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London’s first ‘floating garden’ set to open in Paddington Basin

floating garden

An artist’s impression of the proposed floading garden

Published: 3 February, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Labour group calls on City Hall to withhold cooperation on Trump state visit as thousands protest over the new president’s ‘Muslim ban’

Adam Hug

Adam Hug, Westminster’s Labour leader (above right): ‘...discriminatory visa ban, as well as being immoral, has a direct and negative effect on Westminster residents’

MP Buck votes against triggering Article 50 on Brexit

Karen Buck MP

Labour MP Karen Buck: 'Voting for Article 50 now commits us to Brexit in two years’ time with no idea as to the shape of the deal and absolutely no guarantee that we will be able to say n

Something to crow about: Year of the Rooster celebrations demonstrate ‘London is open to all people and all communities’

Dragon dancers take to the streets
Sadiq Khan addresses the crowd

Top: Dragon dancers take to the streets; above: Sadiq Khan addresses the crowd. Photos: Jon Mo

Published: 3 February, 2017
by Alina Polianskaya

School budget reforms will hit pupils, warns head

Dr Saima Rana, headteacher at Westminster Academy

Dr Saima Rana, headteacher at Westminster Academy

Published: 3 February, 2017
by Alina Polianskaya

Playground site where library scheme fell through becomes ‘boarded-up wasteland’

Labour’s Nik Slingsby outside the playground in Luxborough Street, Marylebone

Labour’s Nik Slingsby outside the playground in Luxborough Street, Marylebone

Published: 3 February, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

The last Trump: as US trade becomes more insular, Chinese markets will open up, argues Murad Qureshi

Shanghai by night

Shanghai by night and below, Donald Trump and Murad Qureshi

Donald Trump and Murad Qureshi

Published: 27 January, 2017
by MURAD QURESHI

Great taste: Chinese cuisine has come a long way since the humble takeaway

Jeremy Pang, the owner of School of Wok

Jeremy Pang, the owner of School of Wok

Published: 27 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Pride of place: behind the scenes with the Chinese New Year lion dancer

Lion dancers Henry Wan, Anthony Tan, Francis Yang, Chilam Or, Peter Wai and teac

Lion dancers Henry Wan, Anthony Tan, Francis Yang, Chilam Or, Peter Wai and teacher Kelvin Chan

Building bridges between children and China

Children try their hand at Chinese calligraphy with the Mother’s Bridge of Love

Children try their hand at Chinese calligraphy with the Mother’s Bridge of Love charity. Photo: Lucy Edwards
Below right, Yintong Betser

Children try their hand at Chinese calligraphy with the Mother’s Bridge of Love

Published: 27 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Light entertainment: the lantern festival at Chiswick House

This year’s Lantern Festival theme is the Silk Road

This year’s Lantern Festival theme is the Silk Road

Published: 27 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Synchronised swimmers' deep commitment to charity’s woolly hat day

Members of the Seymour Synchro Swimming Club at Porchester Pool in Bayswater. PI

Members of the Seymour Synchro Swimming Club at Porchester Pool in Bayswater. PICTURE: ROBIN CONWAY

Published: 27 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Wheels could come off street bike sheds plan over ‘design’ concerns

A Westminster cycle hangar similar to those that were propsosed for Ilbert Stree

A Westminster cycle hangar similar to those that were propsosed for Ilbert Street, in Queen’s Park

Published: 27 January, 2017
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Sister act! Women’s march sends out equality message

Thousands turned out to join the march through Westminster

Thousands turned out to join the march through Westminster

An appeal to the new First Lady from one of the marchers

An appeal to the new First Lady from one of the marchers

Published: 27 January, 2017

Learning disabilities charity celebrates 40th anniversary of its specially-equipped residence

Royston cuts the cake at Alison House in Maida Vale, where around 60 guests join

Royston cuts the cake at Alison House in Maida Vale, where around 60 guests joined in the anniversary celebrations

The Xtra Diary: Soho gets new plaque to a man of true vision

The new plaque at Bar Soho

The new plaque at Bar Soho, with Nino Polledri, left, and Iain Logie Baird. Right: John Logie Baird in 1917. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The new plaque at Bar Soho

Published: 27 January, 2017