A Muslim convert accused of plotting to mow down shoppers outside the Disney Store on Oxford Street will go on trial in the autumn.

Ginger-haired Lewis Ludlow, 26, allegedly planned to hire a van to cause carnage on one of London's busiest streets or at Madame Tussauds.

Between March 11 and April 19, he bought a phone under a false name, swore allegiance to Islamic State and wrote down attack plans, according to the charge.

He carried out reconnaissance for the terror attack, researched potential London targets, van rental and hotel accommodation, it is alleged.

The plan to launch an attack in the UK followed an earlier attempt to travel to the Philippines to commit acts of terrorism there on or before February 3, it is claimed.

He also allegedly tried to fund IS in the Philippines via a Facebook page between March 15 and April 19.

Ludlow, of Warren Road, Rochester, in Kent, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Belmarsh high security prison.

The heavily built defendant confirmed his identity and British nationality. He wore a bright green skull cap and black T-shirt.

He faces two charges of preparing acts of terrorism and one of entering into an arrangement to make money or property available for terrorism.

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave set a trial at the Old Bailey to start on October 22 and go on for up to six weeks.

It will be heard by a High Court judge or the Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC, the most senior resident Old Bailey judge.

The defendant was remanded in custody until his next hearing, which will take place on August 10.