The Shard won one, and so did the London Olympics Aquatic Centre. Now a Harold Hill school is celebrating after taking home an award from The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) - the most prestigious prize-givers in the building industry.
Ultimate adventurer Bear Grylls blew people away when he helicoptered into Brentwood at the weekend to pay a surprise visit to more than 1,000 Scouts from east London, including Romford and Hornchurch.
A councillor who publicly proclaimed that a Conservative colleague had become "very confused because her husband has Alzheimer's [disease]" did not breach Havering Council's code of conduct, a standards panel found.
The new year is traditionally a time for couples to take advice on divorce with all the impact that separation can have on the family and its finances. It's always stressful, but there are ways of winding down the tension.