Boozy brits dance in street and flock to celebrate pubs opening until late hours

Crowds filled the streets of London as Brits enjoyed their first drinks in months.

Lockdown rules eased on Monday, (April 12), with bars, pubs and restaurants finally allowed to open their doors for outdoor drinking and eating.

Revellers flocked to local boozers, and with plastic cups filled with drink in their hands, danced in the street.

However, some have said there was "very little" social distancing seen as Brits celebrated the easing of Lockdown, writes The Mirror.

The scenes have been compared to 'VE Day' with the number of people filling the streets, as the hospitality sector forced to service customers in outdoor seating areas as part of the latest rules.

A witness, Attila Kulcsar, said the crowds in Soho, known for its nightlife, felt "like a return to the 'real Soho' of the 1990s".

But he warned there was 'little' social distancing as the 'raucous' scenes played out before his eyes.

Hordes of revellers joined others in Old Compton Street and surrounding streets to enjoy al-fresco dining and drinks, with several West End streets closed to traffic between 5pm and 11pm to create more outdoor areas.

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Footage and photos online show people packing onto tables with food and drinks and dozens of others stood on the pavement cheering the first night of bars and pubs opening again.

Mr Kulcsar, 54, said: "Tonight's atmosphere beats the whole of last summer… it really is like how I imagine VE Day.

"It's almost like watching Hogarth paintings come to life in 2021. There is a wonderfully raucous hysteria everywhere. It's very celebratory.

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There is very little social distancing. A distinct sense that people feel the Covid restrictions have ended.

"There are lots of police around Soho as well as Covid Marshalls, but there is no word from them about social distancing… if anything they seem to be joining in the festivities."

Westminster City Council said it was aware of "isolated incidents of crowding", adding it was working with businesses to ensure they are operating "responsibly and safely in line with guidance".

A council spokesperson said: "We are pleased that visitors can return to the city and enjoy the shops and outdoor hospitality safely.

"We have implemented a range of measures across Westminster to enable social distancing, including additional footway space and barriers.

"We also have Covid Marshalls and city inspectors working across the city to help businesses support accessibility, social distancing and to respond to any issues."

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Earlier in the day, Brits celebrated the reopening of shops with queues forming outside Primark stores in the early morning.

Shoppers braved the snow and all wintry conditions to bag the latest bargain as shopping centres transformed themselves from ghost towns to showing signs of life.

The UK Government plan to reopen parts of the hospitality and leisure sectors by staggering the easing of lockdown rules to avoid a third wave of the coronavius pandemic.

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