Excel: from a mayor’s fun palace to coronavirus warzone

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Excel: from a mayor’s fun palace to coronavirus warzone




Centre he opened was symbol of Johnson’s freewheeling London mayorship. It could define his premiership

The city may have stopped but the cable cars are still running, ferrying their empty pods across an empty Thames to the empty Royal Docks a week into London’s lockdown.

As the Nightingale coronavirus hospital prepares to open its doors a few hundred yards down the road, it is easy to forget that this corner of London acted as a kind of Boris Johnson funhouse during his time as mayor. This is the place where a cartoon-statesman persona was forged.

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