Saturday, July 20News For London

London’s Columbia Road Carols Cancelled Amidst Safety Concerns

Weekly carols happen every Wednesday of December

St. Peter’s Church in Bethnal Green, located in east London, are cancelling its highly anticipated Christmas carol events due to a sudden viral surge on TikTok that led to an overwhelming crowd of over 10,000 attendees.

The annual carol service, which has been a tradition for over two decades, was halted abruptly due to safety concerns after the December 6th event. The area was dangerously overcrowded, leading to the cancellation of the event.

Normally, the Wednesday sing-alongs at the church would attract a modest crowd of around 200.

However, this year’s event became a significant threat to public safety due to the overwhelming turnout.

In collaboration with local authorities and the police, the decision was made to cancel the remaining services, for the concerns of public safety.

Despite the cancellation of the Christmas carol events, Columbia Road, which is well-known for its flower market and popular among social media influencers is still vibrant with visitors.


St. Peter’s Church has made this decision to prioritize community safety and hopes that the vibrant street can continue to thrive during the festive season.

Our Reporters Somya and Aviral have the report –