No Pants Subway Ride – January 10

This Sunday will be the seventh annual “No Pants Subway Ride” event. A concept popular in the US was exported to London’s underground, attracting thousands of people turning up to ride the tube in their underwear and of course shirts/jackets.

The event was started in New York in 2002 by pranksters, Improv Everywhere. People would turn up on the subway in their underwear and pretend as if they don’t know each other and that it’s normal to wear no pants on the subway.


On Improv Everywhere’s site it states, “The mission started as a small prank with seven guys and has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with dozens of cities around the world participating each year.”

The group hit the headline several times over the years, the biggest scandal happened in 2006. Eight participants in New York were reportedly handcuffed in just their underwear and taken to the station. All charges were dropped, however, as it is not against the law to wear just your underwear in a public place.

The event will kick off 3pm at Pagoda, Newport Place, WC2H 2JR on Sunday 10th January.