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The Xtra Diary: Dame Diana Rigg, the ‘rudest walk-on’

Actor Dame Diana Rigg was in ‘conversation’ at St James Theatre on Sunday

Actor Dame Diana Rigg was in ‘conversation’ at St James Theatre on Sunday

Published: 12 February, 2016

The Xtra Diary: Mayfair church set to host discussion on faith and homosexuality

Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness author Savitri Hensman

Sexuality, Struggle and Saintliness author Savitri Hensman will be at Farm Street Jesuit Church on Monday

Published: 12 February, 2016

Health secretary is branded a ‘bully’ as St Mary’s medics stage walkout

masked march

On Saturday, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Vanessa Redgrave spoke out at a rally of thousands of junior doctors and supporters following a ‘masked march'

Doctors Sophie Clarke, Gordon Arthur George, Patrick Woodburn and Segn Lewis

Doctors Sophie Clarke, Gordon Arthur George, Patrick Woodburn and Segn Lewis

Published: 12 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

London Zoo penguins p-p-pick up a fish and a Valentine’s Day mate

The residents of Penguin Beach at London Zoo

The residents of Penguin Beach at London Zoo

Published: 12 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Campaigners win ‘listing’ protection for site of pub that was demolished without permission

The Carlton Tavern after the demolition in April last year

The Carlton Tavern after the demolition in April last year

Published: 12 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Dingy Marylebone Road subway becomes fun-packed ‘Wonderpass’

 and, below, how it looks as a ‘Wonderpass’

Above: the subway before its transformation and, below, how it looks as a ‘Wonderpass’

‘Wonderpass’

Published: 12 February, 2016

Soho’s broad church! Drag queen, puppeteers and opera company among those set for fundraiser at St Anne’s

Lady Layton – she is also known as Kerri

Lady Layton – also known as Kerri

Rosalind O’Dowd, left, Sarah Denbee and Justin Bindley

Operatics: Rosalind O’Dowd, left, Sarah Denbee and Justin Bindley

Published: 12 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

OBITUARY: Formidable war heroine and Labour archivist dies at 99

Irene Wagner with her neighbour, the former Labour MP Frank Dobson

Irene Wagner with her neighbour, the former Labour MP Frank Dobson, on a memorial bench to her husband George

Published: 12 February, 2016
by ELLA JESSEL

Headteacher says five-storey development next to school would put pupils ‘at risk’

Artist’s impression of the Lanark Road proposal

Artist’s impression of the Lanark Road proposal

St George’s Catholic School headteacher Martin Tissot

St George’s Catholic School headteacher Martin Tissot

Published: 12 February, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Feel the Force! Star pupils' fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Staff and pupils at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

Published: 12 February, 2016

Royal Parks ‘lucky heather’ sellers are hit with fines

Published: 12 February, 2016

TWO women have been fined for selling “lucky heather” in the Royal Parks.

Campaigners say report on betting shop hotspots shows how bookies go after the vulnerable

MP Karen Buck

MP Karen Buck: ‘This research confirms what we already know – there are unacceptable concentrations of betting shops in some areas, and they are almost inevitably poorer neighbourhoods&

‘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

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’

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

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