Alexandra Burke

The north London girl with the voice took the X Factor crown on Saturday and now her first single, Hallelujah, is set to take the Christmas number one spot.

Lewis Hamilton

F1 champ takes on Olympic cycling hero Chris Hoy in a special car v. bike event at Wembley on Sunday. The pair are also among the favourites to win the coveted BBC Sports personality of the Year award on the same day.

Prince Charles

He'll take the place of his mum the Queen tonight for the annual Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium. Duffy, Take That and good old Cliff Richard are on the line-up.

Didier Drogba

Back for Chelsea last night to score the winning goal against FC Cluj that helped take his side into the knock-out stage of the Champions League.

John Milton

The author of Paradise Lost, born and bred in London, is 400 years old today.

Frank Lampard

The Chelsea and England midfielder has been named London sports person of the year by the BBC.

Britney Spears

Tickets for the Circus girl's concerts next June at the O2 went on sale on Friday and if you're quick, you can buy yourself some precious Britney time here

Harry Potter

His new book is out today. Called The Tales of Beedle the Bard, it's a collection of five fairytales left by Professor Dumbledore in the care of Hermione Grainger and JK Rowling.

The Queen

Today HM gives her annual speech outlining the government's plans for the coming year. They are likely to include a new clampdown on binge drinking and lie detector tests for people on benefit.

Mark Leckey

Crowned king of the art world with the Turner Prize last night. London-based Leckey specialises in using bits and pieces of popular culture in his creations, such as Garfield the cat and Homer Simpson.

Sir Paul Stephenson

Takes over as boss of the Metropolitan Police today. It's on a temporary basis for now, but Sir Paul is the favourite to get the job permanently by early 2009.

Damien Green

Tory spokesperson on immigration was arrested on Thursday as part of a police probe into government leaks. The government says it had no knowledge of the Met's actions.

Gareth Gates

'I played the lead when I was eight years old,' said Gates after being picked to star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, at the Adelphi, from 9 February. 'Ever since, it’s been a dream of mine to appear in a West End musical.'

Cesc Fabregas

In his first match as Arsenal captain last night, Fabregas led his side into the knock-out rounds of the Champions League via to a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv.

Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors

The couple found guilty of having sex on a Dubai beach have had their three-month sentence quashed and are homeward bound, which means Bromley.