As many as 1.5million people are working from home during the Olympics in what experts warned could prove a damaging blow to the capital’s economy.
of civil servants who would normally be at their desks in Whitehall
have taken advantage of an offer of ‘flexible working’ while the Games
And many big
blue-chip firms, including the taxpayer-backed Lloyds Banking Group and
Royal Bank of Scotland, have allowed staff to stay away from their
offices following apocalyptic warnings of travel chaos.
Where is everyone? A deserted Regent Street in London. Businesses say
the centre of the city has become a 'ghost town' during the Olympics.
Worrying: Restaurants in Covent Garden, normally rammed with tourists,
are suffering a downturn in trade as customers stay away from the area