Security Notifications

There may be occasions when we are not notified in advance of protests, protests are approved at short notice or information isn’t available to us until events have started. For the latest updates on all planned and short notice events, plus local incidents, you can follow @metpoliceuk and @MPSWestminster on Twitter.

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The Metropolitan Police have issued specific protest advice for businesses.

Security & Operations Updates

Last updated 23 February 2024.

March of Solidarity with Ukraine, Marble Arch to Russian Embassy, Sunday 25 February 1pm to 5pm

The Russian Democratic Society has organised a march from Marble Arch to the Russian Embassy in Kensington. At the time of writing police have no detail on the proposed route and currently estimate numbers attending may be c.500.

#LetWomenSpeak, Reformers Tree, Hyde Park, Sunday 25 February 1pm to 3pm

This event is listed as an official event hosted by Posie Parker. Similar previous events have attracted large numbers of supporters and counter protestors, with a possibility of tensions escalating between the two groups. Police are aware.

Support Ukraine March and Vigil, Speakers' Corner to Trafalgar Square, Saturday 24 February 1.30pm to 5.30pm

London Euromaidan have organised a march from Speakers’ Corner to Trafalgar Square. Route and timings given are: heading off from Speakers’ Corner at 2pm, Park Lane, Mayfair side of Piccadilly via Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Saint James’s and concluding at Trafalgar Square where a vigil is planned from 4pm to 5.30pm. Police estimate numbers attending may be up to 5,000.

Transport and travel disruption is possible for the above protests and marches.

Overground strike, 4-5 March

Although the overground strike planned on Monday 19 February and Tuesday 20 February was suspended, a strike is still planned on the London Overground on Monday 4 March and Tuesday 5 March.

If it goes ahead, some stations will be closed or running differently. Some services will not run early in the morning or in the evenings.

If you are using National Rail services from stations also served by London Overground, check before you travel, as some trains may not be able to run as expected.

For more information on National Rail services, visit the National Rail website.
For Transport for London status updates, click here.

How to make a silent 999 call

It is not commonly known that If you’re in danger but you can’t talk on the phone, you should still call 999. It is not true that police will automatically attend if you make a silent 999 call and callers need to listen and respond to questions and instructions.

WHEN YOU CALL 999
All 999 calls are directed to call centres and will be answered by BT operators. They will ask which service you need. If no service is requested but anything suspicious is heard throughout the process, BT operators will connect you to a police call handler.

IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A MOBILE
It is always best to speak to the operator if you can, even by whispering. You may also be asked to cough or tap the keys on your phone in response to questions. If making a sound would put you or someone else in danger and the BT operator cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, your call will be transferred to the Silent Solution system.

The Silent Solution is a police system used to filter out large numbers of accidental or hoax 999 calls. It also exists to help people who are unable to speak, but who genuinely need police assistance. You will hear an automated police message, which lasts for 20 seconds and begins with ‘you are through to the police’. It will ask you to press 55 to be put through to police call management. The BT operator will remain on the line and listen. If you press 55, they will be notified and transfer the call to the police. If you don’t press 55, the call will be terminated. Pressing 55 does not allow police to track your location.

The system filters out thousands of accidental or hoax silent 999 calls made daily. Around 50 emergency calls from mobiles a day are transferred by a BT operator to police forces in the UK as a result of someone having pressed 55 when prompted, enabling the police to carry out urgent enquiries to respond.

WHAT THEN?
When transferred to your local police force, the police call handler will attempt to communicate with you by asking simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed.

IF YOU CALL 999 FROM A LANDLINE
Because it’s less likely that 999 calls are made by accident from landlines, the Silent Solution system is not used for landline calls. If, when an emergency call on a landline is received:
– there is no request for an emergency
– the caller does not answer questions
– only background noise can be heard and BT operators cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed, then you will be connected to a police call handler as doubt exists.

If you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected for 45 seconds in case you pick it up again. If you pick up again during this 45 seconds and the BT operator is concerned for your safety, the call will be connected to police.

When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about where you’re calling from should be automatically available to the call handlers to help provide a response.

Consultation: Martyn’s Law Standard Tier

The government has commenced consultation on the Standard tier within the proposed Martyn’s Law.

This is an upcoming piece of legislation for owners and operators of venues and public spaces, that will require venues to put in place measures to keep the public safe from a terrorist attack. The level of measures required is based upon the capacity, size of venue and nature of activity taking place.

Find out more

4 easy ways to reassure your customers that safety is a top priority

Communicating protective security measures can act as a free and highly effective layer of security. Evidence suggests that it can provoke positive emotional and behavioural responses and deter potential hostiles. Your business plays a vital role in encouraging vigilance amongst customers and by doing so, could prevent hostile reconnaissance and terrorist incidents.

Here are 4 quick and simple ways to reassure your customers through protective security communications.

1. Clearly communicate your reporting procedures
Findings suggest that vigilance messaging can reassure customers that their concerns will be taken seriously, making them more likely to report them. Voicing your procedures and taking reports seriously can create a trusted environment where customers feel confident enough to confide in staff. In turn, this enables you to maintain a good awareness of the activities in and around your premises and manage them accordingly.

2. Use protective security to enhance customer experience
Knowing how to report suspicious activity is associated with staff and customers feeling safer.

3. Take advantage of free security campaigns
Actionable security campaigns and materials can be used to build knowledge of the correct response to an incident in or around your business. The Digital Toolkits section of ProtectUK contains free vigilance materials, such as printable posters, social media content and web content.

4. Show potential hostiles that you’re prepared
As well as signalling to customers that you value their security and safety whilst on your premises, speaking about protective security can also deter hostile actors who may seek information about your site in order to plan an attack. Promoting your protective security measures to all visitors onsite or online as part of a Security Minded Communications approach can convey to hostiles that their reconnaissance or attack will be unsuccessful.

To learn more about how to communicate protective security, visit the Communications page of ProtectUK.

Guidance for businesses

The Metropolitan Police have issued specific protest advice for businesses.

The National Business Crime Centre (NBCC) have provided guidance for businesses in the event of any protests or major events. Please click here to access it.

Any information concerning events and protests should only be used as a guideline. Police advise that, as with any event, routes, participants and start/finish times may change without notice.

Advice for all events/protester activity

Your people

  • Leading up to the event, ensure all employees are fully briefed.
  • Your premises should have a strong, visible management presence who should identify themselves to the police in the event of any trespassing or damage.
  • Security officers, where possible, should be highly visible.
  • All staff should remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to security and/or the police.
  • Ensure all members of staff are fully aware of any emergency and evacuation procedures

Your premises

  • Minimise the number of entry points to your premises.
  • Ensure the outside areas are clear of debris, dustbins, ladders, tools, or equipment.
  • Check that your emergency equipment, grab bags, first aid supplies, and walkie-talkies are in place, easy to get to, and working properly. It is advisable to test them beforehand.
  • Check and test building security and emergency systems.
  • Ensure CCTV coverage is fully operational and can provide the highest recording resolution possible.
  • If your building has scaffolding erected or is in close proximity to scaffolding, let your security staff know.
  • Report any suspicious activity to police by dialling 999 in an emergency or call 101 if not an emergency.

Please remind staff to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity by dialling 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency).

Past security updates

Security & Operations Updates

March for Sudan Protest, Marble Arch, Sunday 18 February from 1.30pm

A solidarity protest for Sudan has been advertised to take place from 1.30pm, organised by the ‘London for Sudan’ group and intended to raise awareness of the ongoing civil conflict in Sudan. The protest is planned to gather at Marble Arch at 1.30pm, then march to Trafalgar Square with the route given as down Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Haymarket, Cockspur St and ending at Trafalgar Square. Police will be in attendance, though currently have no estimate for numbers attending.

Transport and travel disruption is possible.

National Demonstration for Palestine, Marble Arch to near Israeli Embassy, Saturday 17 February, assembling from midday onwards with a planned dispersal by 6pm

This has been organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and will be attended by several other pro-Palestine support groups. Assembly time has been given as midday at Marble Arch, with a planned march commencing at 1pm and the route shown as down Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge and Kensington Gore.

Previous recent marches have attracted significant attendance and it is likely numbers attending for this event will be sizeable.
It is also possible that due to recent activity it may attract counter protests and/or breakaway groups, though there will be a substantial police presence.

This protest is likely to have a wider impact beyond the route including Oxford Street, Kensington High Street and Museums of South Kensington as people head to and disperse from the event.

As part of the police business engagement strategy all businesses along the planned route, plus those on the southern end of Edgware Road, western end of Oxford Street, the southern end of Kensington Church Street and eastern end of Kensington High Street will be visited in advance by locally based officers to offer support. On the day local officers will be on duty along the route to continue this engagement.

Transport and travel disruption around central London can be expected with some local road closures.

Day of Action for Palestine, Nationwide, Saturday 10 February 2023 from 10.30am onwards

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) have announced another nationwide Day of Action for Palestine to take place on 10 February.

To date, none of the local protests on these days have significantly impacted the BID area, however a number of previous protests have been spontaneous in nature, some with breakaway groups.

Local protests have again been organised around the country, including currently 10 across London boroughs, though none shown as listed in Westminster for this group.

These protest locations are being updated daily and correct at the time of writing.

Police resources will be around London and monitoring. Transport and travel disruption around London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

The next large scale similar central London protest is currently planned for Saturday 17 February and we will provide further details next week.

76th Sri Lankan Independence Day March, Hyde Park Gardens to Downing Street, Sunday 4 February from 11am

The Tamil Coordinating Committee have planned for a 76th Sri Lankan Independence Day march, starting from the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Hyde Park Gardens, going to Downing Street with the route as yet unannounced. Police estimate numbers attending to be in the hundreds and it is possible may cause some transport disruption, depending upon final march route.

National March for Palestine, starting BBC Portland Place, Saturday 3 February from 11am onwards

This weekend sees a further pro-Palestinian demonstration in Central London on 3 February. The proposed route at present is as below:
Meet up at Portland Place from 11am, then from around 1pm marching down Oxford Circus, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket, Trafalgar Square (for a rally from 2pm to 4pm the ending in Whitehall.
Police estimate numbers attending may be approx. 30-40,000, with a large stewarding plan in place and high visibility policing presence.
Large scale transport disruption is expected.

Transport disruption, 29 January - 5 February

On Monday 15 January 2024, the ASLEF Union announced an overtime ban and strike action for train operators. There will be significant disruption on the rail network from Monday 29 January through to Monday 5 February. Summary details below:

  • Monday 29 January: overtime ban starts
  • Tuesday 30 January: strike on South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink
  • Wednesday 31 January: strike on Northern and TransPennine Express
  • Thursday 1 February: no strike but overtime ban continues
  • Friday 2 February: strike on Greater Anglia (including the Stansted Express), c2c and LNER
  • Saturday 3 February: strike on  Avanti West Coast and East Midlands Railway, London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway
  • Sunday 4 February: no strike but overtime ban continues
  • Monday 5 February:  strike on Great Western Railway, CrossCountry and Chiltern
  • Tuesday 6 February: no strike but overtime ban continues until the end of the day

For full details and latest updates visit Industrial Action | National Rail.

ProtectUK App

ProtectUK is a free, accessible app for all providing real-time information from Counter Terrorism (CT) Policing, plus the latest protective security advice available 24/7.
It provides practical advice and guidance to help you protect your business, plus information on how to respond in the event of an attack – this includes:

  • Information on CT Policing’s suite of ACT training products, plus access to the online e-Learning package
  • Suite of NaCTSO guidance videos
  • Latest reference documents and publications
  • ACT online reporting form and confidential hotline
  • Emergency response and post-incident guidance
  • Live-time news updates from UK Protect

The app is available from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Find out more

Stop the Genocide National Demonstration, starting BBC Portland Place, Saturday 3 February from midday onwards

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) have announced another action to take place on 3 February. The march route and destination have not yet been announced and we will update in next week’s security alert.

#LetWomenSpeak, Reformers Tree, Hyde Park, Sunday 28 January 1pm to 3pm

This event is listed as an official event hosted by Posie Parker. Similar previous events have attracted large numbers of supporters and counter protestors, with a realistic possibility of tensions escalating between the two groups. Police aware and will be in attendance.

Day of Action Against Barclays, Nationwide, Saturday 27 January 2023 from 10.30am onwards

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) have announced a nationwide Day of Action Against Barclays to take place on 27 January and it is likely will also be attended by and involve other activist groups.
The action calls for activists to conduct protest action at Barclays banks and branches nationwide as they allege that Barclays are financially supporting arms companies that protesters allege are connected with Israel.
Local protests have again been organised around the country, including 15 across London boroughs, though none currently listed for Westminster for this action.
These protest locations are being updated daily and correct at the time of writing, however a number of previous protests have been spontaneous in nature, some with breakaway groups. Police resources will be around central London and monitoring.

ProtectUK – Workshop Wednesday

ProtectUK are running virtual workshop sessions aimed at security professionals or those with protective security decision-making capabilities within businesses and organisations.

The Workshop Wednesday sessions are hosted by NaCTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office) and ProtectUK and give valuable insights into the ProtectUK Platform, e-Learning course, and APP. Read more about this here.

Experts will give advice about improving protective security and inform you on the benefits of deploying some of their award-winning Counter Terrorism Policing products into your organisation.

This workshop aims to help your business recognise threats from terrorism and equip your staff to understand the role they play in helping to save lives and protecting the public.

Free, subject to advance registration and vetting.

Register here

Day of Action for Palestine, Nationwide, Saturday 20 January from 10.30am onwards

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) have announced another nationwide Day of Action for Palestine to take place on 20 January. To date, none of the local protests on these days have significantly impacted the BID area, however a number of previous protests have been spontaneous in nature, some with breakaway groups. Local protests have again been organised around the country, including currently 8 across London boroughs, though none shown as listed in Westminster for this group. These protest locations are being updated daily and correct at the time of writing.

