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and counterterror police have advised that the city skyscrapers
As more skyscrapers are built and planned in this area,
it's felt the only way to protect them all is to create a so-called
ring of steel surrounding this whole area of London at an estimated cost
Bordering Liverpool Street, the Bank of England and down
to Fenchurch Street, the ring will be designed to protect
the eastern city cluster, home to some of the capital's newest
This eastern section of the City of London is especially
of importance insomuch as there are going to be a number
of major landmarks developed and built around this area that
could be of interest and fit those ideals.
The measures include protective concrete walls, rising bollards
London's first ring of steel was a response to IRA bombs
in the Baltic Exchange and Bishopsgate in the early '90s.
So while the protective measures are familiar,
it's hoped these scenes never will be.
Tomorrow is predicted to be the busiest shopping day of the year
when millions of pounds will be spent in the capital's shops
That's why it's been dubbed Super Saturday.
But after a turbulent 12 months it's thought those shoppers will spend
Well, relax, you're in the Merman Lagoon now.
Westfield's latest attraction isn't a store at all,
but an underwater experience complete with boat ride
Today's ONS figures show consumers are still willing to spend,
but shops like this recently opened branch of Charlotte Tilbury
are coming up with creative ways to woo business.
People definitely want to experience things whilst shopping rather
than just transacting, and I think that's where we win
big-time because you come in here and there's so much to do
These destination shopping malls are increasingly attracting people
from their own high streets and further afield...
Some last-minute Christmas presents, we've travelled from Qatar.
Big luxury brands, you wouldn't find on a typical high street,
This wall here takes customers through the journey
So, for example, you have different levels of stitching and quilting.
There's no robots at the Bentley factory, 4,000 people work there.
People sort of like all this, they like to come...
It's not just shopping, it's coming and learning something.
We want people to go away learning maybe an anecdote or something
And, of course, they want you to buy something.
That might just be a key ring or a toy car...
But if you do have a few hundred thousand pounds left
after your spending spree, you could come downstairs here.
This showroom is right underneath Westfield.
You can take one of these for a test drive and still have it
Back in the real world, this data shows the economy
is more reliant than ever on consumer confidence.
I've really cut down this year, absolutely.
Because of the referendum, things like that?
It's just generally you realise your money is not
It's really the household budget that affects how people make
So things like interest rates, if you're paying a little bit more
or less on your mortgage, it'll change how much you have
in your monthly budget to spend and whether or not you've got to do
more for your hours at work because of the state of the economy
and actually wider things like the European referendum,
they do take time to filter through and they'll
have a longer-term impact on the way people feel about their confidence
The pain has been felt more in high streets.
More pound shops, not very nice shops.
I think people don't really try very hard.
Everything is closed there, the shops are shut down.
It seems places on the outskirts of London, like Harrow,
are struggling in the shadow of out-of-town malls.
If you were doing your Christmas shopping, where would you go?
Obviously the internet generally tends to be
cheaper because they do not have the overheads that the high
But there are signs - this family business only
I want them to support the independent retailers
and hopefully we can give them special service as well.
If this has been an up-and-down year, 2017 promises
Time to say good night and wish you a very merry Christmas
Now let me hand you to over to Chris Fawkes with the weather.
Getting mild over the next couple of days. Today we had Barbra. The
centre nearly 900 miles away from London. That is why it was never
that bad. That has cleared through and overnight we will have clearing
skies. Some patchy cloud coming and going but it will be dry everywhere.
We are looking at Lowes getting down to around four, 5 degrees.
Temperatures just above freezing in the countryside. A chill in the air
to start the day on Christmas Eve. Tomorrow there should be plenty of
sunshine around. That is the way the weather will stay as we go one
through the day. A lot of dry weather to come much more such enemy
had today. Temperatures between eight and ten days. What about the
big day? Christmas Day. It will stay mild and temperatures could reach
14, 15. He is down bet that the national picture.
It will be more northern parts of the UK that see the worst of the
weather. Another storm is developing in the Atlantic. This will turn into
Storm Connor. This cloud has wrapped around storm Barbara. It brought
gusty winds in the West. Some localised flooding in Scotland early
on and the strongest winds in the north of Scotland approaching 80
miles an hour. The amber window warning from the Met Office is about
to expire. It