Sustainable travel: What is the future for travel?
Dust off your crystal balls and look to the future of travel: bikini beach holidays in the Baltics, sewage-powered flights abroad, and rail miles instead of air miles?
Our sustainable-travel expert Juliet Kinsman talks to Jon Weeks about how extreme weather is already impacting ski resorts and island retreats, how eco-laws can help us help the planet, and why cheaper renewable energy should leave us feeling optimistic about the future.
Plus, the Evening Standard's Lifestyle Director, Suzannah Ramsdale reveals the beaches slowly getting shorter, why a rise in demand for cruises is a bad thing, and explains why she thinks the UK is the destination of the future.
Check out Juliet's accompanying article on how climate change will transform your summer holiday here.
Plus, find out what else we're exploring as part of our Sustainable Travel campaign here.
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What’s the point of the London Mayor?14:50In the first episode of a special series for The Standard podcast called ‘Who Wants to be a London Mayor’, ES Magazine’s Deputy Editor, Hamish MacBain, asks what’s the point of the position? Hamish is joined by Ross Lydall, our City Hall Editor & Transport Editor, and Noah Vickers, our Local Democracy Reporter to discuss the history and powers of the role.Every Monday between now and election day on 2nd May, we’ll be looking at the key issues and talking points that matter most to Londoners before choosing our next mayor. Follow us on X or on Threads.
The Hills of California by Jez Butterworth and director Sam Mendes reviewed (The Standard Theatre Podcast)10:56From The Standard Theatre Podcast Nancy and the Nicks review Jez Butterworth and Sam Mendes's production of The Hills of California at the Harold Pinter Theatre. To hear the full episode, which includes their interview with Felicity Huffman for Hir, click this link.
Will big Friday discounts make London boom again?11:54Businesses set to offer Friday discounts and deals. Which restaurants are promoting offers? Will cut-price deals tempt more people back into the city. Our City Hall & Transport Editor Ross Lydall reveals the businesses offering deals on Fridays so far, and discusses whether cut-price fares, food and drink will tempt people back into the office. In this episode:Revealed: The business offering deals alreadyWhy cafés and restaurants are ‘piggybacking’ off the mayor’s cut-price faresWill cheaper train and tube tickets win Sadiq Khan votes?The special Friday deal that would tempt Ross back to the cityFollow us on X or on Threads.
My Ayahuasca Journey (Brave New World Preview)17:52In this preview edition of our Brave New World, series Evgeny Lebedev describes his experience at a psychedelic retreat in Costa Rica where he encountered Ayahuasca, a plant-based brew used by indigenous healers. Psychedelics researcher Professor David Nutt also returns to the show to explain what’s happening to the mind when DMT is used and how some believe it can help with recovery from trauma.
Busking auditions return for London Underground licence12:05London buskers audition to perform on the tube for the first time since pre-pandemic. TfL’s search for talent whose music “reflects the sounds of London”. Why busking on the tube is unlike any other gig. We speak with hopeful musicians hoping to secure a licence to perform on the London Underground. Plus, judge Anjali Perin explains what kind of musicians they’re looking for. In this episode:Audio and interviews with buskers: Francesco Masone, Cedar Rose Johnson, Aaron Wiggett and Hide TakemotoJudge Anjali Perin describes how buskers need to ‘adapt’ to changing mood on the tubeFollow us on X or on Threads.
Sadiq Khan strides into 25-point poll lead14:07Latest YouGov poll shows the Labour candidate is on 49% and his Tory rival Susan Hall is on 24%. Patrick Diamond, Professor of Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London, outlines the three key areas that could impact Sadiq Khan's campaign, and explains why there needs to be a ‘more constructive relationship’ between London's mayor and central government. In this episode:Which key areas could dent Sadiq’s reelection hopes?How a Labour government could boost investment in LondonHow important will ULEZ be in the mayoral election race?What is Susan Hall’s ‘trump card’?Follow us on X or on Threads.
City Hall rivals call for unity after Lee Anderson “Islamophobia” row10:14Sadiq Khan and Susan Hall each release statements calling for unity. Rishi Sunak condemns Lee Anderson’s remarks, but refuses to call them ‘Islamophobic’. Our Political Editor Nicholas Cecil discusses the mayoral candidates’ calls for unity, the ‘tense’ nature of UK politics in 2024, and why social media is making political division worse. In this episode:The Lee Anderson fallout explainedWhy UK politics are ‘very heated’ at the momentWhat next for Lee Anderson?How the Gaza conflict will continue to impact UK politicsFollow us on X or on Threads.
Hadestown musical's Anaïs Mitchell on West End return (The Standard Theatre Podcast)10:26Anaïs Mitchell, the creator of Hadestown, joins us to chat the musical's return to London, and in a very special first for The Standard Theatre podcast, Mitchell played two songs from the show such as Way Down Hadestown. (To hear both songs listen to the full episode on The Standard Theatre Podcast.)
Energy bills: how much will you save this year?10:17Households in Britain will soon potentially be saving over £200 on those sky-high energy bills.Gas and electricity charges are set to fall by 12.3 per cent in April to their lowest level since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine two years ago.Regulator Ofgem announced the cap for the average annual household dual fuel bill will be £1,690 - that’s a saving of £238 over one year, which applies to the April to June quarter.Plus, how City economists predict cutting the energy tariff cap will help inflation drop to as low as two per cent in April.Evening Standard business editor Jonathan Prynn has the latest in this episode of The Standard podcast.