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Hi-Tech Blue Plaque for 'Tin Pan Alley'

Sixties folk star Donovan is set to perform at the unveiling today of a hi-tech blue plaque in Denmark Street, known as the British Tin Pan Alley because of all the famous artists who recorded there.

Denmark Street is known as the British 'Tin Pan Alley' Credit: ITN

The plaque, which will have audio and video, will be presented at the Giaconda Dining Rooms, an old haunt of stars Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Marc Bolan.

Donovan is to mark the occasion by performing 'Tin Pan Alley' - a song he wrote especially for the occasion.

The singer-songwriter made his first recording there. Jimi Hendrix also recorded there and The Rolling Stones made their eponymous debut album at Regent Sound Studios in 1964.


Campaign to stop changes to London's skyline

London's skyline Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A campaign has been launched to prevent further development of London's skyline. Some of Britain's most influential figures including sculptor Sir Antony Gormley, philosopher Alain de Botton and author Alan Bennett are backing the campaign to stop more than 200 planned skyscrapers from being built.

In a statement to the Observer, the 70 signatories have warned that many of the proposed buildings will be hugely prominent and grossly insensitive to the appearance of the skyline.

According to New London Architecture, 77% of the 236 proposed buildings will be in the centre or the east of London. The Observer reports, a spokesman for the London mayor Boris Johnson said he would consider the campaign's idea of a commission to examine London's future profile.



Syria march to begin at midday.

At least 1,000 people are expected to take part in the march to mark three years since the start of the conflict in Syria. The UK Syrian community and their supporters say they will be marching to show their commitment to the cause of freedom in Syria.

The rally will begin at midday at Piccadilly Lane, opposite Hyde Park Corner and will end at Whitehall.

Malala Yousafzai to speak at WOW festival in London

Malala Yousafzai gives a speech at the inaugural WE Day UK at Wembley Arena. Credit: Laura Lean/PA wire

Malala Yousafzai, Vivienne Westwood and Katie Price are to speak at the Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre today.

The annual event sees 300 speakers and performers from around the world take part in talks and concerts to mark International Women's Day.

Malala, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, is set to speak about the relationship between Pakistani and British societies, and how harmful it is for western countries to be complacent or blind to their own injustices.

She will also discuss the work of the Malala Fund and how it is changing the lives of young girls around the globe.

Council tax bills fall in London

Londoners will see their council tax bills fall in cash terms this year, while the rest of the country are set for below inflation rises.

The average charge for a B and D property is set to be 0.4% lower in the capital, compared to a bump of 0.8% elsewhere in England.

The figures were compiled by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) after surveying local authorities.

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