On every corner there is a pretty tourista grappling with a map, looking helpless. I am constantly amazed at the number of single young women who travel to London.White, Black, Yellow, Brown , and all shades in-between!
One novelty which caught my eye in the centre of town is the recently-introduced bicycle-for-hire scheme.
The Mayor, Tory Boris Johnson, has decided that what London needs is a bike-hire scheme----just like the one in Paris, and, long before it, Amsterdam.As a result, London has teamed up with one of the big banks, and installed a few thousand sturdy unisex bicycles which are on loan for a few hours, or a few days at a time.
On the face of it, the scheme seems to be an excellent idea, but I have one major reservation----there is no supply of helmets to accompany the shiny new bikes!
These are essential in a bicycle-unfriendly city like London. More thought should have gone into safety considerations before the scheme was rolled out.