Work has begun to install the 50 year old, 60 foot tall, Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.
Every year since 1946 the Norwegians have gifted a magnificent spruce pine as a thank you to Britain for our support during the Second World War. The lights on the tree will be switched on this Thursday.
Martin Stew was in Norway last month as the tree was cut down before it began a 700 mile journey.
The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree will arrive in the capital this morning after its journey from Norway. The spruce is donated by the City of Oslo to the people of London each year as a token of gratitude for Britain's support during the Second World War.
They [the police] started shouting move back, move back, but we had nowhere to go. The police started pushing us, screaming 'move back, move back'.
There was a fire on the right hand side of the [Victoria] monument and people started throwing things.
- Scotland yard says eleven people were arrested nine for public order offences and two for criminal damage
- Officers in riot gear controlled the crowd, which was part of a pre-arranged Anonymous Million Mask March
- Several similar events were carried out in cities in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand in opposition to austerity cuts, corruption and an increase in state surveillance
Hundreds of masked Anonymous protesters descended on Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square as part of a worldwide march against austerity cuts. A fire was started just yards from the gates of the palace as protesters threw glass bottles during clashes with police last night.
Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square and the Victoria Memorial near the palace were damaged during the demonstrations. Fireworks were also reportedly thrown towards Buckingham Palace.
All-American fever grips Trafalgar Square today as the NFL stages a fan rally ahead of Sunday's match between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley.
Last year's fan festival was attended by 40,000 fans. Players from both teams, NFL legends and cheerleaders will all be part of the event
A robotic arm in London is replicating the exact work of an artist as he draws an image of a face 900 miles away in Vienna. Video of Alex Kiessling is being projected onto a big screen in central London. Alongside him, a yellow robotic arm, copying his every move perfectly.
Alex Kiessling used an infra-red sensor to trace the movements of his pen and send the signal via satellite to the industrial robots in Trafalgar Square that reproduced on canvas the lines he was drawing. Kiessling said it took more than six months to perfect the technique and the software.
The three versions of Kiessling's "Hybrid head" were made, one full face with two half heads on either side. They will be joined together and exhibited in Vienna and London.
A large blue rooster currently stands on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, which has become a showcase for temporary artworks.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The placing of challenging artwork amidst the historic surroundings of Trafalgar Square creates a delicious juxtaposition that gets people talking and debating, underpinning London's reputation as a great world city for culture."
Really Good, by David Shingley
Larger Squat Afar, by Mark Leckey
Gift Horse, by Hans Haake
Six artists have unveiled their vision for what they believe should take pride of place on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth. Here are the first three.
The Dance, by Li liane Lijn
Unmade Monument, by Marcus Coates
Moon Mask, by Ugo Rondinone