Live updates

Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square

The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square Credit: PA

Daily Christmas carol performances begin on the evening of Monday December 8 around the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.

More than fifty groups will take part between now and December the 23rd. They will be raising funds for voluntary and charitable organisations.

The focal point of the performances is the Christmas tree, which has been a gift from the people of Norway to Londoners every year since 1947. It is seen as a token of gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during the Second World War.

Carol performances will take place from 4-8pm on weekdays, and 2-6pm at weekends.

Africa festival for Black History Month

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has confirmed the African festival in Trafalgar Square today is part of the capital's Black History Month. The festival will feature inspirations from many African traditions and cultures, supported by Lebara, Air France and The Voice newspaper.

One of the weekend's highlights will be the the Square Celebrates Talent (ACT) which is a show for performers under 25 in front of a live audience. There will also be a fashion show featuring designers from the African UK fashion scene. The festival will take place today from 12pm to 6pm in Trafalgar Square

'London is home to a large and diverse number of African communities, who contribute to the cultural and economic life of the capital and reinforce the historic ties we have to that great continent. As we mark Black History Month I am delighted to be welcoming this celebration of African culture to Trafalgar Square. It will be an opportunity for all Londoners to explore Africa's rich heritage and traditions.'

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London


Eddie Izzard: Londoners "do care" about the Scotland referendum

Future London Mayoral hopeful Eddie Izzard says he wants to send a message that Londoners "care" about the Scottish independence referendum, and urged the Scottish people to vote 'No' at a Trafalgar Square rally this evening.

He also told our reporter Rags Martel he had no plans to run for London Mayor in 2016, but still hopes to become Mayor or an MP in 2020.


Plinth give visitors 'another reason to visit the capital'

Two sculptures to take place on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth has been described as "wryly enigmatic in their own way", by the Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson said the sculpture of a riderless horse and a 10-metre-high thumbs up were "very different", adding:

Our rolling programme of art continues to surprise, providing a contrast to its historic surroundings and giving Londoners and visitors alike another reason to visit Trafalgar Square.

Latest works for fourth plinth revealed for next 2 years

A riderless horse and a 10-metre-high thumbs up are the latest works that will take their place on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth.

The horse, complete with an electronic ribbon tied to its leg displaying the latest live Stock Exchange prices, is by German artist Hans Haacke and will be unveiled next year.

Really Good by artist David Shrigley Credit: PA

David Shrigley's bronze Really Good will be unveiled in 2016.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the "two very different sculptures" were "wryly enigmatic in their own way".

Gift Horse by artist Hans Haacke Credit: PA

New commissions for Fourth Plinth to be announced

Gift Horse by Hans Haake- one of 6 works shortlisted to fill the plinth Credit: James O Jenkins

The next two works of art to occupy the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square will be unveiled today.

Six artists are competing against each other to fill the coveted spot.

Two will be chosen to occupy the plinth in 2015 and 2016.

Unmade Monument by Marcus Coates- another of the shortlisted designs Credit: James O Jenkins

Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, will announce the winners at 9:15 this morning.

Load more updates