London commuters have been left puzzled by the strange sight of a well-dressed women leading a be-suited man on a leash around the city.
The duo were spotted around walking around Farringdon station, and pictures of them soon began to emerge on social media.
The spectacled woman is nonchalantly carrying a purple handbag, her dark hair plaited down her back.
— Ian Jeffery (@Ian_Jeffery) April 11, 2014
— Richard James (@richjamesuk) April 11, 2014
— Anna Hirtenstein (@ahirtens) April 11, 2014
Her outfit, not one usually associated with "fetish" type activities, was a full length, demure black trousers and a light blouse. She carried a coffee cup casually in one hand.
On the lease, looking less than comfortable, was a man with a pink collar round his neck, dressed in a business shirt and suit trousers.
Many on Twitter speculated that, were the gender roles reversed, the office prank or publicity stunt would have been immediately decried as being in bad taste.
Women photographed eating on tubes - Uproar.
Man being led on a leash by a woman - Fair game.
Make your minds up, Twitter.
— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) April 11, 2014
Taking a moment to imagine uproar if man had been walking woman through Farringdon on a dog leash.
— Heidi Stephens (@heidistephens) April 11, 2014
But most just put it down to London being London.
You know you've lived in London too long when your only reaction to a man being led along on a leash is to roll your eyes and ignore it.
— Ben Meakin (@bnmkn) April 11, 2014