Power Cut Redefines Black Friday

Black Friday power cut sees Central London in darkness

Regent Street, London (not on Black Friday 2016)

How Regent Street normally looks at night time: obviously not from this year’s Black Friday. Image by Konstanttin (via Shutterstock).

Did you succumb to the travails of Black Friday by shopping online? Or did you leave at the crack of dawn for Westfield, Brent Cross or Oxford Street? If you were one of several shoppers hunting for a bargain, especially at 6pm, Black Friday took on another guise. Even more so in Piccadilly Circus and Soho.

On Friday at 5pm, parts of Central London were without electricity. Piccadilly Circus, without its illuminated adverts, was a barely recognisable sight. The bright lights of Soho and the West End, gone. All at the worst possible time: the evening rush hour; also on Black Friday, now one of the UK busiest shopping days. The 25 November 2016 was Black Friday all right…

Even Aladdin had had used his three wishes. He couldn’t restore the power as the evening performance of Aladdin the Musical was cancelled. All tickets for the Prince Edward Theatre’s production were refunded. The capital’s traffic lights were also cut off. That night, Twitter was full of photographs of our city being plunged into darkness. At 9pm, the power was restored.

Seen below is Chinatown on Black Friday:

Here’s an unusual sight of Soho in pitch black darkness. Unusual for 6pm.

There is a video of the power cut on the BBC website.

Bright Sparx London, 28 November 2016.

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