17 amazing photos show London transformed into a winter wonderland by the ‘Beast from the East’ snowstorm

Members of the Household Cavalry make their way across Horseguards Parade on March 01, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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Members of the Household Cavalry make their way across Horseguards Parade on March 01, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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Britain has been brought to a standstill.

An icy Siberian weather system nicknamed the “Beast from the East” has collided with Storm Emma – plunging the nation into some of its worst winter weather in years.

At least ten people have died, thousands of schools have been closed, and the country is beginning to run low on gas.

But it’s not all bad: The country has turned into a stunning winter wonderland, and even London (where it rarely snows) is no exception. The iconic capital’s landmarks and monuments have been carpeted in thick snow.

London has been momentarily transformed – and it’s beautiful. Here are 17 of the best photos of the city right now.


London’s most iconic landmarks have been covered in a thick blanket of snow.

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Snow falls in Trafalgar Square on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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The pond in Regents Park has frozen solid.

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Elena Rya feeds the birds next to a frozen lake in Regents Park on March 1, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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And the iconic fountains in Trafalgar Square in the centre of the capital are turning to ice.

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The fountains freeze over in Trafalgar Square on March 01, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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Even so, traditions must be respected. The Household Cavalry still marched across the Horseguards Parade grounds on Thursday, despite the snow and sub-zero temperatures.

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Members of the Household Cavalry make their way across Horseguards Parade on March 01, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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Duty calls.

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A guardsman stands on duty in the snow at Horse Guards Parade in London, February 28, 2018.
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And some soccer games have still gone ahead — but in less-than-ideal conditions.

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Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur battles with Andy Cannon and Ian Henderson of Rochdale in the snow during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Replay between Tottenham Hotspur and Rochdale on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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Britain’s National Air Service captured this dramatic photo of the weather front engulfing the city before the snows began.

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Londoners have been forced to dress warmly to ward off the cold — like this stylish racoon coat.

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A man in a Racoon coat walks through St James’s Park in the snow on March 01, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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Brits are being advised against road travel, and hundreds of people have been trapped in their vehicles on motorways overnight. In London, some buses aren’t faring much better.

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London buses drive through a snow flurry in Westminster as snow falls on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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Britain’s parks have been turned into winter wonderlands, full of sledging children …

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A child is pulled along in a sledge on top of a snow-covered hill in Greenwich Park on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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… and the occasional snowboarder.

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A man snowboards down a hill in Greenwich Park after snow fell last night on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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Working in the snow is a thankless task.

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A horse and cart is taken through Westminster during a snow flurry on February 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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Spare a thought, too, for the animals who have to sleep outside — like the deer in Richmond Park.

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Deer clash antlers as snow falls in Richmond Park in London, Britain, February 28, 2018.
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There are not many opportunities for casual sightseeing right now — but determined tourists should be able to get some amazing photos.

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Mounted police officers ride through the snow in front of Admiralty Arch in London, February 28, 2018.
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The icy weather has coincided with the Jewish holiday of Purim, which commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia.

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A Jewish man walks along a snow covered green during the annual Jewish holiday of Purim on March 1, 2018 in London, England.
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The London Underground is swelteringly hot in summer, but that doesn’t mean it has avoided the storm’s chill. Multiple tube lines have had severe delays as a result of the bad weather.

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A pedestrian walks out of the Charing Cross underground station in Trafalgar Square during a snow flurry on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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And it’s not over yet: More snow is forecast for Friday, and continuing icy temperatures means London may not be free of the grip of the ‘Beast’ for some time yet.

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Commuters walk through the snow-covered streets of Westminster on February 28, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
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