Welcome to London, Home of the XXX Olympiad!

Some time ago I provided a useful review of some of London’s lesser-known eating places. Fine dining you will not find on that page. I found those amazing places not by actually going to them, but by reading the seminal work on ‘other-London’ – ‘Shit London‘ by Patrick Dalton.

Now, with the Olympics only a day away I felt it my responsibility, nay my duty, to share with readers some alternative views of this great city that few will see, either on TV or in person.

I was lucky enough to find the online version of ‘Shit London’ (which I hasten to add does not mean ‘really bloody awful, but rather ‘shit, or stuff you’ll find in London’).

The author has just published the results of a competition looking for, variously, worst workplace view, worst shop name, and a general category of ‘Best Picture’, an entry for which is re-produced here:

Entries for ‘Most Depressing View at Work’ included this gem:

This looks like the roof of one of those under-pavement public toilets no?

‘Worst shop’ included a schoolwear establishment:

You wouldn’t take your kids in here would you?

And the overall ‘worst building’ category featured a college of technology:

Now I’m not sitting here slating this beautiful city – London is great believe me. But I do like a good laugh. Sod it – here’s another

You can’t seriously tell me this is an accident???

I’d encourage you to visit the Shit London site – it also features pictures from New York, and by visiting you may keep the owner happy!!

12 thoughts on “Welcome to London, Home of the XXX Olympiad!

  1. Great post, too funny! reminds me of when they had the Olympics in Vancouver and they “cleaned” up the city by shipping all the bums out. They raised the prices of rents for shop owners that were closer to the down town core so only the high end, big stores were able to stay afloat. Thanks for visiting/liking my site!

  2. That school uniform place looks like The Little Shop of Horrors. Good luck & fun w/the Olympics and apologies for the ass who decided to head over to critique your Olympics for you. If it’s any consolation, he acts the same way here. You really should have used him for the javelin practice – please?

  3. Brilliant – Manor Park to the east of Stratford is an awful hole of a place. Their share of the £10 Billion? A loose paving slab has been tapped down after 4 years of ankle and faciial injuries caused by trippage.

    • They’ve been doing that outside our office – there’s this pothole thats been taking out unwary cyclists for years but they just fixed it for the road race – £90b to fix a pothole so to speak

  4. HAHAHAHA!

    Now that’s the Britain I want to see on my American TV!

    I hear that our Republican challenger for the presidency is visiting Britain and managed to immediately embarrass himself and the country.

    Sigh. I really think that Americans have the shortest memory on the planet if they don’t remember what a disaster the last Republican president was. So sad!

    But looking forward to the Opening Ceremony. Do you think it will be better than Beijing?

    No, don’t answer that . . . 😉

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