Alcohol-Free Bars Caught on in the U.S. and U.K. But Can They Go Global?

In the United States, there’s the salad bar. In Italy, you take your espresso at the bar. In Japan, standing sushi bars are popular destinations. Caf?s and restaurants–institutions at the core of human interaction–take divergent shapes within different cultures. A bar provides patrons with a universally accepted environment: Walk in, sit down, and order an […]

A Final Bastion of on-the-Job Drinking Vows to Sober Up

The London Metal Exchange is toughening its stance on alcohol consumption with new rules that will prohibit floor traders from drinking during the workday, according to people familiar with the matter. In a meeting on Thursday, the LME told its open-outcry dealers that it expects them to apply a zero-tolerance alcohol policy for floor traders, […]

National Portrait Gallery Rejects Donation From Purdue Pharma’s Sackler Family

A British art gallery has decided it won’t take 1 million pound ($1.3 million) pledge from a charitable organization run by Purdue Pharma’s Sackler family. In a statement on Wednesday, the National Portrait Gallery said that “recent reporting of allegations made against Sackler family members may cause this new donation to deflect the National Portrait […]

Scotland Yard Probes Irish Link to Explosive Devices at Three U.K. Transport Hubs

Police are exploring a possible Irish link to three packages containing improvised explosive devices that were mailed to two London airports and a major train station. Ireland’s Gardai is assisting U.K. authorities in the probe, a spokeswoman in Dublin said. Irish stamps were used on all three envelopes and two had return addresses in Ireland, […]

Uber, Private Ride Drivers to Sue Mayor of London for Discrimination

Private hired drivers in London, many of whom work for Uber, published a “pre-action” letter Friday threatening to sue mayor Sadiq Khan for racial discrimination unless he overturns a decision to charge the drivers a ?12.50 ($15.22) daily congestion charge for driving in the city. The central London congestion charge first launched in February 2003 […]