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London stores braced for Boxing Day chaos

Stores in the capital are braced for chaos today as the Boxing Day sales begin.

Harrods is just one of the stores expecting to be overwhelmed with Boxing Day shoppers Credit: Credit: Reuters

Harrods is expecting so many shoppers to turn up that it is providing hot chocolate and entertainment outside to queueing customers from 9am, an hour before it opens its doors. In previous years shoppers have queued from 5am to try and get their hands on cut price designer goods.

The West End is expected to be one of the busiest shopping destinations in the country - with around 800,000 shoppers hitting the area on Boxing Day last year.

Late Christmas shopping: Hotels report high occupancy rates

“The rain may have deterred some shoppers on Saturday, but retailers across the West End reported queues forming as early as 9am on Sunday as eager shoppers gathered to snap up the hundreds of promotions on offer.

Best sellers so far include treats for pets, interactive toys and novelty foods.

With reports of a cold blast due and a possible white Christmas, sales for winter warmers from jumpers to ‘ultra-down’ jackets are doing particularly well.

West End hotels are reporting strong occupancy rates with both international and domestic visitors making a weekend of their shopping trip.”

– Sally Eden, Head of Communications at New West End Company

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Shopping influx expected in the West End

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Thousands of shoppers in London's West End braved the rainy weather on Oxford Street this Saturday. Credit: Reuters

The West End is set to see an influx of shoppers eager to do some last minute shopping today.

Last year around 400,000 customers hit the area's shops in the last few days before Christmas, but businesses expect more this year due to the weekend's poor weather.

West End stars come together for festive charity concert

Stars of the London stage will come together this afternoon for carol singing and festive merry-making in support of this year's Lord Mayor of Westminster's charity, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.

The carol singing will be led by the West End Gospel Choir, a collective of musical theatre singers who will perform a selection of festive songs.

There will be a live performance from the cast of hit musical Let It Be as well as special appearances from family shows The Snowman and Dinosaur Zoo.

The show kicks off in Leicester Square at 4pm.

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'Spamalot' royalties decision due

West End musical 'Spamalot' has been the source of a bitter court dispute between 3 Monty Python stars and a film producer.

Today, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Jones will learn if their attempt to deny producer Mark Forstater royalties from the Monty Python spin off show has been successful.

Performers in the 'Spamalot' show Credit: Reuters

Mark Forstater, who produced the 1975 film 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail', claims he is owed a greater share of profits from the popular London show, but the Python stars say he was not as involved in the writing process as he claims.

The case began in November and Judge Mr Justice Norris is scheduled to deliver his decision today.

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