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Londoners are sharing pictures of the city’s empty streets in lockdown

Trafalgar Square without the tourists, Covent Garden without the shoppers, the City without the commuters...

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Kate Lloyd
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If you’ve been for a walk into central during this wild, wild time, you’ll probably have noticed something missing… People, dur.

As much as Londoners have been berated for visiting parks too much, anyone who has walked across London Bridge or visited Oxford Street can tell you that we’ve all done a pretty good job of staying at home.

One surprising perk of this? When people have headed out on the odd long walk through the centre of town, they’ve been met with eerie views: Trafalgar Square and the Mall without the tourists, Covent Garden without the shoppers, the City without the commuters. Weekday lunchtimes in Zone 1 suddenly look like 5am on Christmas Day – and that makes for brilliant photos.

We asked Londoners to share their pictures of the city looking empty in lockdown, and the result is a documentation of the city in a way that – once all this is over – we’ll probably never see it again.

Here are more eerie pictures of London as a ghost town.

And some much less spooky pictures of blossom in the city

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