Famous landmarks deserted as coronavirus lockdown continues

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Britain’s hotspots are empty as the public stick to the rules and stay indoors.

Britain’s busiest landmarks and beauty spots lie deserted in the beautiful spring sunshine as the nation stays indoors to try and contain the spread of coronavirus.

The pavements outside Buckingham Palace, usually packed, were completely empty on Tuesday after the Government introduced the near total lockdown earlier this week.

The Millennium Bridge over the Thames was deserted as galleries, restaurants, pubs and cafes were told they must shut up shop until the worst of the virus has passed.

Millenium Bridge
An empty Millennium Bridge during the nationwide lockdown (Dominic Lipinski/Jonathan Brady/PA)

Tower Bridge was also free of its usual queues of traffic.

Tower Bridge on a normal day and during lockdown (Yui Mok/Ian West/PA)

There have been big drops in nitrogen dioxide and tiny particles known as “PM2.5” which can contribute to respiratory illnesses.


The station at Canary Wharf, the heart of London’s financial district, did not have a single banker or broker on its escalators on Tuesday, after only a handful of roles in the industry were granted key worker status.

Canary Wharf station
London’s financial heart empty of people (Yui Mok/PA)

The city describes itself as “the original wellbeing destination” due to its Roman-era bath complex and mineral rich hot spring waters, but all of its many spas are shut during the pandemic.

The picturesque streets of Bath empty of people
The picturesque streets of Bath empty of people (Ben Birchall/PA)


Instead it was almost completely empty except for a few joggers and dog walkers trying to keep a safe distance apart.

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, normally one of the most popular areas of the Old Town, was also eerily quiet.

Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is usually very busy (Andrew Milligan/Jane Barlow/PA)

Organisers of one of the most popular events in the city’s calendar, the Edinburgh Fringe festival, say they are still planning for the Fringe’s programme of comedy and drama to go ahead as planned in August.

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