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While angels watched o’er Regent Street, there was loads of fun. First the xmas lights were switched on, then pop up stores and fun palaces followed. The angels approved because it was important that people have fun. And so everyone did. These places, with their large and bright windows drew people from afar in their thousands and there was lots of happiness and big smiles all around.

These places were almost all next to each other. Now that their lights have died down and everyone has gone, these windows on Regent Street are dark, perhaps unsure of their future…

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As the angels stood high above Regent Street and gazed down on the hordes of people thronging this very part of London, for a few weeks in November and December 2018 these very windows at 55 Regent Street were full of fun and laughter…

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This was the Google Pixel Curiosity Rooms. People enjoyed this special laundry where the photographic merits of Google’s new smartphone could be tested.

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Anyone could have their photographs taken for free by Google Pixel experts in this crazy Escher like room.

There were several other free photography studios with different themes including Xmas, and everyone got a free photograph as a souvenir of their visit. A slide was provided for laughs. Not forgetting a cafe, lecture rooms, a car wash, and a garden shop – one could spend hours here and have fun or just relax 🙂

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More empty windows – this once was where your Xmas presents were wrapped for free. A free cafe was provided too! And this was the Regent Street Winter Retreat!

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Everyone was welcomed with open arms and invited to sit down, relax and enjoy a hot chocolate, mince pie, even post a card home, to mum, dad, friends, lovers, whatever. Pens, exquisite writing paper, postcards, and posh envelopes were provided. All you had to was put your mail in a special post box and they would soon be on their way – for free!

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Even people merely passing by were offered free mince pies. Or they could venture inside the special pop-up cafe for free hot drinks and a wider selection of delicious Xmas pies.

No doubt the angels approved for they gazed down and made sure everyone was safe, happy, and enjoying the free festivities in Regent Street.

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Another empty window on Regent Street…. Huge crowds once gathered here. Everyone saw the lights and ventured inside of these windows to see what it was all about. It was lights, cameras, and curved mirrors, offering lots of fun for everyone – and once known as Mulberry Lights.

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Mulberry Lights was a special place where people could let their hair down. People posed seriously or perhaps just madly. There were crazy mirrors to help you look your best! Mulberry Lights lasted just four days. Thousands came regardless. There were many prizes to be won for the best photographs taken – as well as a special daily prize of £1,000!

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Most people just played with the lights and pulled faces, laughed, vlogged, wrote down notes and tried to take all sorts of crazy compositions. Even professional models and photographers came in the hope this crazy pop-up light show would work magic wonders for their photography.

All these places are now silent. In these uncertain times it may be quite a while before new retail units occupy these spaces. Of the Curiosity Rooms and the Mulberry Lights venues, no-one knows yet if anyone will take over these spaces and so these remain empty. The Winter Retreat will reopen next year with a few new stores and a new identity but not all the units will be occupied.

Only the angels of Regent Street remain… and as soon as the first week of 2019 arrives they will too be gone….

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