Let’s be honest now, there’s always a reason to complain about public transport. Too crowded, too slow, too expensive are only a few of the complaints we find ourselves hurling at the public transport system in any country.
But it seems that Londoners have another reason to complain–public transport is too hot. In fact, as this recent article in the Evening Standard notes, the temperatures on the tube and buses on one of the warmest days of the year were so high it would be illegal to transport cattle in.
We’re not going to dwell on the fact that this seems to mean that the Brits treat cattle better than they treat people, but we’ve certainly noticed the exhaustive heat on the tube. Even on cold days, it seems that the cars are excessively warm. We’ve found ourselves unbuttoning our jackets and removing our scarves and looking for a piece of paper to fan ourselves, even when the temperatures outside are close to freezing.
In the past months that we’ve been here, we’ve noticed that it’s not just public transport that tends to be warmer than usual. It seems to be a trend in most public places. Pubs, restaurants, even department stores all seem to crank up the heat a couple of degrees more than necessary. Add the crowds and all of a sudden you have a sweaty mess.
So, we guess, the only way to deal with the situation is to dress in layers and indulge in a cooling beverage. Maybe that’s why the pubs are always so crowded.