I’m sat on the 07:50 from Welwyn North to London Kings Cross. It’s the day after the Westminster attacks and if I wasn’t listening to Radio 4, I would hardly know anything has happened. The carriage is packed, people are glued to their smartphones: life goes on.
When I arrive at Kings Cross, it’s a little different. It’s not just the higher police presence; it’s something that I can’t put my finger on. As I walk to our offices near Chancery Lane, listening to Sadiq Khan respond to the attacks, brushing off questions about what it means to be London Mayor as a Muslim, I realise what it is.
There isn’t a sense of fear on the streets, but something else: a quiet solidarity. People seem a little more considerate, there is more eye contact, the city feels more connected.
Yesterday’s tragic events have raised all sorts of questions again about our response to terrorism and radicalisation of individuals. For the people who live and work in London, it brings a chance to come together. The #LondonIsOpen hashtag, originally created in response to Brexit, seems ever more pertinent.