Actor Christian Bale, and star of the new Batman movie, has been released without charge, but bailed to return by police officers, following an alleged assault on his mother and sister.
The attack is alleged to have taken place at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, where Bale was staying in advance of the premier of “Dark Knight”, also starring Heath Ledger as the Joker.
Following his release by police officers, Bale issued a statement saying: “It’s a deeply personal matter. I would ask that people respect my privacy in the matter.”
The Crossrail Bill has received royal assent, making it an official act of parliament and meaning that the project will now move to the “delivery” phase.
The high speed train link will link Maidenhead in the West with Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the East, going under central London. New stations will be need to be built to service the line, including a new Bond Street station. The first visualisation of that new station has been unveiled (see below)
Digging for the project could start in 2010 with completion not expected until 2017, which could mean years of disruption to local residents. What do you think about the Crossrail project?
2008′s Green Flag Award winners have been announced and Mount Street Gardens in Mayfair are again the recipient of the prestigious Green Flag Award. The judges say of the space, “This garden forms a quiet green oasis in the middle of a densely built up environment where users can go to sit and relax without the noise and bustle of everyday life“
The recognition for Mount Street Gardens follows on from receiving the same prize in 2007. The award, which is organised by the Civic Trust, recognises the very best parks and green spaces in the country.
Bond Street station had to be temporarily closed this morning because of a fire that broke out in South Molton Street. Police apparently believe the fire to be “suspicious”, although there have been no reports of any injuries as yet.
Were you at the scene? Do you have any further information? Feel free to email us with what you saw.
The Royal Academy of Arts has announced a new exhibition which will showcase important Byzantium treasures. Around 300 objects from the Byzantine empire, including icons, detached wall paintings, micro-mosaics, ivories, enamels plus gold and silver metalwork, some of which have never been on public display before.
The show will run from 25th October to 22 March 2009 in the RA’s Main Galleries. For more information, goto the Royal Academy website.
Gould Pharmacy in North Audley Street, Mayfair, is benefitting from a recent change to rules at the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. The embassy has outlawed electronic devices being brought in to the building, which leaves hundreds of visitors needing somewhere to store their phone. Step forward Alpesh Patel from Gould Pharmacy, who is providing a secure holding service at Ã‚Â£10 a time.
What do you think? Is Ã‚Â£10 a bit expensive? Is this profiteering or a clever move which helps members of the public who have nowhere else to safely store their phone whilst they are in the embassy?
The Guardian has reported that Nelson Mandela is to begin legal proceedings against the Belgravia Gallery in Albemarle Street in relation to lithographs and drawings they are displaying in a current exhibition to mark Mandela’s 90th birthday.
A statement from his lawyers said: “Mr Mandela has given us instruction to take urgent, appropriate steps against Belgravia gallery to stop any marketing, distribution and selling of artwork associated with his name”.
Anna Hunter, managing director of Belgravia gallery, told the Guardian that she had personally witnessed Mandela signing the works in 2002, and gave a speech alongside him when he launched them in South Africa.
Former Mayor, Ken Livingstone, named the Curzon cinema in Mayfair as his favourite cinema. His answer came as part of a Guardian interview to find his “London Top 10″, and he said of the picturehouse:
One of the joys of living in London is that in the evening you can just get off the tube at Piccadilly or Leicester Square and find a film you want to see at a time you want to see it. It must be the biggest concentration of film choice anywhere in Europe. My favourite, though, is the Curzon in Mayfair Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it’s part of a small chain and always run by people that love film