Originally posted by dlinkwit27
i'd feel more sorry for them if it didn't get that hot at leat twice a week here.
Yes, but the difference in London is that it only gets very hot once every few years. Therefore most homes, cars, offices, and small shops don't have air-conditioning.
Neither does public transport - since London has been at the forefront of technology over the centuries, the public transport system is practically pre-historic; they are running busses built from the 1950s onwards, the underground system dates from the late 1800s, and road-building is not happening at a fast enough rate to cope with modern traffic levels. Thus, the underground and busses aren't air-conditioned (I dread to think how hot it must be down there - I never use public transport so I've not been anywhere near the thing...); and roads are clogged with traffic trying to get to the coasts (remembering of course that London is inland, so there are no beaches for people just to cool off at - they need to drive about 60 miles to find one).
Furthermore, London itself is one of the biggest cities in the world, and has a very low population density - meaning it is spread out and therefore covers a massive area. It is also situated in a valley, meaning that smog gets trapped over the town and the air gets very humid, close, and difficult to breathe - so it's not really the nice heat that you get in the South of France.
However, I certainly was out there enjoying it - I've just got back from a weekend's endurance cycling!