Amazon’s ‘contactless’ shops in north London have survived as the internet seller closes branches across the UK.

The major e-commerce retailer has been rolling out its futuristic Amazon Fresh shops, where customers can pick up items and walk out of the store without the need for a till, across the nation.

Instead customers scan a QR code on their way into the shop, with cameras and trackers identifying the items shoppers take from the shelves and walk out with.

However three Amazon Fresh shops have now shut in the UK – the first-ever UK Fresh shop in Ealing Broadway, as well as one in Wandsworth and East Sheen, Richmond.

The Dalston branch also closed earlier this year.

Amazon said that despite the closure, it remains “committed” to its investment in offering groceries – with 17 shops including north London branches in Wembley, Chalk Farm and Upper Street in Angel surviving.

A spokesperson told the BBC: "While we decided to close three Amazon Fresh stores, it doesn't mean we won't grow - this year, we will open new Amazon Fresh stores to better serve customers in the greater London area."

It added it was "committed to our investment in grocery and, as we grow, we'll continue to learn which locations and features resonate most with customers".