10 Photos of Ghost London with Social Distancing [Before and After]

When a man is tired of London,
He is tired of life.

Samuel Johnson

London can be as tiring as life is sometimes. Everything used to happen here – concerts, shows, events of all kind, hordes of tourists sweeping the streets, startups creating and reinventing in Shoreditch, bankers juggling with the world’s economy. All in the same place at the same time – it’s impossible to get everything; because we can only physically be in one place at a time, and also because for any good weekend plan there’s a limited capacity and millions more thinking about that great idea. Hustle and bustle is an essential part of some places in London and so, its absence these days is a symptom that something is happening. The photos below show clearly how coronavirus COVID-19 isolation has changed how we live our lives.

If that makes you anxious, I would like to offer you the chance to give it a twist. Think of it as a breathing exercise. Look at one crowded photo, picture yourself in the middle of the crowd. Imagine the selfie sticks, the chitchat in multiple languages; or the silent but relentless army-like procession of people in station rush hours. Feel the stress and yourself moving along with it in the direction you’d be heading. Breathe in for a few seconds in this feeling. Then hold your breath for a couple seconds while you move to the next (empty) photo. Feel the peace and quiet while you breath out slowly. It seems silly, but I’m sure you’ll feel better after it.

  1. Buckingham Palace
©PA Media/BBC
©PA Media/BBC

2. Trafalgar Square

© Evening Standard
© Andy Parsons

3. Leicester Square

©Paul Chambers

4. Piccadilly Circus

© Stephanographie
© Andy Parsons

5. London Eye

© E.Kaspersky
© Twitter

6. Liverpool Street Station

© David Peters

4. Chinatown

© Oast House Archive

5. King’s Cross station

© Unknown
© Twitter

3. Oxford Street

© Giulio Jiang
© Andy Parsons

3. The Underground

©Evening Standard

Hope you enjoyed the photos. Please feel free to share and comment =)

Stay home, stay safe, stay sane!

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