• London’s Luxury Olympic Rentals Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 12:18 PM ET
    London is home to some of the world's most opulent hotels, but with five-star rooms in short supply during the Olympic Games this summer, wealthy visitors are increasingly turning to private homes to meet their accommodation needs.An estimated 500,000 extra visitors will travel to London for the Olympic Games this year, and with the majority of city's top hotels fully booked or charging extortionate rates for their very best rooms, renting a beautiful home in one of London's most desirable distr

    London is home to some of the world's most opulent hotels, but wealthy visitors are increasingly turning to private homes to meet their accommodation needs. Here are some of the best.

  • British men's waistlines have shrunk since the financial crisis cut the number and length of business lunches, a London tailor specialized in making suits for executives in the City said on Friday.

  • More Asset-Buying Depends on Economy: Bank of England Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 1:11 AM ET
    London Financial District

    More asset-buying by the Bank of England will depend on how the economy evolves between now and May, David Miles, the Monetary Policy Committee member who joined ultra-dove Adam Posen in voting for an even larger boost in quantitative easing, told CNBC.

  • Unpaid Work Schemes: UK Government Under Attack Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 4:41 AM ET
    Out of Work

    An unpaid work scheme that is a key part of the British government’s plans to get unemployed back into work has been threatened after a number of the UK’s biggest employers pulled out.

  • ‘Dog’ Funds Fall as Stock Markets Recover Wednesday, 22 Feb 2012 | 2:26 AM ET
    Depressed Dog

    The amount of investors’ cash invested in underperforming “dog” funds has plummeted since August, as stock markets around the world recovered from the turbulent last half of 2011.

  • Lloyds to Strip Bankers of Bonuses: Report Monday, 20 Feb 2012 | 3:02 AM ET

    British bank Lloyds is to strip five current and former senior bankers of more than 1 million pounds in bonuses over their role in the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI), the Daily Telegraph reported on Monday.

  • News Corp

    Investigators looking into alleged corrupt practices at News Corp’s UK newspapers suspect that cash payments worth more than £100,000 were made to police officers and other public officials, one person familiar with the investigation said. The FT reports.

  • BoE Raises Inflation Forecast More Than Expected Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 5:53 AM ET
    London Financial District

    The Bank of England raised its inflation forecast for two years time to around 1.8 percent on Wednesday, higher than most economists had expected, raising doubts about further quantitative easing.

  • London Financial District

    Inflation will remain above the Bank of England's 2 percent target in the U.K. for a long time, Andrew Sentance, a former member of the monetary policy  committee, told CNBC on Tuesday.

  • Sun Arrests Pile Pressure on Murdoch Media Empire Sunday, 12 Feb 2012 | 4:05 PM ET
    Rupert Murdoch

    Rupert Murdoch is under pressure over his Sun tabloid after the arrests of several senior staff in a corruption probe, but whistleblowers inside his media empire may pose more of a threat than the public outrage that towards his business empire that he was forced to give up his closed its sister paper.

  • Hacking Cases Focus on Memo to a Murdoch Saturday, 11 Feb 2012 | 7:04 PM ET
    James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, Europe and Asia.

    A June 2008 e-mail to James Murdoch discussed in frank terms the scale of phone hacking at News International, The New York Times reports.

  • Brokers Suspended in Libor Inquiry Thursday, 9 Feb 2012 | 2:50 AM ET
    Taxis wait in Line for passengers

    More than a dozen traders and brokers in London and Asia have been fired, suspended or put on leave by their employers as a multinational probe into alleged manipulation of crucial global lending rates accelerates, the Financial Times reports.

  • RBS Shake-Up Has Cost $60.5 Billion So Far Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 2:43 AM ET
    The Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters

    Stephen Hester has revealed that the dramatic restructuring of Royal Bank of Scotland has cost 38 billion pounds ($60.5 billion) in a rallying memo to staff days after the embattled chief executive waived a 1 million pounds bonus, the Financial Times reports.

  • Cyber Attack Top Threat for Olympics? Monday, 6 Feb 2012 | 6:32 AM ET
    2012 Olympic Rings Unveiled at St Pancras International Station

    Terrorists combining a cyber attack with physical violence are the biggest security threat facing the 2012 Olympics, a digital forensics expert told CNBC.

  • Homeowners Cash In on Games Friday, 3 Feb 2012 | 7:14 AM ET

    London is home to some of the world's most opulent hotels, but with five-star rooms in short supply during the Olympic Games this summer; wealthy visitors are increasingly turning to private homes to meet their accommodation needs.

  • Britain's dominant services sector expanded at the fastest pace in 10 months in January and firms grew much more optimistic, a survey showed on Friday, crowning a raft of data this week that raised hopes the economy may avoid recession.

  • 4 UK Men Admit London Stock Exchange Bomb Plot Wednesday, 1 Feb 2012 | 6:17 AM ET
    London Stock Exchange

    Four British men pleaded guilty on Wednesday to involvement in an al-Qaida inspired plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange.

  • Europe Risks 'Balkanization': UK Chancellor Friday, 27 Jan 2012 | 11:25 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    The biggest risk brought on by the euro debt crisis is "Balkanization" – the fragmentation of economic interests according to narrow, mainly national criteria, UK Chancellor George Osborne told CNBC Friday.

  • RBS CEO Called on to Reject $1.5 Million Bonus Friday, 27 Jan 2012 | 3:35 AM ET
    The Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters

    As bonus season in the City of London gets underway in earnest next week the first of the UK’s major banks, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), announced the bonus package for its chief executive Stephen Hester on Thursday evening and immediately came in for criticism.

  • UK Economy Gets Closer to Double-Dip Recession Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012 | 6:19 AM ET
    Big Ben

    The British economy shrank by 0.2 percent in the final quarter of 2011, taking the annual growth figure for 2011 down to 0.8 percent, official figures published on Wednesday showed, adding to fears the economy is falling into a double - dip recession.