Christmas, The One Day London’s Streets Are (Almost) Empty



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Here are a series of photos taken by my wife and I on Christmas Day, 2014. Since it's the only day of the year public transit is completely shut, it provides a rare opportunity to see the streets (almost) completely empty. Hope you enjoy:

Oxford Street

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Oxford-street-looking-west

Regent Street

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Regent-street-Hamleys

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Regent-Street-Curve

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Around Carnaby Street

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Ganton-Street

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Kingly-street

Beak-street

Piccadilly Circus

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Leicester Square

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Trafalgar Square

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Trafalgar-Square

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The Mall

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Bonus

However, even more surprising than walking around the near empty streets of London was seeing a large transport helicopter in Regent's Park, with the blades still running, as we walked down to central London.

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It looked like it was being used to be transport someone for a medical procedure, although it may have been a training exercise, as they didn't seem to be in too much of a hurry. Does anyone know if this is a routine thing? Seems odd to use Regent's Park as a helipad. Any information would be greatly appreciated.



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3 Responses to “Christmas, The One Day London’s Streets Are (Almost) Empty”

  1. Katharine Alston
    January 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm #

    Those are amazing photos. Tempted to do that next Chrismas, but my family (the kids) would never allow it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Steve Bowbrick
    February 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing! Make me want to set aside the Xmas dinner and go for a walk in town next time!

    The US Ambassador’s residence is in Regent’s Park so there’s a round-the-clock to-and-fro of black helicopters, sometimes unmarked, in that area. I’ve always assumed they belong to the US Secret Service. I guess it could be one of those?

    • Ian
      February 10, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

      Looked more like a search and rescue. Think it has to do with using Regents Park as a helipad.

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