By Stephen M. Silverman And Lindsey Whistler
Updated July 02, 2003 11:35 AM

Tuesday night’s scene at the London premiere of “Charlie’s Angels II: Full Throttle” was remarkably quieter than Monday’s events at the Paris premiere, where some 300 French film and theater extras, on the second day of a nationwide work strike, broke through barricades to stage a sit-down protest, forcing the Angels to sneak in through a side door to avoid any confrontation, reports PEOPLE’s London bureau.

Fearing a similar scene at the English opening, a spokesman from the Scotland Yard Press Office told PEOPLE: “We don’t like to talk about numbers, but we had a sufficient number of officers on site to deal with any eventuality”.

Not that this was necessary. The London crowd was fairly angelic – for which the fans were rewarded by an appearance by the movie’s Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, who were cheered as they stepped from their individual black Range Rovers onto a bright pink carpet (rather than the usual red one).

Others in attendance at the premiere included Kirsten Dunst, Beyonce Knowles and Sir Michael Caine.

Liu, 34, wore diaphanous royal blue Emmanuel Ungaro dress, while Diaz, 30, opted for a stunning strapless black silk and gold lace Vivienne Westwood gown, topped with her trademark turquoise fedora.

But Barrymore, 28, who also executive produced the flick (which has drawn so-so reviews), wore a more low-key outfit, wearing a black satin suit by Alexander McQueen and interesting white make-up that caused people to stare.

The star trio were showered with bubbles and shaded by palm trees as they spent 30 minutes signing autographs and having their pictures taken.

Once inside the theater, Barrymore and Liu remarked upon the kindness and enthusiasm of the British fans.

Although Diaz reportedly turned on her heels and refused to answer press questions about whether or not the rumors are true that she is dating Justin Timberlake, she did gush: “This is my first London premiere, and I just love it.”

Obviously a far cry from Paris.