I was in Stoke Newington, Hackney (London) yesterday evening  and thought how lovely that the council there have left up the Christmas lights (plain silver top to bottom on lamp posts), in Stoke Newington Church Street, and I am told elsewhere too.  I live in Camden (London NW1) and this council is far too mean to consider such a cheering idea meaning our High Street ( Mornington Crescent end) is dark, threatening and miserable.