Community Carol Service at Grosvenor Chapel

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Grosvenor Chapel will host a Community Carol Service on Tuesday 13th December.

The event will start at 7pm, and refreshments will be served as well.

No tickets are required, but there will be a collection for Homeless Charity Groundswell.

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Shepherd Market Christmas Party With Elizabeth Hurley

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This year’s Shepherd Market Christmas Party, in aid of St Mungo’s, will be held on 8th December.

The event is due to start at 6pm, and will run until 10pm.

Actress Elizabeth Hurley will switch on the Christmas lights at 7pm, and there will be a selection of attractions at the event, including mince pies, live music, mulled wine and spiced cider.

For more information visit www.shepherdmarket.co.uk

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Join the Mayfair Community Choir at Mayfair Library on 29th November

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The Mayfair Community Choir invites you to an evening of Christmas music and songs on November 29th, with festive readings from Dylan Thomas's 'A Childs Christmas in Wales', John Betjeman and James Joyce as well as others.

The event will be held at Mayfair Library, 25 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2PB, and will run from 7pm to 8.30pm.

A £5 donation on the door includes a glass of wine and welsh themed nibbles. Please book your place at the Library.

For further information about the choir contact mcchoir@icloud.com

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The Mount Street Christmas Lights Switch On- 24th November

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The Christmas Lights in Mount Street, Mayfair, will be switched on at 6.30pm on Thursday 24th November.

The event will begin at 6pm, with the lighting ceremony taking place at 6.30pm.

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Listening to Your Views: Please Fill Out Our Survey

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Do you live in West End Ward in Westminster? We want to hear from you about how we can improve the West End.

West End Ward covers Soho, Mayfair, and parts of Fitzrovia and East Marylebone.

What are your priorities for our area and what would you change if you could?


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@BerW1ckStMarket‪ #Christmas Lights Switch On With Joanna Lumley- 6th December

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The Christmas Lights in Berwick Street Market, Soho, will be switched on by Joanna Lumley on Tuesday 6th December.

The event will take place at 6pm.

There will be a selection of drinks and nibbles on offer.

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@RegentStreetW1 #Christmas Lights Switch On- 17th November

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The Christmas Lights in Regent Street will be switched on at 6.50pm on Thursday 17th November.

The theme for this year’s Christmas lights is ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ to embrace the spirit of the yuletide period.

Heart Breakfast presenters Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton will lead the show from 6pm, and after performances from music stars Tom Odell and Rebecca Ferguson presenter Holly Willoughby will switch the lights on at 6.50pm.

For more updates on this event you can follow @RegentStreetW1 on Twitter.

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#BondStreet Exhibition from Monday 14th November

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A public exhibition is being held on Monday 14th November to display the proposals for the future of Bond Street’s public realm.

New West End Company’s Bond Street Management Group with Transport for London and Westminster City Council, through the West End Partnership, has been working on proposals to revitalise Bond Street’s public realm.

Funding for the proposed scheme is being provided by a combination of property owners, retailers with Westminster City Council and Transport for London.

Before the public realm works commence in January 2017, New West End Company would like to share the final proposals with our businesses at a public exhibition over two days on-site at Bonhams Auction House, 7 Blenheim Street, London, W1S 1LG.  

The exhibition will be accessed via the side-entrance on the corner of Woodstock Street and Blenheim Street.

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Disruption in #TrafalgarSquare and Surrounding Areas Tomorrow

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There is likely to be disruption in Trafalgar Square and surrounding areas tomorrow, November 5, because of a protest organised by the group Anonymous.

It is expected that the Annual Million Mask March is scheduled to start around 6.00pm in Trafalgar Square, and may attract around 2,000 people.

With Trafalgar Square being so close to West End Ward, and despite the conditions imposed on the march, there is a possibility that the disruption from the march will affect areas of the West End.

The Police have a plan in place to deal with any issues that may arise.

If any one has information in relation to unlawful activity planned at the Million Mask March protest then they should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact their local police on 101.


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#Westminster Enterprise Week: 14th-20th November

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Westminster Enterprise Week will take place form 14th to 20th November this year.

The Council has organised a number of events for students to take part in as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week initiative.

There will be talks from successful entrepreneurs and tours of enterprise spaces in Westminster among other things.


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@OxfordStreetW1 #Christmas Lights Switch On- 6th November

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The Oxford Street Christmas Lights will be switched on this Sunday, November 6.

The event is due to start at 6.15pm

Craig David, The Vamps and Nathan Sykes will be switching on the lights.






@CityWestminster Enforcement Is Upheld

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An appeal by Starbucks’, against the size of a recent fine from Westminster City Council, has been rejected.

The initial fine from the council was £160,000 but the appeal at Southwark Crown Court has resulted in Starbucks’ fine increasing to £175,000.

The initial fine related to four occasions where Starbucks’ had left rubbish outside their stores outside of normal collection times.

Upon increasing the fine for two of the four offences, the judge remarked that the behaviour undertaken by the company had been deliberate.

This result proves that the council’s approach towards enforcement is working, and shows the ability of the council to enforce against companies the size of Starbucks’.

I continue to work with residents and businesses to ensure that our area is clean, and that the West End remains an excellent place to live and work.

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The Start Up Britain Bus is coming to #Westminster on 17th October

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The NatWest Business Bus is on a tour of London this month– and will be stopping off in Westminster to help support and connect people interested in developing their own business.

The classic 1966 Routemaster bus, that is home to the NatWest Mobile Business School, will visit Church Street on 17th October.

The bus will be in Church Street from 9am to 4pm, and there will be experts giving free, impartial business advice.

NatWest is working with its tour partner StartUp Britain – which is a campaign to encourage entrepreneurship.


For more information visit the Westminster Business Council website here: http://www.westminsterbc.org.uk/events/wbc-start-britain-bus/ 


Mayoral devolution risks letting our cities fail: My recent article for @ConHome

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Since the devolution revolution under the Blair government that gave Scotland its Parliament, Wales an Assembly, and London an elected Mayor, the politics of localism has been increasingly fashionable in the UK. But with a new wave of elected mayors due in 2017, are we at risk of locking communities behind a wall of socialism?

For the full article on the ConservativeHome website please click here.