London Back To Life - PHOTOS

Britain today took a large leap out of lockdown today as English shops opened, larger numbers flooded on to public transport as masks became mandatory and secondary schools welcomed students for the first time in more than three months.  

Shoppers desperate to hit the high street formed huge socially distanced queues after dawn today as the majority of stores reopened this morning.

Desperate fashion chains are sitting on as much as £15billion of unsold stock they are keen to shift with the largest queues appearing to be outside Primark in Birmingham, Marble Arch, London, and Doncaster this morning. In Liverpool their store opened 45 minutes early for browsing at 7.15am because hundreds had turned up at one of 153 of their shops opening today. 

Rival stores including Zara, John Lewis and Debenhams have slashed prices by as much as 70 per cent in a bid to lure shoppers back.