It was supposed to be a day of drudgery with millions facing lengthy commutes on crowded buses and packed cycle lanes. But the Tube strike hasn't been all bad, with some Londoners even benefiting from the chaos with free gifts.
Insurance firm Direct Line has set about 'fixing' commuters' travel-related problems by sending them stress-relief packages complete with deodorant, scented sprays and bottled water. Contacting people on Twitter, the company also dished out vouchers for Topshop, The Sunglass Hut and boxed up Pret-A-Manger lunches to brighten people's days. Among other gifts were bottles of aftersun to soothe sunburnt limbs and boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
英国直线保险公司已经着手准备，通过给通勤者递送解压包裹，替他们“解决”交通烦心事儿，包裹里有体香剂、芳香喷雾和瓶装水。通过在推特与人们互动，直线保险公司会分发Topshop（英国快时尚品牌）、The Sunglass Hut(太阳镜品牌）的代金券，以及Pret-A-Manger（英国老牌快餐厅）的午餐盒饭，让人们心情愉悦。其他的礼物还有瓶装的晒后修复用品以呵护晒伤的身体，以及Krispy Kreme（卡卡圈坊）的盒装甜甜圈。
The gesture soon caught the attention of Twitter users with the hashtag #everydayfix gaining momentum. None of the gifts bore charges, to the delight of their many recipients.
Launched a month ago, the programme will seek out those they believe are in need of a fix online for a few days yet. While it is paying for each of the products a spokesman refused to reveal how much had been spent answering people's woes. 'We know how stressful everyday emergencies can be - those little things you don't plan. So we're extending our role as fixers to take care of the little things which can sometimes tip you over the edge.'
Other companies to have offered commuters special offers include breakfast company Belvita which offered workers free rides in Tuk Tuks with complimentary snacks.
Fitness First invited anyone who had run, cycled or walked to work to use their gym showers to freshen up before heading into the office and encouraged others to become fit with free training sessions.