Police resources will be around London and monitoring. Transport and travel disruption around London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

World Freedom Day/The United Front Palestine, Marble Arch, Saturday 20 January from 1pm onwards

This protest has recently been announced and attendees include Piers Corbyn. On social media posts it states the aim is to ‘march down Oxford Street etc leafleting and exposing shops and institutions complicit’. Numbers attending currently unknown, though police resources will be in place across central London.

March for Palestine, Bank EC3 to Parliament Square, Saturday 13 January from midday onwards

This has again been organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and, as in previous protests, will be attended by several other pro-Palestine support groups. Assembly time is midday at Bank Junction, London, EC3V 3LA with the route given as Bank Underground Station, Queen Victoria Street, Cannon Street, St Paul’s Churchyard, Ludgate Hill, Fleet Street, Arundel Street, Temple Place, Embankment, Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and ending in Parliament Square.

Previous recent marches have attracted significant attendance, and again it is likely numbers attending for this event will be sizeable. It is also possible that due to recent activity it may attract counter protests and/or breakaway groups, though there will be a substantial police presence.
Transport and travel disruption around central London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

‘Boycott These Stores’, UK wide, ongoing

Several pro-Palestine groups previously shared online a list of companies who they allege support Israel, calling for the boycotting of these stores. The original list of companies outlined (though not limited to) is as follows – Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks, HP, Motorola, HSBC, Puma, SodaStream, AXA Insurance Company, Marks & Spencer, Victoria’s Secret, Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Nestle, GAP, The Body Shop, Westfield.
Sporadic activity continues to be reported, with some companies having protester activity involving crowds outside with banners. Recent such activity has occurred outside London businesses including Zara and Puma amongst others, with continued similar activity likely, such as the protest below.

Transport Disruption and Strike Action

On Monday 15 January 2024, the ASLEF Union announced an overtime ban and strike action for train operators. If these go ahead there will be significant disruption on the rail network from Monday 29 January through to Monday 5 February. Summary details below:

  • Monday 29 January: overtime ban starts
  • Tuesday 30 January: strike on South Western Railway, Southeastern, Southern, Gatwick Express, Great Northern and Thameslink
  • Wednesday 31 January: strike on Northern and TransPennine Express
  • Thursday 1 February: no strike but overtime ban continues
  • Friday 2 February: strike on Greater Anglia (including the Stansted Express), c2c and LNER
  • Saturday 3 February: strike on  Avanti West Coast and East Midlands Railway, London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway
  • Sunday 4 February: no strike but overtime ban continues
  • Monday 5 February:  strike on Great Western Railway, CrossCountry and Chiltern
  • Tuesday 6 February: no strike but overtime ban continues until the end of the day

For full details and latest updates visit Industrial Action | National Rail.

CrimeStoppers – National Campaign

Crimestoppers have launched a national campaign, Violence Against Women and Girls. This will run on social media from 17 January – 14 February. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of types of sexual harassment that can be a crime, and encourages those who witness or who are a bystander to this harassment to speak up, 100% anonymously, to Crimestoppers.

How you can support:
CrimeStoppers have developed a Stakeholder Pack, as well as social media and schedule assets, including thought provoking quizzes and informative examples, which you can share with your network:

Upcoming Crimestoppers national campaigns include Serious Violent Crime (5 – 26 March) and Immigration Crime and Modern Slavery (May – dates tba).

Publicly Accessible Locations (PALs) guidance

Whether a business owner, work in security or are a member of the public, ProtectUK provides vital counter terrorism security information including training materials, protective guidance, and campaign toolkits.

Publicly Accessible Locations guidance on the link above provides protective security advice in a number of sectors and scenarios. It has been developed through extensive research and analysis of previous incidents, and the assessment of current known threats. It covers the key forms of protective security: physical, personnel, cyber and personal, and helps give guidance on how different sectors can act to help make their business, institutions or organisations safer.

This guidance is primarily aimed at those in the security sector and those who own or run businesses, organisations, amenities or utilities. To deliver protective security effectively a security plan is essential along with a full risk assessment, with this link providing useful guidance and advice.

National March for Palestine, central London, Saturday 13 January from midday onwards

Although not until next week, we have included as advance notification that this currently appears to be the next pre-planned large scale London event for this protest group. This has again been organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and, as in previous protests, will be attended by several other pro-Palestine support groups.

At the time of writing, no location nor march route have been announced and we will update when more details are released.

Previous recent marches have attracted significant attendance, and again it is likely numbers attending for this event will be sizeable. It is also possible that due to recent activity it may attract counter protests and/or breakaway groups, though there will be a substantial police presence.
Transport and travel disruption around central London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

Free Palestine Coalition Protest, central London, Saturday 6 January from midday onwards

The group ‘London for a Free Palestine’ has advertised a demonstration calling for a ceasefire amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. The Free Palestine Coalition includes the groups BLM UK and Sisters Uncut who were part of the recent similar protest in Oxford Street and Carnaby Street on the 23 December.

Organisers have announced that this protest will begin at midday, however have also stated that the location will be announced at 10am on 6 January 2024, with advertising currently still only showing Central London as the location.

Police resources will be around central London and monitoring. Transport and travel disruption around London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

Day of Action for Palestine, Nationwide, Saturday 06 January from 9.30am onwards

Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) have announced a nationwide Day of Action for Palestine to take place on 06 January.

Local protests have been organised around the country, including 13 across London boroughs, though none currently listed for Westminster for this group, though as above there is a separate protest by ‘London for a free Palestine’.

These protest locations are being updated daily and correct at the time of writing, however a number of previous protests have been spontaneous in nature, some with breakaway groups.

Police resources will be around central London and monitoring. Transport and travel disruption around London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

Transport Disruption, 7-12 January

RMT strikes on the Tube are currently planned in early January. If they go ahead, there will be severe disruption on the London Underground network from the evening of Sunday 7 January through to the morning of Friday 12 January, with further disruption expected on some Elizabeth Line, Overground and DLR services.

  • Sunday 7 January: Tube services will close earlier than normal. Customers are advised to complete Tube journeys by 17:30
  • Monday 8 to Thursday 11 January: Severe disruption is expected, with little to no service expected to run
  • Friday 12 January: Tube services will start later than normal, with a good service expected by midday

The current summary of disruption is shown below. Please visit the TfL website for the latest updates.

citizenAID App

Established in 2016, citizenAID is a UK registered charity focused on preparing individuals, communities and organisations to help themselves and each other when dealing with casualties and injured persons.  It is also designed to help people to stay safe and improvise effective treatment before emergency services are available to provide professional medical support, plus gives useful advice for dealing with suspicious or unattended items.
This is a useful tool providing practical advice and is available as a free App from both the App Store  and Google.

Marble Arch Street Team Christmas Hours 2023

The Marble Arch Street Team will be working over the festive period:

  • Saturday 23 December: 8am-midnight
  • Sunday 24 December: No patrols          
  • Monday 25 December: No patrols               
  • Tuesday 26 December: 8am-10pm          
  • Wednesday 27 December 8am-10pm
  • Thursday 28 December: 8am-10pm
  • Friday 29 December: 8am-midnight
  • Saturday 30 December: 8am-midnight
  • Sunday 31 December: No patrols
  • Monday 1 January: No patrols

From Tuesday 2 January usual hours resume, Monday-Thursday from 8am-10pm and Friday-Saturday from 8am-midnight.

The Street Team can be contacted by phone or WhatsApp on 07825 750 777 or 07852 566 122.

You can report issues such as dumped rubbish or loud noise to Westminster Council here.

For Edgware Road, Old Marylebone Road and the roads around Marble Arch and Park Lane, problems with the highway and street lighting should be reported to Transport for London on 0343 222 1234 (choose option 5).

Shut It Down Protest, central London, Saturday 23 December from midday onwards

A pro-Palestinian protest has been organised to take place at an as yet undisclosed central London location on 23 December. It is believed activists are planning a ‘mass disruption of trade’ though the exact nature of the planned disruption and protest, likely attendance plus location currently remains unclear.

Transport Disruption, 22 December-2 January

Between Friday 22 December 2023 and Tuesday 2 January 2024, planned work, closures and service changes may affect your journey.

The only transport running on 25 December will be taxi and private hire services, Santander Cycles, electric scooter rental trials (in some boroughs), coaches and Dial-a-Ride (for registered members only).

Summary of Tube disruption:

  • Christmas Eve: Closures on the District line, London Overground, Elizabeth line and DLR. There are no services on the Waterloo & City line.
  • Christmas Day: No services.
  • Boxing Day: Reduced service on the Bakerloo line, District line, London Overground and DLR. No services on the Elizabeth and Waterloo & City lines.

Transport for London has also published details of the planned works, closures and service changes that will affect journeys over the Christmas period.

Summary of rail disruption:

  • 23 December – 1 January: Work outside London Victoria station. Southeastern services diverted to Blackfriars, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.
  • Christmas Eve – 27 December: No services from London Paddington due to HS2 work at Old Oak Common and laying new track at West Drayton. Long distance services will terminate at Reading.
  • Christmas Eve – 27 December: No Heathrow Express (Piccadilly line trains will still be going to the airport).
  • Christmas Eve: Most long-distance services cancelled from London Kings Cross due to signalling work on the East Coast Main Line (Trains will run to Potters Bar, and there will be one service to/from Hull).
  • Boxing Day: Thameslink, Gatwick Express and other Southern services will not run. However, a Southern service will run with trains in and out of London Victoria serving Gatwick Airport, Brighton, East Croydon and Sutton.

Planned works and timetable changes will also affect National Rail services.

New Years Day Parade, 1 January 2024 from 12-3.30pm

London’s New Year’s Day Parade is a free public parade featuring approximately 8,000 participants and an estimated 500,000 spectators attending throughout the day.
The event will take place from 12-3.30pm on 1 January from Piccadilly > Regents Street > Pall Mall > Trafalgar Square > Whitehall.
Road Closures: Some roads will be closed prior to, during and immediately after the event. These closures will be minimised to reduce disruption. Access for emergency services and statutory works will be maintained. There are no pedestrian restrictions and access to your home or place of work will not be impeded.
There will be a large number of people coming into the area to enjoy the parade. If you are travelling on New Year’s Day, please plan your journey and leave additional time for travel. If you are travelling via public transport, please check the TfL website before setting off.
If you have any questions about the New Year’s Day Parade, please email info@LNYDP.com.

Extinction Rebellion, Nationwide Day of Action, Saturday 30 December

Extinction Rebellion (XR) are planning to conduct protests and events across the UK on the final Saturday of each month for an unknown period of time. No specific locations or targets have been announced at this time – police are aware.

‘Boycott These Stores’, UK wide, ongoing

Several pro-Palestine groups previously shared online a list of companies who they allege support Israel, calling for the boycotting of these stores. The list of companies outlined (though not limited to) is as follows – Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks, HP, Motorola, HSBC, Puma, SodaStream, AXA Insurance Company, Marks & Spencer, Victoria’s Secret, Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Nestle, GAP, The Body Shop, Westfield.

Sporadic activity has been reported, with some companies having protester activity involving crowds outside with banners.

Day of Action for Palestine, UK wide, Saturday 16 December from 11am onwards

Similar to some recent weekends, this Saturday there is no single main protest in central London and instead local protests have been organised around the country, including 10 across London boroughs, though none listed for Westminster.

These protest locations are being updated daily and correct at the time of writing with Police currently unaware of any planned for central London, however a number of previous protests have been spontaneous in nature, some with breakaway groups.

Police resources will be around central London and monitoring. Transport and travel disruption around London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

It is currently believed that the next planned National March for Palestine will be held on 13 January, though this may be subject to change.

Patriots Alliance Protest, Embankment London, Saturday 16 December from 11am onwards

The far-right activist account ‘Patriots Alliance’ has advertised a demonstration to take place in Central London, starting from the Embankment at 11am. Posts for this show opposition to Islam in the UK and claims that protesters will ‘unite for Ireland’, ‘sing for our children and women’, ‘march for Tommy Robinson’ and ‘march for those who gave us freedom’. At this stage no route for this march has been advertised. Police will be in attendance and do not currently have an estimate for likely numbers attending.

Water Supply Disruption - Thames Water Update, 15 December

Thames Water have made temporary repairs to reinstate the water supply following the leak on Tuesday.
The on-site engineers have confirmed that further works are required and they will endeavour to conduct these out of hours, however at the time of writing could give no timelines for completion.

The Thames Water contact number for recorded updates is 0800 316 9800.

Water Supply Disruption - Thames Water Update, 14 December

We have been made aware of an ongoing large scale water supply issue affecting a large part of the BID area.

Thames Water have engineers working to resolve this, with their latest update that this is a difficult repair and works are ongoing, though they have now temporarily restored the water supply to all.

The water supply will apparently be kept on for a couple of hours, however then needs to be switched off again for repairs to be completed.

The on-site engineers have stated that they will keep the next outage as short as possible, though have estimated it may be off for at least a further 2 hours.

We will remain in contact with Thames Water aind aim to issue an update as and when we receive one.

The Thames Water contact number for recorded updates is 0800 316 9800.

Piccadilly underpass, until 18 December

The ventilation fans inside the tunnel are now at the end of their service life and are being replaced. During these works, only one lane of the underpass will be open to traffic in one direction, and there will be times when both lanes will be closed on weekends. This will potentially cause congestion on Park Lane and around Hyde Park Corner.

  • Single lane closure: Westbound tunnel closure until 18 December.
  • Weekend closure from Friday night to Monday early morning: 8 December to 11 December.

Please note that dates are subject to change if there are any unforeseen circumstances or engineering challenges. Find out more here.

