Between barging people off the Tube and cutting them up in traffic, Londoners don’t generally have much time spare for random acts of kindness.
A new viral video campaign aims to debunk the steroytpe and prove that London dwellers really are happy to help a stranger in need, however.
Asking the question, ‘Are Londoners as rude as pople think?’ a trio of contrivided scenarios allows us to make up our own minds.
First there’s the older lady with a walking stick and a heavy suitcase who’s faced with a flight of stairs. A man coming in the opposite direction immediately offers to carry her bag… only to be rewarded with a flashmob rendition of ’(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher’.
Next, a chap dozes on the Tube, with a sign reading 'Wake me up at Clapham Junction ta! :)’ on his lap. When a fellow traveller does the decent thing, a flashmob singalong to 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ ensues.
Finally, a woman is barged (by, it turns out, a fellow flashmobber) and her groceries fall all over the pavement. A passerby rushes over to help her pick them up, receiving a version of 'He’s so lovely’ for his troubles.
Heart-warming stuff. So, would you help? Or would the fear of being publicly serenaded by a bunch of strangers put you right off?