Boris might be remembered for that insane Circle line party where everyone went stark staring mad right before 01 June 2008, getting massively drunk, but he’s also very much remembered for the New Bus for London, which some of us have no problem renaming after Mayor Boris Johnson.
To me, this is the kind of stuff only Boris and Jony Ive might be able to pull off. The idea of the open platform, always ready to let passengers hop on and off when the bus is not moving, is fantastic — and highly efficient. Especially for those of us here for a fair bit in London, it’s a fantastic way to explore un-touristy London. If I feel lethargic just after lunchtime, I’d be on one of these and hop right off where there’s a caffeine refuelling station — either for free against a quick purchase (Waitrose), or as large and powerful as humanly conceivable (Costa and Starbucks). If I wanted a quick wifi connection, it’d be a Caffé Nero, Café Rouge, or any roadside alternative. For a quick top-up shop, it might be a quick hop over to Sainsbury’s. ▶