Thousands of shoppers were evacuated from part of Regent Street yesterday after concerns were raised over a taxi parked in the middle of the road.
The taxi caused suspicion because it did not have the standard Transport for London licence plate, The Daily Mail reports.
Police cleared a 600 sq ft section of the street around the taxi, which was parked near Hamleys toy store, while they investigated.
It later emerged it was privately owned and the driver had parked there while he went shopping.
There were also safety fears on Regent Street yesterday after some of the Christmas lights and decorations reportedly became loose in the strong wind and fell onto shoppers.
A spokesman for The Crown Estate, which manages the area, said: “We place the highest priority on health and safety and our specialist installation team are on site and continuing to keep the situation under review, including undertaking testing and reinforcement of the decorations.”