Bus strike - December 2023

A strike by RATP Dev Transit London bus drivers on 22 and 23 December will affect 8 routes, mostly in west London: Routes 13, 23, 28, 218, 295, 414, 452 and N28.
From approximately 5am on strike days little or no service is expected on the affected routes, including night services. A normal service is expected to resume after approximately 6am the day after the strike.
If travelling on these days, you should check before you travel, consider alternative routes and allow more time for your journey. Plan ahead and keep up to date with the latest bus service information here.

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, 17 November to 1 January 10am to 10pm (closed Christmas Day)

Winter Wonderland opens on 17 November and, as each year, this will increase footfall and traffic around Park Lane and the Marble Arch district.
The 2023 Winter Wonderland map, as well as an accessible map can be found here.

National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options

In line with the latest security advice, The National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options has been updated to better support businesses with implementing changes to their security management and decision making processes during periods of increased national threat.

The Menu of Tactical Options is a list of tactical, security undertakings available for use by the private sector and industries to enhance their security postures at times of raised threat or in response to terrorist incidents.

The options can be implemented independently by an organisation or can be deployed at the request of police. The relevance of each tactical option will depend on existing practices and security capabilities of the business.

For more information, please visit the National Stakeholder Menu of Tactical Options webpage on ProtectUK.

London Shield App

The Protective Security Operations (PSO) command of the Metropolitan Police has a dedicated London Shield app to provide London based businesses with up to date and relevant counter terrorism information, advice and guidance. All of this has been designed and tailored specifically for London businesses and includes bulletins, weekly news and events, information about threat levels, training, useful links and contact details. To register, download the app using either the links below or direct from the App Store and sign up – as this is for the business community, all registrations must be made using a business email address and not a free email service such as Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook etc.

Android London Shield – Apps on Google Play

Apple London Shield on the App Store (apple.com)

National March for Palestine, Bank Junction London, Saturday 9 December from midday onwards

This protest has again been organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and will be attended by several other pro-Palestine support groups such as Friends of Al-Aqsa, Stop the War Coalition and Palestinian Forum in Britain.
The assembly point has been listed as Bank Junction and the route given is from Bank to Parliament Square, via the Embankment and Trafalgar Square.
Previous recent marches have attracted significant attendance, and again it is likely numbers attending for this event will be sizeable. It is also possible that due to recent activity it may attract counter protests and/or breakaway groups, though there will be a substantial police presence.
Transport and travel disruption around central London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

Action Fraud – 12 Frauds of Christmas

Through its #12Frauds of Christmas campaign, Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, is highlighting a different fraud type each day to help people keep their money safe and out of the pockets of criminals.

Over the three working weeks before Christmas, the campaign will highlight everything from cost-of-living related fraud to online shopping scams, remote access, investment and charity fraud.

You can report fraud to Action Fraud online or call 0300 123 2040 (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm).

You can view full advice and details on 12 Frauds of Christmas here.

Day of Action for Palestine, UK wide, Saturday 2 December from 11.30am onwards

Day of Action for Palestine, UK wide, Saturday 2 December from 11.30am onwards
Unlike recent weekends where a major protest has been organised for central London, this Saturday local protests have been organised around the country, including 10 across London boroughs, though none listed for Westminster.
These protest locations are being updated daily and correct at the time of writing with Police currently unaware of any planned for central London, however a number of previous protests have been spontaneous in nature, some with breakaway groups.
Police resources will be around central London and monitoring. Transport and travel disruption around London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

Just Stop Oil (JSO) Free Political Prisoners March, central London, Saturday 2 December, midday onwards

JSO have announced that, following the recent imprisonment of nine JSO activists, they will be conducting a protest march in central London. No route has been given though it is believed the meeting point will be at or near Parliament Square. Actions are likely to be similar to recent JSO activity, including slow marches on roads with traffic disruption likely. Police will be in attendance.

Bus strikes, 1 and 4 December

Bus strikes will affect the following services this Friday 1 December and Monday 4 December: 13, 23, 28, 218, 295, 414, 452, N28.

Global Day of Action for Palestine/Wave for Palestine, UK wide, Wednesday 29 November

29 November marks the UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People and to coincide with this day nationwide actions have been organised.
The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Committee has called for 29 November to be a Day of Action for Palestine and are calling on people to end business with Israel, companies and institutions linked to Israel and to take protest action against these targets. They are asking for an escalation of worldwide peaceful mobilisations, suggesting a number of actions including sit-ins and occupations of companies allegedly linked to Israel, although no specific targets have been named at present.
Additionally, Pro-Palestinian activist group ‘Friends of Al-Aqsa’ have advertised ‘Wave for Palestine’ on the same day and are calling on people to show their solidarity with Palestine by showing the Palestine flag. They have suggested that people drape the flag over their houses or cars, paint their faces in the colours of the flag or wave it on this day, although ad hoc associated local actions or protests are a possibility.

#LetWomenSpeak, Reformers Tree, Hyde Park, Sunday 26 November 1pm to 3pm

This event is listed as an official event hosted by Posie Parker. Similar recent events have attracted large numbers of supporters and counter protestors, with a realistic possibility of tensions escalating between the two groups. Police will be in attendance.

National Solidarity March Against Anti-Semitism, central London, Sunday 26 November 1.30pm onwards

A national solidarity march against antisemitism has been planned in central London from 1.30pm with the starting point as The Royal Courts of Justice, though currently no march route or destination known. Police are liaising with organisers and will be in attendance.
Organisers have stated that they have had 10,000 people register their interest for this march and it is likely numbers attending will be significant.

Just Stop Oil (JSO) Activist Action, London, daily up to Sunday 26 November

Just Stop Oil’s London campaign continues and is still advertised as lasting until 26 November. The group are conducting regular, almost daily, slow marches which have already resulted in significant arrests by police, plus other actions used previously, such as spray painting, building/event incursions and criminal damage (as recently reported in the media). JSO are not revealing proposed targets and police will be in attendance at all known or reported JSO actions.

National March for Palestine, Marble Arch to Parliament Square, Saturday 25 November, 12.30pm to 5pm

This protest has been organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and will be attended by several other pro-Palestine support groups such as Friends of Al-Aqsa, Stop the War Coalition and Palestinian Forum in Britain.
The assembly point has been listed by some groups as Park Lane from 12.30pm, with the likelihood that a significant number will congregate at Marble Arch from mid morning.
The current proposed march route is to Parliament Square via Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. Police are reviewing the route due to current roadwork closures on Piccadilly, however at this time no changes have been confirmed. Previous recent marches have attracted significant attendance, and again it is likely numbers attending for this event will be sizeable. It is also possible that due to recent activity it may attract counter protests, though there will be a substantial police presence.
Transport and travel disruption around central London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

Protect the Children London Outreach March, Marble Arch, Saturday 25 November midday onwards

This demonstration appears to be from a small group who have a number of themes, including a focus on certain businesses, some of which has been named by them and includes Balenciaga, Disney, Waterstones and the BBC. A previous demonstration by the same group on 28 October at Portland Place attracted approximately 120 demonstrators.

Police have also reported receiving details of a potential Anti Vaxx demonstration and march on the same day and time, meeting at Marble Arch, with it not currently clear whether this is connected to the above ‘Outreach’ demonstration or if a separate event. Police will be in attendance.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Day of Action, Nationwide, Saturday 25 November

Extinction Rebellion’s current campaign is billed as activists conducting protests and events in cities and town centres across the UK on the final Saturday of each month for an unstated period. The campaign appears to be aiming for a mass mobilisation of activists for a future campaign. No specific targets or times have been released and disruption is likely during these protests.

Protest Activity - Updates

In addition to the existing protest information below, police have identified new actions in central London as also planned for this weekend.

Police will be in attendance for all the below, with disruption likely across central London.

Saturday 18 November

  • Pro Palestine Demonstration, Carnaby Street, 1030am to 11.30pm – expected numbers c.300.
  • Pro Palestine Protest, 10 London mainline stations, no times or expected numbers attending.

Sunday 19 November

  • Anti-Israeli Government Protest, Victoria Embankment, 3pm to 5pm – expected numbers c.1,000.
  • Just Stop Oil, Trafalgar Square, midday onwards – police currently unaware of likely numbers attending or actions planned.
Women Life Freedom, Marble Arch, Saturday 18 November 2pm to 5pm

This is billed as a protest regarding the actions of the Iranian government and police estimate that numbers attending may be around 100, though police currently have no further details of this protest.

Day of Action for Palestine, across London, Saturday 18 November from 10am onwards

Unlike recent weekends where a major protest has been organised for central London, this Saturday local protests have been organised around the country, including 11 across London boroughs, though none listed for Westminster. Police are currently unaware of any planned for central London, though a number of previous protests have been spontaneous in nature, some with breakaway groups.
Police will be in attendance and monitoring. Transport and travel disruption around London can be expected with some local road closures likely.
The next planned central London protest has now been announced for Saturday 25 November with no location as yet listed and is currently shown by protest groups as meeting in central London from midday. As further details are announced, we will provide an update in next week’s security alert.

Transport Disruption - Elizabeth line, Saturday 25 November and Sunday 26 November

On Saturday there will be no service between Hayes & Harlington and Heathrow, and a reduced service will operate between Paddington and Reading.
On Sunday there will be no service between Reading and Heathrow, as well as between Abbey Wood and Stratford. Find out more on the TfL website.

National March for Palestine, Marble Arch to Parliament Square, Saturday 25 November, 12.30pm to 5pm

This protest has been organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and will be attended by several other pro-Palestine support groups such as Friends of Al-Aqsa, Stop the War Coalition and Palestinian Forum in Britain.

The assembly point has been listed by some groups as Park Lane from 12.30pm, with the likelihood that a significant number will congregate at Marble Arch from mid morning. The march route is to Parliament Square via Park Lane, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

Previous recent marches have attracted significant attendance, and again it is likely numbers attending for this event will be sizeable. It is also possible that due to recent activity it may attract counter protests, though there will be a substantial police presence.
Transport and travel disruption around central London can be expected with some local road closures likely.

Just Stop Oil Activist Action, London, 29 October to 26 November

Just Stop Oil’s London campaign continues and still advertised as lasting until 26 November. The group are conducting regular, almost daily, slow marches, which have already resulted in significant arrests by police, plus other actions used previously, such as spray painting, building/event incursions and criminal damage (as with the National Gallery painting damage earlier this week). Whilst no specific targets have been specified, it is likely that high-profile events, plus buildings connected to government and energy sectors remain potential targets.

Train strikes, 1-9 December 

Aslef will stage a series of one-day strikes and call an overtime ban across England’s operating companies in December:

  • Saturday 2 December at East Midlands Railway and LNER
  • Sunday 3 December at Avanti West Coast, Chiltern, Great Northern Thameslink, and West Midlands Trains
  • Tuesday 5 December at C2C and Greater Anglia
  • Wednesday 6 December at Southeastern, Southern/Gatwick Express, SWR main line, SWR depot drivers, and Island Line
  • Thursday 7 December at CrossCountry and GWR
  • Friday 8 December at Northern and TPT
  • Drivers will also refuse to work any overtime from 1 to 9 December.
Roadworks, Old Marylebone Road, until Friday 8 December

Roadworks continue until 8 December involving both daytime footway and nighttime resurfacing works on the A501 Old Marylebone Road. The southern footway will be completely replaced between Harcourt Street and Edgware Road. The road between Homer Street and Edgware Road will also be resurfaced.
Access to properties will be maintained, though the bus stop will be suspended with through traffic restricted. Find out more here.

‘Boycott These Stores’, UK wide, ongoing

Several pro-Palestine groups shared online a list of companies who they allege support Israel, calling for the boycotting of these stores. The list of companies outlined is as follows – Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks, HP, Motorola, HSBC, Puma, SodaStream, AXA Insurance Company, Marks & Spencer, Victoria’s Secret, Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Nestle, GAP, The Body Shop, Westfield.
What increased activity this will result in is currently unclear, though recently some McDonald’s branches have had protestor activity, including crowds outside with banners.

ACT for Youth - Safety advice to younger people

The Personal, Social, Heath and Economic (PSHE) Association, in collaboration with the Department for Education and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO), has released new and improved ACT for Youth lesson plans to help young people protect themselves and keep safe in the event of a knife or gun attack and also feel able and confident to report suspicious behaviour or items.

ACT for Youth is aimed at 11–16-year-olds, and uses a film and activities to teach them about the three recommended actions to take during a marauding terrorist attack – RUN, HIDE and TELL.
While the chances of being caught up in an attack are rare, these free lessons provide vital guidance which can be applied to many places and situations, and will support security leads and teachers to better respond to terrorist attacks.

The two lessons — one for KS3 and another for KS4 — cover:

  • The three steps of RUN HIDE TELL and when it would be appropriate to use them
  • The importance of not using a mobile phone to take photos or film in the event of a knife or gun attack
  • How to identify suspicious behaviour and/or items, and the appropriate actions to take

The Department for Education has sponsored the review and update of these resources in collaboration with NaCTSO and the PSHE Association to ensure it aligns with current pedagogical methodology.
Visit ProtectUK to view and download all of the resources for free.

Transport disruption, Central line, Friday 17 into Saturday 18 November

No Night Tube service between Marble Arch and Ealing Broadway. No replacement bus service will run. Use existing bus and Night Bus services, including routes 94, N7, N72, N207 and N266. Find out more on the TfL website.

Counter Terrorism Policing - Winter Vigilance

Counter Terrorism Policing have launched their annual winter campaign reminding shoppers and those heading out to Christmas markets and events to be alert, trust their instincts and report anything that doesn’t feel right.
They are asking businesses and members of the public to continue to stay alert and report anything that doesn’t feel right. Whilst the terrorism threat level remains at ‘substantial’, which means an attack is ‘likely’, events in the Middle East and other parts of the world are a reminder of the continued need for people to be vigilant.

Extensive research shows that the public responds positively to security messaging so they encourage businesses, venues and event organisers to share and amplify the winter campaign messages across social media.
Please download content from the toolkit which has been created to equip users with everything they need to promote the campaign internally and externally and together everyone can play their part in helping to reassure the public and keep everyone safe.

