Hamish Mansbridge, chief executive of Heal’s whose iconic store is on London’s Tottenham Court Road, said policies including the London mayor’s Ulez policy were actively stopping domestic tourists from coming into the UK capital.

The ultra-low emissions zone currently covers the central London boroughs, and charges drivers whose vehicles are deemed too old and polluting. It is due to be expanded to all 32 London boroughs in August.

Mr Mansbridge said West End stores were struggling to get shoppers in amid a wave of policy moves designed to put people off travelling into London.

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