14 Times It Is Actually Acceptable To Talk To A Stranger In London

There are certain unspoken rules when it comes to navigating the pavements, parks and public transport of London. The first of which includes not looking anyone in the eye and sitting at least two spaces away from any other person whenever possible. However, every now and again there are times when it is actually okay to talk to the bearded man clutching his skinny cap or the short girl in the Sweaty Betty leggings.


1. When someone is standing on the left hand side of the escalator

absolute 1.gif

2. When you see someone handing out free stuff


3. When you hear someone insult the Queen

4. When you hear someone complaining about something you also hate

5. When someone has put a bag on the seat next to them

6. When you walk past a cute guy on Badoo

7. When you hear people insult London

absolute 6.gif

8. When itโ€™s Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day

9. When the bartender asks you for ยฃ18.20 for your Basil mojito

10. When someone asks you to go to Winter Wonderland

11. When you walk within 50ft of Winter Wonderland

absolute 10.gif

12. When someone has a dog

absolute 11.gif

13. When the John Lewis advert comes on and you have to tell someone how extremely average it was this year

14. When it gets dark at 4pm and you have to tell someone about it

For the majority of the year it is advisable to avoid all contact with fellow Londoners. However, when it comes to the festive season all rules go out the window. Christmas in London is the one time of the year when you can talk to people even when theyโ€™re not offering you a free taster of the new pumpkin spice chia seed breakfast pot. But even then it is probably best to do all the chatting via the safety of Badoo - where you can request a selfie, stalk their Insta and make sure none of their interests include โ€˜Winter Wonderlandโ€™ before you do.