Londoners were able to count their blessings when the capital was placed in Tier 2 at the end of lockdown.
The Prime Minister was apparently advised to impose the tightest restrictions but decided damage to London's economy would be too high.
Less than two weeks later the post-lockdown honeymoon is over - London is going into Tier 3.
The capital is showing an average infection rate of 225 cases per 100,000 people - a sharp rise on a week ago. On average in England there were 134 cases per 100,000 people.
Seven east London boroughs began mass testing of students in secondary schools today in a bid to halt the spread of the virus.
But in another borough, Greenwich, council leaders called on schools to bring forward the start of the Christmas holidays.
The rise in infections is a rapid reversal of fortune for Londoners. When the second wave of Covid-19 hit the UK, the capital appeared to escape the worst affects.
Now London's pubs, bars and restaurants are bracing themselves for the worst imaginable Christmas present: Complete closure.