Tourists are almost a practical joke in London and anyone who has been to London knows it. From not knowing where to go in the underground to taking pictures of the lions in Trafalgar Square, it is ridiculously easy to spot a tourist in London and to avoid blatant stupidly and the internal wrath of locals, here are 5 things not to do in London.
1. Don't stand on the left in escalators.
Okay so it's a fact that almost all tourists will stand anywhere on the escalator not knowing that the left side is for people who want to walk down and the right side is for people who will just wait for it to reach the bottom. You feel so ridiculously stupid when you get it wrong, so just a warning.
2. Don't take too long getting your Oyster card out.
Nobody in London has the time or the patience to wait for a tourist to take out their Oyster card, if it's not out before you reach the entry you'll have annoyed at least 10 people. Also just a little tip, you don't have to pull it out of the cardholder each time, it works through your wallet as well. I probably learnt that the thirty first time I used the underground.
3. Don't take ridiculously pose-y photos in front of famous landmarks.
Anybody who's pretending to tip over the Big Ben an anyone sitting on one of the lions in Trafalgar Square should just not. Please please put down the peace sign and an awkward akimbo and stick to regular fake smiles. I genuinely don't think people realise just how stupid they look( including me), but if you must, then go for it! After all opinions are just opinions.
4. Quicken your pace.
Slow walkers in London are as infuriating as the constant sirens. Do everyone around you a favour and just walk as briskly as you can, especially around narrow pathways.
5. Control your umbrella
London locals have mastered the art of swerving umbrellas around people but sadly for the rest of the world, we have no idea how to handle an umbrella in London. I can't even tell you the amount of time I have almost blinded someone with my umbrella, so a little practice of swerving it around, lowering it and raising it will come a long way during your visit.
Do yourself a favour and print, bookmark, favourite and memorise this post. Looking like a local in a different city is as exciting for travellers as is getting a new suitcase, so this post is actually for all of the travel bugs out there and obviously for any tourist. I can't even begin to explain how sorry I am for not updating in over a month! I know I say it a lot but this time I really will update more often. But I hope that you all have noticed that I've been updating Wanderlustric's Instagram like crazy, and I love the fact that so many of you are getting involved!
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