Central London: Regent St (W1) remains CLOSED twds Oxford St due to burst water main. Traffic is queuing N/B on approach to the closure.
Police are trying to track down a man seen on CCTV after a bus driver was punched in the face on Regent Street.
The attack happened on Friday 13 September at around 8:30pm on the route 23 bus as it terminated at Regent Street. The suspect was told he would need another ticket to continue but became abusive, before punching the driver several times.
London was lit up by a bevy of big name celebrities tonight as Regent Street's famous display was launched with a bang.
A spectacular display of fireworks lit up the sky as Leona Lewis turned on the lights, along with Emmy Award Winning actor Ty Burrell and Hollywood film director Rob Minkoff.
As well as flicking the switch, the former X Factor winner performed to a jam-packed Regent Street crowd.
She was followed by other big names, including Emma Bunton and Melanie C, Eliza Doolittle, Passenger, Imagination, MKS, Gabrielle, Richard & Adam, Only The Young and Jahmene Douglas.
This year's lights depict the brand new DreamWorks animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman release in February.
In a few hours Regent Street will welcome in the festive season by switching on the Christmas lights. Retailers have just begun showcasing their Winter collections on a large catwalk on Burlington Street, before a concert later this evening.
The show will kick off at 5pm and will include performances from Leona Lewis, Passenger, Eliza Doolittle, Emma Bunton and Melanie C, Imagination, MKS, Gabrielle, Richard & Adam, Only The Young and Jahmene Douglas.
Emmy award winning actor Ty Burrell, who is switching on the Regent Street Christmas lights this evening, talks to ITV London about his love for the capital.
The Christmas lights on Regent Street will be switched on this evening. The show will kick off at 5pm with performances from Leona Lewis, Passenger and Eliza Doolittle.
Emmy Award Winning actor Ty Burrell will be switching on the display this evening
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the West End...and it'll look even more Christmassy by the end of the day, after the Regent Street lights are switched on.
That'll be turned on by actor Ty Burrell, who stars in the film 'Mr Peabody and Sherman' which is sponsoring this year's display.
Events on the street kick off at 3pm, building up to the switch on at 7:15pm.
Police are appealing for a cyclist involved in a fatal collision with a pedestrian to come forward. The collision happened on Thursday 25th July on the southbound carriageway of Regent Street at the junction of New Burlington Street.
Initially, both the pedestrian and cyclist appeared uninjured and spoke to each other at the scene.But two days later, the pedestrian, David Purkis from West Wickham, suffered a fatal stroke.Police say they now want to speak to the cyclist, and have released a CCTV image of him.
Detective Constable Matt Hopgood of Catford Traffic Garage said: "I would appeal to the cyclist and any witnesses to the collision to contact police. Any witness could hold vital information into what happened."
A plaque will be unveiled later to mark the first UK performance of Beethoven's 'choral' 9th Symphony. The Westminster City Council Green Plaque will be seen for the first time in Regent Street at midday.
The plaque marks the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society, which commissioned Beethoven's masterwork in 1822. The Philharmonic Society gave the first UK performance of the symphony on March 21, 1825 at the New Argyll Rooms.
The concert rooms stood on the spot of what is now the Regent Street branch of NatWest Bank between 1820 and 1830.
– John Gilhooly, Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society
Buildings come and go, but the essential nature of the human spirit, which Beethoven so perfectly encapsulates in his famous symphony, remains constant. I would like to thank Westminster City Council for marking this significant moment in London's musical heritage, and for putting the Royal Philharmonic Society - which is Westminster born and bred - quite literally on the map.