After The Parsons Green Train Explosion, Londoners Were Quick To Offer Their Help — And Tea

"I'll get the kettle on!"

There was an explosion this morning on a London Underground train leaving the Parsons Green station, in what police are treating as a terrorist attack

According to the New York Times, at least 22 people were hospitalized after an "improvised explosive device" went off in the train. Some were apparently hurt in the panic as commuters fled, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Following the attack, Londoners jumped into action to offer help. Some tweeted that their doors were open for anyone who needed somewhere to go, and businesses and churches offered restrooms, free Wi-Fi, and places to charge cell phones.


According to the Independent, cab drivers in the area were also offering free rides. Some drivers who finished their night shifts even reportedly returned to work in order to help evacuate people. 

"No one wants to make money from people's misery," said Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Driver's Association. Uber U.K. also tweeted that it would refund rides for those affected.

And, of course, no show of British solidarity would be complete without a cuppa or two. Many Twitter users who offered to open their doors also mentioned that they had tea. "I'll get the kettle on!" one wrote.

The trend prompted some to praise this "classic British response."

This is the fifth terror attack in Britain this year. We witnessed similar generosity after May's Manchester bombing at an Ariana Grande concert, as well as June's London Bridge attack. Following the latter incident, Brits also showed their resilience by tweeting with the humorous hashtag #ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling — including, of course, a weak cup of tea.

Keep calm and carry on, indeed.

See more examples of Londoners offering to help in the tweets below:


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