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Foreign brands outnumber British stores on Regent Street

The Apple store on Regent Street Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

For the first time in 192 years, there are now more overseas retailers on London's Regent Street than there are domestic brands, with American stores leading the way, according to property specialists.

Currently, more than 50 international brands - a quarter of which come from the USA - are based on the capital's prestigious shopping street. Some of these brands include J Crew, Anthropologie, Calvin Klein, Desigual, Karl Lagerfeld and Longchamp.

Demand for shops in London's West End remains high. In 2014, central London saw the sharpest fall in vacant units since 2007. Research by real estate company Colliers International showed that prime rents rose on average by just under 15 per cent last year.

UK's first cinema to re-open on Regent Street

The former cinema as a lecture hall at the University of Westminster Credit: ITV London

The Regent Street Cinema is open to the public once more following a £6m refurbishment.

It was first used for film screenings in 1896 when the Lumiere brothers chose it to showcase their film projector, the cinematograph.

It will screen Howard Hawks' 1939 classic 'Only Angels Have Wings', starring Cary Grant and Rita Hayworth.

The venue, dubbed 'the birthplace of British cinema', is the only cinema in the UK that can show 16mm, 35mm, Super 8 and 4K digital formats.

The cinema was also the first in the UK to screen an X-rated film in 1951. It closed in 1980 to become a lecture hall.


Bus stop made of Lego to appear in the West End

Gumball 3000 rally returns to London

The annual Gumball 3000 rally race returns to the capital today as Regent Street is turned into a Gumball Festival.

The motor rally, which is in its 15th year, features a host of celebrities driving some of the world's rarest vehicles. David Hasselhoff , Deadmau5 and Tony Hawk are some of the names taking part this year's event.

The race runs across 3000 miles from Miami to Ibiza with stops in cities including New York, Edinburgh and Paris. Today's event will features extreme sports, live music and car displays before the racers arrive.


Police appeal for witnesses after Regent Street collision

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after an elderly cyclist was seriously injured in a road accident on Regent Street.

At 18:20 on Tuesday, 25 February, police were called to a collision between a car and a cyclist on near the junction with Little Portland Street.

The cyclist - a 69-year-old man - was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service. He was taken to a central London hospital and remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and no arrests were made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Met's Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8941 9011, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

CCTV appeal after bus driver is punched in the face

Police are trying to track down a man seen on CCTV after a bus driver was punched in the face on Regent Street.

CCTV images taken from the route 23 bus Credit: Met Police

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.

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Leona Lewis switches on Christmas lights in the Capital

London was lit up by a bevy of big name celebrities tonight as Regent Street's famous display was launched with a bang.

Leona Lewis had the honour of switching on the famous Christmas lights, with Hollywood star Ty Burrell. Credit: PA

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.

Former Spice Girls Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton during the Christmas lights switch on event on Regent Street, London. Credit: Pa

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.

Eliza Doolittle performed at the Christmas switch-on

This year's lights depict the brand new DreamWorks animated film Mr. Peabody and Sherman release in February.

Christmas blast off: Fireworks mark the switching on of the Regent Street lights tonight. Credit: PA
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