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There are few things more dread-inducing than the prospect of staring down a packed tube platform full of stressed out and aggressive commuters at eight in the morning or, even worse, getting gridlocked in that notorious London traffic.

The intense crowds, frequent breakdowns and that wonderful quirk of the Tube wherein it has zero air conditioning or ventilation can make your morning commute feel like a battle march.

Not to worry, though; with a few simple steps you'll soon be bossing that commute like a pro and the stress will soon feel like a distant memory.

Here's how to survive London in rush hour.

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Know the Rules of the Game

Anyone who has been in London for more than five seconds will know that there is a Byzantine etiquette system comprising of dozens of rules that must be followed in order to avoid the ire of your fellow passengers.

Most of these rules are honestly just a combination of noise, urban myths and personal preferences, so definitely don't spend too much time getting worked up over whether your platform posture in on point.

As long as you know the few simple essentials, your trip will go more smoothly.

These are; keep your Oyster card ready and in-hand the second you enter the station, stick to the right on the escalators, don't talk loudly and, most importantly, never make eye contact with your fellow commuters.

Come Prepared with Distractions

Chances are you'll be dealing with the same commute every day, to the point where you could travel the whole route with your eyes closed.

This kind of commuter autopilot is common, with the positive side being that you should be able to zone out and immerse yourself in less stressful activities during your journey – just remember to keep your wits about you on station platforms and road crossings!

A good online game is always the ideal way to get through the journey, ideally something engaging like a puzzle game or online escapade.

For example, there are now lots of roulette games online, from European to American, that you'll be able to play at any point during your commute when you need to zone out, thanks to that sweet and brand new Tube WiFi.

Your commute is also valuable time in your day that you can use to catch up on things you've been neglecting.

So, read that novel that has been gathering dust, finish that podcast, or simply burn through your emails.

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Mix It Up

A morning commute doesn't have to be something to just get through, to be banished to the annals of memory and not thought about until 5 pm. You can actually enjoy it. The best way to do this is by occasionally mixing things up.

Explore your city by walking part of the journey, which might involve having to get out of bed a few minutes earlier but is definitely worthwhile in such a beautiful and varied city as London.

Even just going via a different bus route might feel like a refreshing and pleasant surprise, as seeing your city as new again will remind you why you moved here in the first place.

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Police in England have arrested a second man in connection with the Parsons Green terrorist attack which injured 30 people on Friday morning.

In a statement, the Met's Counter Terrorism Command confirmed that detectives had arrested the 21-year-old in Hounslow at around 11.50pm on Saturday night.

The suspect was then taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

The arrest comes after police detained an 18-year-old man after he was found in the departure area of a port in Dover on Saturday morning.

Armed police also raided the home on an elderly couple who have fostered hundreds of disadvantaged children.

Ronald Jones and his wife Penelope, would open their home to up to seven children at a time and according to Elmbridge CAN, a community group that aims to ‘build a culture of welcome to refugees,’ the last eight were refugees.

It is not yet known whether the raid yielded any significant discoveries, though according to Metro.co.uk, a former neighbour of the couple said: “They are such a lovely couple – they would do anything for anyone.”

“You can’t blame her if one of her foster children did something wrong – they were nothing but loving to everyone.”

The terror threat remians at critical and detectives have said they will continue to investigate whether more perpetrators were involved in the attack.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said:  "At this stage we are keeping an open mind over whether more than one person is responsible for the attack and we are still pursuing numerous lines of inquiry and at great pace."

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Emergency services are on high alert in London after reports of an explosion on a tube train.

The incident occurred at Parsons Green Tube station this morning, and 22 people were injured.

Pictures uploaded to Twitter show an explosion in a bucket concealed in a shopping bag.

'I was on the Tube, we had just stopped at Parsons Green, I was on my way up from Wimbledon towards Paddington and suddenly there was panic, lots of people shouting, screaming, lots of screaming,' an eyewitness told Breaking News.

'There was a woman on the platform who said she had seen a bag, a flash and a bang, so obviously something had gone off.'

'It was an absolutely packed, rush-hour District Line train from Wimbledon to Edgware Road.'

'I saw crying women, there was lots of shouting and screaming, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs going down to the streets.'

The crude explosive was detonated at around 8.20am.

'We have a number of resources and specialists officers in attendance at the incident at #ParsonsGreen tube station' reads a tweet from The London Fire Brigade. 

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She’s a successful actress, outspoken feminist and proud bookworm, but did you know Emma Watson is also a total sweetheart?

The Harry Potter star has surprised fans with handwritten notes hidden inside copies of Maya Angelou’s autobiography, Mom & Me & Mom, which she placed along the sides of escalators in a London tube station.

The 26-year-old took to Facebook last night to share a video of herself distributing the books in a move which has led fans to call her “the best human in the world”.

Some lucky commuters have already shared news of their finds online.

Pictures of the special notes reveal Emma’s hope that the books will be left in tube carriages once their finders have finished with them so that they can then be read by other passengers.

 

When @emmawatson makes your day with secret books on the tube #booksontheunderground #oursharedshelf

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What a great idea!

 

@oursharedshelf's Nov & Dec book is #Mom&Me&Mom by Maya Angelou

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