This was the scene at lunctime today, just a hundred yards from the Cathedral. A small letter bomb exploded in an office block just after 9.00am, and Victoria Street has been closed.
Sadly, our part of London is no stranger to terrorist attacks, having Parliament, the Police Headquarters at New Scotland Yard, Victoria Station and many government buildings in the vicinity. In my first years at the Cathedral, in the 1990s, two bombs exploded in streets nearby.
The BBC report is here; mercifully, it appears not to have been a large device. However, we must pray that this is not the beginning of a new campaign.