Norman Wisdom

From the back streets of 1920s west London to the bright stage of the West End, by the 50s Wisdom was one of Britain's biggest stars, named by Charlie Chaplin as his 'favourite clown'. He died yesterday aged 95.

Harry Potter

Set for a comeback after author JK Rowling revealed she has plans for books eight and nine. No word on nine and three quarters, though.

M4 Bus Lane

To be scrapped from 24 December 2010. It will make a comeback for the London Olympics in 2012, but is then to be driven into the dustbin of traffic jam history for good.

Russell Brand

The wedding to Katy Perry - booked for next month - is now in jeopardy, say sources, thanks to Brand's court case, also in October. He's accused of pushing a photographer who allegedly tried to do an upskirt number on the Teenage Dream singer.

Emma Watson

Beat the likes of Victoria Beckham, Keira Knightley and Cheryl Cole (2nd, 3rd and 4th) in a poll of 25,000 to claim's Best Dressed Brit title. Robert Pattinson took the men's prize.

Dita Von Teese

'With such a vibrant fetish scene, London has always been one of my favourite places to perform,' said the burlesque star, who brings her Opium Den act to the Erotica show at Olympia on 19, 20 and 21 November. Get tickets here.

Russell Brand

Former hell-raiser had the "most sober stag party in the history of nightclubs," according to host Peter Stringfellow. Over in Los Angeles, Katy Perry made up for hubbie-to-be's dullness by scoffing a penis-shaped cake.

The Queen

In 2004, she tried to get grants that were meant for schools and hospitals to heat her palaces and castles. 'I feel uneasy about the probable adverse press coverage if the Palace were given a grant at the expense of say a hospital,' said a government official in response.

Jade Jagger

When young, she was babysat by Andy Warhol. 'I peed on his photo base paper,' she says. Warhol asked her to do it again. All part of her education, it seems. Hanging around creative types like Warhol 'inspired me in my posterior artwork,' says Jade. No doubt.

Free Boris Bikes

They've pre-booked hire-bikes for visitors to the InterContinental London on Park Lane. 'We've broken down all barriers by making it absolutely free,' said the hotel's Alvaro Rey. Obviously you have to cough up for a room first, which is where LondonNet comes in.

Amy Winehouse

Made it up with producer Mark Ronson. 'Ronson I love you; that make it better? You know I love you- it's a jew thingz x whup rza,' she Twitted, after earlier saying, 'Ronson you're dead to me,' when he claimed credit for her music.

Vivienne Westwood

The legendary designer has put out a message the clothes companies behind London Fashion Week possibly don't want to hear. 'Buy less,' she said. 'Don't buy anything new for six months and recycle your clothes.'

Sacha Baron Cohen

The Ali G and Borat creator is to star as Freddie Mercury in a film about Queen. Until it comes out, we'll have to make do with We Will Rock You.

George Michael

Fellow inmates sang 'Guilty George has got no freedom' to the tune of Careless Whisper as a welcome to the Wham! man's time in Pentonville prison.


'You've got to pick a pocket or two,' sang Oliver Twists's pal, the Artful Dodger, and it seems his descendants are still at it: London is ranked tenth worst city in the world for the crime in a new survey by TripAdvisor.