Londoners enjoy final night of freedom on eve of new lockdown as police disperse crowds

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  • November 5, 2020
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housands of Londoners flocked to venues across the capital last night to enjoy their last taste of freedom before the new lockdown came into force. 

Pubs and restaurants in areas including Soho and Camden were teeming with punters until venues closed their doors at 10pm.

Drinkers and diners packed out restaurants and bars, as well as al fresco venues, despite the chilly temperatures.

Police dispersed some crowds in the West End as the lockdown kicked in at midnight, urging them to head home.

One man was pictured finishing off his beer as officers encouraged him to move away from the packed out streets in Soho. 

Another person was seen playing a tuba that shot flames into the night sky as police moved in to break up the crowds.

People are seen enjoying drinks before pubs close ahead of the lockdown in Soho

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People are seen enjoying drinks before pubs close ahead of the lockdown in Soho

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Ahead of the pre-lockdown night out, some pubs slashed the price of drinks with Wetherspoons charging only £1 a pint.

Others followed suit with huge reductions as they struggled to offload pre-ordered beer.

Police officers talk to revellers in Soho 

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Police officers talk to revellers in Soho 

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Mr Khan told the Evening Standard: “With cases still spreading in London and facing no other choice, I am today making a direct appeal to Londoners to follow all the new rules coming in today.”

Pubs will be able to sell takeaway drinks under new rules but their doors will remain closed to customers until at least December 2, when the lockdown officially ends. 


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Elsewhere across the country there was a party atmosphere on the streets last night.

In Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle, drinkers lined the streets.