A power cut that plunged parts of central London into darkness gave a whole new meaning to “Black Friday”.
The cut, which started at 5.16pm, hit Soho, which was packed with tourists, shoppers and people enjoying the area’s bars and restaurants.
Some West End plays, including Aladdin, Jersey Boys, Thriller Live, the Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time and Les Miserables were cancelled, with theatres offering refunds.
Lauren Tucker, whose sister and mother were planning on seeing Les Mis this evening after travelling into London from Bath and Bristol, said “The tickets, which cost £318 for six tickets, so £52 each, were birthday presents and they are unsure whether they can travel back up to watch the show. They were purchased direct with the venue who will refund the tickets, but we assume no compensation is going to be provided in terms of hotel and travel,” she said.
The lights were back on at 9pm and other shows including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child were able to go ahead with a delayed start.
UK Power Network have revealed that the disruption was due to a faulty piece of equipment on their underground electricity network.
A spokesperson said: “All power supplies were restored by 9pm. We apologise for the impact this incident caused and for the inconvenience.” The company had earlier said that 2,300 properties were affected.
Thames Water also tweeted that water supplies could be affected in blocks of flats.