Between 7 October and 25 October, the total number of reports from the public to the Anti-Terror Hotline and via online reporting doubled compared to the same period last year. Please remember to encourage your businesses to report to staff, security or police if something doesn’t feel right, or to report online to gov.uk/ACT

London Rebellion, Mainline Stations Sit-Ins, Saturday 11 November from 3pm onwards

Protesters from London Rebellion have advertised three planned sit-ins at London mainline train stations from 3pm on Saturday 11 November.

This protest is shown as being held to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict and is likely to be similar to recent station sit-ins that have occurred in London and around the country.

The three stations listed are Charing Cross, Victoria and Waterloo with travel disruption likely. Numbers planning to attend are currently unknown and British Transport Police will be in attendance.

National March for Palestine, Marble Arch / Hyde Park, Saturday 11 November from 11.30am onwards

A number of different groups are attending, some advertising as meeting up from 11.30am onwards. The starting point is listed by certain groups as Marble Arch, with others showing Hyde Park and the likelihood that a significant number will initially congregate at Marble Arch. The march organisers have now provided a map (see below) showing their planned marching route, with the starting point as Park Lane southbound and route from there being Hyde Park Corner, Grosvenor Place, Vauxhall Bridge Road and ending at the US Embassy, Nine Elms Lane.
Previous recent marches have attracted significant attendance, and again it is likely numbers attending for this event will be sizeable. It is also possible that due to the ongoing online and media debate about having this march on Remembrance Day, it may attract counter protests, though there will be a substantial police presence.
Transport and travel disruption around central London can be expected with road closures in place.

Planned London Underground line closures, Saturday 11 November
  • Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Jubilee lines: There will be no service on the entire line until 3pm on Saturday 11 November. This also means there will be no Jubilee line Night Tube services overnight on Friday 10 November.
  • Metropolitan line: There will be no service between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate until 3pm on Saturday 11 November.

No other London Underground line closures are in place this weekend and nine rail replacement bus routes will also be in place to assist passengers during this closure.

A full service should be operating on Sunday 12 November, when Remembrance Sunday events will take place. To check on line status and for full details, click here.

Million Mask March, Trafalgar Square, Sunday 5 November from 6pm

On Sunday 5 November 2023 Anonymous UK will hold their annual Million Mask March. Previous marches have resulted in occasional incidents between protestors and police with some protestors generally wearing masks, with Guy Fawkes masks common and no one specific theme or cause for this event. Event attendees are planning to form up from 6pm at Trafalgar Square. There is no current route plan for the event and there is currently no approximate number of people attending but in the previous year there were around 1,000 attendees. Police will be in attendance.

Road closed, Great Cumberland Place, Sunday 5 November 7am-6pm

Great Cumberland Place will be closed northbound on Sunday 5 November from 7am-6pm due to crane operations works.

London Rally for Palestine, across London boroughs / Trafalgar Square, Saturday 4 November from midday onwards

Organisers have advertised another rally for Palestine in response to the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict. The group have asked for attendees to ‘join your local London borough action from midday, then come to the London rally from 2.30pm at Trafalgar Square’. It is expected and likely that attendees will later march to a currently unannounced location.
Previous marches on recent Saturdays attracted significant attendance, estimated in some of the media at between 70 to 100,000 and it is likely numbers attending this event will be sizeable.
Police will be in attendance and significant transport and travel disruption around central London can be expected with road closures in place.

Anti Iranian Protest, Marble Arch, Saturday 4 November

Police have received intelligence of a potential anti Iranian protest taking place this Saturday at both Marble Arch and Trafalgar Square, though they have no further details at this time. Recent similar anti Iranian protests at Marble Arch have been low scale in numbers and involved a number of signs, pictures and props being erected. Police are aware and will be in attendance if required.

Transport disruption, Central line, Saturday 4 November

There will be no Friday Night Tube service between Marble Arch and Ealing Broadway on Saturday 4 November. Rail replacement buses will run, calling at all stations. This is due to HS2 works.

Counter Terrorism Policing  Winter Campaign

Counter Terrorism Policing have launched their annual winter campaign reminding shoppers and those heading out to Christmas markets and events to be alert, trust their instincts and report anything that doesn’t feel right. Now in its third year, Counter Terrorism Policing’s Winter Campaign aims to build on the success of previous year’s campaigns.

With a winter season full of events, we all have a role to play in keeping each other safe. You can help by sharing this campaign’s messages with your customers, visitors and staff that encourages them to stay alert for anything that doesn’t feel right and report any concerns.

We want to make sure as many people feel reassured, stay alert and report their concerns this winter season. Some people are reluctant to report because they worry they will get it wrong or waste police time. We want to reassure them that they won’t be wasting police time and it is important to trust their instincts if they feel that something isn’t right.

The toolkit is available for you to use between 27 October 2023 and 5 January 2024 and is designed to be used across your channels. Depending on what channels you have available, this could include:

  • digital screens at your sites (public facing and back of house)
  • posters to print and display at your sites (public facing and back of house)
  • posts on your social media channels
  • stories for your staff-facing channels, such as intranets, all-staff emails and newsletters
  • stories on your public-facing channels, such as your website news section, your safety and security webpage, or emails to customers
#LetWomenSpeak, Reformers Tree, Hyde Park, Sunday 29 October 1pm to 3pm

This event is listed as an official event hosted by Posie Parker. Similar recent events have attracted large numbers of supporters and counter protestors, with a realistic possibility of tensions escalating between the two groups. Police will be in attendance.

National March for Palestine, Victoria Embankment, Saturday 28 October from midday onwards

Palestine Solidarity Campaign have organised another national march for Palestine in response to the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict. The group have advertised the meeting point as Victoria Embankment at 12 midday. The route will be: Victoria Embankment, Westminster Bridge, York Road, Waterloo Bridge, Lancaster Place, Strand, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Parliament Street into Parliament Square.

The previous march last Saturday from Marble Arch to Downing Street had significant attendance, estimated in some of the media at c.100,000 and it is likely numbers attending this event will be similar.

Police will be in attendance and significant transport and travel disruption around central London can be expected with road closures in place as shown in the red area on the map above from 9.30 a.m. Saturday morning. Blue light access will be maintained.

Anti ULEZ Protest, various locations including Marble Arch, Saturday 28 October from 9am onwards

Multiple anti-ULEZ protest convoys are expected to take place across London on 28 October with all converging at Whitehall. The convoys are shown as departing at approx. 9am from four outer London locations and expected to reach Whitehall around midday.
The north London convoy route is listed as going via Edgware Road then Marble Arch, Park Lane and onto Whitehall via Piccadilly Circus and Haymarket.
The west London route is listed as going via the Bayswater Road then Marble Arch, where it is planned to meet up with the above north London convoy.
Numbers likely to attend are currently unknown. These protests are likely to involve motor vehicles driving slowly with protestors walking alongside and local traffic and public transport disruptions likely.

National March for Palestine, Marble Arch, Saturday 21 October from 12pm onwards

Palestine Solidarity Campaign have organised a national march for Palestine in response to the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict. The group have advertised the meeting point as Marble Arch at midday and police believe they will march from Marble Arch to Whitehall, via Park Lane, Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square.
The previous march last Saturday from Portland Place had significant attendance and police estimate up to 30,000 people may attend this event.
Significant travel disruption can be expected as road closures will be in place, this has the potential to heavily impact central London. Any closures are likely to go in and come out in phases, with the footprint being unlikely to be fully shut at the same time.
We cannot discount that there won’t be additional spontaneous protests elsewhere but there are proportionate policing plans in place.

Environmental Activist Action, London, ongoing

Fossil Free London continues as a week-long campaign against the Energy Intelligence Forum 2023 at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel, up to 20 October. Other spontaneous actions have been taking place around London during this period, including Just Stop Oil action as reported in the media. Although Fossil Free London is the organising group, other environmental activist groups such as Extinction Rebellion, Stop EACOP, and Just Stop Oil are also participating.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Make Polluters Pay Action, assembling at Marble Arch, Thursday 19 October 4.30pm

As part of their October ‘Oily Money’ Protest, XR have advertised a ‘Carnival of Resistance’ event with the assembly point given as Marble Arch. No further details have been provided to police by organisers as to any planned action, targets or routes. Numbers attending currently unknown, though there is the possibility of disruption to transport and traffic.
This is likely to be connected to/part of a Fossil Free London week-long campaign against the Energy Intelligence Forum 2023 at the InterContinental London Park Lane Hotel, from 14 to 20 October. Organisers claim 14 to 16 October is to focus on non-violent direct action training and workshops and 17-19 October will contain disruptive protest action. It is a possibility that other spontaneous actions will take place during this period. Although Fossil Free London is the organising group, other environmental activist groups such as Extinction Rebellion, Stop EACOP, and Just Stop Oil are likely to also participate.

Protest & Prayer BBC Protest, BBC Portland Place W1, Sunday 15 October 6.30-8pm

This protest will take place outside BBC Portland Place and is intended to show opposition to a perceived bias in BBC reporting of the Gaza Strip conflict by Jewish groups. Groups involved in this protest include the National Jewish Assembly (NJA), UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), and the European Jewish Association (EJA). In the current climate there is the possibility of a counter protest by opposing groups, though currently no indication or intelligence to suggest. Organisers have estimated numbers attending as up to c.200.

Stand with Palestine Demonstration, BBC Portland Place W1, Saturday 14 October from midday onwards

A planned pro-Palestine solidarity protest has been organised by Palestine Solidarity UK and is expected to be a march with the listed route given as Regent St, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and ending in Whitehall. As with all similar protests there is a possibility the route may change, though there is no indication or intelligence currently to suggest this. Finish time is given as 3.30pm and organisers have estimated numbers attending as c.5,000. Police will be in attendance.

Transport disruption, 14-15 October 2023
  • Circle line: Saturday and Sunday will see no service between Aldgate and Edgware Road (via Victoria).
  • District line: Saturday and Sunday will see no service between Whitechapel / Edgware Road and Hammersmith / Kensington Olympia / Wimbledo. Replacement buses will operate between Earls Court / Hammersmith and Wimbledon
  • Hammersmith and City line: Saturday and Sunday will see no service between Whitechapel and Barking.
  • Elizabeth line: On Sunday, between 12.20am and 7.40am, there will be no service between Paddington and Ealing Broadway. The last service on Saturday night / Sunday morning at 12.07am from Heathrow Terminal 5 will not run. Sunday, from 7.40am, a reduced service will operate between Paddington and Heathrow / Reading. Two trains per hour operate between Paddington and Reading / Heathrow Terminal 4 / Heathrow Terminal 5. West Ealing will only be served by four trains per hour.

The full list of London Underground, rail and bus weekend changes for 14-15 October can be found here.

Pro Imran Khan Protest, Avenfield House, Dunraven Street, Saturday 7 October 4pm

This protest has been organised by supporters of the former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in opposition to the current Pakistan Government. The protest will take place at Avenfield House, the UK residence of Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Previous protests have included banners, loud demonstrations and speeches and have had police in attendance. Protestor numbers likely to attend currently not confirmed, though potentially expected to be less than one hundred.

Anti Pakistan Government Protest March, Parliament Square to Dunraven Street, Sunday 8 October 2pm-4pm

This protest is intended to demonstrate opposition to the Pakistani government and is planned to march from Parliament Square to Dunraven Street. Currently unknown if police will be in attendance with numbers attending currently expected to be up to five hundred.

Royal Parks Half Marathon, Hyde Park, Sunday 8 October 6am-6pm

This annual event is using the same running route for the 2023 event as previous years, encompassing Hyde Park Corner, the roads around St James’s Park, Parliament Square, Victoria Street, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square and Strand.
Road closures are planned to be the same as previous years, in place from 7am until midday depending on location. There will be significant diversions routes in place around Hyde Park, with Hyde Park Corner closed in both directions between 7am and midday.  Please see maps below to see more details on road closures and the event route.
Police and organisers estimate c.16,000 will attend and travel and traffic disruption expected.

Race for Kids, Hyde Park, Saturday 7 October 8am-3pm

RBC Race for the Kids is Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s (GOSH Charity) annual flagship mass participation event, which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. It is a family festival and 5k family fun run, with the race starting at 10am and planned to finish at 2pm. Police estimate c.10,000 will attend.
This race is taking place within Hyde Park itself – please click here for further details.

London Underground strikes, Wednesday 4 October and Friday 6 October

If the strikes go ahead, there will be severe disruption across the whole Tube network.

  • Most Tube services will be severely affected or will not run on strike days
  • There will be no Night Tube on Friday 6 October
  • Tube services the following mornings will be disrupted until around 8am (Thursday 5 and Saturday 7 October).
  • Elizabeth line, London Overground, DLR and tram services are not on strike, however there may be last minute changes, including trains non-stopping at stations shared with London Underground
  • All services, including buses, will be much busier than usual

Please click here for London Underground updates.

Train strikes, Saturday 30 September and Wednesday 4 October, Overtime ban (causing reduced services/revised timetables). Friday 29 September, Monday 2 October to Friday 6 October

Industrial action on National Rail is planned by the ASLEF for the above two dates with an overtime ban also affecting train services for Friday 29 September and then Monday 4 October through to and including Friday 6 October.
Please click here for National Rail updates.

Transport Disruption – Road Works

Thames Water are undertaking emergency works affecting Edgware Road northbound and these are currently planned to continue up to 7 October.

Transport Disruption – Road Works

Telecommunications work is taking place overnight between 18 September and 30 September, every night between the hours of 8pm and 5am. Roads currently planned to be affected include Chapel Street and northbound Edgware Road between the junctions of Marble Arch and Harrow Road, with access maintained between Marble Arch and Sussex Gardens. Diversions will be in place and traffic disruption expected.

