BBC Breakfast News was reporting this morning that some London hotels were charging two to three times normal rates last night :o(
Don't know names of any hotels concerned but they should be ashamed.
My own experience was a bit more mundane. I live in Greenwich and met my wife at Embankment Pier so we could get home on a riverboat (thousands of people had the same idea).
The guy boarding us at the pier, who seemed to be management, was calm, corteous, and explained that the boats were used as part of London's emergency evacuation plan (they're the quickest way to move people out of the centre when nothing else works).
So we board the boat - me, the wife, a few hundred other ordinary Londoners just trying to get home.
One of the crew members then asks us whether we'd like to vote on him providing us with a commentary to help lighten the mood. A dozen or so hands tentativley went up, but the overwhelming majority of people just wanted to go home with their own thoughts I guess.
The commentary started badly enough - the guy pointing out that the Union Flag flying over the Houses of Parliament meant that Parliament was in session "proof that MPs do actually do some work" - this, at a time when Parliament was discussing the days events.
What happened at Tower Pier and again at Greenwich when people disembarked didn't surprise me, but it did disappoint me.
The guy, as he would do on a normal tourist trip, explained that he wasn't a tour guide, he provided the commentary for our entertainment, and he had a box for collecting tips as we left the boat (that's right - not a box for collecting donations for the families of the victims, but a box for collecting tips, presumably so he and his collegues could enjoy a few pints in one of the many "historic riverside pubs" he pointed out).
A lot of people coughed up out of sheer embarrassment I guess, and they must have made a sizeable chunk of money.
When it mentioned about the hotels overcharging, the BBC asked for other examples of people overcharging, so naturally I have made them aware of this.
I'll also be writing to the management of the company in question (Bateaux Mouches London, if anyone's interested) to suggest that perhaps the money collected yesterday might be better going towards the people who are in most need of it.
I've mentioned this to several work colleagues this morning, and it leaves a bad taste with everyone - not just me.
Hope everyone and their friends and family are safe and well.