, both British Muslims, face trial in November over Rigby’s killing.