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The Dome attracted 366,420 visitors in January, 5580 less than the National Gallery, but 6420 more than the British Museum. Disneyland in Paris, former employer of new Dome boss Pierre-Yves Gerbeau, attracts 12.5 million visitors a year.

The BA London Eye recorded a surge in bookings after lift off on 1 February with 50,000 tickets sold in just three days. This brings the number of tickets sold this year to 600,000.

London's first mayor will receive a salary of £84,384, more than a cabinet minister. The rate for the deputy mayor is £51,743.

European car manufacturers face a £15 billion bill to take back redundant cars. The European Parliament wants car companies to recyle at least 80 per cent of each car by 2006.

House prices rose by 16 per cent in the year to January which is a 10- year growth high.

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