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April Fool's road closures
1.04.09 by Buffalo Bill

As you may know, there are a number of world leaders in London today, and with them will come a number of different protests, happening in the West End and the City.

The leaders themselves will be at Excel, out on the old docks by Canning Town, so if you are unlucky enough to get a job with an E16 postcode, you could well be in for a long ride. In general, anyone going into the general area of the protests can expect to be stopped and questioned, and if you want to avoid hassle, it might be worth carrying some company ID. On the other hand, you might think that it’s all a bit of fun, and just take your chances.

According to BBC London, the following areas are likely to be affected:

In the City
There are four planned marches starting on Wednesday at 1100 BST, at points across The City. Beginning at Moorgate, Liverpool St, Cannon St and London Bridge stations, the marches are scheduled to converge on the Bank of England by noon.

Exact details are still to be confirmed, but you can expect road closures along the march routes, with roads surrounding the Bank junction also likely to be closed because of large crowds.

In the West End
On Wednesday afternoon a march and rally is scheduled to start on Grosvenor Square at 14.45 BST heading for Trafalgar Square.

Carlos Place, Berkeley Square ( North side), Bruton Street, Conduit St (eastbound), Regent Street (northbound), Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Haymarket and Pall Mall East will all shut until around 1800 BST.

More on the road closures from the BBC here. Met Police (who are in charge of the West End road closures) advice here.

City of London police advice (which includes the counsel ‘cancel deliveries’) here.

More on the protests here.

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