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Topshop’s Oxford Street store in ‘poverty pay’ row as protesters call for cleaners to be reinstated

Oxford Street Topshop protest

The scene in Oxford Street on Saturday as protesters took to the streets. PICTURES: UVW

Oxford Street Topshop protest

Published: 20 May, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Pedestrians ‘lucky’ to escape unhurt as crane collapses into street at 19th-century townhouse site

Part of the crane was left dangling above Charlotte Street

Part of the crane was left dangling above Charlotte Street

Published: 20 May, 2016
by WILLIAM McLENNAN

Horses to make way for cycling ‘superhighway’ route to Buckingham Palace

Published: 20 May, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

A HISTORIC horse track to Buckingham Palace through the Royal Parks is to be replaced by a path for cyclists.

The Xtra Diary: Chapel to be among venues as Fitzrovia’s musical heritage is celebrated at new festival

The newly-renovated Fitzrovia Chapel

The newly-renovated Fitzrovia Chapel

Published: 20 May, 2016

FITZROVIA’S musical charms will take centre stage next month in a new festival. 

Old Foyles bookshop building set to make way for offices, shops and restaurants

the old Foyles building in Charing Cross Road

A protest last year against the eviction of traders and artists from the old Foyles building in Charing Cross Road

Published: 20 May, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

WESTMINSTER PEOPLE: Why Laura feels at home at Lord’s Cricket Ground

Laura Brown

Workshops for schoolchildren are a key part of Laura’s role at Lord’s. PHOTOGRAPHS: MCC

Lord's

Published: 20 May, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

OBITUARY: Soho loses Ettie, indomitable centenarian and left-winger

Ettie Gontarsky

Ettie Gontarsky: at birthday parties she would sing My Yiddishe Momme. Below, as a young woman she was sent to Paris and bring designs back to London

Ettie Gontarsky

Published: 20 May, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

FRIENDS say that once you knew Ettie Gontarsky you would “never forget her”. 

De Niro eyes up the mean streets of Covent Garden for hotel and spa development

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro said it makes ‘perfect sense’ to develop a hotel in Covent Garden

Published: 20 May, 2016
by ELLA JESSEL

‘Your political career is going to be over,’ colleagues warned the new Mayor of Westminster

Outgoing mayor Lady Christabel Flight and new incumbent, Cllr Steve Summers

Outgoing mayor Lady Christabel Flight and new incumbent, Cllr Steve Summers

Cllr Rita Begum, far right, and her family

Cllr Rita Begum, far right, and her family

Published: 20 May, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Planning inquiry gets heated as campaigners tell developer to rebuild ‘beautiful pub’ that was demolished without permission

The Carlton Tavern

The Carlton Tavern, in Maida Vale, was pulled down in April last year by CLTX Ltd. The developer is appealing against an enforcement notice over the bulldozing of the pub

Motorcyclist becomes latest victim of Westminster’s roads after collision with lorry

The scene at the junction with Warwick Way, near the Jugged Hare pub

The scene at the junction with Warwick Way, near the Jugged Hare pub

Published: 13 May, 2016

Fashion writer Marie Scott is killed in moped collision on way home from West End party

Fashion writer Marie Scott

Top fashion journalist Marie Scott

Published: 13 May, 2016
by KOOS COUVÉE & JOE COOPER

NEWS IN BRIEF: Carlton Tavern demolition inquiry set to begin

The Carlton Tavern was demolished without permission in April 2015

The Carlton Tavern was demolished without permission in April 2015

Published: 13 May, 2016

A PUBLIC inquiry will launch next week into the demolition of a Maida Vale pub. 

Tributes to Roxy club and the man who invented the lifeboat will be among Seven Dials heritage plaques

Seven Dials trustee Anja Saunders, who is sponsoring the Syd Barrett plaque

Seven Dials trustee Anja Saunders, who is sponsoring the Syd Barrett plaque, trustee Mark Read, who is sponsoring the John Logie Baird plaque, and Seven Dials Trust chairman David Bieda

President Obama’s message for Westminster pupils during London visit: ‘You’ve never had better tools to make a difference’

From left: Mersadie Cook (Year 12), Emilio McAllister-Fognini (Year 12)

From left: Mersadie Cook (Year 12), Emilio McAllister-Fognini (Year 12), Sara Harb (Year 13), Haneen Sakhi (Year 12) and Rinor Plepolli (year 13). Below: President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Published: 13 May, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA