London is clearly a city where people adapt. For over a decade, the authorities have been blocking off this street and securing the other area, all in the name of protecting us from the latest round of terrprots, be they the IRA or Al Queda. It’s just a shame that they haven’t developed a more attractive solution. The concrete blocks you can see below disfigure the front of the Houses of Parliment, have rendered the area around the American Embassy one of the ugliest in London and are scattered, seemingly at random, through the city and midtown.

Ring of seats

Still, Londoners adapt and you need somewhere to eat your lunch…