Monday, 2 February 2009

Let it snow

Although stunningly beautiful, London is excrutiatingly ineffective in the snow. Footfall at the teashop was around 60% down on an average Monday. Not a great start to the week and it is expected to get worse before it gets better. We operated with skeleton staff and closed at 2pm, which is better than most of the businesses in the area as they could not even muster an operational team. On a positive note, people do tend to wear the oddest attire in adverse weather conditions. The array of Wellington boots, furry hats, and all-in-one ski suits were enough to ensure that the day was fun, which helped counteract the painfully slow trade. A further positive is that the weather seemed to bring a certain camaraderie between the plucky souls brave enough to make the effort: I managed 'good morning' to three complete strangers during my walk to the Tube. All was lost however once below ground, as it reverted to form exacerbated by the irregular running of trains. A couple of scuffles, the hurling of abuse and lots of pushing and shoving ensured it was Monday morning business as usual. Happy days.

Looking forward to seeing what the weather has in store for tomorrow. Not holding out for a vast change however. I may even get round to reviewing a tea, which would be nice....

PS The fact that we do not have any tables and chairs outside does not appear to be impacting our business.

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