Top 10 London Annoyances

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By BethPH Last edited 80 months ago
Top 10 London Annoyances

It's a crazy city out there and sometimes it makes us crazy too. But some things annoy us just that little bit more than usual. Here's ten of them in no particular order.

1. Stopping in front of the barrier to find your Oyster card

You’re in a tube station and your goal is to get the train. You know that an Oyster card or ticket is required. Why then do you wait until you reach the barrier before you try and find it? Imagine the millions of lost minutes caused by people having to swerve around you, bump into the person behind them who is already taking evasive action and then try to go through the same barrier. Those minutes would be so much better spent in a nice pub.

2. Cyclists not stopping at red lights

Ooh, controversial! It’s certainly one of the main criticisms from pedestrians and other road users. It’s one thing to sneak through just before the lights change to get ahead of the traffic but quite another to totally ignore them and blithely zip through as pedestrians are crossing, which is what happened to us the other day, much to the head-shaking dismay of the one cyclist that did stop. Police have been targeting cyclists who flout the rules of the road in an attempt to improve safety.

3. Not letting people off the train first

Yes, it’s that old London favourite. We all complain about it, yet for some reason people still do it despite station staff's repeated exhortations. See also standing in front of the doors. We can’t work out whether it’s down to desperation to get a seat, refusal to grasp the simple fact that blocking the way won’t make the train depart any quicker or a basic lack of manners. Annie Mole has documented the tireless effort made over the years to impart the message.

4. Parking on cycle lanes

We’re not sure if it’s just that the big blue lane with a big white bike painted on it isn’t clear enough or that putting your hazard lights on automatically means the road has magically become your own personal parking space. Whatever it is, it’s dangerous, irritating and inconvenient for cyclists. MyBikeLane posts photos of offenders and encourages reporting them.

5. Pushing onto an already crowded train

We once saw a very drunk man take a run up in order to launch himself onto a train which was already full to bursting. The passengers he was attempting to displace didn’t take too kindly to it and the drunk was promptly ejected back onto the platform. Are we really so anxious to press ourselves against complete strangers rather than wait two minutes for the next train? Unless, of course, you live on a line which branches and there’s a whole ten minutes to wait for the next one. Central line to Epping, this means you.

6. Escalator etiquette

Stand on the right. Don’t stop dead at the end as though negotiating the escalator was the sole item in your brain. If transporting a wheeled suitcase, leave the handle up while on the escalator so you don’t have to pause at the end to extend it, causing everyone behind to pile into you. Swinging your bag in an enthusiastic manner over your shoulder on a crowded escalator is a bad idea, especially when you hit the person behind in the head with it (see also wearing very large rucksacks on the tube while trying to turn around to find something in it, a bit like a dog chasing its own tail).

7. Needless rudeness

Yes, we’re all very busy and rushed and stressed. But there’s really no excuse for being stroppy to the tourist who stops you to ask directions, or telling the Big Issue seller to fuck off, or tutting and sighing when someone takes longer than a nanosecond at the cashpoint. Struggling for ideas on how to spread the love? See Michael Landy’s Random Acts of Kindness for inspiration.

8. Litter and the lack of bins

Cause and effect, obviously. The lacuna in London’s bin tally, especially in the City, harks back to the days of the IRA’s bin-bomb campaign, but is bad news for the streets which end up receiving the litter instead. In a city of fast food, free newspapers and flyers it appears we’re just rubbish at disposing of our rubbish. The good news is that bins are making a reappearance on the London Underground at least so our chances of stepping in a leftover takeaway are slightly reduced.

9. Touts

Whether they're trying to usher us into an illegal minicab or shepherd us into a Brick Lane curry house, they're annoying. And they don't take no for an answer either. When we're being followed down a street awash with black cabs while being harangued by a man intent on getting us into a badly-maintained Toyota and pay over the odds to be taken home via the scenic route it makes us wish we weren't trying to avoid needless rudeness. Ditto for the curry house touts. Cabbieblog talks about tackling touting.

10. Golf umbrellas

Yes, we know you probably got your umbrella free from some supplier but does it ever occur to you that a crowded street isn't the best place to use it? It's exactly the right width to poke us in the eye at the same time as pushing our umbrella out of the way. We've lost count of the rainy days where we've been dodging the paving stones which look like they might send up a jet of mucky water when trodden on only to look up and see a suit topped with a golf umbrella bearing down on us like a galleon in full sail, scattering lesser pedestrians' puny foldy umbrellas as it batters its way along the pavement. Keep them for the golf course.

What are your London annoyances? Count to ten, breathe deeply, then let it all out in the comments section. Just to remind us why we love London really, coming soon: The Top 10 Best Things About Summer in London.

Photo by dartar

Last Updated 17 August 2011

joffley

Chuggers aka Charity Muggers? Although I'd put them with 'tout's, probably.