Ethiopian Amhara Demonstration, Marble Arch, Sunday 24 September 11.30am-6.30pm

This protest relates to opposition to the Ethiopian government’s policy towards the Amhara ethnic group. Police are not planned to be in attendance and they estimate numbers attending to be c.300, though no details of whether is intended to remain static at Marble Arch, or move off and march elsewhere have been shared with police.

#LetWomenSpeak, Reformers Tree, Hyde Park, Sunday 24 September 1-3pm

This event is listed as an official event hosted by Posie Parker. Similar recent events have attracted large numbers of supporters and counter protestors, with a realistic possibility of tensions escalating between the two groups. Police will be in attendance.

National Rejoin March, Hyde Park Corner to Parliament Square, Saturday 23 September, midday to 4.30pm

The National Rejoin March is a protest rally in support of the UK rejoining the European Union. The meeting point at midday is by the Statue of Achilles in Hyde Park, with the march setting off from Hyde Park Corner. The proposed route is as shown on the map below and goes via Park Lane, Piccadilly, St James Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and ending at Parliament Square. Once at Parliament Square a rally is planned with speakers. Police estimate numbers attending as c.15,000, though organisers claim that 50,000 attended in 2022. Traffic and travel disruption is expected.

World Wide Rally for Freedom, Hyde Park Speakers Corner, Saturday 23 September, from 1pm onwards

The Freedom Rally is an international movement for the preservation of freedom and human rights with stated themes around freedom of speech, movement, assembly, health and choice. The London rally may also attract other attendees and protest themes, including the recent expansion of the ULEZ. This rally has been advertised as a march, however a route has not been specified at this time and police have received no details from organisers. It is currently estimated that numbers attending will be in the hundreds.

Stage of Freedom March, Iranian Embassy to Marble Arch, Saturday 16 September midday to 6pm

This event is planned to meet up at midday by the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate then set off at 1pm via Knightsbridge, Piccadilly, Regent Street and Oxford Street, arriving at Marble Arch 3pm. From 3pm to 6pm the group will have a stage at Marble Arch with speakers presenting. Organisers have estimated that numbers attending will be up to 5,000 and they will be providing security and 50 stewards.
Police will be in attendance. Some temporary road closures may be implemented, plus traffic holds with vehicle & travel disruption likely.

Annual swimming race, Serpentine Lake Hyde Park, Saturday 16 September 8am to 6pm

The London Marathon are holding this annual event with numbers attending estimated to be c.6,000.

Coal Action Network, actions targeting financial and insurance companies & Day of Action against corporate and political targets - Both actions will take place in London, Friday 15 September

The Coal Action Network protest has been organised by the environmental protest group Coal Action Network and has been shared across several platforms including XR (Extinction Rebellion) affiliated channels. Activists are targeting these sites to apply pressure on insurance organisations to rule out insuring a coal mine in the Cumbria region. Previous use of tactics has included theatrical protests, banner drops and the stickering of targeted premises.
15 September coincides with this year’s ‘Global Climate Strike’, a date of environmental protests at various cities across the globe and also features an XR ‘day of action’ in London.
The Day of Action involves XR collaborating with other activist movements against ‘fossil fuel-related’ targets to coincide with the UN Climate Ambitions Summit taking place in New York. Targets are likely to include Government departments related to UK energy and climate, plus companies the organisers view as having links to fossil fuels and climate change.
No further details on specific actions or timings have been released at this time.

The Hussaini Association March, Marble Arch to Paddington Green, 7am to 6.30pm, Saturday 9 September

This is a religious march and rally from Marble Arch to Paddington Green, with the route shown as Edgware Road, Bayswater Road, Seymour Street, Connaught Street, Kendal Street, Burwood Place, Sussex Gardens, Star Street, St Michaels Street, Praed Street, Harrow Road, Newcastle Place and Church Street. Police estimate numbers attending to be c.800. Traffic holds are expected with some vehicle disruption likely.

The Hussaini Islamic Trust UK March (43rd Arbaeen Procession), Marble Arch to Hyde Park Corner (and return to Marble Arch), midday to 6pm, Sunday 10 September

Organisers have promoted this as the largest annual peaceful Muslim gathering in Europe. Timings given as a midday form up at Marble Arch, the march southbound on Park Lane commencing 2.30pm, returning up Park Lane to Marble Arch 4pm and from 4pm to 6pm there will be speeches at Marble Arch. Police estimate numbers attending to be c.2,000 and police will be in attendance. Some temporary road closures may be implemented, plus traffic holds with some vehicle disruption likely.

Stage of Freedom March, Parliament Square to the Iranian Embassy (via Marble Arch), 10am to 2pm, Wednesday 13 September

This is an Iranian march with the route shown as Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and ending at the Iranian Embassy in South Kensington. Police estimate numbers attending to be c.300 and currently not planned to be policed.

Women Life Freedom Festival, Marble Arch, Saturday 2 September 10am to 4pm

This is advertised as a festival to take place at Marble Arch from 10am to 4pm. Women Life Freedom support human rights for Iranian women, with this festival planned as a fundraiser to aid the groups mission of solidarity with Iranian women. Police estimate numbers attending at c.400 and is not currently planned to have police attendance.

Train strikes and disruption, Friday 1 September and Saturday 2 September

Industrial action on National Rail is planned by the RMT and ASLEF for the above dates.
Please click here for National Rail updates. It is recommended to check journey planners before travelling as some action may affect certain tracks used by TfL and Overground services.

Action Fraud – Report the Phish

Action Fraud has a national phishing awareness campaign to remind people to think twice before handing over personal and financial information and also provide advice on how to report.

‘Phishing’ or ‘smishing’ is when criminals use scam emails, text messages or phone calls to trick victims. Fake emails and text messages can be difficult to spot as criminals are constantly creating genuine-looking messages.

Here’s some practical advice you can follow when it comes to dealing with phishing scams:

  1. If you have any doubts about a message, contact the organisation directly. Don’t use the numbers, addresses or links in the message – use the details from the organisations official website. Remember, your bank will never ask you to supply personal information via email.
  2. If you think an email could be a scam, you can report it by forwarding the email to: report@phishing.gov.uk. Send emails to this address that feel suspicious, even if you’re not certain they’re a scam – we can check.
  3. Always report suspicious text messages or scam call numbers free of charge to 7726. Your provider can find out where the text came from and block or ban the sender. To report a scam text, forward it to 7726 and then send the sender’s number when prompted. To report a scam call, simply text 7726 with the word ‘Call’ followed by the scam caller’s number.
Notting Hill Carnival, Saturday 26 August to Monday 28 August

The annual Notting Hill Carnival takes place over 3 days from the 26 August to 28 August, with Sunday and Monday being the main carnival days. The carnival takes place in Notting Hill, though crowds also spill into the streets of Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park, Westbourne Grove and Bayswater, with the route of the carnival running close to many London Underground stations. The main parade route starts near Westbourne Grove underground station at 9.30am and is approximately three and a half miles long, taking over most of the W10 area.
Some stations are expected to be very busy, including Oxford Circus, Notting Hill Gate, Westbourne Park and Holland Park so please check live journey planners before travelling.

Bangladeshi National Party March, Marble Arch to Downing Street, Tuesday 29 August 1pm to 4pm

The route is planned from Marble Arch to Downing Street, via Park lane, Piccadilly and Haymarket with numbers estimated at c.10,000. Police will be in attendance with transport and traffic disruption expected.

National Animal Rights March, Marble Arch to Parliament Square, Saturday 26 August midday to 4.30pm

This protest is likely to attract animal rights groups from around the country with police estimating the numbers attending to be over 500, though organisers quoting c.2,000 attending last year’s march. The timings have been given as a midday meet at Marble Arch; 12.30pm moving off and arriving at Parliament Square for 3pm where a rally is planned to be held.
Route details are Marble Arch; Oxford Street; Regent Street; Haymarket; Trafalgar Square; Whitehall and ending in Parliament Square.
Whilst organisers have stated it is intended to be peaceful, there is the possibility certain businesses may attract interest from some of the attendees, with these including Canada Goose and McDonalds. Police will be in attendance with traffic and transport disruption likely.

Association of Iranian Political Prisoners Demonstration, Marble Arch, 25-26 August midday to 7pm

This event is expected to be a static demonstration and police have estimated numbers attending to be in the region of 200. Currently this event will not be policed.

BikeStormz Mass Cycle Ride, Central London, Saturday 19 August 11am to 6.30pm

This annual event is billed as a ride out against knife crime and last years ride attracted over 1,000 attendees. It starts from Southwark Park and later enters Westminster, with the local route advertised as Hyde Park Corner, up Park Lane to Marble Arch and then down Oxford Street, ending back up at Southwark Park. Traffic disruption is likely whilst they ride through.

Possible Disruption, Oxford Circus area, Thursday 17 August 3pm

Whilst not within our BID area, police are aware of a lone Tik Tok individual who posted online yesterday for others to meet at Oxford Circus at 3pm today, in seemingly an attempt to emulate last week’s similar crowds. Police have increased resource around the Oxford Circus area and will monitor and deal appropriately as needed if large groups attend. Advice for all premises is to follow the guidance for businesses from The National Business Crime Centre (NBCC).

Train strikes and disruption, Saturday 26 July and Saturday 2 September

Industrial action on National Rail is still planned by the RMT for the above dates.
These strikes may affect some District line, London Overground, Elizabeth line and tram services. Please click here for National Rail updates. It is recommended to check journey planners before travelling as some action may affect certain tracks used by TfL and Overground services.

In addition, National Rail have advised that Journey Planners are not yet showing correctly for the RMT strikes on the above two dates.

  • For journeys on Saturday 26 August, you can check your journey from Friday 18 August on all lines except Cross Country and South Western Railway – for both of these companies please check back after 21 August.

For travel on Saturday 2 September, journeys can be checked from Friday 26 August.

Counter Terrorism Policing #BeSafeBeSound Campaign

Counter Terrorism Policing have collaborated with the UK’s music industry, working alongside music festivals and live music venues to deliver safety advice and ensure that the public remain safe and play a part in the wider security operation.

Full details can be accessed here.

Train disruption, up to and including Saturday 12 August

ASLEF members at 16 rail operators continue to refuse to work overtime (an action short of a strike) up to Saturday 12 August. This will mean revised timetables and some cancellations for a number of train operator routes.
Please click here for National Rail updates.

Road Closure – Old Marylebone Road, junction with Marylebone Road, 4-7 August

Old Marylebone Road, junction with Marylebone Road, will be closed from 4-7 August and delays are expected.

Belarus UK, Marble Arch, Sunday 6 August, midday to 2pm

Belarus UK are planning a demonstration and march to mark the third anniversary of the 2020 election in Belarus. The meeting point is at the northern side of the Arch, with a one hour demonstration planned at Marble Arch from midday, followed by a march through Hyde Park towards the Belarus embassy in Kensington Gardens. Police estimate numbers attending as likely to be less than a hundred and police attendance not currently planned.

Ashura Day Procession, Marble Arch, Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July

The Al Hussaini Association plan to march for this annual cultural event on the following two dates –

  • 27 July – from Marble Arch at 8am to Richmond Terrace, with exact route not confirmed at this stage and the march estimated to take approx. 3 hours.
  • 28 July – from Marble Arch at 2.30pm to the Islamic Universal Association in Holland Park, with exact route also not confirmed at this stage.

Police estimate numbers attending each at c.500 and both are now planned to be policed, with some road and transport disruption possible.

Just Stop Oil, London, 17 to 23 July 2023

Just Stop Oil continue their actions throughout London and the West End. They do not engage with police about their plans which, as seen across the news and social media, have included slow walking and targeting various cultural and sporting events.

Tube strikes, Sunday 23 July to Saturday 29 July 2023

Industrial action on the Underground has been announced by the RMT for the above dates. Please see below for summary of services and disruption for each day.

  • Sunday 23 July: Tube services will close early. Complete your journey by 19:00.
  • Monday 24 July: Good service expected by late morning.
  • Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 July: Little or no Tube service running across London Underground.
  • Wednesday 26 and Friday 28 July: No Tube service expected, including Night Tube.
  • Saturday 29 July: Tube services start later than normal – good service by midday.
  • On days when limited Tube services are running, they will be extremely busy and subject to delay.
  • Roads and all other public transport services will be extremely busy between Monday 23 July and Friday 28 July.
  • There are no strikes planned on bus, DLR, London Overground, Night Overground, Elizabeth line, tram or IFS Cloud Cable Car services.
  • Some DLR, London Overground (including night services) and Elizabeth line services may be affected by station closures where stations also serve London Underground lines.
  • There are also planned closures on some services.
  • Plan aheadcheck before you travel, and allow extra time to complete your journey.
Train strikes, Thursday 20 July, Saturday 22 July and Saturday 29 July 2023

Industrial action on National Rail has been announced by the RMT for the above dates.
These strikes may affect some District line, London Overground, Elizabeth line and tram services.
Please click here for National Rail updates. It is recommended to check journey planners before travelling as some action may affect certain tracks used by TfL and Overground services.

TfL Underground strikes, Sunday 23 July to Friday 28 July

Industrial action on the Underground has been announced by the RMT for the above dates. Please click here for TfL updates. It is recommended to check journey planners before travelling.

Train strikes, Thursday 20 July, Saturday 22 July and Saturday 29 July

Industrial action on National Rail has been announced by the RMT for the above dates. Please click here for National Rail updates. It is recommended to check journey planners before travelling as some action may affect certain tracks used by TfL and Overground services.

Just Stop Oil, London, 17 to 23 July 2023

Just Stop Oil have extended their original 13 weeks of action and will continue their activities and disruption. They do not engage with police about their plans and it is likely that similar tactics will continue to be used, such as slow walking and targeting various cultural and sporting events.

