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Then and now: How coronavirus has emptied London's tourist traps

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The usually frenetic Piccadilly Circus is failing to attract tourists Credit: Getty

L三级成人视频ondon's is eerily quiet. Offices are empty, pubs are deserted and theatres are shut in keeping with the lastest government advice on preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked三级成人视频 that members of the public work from home "wherever they possibly can" and that they avoid "pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues".

三级成人视频In response, many restaurants, theatres and, most recently, museums and galleries have closed until further notice.

With countries battoning down their borders and airlines cancelling flights, the city's tourist numbers have dwindled, leaving its most popular spots devoid of crowds.

Our capital city has all but transformed into a ghost town. Here's a typical view of Trafalgar Square on a mild day:

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Here's how it looked on March 17, the day after the government's new measures were announced.

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T三级成人视频he sprawling city of nearly 8.9 million also welcomed over 19 million tourists in 2018.

Covent Garden is among the word's most popular tourist attractions. A historic piazza filled with market stalls, restaurants and boutiques, the Royal Opera House and street performers, including magicians, opera singers and mimes – not to mention the neighbouring theatres  – help to draw the crowds.

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T三级成人视频he market area was all but empty on Tuesday.

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P三级成人视频iccadilly Circus is usually teeming with tourists, in spite of its somewhat limited charms.

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Y三级成人视频et this week they've abandoned the steps of its Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain. 

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The view of Buckingham Palace's gates is beamed into living rooms around the world during official events, as such it is a tourist favourite – particularly during the Changing of the Guard.

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Visitors have thinned since the coronavirus outbreak. The Queen will relocate to Windsor on Thursday in a bid to avoid the pandemic. There were over 200,000 confirmed cases in the UK at the latest count, with London worst hit.

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A三级成人视频round one million visitors pass through the Houses of Parliament each year. A walk over Westminster Bridge offers one of the best views of the parliamentary estate.

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This week, the bridge has been unusually quiet. Parliament was shut to visitors and tourists on Monday.

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C三级成人视频arnaby Street is less than a five-minute walk from Oxford Circus, and usually filled with shoppers.

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B三级成人视频y Tuesday lunchtime it was stripped of its typical crowds.

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S三级成人视频t Paul's Cathedral and London's Southbank are connected by Millennium Bridge, usually a popular pedestrian crossing.

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In recent days, they've all but disappeared. As the city's museums and galleries shut on Tuesday and Wednesday  – including the V&A, the Natural History Museum, the Tate Modern and Tate Britain – the usual tourist trails were halted.

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