With the prospect of half a million more tourists in London over the coming months, it’s fair to say the capital is readying itself to get a little distressed with the invasion of foreign bodies.
A YouGov survey of 2,000 Brits, commissioned by Wimdu UK, asked Londoners exactly what riles them about tourists. Below are the top irritants for Londoners.
Biggest irritations about Tourists in London
- Groups walking side by side in a line across the whole of the pavement – 67%
- Tourists gathering at the bottom of the stairs blocking the underground’s entrance/exit – 61 %
- Tourists walking really slowly on congested pavements – 51%
- Tourists standing on the wrong side of the escalator on the underground – 36%
- Tourists standing in the middle of the pavement taking pictures – 34%
- Tourists travelling with lots of luggage on the underground during rush hour – 32%
- Tourists trying to touch in on London’s Oyster card system using a paper ticket – 16%
- Tourists asking me for directions – 5%
To help hapless tourists on their way, Wimdu UK have put together a manual, guiding them through the quirks of the capital:
Forget the Tower of London, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, Wimdu has created a map for the hidden gems of London that visiters should not miss: