Bert Jansch played on this as an afterthought after McTell had recorded the Scottish folk singer performing the carol "In The Bleak Midwinter
" earlier in the day. McTell recalled to Uncut
magazine, January 2013: "It's funny how things work out. The plan was to make a Christmas single for Bert, but I ended up having the festive hit. Bert was very humble, though, he always told me he made more money from 'London' than almost any of his own records."
Interestingly, during an interview with NME
October 18, 1975, Bert Jansch praised McTell's Streets…
album but was scathing about this song saying it was "so obvious" adding it had "no mystery about it."