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Pop art? Thousands of balloons help Covent Garden shoppers to release their creative side

Charles Pétillon

Charles Pétillon and, below, his cultural installation The Heartbeat

 The Heartbeat

Published: 28 August, 2015

The search for Phyllis, my grandfather’s wartime love – Italian man’s granddaughter in bid to find the ‘elegant English lady’ he met on a Soho street

Raffaele Zanni and ‘Phyllis’ pictured in Beak Street

Raffaele Zanni and ‘Phyllis’ pictured in Beak Street before Raffaele reluctantly returned to Italy to care for his family. Below: Olga Mazzucchelli, Phyllis’s friend who she was with when she met Raffaele

Olga Mazzucchelli, Phyllis’s friend who she was with when she met Raffaele

Published: 28 August, 2015
by JANE CLINTON

Homeless Darren’s makeshift bridge saves workers wading through Mayfair sewage

Darren

Darren, above, built a bridge over a sewage-flooded underpass to save workers getting their clothes dirty

a bridge over a sewage-flooded underpass

Published: 28 August, 2015
by ROSE NUGEE

‘Sotheby’s 2’ cleaners plan protest outside international car auction

Protest: Barbara Rocha and Percy Yunganina

Protest: Barbara Rocha and Percy Yunganina 

Published: 28 August, 2015
by JANE CLINTON

ILLTYD HARRINGTON: A walk through a forgotten narrative

Iraq: A History, by John Robertson

Iraq: A History, by John Robertson

Published: 28 August, 2015
by ILLTYD HARRINGTON

The Xtra Diary: Exhibition shows off top marks in history

fragment of Great Seal of King John

Above: fragment of Great Seal of King John; below, Great Seal of Oliver Lord Protector

Great Seal of Oliver Lord Protector

Published: 28 August, 2015

EVERY era has its own way of expressing identity, validity and power. 

Developer pays £24million to opt out of including social housing in Strand apartment block

Cllr Vincenzo Rampulla

Cllr Vincenzo Rampulla: ‘The strategy is crystal clear and it is obvious that this money will be used to buy up properties outside Westminster, or even outside London, to ship local families

Victory for pub campaigners as Clifton Hotel home plan is thrown out

The Clifton Hotel in St John’s Wood. Photo: Ewan Munro

The Clifton Hotel in St John’s Wood. Picture: Ewan Munro

Published: 21 August, 2015
by JANE CLINTON

Art exhibition explores the cost of regeneration in Soho and Fitzrovia

La Giaconda Cafe

Above: La Giaconda Cafe, Denmark Street; below: The Intrepid Fox, Wardour Street

The Intrepid Fox, Wardour Street

Published: 21 August, 2015
by CHER THORNHILL

AN exhibition featuring some of the hidden gems of the West End are on display in Covent Garden.

High praise for students as GCSE results bring tears and smiles

The students at Quintin Kynaston

Proud results: the students at Quintin Kynaston ‘maintaining the school’s standards’ line up with an impressive set of grades. Below: Westminster Academy pupils’ delight: principal Smita Bora is thrilled at their ‘wonderful results’

Westminster Academy pupils’ delight

Published: 21 August, 2015
by WILLIAM McLENNAN