As the capital descends into pandemonium thanks to the tube strikes, most Londoners have been doing what Londoners do best - complaining.
From minor whinging to whopping hyperbole, commuters have engaged in the Great British pastime of moaning about the disruption caused by today’s shutdown of all London Underground lines.
But among the negativity, some commuters have managed to find a silver lining.
From recognising the benefits of a little fresh air by walking to work to discovering the delights of the often-neglected Thames Clipper, it turns out for some, the strike really isn't that bad.
I was forced to cycle to work this morning and it was bloody lovely 🚴🏼☀️🌳 Thank you #TubeStrike!— David Ivan Goosen (@davidivangoosen) July 9, 2015
Ahhhhh Thames clipper! 85 min wait but once on, it's glorious #TubeStrike— Abigail Rosser (@AbigailRosser) July 9, 2015
Lovely walk from Waterloo to work this morning. London's a beautiful city in the sunshine. Make the most of the #tubestrike— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) July 9, 2015
free boat ride to waterloo, well done to @thamesclippers got me halfway to work and a nice little boat journey. Tube strike ain't all bad— Rachel Burr (@rachlburr) July 9, 2015
#TubeStrike giving me an extra 45 minute walk >>> out in the morning sunshine >>> not such a bad thing !! 🌞🌞— Jarrad Hearman (@_jarrad_) July 9, 2015
A beautiful morning for a walk to the mainline station... Thanks #tubestrike for forcing me to enjoy the sun :)— Lottie Gross (@lortusfleur) July 9, 2015
Many businesses also took a positive approach.
Thames Clippers offered free rides during peak commuting hours, while Fitness First gyms allowed anyone who had worked up a sweat by running, cycling or walking to work to shower for free.
Today’s tube strike is the capital's biggest in 13 years, with every underground line closed from 6.30pm on Wednesday until the end of Thursday.
Around 20,000 members of the RMT, Unite, TSSA and Aslef went on strike on Wednesday in a dispute over the new all-night service set to operate across London from September.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), Aslef, Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite are unhappy with the pay and rotas being suggested.
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