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The tradition of decorating Regent Street with Christmas lights began in 1954 after the Daily Telegraph reported that London looked 'drab' at Christmas. The designs became more elaborate each year until the cost of creating the spectacle became prohibitive. There were no lights for seven years from 1971. The Christmas lights were reintroduced in 1978 with financial support from the retailers in Regent Street and commercial sponsors.
© Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London