Londoners have a bad reputation for being stony faced and irritable. I disagree, and that maybe because I am one myself, making me biased. London is a hub of activity: Businesses, Banks and the people who work for them. We all have a place to be or people to see.
That being said, when somebody from outside of London doesn’t understand the etiquette of pedestrian traffic in London, it can be extremely frustrating to those whose journey becomes disrupted.
When I used to work in London Victoria, this was most apparent. The constant stream of non-Londoners and tourists into one of the main stations of London meant majority of traffic did not know the rules of city walking. I be fast walking from the underground to my work across the road, when one or more people will just stop in the middle of the pavement to have a look around carelessly. Or to talk to a friend, or look at their phone.
Now, you can do that. For all I care, you could stand there all day, but for the love of God just move to the side to allow other people through. There is nothing worse than being in commuter mode and crashing into the back of someone who doesn’t understand the disturbance of abruptly halting.