Jon Bleeding Parker

Is kids playing their music out loud on public transport a London thing? Or just the everyone being too scared of inner city teenagers to ask them to turn it off?

Mark Detre

Easily the biggest annoyance for me - a constantly-repeated announcement on the tube saying they're running a 'good service'. It should be the norm, and telling us that they are doing precisely the thing we pay them over the odds to do really gets my goat.

Robert Bain

You can't really complain about 'needless rudeness' while also complaining about all the things that drive people to that.

We've all forgotten to keep right on the escalator sometimes, or stepped on to a train a little too soon, or lost our Oyster card at the gate. Cyclists and drivers are also pedestrians, and lots of us are all three.

We are all, with the best of intentions, both the annoying and the annoyed. So let's just try to smile and get on with things.

Skippy

2.b - Car Drivers who drive through Red lights
2.c - Car Drivers who speed, and other contraventions of the Highway code.
2.d - Abuse of the advanced stop zone, by motor vehicles.

People forget that Car Drivers are often much worse at observing the highway code, than Cyclists. As some one who both drives, cycles, and walks across London; I find the road user group who endanger my safety the most are car drivers.

Asdf

POINTING using your entire arm in a crowded area. This is usually tourists. Surrounded by hundreds of people basically standing on a postage stamp, they still make large sweeping gestures with their arms without even looking in the same direction. Nearly had my nose broken twice by these idiots. Tempted to snap the damn things off.

Dave

Adverts proclaiming we have have to check ahead for planned disruptions at the weekends on the tube. In a major capital city this should not happen or even be accepted. Or they give a pro-rata refund for the time the line is shut....

skv

Smoking at bus stops. Fine it's outdoors, but when there are seventeen people huddled under there from the frequent london rain, it's more public space than open space. This counts for doorways of pubs, shops, office buildings...

TJ

(1) Cyclists on pavements and (2) people with handbags or other bags over their shoulders on crowded tubes - in the case of the former often barging into the groin area of adjacent passengers

Fat man on a bike

Can we vary "2. Cyclists not stopping at red lights", so pedestrians on any crossing give cyclists a free pass if they're going UPHILL? That's when I'm most likely to go through an empty crossing on red, because it's bloody exhausting to have to start again. But even so, going through a whole crowd of pedestrians isn't right.

skv

@Dave  see here: http://www.tubeticketrefund.co... it may help?

nat

Demolition of sound buildings to put new shiny ones

Robert Latchford

The worst are the professional beggars who position then between or next to cash machines - often operating in pairs! Disgraceful ...

sillypunk

Herds of tourists that don't know how to use the underground :p

Colin Wren

My favourite rudeness story has to be the time I was in Clapham late at night and asked a guy walking down the street where the nearest cash point was. He turned round and agressively said " I'm holding a balloon Octopus, do I look like I know where a cash point is?".

Because holding a balloon Octopus renders you suddenly unable to remember where a cashpoint is :S

Luke

1A: Generally any act of inattentive blockage of passageways or doorways which impede the smooth movement of commuters from one place to another. Prime example: people who step out of a Tube train as it arrives, and promptly stop in front of the open door to look around at where they should go next, totally oblivious to the 10 people behind them who all have to come to a juddering halt. Infuriating. 

Abi

On 5 - people who don't move down and make room on crowded trains!  So frustrating when you have to stay on the platform and watch as a train goes past with spaces you could have stood in, if you could have reached them

queensway26

People who look as if they are queuing at a bus stop, but soon as bus arrives they all converge "as one" and elbow everyone else out of the way!

Ashley Sheridan

Definitely agree with Jon; playing music loudly on the phones, or even playing it too loudly with earphones in (I shouldn't be able to hear it from the other end of the carriage people!)

Also dislike people who hold a conversation on the only part of the pavement that is narrowed by some kind of sign/café tables/roadworks, etc.

Not a fan of people with no spacial awareness and either forget their own body mass as they walk into you, or think they aren't wearing/carrying that bag that sticks out half a foot from their body. People who read large newspapers on a crowded train get this too. My lap is not somewhere to spread out the paper, and leaning it against my head so you can read it standing up is annoying as well!

With the umbrella thing, it only gets my goat when people walk around with the umbrella spikes at eye height. Stop being lazy and hold your arm a little higher. You stay dry and I keep my eyes without having to pull of street acrobatics to avoid your nasty metal eye-gouging points of doom.

Mark Nettlingham

Having recently started using the tube again, my main annoyance is those people who think that, having tried 7 times to get their oyster card to let them through the barriers, feel the eighth time is the charm, or maybe the ninth... You get 2 goes, max!

