Pubs used the blazing sun to their advantage. “Ice, Ice, baby!” was scrawled on a signboard outside one pub, The Paternoster. “Refreshing peach ice tea or ice-cold coffee!”
On a workday, the pub would normally have at least 80 people at lunch. But on Monday, when many workers had been encouraged to work from home, there were five.
“It is usually busier than this,” said Sam Jordan, 22, a bartender. “I think a lot of office workers are working from home.”
In nearby Paternoster Square, about three dozen people sat in lawn chairs or at picnic tables, some in the shade, eating lunch and watching a large screen that had been erected weeks ago for the public to watch Wimbledon. On Monday, the crowd watched a show about politics and the upcoming battle to select a new prime minister.
Marilyn Tan, wielding a protective umbrella, said she had just gotten off a plane from Singapore, where the weather was slightly cooler than London.
“This has had no effect on me,” said Ms. Tan, 57. “I am fine. I didn’t even tie my hair back.”