Image caption, A firefighter carries a girl through a flooded street in Knightsbridge

Flooding has hit parts of London after heavy rain overnight, causing disruption on the roads and railways.

Shops and offices in Knightsbridge were hit by a deluge, leaving some unable to get to work as motorists tried to navigate waterlogged roads.

Torrential downpours caused by a cold front sweeping eastwards have affected other parts of the UK, with part of the M23 in Sussex closed.

Tube lines and the London Overground have reopened after earlier closures.

Image caption, Cars were left stranded on the A3 in south-west London

St James's Park in central London saw 35mm of rain between midnight and 06:00 BST, the Met Office said.

Image source, MarzyImage caption, Hammersmith was also hit hard by rain

The wet weather has also caused a road closure on the M23 in Sussex between junctions 10a and 11, while the M25 has been affected as parts of the east of England were also deluged.

Morning.

A busy start for the team. #M23 #Crawley junction 10a southbound 🛑CLOSED🛑 due flooding.

Northbound down to 1 Lane but open. @SussexIncidents @SussexTW @BBCSussex @moresussex @HighwaysSEAST pic.twitter.com/J8eJDfKocH

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Dr Safa is the owner of Serene Dental, one of many businesses in Knightsbridge, west London, affected by flooding.

Image caption, Al Basha restaurant in Knightsbridge has flooded

He said: "The water is pouring through the ceiling on the lower ground floor and from other shops.

"I had to switch off the electricity as it's coming through the actual light fittings."

A4 in and out of London has severe flooding. Allow extra time if travelling @BBCLondonNews #flooding #london #londontravel @BBCWthrWatchers @itvnews @itvweather pic.twitter.com/UiSdyBXOY6

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Commuters faced further disruption as flooding at Gloucester Road led to parts of the District and Circle lines to close.

London Overground also partially suspended services due to flooding at Imperial Wharf.

Flooding overnight here’s a snap from Knightsbridge at 5am this morning @BBCRadioLondon pic.twitter.com/PoOTRl4pLv

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Earlier, the Piccadilly line had severe delays due to a power supply problem while the Metropolitan line was hit by flooding at Aldgate.

London has already been hit by severe downpours during the summer. In July, one month's worth of rain fell in one day. Two weeks later, there were further flash floods.

I confirm. My bathroom this morning 5 am… Saint Martin’s Lane pic.twitter.com/i80F3Gj6rQ

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London Fire Brigade had received 68 calls by 04:00.

At the scene: Greg McKenzie, BBC London

A number of clothing shops flooded overnight in Knightsbridge. Some places saw six hours' worth of rain in a matter of minutes.

London Fire Brigade arrived here at around 07:00 to try and clear a number of blocked drains but to no avail.

It has been checking the flooded shops but all remain closed, with firefighters unable to gain access.

Although traffic is still passing, there are giant puddles everywhere as employees unable to get to their workplace wait outside.

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