Cllr Rachael Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council, said:
“On every level this is devastating: for our residents, for families who will now miss Christmas, for those young people who can’t leave, for those businesses now staring into the abyss after having had a last gasp at pre-Christmas sales snatched from them.
“The shock waves of this are going to jolt through every part of Westminster. This is an absolute tragedy for everyone who had worked so hard to revitalise our West End and fan the embers of recovery for our City. But this is now a pan-London emergency and I am talking to central and local Government leaders as part of our coordinated response. Westminster City Council’s priority is to help our residents and businesses get through the immediate impact and what faces us over the coming weeks."