Ronan

"Don’t stop dead at the end as though negotiating the escalator was the sole item in your brain"

God this is so annoying and weird, why do people do this? It's like "oh now it's flat I can stand again...drool"

Love how you could probably just sum this all up as THE TUBE, the tube is the worst thing about London, everyone becomes their own unique brand of evil cunt.

I would have added BODY ODOUR ON THE TUBE, there should be signs up about this in the twee cartoon forms they use for the "I won't play my music too loud", "And I'll wash my pits before going out in public smelling like Hulk Hogan's jockstrap"

Robb

Pedestrians who think the red man means they can cross, everytime i take the sharp turning at westminster onto victoria embankment i take a bet on how many pedestrians (tourists) im going to have to brake for or how many one day im going to mow down!!!!

disqus_K29vzian2O

The cycling one that gets me is cars stopping at junctions in the boxes allocated for cycles.

I don't know why this is particularly annoying just that it's people being oblivious in their metal boxes.

mark

I am surprised you didn't include the freebie newspaper / magazine distributors who positively thrust their magazines into your face. At least with the Metro you get a choice of picking one up. And that's another annoyance - all those Metros left on the tube.

I also find it annoying how London Underground think that if a delay / closure etc is pre-planned then it doesn't count as a disruption. Some weekends half the system is down but they still describe it as a 'good service' because all the disruptions were pre-planned!

Marco Fiori

Golf Umbrellas really wind me up, especially considering the fact I'm 6.4. 

The fact I live at the end of a Tube branch is another one. They should have a branch carriage, those who have to go long ways. If you're going two stops, I should get priority. 

Sarah

* People walking up to five abreast on major pathways, blocking anyone needing to get past
* But also, shops putting signs outside on busy paths. Borough Market has this problem.* People who somehow fail to notice pregnant women, the elderly or disabled on public transport. Its public, so maybe look up from your newspaper or glance around occasionally. * Spitting. God its disgusting. Very common in East London, I think from the betel nut/paan chewing. * My own personal one is being asked to move down the carriage when I am too short to hold the overhead bars. I'm 5ft tall, is it not obvious?

Bobi

The smelly peoples in the tube when it's crowded

LNR

My pet London hate is that the tubes close at not-very-far-past-midnight. London doesn't go to bed then, so why do the tubes have to? Night buses are infrequent and overcrowded. Gaaaaah....

Rob

People who stop dead at the top of an escalator or flight of steps, so you can't help but bump into them

Merlin_Necro

1) People who approach the Tube escalator on the left side (ie: ready to walk down) only to stop and wait for someone to let them into the right side.
2) Huge rucksacks on crowded trains: stop swinging around! The same applies to women with large handbags
3) Constant announcements on Tube platforms, usually pointless and loud
4) People who keep nudging you and never apologise for it.
5) People leaning their entire body on a carriage pole, it's meant for more than ONE person
6) Walking erratically while texting and forcing others to take evasive action.
7) Smelly people, toothbrushes are cheap nowadays
8) Sniffing people, use a hankie
9) People who start pushing to get near the exit when the train is still far away from the station
10) Platform staff (Tube) standing there, hands in pockets, doing sweet f a all day

Lisa

In addition to point 2, what I find equally dangerous are the pedestrians who run across and step into the roads.  Far too often, I have to slam on my brakes, shout expletives and swerve out the way of idiotic pedestrians with a death wish.  If you list cyclists who run red lights on your annoyance list, surely the same is to be said for pedestrians who do not cross with the green man

charlie danger

I think the original list is spot on. I was looking forward to complaining about cyclists going through red lights. I would very much add most drivers' lack of knowledge of Highway Code 170:

watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way

Stevenson

I'm a cyclists and I go on the red lights!

When you are a cyclist and you are next to a bus or a car on a red lights, it's really terrible to get the smoke and all the polution in your face when they start going again.

Kirsten Mavric Photo

People who text and walk in busy streets should have their phones snatched away and hurled a great distance.

Tim Harrison

What about people who think there cool with there I-pod headphones leaking 50% of the sound for the rest of us to enjoy. It might be a £100+ I-pod but the headphones probably only cost a Fiver.

Jonn Elledge

People who decide to re-organise their wallets at cash points.

Musicfromwork

I will actively aim for a cyclist that jumps a red light. 

Janne

on the subject of touts - what about the charity people, who try to get you to pledge money. i know they are working for a good cause, but when someone says No they mean No... you don't follow them so that you can plead with them a bit more, and when someone is quite obviously in a hurry you don't approach them - they are NOT going to stop to give you cash, shitty as it is.

Bob Roberts

Very LOUD police or media company helicopters hovering at low altitude sometimes. It's not every day like that but when it starts they tend to circle around for many hours even in the middle of the night and it's very irritating and oppressing. Did I mentioned that they are VERY LOUD?

