51 Eerie Photos Show London’s Deserted Streets During Coronavirus Lockdown

HumanWindow Staff
By HumanWindow Staff
Updated on April 02, 2020

London and the rest of the UK are in lockdown, with the public having been told by the government that they must stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

The rapid spread of Covid-19 around Europe has prompted most governments to bring in social distancing measures to reduce contact between people in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.

In March, UK prime minister Boris Johnson issued guidelines stating that everyone must stay at home apart from in exceptional circumstances.

The general public have been told that they can only leave their home to exercise once a day – either alone, or with members of their household – and to shop for basic necessities such as food.

For the latest information and advice on coronavirus in the UK, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

The only other acceptable reasons for leaving home are for a medical need, to provide care for a vulnerable person, and to travel to or from work (but only where this is absolutely necessary).

Pubs, restaurants, clubs, cafes, gyms and all other non-essential business have also been instructed to close until further by the government.

The lockdown rules, which have been brought in to slow the spread of Covid-19 in order not to overwhelm medical facilities, will be reviewed by the government every three weeks on an ongoing basis.

The wide-ranging measures have prompted the vast majority of people to follow the guidelines – and the UK’s capital is now practically deserted, with most London shops and businesses closed until further notice.

Here are some pictures of a deserted London in lockdown as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

A bus pulls up at an empty bus stop on Oxford Street in London

A bus pulls up at an empty bus stop on Oxford Street in London

Some trains are still running at Waterloo but most people are not travelling

Some trains are still running at Waterloo but most people are not travelling

Carnaby Street is totally deserted during the London lockdown

Carnaby Street is totally deserted during the London lockdown

An empty Jubilee line train during the London coronavirus lockdown

An empty Jubilee line train during the London coronavirus lockdown

The Millennium Bridge is almost empty, with only a few people crossing it

The Millennium Bridge is almost empty, with only a few people crossing it

Oxford Circus is completely deserted

Oxford Circus is completely deserted during the lockdown, with all non-essential shops and businesses closed

A deserted street near Piccadilly Circus in central London

A deserted street near Piccadilly Circus in central London

The area around Green Park tube station is completely deserted

The area around Green Park tube station is completely deserted

London's Oxford Street is completely deserted during the coronavirus lockdown

London’s Oxford Street is completely deserted during the coronavirus lockdown

A popular photo spots with tourists, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain at Piccadilly Circus, is completely deserted

A popular photo spots with tourists, the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain at Piccadilly Circus, is completely deserted

Some stalls at Borough Market remain operational

Some stalls at Borough Market remain operational

Some empty escalators at London Bridge tube station

Some empty escalators at London Bridge tube station

Canary Wharf is known for being an extremely busy tube station, but it is now practically empty

Canary Wharf is known for being an extremely busy tube station, but it is now practically empty

London Bridge station is one of the capital's busiest stations, but now it is completely deserted

London Bridge station is one of the capital’s busiest stations, but now it is completely deserted

The street outside Liberty in central London is empty

The street outside Liberty in central London is empty

Regent Street is totally deserted and all non-essential shops are closed

Regent Street is totally deserted and all non-essential shops are closed

Piccadilly Circus is usually bustling with crowds but it is now almost empty

Piccadilly Circus is usually bustling with crowds but it is now almost empty

There are very few vehicles on the road apart from buses and emergency services

There are very few vehicles on the road apart from buses and emergency services

All but the essential shops on Oxford Street are closed

All but the essential shops on Oxford Street are closed

Borough Market is usually bustling with shoppers

Borough Market is usually bustling with shoppers

A deserted Oxford Street

A deserted Oxford Street

An empty bus stop at Oxford Circus Station

An empty bus stop at Oxford Circus Station

London's side-streets are also deserted

London’s side-streets are also deserted

In central London, Regent Street is completely deserted

In central London, Regent Street is completely deserted

A sign at London Bridge tube station advises people not to travel unless absolutely necessary

A sign at London Bridge tube station advises people not to travel unless absolutely necessary

The John Lewis shop on Oxford Street is closed until further notice during the lockdown

The John Lewis shop on Oxford Street is closed until further notice during the lockdown

The National Theatre is closed and empty

The National Theatre is closed and empty

A sign at a tube station during the London coronavirus lockdown advises people not to use public transport unless absolutely necessary

A sign at a tube station during the London coronavirus lockdown advises people not to use public transport unless absolutely necessary

All of the bars and restaurants on the South Bank are closed

All of the bars and restaurants on the South Bank are closed

London's South Bank is usually a hive of activity, but there is hardly anyone on the streets

London’s South Bank is usually a hive of activity, but there is hardly anyone on the streets

The Southbank Centre is closed and deserted

The Southbank Centre is closed and deserted

A deserted Waterloo train station

A deserted Waterloo train station

A sign in Waterloo tube station reminds the public about the social distancing guidelines

A sign in Waterloo tube station reminds the public about the social distancing guidelines

Waterloo tube station is usually busy, but it is completely deserted right now

Waterloo tube station is usually busy, but it is completely deserted right now

A deserted platform at Bond Street Station during the lockdown

A deserted platform at Bond Street Station during the lockdown

Regent Street without any cars or other vehicles during the lockdown

Regent Street without any cars or other vehicles during the lockdown

Bond Street tube station is deserted, with the public told not to travel unless journeys are absolutely essential

Bond Street tube station is deserted, with the public told not to travel unless journeys are absolutely essential

Empty escalators in Bond Street tube station

Empty escalators in Bond Street tube station

The local wildlife seems to be enjoying the lack of people on the South Bank

The local wildlife seems to be enjoying the lack of people on the South Bank

An almost-empty road near New Bond Street in central London

An almost-empty road near New Bond Street in central London

The South Bank is deserted during the lockdown

The South Bank is deserted during the lockdown

All non-essential shops and restaurants have been instructed to close by the government

All non-essential shops and restaurants have been instructed to close by the government

All of the shops are closed on Carnaby Street

All of the shops are closed on Carnaby Street

Oxford Street is almost empty

Oxford Street is almost totally empty

An empty road leads towards London's Leicester Square

An empty road leads towards London’s Leicester Square

Borough Market remains partially open, but there is hardly anyone around

Borough Market remains partially open, but there is hardly anyone around

The Tate Modern is closed and the areas around the museum are empty

The Tate Modern is closed and the areas around the museum are empty

The Millennium Bridge, which leads to St Paul's from the South Bank, was deserted

The Millennium Bridge, which leads to St Paul’s from the South Bank, was deserted

A boarded up pub on the South Bank

A boarded up pub on the South Bank

Borough Market is usually bustling with shoppers

Borough Market is usually bustling with shoppers

A deserted London Bridge tube station during the lockdown

A deserted London Bridge tube station during the lockdown

The Apple Store at Regent Street is closed, and the area is almost empty

The Apple Store at Regent Street is closed, and the area is almost empty

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