As of Thursday, the end-of-evening pub cry, "Ladies and Gents, Last Call" will be a thing of the past
. Or at least, pubkeepers will have the option to make it so. In an effort to stop the 11pm flood of drunken British from spilling out onto the streets (and why am I hearing an echo of Monty Python and soiled budgies flying out of people's loos and infringing their personal privacy?) the government has made licenses available for 24-hour service--on the theory, I guess, that this will spread the number of drunks weaving on the streets across the whole night. About 700 establishments, including 240 pubs, have applied for the permits.
Does this mean London Transport is going to start running the Underground later? That would be nice.