Free pizza, cups of tea and spare phone chargers were on offer around Parsons Green as residents sprung into action following yesterday’s outrage. West Londoners fastened signs to their doors telling anyone affected to come if they need anything from a beverage to a toilet break. At the fringes of the police cordon, Teo Citino, the owner of nearby restaurant Il Pagliaccio, piled a fold-out table with free pizza for the emergency services. Hammersmith and Fulham Council was also on hand, opening a local community centre as a rest place for those whose homes were within the police cordon. Social media was awash with people offering a comforting hot drink to those caught up in the aftermath. As the station was evacuated and hordes of people flooded the area, Katy Dunn tweeted: “If anyone is feeling shocked or confused at #ParsonsGreen, I’m round the corner and the kettle’s on.”
James Edge tweeted: “Anyone who’s now stuck in Parsons Green/Fulham drop me a line and I’ll get the kettle on! #ParsonsGreen.” Chelsea and Fulham Dentist, a five-minute walk away from the Tube station, also offered people a place to shelter. Dentist Dahlia Sunba, who co-owns the practice, said: “I could see people wandering around aimlessly.
“We have tea and coffee and biscuits. We’re more than happy to give them a cup of tea or coffee. “There’s lots of plug sockets if they need to charge their phone or make a call.”