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Almost 20 years ago, a government inquiry into London's health service, chaired by Sir Bernard Tomlinson, recommended the closure of four hospitals – Barts, Guy's or St Thomas's (he could not decide which), Charing Cross and the Middlesex – and that the money saved be used to improve GP and community services.

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England manager Martin Johnson breathed a sigh of relief last night after Courtney Lawes was cleared of a serious neck injury.

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Police have charged five of the 55 people arrested in London during Friday's royal wedding celebrations, after Scotland Yard hailed the day as an "amazing success".

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Rail union leaders today called for an urgent review of safety procedures after claiming that an internal report into a flooding incident at a Tube station in London showed it almost ended in "disaster".

Green wing: Emma Townshend meets volunteers at Charing Cross Hospital's restorative garden

"I find," says Maggie with a smile, "that I take more and more interest in worms." Maggie Brennan is a horticultural volunteer working in a garden at the edge of Charing Cross Hospital, west London, and she is sitting with me, taking a brief break on this sunny cold day, trying to explain just what it is about gardening that she loves. "When you're gardening, you can really be in the moment," she adds. "Not worrying about the past, and what you did then, or fretting about the future. Lots of people don't really live in the present at all. Gardening brings you right back to the present, and centres you there."

Foyles' flagship store moving 'up the road'

Foyles, the family-owned bookshop, is set to move its flagship London store up the road from its current site near Leicester Square in the West End.

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Rail passengers were urged today to take action in the fight for fairer train fares.

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