London’s West End footfall returns to 86% of December peak

Shaftesbury West End reopening
Shaftesbury expects the improvement to continue in the coming weeks and months
// London West End footfall returns to 86% of the peak achieved in December
// Footfall in the area has continued to build since non-essential retailers reopened on April 12

London’s West End has seen footfall return to 86 per cent of the peak achieved in December, prior to the third Covid-19 lockdown, according to real estate investment trust Shaftesbury.

Figures show that footfall in the area has continued to build since non-essential retailers reopened as Shaftesbury expects the improvement to continue in the coming weeks and months.

“It has been heartening to see people returning in large numbers to our iconic streets over the past week, in a safe and secure manner,” Shaftesbury chief executive Brian Bickell said.


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“The West End is beginning to feel alive once more, which has been made possible by the commitment that our partners and local businesses share with us to kickstart its recovery.

“Now as we approach the next milestone, it is important that this momentum is maintained to ensure this positive start to the easing of lockdown is sustained.”

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