Tom Leighton

Why do people on buses seem to think that the bus driver wants to know exactly how many people want to get off at each bus stop, so therefore anyone who wants to get off should ring the bell. It is really annoying to hear the bell being rung constantly!

Ray Allger

Stopping as soon as you walk through the ticket barrier. Charity muggers really wind me up, especially when they won't take a polite no for an answer, they follow you down the street. Look I know you are doing your job but if you think i'm going to hand my bank details over to a complete stranger on the street you are f*ing mad.

Bob Roberts


Pram spam and jam. In some areas of London you have an incredibly high concentration of parents walking down the street at a snail's pace parading their offspring and making sure nobody can walk pass them swiftly by occupying the whole width of the pavement. Their technique is simple but effective: the more, the better. So they either have mega-prams with plenty of babies in them (a very rich idea indeed in such a deserted place as London). Or even better, they walk side by side with fellow parents also pushing their pram so while standing behind them your growing impatience is rewarded by the delights of very instructive and compelling conversation about nappies.

Any sign of impatience in front of their rude obstruction will just be ignored as their world - and so should yours, really! - is suddenly no bigger than a small and warm love bubble centered around the most fascinating creature ever, lying there in their bloody pram.

DG108

Lists

Shibarg

Stopping in the street to chat to friends and not moving to one side, thus blocking the pavement.
Waiting in front of lift doors and not moving to one side to enable folk to exit without going round or squeezing between you.

GoldenGirl

Along the same lines as #1, a tourist walking ahead of you coming to a dead stop to look at their map. Move to the side of the pavement, please.

Bravenewmalden

Cyclists don't like stopping at red lights because of the effort involved in getting going again. You can't just put your foot down and go! Well, that's exactly what you do, but you rapidly have to follow it with your other foot, and then keep on repeating the exercise. This is why it's called exercise. And it's bloody hard work! Plus there's all the fumes of the cars and other motorised vehicles. Car drivers are cowardly psychopaths and pedestrians are selfish and ignorant.

It is for these reasons and more than you never, ever see a happy cyclist.

My London annoyances can perhaps be summed up with just two words - other people. Grrr.

But my day has been brightened considerably by seeing my phrase - 'it really boils my goat' - being exposed to a wider audience. Hurrch!

rufeus

Bus & Tube drivers who don't know how to break or accelerate smoothly.

I don't appreciate the whiplash.

Beanie

My pet hate is people walking on the right side of the footpath instead of keeping to the left. Is this the fault of London Underground and their escalator rules?

Beej

Too few signposts - why can't they be on both sides of the street

Badenmorgan

As a cyclist:
- Taxi drivers who drive too close to you
- Pedestrians who walk into the road without looking (there's no engine sound so nothing can be coming right?)
- Vehicles (inc. Motorcycles) at the lights waiting in our cycle-only area
- Other cyclists breaking the rules and not giving way to pedestrians
- Poorly maintained roads

Moweddownpedestrian

Definitely the cyclists with no sense of the highway code - particularly the ones who proceed at high speed through them with no intention of even slowing down. I've actually had one glance off me before - if I'd been an old lady or a child I'd have been knocked flying.

And as for the "oh it's so hard being a cyclist, having to stop at red lights or obey traffic signs" brigade - tough, it's the law. If you don't like it, get off and walk. Nobody's forcing you to cycle.

Marky B

Pedastrians that step off the kerb, about 5m away from an actual crossing while looking the wrong way. I had to pay for my wheel to be fixed when someone did just that and knocked me off my bike. As I rolled around in agony his words if wisdom? "Sorry, I was looking the wrong way with my iPod on, just walk it off mate." Cheers fella!

Grandpa Simpson

People who drive up to a busy petrol station, and park in front of a pump whilst they go inside to buy milk and fags, even when there are plenty of proper parking spots available.  We poor sods queueing behind your car really appreciate that, thanks.

SarahSu

the top 1 should be" Not letting people off the train first", happens everyday every time the train comes

EcstaticGaucho

Anyone who has an umbrella (golf, folding or otherwise) that doesn't move it out of the face of other pedestrians - especially shorter people who are unaware that the prongs of their umbrella are at face level of those taller than them.
Most annoying of all: the wheelie suitcase. If you must have one of these abominations, remember it is trailing behind you as you stroll nonchalantly through the crowds and generally behave like a pedestrian menace. In addition to cyclists who jump red lights and motorists who cut up cyclists, the police should arrest anyone with a wheelie suitcase... and throw away the key (of the suitcase). 

Shibarg

WOW!  We are an 'annoyed lot' aren't we!  Perhaps a list of things that make us happy should now follow???

Bobo

I can't believe no one has mentioned this.  Dog crap.  EVERYWHERE!  Cheers dog owners!!  God forbid you take some repsonsibility for your animal.

