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Mamma Mia! Power cut in theatreland leaves punters in the dark

Bars and pubs lit candles to keep drinkers illuminated while engineers fixed the problem.

A power cut temporarily plunged London’s busy West End into darkness.

The power cut struck on Sunday at about 6pm in the heart of London, including Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus, according to UK Power Networks, which maintains electricity cables and lines across London.

A spokesman apologised for the power cut, adding: “We have got staff currently on site to restore supplies.

“There are approximately 150 customers that are impacted. We are working as quickly as possible to restore supplies.”

A handful of businesses appeared to be affected along Old Compton Street, W1.

The steady stream of cars, taxis and rickshaws meant the blackout did not have too much of an impact on the capital’s busy West End, with pubs and bars using candles to keep punters illuminated.

Power was restored to many after about three hours.

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