Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

When in London, Do as the Romans Do ... Party!

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

When in London, Do as the Romans Do ... Party!

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Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA;VALENTINE LOW

IT LOOKS like London but it feels like Rome. These are the astonishing scenes in the capital - ours, not theirs - as Italians brought the city to a standstill after their World Cup victory over France.

Streets turned into a sea of red, white and green as thousands celebrated long into the night. Were they happy? Were they noisy? Well, they are Italians - and for several hours virtually the only sound one could hear in the West End was a deafening cacophony of whistles and klaxons.

The heart of the action was outside Bar Italia in Soho, where 3,000 people gathered to listen to the Italian commentary broadcast outside. They cheered, banged drums and chanted "Ole! Ole! Ole!" and "Forza Azzurri!" That was nothing to the racket they made when Italy slotted home the final goal in the penalty shootout.

Suddenly Italians were everywhere.

Thousands poured out of pubs and bars from Trafalgar Square to Piccadilly Circus. …

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