“Until you have cried on public transport, you’re not a true Londoner.” The line sounds as if it was taken from a book of modern proverbs, but it’s in fact something that was overheard in London.

With its historical landscape, vibrant culture, beautiful gardens and canals, narrow streets and arts, and double-decker buses, no wonder London is among the most visited cities in the world.

And where there’s a lot of action going on, there’s a lot of miscellaneous things to be overheard. Like the internet’s powerhouse “Overheard LA” that collects conversations which were not meant for others’ ears, “Overheard London” is exactly that but with a Greater London twist.

So make yourself some afternoon tea with bourbon biscuits and get ready to see what Londoners are buzzing about, which is honestly the most entertaining thing ever.

More info: InstagramOverheardLA.com

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JuJu
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1 month ago

and now they're running out of almost everything

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

This girl is going places. What a fantastic come back.

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Hans
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1 month ago

I need to memorize this. It would fit in many situations, not just in London...

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The old stereotype is that people from London are usually unfriendly workaholics who only care about money and themselves. You'd better not look in the eyes of a Londoner on the tube, as they will give you the evil eye back. Some foreigners think of them as self-obsessed, arrogant and stingy.

But this is just an exaggeration. The rude Londoner stereotype might have been created by the standoffish reputation of London’s fine citizens, who are otherwise genuinely very polite and have great manners. There’s something about this etiquette that is simply unparalleled and that’s why it may have caused a side effect of foreigners getting the wrong impression.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Also, I think the accent is a give away

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Madison Feehan
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1 month ago

Can you feel the burn? (It's not from the wildfires).

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JuJu
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1 month ago

Da-da da da

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On the other hand, it’s more or less true that people tend to be in their own little worlds on the transportation network. However, the tragic London bombings in July 2005 and the optimistic 2012 Olympics certainly showed that Londoners can join together when it counts.

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James016
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1 month ago

That happens a lot. People’s bags get in the way of the doors.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

self absorbed maybe ??

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Courage the Cowardly Dog
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1 month ago

Hahaha 'triangle cult' hahaa

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Another belief is that food in London is expensive and simply awful. It’s true that not even a BLT sandwich is cheap in the city compared to other European capitals. But when it comes to British food, not everything there is bland and greasy. If unpretentious but hearty is your thing, you’ll like the traditional pub food. Plus think of the crazy meal names like toad in the hole, bubble and squeak, and spotted dick.

Also, the sheer level of worldwide famous British chefs suggests that we may be underestimating the British talent to cook. After all, it does have famous chefs like Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay flying the flag for British cuisine everywhere they go!

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Adam C
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1 month ago

BHAHaaHAHa

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Madison Feehan
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1 month ago

Sounds like most dates.

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Jon S.
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1 month ago

I remember once having to tie my shoelaces in London. Though I tried to take care where I stopped, I was silently pushed to the floor by angry pedestrians striding with purpose. London has its on rules.

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

Ouch. Don't you just love the british sense of humour.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

privatizing railroads was indeed a terrible idea !!

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mcborge1
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1 month ago

Ha ha!

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JuJu
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1 month ago

I like them.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

One time I was so terribly bloated (courtesy of my IBS) that someone offered me their seat. I was too embarrassed to refuse...

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Madison Feehan
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1 month ago

I would oblige!

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Kendra Keller
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1 month ago

Humm when I read that it sounded Scottish in my head?

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 month ago (edited)

It is just something we voted for and we got it, but we still got no clue what it is!

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

Hahaha. Again, this is why I love London. They take no sh!t and give no fu*ks.

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troufaki13
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1 month ago

Very British indeed

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Dina Simoné
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1 month ago

Hahaha, I love that woman

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mcborge1
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1 month ago

Lol.

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

Brexit is really hurting the British and it's sad. Just because a group of wankers wanted more money and lied to get it (and admitted they lied). Boris is a twat.

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NsG
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1 month ago

And it's an art form

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KombatBunni
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1 month ago

I've heard it as champagne tastes on a beer budget. Old Aussie saying :P

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

I'll take that as a maybe, then.

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

Oooooh it couldn't get more sarcastic than that. I love it.

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BAN CAPITAL LETTERS
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1 month ago

quick learner

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Adam C
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1 month ago

Earlier : Woman to Taxi drive- Go to La guadia, La gouida, Lagida...forget it JFK please.

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Abhinc
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1 month ago

same !! without the brooms

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Devil's Advocate
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1 month ago

In England, it's called Bucks Fizz, or certainly used to be...

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

Oh God, epic.

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Natalie Bohrteller
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1 month ago

How can you hate having a fox in your room?? 😱😱😱

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J. F.
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1 month ago

Hey, the UK is the place with the highest amount of convertibles in europe - talking about optimism here....

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Flip
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1 month ago

😀

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Devil's Advocate
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1 month ago

There was his mistake, using politeness in London ..

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Wistiti
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1 month ago

Lovely friends, those.

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Cathelijne Van
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1 month ago

Good question though 😄

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Al Cook
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1 month ago

Question is, is the American disgusted or excited by that? I'd be disgusted personally.

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Tiny Dynamine
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1 month ago

He must have been having second thoughts at that stage.

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

I went about twenty years ago and I'm still waking up every morning with a hangover from it.

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

Who told BP I said that ;)

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

Yes, and cheese.

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Valerie G.
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1 month ago

My mom used to say "don't tell anyone your troubles, half of them don't care and the other half are glad it happened to you".

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K. Lange
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1 month ago

use the tub

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Whatshername
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1 month ago

There's an app for that 😉 (mouse jiggle)

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Abhinc
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1 month ago (edited)

can take a while before you actually figure it out and decide then

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S.
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1 month ago

Guess I’m a true Londoner (despite the fact I’ve never stepped out of Asia) ;’)

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