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London Goes Pantless To Celebrate ‘No Trousers Tube Ride’

no trousers tube ride 2023
If you were in London on January 8, 2023 and noticed several commuters travelling without pants in the subway while be completely dressed on the upper half, then you must not be surprised. It is the part of an annually celebrated event called No Trousers Tube Ride.

Going out for work and forgetting your pants back at home is one of the worst nightmares that we all ever had. But what if we told you that there are certain countries that forget their pants annually? Well not forget, actually for a day, they ditch their pants and travel the subway tube ride on Elizabeth Line in London confidently as an annual event. This tradition started 20 years back with the initiative of a comic group and later went on to become an annual event with several subway commuters in shirts, coats, blazers, socks and shoes but sans trousers. The event is known as No Trousers Tube Ride and here’s how it all began.


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No Trousers Tube Ride 2023

In 2002, a performing arts group in New York City called Improv Everywhere initiated a practical joke in which seven people were supposed to board the subway train at seven consecutive stops and they will all be dressed in professional attires except they will be without pants. Wearing just their underwear, socks and shoes in the lower half, these seven men should pretend not to see one another and remain maintain an expressionless face. The practical joke soon became a worldwide event that began to be observed annually in countries like Germany, London, Tokyo, Romania, Toronto, France and Australia.

In London, the pant-less commuters travel only on the Elizabeth Line tube rides of the London subway and have to maintain a straight face to avoid ruining the fun. A Twitter user wrote, “People riding the tube as they take part in the 12th annual No Trousers Tube Ride in London.” and posted pictures of several enthusiastic men and women travelling without trousers on London subway.

Due to Covid-19, the people could not celebrate the event for two years and hence the excitement and enthusiasm of the public was more than ever. This year, London’s The Stiff Upper Lip Society was given the charge of planning the event.

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