Originally Posted by Lucky Strike
Saw an American (well, his crying wife was certainly American) who seemed to have made that easily made mistake just Friday afternoon in London. Ambulances, blood, limbs in odd angles. Take the advice above seriously; I've had a few close calls on this account in London myself.
Though it's not a pleasant thing to see humor in, this reminds me of a funny story. I was viewing a flat with an agent, and I asked, what the main disadvantages of this flat are, he says to me;
"Well, you're pretty close to the A4"
"I'd say that's an advantage, though, I can get out of London quickly."
"Yes, most of the time, but every so often, an American tries to cross it during Friday rush hour (the A4, and this was quite a high speed and busy section of it) but looks the wrong way"
"I don't quite follow."
"Well, they look the wrong way, and next thing they know, they're shaking hands with a man with a white beard up in the clouds."
"I got that; but I still don't see the disadvantage"
"Well, ambulances come, the A4 is closed, and Marloes Road (the street on whence the flat was) is the only way through. So it gets jam packed."
It turned out I didn't buy that flat, not for that reason though. Rather, I felt Kensington was too far out; I chose Belgravia instead.