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The Xtra Diary: Panda just monkeys around for new year

Po from Kung Fu Panda in Gerrard Street this week

Po from Kung Fu Panda in Gerrard Street this week

Po from Kung Fu Panda in Gerrard Street this week

Published: 5 February, 2016

Paddington’s Bakerloo line set to close for four months

Published: 5 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

BAKERLOO line trains will not stop at Paddington station for more than four months. 

Marylebone High Street Tesco closure puts jobs on the line

Published: 5 February, 2016

TESCO have announced that they will be shutting up shop in Marylebone High Street after “an increase in rent”.

Crackdown nets 28,000 illegal cigarettes and a stash of cash

West End seizure: pictures released of the raid on the unnamed premises

West End seizure: pictures released of the raid on the unnamed premises and, below, the cash

West End seizure: pictures released of the raid on the unnamed premises

Published: 5 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Mayor Boris under fire over TfL bid to create luxury flats above Covent Garden tube station

Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Mayor of London Boris Johnson: ‘TfL has an obligation to deliver best value on its commercial assets, to deliver revenues to reinvest in the transport network’

‘Yet another blow to live music in capital’ as 12 Bar Club closes following switch from Tin Pan Alley

Henry Scott-Irvine outside 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street

Live music campaigner: Henry Scott-Irvine outside 12 Bar Club in Denmark Street. Picture: Jerry Tremaine

Stinker statue goes on Gumtree as nearby resident attempts to flush it away

The Stinker statue near the Shaftesbury Theatre

The Stinker statue near the Shaftesbury Theatre

Published: 5 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Let’s bee aware! Royal Parks art project celebrates insects’ importance

A real buzz: artist Alex Hirtzel in St James’s Park

A real buzz: artist Alex Hirtzel in St James’s Park and, below, some of her work

Alex Hirtzel's work

Published: 5 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

After son’s death certificate bid in the West End Extra, it’s official: Lord Lucan is dead

Lord and Lady Lucan

Lord and Lady Lucan. Lord Lucan went missing in 1974, leading to one of the most enduring mysteries in British history

Published: 5 February, 2016

Basement backlash as artist Damien Hirst launches bid to create swimming pool and spa beneath Regent’s Park mansion

Damien Hirst. Picture: Luke Stephenson.

Damien Hirst. Picture: Luke Stephenson. Below: A detail of the architect’s designs showing the scale of the proposal

A detail of the architect’s designs showing the scale of the proposal

Published: 5 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

After celebrating its 30th birthday, struggling Pimlico Toy Library issues plea for donations

Users of Pimlico Toy Library with Cllrs Jason Williams and Jacqui Wilkinson

Users of Pimlico Toy Library with Cllrs Jason Williams and Jacqui Wilkinson and the chair and vice-chair of the Pimlico Grid Residents Association who donated to the appeal

‘End of an era’ as Soho pharmacy closes after six decades

Becks Vallance, Jonathan Guttery, Richard Piercy, James Ellis, Pauline Lau

Becks Vallance, Jonathan Guttery, Richard Piercy, James Ellis, Pauline Lau and CK Ip. Below: Eddie French, Derek Williams, Brigitte Williams and Jerry Hibbert

Eddie French, Derek Williams, Brigitte Williams and Jerry Hibbert

Published: 5 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Healthy diet for gorillas… but zoo visitors tuck into ‘sugar-rush treats’

Parent Amelia Hill with children Madeleine and Kip

Parent Amelia Hill with children Madeleine and Kip

Published: 5 February, 2016
by TOM FOOT