Night hike through the City will be a peek through closed doors

IF you’ve always wanted a nosey around Boris Johnson’s office, then the eighth annual Maggie’s Night Hike might just be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

The 20-mile route takes in some of London’s most iconic architecture – including City Hall – and offers walkers exclusive access to some of the Square Mile’s most prestigious buildings. Among the firms that have entered teams are HSBC, Virgin, Addleshaw Goddard and Betfair, as well as RBS, which has a three-year partnership with the charity. Maggie’s runs centres that give free support to anyone affected by cancer, and is raising funds to take the total number to 15 by 2014.

THEY may be more used to being snapped trackside or on a yacht in Monaco, but a host of names from the world of Formula One have moved behind the camera for a unique project to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Drivers including Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, as well as legendary commentator Murray Walker, were all asked to take a single photo of whatever they wanted. The results – from Hamilton’s cockpit view to a shot of Bruno Senna’s beach paradise – will be auctioned off this Friday night at London’s Wyndham Grand London Chelsea Harbour. To be in with a chance of snapping up a piece of sporting memorabilia, visit www.zoom-auction.com for more details.

IT prides itself on its “100 per cent beef” burgers and “seasoned white chicken breast”, but yesterday fast-food mega chain McDonald’s took a rather large step away from its meatcentric reputation. Two completely vegetarian McDonald’s restaurants are slated to open in Indian pilgrimage areas to appeal to their predominantly Muslim and Hindu clientele, as both religions place restrictions on certain kinds of meat.

Given the British love of a takeaway though, The Capitalist would like to propose a counterdeal – the chain already offers fried rice as an alternative to fries across its Chinese outlets, and its delicious sounding “Aloo McTikki burgers” – spicy Indian potato cakes – are one of the biggest sellers on its Indian menu.