Movement for People’s Struggle Protest Pride, Sunday 9 July 2023, midday to 5pm

This demonstration has been organised to protest against the economic crisis and alleged political corruption in Sri Lanka. The march starts from the Sri Lankan High Commission, Hyde Park Gardens, W2 2LU at midday and ends at Downing Street. Route has not been provided by organisers and some traffic disruption may occur. Estimated attendance has been shown as up to 500.

Human Rights/London Trans+ Pride March, Saturday 8 July 2023, 1pm to 5pm

This event is to highlight transgender rights and features a march through central London.
Organisers have stated this march will start at Trafalgar Square from 1pm and end at Hyde Park Corner around 5pm. Estimated attendance is shown as approximately 20,000 and it is likely will entail traffic disruption whilst ongoing.

We Stand For The Animals 3rd Annual Memorial Service, Sunday 2 July 2023 12-3pm
The third We Stand For The Animals Annual Memorial Service in London will be held on Sunday 2 July 2023 from 12pm-3pm at Marble Arch.
There will be two parts to the event:
– The main ceremony which is a memorial to respectfully remember the lives of all animals that have died at the hands of humans.
– A celebration afterwards, with speakers who are dedicated to bringing about animal liberation for all beings.
BST road closures, Park Lane, 24, 25, 30 June and 1, 2, 6-9 July 2023

Hyde Park BST concerts will result in Park Lane being closed to traffic from 9pm to 11.45pm on 24, 25 and 30 June, plus 1, 2, 6-9 July. Advice is to avoid the area on these dates and times due to the significant increase in concert attendees, with approx. 65,000 expected.

Pride, Saturday 1 July 2023, midday (start) to 8pm

Advance notice for the annual Pride march and event on Saturday 1 July. The starting point for this year’s march is Hyde Park Corner and then proceeding down Piccadilly, however those attending will be forming up on Park Lane, as shown on the map below.

To see road closures, please click here. Organisers have also created a business information pack.

Association of Iranian Political Prisoners Demo, Saturday 1 July, 8am to 7pm

This protest is listed as taking place at Marble Arch with police advising expected numbers attending to be approx.200. This protest is currently not policed.

No 2 ULEZ Protest, Marble Arch, Sunday 25 June 2023, midday to 4pm

This protest will take place at Marble Arch with protestors being advised to meet up at the Arch itself. Attendee numbers currently unknown and will depend on whether other associated groups join this protest. Police attendance currently unconfirmed.

Suspended - Bus strikes, 20-21 June and 27-28 June

Arriva bus drivers will walk out on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 June, as well as Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 June. The strikes will predominantly affect routes in North and East London. The bus garages the drivers operate from are Ash Grove, Barking, Clapton, Edmonton, Enfield, Palmers Green, Tottenham and Wood Green.

Road closure, Tuesday 20 June

On the night of Tuesday 20 June Coronation flags are being removed from Oxford Street between the hours of 10pm to 5am. This will involve Oxford Street, from Orchard Street to Marble Arch, being closed between these times. Should any business require access for deliveries during these hours, please contact the contractor (Field and Lawn) direct on 0117 9801120.

King's Birthday Parade, Central London, Saturday 17 June 2023

On Saturday 17 June the King’s Birthday Parade will take place in Central London. Road closures will be implemented at 6am and there will be managed access for legitimate reasons until 9am. At 9am the red area will be a total exclusion to vehicular traffic. See the map below. Once the event has concluded and the crowds dispersed, roads will be opened when safe to do so.

Stage for Freedom March, Marble Arch, Sunday 11 June, Midday

A march from Marble Arch to the Iranian embassy in Kensington, planned to depart Marble Arch at 1pm. This is listed as ‘a call to support the uprising of the Iranian people urging the UK government to stop negotiating with the Islamic Republic’. Police estimate numbers attending to be approx. 200 and currently this event will not be policed.

World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR), Hyde Park Corner, Saturday 10 June, 2pm

This is part of Bike Week and an annual event to promote cycling. There are a number of start locations across London, with the nearest at Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner. All routes from the nine starting locations will merge at Westminster Bridge for the finale from approx. 5pm. Attendance estimated by organisers at around 1,000 and event will not be policed.

London National Animal Rights Day, Marble Arch, Sunday 4 June 11am

This is the 13th National Animal Rights Day and is shown as taking place at Marble Arch, with previous years protests based on the island by the Arch. It is advertised as involving a ceremony, speakers and a celebration with numbers attending believed to be approx. 50.

Road closure, Old Marylebone Road, Friday 2 - Monday 5 June

Old Marylebone Road, at the junction with Marylebone Road, will be closed for a tower crane operation from 10pm on 2 June 2023 until 5am 5 June 2023. Delays are expected to surrounding areas.

Ride London, Sunday 28 May, 6am to 6.30pm

This Sunday, Ride London will be taking place. It should not directly impact upon the BID area but it will affect roads in Westminster. Please click here to see details of road closures and for information on transport disruption.  

LetWomenSpeak, Reformers Tree, Hyde Park, Sunday 28 May, 1pm

This event is listed as an official event hosted by Posie Parker. Similar recent events have attracted large numbers of supporters and counter protestors, with a realistic possibility of tensions escalating between the two groups. Police will be in attendance.

Just Stop Oil (JSO), central London

JSO continue their demonstrations across London as part of a national campaign which started from Monday 24 April, taking place for 12 weeks. Actions to date have focused on slow marches on roads causing transport disruption. Police will continue to update as and when further actions known or take place.

Stage of Freedom Demo, Marble Arch, Sunday 14 May, 1pm to 5pm

This event is believed as being held in support of British – Iranian Vahid Beheshti, who is currently on a hunger strike, in an attempt to persuade the UK Government to proscribe the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Organisers have provided no details to police. Estimated attendance is approximately 500 and this event will be policed.

Recent Pakistan related protests

Following the recent arrest of Imran Khan in Pakistan, this week has seen a number of protests take place outside three addresses within the BID area. This has resulted in police attendance and police issuing a temporary Section 35 Dispersal order covering Dunraven Street which expires at 10:39pm on Thursday 11 May 2023. Police are aware and should attend if any further protests take place. Should spontaneous protest action occur, please notify the police on 999.

Coronation, 6 May 2023

The latest letter from government to Westminster residents and businesses was issued last week, showing an updated summary and overview. Click here to view.

Final plans including road closures, which may affect Park Lane, are available here and as with all major central London events, the plans can frequently change, often at short notice. Please monitor our website for the latest information, including public viewing areas.

Public transport hubs will be far busier than usual with some station closures, restrictions and diversions. Click here for all TfL travel updates and planning a journey.

This week Counter Terrorism Policing, via Protect UK, have released a Vigilance Communications Toolkit for businesses specifically for the Coronation. Please click here to view.

In addition, they have issued an overview and guidance document which can be accessed here.

Let Women Speak, Reformers’ Tree Hyde Park, most Sundays from 1pm to 3pm

This is now a regular event most Sundays In Hyde Park. Frequently a number of speakers take part and this event can attract both pro trans and opposing groups, as with the above Anti Transphobe protest, Police will be in attendance.

Anti Transphobe Protest, Hyde Park, Sunday 30 April, 11.45am onwards

Transactionbloc has organised a protest against Posie Parker, who will visit Hyde Park on 30 April. The group will gather at the Joy of Life Fountain, Hyde Park at 11.45am and then march to Reformer’s Tree at 1pm. Attendance is estimated to range between high tens to low hundreds based on the social media engagements. Counter protest is likely and clashes between protestors possible given that recently Posie Parker was attacked by a trans activist at an event in New Zealand. Police will be in attendance.

Stage of Freedom Demo, Marble Arch, Saturday 29 April, 11am to 5pm

This event is being held in support of British – Iranian Vahid Beheshti who is currently on a hunger strike in an attempt to persuade the UK Government to proscribe the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. March listed as from Marble Arch to Downing Street, though exact route not specified. Expected attendance 1,000 and will be policed.

Just Stop Oil (JSO), central London, Monday 24 April onwards

JSO started to demonstrate in central London from Monday 24 April as part of a national campaign taking place for 12 weeks. Actions to date have focused on slow marches on roads causing transport disruption. Police will update as and when further actions known or take place.

Coronation 2023

This letter, dated 21 April 2023, contains essential information about how plans for the Coronation might affect local businesses and residents.

Maps and timings will be issued periodically between now and the beginning of May.

As with all major central London events, the plans frequently change, often at short notice. Please monitor our coronation page for the latest information. We will also issue any updates in our weekly security alerts.

On 6 May 2023, businesses and residents are strongly advised to travel with a proof of address, a staff pass or an official invite to their property, to ensure access is facilitated at all times.

You can find up-to-date travel advice on the Transport for London website.

Anzac Day Dawn Service, Hyde Park Corner, Tuesday 25 April 5am to 6am

A dawn service will be taking place at Hyde Park Corner ahead of the main ceremony later at the Cenotaph. This event will be policed.

Extinction Rebellion (XR), ‘the Big One’ Campaign, Friday 21 April – Monday 24 April

XR are planning a number of activities listed as centred around Parliament Square and government buildings, though as always these can be ‘fluid’ and change at short notice.
XR have stated that if the UK government does not meet their demands by 5pm on Mon 24 April they ‘will step up actions and campaigns’. No further details have been released.

Just Stop Oil (JSO), central London, Monday 24 April onwards

JSO have announced their intention to demonstrate in central London from Monday 24 April with this being part of a national campaign taking place for 12 weeks. No specific locations or targets have been released, though previous and usual tactics include slow marches causing transport disruption. Police will update as and when further details known.

London Marathon, Sunday 23 April, 4am to 8.30pm

The annual London Marathon is taking place this Sunday. Please click here for map showing road closures and expected transport disruption.

Let Women Speak, Reformers’ Tree Hyde Park, Sunday 23 April, 3pm to 5 pm

This is now generally a regular event each Sunday in Hyde Park, though last Sunday it was held in Belfast. Frequently a number of speakers take part and this event can attract both pro-trans and opposing groups. Police will be in attendance.

UK Emergency Alert Test, Sunday 23 April 3pm

On Sunday 23 April at 3pm, the UK government will conduct a test of the new Emergency Alert service and it is expected to last for approx. 10 seconds. The alert will go out to all 4G and 5G enabled phones and will still sound even if the phone is switched to silent.

Please click here for more details on the new UK Emergency Alert system, which includes a video showing what it will look and sound like and guidance on what to do if driving when you receive an alert.

There is further guidance available here from domestic abuse charity Refuge for any vulnerable people who have concealed secret or secondary phones.

For businesses, it may be advisable to brief teams so they can provide any reassurance needed to non UK visitors or tourists who may receive the alert and be unaware of this test taking place.

Stage of Freedom Demo, Marble Arch, Sunday 23 April, midday to 5pm

This event is being held in support of British – Iranian Vahid Beheshti who is currently on a hunger strike in an attempt to persuade the UK Government to proscribe the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Expected attendance 1,000 and currently not policed.

Armenian Community Council March, Marble Arch, Saturday 22 April, 12.30 to 3pm

No further details for this event have been supplied to police, though it is possible this may be for the 108th anniversary of the ‘Armenian Genocide’. Route is shown as from Marble Arch to Whitehall with estimated attendees listed as approx.300.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) Biodiversity March, Saturday 22 April, 10am to 5pm

As part of the above XR campaign, on Saturday XR are holding a march from Great Smith Street SW1 to Parliament Square and, as part of this, there are a number of ‘feeder’ rides from other parts of London joining them.
These ‘feeder’ rides are shown as travelling via Marble Arch to Parliament Square and include –

  • XR Riders (starting 10am from Swiss Cottage)
  • Hammersmith and Fulham Cycling (starting 10am from Brook Green, W6)
  • Cycle Islington (starting 10am from Islington, N5)
  • Camden Cycling Campaign (starting 8am from Swiss Cottage)
  • Redbridge Cycling Campaign (starting 10am from Wanstead, E12)

All rides above have apparently stated they will be travelling to Marble Arch accompanied by marshals, with the aim of all attendees joining up at Marble Arch c.11.15am and then riding together to Parliament Square, Route potentially shown as via the Mall, though unconfirmed.
At the end of the event (c.3pm) in Parliament Square, some rider groups have mentioned returning to Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park.
It is likely that the above may cause traffic, public transport and pedestrian disruption, though police will be in attendance.

4/20 2023, Hyde Park, Thursday 20 April, approx. 10am to c.10pm

“420” is an international day for cannabis related protests and events which is held annually on the 20 April. The event is well established as a part of a counter culture movement where supporters gather en masse to celebrate and consume cannabis. Whilst the day is seen as an opportunity to celebrate cannabis, there is also a political element with various protest groups advocating for the legalisation of the substance.
Previous 420 events held in Hyde Park have resulted in some incidents of disorder and crime. The local retail sector including Marble Arch and Oxford Street may experience some disruption as crowds disperse from Hyde Park, but there is an extended policing plan in place to ensure a proportionate response.

4/20 2023, Hyde Park, Thursday 20 April, midday to 6pm (or later)

This is mentioned in listings as unofficial International Weed Day and to push for legislation. It is an annual event in Hyde Park and in recent years has resulted in some disorder and arrests. Police will be in attendance.

Students Against Tyranny, Marble Arch, Saturday 15 April, midday onwards

This event is being called the London Outreach March, however no route has been issued and six speakers are listed as appearing at this event. Themes listed include educating our communities against the social credit system, cashless society, digital ID and 15-minute neighbourhoods. Expected attendance is unknown but it has the potential to cause some disruption, dependent upon numbers attending and if a march later takes place.

#LetWomenSpeak, Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park, Sunday 9 April, 1pm

This event is listed as an official event hosted by Posie Parker. Similar recent events have attracted large numbers of supporters and counter protestors, with a realistic possibility of tensions escalating between the two groups. Police will be in attendance.

