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.
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.
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.
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.
Elsewhere across the country there was a party atmosphere on the streets last night.
In Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle, drinkers lined the streets.