Event mirrored by similar gatherings in more than 400 cities worldwide including Dublin, Washington and Melbourne
Sky Arts' random-presenter-generating machine has thrown up an interesting pairing to front their new television competition show. Portrait Artist of the Year will be presented by veteran broadcaster Joan Bakewell and that er... renowned expert in fine art Frank Skinner. It's Bake-Off, but with painting, because apparently there is no hobby or artistic pursuit that won't do as the basis for a TV talent competition. Whatever next? A show about competitive stamp collecting presented by Kerry Katona and Alan Yentob? A taxidermy tournament with Mary Beard and Peter Andre? Let's hope so, because on the evidence of last night's episode these marriages of high and low culture can be surprisingly successful.
Gyrating cones and horse skeleton among shortlisted works
King retired from professional football last summer after a long battle with a knee injury
Constable's masterpiece The Hay Wain has been attacked by a protester in the National Gallery.
The four-page letter was written shortly after the Battle of the Nile in 1799
Downing Street insiders have noticed that Osborne’s cat is inquisitive... perhaps a little too inquisitive
Supporters of the English Defence League marched through central London today.
Francis Maude gave a contender for the Most Balanced Thatcher eulogy this weekend. Plus, why Lady T was an (almost) total supporter of democracy
Organisers accuse mayor of using riots warning to provide excuse for pre-emptive arrests
There is a difference between tyrants with a consistent record of mass murder and democratically elected politicians
The Metropolitan Police has asked groups planning to demonstrate during or in advance of Margaret Thatcher's funeral to make themselves known to officers so that their "right to protest can be upheld".
Visitors taking tours of the Shard will be able to enjoy views of up to 40 miles across London when it opens in February.
With Buckingham Palace and the Mall stretching out below its westerly windows and Trafalgar Square doing the same to the east, London's Admiralty Arch has an unrivalled view into the heart of the nation.
Julian Fellowes wants to write a Downton prequel. Why not march forward to the septic Seventies? John Walsh offers his plot suggestions
They're putting what in the middle of Trafalgar Square?