Buganda UK Demo and March, Friday 7 April, 9.30am to 1pm

Buganda UK have organised a demonstration and march with the route starting at Hyde Park Corner then going via Park Lane, Bayswater Road, Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington Mall and returning back the same route via Park Lane to Hyde Park Corner. Police estimate approx. 100 people attending with potential travel disruption.

Ride of Respect (The Long Walk), Friday 7 April, 9am onwards

Rolling Thunder (a motor bike group with a large armed forces veteran membership) are planning to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II this Friday. The event is planned to start in Windsor with a wreath laying ceremony at 9am and then make their way into central London to Parliament Square, via Buckingham Palace and The Mall. Arrival time at The Mall is estimated to be 1.45pm with speeches at Parliament Square due from 2.30pm. The exact route through central London is currently unknown and is estimated that up to 300 motorbikes will be involved. Noise and travel disruption is likely.

Extinction Rebellion Banner Drops, Nationwide, Saturday 1 to Saturday 8 April 

There are unconfirmed reports XR may conduct banner drops between these dates. Previous locations targeted have ranged from motorway bridges to monuments, though there is no current intelligence to suggest likely locations. If following the same pattern as before, it will likely be up to six people holding the banner with the possibility of a march taking place following the banner drop. These banner drops may likely cause travel disruption.

Hug-A-Thon, Speakers Corner Hyde Park, Saturday 1 April 11am

This event is to celebrate Universal Hug Day. Numbers attending are unknown.

London Half Marathon, Central London, Sunday 2 April 7am to 4pm

This marathon does not directly impact our area, however there are a number of road closures which may impact travel and transport. To see a copy of the road closure map and list of closed roads and timings click here.
Please note that these are the planned times but they may be subject to change.

XR The 100 Days Campaign, Nationwide, 11 January - 21 April

Extinction Rebellion (XR) have announced a 100 days campaign in the lead up the their Spring Rebellion – ‘The Big One’ commencing on 21 April. The campaign will start on 11 January with XR stating it relies on ‘mass direct action’ to accelerate the changes they say are needed. This will culminate on 21 April where their stated aim is to bring 100,000 people together. No locations or further details are known at present.

Fraud Alert - WhatsApp

Action Fraud has received over 60 reports relating to a scam that steals access to a victim’s WhatsApp account.The scam begins when a criminal gets access to another WhatsApp account which has you listed as a contact.
The criminal, posing as your friend or someone that’s a member of a WhatsApp group you’re in, will then send you seemingly normal messages to try and start a conversation with you.
However, around the same time you will receive a text message from WhatsApp with a six-digit code. This is because the criminal has been trying to login to WhatsApp using your mobile number. The criminal will claim that they sent you their code by accident and ask you to help them by sending it to them.
Once the criminal has this code, they can login to your WhatsApp account and lock you out. The criminal will then use the same tactic with your WhatsApp contacts in an effort to steal more accounts and use them to perpetrate fraud.

What you need to do:

  • Set up two-step verification to give an extra layer of protection to your account. Tap Settings > Account >Two-step verification > Enable.
  • STOP. THINK. CALL. If a family member or friend makes an unusual request on WhatsApp, always call the person to confirm their identity.
  • Never share your account’s activation code (that’s the 6 digit code you receive via SMS)
  • You can report spam messages or block a sender within WhatsApp. Press and hold on the message bubble, select ‘Report’ and then follow the instructions.

For more information about how to protect yourself online, visit takefive-stopfraud.org.uk and ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware

Sunday 26 March 11am, Joy of Life Fountain, Hyde Park, W1K 7AN

A demonstration in opposition to an alleged transphobic protest has been organised at the Joy of Life Fountain in Hyde Park W1K 7AN, before moving to Speaker’s Corner at 12pm. The group suggests bringing masks, friends and signs. Attendance is likely to be in the high-tens, based on previous events and counter-demonstrations, with a realistic possibility of tensions escalating between the two groups.

Syria Solidarity March, meeting up at Paddington Green, Saturday 18 March 12.30pm to 5pm

This is a march across central London to mark the 12th anniversary of the Syrian revolution. The meeting point is at 12.30pm by Paddington Green, with the march planned to set off from 1.30pm heading towards 10 Downing Street. Proposed route is Edgware Road, Oxford Street, Regent Street, Pall Mall and then arriving at 10 Downing Street around 3.30pm where a rally is expected. It is not currently planned to have police in attendance, with numbers attending not known at this stage.

National Education Union Save Our Schools Carnival, meeting up Hyde Park near Speakers Corner, Wednesday 15 March 11am to 4pm

This is taking place the same day as the main NEU National Strike and London demonstration, which consists of a march from Portland Place by the BBC, forming up at 11am and marching to Whitehall for 1pm.
This Carnival event consists of NEU members meeting up near Speakers Corner, Hyde Park at 11am then marching at midday from Park Lane South to Trafalgar Square. Numbers attending currently not known, though a number of NEU members and families are travelling down from around the country to attend.

Women’s Freedom Ride, Marble Arch, Sunday 5 March 11.30am to 1.30pm

The purpose of the Women’s Freedom Ride is to call on London’s Mayor and local boroughs to remove barriers to women cycling in London.
This will be a led and marshalled bike ride rather than a procession. The route will go from Marble Arch to Hyde Park (Broadwalk), Hyde Park Corner, Constitution Hill, Birdcage Walk, Great George Street, Bridge Street, Westminster Bridge, Belvedere Road, Waterloo Bridge, Lancaster Place, The Strand, The Mall, Constitution Hill, Hyde Park Corner, Broadwalk in Hyde Park, finishing back at Marble Arch.
Attendance is currently estimated as between high hundreds to low thousands. This event will not be policed and the route may change at short notice.

Counter KJK/Posie Parker Protest, 26 February 11am onwards

A counter-protest to prominent women’s rights campaigner Posie Parker will be taking place at 11am from the Joy of Life Fountain, Hyde Park, moving to Reformers Tree, Hyde Park at midday. The protest will include members from the London Anti-Fascist Assembly, with a number of speakers taking part. It could potentially attract both pro-trans and opposing pro-Posie Parker groups. Attendance is estimated to be in the low hundreds.

Stop The War Demonstration and March, 25 February 12-4pm

This demonstration is starting at midday from the BBC Portland Place with the CND leaflet advertising mentioning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, NATO and nuclear war. The expected turnout and route have not been disclosed. Police will be in attendance.

The anniversary of the start of the Ukraine war was 24 February, which could potentially increase numbers.

Russian Democratic Society, 25 February 1pm onwards

There is a solidarity march in support of Ukraine ‘A Year of War, A Year of Pain’, meeting at Marble Arch. The group will head off around 1pm and proceed to the Russian Embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens. The expected turnout and route have not been disclosed, but the march will likely be down Park Lane so some traffic disruption and congestion are likely.

The anniversary of the start of the Ukraine war was 24 February, which could potentially increase numbers.

Winter Run, Sunday 5 February 2023

The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run will return to central London on Sunday 5 February. While it doesn’t impact the Marble Arch BID district, central London roads and public transport may be busier due to closures and restrictions associated with the event.

 

Stop The Arms Dealers Dinner protest, Park Lane, 31 January 2023 

Campaign Against the Arms Trade and Stop the Arms Fair have organised protests to take place outside the Aerospace, Defence and Security Industry annual dinner on Park Lane. These protests are opposed to the production and use of UK-made arms, with the organisers referencing the alleged use of UK made weapons in Yemen, Turkey and Palestine. Expected turnout at this protest is expected to be low, with attendees likely to have placards and banners, as they have at previous such protests with timings to be from approx. 6pm to 11pm. Police will be in attendance.

National Right to Strike Protest Day, 1 February 2023

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for a national day of protests against the Public Order Bill.
The day of protest has been organised by the TUC with every group and also members of the general public asked to protest and show support for the unions currently striking.
The protest has been organised against current working conditions and the Public Order Bill. This bill, which was introduced to Parliament on Monday, means unions that are representing key workers would have to agree to minimum levels of service if their members go on strike, something which the group allege is against their rights to strike.
It is probable there will be disruption to traffic and movement on local roads and routes on the day of the protest. The expected turnout and potential disruption/locations is not known at this time.

XR Film Projection, London, 13 January 2023

Extinction Rebellion (XR) has announced a film will be projected onto a “building in central London” between 6 and 7pm tomorrow. Moderate levels of disruption may occur if XR activists scale high-profile sites to show their message. Planned location currently unknown.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) 100 Days Campaign

11 January 2023 marked the start of the XR 100 Days Campaign (100 days until their next major campaign in April). As part of this, XR protestors formed a human chain on Westminster Bridge & conducted a banner drop. This campaign is expected to be mainly outreach events and other visible displays with a possibility of isolated, low-impact events occurring during this period.

Voice of Iran, Marble Arch to Trafalgar Square, Sunday 8 January, approx. 12-5pm 

There is a planned march taking place on Sunday 8 January by The Voice of Iran.
The group are due to form up on Park Lane to the south of Marble Arch at approximately midday before moving off at 12.45pm, heading to Trafalgar Square along the route provided on the attached map. The rally in Trafalgar Square will finish around 5pm. Estimated numbers attending are currently unknown and police will be in attendance.
There are no road closures planned for the route however the need for spontaneous closures may occur as the march progresses, which may result in some short-term disruption to traffic.

XR Banner Drop, London, 11 January

Extinction Rebellion (XR) have announced they will be involved in a “huge banner drop at an iconic London location”. The banner drop reportedly involves a 23m wide and 3m high banner. Previous XR banners included an “End Fossil Fuels Now” message which was hung from Tower Bridge on 8 April 2022, though no details have been released for the intended location for this latest planned banner drop on the 11 January.

Street Team Christmas Hours

The Marble Arch Street Team are working amended hours from 24 December to 31 December and can be reached on 07825 750777 / 07852 566122. Remember, in an emergency or if a crime is in progress, please dial 999.

  • Friday 23 December: 8am-midnight
  • Saturday 24 December: 8am-9pm
  • Sunday 25 December: No patrols          
  • Monday 26 December: No patrols          
  • Tuesday 27 December: 8am-10pm
  • Wednesday 28 December 8am-10pm
  • Thursday 29 December: 8am-10pm
  • Friday 30 December: 8am-midnight
  • Saturday 31 December: 8am-10pm
  • Sunday 1 January: No patrols

As always, please remind staff to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity by dialling 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency). You can follow @MetPoliceEvents on Twitter for the latest updates on all events.

New Year's Day Parade 2023

London’s New Year’s Day Parade is a free public parade featuring approximately 8,000 participants and an estimated 500,000 spectators attending throughout the day.

The event will take place from 12-3.30pm on 1 January 2023 from Piccadilly > Regents Street > Pall Mall > Trafalgar Square > Whitehall.

Road Closures

Some roads will be closed prior to, during and immediately after the event. These closures will be minimised to reduce disruption. Access for emergency services and statutory works will be maintained. There are no pedestrian restrictions and access to your home or place of work will not be impeded.

There will be a large number of people coming into the area to enjoy the parade. If you are travelling on New Year’s Day, please plan your journey and leave additional time for travel. If you are travelling via public transport, please check the TfL website before setting off.

If you have any questions about the New Year’s Day Parade, please email info@LNYDP.com.

New Year's Eve Celebrations 2023

The Mayor’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations will be returning to the London Eye in 2022, after a three year break due to the pandemic. The event format and footprint is very similar to the last time the event was held in 2019.

The event includes an 11-minute fireworks display to celebrate the marking of midnight. It is a ticketed event with a capacity of approximately 103,000, with ticketed areas in Westminster located on Victoria Embankment, Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge. The event footprint also includes Parliament Square, Whitehall, Northumberland Avenue, Whitehall Place and Whitehall Court.

Please note that viewing the fireworks will not be possible without a ticket, or a business/resident wristband.

Road Closures
Significant road closures will be in place to facilitate the increased footfall across the West End expected on New Year’s Eve. Closures will be implemented in phases, starting at 2pm. The 8pm road closures are implemented and managed by the Police. There will be protective measures located in the streets adjacent to the ticketed event area only. Horseguards Avenue will be closed to vehicles between Victoria Embankment and Whitehall Court from 7am on 27 December until 5pm on 2 January.

Pedestrian Restrictions
There will be pedestrian restrictions in place within the event area, starting from midday on Saturday 31 December, as well as road closures across the West End. Pedestrian access will be restricted within the grey area on the below map. Information on the road closure footprint and timings is also included on the map.

Residents and Business Information

If your home, business, or place of work is within the event area, you will be facilitated access. Please contact the Event Organisers to arrange for a wristband to provide access if you are within this area by contacting: NYE@identitygroup.co.uk
You can find further information specific for residents and businesses on the GLA’s event webpage.

Extensive parking suspensions will be in place across Westminster. Please check parking suspension signs on street. Not all resident bays are suspended – if you park in an available parking bay within the road closure area you will not be able to drive out until the road closures are lifted.

Further Information is provided on both the GLA’s event webpage and the Council’s website

West End Footprint
Central London is expected to be busy with visitors attending both the fireworks event and other hospitality in the West End. Due to the expected footfall, the police road closure footprint is extensive and is the same footprint as in 2019.

TfL will be offering an enhanced underground service overnight, however they are unable to offer free travel on New Year’s Eve. Information on services is available on the TfL website. Public transport is expected to also be impacted by industrial action and engineering works, so it is advisable to check your journey before you travel. From 11.30pm London Underground stations close to the Fireworks event will be busy and will close, become exit only or interchange only. Westminster station will close at 9.30pm until crowds have dispersed after the event.

FIFA World Cup, Wednesday 14 December, 7pm onwards

Tonight sees the last of the World Cup semi-final matches involving France playing Morocco with a start time of 7pm. As we have seen twice recently following previous matches, impromptu fan activity is again likely. The Metropolitan Police have today issued the following statement:
We expect central London venues to be busy this evening. Officers will be out and about to keep everyone safe and respond to any incidents. Our officers will be highly visible as they work to prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. We’ll be firm but fair in our approach and whether you are celebrating or commiserating, we’d encourage fans to do so responsibly.

