Watch two lunatics base jump off a rooftop bar in the middle of London

Here's a recipe for fun: Go up to the 48th floor of a skyscraper in London. Enjoy a beer at the rooftop bar. Change into your base jumping gear in the restroom. Make a beeline for the balcony and jump into the heart of London. Illegal? Probably. Fun as hell to watch? Absolutely. » 8/18/14 9:07pm 8/18/14 9:07pm

There's a Skate Park In an Old Tunnel Under London, And You Can Visit

Amongst the abandoned diggers, unexploded bombs, and Medieval bodies, a labyrinth of Tube tracks—both fully functional and obsolete—wind beneath the streets of London. Last week the city got a whole new subterranean social scene at the House of Vans, a series of five disused tunnels outfitted with bars, a diner,… » 8/13/14 8:25pm 8/13/14 8:25pm

Poor Doors, Hot Trains, Old Ads: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

It's hot pretty much everywhere and everyone's in a horrible mood. Which means there is plenty of ruining of cities to be had—so much so, that I've had to double up on this week's selections. From a plan to plunge Russia into darkness, to a steamy, sweaty Tube in London, it's What's Ruining Our Cities: The Dog Days of… » 7/27/14 4:00pm 7/27/14 4:00pm

Cool new X-Wing Mark II revealed in new Star Wars VII video

A new J. J. Abrams' Star Wars VII video shows a new version of the X-Wing starfighter. It may look like a Z-95 Headhunter because it doesn't appear to have the classic s-foils that open to give it it's X attack shape, but this official tweet says it's the real thing. So, ladies and gentlenerds, behold the X-wing Mark… » 7/21/14 9:39am 7/21/14 9:39am

6 Buildings Competing For the UK's Top Architecture Prize

The Stirling Prize is one of the most prestigious of all architecture awards. Named for the great British architect James Stirling, the prize is given annually from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to a single building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture. The shortlist has… » 7/17/14 9:00am 7/17/14 9:00am

Uber, Kids Peeing, Donald Trump: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Uber arrives in Europe and the cab drivers are pissed. Be careful when you let your kid piss all over our public parks. And Donald Trump has gotten himself into a pissing match with critics over his new building in Chicago. It's (a not totally urine-themed) What's Ruining Our Cities This Week! » 6/14/14 6:00pm 6/14/14 6:00pm

You Can Pay To Sleep Inside This Giant Robot's Stomach

"Sir," the bellhop says as you waltz up to the check-in counter, "we've upgraded you to out finest suite—no, not the honeymoon suite, even better. The robot gut suite." This scenario could soon become a reality at London's Beaumont Hotel, which recently installed a giant inhabitable statue on its facade.… » 6/11/14 2:40pm 6/11/14 2:40pm

Machines Are Forced To Dig Their Own Graves Under Luxury London Flats

Folks with loads of cash who are looking to build their wildly extravagant dream home in London are getting around strict architectural preservation laws by building down, not up. And after excavating space for subterranean ballrooms, pools, and bowling alleys, the diggers that do the dirty work are being abandoned… » 6/06/14 4:40pm 6/06/14 4:40pm

The IOC Is Ruining the Olympics, But Rio Could Save Them

The International Olympic Committee is having a bad month. No one wants to host the 2022 Olympics. The organization's obnoxious public haranguing has turned Rio into a media circus. Its World Cup counterpart, FiFA, is being investigated for insane bribery allegations. And ultimately, the IOC has got no one to blame… » 6/06/14 2:20pm 6/06/14 2:20pm

It's Time to Embrace Congestion Pricing

An ambitious new transportation plan for DC announced last week includes a massive public transit expansion, additional subway line, and beefed up network of bike lanes. But the proposal that's getting the most attention is the introduction of congestion pricing. Yes, DC wants to charge cars to enter its downtown. And… » 6/05/14 1:00pm 6/05/14 1:00pm

Guy jumps over huge gap to hang 490-feet above London with one hand

Watch free climber James Kingston beat another London landmark plus the crane that sits on top of it. All this with absolutely no safety equipment, despite a 490-foot drop and a leap over a massive gap. James then hangs on with just one arm for a view that puts everything in perspective. » 5/28/14 6:53pm 5/28/14 6:53pm

A Design Flaw Is Turning the London Shard Hotel Into a Voyeur's Dream

You'd think staying in the tallest skyscraper in London would afford you some privacy. But visitors at the newly-opened hotel inside of the Shard are being creeped out by the bizarre effects of a simple design flaw—which reflects the view inside of certain rooms directly onto the windows of nearby guests at night. » 5/12/14 10:42am 5/12/14 10:42am

Is Rio's Olympic Prep Really So Bad That London Might Host Instead?

A report from the Evening Standard makes a bonkers claim today: That London will be a backup if Rio can't get its act together for the Summer 2016 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee denies it. But that's a hell of a mixed message—just last week, an IOC Vice President said that Rio's preparations are "the… » 5/09/14 5:20pm 5/09/14 5:20pm

British Businesses Can Now Register "Dot London" URLs

Starting today, London businesses are able to apply for .london top-level domain names. With this, London joins Berlin, NYC, Paris, and other cities that offer region-specific URLs for businesses connected to those cities. It's the start of an interesting interplay between physical geography and virtual identity, a… » 4/29/14 10:32am 4/29/14 10:32am

Watch London in 1924 & 2014 get combined into one time traveling video

London is a city with so much history that you're always curious about what happened before. Who stood on this street? Where did this come from? What happened when? And because London's architecture has remarkably stayed the same over the years, it's easy to "time travel" and compare what life was like back then to… » 4/28/14 10:30pm 4/28/14 10:30pm