We’ve written an article over on the Visit Britain Superblog that features our Top 10 Tips for traveling the Tube Network and maintaining a sense of etiquette.
It’s a perfect guide for the tourist who has never traveled on the Tube and may wonder how to do it properly.
Here’s an excerpt:
Since the last article I wrote on the London Underground was very popular – I thought it would be a good opportunity to revisit the subject. This time, I’m going to focus on some etiquette tips so that you don’t make a pillock of yourself on the The Tube.
1. No talking
Never talk to anyone other than in your own party and even that will be frowned upon, if you must, do so quietly. The Tube is not really a place to try to pick up a lady. People live in their own personal bubbles when they ride the Tube and Londoners prefer it that way. Many like to read so don’t disturb their quality reading time.
2. Give up your seat for an old or pregnant woman
If you see a pregnant woman or a woman wearing a ‘I’m Pregnant’ pin, do the honorable thing and give them your seat. This was a lifesaver for my wife when she traveled the underground network while she was pregnant. The same goes for an elderly or disabled person.
Hell, even if you want to be a gentleman, give up your seat for any lady (even if she’s not attractive).
Just don’t try to talk to her after you do.