Antivax Outreach March, Speakers’ Corner, Saturday 17 December, 1pm onwards

Full details not released and likely attendance unknown, though social media shows Jab Justice Rally and Outreach March, with route listed as Speakers’ Corner, Marble Arch Tube, Oxford Street and BBC (assumed to mean Portland Place).

Network Rail strikes - December 2022 and January 2023

Strikes will affect national rail services nationwide. Most TfL services will continue to run. However, there will be some disruption where track is operated by Network Rail.

Strikes are planned on:

  • Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December 2022
  • Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December 2022
  • Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 January 2023
  • Friday 6 and Saturday 7 January 2023

On strike days there will be disruption on parts of the District and Bakerloo lines, as well as on the London Overground and Elizabeth line.

On the days after strikes, expect disruption on services affected by strikes until late morning.

From Friday 23 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023, there are planned works and service changes for the Christmas and New Year period.

There is also a part-closure on the Bakeloo line and London Overground from Saturday 17 to Friday 23 December 2022.

FIFA World Cup, Saturday 10 December, 3pm onwards

As the World Cup reaches the Quarter Finals, impromptu fan activity across central London as we saw on Wednesday night are likely, with the next Morocco match scheduled for 3pm Saturday 10 December and the next England match at 7pm on the same day.

Myanmar Candlelight Vigil, Thursday 8 December, 8pm onwards

Organiser describes as a ‘peaceful candlelight vigil at Marble Arch Square’. Police estimate for attendance is 50-75 and will not be policed.

Apareco Rwandan Embassy Demonstration, Friday 2 December, 10am-5pm

Demonstration organised by Apareco to ‘protest the killings of Congolese by Rwanda in the Democratic republic of East Congo’ and being held at the High Commission of Rwanda, Seymour Place. Police estimate for attendance is approximately 100 and police will be in attendance.

PTI UK Demonstration, Wednesday 30 November, midday – 7pm

Protest organised by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, a Pakistani political party. The demonstration will take place at Avenfield House, Dunraven St – numbers currently expected c.300 and police will be in attendance.

Just Stop Oil, Monday 28 November to Monday 19 December

This has not yet been officially confirmed by JSO, though the Activist Event Planning Website, Action Network.Org has released a protest sign-up page detailing a potential Just Stop Oil (JSO) action. The event page, titled ‘Roundabouts – November/December’, is sponsored by JSO. Based on previous activity, it is likely that actions will consist of blockades of multiple inner-city roundabouts, though no locations currently listed. Previous JSO actions have caused significant levels of transport disruption across central London.

Afghanistan Demonstration, Sunday 27 November, 11.30am onwards

Demonstration organised by Action for Afghanistan regarding the ongoing humanitarian crisis within the country. Attendees are reportedly meeting at Marble Arch and then marching to Richmond Terrace, SW1A – route currently unknown. Initial police estimate for attendance is approximately 1,000 and police will be in attendance.

Tiger Force London Demonstration, Sunday 20 November 2pm onwards

This protest will take place at Avenfield House, Dunraven St – low numbers currently expected and police will be in attendance.

Official Voice Anti Vaccination Protest, Saturday 19 November 1pm onwards

Official Voice have advertised an anti-vax protest event gathering at Speakers’ Corner at 1pm. Although not specified by organisers, this is likely to be a marching event. Attendees are asked to bring flyers and pamphlets, unspecified masks and to prepare for ‘something different’. Current expected turnout unknown but believed to be low numbers. It is also unspecified whether this action is part of the Worldwide Rally for Freedom also held in London at the same time or an independent action.

Worldwide Rally for Freedom, Saturday 19 November 1pm onwards

A Worldwide Rally for Freedom event has been scheduled to take place in central London, gathering at 1pm at an as-yet unannounced location. Although mainly an anti-vaccination and conspiracy theory group, this event is hoping to maximise turnout by focusing on the Cost of Living crisis. This event is likely to involve a march, although a route has not yet been released by organisers. Two potential locations are shown for this, the first being Trafalgar Square with the second being a march on Oxford Street with no starting point given. Current expected turnout unknown and police will be in attendance.

Fossil Free London Demo, Thursday 17 November 9.30am

No further details have been released.

XR No More Greenwashing Protest, Thursday 17 November 5.30pm

Meeting at St Vincents House WC2H 7HH before moving onto another unknown location(s).

XR Money Rebellion / Better Without Barclays protest, Monday 14 November

Part of a nationwide protest at various Barclays locations. Main XR Money Rebellion protest listed as within Zone 1 from 3pm and currently highlighted as meeting around the Parliament Square area.

Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, Saturday 12 November

There will be closures in the immediate environs of Royal Albert Hall, from 7am on 12 November until 1am 13 November, please see map below. This event is organised by the Royal British Legion.

COP27 Day of Action, Saturday 12 November 10-5pm

Climate change protests are taking place across the UK with currently the only named London location as The Shell Centre, SE1 7PE with a march from this location to Trafalgar Square. Other central London locations may be targeted. This ‘day of action’ is focused on the 2022 UN Climate Change conference with the group’s aim being to encourage tackling climate injustice and achieve real systems change. Expected numbers low to mid hundreds.

Whitehall and Horse Guards Avenue, Friday 11 to Sunday 13 November

Rolling closures taking place in Whitehall between Friday 11 and Sunday 13 November.

On Sunday 13 November road closures will be in place from 3am. During this period NO vehicles will be allowed to move within the restricted zones, this includes deliveries. Pushbikes are to be walked within the restricted zones

Just Stop Oil, Saturday 5 November until mid-November

Just Stop Oil are expected to recommence protests across central London on Saturday 5 November and remain ongoing until mid-November. To date this has included sit-down protests on key roads and spray painting/criminal damage to business premises. The campaign focuses heavily on Westminster and significant disruptions to road transport networks throughout Central London are highly likely.

Whilst there is no specific intelligence to suggest any particular venue is at risk, previous tactics, as you may have seen recently in the media, have included but not limited to: Use of adhesives/glue, lock-on devices, climbing/scaling, banner drops, roadblocks, swarming/rushing, theatrical-style street protest, naked protest, mass email/telephone volumes (denial of service) graffiti/criminal damage.

XR Save the Swift March, Saturday 5 November 12-3pm

Protest march from Speakers Corner > Downing Street (expected via Park Lane) organised by Extinction Rebellion about the survival of the swift. About 200 people are expected to attend and the march will be policed.

Million Mask March, Saturday 5 November, 4pm-midnight

The main protest is due to start in Trafalgar Square at 6pm. Estimated numbers and other locations are unknown, however in previous years some elements have moved into the West End later in the evening. A policing plan is in place.

Tube and national rail strikes, 5-10 November
  • Saturday 5, Monday 7, Wednesday 9 November: Strikes on national rail will affect London Overground, some Tube and Elizabeth line services.
  • Thursday 10 November: Strikes will affect Tube, London Overground, and Elizabeth line services.
  • Friday 11 November: Disruption will continue in the morning.

What to do

On national rail strike days: Saturday 5, Monday 7 and Wednesday 9 November

  • Only travel on national rail services if absolutely necessary
  • Complete your journey on affected TfL services by 5pm
  • Plan ahead and check your travel

On Thursday 10 November (Tube strike)

  • Avoid travelling on London Underground
  • Plan ahead and check your travel

On all days

  • Allow more time for your journey
  • If you’re traveling to an event in London, check with your event organiser and plan your journeys in advance
  • Consider walking or cycling part of your journey

Sign up for TfL Travel Alerts here or check travel status here.

Overseas Pakistanis Stand with Imran Khan protest, Saturday 3 November 6pm

Protest at Avenfield House, Dunraven Street W1K 7FG, outside Nawaz Sharif’s residence.

Just Stop Oil, ongoing until mid-November

It is assessed as highly likely that Just Stop Oil will conduct sit-down road blockades on bridges that cross the River Thames. The campaign will focus heavily on Westminster and significant disruptions to road transport networks throughout Central London are highly likely. The action forms part an opening wave of Just Stop Oil protests, scheduled to take place across the UK until 10 November. Just Stop Oil have stated they are prepared for 3,000 volunteers to each be arrested twice during the campaign.

Online Briefing for BID Members, Wednesday 26 October 10-11am

We are seeing increasing numbers of cycle and e-bike enabled phones snatches in the BID area, particularly in the southern part of the district. We have organised a briefing for our members on this growing crime, in which you will hear from colleagues at Safer Business Network and the Metropolitan Police the tactics being used by offenders, and how to keep yourself, colleagues, customers and guests aware and safe. To book a place please email training@marble-arch.london

National Rejoin March, Saturday 22 October 12-4.30pm

Large march by a coalition of groups calling for the UK to rejoin the EU. Protesters will meet on Park Lane, opposite the Dorchester Hotel at 12pm. 50,000 people are expected to attend. This march  is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Jeff Wyatt memorial, Saturday 22 October 1-2pm

Vigil at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park for Jeff Wyatt, an anti-vaxer who died recently. This memorial is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Extinction Rebellion Weekend of Resistance, Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 October

No further details have been released.

14 October: Action at Downing Street

Mass participation act of civil disobedience outside Downing Street/Whitehall, focused on the cost of living and climate crises. Protestors will meet at Trafalgar Square at 12pm before moving to Downing Street. They plan to stay there until 6pm.

15 October: Festival of resistance

Between 11am-5pm XR will conduct outreach and mobilisation outside the Tate Modern. From 5pm protestors will head across central London to conduct a visually disruptive ‘Paint the Streets Special’.  Primary activities will involve replacing tube carriage and bus stop adverts with XR posters. It is likely that the focus of this phase will be the underground and bus stops, although we could realistically expect some larger billboard style advertising hoardings to be targeted in prominent areas. Likely that protestors will be travelling on the underground, so potentially bus stops and hoardings in vicinity of tube stations are at particular risk.

16 October: Reclaim Our Future March

Meeting at Reformers’ Tree in Hyde Park from 10.30am before marching to Parliament Square at 12pm. Significantly, the start point of the march has moved from Marble Arch to the Reformer’s tree in Hyde Park, the destination being Parliament Square. It cannot be ruled out that they could exit Hyde Park into Marble Arch and head East along Oxford Street and then South along Regent Street.

Just Stop Oil Protests, Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 October 2022

Protesters are likely to block roads across Westminster. Previously smaller groups of protesters have conducted unplanned direct action towards various sites.

Royal Parks Half Marathon, Sunday 9 October from 7.30am

The Royal Parks Half Marathon will start and finish in Hyde Park. The event opens at 7.30am, and the half marathon begins at 9am. Road closures and localised disruption are to be expected during the event. Please see the below map for the route details.

Dawat e Islami procession, Saturday 8 October 11am – 12.30pm

Religious group procession from Victoria Embankment > Hyde Park Corner. 500 people are expected to attend and the march will be policed.

National rail strikes, Saturday 1, Wednesday 5 and Saturday 8 October

There will be some disruption to London Overground, Tube and Elizabeth line services. Disruption to services will continue into the following morning. Find out more here.

London Marathon, Sunday 2 October from 8.30am

The TCS London Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 2 October and will likely run for the majority of the day. The marathon will take place throughout central London including areas such as Westminster, City of London and Canary Wharf. Around 40,000 runners are participating.

Just Stop Oil Protest, from Saturday 1 October 11am – Monday 3 October

Climate campaign group Just Stop Oil have requested for protesters to meet from 11am at a number of meeting points including Euston, Paddington and Waterloo train Stations and other points across London before marching to Westminster. Estimated attendance numbers is currently unknown, however organisers estimate thousands are expected to participate. The march routes are currently unknown.

Protesters will disrupt Central London by staging sit-down protests and people’s assemblies on roads and bridges. The following day, Sunday 2 October, protesters will return to Westminster to collectively block various roads in Westminster.

From Monday 3 October, Just Stop Oil protesters will meet at Downing Street (Whitehall End) at 11am daily before occupying Westminster for a prolonged period of time. Protesters will split into small regional teams before blocking roads across Westminster.

Previously smaller groups of protesters have conducted unplanned direct action towards various sites such as petrol stations and the headquarters of energy companies across the UK. They are also known to disrupt national and televised events, and there may be a possibility that the Mini London Marathon on Saturday 1 October and the London Marathon on Sunday 2 October may be targeted.

London Mini Marathon, Saturday 1 October, 10am – 3pm

The mass participation event in the capital will give all children and young people from Reception to Year 12 a chance to cross the iconic TCS London Marathon Finish Line. 5,000 runners between the ages of 11 and 17 are expected to participate.

Anti-immigration march, Saturday 24 September 12-2pm

The police have informed us of a planned march taking place on Saturday 24 September by the ‘Patriots of Brittan’, marching for Stop the Invasion, an anti-immigration march. The march will start at Parliament Square and move off for 12.30pm. They will move to Buckingham Palace via an unknown route whereby 2 minutes silence will take place. The group will then move to the Home Office, Marsham Street and complete in Hyde Park – again via an unknown route. Speeches will be held at either the start or finish of the event which is expected to complete for 2pm. Estimated numbers are currently around 500, however there is a proportionate policing plan. There is the potential for disruption in the area of the Government Security Zone (GSZ).

Nigeria Diaspora Association march, Saturday 24 September 12-3pm

March from Marble Arch > Kensington High Street organised by the Nigeria Diaspora Association. Around 100 people are expected to attend. This protest is not being policed at present but the police are aware of this event.

Phone Snatches 

We are seeing continuing cycle and e-bike enabled phones snatches outside various locations in the BID area. We previously, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police, organised and ran a briefing for our members on this type of crime, which included the tactics being used by offenders, and how to keep yourself, colleagues, and customers safe. Please visit this link to view our guidance.