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Shoppers flock to West End despite terror fears

Shoppers are still flocking to central London despite the increased tension following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, the chief executive of West End landlord Shaftesbury has said.

Chief executive Brian Bickell said the risk of such incidents was “the downside of being a very high-profile location”, but the West End has seen no drop in footfall.

Bickell said: “We are sanguine. We have been through these things before. The West End was as busy as ever last weekend.”

Shaftesbury’s 14-acre portfolio includes areas such as Carnaby Street, Covent Garden and Chinatown.

Shaftesbury chairman Jonathan Lane said the development of Crossrail, a high-frequency east-to-west London rail line due to complete in 2018, would increase the number of visitors to Shaftesbury’s destinations via stations at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street.

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