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Planning delays halt TfL’s ‘Boris bikes’ expansion to Maida Vale

Two petitions have been launched in recent years calling for a bike docking stat

Two petitions have been launched in recent years calling for a bike docking station in Maida Vale

Published: 2 December, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

It’s a grand effort! £1.6k raised for Children in Need

Students showing off the full total of funds raised

Students showing off the full total of funds raised

Published: 2 December, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

It’s curtain up on refurbishment plans for historic Covent Garden theatre

An illustration of how the refurbished Ambassadors theatre could look

An illustration of how the refurbished Ambassadors theatre in Covent Garden could look

Published: 2 December, 2016
by DAN CARRIER

Controversial plan for ‘underground cave’ hotel gets the go-ahead

the NCP car park site in Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury

A 166-room windowless hotel will be created on the NCP car park site in Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury

Published: 2 December, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Inquest is told how man, 53, died after lighter ignited shorts

Published: 25 November, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

A MAN died in a fire after a lighter ignited in the pocket of his nylon shorts, an inquest heard.

Seeing red! Fears plan to extend Paddington Rec bluebell glade will attract 'anti-social behaviour'

Children enjoying the bluebell glade

Children enjoying the bluebell glade at Paddington Recreation Ground 

Published: 25 November, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Chinatown pagoda is demolished as part of regeneration scheme

The pagoda that was a popular meeting point in Chinatown

The pagoda that was a popular meeting point in Chinatown

Published: 25 November, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Hatchet gang jailed for Piccadilly watches store raid

Stephen Hopkins and Charlie Kavanagh

Above: Stephen Hopkins and Charlie Kavanagh. Below: Johnny Kyriacou and James Symes

Johnny Kyriacou and James Symes

Published: 25 November, 2016

‘Make Bayswater great again!’ Residents debate Deliveroo, Airbnb and recycling

The SEBRA top table

The SEBRA top table: and, below, holiday winner Coral Hughes

Coral Hughes

Published: 25 November, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

The Xtra Diary: House to let – struggling poets need not apply…

Ted Hughes, Slyvia Plath

Ted Hughes, Slyvia Plath and, below, No 18. Picture: Alison Day 

No 18

Published: 25 November, 2016

“SO there in Number Eighteen Rugby Street’s Victorian torpor and squalor I waited for you.” 

WESTMINSTER PEOPLE: How cake-maker Elizabeth gave Soho its own baker street

Elizabeth Draper at her Soho market stall

Elizabeth Draper at her Soho market stall

No walking past a dulce de leche brownie…

No walking past a dulce de leche brownie…

Published: 25 November, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

Discovery of 105 mobile phones leads to jailing of prostitution ring

Aliona Pislaru and Janina Nuta

Aliona Pislaru and Janina Nuta. Below: Vlad Harzoparu and Ilie Melinte

Vlad Harzoparu and Ilie Melinte

Published: 25 November, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

A PROSTITUTION ring has been jailed for a range of sex trafficking offences.

Happy campers: Residents rejoice as plans to erect stage tent are withdrawn

Victoria Embankment Gardens, where the proposed tent was due to be erected. PHOT

Victoria Embankment Gardens, where the proposed tent was due to be erected. PHOTO: ALEXRK2

Leak reveals which library services face the axe with 22 jobs likely to go

Labour’s Paul Dimoldenberg: 'Once again, Westminster Conservatives are hitting local communities and reducing local services'

Seven Dials animal magic at Christmas lights switch-on

The switch-on at Seven Dials raised funds for a charity for the homeless

The switch-on at Seven Dials raised funds for a charity for the homeless

Published: 25 November, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA