London Is RudeMarch 15, 2010
Well the plaudits just keep on coming. I was still getting my head around receiving the dubious honour of living in the angriest city in Europe. Now less than two weeks later, we have another survey telling us we are the rudest and least helpful city in the UK. According to an article in The Travel Magazine, a survey by Jury’s Inn, the hotel group, found that London was top of the ten rudest cities, closely followed by Glasgow, Bradford and Birmingham. The top of the lovely league was Southampton, followed by Norwich, Exeter and Brighton. Now I’d have to agree with Brighton. It’s a great place, Norwich I visited once and it was nice, but not earth shattering, I don’t expect Southampton will set my knickers on fire and Exeter probably has only two people and sheep. The top five are mostly coastal areas and the bottom five are proper, big cities with all the wonders and vileness that goes with it. Surely it’s like comparing apples with oranges. Still, I can’t deny that some Londoners would stamp on a granny if they thought they’d be guaranteed a seat on the tube at rush hour. It’s a jungle out there.
There were also complaints about customer service in this survey, but if you insist on shopping in places like Oxford Street where you’ll most likely be served by surly foetuses, then serve you right. If you want to venture a little further to smaller shops on the outskirts of central London, you’ll get a personal service from people who actually want your custom. But if you want to stay central then you may find some good stores. I’ve already written about John Lewis where service is king. Selfridges is not too shabby and in Covent Garden there’s a music shop called Fopp with friendly staff that sell CDs and DVDs at very good prices. I like to think I’m one of the friendly, helpful Londoners – when I’m not fighting against people who wind me up (see my previous post, London Is Angry). In fact there are several of us dotted around the capital. We may be the civilised raisins in the spotted dick of bad attitude and bad manners, but we are there, we are visible and we are proud.
Now piss off.