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Around 400,000 high-rise homes were built between the end of the Second World War and the beginning of the 1990s. The 6544 tower blocks house around 800,000 people.

Refurbishment of an average tower block costs around £5 million while demolition is 1/10th of that, says the National Sustain-able Tower Blocks initiative.

Completions of new houses on London's South Bank will more than double this year, with 1663 private residential units currently under construction compared to 800 in 1999, says estate agent Cluttons.

Forty-nine million people visit London's tourist attractions yearly and 46 per cent of these come from overseas.

London police put 14,500 officers at the ready for the Bank Holiday Monday anti-capitalist demonstrations and arrested 95 demonstrators.

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