Normally everyone on the subway would be preoccupied with themselves – but at this scene everyone took a hard look.
Extraordinary scenes on the London Underground: Hundreds of people left their clothes on Sunday – and got on the Underground without them. They took part in what was called a “pantsless subway ride”.
Participants met at the “Elizabeth Line” station, named after Queen Elizabeth (96) which runs across the city. Then they split up and travel through the English city in small groups.
Some people were wearing dress shirts, jackets, and ties, as if they were driving to the office normally. But everything was different down below: Participants streamed across platforms and escalators in sometimes stiff soles.
Others took advantage of the occasion to dress up fully and celebrate the event in their own way. ALWAYS WITH YOU: A pair of colorful, slanted undies.
why all that? The odd business started in New York 20 years ago. It was organized by the comedy group Perform Everywhere. The goal was to “put a smile on the faces of the passengers.”
It worked in England too! Londoners were excited about the campaign and took plenty of pictures of the colorful underwear.
More than 60 cities around the world are now participating in the endless campaign – including Tokyo, Toronto, Lisbon and Berlin. We ran the “No Trousers Tube Ride” campaign in 2020.