Bravenewmalden

Perhaps no one mentioned because it's not particularly Londony. In fact, come to think of it, I rarely see any in the capital. Paris, yes.

KP

People. 

lrae

Oxford Street.

end of story.

Ben Dean

Top 10 urban annoyances? This list is pretty much identical to one a New Yorker would make. 

Del

Not just cyclists jumping red lights, but cyclists riding on pavements, riding the wrong way on a one-way street, riding while on the phone and number one, riding without lights or even reflectors in the dark (especially if they're wearing dark clothes as well!)

ronshapley

Wow...the exact same beefs as in New York.......Proving conclusively that people are stupid everywhere !

Lost Armour of Antirad

City boys and Shoreditch twats.

Walking through London the other friday form East to West, I really couldn't choose between them which are the most annoying and obnoxious.

Objektive

11. Passive-aggressive people who grumble to themselves and then complain on the Internet.

I cycle a lot, and only go through redlights if totally safe (i.e. no cars, no pedestrians, etc.). The biggest danger for pedestrians is not at red lights, but when they cross in the middle of the road without looking for bikes. *All* of my friends who bike regularly, that's quite a few, have had accidents because of pedestrians carelessly crossing, including me. And believe it or not, when that happens, it's MUCH more dangerous for the cyclist than the pedestrian.

And by the way, stop complaining about people not letting you off the train first. That's ridiculous. London is one of the most disciplined metropolis in that respect.

Lisamoab

expensive taxis. piss and vomit all over the place. wait... if the slobbering-drunk could afford taxis, maybe they'd make it home to pee and puke. there's an idea!

Sohiel Bajamal

The ten most annoying things in the city of London:

1-Motorcyclists trying to split their way between cars in a way they sometimes break someone's wing mirror, this action by the motorcyclists make me more worried about my vehicle when stuck in traffic and the cars are not moving, and suddenly you look to your right or left and see this guy on the motorcycle trying to fit their bike between your vehicle and the other car even if it won't fit at all. In my opinion they should ride on the cyclists lane or what so ever any lane that they can only ride on, for example either on the right or the left not sandwiching themselves between cars and buses.

2-Barclays cycle spots, I'm one of the huge fans and supporters of the Barclays cycles as they save time and money to many people out there also it helps our environment, but the problem is the places that they squeeze them in on the narrow streets of London-- for example Baker street is one of the wide streets in Westminster ,then why can't they put the cycle parking spot in Baker street instead of its current place in upper montagu street just beside Barclays at the beginning of Baker street, that spot that they squeezed the cycles on delays the traffic a lot--they have the whole of Baker street full of its disabled and diplomatic parking bays--why don't they put them beside one of these bays on the street.

3-Maintenance of the M25 Motorway on saturday and sunday nights, ok I really appreciate it from the government for keeping our roads save at all times, but why do they maintain the roads on sunday nights at the time when everyone is coming back to London from their desired destination where they've spent their weekend in, this causes major traffic jams on the motorway just before entering London. why don't they maintain it through the week at night where the roads are empty and without people coming to and going from London to anywhere else like when it happens on weekends and everybody knows that.

4-Coach drivers, I hate coach drivers especially the white ones (without mentioning their name) their drivers driver recklessly most of the time probably because of tiredness from their trips to London, once I was going to crash when one of these buses manoeuvred into my lane without any indicating signals and then continued their way without indication the hazard indication lights which means (thank you or sorry) for most of the time when used not at a hazard situation.

5-Un-announced underground strikes 

6- Gypsies who are spreader in the streets of London, who say that they are homeless but they're doing what they do more of a job and a habit.

7- numerous numbers of minicabs over the number of blackcabs, am not talking about adisson lee's minicabs, I'm talking about the private minicabs that you see in the streets of London with drivers who don't even know the simplest highway codes.

8-The holes on the tarmac of streets of London is just like the roads on any third world countries, the road in developed and advanced countries who might be less developed from the Uk,have roads that are smooth..

9-Congestion charging is really annoying especially when it's fee increase every two years with a pound .

10- ILegal chinese DVD sellers on the streets of London.

Š-BàJáMâŁ

The ten most annoying things in the city of London:

1-Motorcyclists trying to split their way between cars in a way they sometimes break someone's wing mirror, this action by the motorcyclists make me more worried about my vehicle when stuck in traffic and the cars are not moving, and suddenly you look to your right or left and see this guy on the motorcycle trying to fit their bike between your vehicle and the other car even if it won't fit at all. In my opinion they should ride on the cyclists lane or what so ever any lane that they can only ride on, for example either on the right or the left not sandwiching themselves between cars and buses.

