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London in Lockdown

A moment in time

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Documentary photography from an empty city



Photographs from a moment in time like no other. Locked down for the first time in history, London became a ghost town.

2020 is the year of the global COVID - 19 pandemic. On 23 March the United Kingdom went into lockdown. We were confined to our homes and only allowed outside for a few specific reasons. On May 10 "conditional release" from lockdown started. These images, incredible for their emptiness, were created in the days that followed. Locations normally frequented by thousands of people were empty. Regular visitors to London will realise just how unusual these scenes are.

In mid May few people were visiting these locations. There were no tourists. Shops, bars, hotels and restaurants were closed with many people working from home. There were few cars on the streets or boats on the river.

Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye are tourist hot spots. Trafalgar Square is normally heaving with people and traffic. On the embankment alongside the River Thames you would expect to find thousands of people from all parts of the world. But they were all empty. A lone bus crosses Westminster Bridge at mid day when there would usually be hundreds of tourists. The story is the same at Liberty, Chinatown, Tower Bridge and Shaftesbury Avenue, as well as at Covent Garden, Fleet Street and the City. Hotels and restaurants were closed for business, from the smallest businesses to global brands.

Shoreditch, well known for its street art and murals offered some hope. "Please believe the days will pass". It’s now early July and it seems that they are passing as we all hope they will not return.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace 17

Buckingham Palace 17
London - England
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Buckingham Palace 15

Buckingham Palace 15
London - England
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Buckingham Palace 18

Buckingham Palace 18
London - England
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Buckingham Palace 14

The Mall
London - England
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Trafalgar Square

National Gallery 3

National Portrait Gallery 3
London - England
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Trafalgar Square 11

Trafalgar Square 11
London - England
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Nelsons Column 15

Nelsons Column 15
London - England
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Trafalgar Square 10

Trafalgar Square 10
London - England
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Trafalgar Square 12

Trafalgar Square 12
London - England
 

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus 2

Piccadilly Circus 2
London - England
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Piccadilly Circus 1

Piccadilly Circus 1
London - England
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St Pauls Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral 57

St Pauls Cathedral 57
London - England
 

St Pauls Cathedral 56

St Pauls Cathedral 56
London - England
 

The London Eye

Lockdown London Eye

London Eye
Lockdown - London
 

Lockdown London Eye 2

London Eye is Closed
Lockdown - London
 

The River Thames Path

Battle of Britain Memorial 1

Battle of Britain Memorial 1
London - England
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Lockdown London Tower Bridge 2

Tower Bridge and City Hall
Lockdown - London
 

Tower Bridge from More London 1

Tower Bridge from More London 1
Lockdown - London
 

Lockdown London Southbank

Southbank
Lockdown - London
 

Houses of Parliament Lockdown

Houses of Parliament
Lockdown - London
 

City from More London 1

City from More London 1
Lockdown - London
 

The Streets of London

Waterloo Place 2

Waterloo Place 2
London - England
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Streets of Mayfair 1

Streets of St James
Mayfair - London
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Lockdown London Cambridge Circus

Cambridge Circus
Lockdown - London
 

Lockdown London Parliament Sq

Parliament Square
Lockdown - London
 

Lockdown Westminster Bridge 2

Westminster Bridge 2
Lockdown - London
 

Lockdown Victoria Embankment

Victoria Embankment
Lockdown - London
 

Elsewhere in London

London Chinatown 2

London Chinatown 2
London - England
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Westminster Abbey 15

Westminster Abbey 15
London - England
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Tower Bridge 54

Tower Bridge 54
London - England
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Royal Opera House Covent Garden 9

Royal Opera House Covent Garden 9
London - England
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Lockdown London City 1

City of London
Lockdown - London
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Walkie Talkie Building 16

Walkie Talkie Building 16
Lockdown - London
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Closed for Business

Lockdown London 3

Pizza Bar
Lockdown - London
 

Lockdown London Ritz

Ritz Hotel
Lockdown - London
 

Lockdown London Waldorf 1

Waldorf
Lockdown - London
 

Streets of Soho 4

Streets of Soho 4
London - England
 

Liberty 1

Liberty 1
London - England
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London Chinatown 1

London Chinatown 1
London - England
 

Shaftesbury Avenue 1

Shaftesbury Avenue 1
London - England
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Aldwych at Night 1

Aldwych at Night 1
London - England
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These Days Will Pass

Lockdown London 1

These Days Will Pass
London - Lockdown
 

Lockdown London 2

Panicky in the UK
London - Lockdown
 

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