Footfall over the Easter weekend sunk by 19.7% against last Easter according to data trackers Springboard.
London's West End recorded footfall down 11% over the holiday weekend, but the capital outperformed the rest of the UK thanks to tourists.
Sales at Brooks Brothers on London's Regent Street were up 20% on last year, boosted by European tourists, while John Lewis's Oxford Street store saw a sales increase of 26% on Good Friday and 11% on Easter Saturday. Womenswear at the department store saw double digit growth and kidswear was also up 10%.
Footfall in the West End has been ahead of the rest of the country for the past 29 months. New West End Company spokesman Jace Tyrrell said that footfall was not as good as last year's increase of 16%, but added: "Fortunately for London's West End, 46% of our visitors are tourists and 25% [of those] from overseas."