Baffled shoppers were treated to hula-hoopers, acrobats and jugglers all afternoon, culminating in an aerial performance across Piccadilly at sunset.
The transformation from tourist trap to surrealist carnival was part of the London 2012 Festival.
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt was spotted trying to forget the coalition’s troubles among the revellers, and Boris Johnson also popped along – sadly stopping short of playing the clown on the tightropes and zipwires streaming across the West End streets.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who bid for the City Wenlock mascot that’s been auctioned over the past two weeks on behalf of the Mayor’s Fund for London.
Bidding officially closed on Friday at an incredibly impressive £16,814, net proceeds of which will go to supporting programmes across the capital that help disadvantaged young people and their families discover routes into work.
But if you missed out on the pinstriped gent, don’t worry, as there are plenty more pieces of Olympic history waiting to be snapped up as part of the ongoing auction. So make sure you visit http://l2012.cm/O3r5hn