The reason cited by millions of visitors to London as to what brings them to the capital is its culture - theatres and galleries large and small, music venues, clubs, arts communities and studios and let's not forget the graffiti and other street art.
But as planning permission is granted for ever more large scale development - usually for 'luxury' apartment blocks and offices - so the arts are squeezed because high rents means there's nowhere to relocate to. (Teacup chandelier maker Madeleine Boulesteix is a case in point: the arts venue in south London where she and many other artists had lived and worked for decades was closed and the site sold to a developer. She's now based in Devon.)
So the London Assembly's Regeneration Committee has produced a report highlighting the threat posed to the capital's still vibrant art scene by developers which urges the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to take action now. Recommendations include:
Black tea to clean your bathroom mirror? yes indeed. Lemon juice for grubby chrome? yes for sure!
Lots of us are becoming wary of household cleaning products because of the potentially harmful chemicals they may contain, and because we want to limit pollutants flooding down our drains.
If that's you, you'll love this infographic showing how you can having a sparkling bathroom using ingredients from the kitchen. Take a look:
Home assistance provider HomeServe has been looking at home technology and how it's developed from the 1960s - and how it could be impacting our lives in the coming decades. Food mixers, hand held phones, and microwaves have all lasted, but products that didn't include a device that was supposed to sound like a cat and so frighten off rodents- and dare we say the teasmade isn't a staple in that many bedrooms these days.
See the hits and the misses in this fun infographic:
And HomeServe did a survey of 2000 UK adults to get their views on future technological wizardry:
63 per cent of those questioned think smart thermostats will soon be the norm in our homes (if you haven't already got one..)
32 per cent of people think robotic cleaners sound useful and believe they'll take over from us when it comes to cleaning the house at the weekend.
And 41 per cent of those questioned say the boiler is the most important device in the home, compared to 35 per cent who prioritised the television over the boiler... maybe they're the hardy types who like cold showers and wearing their coat indoors in winter..
John Lewis and its sales are a bellweather for the British economy, and what we buy from the department store shows where the Brits are at when it comes to homes and interiors.
So its 2016 trend report has some interesting findings - particularly that hummingbirds, flamingos and pineapples have caught our fancy in the year of Brexit....
This doesn't relate to things eco, but we were amused by it in the Deco office and have wildly differing views on a few of the faux pas..
Anyway, a flooring company has done a survey of 1009 British adults to find out what they consider the most annoying things house guests do.
Top of the list is using a mobile phone at the dinner table (we're all agreed on that) and apparently 77 per cent of those questioned don't like it when guests ask for the wifi password. Well, it does suggest the guest is anticipating being bored and needing to access YouTube Fifa videos...
Third on the list of top irritants is people wearing shoes indoors..and this is where I profoundly disagree. Indeed when I go to someone's house, particularly in the evening and it's not raining and my shoes aren't covered in mud, and I'm asked to take off my shoes, I feel like turning round and heading for home again. I don't want to have to spend the evening in my socks, I find it disempowering to be shoeless in a social gathering and I think it's rude to ask people to take off their shoes at the door.
I mean, let's imagine a posh party and a woman arrives at her hosts' door wearing beautiful high heels which complement her dress and generally make her look terrific, not to mention taller. To expect her to remove her lovely shoes and ruin the look of her outfit for the non existent possibility of damaging the hosts' carpets is unreasonable. Sure if shoes are filthy, take 'em off. But if you're so precious about your carpets, really, don't ask anyone to come round to your house.
I'm always amused when a paint or a colour forecasting company (yes, they do exist..) does a drumroll and declares this or that colour to be the COLOUR OF THE YEAR.
Ah right, so it's the colour of the year. Gosh, I must repaint my house, yes, I'll get onto it straight away. I mean, I certainly do not want to be the only person in the street whose walls are not in the Colour of the Year.
Mmm, but it would be a help if it could be the Colour of Every Other Year, because I've only just finished painting our flat in last year's (ie this year, 2016's) colour of the year, which was Cherished Gold for Dulux. (And they even had a Face of the colour of the year, which was athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, I suppose for her bronzed complexion). And the year before I had to paint the flat in Dulux's Copper Blush..so you can see my arms are starting to ache.
In case you are a dedicated follower of fashion and don't see a load of old marketing tosh staring you in the face, this week Dulux announced that its Colour of the Year (for 2017 that is) is...wait for it...a hue called Denim Drift (I wonder how many celebs are keen to be the Face of Denim Blue?). Denim..blue, ok get that, and drift..maybe the grey of driftwood. Because Denim Drift is a bluey-grey colour. It looks nice, so if you like blue and blue goes with your things and your walls needs re-decorating, then perhaps its Colour of the Year status will make you want it.
I suppose it's hard for paint companies to get us excited about paint because every possible colour under the sun is already available - have you ever seen a Dulux professional painter's paint fan? I mean it weighs a tonne! So giving us a Colour of the Year could be one way to jolt us indolent consumers with dirty/faded/flaking walls into action.
Except it doesn't. No one repaints in a colour because it's the colour of the year. I will never want gold walls, or copper walls. And blue walls? Nah, I'll stick with the nice pinky grey I mixed up by combining a pink and a grey paint together in a bucket with half a pot of white emulsion. It's my colour of last year, this year and next year and quite probably the year after that. That said should we ever change the colour of our sofa or carpet, then we might have to re-think the colour scheme.
But the bottom line is if blue or green or pink or yellow doesn't go with your stuff, or you just don't like it - I will never ever like mustard or purple - then no matter its Colour of the Year status, it's not going to work.