Went for lunch with K yesterday at a pub in Belgravia. Nothing in particular happened there, but upon leaving the pub and walking around the corner we discovered blue & white “Police Line – Do Not Cross” tape. In hindsight we probably shouldn't have crossed it, but there were no police anywhere to be seen, and there's always the offchance it's a student prank (!!!), so we sauntered down to the next block, which was similarly taped off. This one had police about though.
Turned out that Lower Grosvenor Place was cordoned off because of a “suspect vehicle”, which presumably they had to detonate just to be on the safe side.
Not sure where this is going, except that this is probably one of the few cities in the world where you can reasonably get away with “Sorry I'm running late back from lunch – the police have blockaded all the streets between here and the office.”.
I'm thankful that I don't have a car these days, as to get around London in something like HUMPY-1 would mean to see much, much more police tape, I think.