Wednesday 28 May 2008 10.22pm
From those I know who live on it and from visiting them the worst thing you are likely to encounter is noise. Not generalised noise, but a fire alarm going off at Guy's is a good way to wake you up. No, you won't hear the alarm, but you may will hear the the wailing parade of fire engines that inevitably result. Actually, almost every emergency vehicle, regardless of where it's going or at what hour, seems to go down Long Lane
with its sirens wailing at full pelt. I've been told this is down to the particular conditions on the road; namely that it is relatively important, relatively narrow, has lots of other narrow streets joining it, has buildings that come right out to the pavements in places and lots of trees. This means that emergency vehicles will tend to sound their sirens as a precaution to warn other vehicles that may be about to turn into their paths, but that they cannot see.