Paul McCartney fills Covent Garden with surprise gig

Sir Paul McCartney surprised passers-by with an unannounced free gig in central London today - echoing his famous rooftop gig with The Beatles 44 years ago.

Covent Garden was packed with fans and tourists. Credit: PA

Thousands of people gathered in the cobbled Covent Garden piazza and got a grandstand view from the balcony of the market building opposite.

Sir Paul McCartney played songs from his new album. Credit: PA

Onlookers started gathering at around 11am after they twigged the musician may be playing after spotting one of his flight cases. The truck - forming his makeshift stage - pulled into the square at about 6am, with stacks of speakers set up in front.

Fans filmed much of the concert on their phones. Credit: PA