London hospitals to create “hubs” to deal with elective surgery if they are again swamped with Covid patients

A senior NHS chief has explained a new strategy London hospitals will use to keep patients safe, even if the capital sees a huge second surge of Covid-19. Professor Tim Orchard, chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said hospitals across London were looking to create dedicated “hubs”, where non-Covid patients will receive routine, “elective” treatments and operations.

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Future of South London pubs and clubs under threat due to 10pm curfew

Scores of high profile pubs and clubs face an existential threat because of the 10pm curfew they have to impose under current government restrictions. The capital’s most iconic gay venue, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) in Kennington Lane, is one of the landmarks facing a cash crisis if huge losses are not averted during the winter, they say.

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Oslo Christmas tree gift to people of London to continue in 2020

It’s a powerful symbol of friendship across the North Sea and an enduring gift of thanks from one nation to another as they faced their darkest hours. Every Christmas since 1947 the City of Oslo has sent a Norwegian spruce tree to London as a gift in memory of that wartime support. It stands as London’s main Christmas tree each year in Trafalgar Square. And despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic the City of Oslo said the gift will continue as normal.

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West End arts festival Inside Out postponed until next year

An open-air arts festival due to take place in the West End in a few days’ time has been postponed to next year, just two weeks after it was announced. Westminster council was a key backer of the Inside Out Festival, which was only announced on September 17, and was due to take place between Thursday, October 1 and Sunday, October 4.

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Concern at Westminster residents without a car being unable to safely get to coronavirus test centre

Concerns have been raised about Westminster residents without cars being sent miles away for coronavirus tests. Cllr Nafsika Butler-Thalassis said people can’t get to test centres in Tower Hamlets or Wembley if they are not allowed to use public transport or taxis because of the fear of passing the virus on.

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Serial burglar described as a “one man crime wave” jailed for multiple offences that took place in Westminster

A man who committed a variety of crimes in the Westminster area over a number of months – including burglaries, homophobic abuse and threatening someone with a samurai sword – has been jailed. Philip Oyelade, 40, of no fixed address, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for a slew of offences including assault, possession of offensive weapons, and drug and public order offences.

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