Luxury retailer Fortnum & Mason was one of many West End shops attacked by protesters during Saturday’s anti-spending cuts march in London.
Anti-tax avoidance group UK Uncut organised a 1,000 people strong sit-in at Fortnum & Mason as it claimed its owners Associated British Foods dodge taxes.
However, the protest escalated into violence with people smashing windows, damaging products and daubing its famous Piccadilly façade with graffiti.
Topshop’s flagship store in Oxford Circus was attacked with paint and missiles were thrown at the store, cracking several windows and reportedly hitting shoppers.
Retailers are expected to lose at least £5m in sales, Westminster City Council cabinet member for business Brian Connell told The Sunday Telegraph. The cost of damage to property is yet to be estimated.