Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Beat the Tube Strike

Living in London, or even if you don't, the London Tube Strike is probably something you are aware of or have read about.  I have my own views on it which I have tweeted about and this post is not about those views.

Getting around London during those strikes is an absolute nightmare, chaos in fact but there has been the invention of the walking map which I have found quite handy outside of the strike.  Maps aside, there have been some fabulous photos of alternative transport that people have come up with and some are just genius:

Image Credit - BT.Com
One Londoner decided he would use a 19th Century Penny Farthing to beat the strike whilst another took to a canoe.  Friends of mine joked about using their childs space hopper.  One mode of transport that I would love to see more people use is something even cooler than a Segway and that is it's family member the Swegway, the closest thing I feel I am ever going to get to a Hover Board and it even has celebrity fans like Lily Allen on board (no pun intended).

Transport aside, there is a list of items I do feel you need to have with you if you must travel (ergo the boss insists you come to the office) and they are:

1.  A bottle of water.  I never travel anywhere in London without a bottle of water, thankfully I have my rather funk bkr to keep me thirst free.  
2. If you have an iPhone like me and the battery is a tad rubbish then a spare power pack is also a must and I bought my Anker Portable Charger from Amazon for £9.99 and it has been one of the best accessories I have ever bought and it is easy to use.  
3. Antiperspirant.  If you are walking a fair old distance to work, yay for burning off those calories but you don't want or need to be sharing the odour!
4. A good book/Kindle.  Again living in London and travelling around on public transport gives you the perfect opportunity to beat your Goodreads challenge and help you forget about the strike in the first place.
5. Hairbrush. Another item I never leave the house without. Rocking the dragged through a hedge backwards look doesn't give me that professional look I need for the office, so brushing my hair is a must.
6. Your favourite lipstick.  I don't even think this needs an explanation.
7. Perfume.  Now I never carry a full bottle of perfume around with me, I subscribe to a perfume sample subscription box for a reason and there are usually two or three of them in my handbag and it works just the same as No.3
8. Earphones. Get those dance tunes on and bounce your way to work.  I find music is great to listen to when I am walking around London, apologies to anyone who has heard my singing.
9. Sunglasses.  Ever since I got my Michael Kors i've used any and every opportunity I can to wear them because I love them so much. 
10. Notepad.  I am a list maker, doodler, jotter downer or whatever you want to call it.  Another item that is always in my handbag is a notepad.  You can never have too many and you need them in all shapes and sizes.  Whilst waiting for the bus, sitting on the bus or even just having a rest, you never know what blog post ideas might come to you, it might be the chance to write down that to do list, your reminders or if you are lucky you phone number for that handsome stranger you have admired from afar!

And obviously not forgetting some comfy shoes!  Walking long distances is not the time or place for those stiletto heels you might wear on a daily basis, by all means take them with you but grab your Converse or your Toms, you'll thank me later!


What items would you carry to beat the tube strike?

26 comments:

  1. It must be a nightmare living in London with the Tube Strikes - I'd definitely agree with the power pack and the kindle. I always like to have a notebook and pen with me to scribble down ideas if I get a few minutes x

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  2. I have enjoyed reading about the Tube strikes though as I adore London and the camaraderie, also the maps that have been coming out, how many calories you can burn walking between stations has been fun.

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  3. I don't live in London, but have been there through tube stikes and it's quite a nightmare! I agree with all of your tips, as getting from point A to point B can become such a trek! x

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  4. I couldn't live in London. I was there for a day and I was stressed lol. My husband lived in London years ago and said it was a nightmare to get around at times x

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  5. I think your list is fab! Great. London must be a nightmare when strikes are on

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  6. So thankful that I don't live in London, although I do quite like the hustle and bustle occasionally. I don't like the tube so always use cabs when I am down there x

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  7. Ekk one thing that makes me glad about not living in London (though often I wish I did!) x

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  8. I'm so pleased that I don't live in London as id detest the tube strike! xxx

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  9. I used to live in London and on the first tube strike day I couldn't get a bus home so I ended up walking home. I just put in my earphones, got some music on and power walked back to Kensal Rise. Funnily enough, it didn't take as long as I'd thought - the tubes give you a misleading sense of how far apart things are in London and sometimes it is actually quicker (and a better view!) to walk! These days when I'm in Central London I prefer to walk if the tube would only be a few stops.

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  10. I have to say at times like tube strikes I'm so pleased I don't live in London! I actually prefer walking about anyway so I definitely agree that comfy shoes are a must!

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  11. I never wanted to live in London but saying that I was saying the same about Manchester and now I love this city! The charger is a great idea although is already £11 ;p

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  12. lovely points! in a way, I'm glad i don't live in london haha

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  13. I hear about Tube Strikes, they must be the worst! Great list though! I never go anywhere without my earphones! x

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  14. Agh tube strikes, my husband was in London when there was one on and he said it was a nightmare, I will have to show him your tips for next time he's there during a strike.

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  15. I used to hate tube strikes when we lived Down south. I used to work from home on the days that there was one!

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  16. I'm so glad I don't work in the city any more! The tube strikes would do my head in!

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  17. It always amazes me how close some tube stations are to each other. A lot of London is a walkable distance

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  18. This makes me thankful I don't live in a big city :) I like to go every wear with my bike x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  19. Great tips, I'm liking the sound of the Swegway.

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  20. We got stuck on a train last week trying to get into London! Argh I could have done with a penny farthing to get to where we needed to be!

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  21. Yet another reason I'd never want to live in London, haha! A good book is a must for me on public transport :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Loving the dude on the penny farthing, how funny! xx

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  23. It's one of the biggest flaws of living in London. If I have the funds I just make sure I'm out of London when it happens and if not then I just stick to going to places not too far from home that I can get to without having to jump on a bus or train.

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  24. im so pleased we live in a city that is not so heaving with traffic , would hate living in london for this reason only

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  25. I'm so glad the strike didn't happen this week. I have managed to avoid the other two. Love the penny farthing pic haha. KBxx

    http://beautybykaris.com

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  26. I am so impressed! LOVE your progress so far and your vision for what you want your TUBE STRIKE to look like–it’s going to look amazing!I really recommend other to read this article .

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