Londoners took to the iconic parks of the city to enjoy the stunning all-white scenery as the capital plummets in freezing temperatures and up to four inches of snow. All around the capital, people of all ages can be seen having snowball fights, building snowmen, sledging and even skiing where the ground allows, such as in Greenwich Park. The Met Office has issued severe weather alerts due to the wintry conditions.
Meanwhile, severe delays are reported to London Underground trains, with all but one line affected.
Several parts of the network were suspended, including: the Northern line between High Barnet and Archway; between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East; and between Edgware and Golders Green; and the Central line between Hainault and Woodford.
Transport for London said in an update on Twitter that its network is impacted by overnight snow and freezing temperatures, and urged commuters to check their journey in advance and allow more time to travel.
At the same time, delays are reported in traffic in and around the city with many roads congested or closed.
Drivers on northern sections of the M25 were stranded for several hours as traffic was at a standstill.
The UK’s busiest motorway was closed in both directions between Junction 23 for South Mimms and Junction 25 for Waltham Cross, in Hertfordshire, for around 90 minutes on Monday morning.
National Highways told road users at 8.15am: “The snow has been cleared, the road has been re-treated and all lanes are now open.”
There are delays of up to 90 minutes and 11 miles of congestion on neighbouring stretches of the motorway.
Other roads in the area with long delays include the M11, M2, A21, A27 and A249, according to National Highways.
Sussex Police issued a warning for “treacherous” roads.
National Highways said “we had up to 25 gritters treating the M25 at any one time” on Sunday and overnight into Monday.
They spread a total of 960 tonnes of salt and more than 18,000 litres of anti-freeze.
AA president Edmund King said the number of breakdown callouts is around 25% higher than normal.
Several rail lines are closed, with Southeastern issuing a “do not travel” alert to passengers.
There is also major disruption to services run by Greater Anglia, South Western Railway and Southern.
More than 100 flights due to serve UK airports were cancelled across Sunday and Monday, with Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City airports among the worst affected.
London City Airport said it is “experiencing some disruption this morning” due to aircraft being out of position after the “significant amount of cancellations” on Sunday night.
The coldest night of the year so far brought fresh snow in areas including Andrewsfield, Essex (9cm), Charlwood, Surrey (5cm) and Herstmonceux, East Sussex (4cm).
Met Office recorded the country’s lowest temperature of -15.7C at Braemar, Aberdeenshire, while other parts of the country also experienced icy cold conditions.