As London slowly got back to work after the heaviest snow in nearly two decades paralysed the capital’s transport system, the Lord Mayor of London thanked Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin for his perseverance of having to trek to the Guildhall in the snow on Wednesday.

“One of the things London can learn from Russia is how not to be disrupted when there is snowfall,” the Lord Mayor — whose role is to support the City of London as one of the world’s leading international finance centres — told a news conference.

Later, Kudrin — who had a marathon four-hour speaking engagement — cited Russia footballer Andrei Arshavin as an example of the skills Russia (St Petersburg) can offer to London.

Arshavin completed his transfer to Arsenal from Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.