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‘Do astronauts do push-ups?’ – Beautiful Planet film-maker answers pupils’ questions during visit to Westminster school

Space class: pupils at St Vincent de Paul RC School meet Toni Myers

Space class: pupils at St Vincent de Paul RC School meet Toni Myers; below, a still from her film A Beautiful Planet

A still from her film A Beautiful Planet

Published: 27 May, 2016
by AARA SYED

THE children’s excitement was audible as they got a taste of what it would be like to be an astronaut. 

Baker Street block could make way for public ‘courtyard’

Published: 27 May, 2016

A BLOCK in the centre of Baker Street has been marked for demolition as part of plans to create a new public space. 

After two road collisions in as many days, crash survivor presses Mayor to pedestrianise Oxford Street

The scene of Tuesday’s collision in Oxford Street

The scene of Tuesday’s collision in Oxford Street; below: bus crash survivor Tom Kearney

Tom Kearney

Published: 27 May, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

It’s just a flying visit as the Scotsman stops off in Paddington

The Flying Scotsman at Paddington station

The Flying Scotsman at Paddington station. Picture: British Transort Police Paddington

Published: 27 May, 2016

Pedicab operators hail move to crack down on ‘rip-off’ drivers

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has set out new measures

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has set out new measures to regulate pedicabs in the West End

Naughty side of Nigel, bon viveur who had key role at latex label

Nigel Walker as Captain Main­waring from Dad’s Army

Nigel Walker as Captain Main­waring from Dad’s Army and, below, Libidex latex fashion range

Libidex latex fashion range

Published: 27 May, 2016
by SIMON ROSE

WESTMINSTER PEOPLE: In his life – café owner, tour guide and ‘Beatles Brain of Britain’ Richard Porter

Richard Porter who runs the Beatles coffee shop in St John's Wood

Richard Porter who runs the Beatles coffee shop in St John's Wood and, below, with Paul outside Air Studios in Oxford Street, 1982

Richard Porter with Paul outside Air Studios in Oxford Street, 1982

Published: 27 May, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

The Xtra Diary: 40 years on, Dean Street’s PizzaExpress celebrates its first slice of jazz

Tap Dancer Will Gaines with Buddy Tate, Ray Bryant and Al Grey in July 1979

Tap Dancer Will Gaines with Buddy Tate, Ray Bryant and Al Grey in July 1979. Picture: Max Garr. Below: Stuart Zender 

Stuart Zender

Published: 27 May, 2016

FORTY years ago, a jazz night was launched in the basement of a Pizza Express in Soho. 

Supermarket heiress says plan to turn historic Mayfair church into shops and restaurants is ‘terrible indictment on society’

Lady Sainsbury

Lady Sainsbury: 'There it is, this beautiful church that people were using. It should be able to go on, it’s still got life'. Below: St Mark’s chapel in North Audley Street

St Mark’s chapel

Published: 27 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.

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

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