Snow chaos hits Christmas shoppers
Shoppers had mixed fortunes as the snow forced many to abandon their trips, while others managed to pick up bargains on the last Saturday before Christmas.
Brent Cross shopping centre in North London was forced to close as the capital was battered by wintry showers.
A statement on its website read: "Due to adverse weather the centre is now closed. At the moment we hope to open the centre tomorrow."
Elsewhere in London, however, bargain hunters flocked to the West End, where shops remained open.
Jace Tyrrell, from the New West End Company which represents retailers in Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street, said a good service on the London Underground and buses allowed shoppers to venture into the capital.
He said: "Although footfall was slightly down on forecasts the shoppers that braved the icy conditions were spending.
"Many retailers have reported sales up on last year with jewellery selling fast and technology strong in particular the 'must have' items for this Christmas, 3D TVs and the Apple iPads."
Despite severe weather warnings of heavy snow and widespread icy roads in London and the South East, shoppers wrapped up warm and donned snow boots.
Mr Tyrrell added: "With only five full days left of trading, those shoppers that stayed away today are expected to venture out tomorrow with the weather improving.
"With many online deliveries not guaranteed now for Christmas, shoppers have no real choice but to visit the high street and complete their Christmas shopping lists."