10 Things You Might've Missed With All That Royal Coverage Going On

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 9 months ago
10 Things You Might've Missed With All That Royal Coverage Going On

As the lengthy royal lying-in-state/funeral coverage comes to an end, we go on a whistle-stop tour of what's been going on London lately which you might've missed.

A Pimlico tube roundel
Forget about Pimlico's 50th? Image: Londonist.

Chris Kaba: Crowds gathered outside the headquarters of the Met Police on Saturday, rallying against racism and police brutality, following the recent fatal shooting of Chris Kaba, a young unarmed Black man, in Streatham Hill.

Pine Marten: In joyful environment news, a pine marten was spotted in London for the first time since the 19th century. Soon, our city will be teeming with these... and beavers.

Trees in jeopardy: In not-so-joyful environment news, London's urban trees are under threat from climate change.

Andrew Edmunds: London bid farewell to another legendary figure last week when Andrew Edmunds — the proprietor of the eponymous Soho restaurant, adored by gastronome Londoners for its classic cuisine and cracking wine list — sadly passed away.

Brixton Soup Kitchen: On the subject of food... While many food banks around London closed for the funeral (and it is volunteers running them after all), the legendary Brixton Soup Kitchen was laying on hot meals and food packages for those who needed them most.

Pimlico turns 50: Oops, we forgot a birthday. Pimlico station's to be precise. Fortunately, Diamond Geezer remembered.

A room full of TV sets
What did you do for Open House Festival this year? Image: Londonist

New London Bridge Building: Foster + Partners' design for a 22-story mixed use building on the site of Colechurch House at London Bridge was given the green light by Southwark Council.

Trudeau and Macron: Bit of a cheat perhaps, as both were in London for the funeral, but both Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron were chided by the press for their "inappropriate" behaviour — the Canadian PM for singing Bohemian Rhapsody (surely rather fitting, as it's a Queen song?), and the French president for... wearing trainers?! Sacre bleu!

Open House Festival: Who did Open House then?! This year we ticked off the Richard Rogers House in Wimbledon, the pioneering UCL PEARL Building in Barking, and the British Vintage Wireless And Television Museum (aka 'Best Museum in a Shed Ever'). Only about 350 sleeps till the next one.

No headphones? This bus rider apparently forgot to put on their headphones.

Last Updated 21 September 2022