2-Barclays cycle spots, I'm one of the huge fans and supporters of the Barclays cycles as they save time and money to many people out there also it helps our environment, but the problem is the places that they squeeze them in on the narrow streets of London-- for example Baker street is one of the wide streets in Westminster ,then why can't they put the cycle parking spot in Baker street instead of its current place in upper montagu street just beside Barclays at the beginning of Baker street, that spot that they squeezed the cycles on delays the traffic a lot--they have the whole of Baker street full of its disabled and diplomatic parking bays--why don't they put them beside one of these bays on the street.

3-Maintenance of the M25 Motorway on saturday and sunday nights, ok I really appreciate it from the government for keeping our roads save at all times, but why do they maintain the roads on sunday nights at the time when everyone is coming back to London from their desired destination where they've spent their weekend in, this causes major traffic jams on the motorway just before entering London. why don't they maintain it through the week at night where the roads are empty and without people coming to and going from London to anywhere else like when it happens on weekends and everybody knows that.

4-Coach drivers, I hate coach drivers especially the white ones (without mentioning their name) their drivers driver recklessly most of the time probably because of tiredness from their trips to London, once I was going to crash when one of these buses manoeuvred into my lane without any indicating signals and then continued their way without indication the hazard indication lights which means (thank you or sorry) for most of the time when used not at a hazard situation.

5-Un-announced underground strikes 

6- Gypsies who are spreader in the streets of London, who say that they are homeless but they're doing what they do more of a job and a habit.

7- numerous numbers of minicabs over the number of blackcabs, am not talking about adisson lee's minicabs, I'm talking about the private minicabs that you see in the streets of London with drivers who don't even know the simplest highway codes.

8-The holes on the tarmac of streets of London is just like the roads on any third world countries, the road in developed and advanced countries who might be less developed from the Uk,have roads that are smooth..

9-Congestion charging is really annoying especially when it's fee increase every two years with a pound .

10- ILegal chinese DVD sellers on the streets of London.

SH

1. Litterers (who are mostly kids and wino's going by the cheap beer brands and fast food wrappers that make up the bulk of litter) and white van fly-tippers as they blight our neighbourhoods on a daily basis.
2. Able-bodied people who park in disabled bays even when there are plenty of spaces just metres away and people who use a disabled parking sticker when there aren't disabled people in the car. Laziness and (usually) obesity are NOT disabilities.

I can just about tolerate music blaring from tiny phone-speakers and idiots who put their feet on seats. If you look at the people that do this, they are often from the lower end of society and probably have a very poor quality of life, so let them have this brief rebellious sulk.

Graeme Hewson

11. TFL calling passengers "customers", as if the only thing that matters to TFL is getting hold of their money.

I AM A PASSENGER!

EA

Aside from London public transport being pathetically annoying enough, to top it all up, rushing pedestrians don't even seem to know which side to keep or, even worse, be flexible enough to negotiate it, the bottom line being the usual annoying 'urban dance' where two pedestrians try to avoid each other but end up crashing their beer bellies onto the person coming in the opposite direction... Sounds familiar...?

Jean-Michel Genre

Jesus...y'all love London anyway though right people! :O)

Paul

People who don't walk on the left, you walk on the side you drive, that's the global rule for walking on footpaths. I'm forever changing sides to avoid people who walk on the wrong side

pauly

If you're pregnant and not 'showing' yet, but still expect people to give up seats for you, wear a bloody badge that says so, or mention it to people. I was once shouted at by a stick thin (ie. didn't look pregnant) 20 something for not giving up my seat to her, which was rather mortifying, as I would always do so for pregnant, elderly, disabled etc. people.

tjsw12

People who think that the advent of free newspapers affords them a God-given right to be a litter bug. e.g. that casual "flip the paper over my head and don't bother whether it lands behing me or on the adjacent passenger" trick. Newspapers are litter too.  TAKE IT HOME WITH YOU AND/OR RECYCLE!!

Bumhead91

This shit happens everywhere... not  just London. With the exception of the Oyster card I guess, but this can me replaced with pretty much anything you need to get out of your bag/pocket/wallet but you don't till the last minute (train tickets, Tesco cards etc)

Billy Mason

Groups of people who walk slowly in files of three plus on extremely busy streets, thus setting the pace for every single pedestrian walking behind them.

Qwerty

Everyone, just be polite. It truly is that simple.

Alfredthefat

The constant signal failures. The "improvement works", or the have a break at the weekends. Ahh the tiny tube carriages. Why do the carriages have to bend over my head? The constant delays. When  there is a fire alert and close half the line cos of it. They should go to the Moscow metro and learn lessons. Trains run 30 seconds apart. Here the travel 40 mph 5-10 mins apart. What about the lifts. they slowly close, it's just painful to look at.

Joe

People that come through the underground tunnels the wrong way to save time. I have had many experiences where they bump into me and give me a look too.

Adele C

I suppose, it isn't their fault really, but tourists staring up / into shops and walking straight into you. Hello. I'm here.

