We thought we’d take a look back at what has been an extraordinary end to 2020 and how we went from a second lockdown throughout November to things opening up again in early December as London was placed into Tier 2, allowing people to go out and enjoy the Christmas lights and atmosphere and get their Christmas shopping done, to only then be unexpectedly and suddenly placed into a new Tier 4 less than two weeks later, as Christmas was all but cancelled for millions of people around the country.
Here is a selection of photographs taken around London’s West End by our photographer Pietro Recchia, along with a few from myself, showing both a busy and then almost empty London, with shops, restaurants and hotels, such as The Ritz on Piccadilly, forced to close. Many of the stores made and extra special effort to put up some fabulous Christmas decorations and lights to try to lift our spirits for what should have been one of the busiest and happiest times of the year.
We hope you enjoy this little photo montage and would like to take the opportunity to wish all our readers a very Happy New Year, a year in which we very much hope we will be able to get back travelling again as well as visiting new and existing restaurants and bars not only around the capital but also around the world with the help of our wonderful team of local writers and correspondents.
Editorial by Simon Burrell, Editor of Our Man On The Ground and photographs by Pietro Recchia, a London-based photographer specialising in fashion, portraits and luxury events.