Very Important Pedestrians – VIP day in London


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Very Important Pedestrians - VIP day in London

Posted 5 December 2008 11:37 by martin

In London on Saturday, the whole length of Oxford Street and Regent Street will be closed to traffic – creating the West End VIP Weekend.

I've been before and recommend it, not least for the slightly surreal experience of witnessing pedestrian mob rule in central London.

The irony is that road congestion is still a problem, because there are so many people in your way! The journey times for Oxford Street will be slightly optimistic tomorrow.

The other irony is that commerce has been known to fight pedestrianisation tooth and claw, whereas now it looks as though events such as VIP day are just another weapon in the recession-fighting armoury .

We shall fight the recession in the streets, and we shall fight the recession on foot, and we shall never surrender…

Gordon Brown mandating VIP weekends, every weekend, across the UK's towns and cities? There's an idea.

Road closures in central London

Road closures in central London

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  1. migratingfishswim says:

    December 6th, 2008 at 3:56 pm (#)

    this sounds so cool!
    as an ex-londoner who gave-up on oxford st years before leaving, this would have made me change my mind

  2. amitycoffee says:

    December 6th, 2009 at 8:11 am (#)

    This was great! Particularly with small children waling in tow – so much to see – walked my 3 year old from Marble Arch all the way to near Charing Cross without any complaints. Getting to be great walkers. Really Christmassy and uplifting to see everyone out and about with the Salvation Army Band providing a great soundtrack, just one of the acts. Definately worth watching out for next year.

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