Being overcharged by TFL and knowing to try to get it back, you'd have to spend 4 hours and £20 on a phone call. And / or offer up a kidney.

People who talk REALLY LOUDLY on phones on buses. Which is doubly annoying when i can't understand them cos it eliminates the chance for me to speculate and make up my own story.

Strange men flashing or rubbing their genitals. I realise this is not exclusive to London. I think I have experienced this more than the average person, for some reason. Maybe I look like I might enjoy it.

People who walk sooo slooowly on pavements. How do they ever get anywhere (and I don't mean the elderly)

People who don't offer seats to the elderly or pregnant. You selfish shits. I hope you get boils on your ass.

Sorry, but people who decide to go shopping in rush hour with buggies and children. Of course, I realise some people will need to travel at this time, but if possible and you're only shopping, start or finish 30 mins later/earlier. I sat on a child once. It wasn't pleasant for either of us.

People who travel with huge bags in rush hour. We've all been guilty of this when dashing somewhere after work. I myself am definitely guilty. It doesn't make me hate you any less.

People eating the face off each other on public transport. There is a time and a place for that. The DLR at 9am isn't it.

Filing nails on the train. i realise there is loads of nasties on these seat but I don't want to inhale your talons either

The fact that we moan too much. I used to think all Londoners were right moany gits and then i moved here and I caught it

Luton Airport. Well just cos it's a dump. Luton can keep it.

Adele C

I suppose, it isn't their fault really, but tourists staring up / into shops and walking straight into you. Hello. I'm here.

Being overcharged by TFL and knowing to try to get it back, you'd have to spend 4 hours and £20 on a phone call. And / or offer up a kidney.

People who talk REALLY LOUDLY on phones on buses. Which is doubly annoying when i can't understand them cos it eliminates the chance for me to speculate and make up my own story.

Strange men flashing or rubbing their genitals. I realise this is not exclusive to London. I think I have experienced this more than the average person, for some reason. Maybe I look like I might enjoy it.

People who walk sooo slooowly on pavements. How do they ever get anywhere (and I don't mean the elderly)

People who don't offer seats to the elderly or pregnant. I hope you get boils on your bums.

Sorry, but people who decide to go shopping in rush hour with buggies and children. Of course, I realise some people will need to travel at this time, but if possible and you're only shopping, start or finish 30 mins later/earlier. I sat on a child once. It wasn't pleasant for either of us.

People who travel with huge bags in rush hour. We've all been guilty of this when dashing somewhere after work. I myself am definitely guilty. It doesn't make me hate you any less.

People eating the face off each other on public transport. There is a time and a place for that. The DLR at 9am isn't it.

Filing nails on the train. i realise there is loads of nasties on these seat but I don't want to inhale your talons either

The fact that we moan too much. I used to think all Londoners were right moany gits and then i moved here and I caught it

Luton Airport. Well just cos it's a dump. Luton can keep it.

Richard BM

People who drop their free (crap) newspapers at the top or bottom of the escalators in tube stations. If these people don't want the rubbish they volunteered to pick up I fail to see why someone else should have responsibility for collecting these rags from some of the trickiest places to stop one can imagine

sinister agent

Stopping dead in the middle of the street without warning, to check on your phone or fumble in your pockets or whatever. Alright, you have to stop, that's fine, it happens. But would it kill you to glance behind you for a split second first, to make sure it won't mean some poor sap's going to walk straight into you?

Giuseppe Gazerro

I agree with most of these.
:)

Mine are, though:

1 - Italians claiming their parents’ food (and their parents' only, mind you, not italian food in general) is much better

2 - Shop clerks touching your money to help you find the right change

3 - Italians students hanging around crowded place as if they were in a deserted island

4 - Locals trying to speak foreign language claiming that it's anyway better then their English

5 - Cold and hot water taps

6 - Dimensions of public toilets

7 - Bidets (no bidets, that is)

8 - I always claim it never rains in London, which is quite true; it rains less than in MIlan, in Berlin,

9 - The absence of litter bins.
Do you really think I would give up my plan to burn London down cos I can't find a litter bin?

10 - People getting on the tube before letting people off

Foureyes

Bus etiquette (or lack thereof) is what really gets me. Why do people sit on the outside of the seat, forcing others to struggle past them or ask them to move? Parents who allow their children to occupy seats when old or disabled people are standing? Anyone who stands in front of a seat but doesn't use it! House-size buggies used by people with a huge sense of entitlement to exclusive use of bus space, and with no thought of ever having to fold it up! You can see I've honed this angry list over time, but sadly they never asked me to appear on Room 101...

Jane Ennis

The worst thing for me is people who push me out of the way and KICK MY STICK OUT OF THE WAY when I'm trying to board a bus - and the fact the the other people in the queue don't protest or help me!!!

maria

OXFORD STREET !!!!!

