West End footfall surged to its highest level since the coronavirus pandemic began more than a year ago during the first full weekend of reopening. 

On Saturday, the first since the reopening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality last week, the volume of shoppers, diners and drinkers was 70% of “normal” for April according to latest footfall figures from business group New West End Company.

It was a more emphatic return to central London then the reopening after the first lockdown last June, with more than double the numbers of visitors seen then.

Sunday was slightly more subdued, though footfall was still 60% of pre-pandemic levels.

Over the first week as a whole, numbers of visitors were 54% of normal.

Separate figures from Springboard showed footfall across Greater London last week running at more than 75% of the same week in 2019.