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Tomasz Frymorgen10 January 2018

Travellers on London’s Tube system weren't just minding the gap yesterday. Around 250 revellers stripped down to their underpants and spent hours riding around the Underground network semi-naked.

The occasion was the ninth annual No Trousers Tube Ride, an event that sees participants stripping off to their colourful underwear and travelling across the capital in the name of nothing other than laughs and giggles.

“It’s purely for fun,” says Ivan Markovic, 48, to BBC Three. He’s behind The Stiff Upper Lip Society, a flash-mob group who organised the ride.   

“We’re not raising awareness, we're not trying to seek funds for charity. We just get lovely reactions from underwear/201708/2314459.html">people, and that’s why we do it.”

Participants gathered (fully clothed) in London’s Chinatown at 3pm on Sunday. They then split off into six groups to cover different parts of the Tube system, reaching stations including Paddington, Victoria, Monument and White City.

Once on the Tube carriages, each group was instructed by a ‘leader’ to strip down to their underwear, revealing a wide array of colourful and festive undergarments. Winter clothing on the top half of the body was kept in place, with hats, gloves and scarves on show.

According to the ride's Facebook event page, the strippers were then supposed to, “Sit in the car as you normally would. Read a magazine or whatever you would normally do.” 


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For Ivan, the key is to remain as blasé as possible: “The more normal we are… the more people just sitting there, who happen not to be wearing their trousers… the better the effect we have.

“You get this lovely domino effect of people walking down the carriage going, ‘What’s going on here?’ It dawns on them slowly that something is happening, rather than hitting them in the face.”

Clearly, though, some pants-riders didn't totally stick to the script.


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Criteria for participation in the event was as follows: “1) [Be] willing to take trousers off on the Tube 2) [Be] able to keep a straight face about it.”

The Stiff Upper Lip Society included a helpful FAQ section, addressing fears over the legality of the stunt, “Um, no, it isn't [illegal]. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 applies only to a genital exposure with intent to shock and distress those who do not want to see the genitals."

They urged people against certain types of underwear: “No thongs, banana hammocks or mankinis.”

And pre-empting the question on everyone’s lips, “Why are you doing this? You could be solving world hunger/saving damsels in distress/promoting world peace with your time."

Their answer was, “Surely 'it's fun' is a good enough reason?”

The event drew a crowd of diverse ages and backgrounds.

“It was the first time I’ve ever done something like this,” says Francisco Soares Raposo, 27, who attended yesterday’s festivities in London. “It's a great way to make people understand that we need to break the vicious cycle of being serious all day.”

With London temperatures yesterday dropping to 3ºC, Francisco said it was rather cold at points, especially when queuing to withdraw money – still only in his underwear, of course.



Fortunately though, the general public’s reception was far from frosty.

“The reactions were amazing because some people were very surprised but always with a smile, asking questions, interested in our story," he told us. "The best reactions were when people just joined us, taking their trousers off!” Francisco added. 

Niv, a business analyst based in Reading, opted for boxer briefs  - “the most colourful I could find". He said his reason for joining was pretty much pure silliness: “It’s just for fun, there’s not enough fun in the world today, so if you do something that just has no real purpose in life, just to make people smile, that’s the best thing.”

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