Police were braced for hundreds of thousands of people descending on the capital for what is expected to be one of the largest political marches in British history on Remembrance Day.
Large crowds of people bearing St George’s flags were seen walking along Embankment and shouting “England till I die” shortly after 10am on Saturday.
Clashes broke out as police attempted to stop them from reaching Whitehall but the group pushed through, with some shouting “let’s have them” as officers hit out with batons.
Further clashes with police took place in Chinatown with counter-protesters chanting: “You’re not English anymore” towards officers.
Police managed to disperse the crowd, splitting them into two smaller groups which were seen running in the direction of Piccadilly Circus.
A service took place at the Cenotaph on Whitehall at 11am, which passed off peacefully, and a two-minute silence was observed.