‘A prime, five-storey Victorian office building off Trafalgar Square in London has been taken over by a group of squatters who plan to open the building on Christmas Day and provide a free festive lunch for homeless people in a protest against the housing crisis.
Calling themselves the Love Activists, a group of 20 people on Saturday took over the grade II-listed building on the corner site of Charing Cross Road and St Martin’s Lane which has been empty for 18 months.
Previously leased by the RBS group and housing a branch of National Westminster Bank, the squatters say that the building has “been taken by the people” in a statement posted on their Facebook page. The current ownership of the corner site is unclear: Land Registry records show that the owner is Greencap Ltd, a Jersey company that appears to have been dissolved.’
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