Beyond the pandemic: London tourism braces for slow recovery

Southwest Life

Beyond the pandemic: London tourism braces for slow recovery

Yeoman Warder Amanda Clark poses for a portrait at the Tower of London, Thursday, March 4, 2021. England’s top paid attraction, which normally draws more than 3 million visitors a year, has been closed for all but a dozen weeks since the pandemic began and international tourism to London came to an almost-complete standstill. The quiet has been surreal for Clark, one of the Tower’s famous resident guards known as Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters, who lives for interacting with people: directing tourists, telling them stories, posing for their selfies.
Raajev Thakrar holds his daughter Maya as his wife Anjali takes a photo on her smartphone as he stands next to a member of the Household Cavalry in Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A sign that tells people the Tower of London is closed due to Government advice about the COVID-19 pandemic in London, Saturday, March 6, 2021. The pandemic has dealt a blow to London’s tourism industry, which employs one in seven of the capital’s workers. Even top attractions like the Tower of London have struggled as COVID-19 curtailed international tourism.
People take a selfie on Tower Bridge in London, Saturday, March 6, 2021. After enduring three national lockdowns, attractions and hospitality businesses in London are making tentative plans to reopen from mid-May.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is seen above Tower Bridge in an image taken from the Greenwich Observatory in London, Saturday, March 27, 2021.
A handful of people mill around the Cutty Sark, the celebrated historic sailing ship, in dry dock in Greenwich, London, Thursday, March 25, 2021.
A general view over London from the Greenwich Observatory, with Canary Wharf at center rear, and the Queen’s House at center in London, Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Words from a nursery rhyme written on the sides of stone benches at the base of The Monument built by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London in London, Monday, March 15, 2021.
The Monument built by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London, is reflected in a glass office building In London, Monday, March 15, 2021.
The moon rises just above the crest on the upper walkway of Tower Bridge just after moonrise in London, Monday, March 29, 2021.

Beyond the pandemic: London tourism braces for slow recovery

Yeoman Warder Amanda Clark poses for a portrait at the Tower of London, Thursday, March 4, 2021. England’s top paid attraction, which normally draws more than 3 million visitors a year, has been closed for all but a dozen weeks since the pandemic began and international tourism to London came to an almost-complete standstill. The quiet has been surreal for Clark, one of the Tower’s famous resident guards known as Yeoman Warders, or Beefeaters, who lives for interacting with people: directing tourists, telling them stories, posing for their selfies.
Raajev Thakrar holds his daughter Maya as his wife Anjali takes a photo on her smartphone as he stands next to a member of the Household Cavalry in Horse Guards Parade in London, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A sign that tells people the Tower of London is closed due to Government advice about the COVID-19 pandemic in London, Saturday, March 6, 2021. The pandemic has dealt a blow to London’s tourism industry, which employs one in seven of the capital’s workers. Even top attractions like the Tower of London have struggled as COVID-19 curtailed international tourism.
People take a selfie on Tower Bridge in London, Saturday, March 6, 2021. After enduring three national lockdowns, attractions and hospitality businesses in London are making tentative plans to reopen from mid-May.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is seen above Tower Bridge in an image taken from the Greenwich Observatory in London, Saturday, March 27, 2021.
A handful of people mill around the Cutty Sark, the celebrated historic sailing ship, in dry dock in Greenwich, London, Thursday, March 25, 2021.
A general view over London from the Greenwich Observatory, with Canary Wharf at center rear, and the Queen’s House at center in London, Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Words from a nursery rhyme written on the sides of stone benches at the base of The Monument built by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London in London, Monday, March 15, 2021.
The Monument built by Sir Christopher Wren to commemorate the Great Fire of London, is reflected in a glass office building In London, Monday, March 15, 2021.
The moon rises just above the crest on the upper walkway of Tower Bridge just after moonrise in London, Monday, March 29, 2021.
click here to add your event
Area Events