Green Gabby

People who stop in stupid places, this is my biggest problem with London! Why do people stop at the top of the stairs coming out of the tube to orientate themselves before walking on, JUST STAND TO THE SIDE, there are hundreds of people trying to get out and can't because you're an idiot! This includes people stopping to open their umbrellas and put away their oysters/tickets, mother's with prams who stop to check their child is covered, etc etc.

But the worst one...the amount of complaining! I'm sorry to say, but I have been here for 6 years (from South Africa) and I still think the tube is amazing, this isn't something we have in South Africa! Ok, there are some delays and problems, but you are still able to get to where you want to go, because they give you replacement buses if necessary...in South Africa, if you don't have a car, you are pretty much screwed! When there is an announcement about the next train being delayed and everyone around me starts shaking their heads and looking at their watches, I want to scream!!

Ppaf

Nice list! Not exactly the one to put you in a good mood, but let's wait for the "best things". Being from Paris, I can say that when it comes to n°3,5, and 7, being in London is a walk on the beach in comparison ;)

Jane Ennis

One of my major complaints is about the bus stops, and the fact that when there are several buses waiting at the same stop, and you want the last one in the line, you have to hurry to get on it, otherwise it will go without you. This is difficult for me, as I am disabled - so, for example, when I am waiting at the stop in Kilburn High Road for the 328, if it has already taken on passengers before it gets to the actual stop, it won't then stop to pick up the people who are still waiting at the stop. There is a better system in Edinburgh - when the buses all arrive at the same time, the second one waits until the first one has moved off and then it STOPS TO PICK UP THE PASSENGERS WHO ARE WAITING FOR IT!! Once when I was on a bus in Edinburgh, I was explaining this system to fellow-Londoners, and I said how much better it is - and the driveroverheard me, and said, 'Thanks for that unsolicited testimonial!'

Claire

When you beep your oyster card on the reader and it flashes red. Either the readers dodgy and you have put it down a bit wonky and it hasn't registered it. The rather impatient person behind you tuts at you for holding them up.... or sometimes a whole queue.

Giedre

my life and mental well-being changed when I quit the Tube. you should try it, too - I'm sure it'll still be easy to count 10 annoyances in London, but the bloody Tube won't be in 4 of them.

jake linzey

Mothers with prams. Possibly the rudest people known on earth. The giant tractor pram being the main culprit. 4 times the size of a buggy that my mother would have used. A beast of a thing. With enough supplies for a week on board so they can keep a hand free to text or drink coffee. They hunt in packs most of the time blocking entire pavements talking about how young archibald shows true mensa potential compared to his spud like baby friends. They have no concideration for other people on pavements or busses. Nothing drives me to the brink of despair like how they treat other people like they are entitled to everything. Im sorry it was your choice to have a child. Dont inflict it on me

Roger Daltry

Foreign people and their Ill-mannered non-queuing messy and abrasive ways.

sandra

I think the worst thing about London is people's indifference. I once saw a man fall asleep on the train and fall out of his seat next to a woman's feet. She nudged him with her toes as if he was a parasite. No one else even moved to see if the guy was ok. What are we coming to if we don't even care about others? Also, some of my pet hates are fat people on buses that expect you to get up for them... it's not my fault they got that big, so why should I give up my seat? I also really despair at people with poor hygiene on public transport.

Mike

My vote goes to the constant announcements on tube trains - mind the gap, this train is for, this stop is etc etc. I cant concentrate on anything with so much meaningless interruptions !

Ben

Surly pub bartenders. No wonder pubs are closing every day in Britian. If I walk in to a completely empty pub and you still can't acknowledge my existence while I stand there waiting, you deserve to go out of business.

Jayess

a) LT platform assistants shouting instructions at us passengers through the PA via the intercom like we are naughty kids and achieving the high impossible, making a horrible environment worse
b) bar staff who don't keep a check (or even ask) who is next to be served - particularly at the Anchor Bankside!
c) motorists who can't even be bothered to indicate when turning off (how obesely lazy is that?)

Bea

Forget cyclists jumping red lights - how about the cars that squeeze through well after it went red? Or the cars that don't signal and suddenly veer left in front of you. A lot of cyclists don't obey the rules but I think they get a bad rep whilst cars seem to get away with it!

Guest

i want to meet beth 2 names

MrBenn

Passing wind on a crowded train. Pretending to be asleep is no defence.

Queuing for something that really is pointless queuing for when there are so many other places to go. E.g Wagamamma

Continuous commands via Tannoy such as saying "mind the gap" rather than fixing the gap problem.

People who consider themselves to be an individual by copying a crowd they have seen in order to look and behave exactly the same.

ash

wheely-suitcases

Ravish London

That monster inside all of us, which reveals itself whenever space in the tube is at a premium.