Careful planning for the four-day Coronation Festival was thrown out of the window on Thursday when a burst water main forced road closures and traffic gridlock across the capital.
Road closures near Buckingham Palace meant sat navs andjourney planners were in overdrive, as thousands of guests were met with road and bus diversions around Buckingham Gate, Birdcage Walk and Buckingham Palace Road.
With the problem expecting to extend into Friday also, Transport for London advised road users to avoid the Victoria area altogether, if possible.
The road closures were enforced after work on a water main hit complications. A Thames Water spokesman said the problem followed "complications with repairs to an 18 inch-wide water main that another utility mistakenly chopped through under Birdcage Walk on Tuesday."
Those complications resulted in another burst, further along the same section of water pipe - though Thames Water were keen to state that none of their customers' water supplies had been affected.
The spokesman continued: "Our engineers are working round the clock to get this complex job done as quickly as possible."
It is hoped visitors to the festival over Saturday and Sunday will face little disruption.
Copyright Press Association 2013