The Carnaby Street Arch Has Had A Wild New Makeover

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Carnaby Street has some exotic new residents.

Carnaby Street’s Christmas carnival may have come and gone, but it isn’t the last of the wildlife you’ll see in central London. The Soho street has unveiled a zoological tribute to animals around the globe, with their luminous sign featuring polar bears, turtles, and elephants. It’s all to celebrate WWF’s (that’s the World Wildlife Fund, not the wrestlers) Earth Hour, which encourages people to save energy and fight climate change and pollution.

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Photo: David Parry/PA Wire

Carnaby Street are doing their bit by turning off all their lights for an hour – from 8:30-9:30pm on March 24th – including the lovely lightbulbs of Ganton Street. Whilst this could easily be considered retail suicide, they’ve come up with some ingenious perks to satisfy shoppers who’ll now be bumbling around in the dark. Fashionistas at The Ragged Priest will be invited to shop by torchlight, whilst Le Bab in Kingly Court will bring the magic with glow-in-the-dark cocktails. There’s also the opportunity for candlelit dining at Dehesa, Whyte & Brown, and Claw, which is romantic as it is energy-saving.

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Ganton Street is just one of the spots going dark for Earth Hour. Photo: @love3travel

The new arch design will be in place until March 27th. We can confidently say it’s the cheapest way to see wildlife in the capital without breaking into London Zoo, which we in no way encourage. “Secret London recommended I do it” is not a valid legal defence, people.

Featured image: David Parry/PA Wire

Alex Landon

Alex Landon

Although Alex spent most of his life in Somerset and Durham, London is (almost) in his name, so he relocated to the capital and fell in love with it. Now going by the moniker 'Secret Landon', you'll find him eating all of London's street food, lost in a bookshop, or shouting at his beloved ice hockey team, the Minnesota Wild.