Catching the underground to our lovely PR offices just off the New Kings Road is usually relatively easy. Whilst there is the regular jostling and pushing on what’s an often busy tube line it’s nothing a seasoned Londoner can’t handle.
However, we are now in the month of August, and this can only mean one thing for regular commuters – anarchy! There are young, excitable children everywhere; visitors from across the UK, Europe and wider countries and where luggage, suitcases and rucksacks dominate space on already packed trains.
Given London’s bright lights, it’s no surprise that this bustling beautiful city attracts so many tourists. Though given the sheer amount of people it might be particularly helpful for London Underground, perhaps in conjunction with the Mayor’s office, to run a series of more interesting, fun and enticing media and advertising campaigns (rather than what they are currently using which isn’t very well documented or easy to find) on social etiquette for catching the tube!
Believe it or not there are some unwritten (and written) rules on how to navigate the London Underground system and with many Londoners taking holidays themselves there is chaos all around for those that have been left behind.
As a helpful guide for all visitors descending on London over the coming weeks we at Clareville have put together our own top five tips to ensure travelling around this great city of ours can be as easy as possible without the need for any anger, cross words and glaring looks.
1. Suitcases, rucksacks and big shopping bags don’t need to have a comfortable seat next to you whilst others are standing and struggling on often packed trains.
2. It’s important to wait until people have got off the train before boarding.
3. Keep up with your personal maintenance in the privacy of your own home (that means no makeup applying, nail filing or hair spraying – just to name a few)
4. Sometimes accept there is no space to ‘move down’
5. Stand to the right and walk down the left! There is a system – please use it.
@TfL – please we deplore you! We know you are busy fighting many media battles (we won’t mention today’s tube strike) but do feel free to use our top five tips in any campaigns to encourage happy travelling.