The UK has its fair share of coffee shops , some more esoteric than others and on day when there is drizzle, a chill wind and an outside temperature barely in double figures (and that can be a day in May) the city dweller is drawn to these places like moths around a lamp.
But come the summer we are transformed into ‘al fresco’ eaters and drinkers.
There are some unwritten rules of how to behave when the sun comes out in the uk:
1. Have a barbecue, even if you are vegetarian or just don’t like them…not having a barbecue is frowned on.
2. Complain that it’s too hot
3. Have all food and drink outside . Even if a. The establishment or licensing laws don’t allow it, b. Even if there is no space, c. even if inside is cooler and comfortable with available tables and chairs
It only takes a walk slightly off the main streets of the west end to see the smallest London courtyards can be transformed into something of almost meditterean charm.
For the city centre pubs its a case of just let the drinkers spill onto pavements but with barely a table or chair to accomdate them at some.
Some local bylaws have strict ‘where you can stand laws’ and you will see a white line chalked on the ground. The white line cannot be crossed as if so some major heinous crime would obviously be committed and a huge electronic force field woukd annihilate the offender. Ok I made up that last bit on the force field but the rest is true. You can even see it in this picture.
And finally, even a troupe of Morris Man may turn up..baffling the tourists and ignored by locals.
However our summers are sometimes short and always unpredictable. This is who we are and what we do in summer and I wouldn’t really want to change it.😎