Two cup-and-ball games going strong between Hays Galleria and City Hall today. Perpetrators darkish skinned, broken English, ethnicity unknown (I couldn't catch enough of what they were saying to recognise an accent or their own language).
This is private land (as we're often reminded) so it's presumably up to 'More London' to police it. I had a look at one of their discrete 'private property' notices, which confirms the ban on cycling, skateboarding and rollerskating, but doesn't say anything about a ban on 'gambling or games of chance' (in any case, there's no 'chance' involved in these games!).
eDWaRD WooDWaRD re 'lucky posy women' - isn't selling 'lucky white heather' a good old English Gypsy custom? Like fortune telling (Gypsy Petulengro et al)- something that these exotic people, with their wide knowledge of herbs and their second sight and native wisdom were famous for? Has the trade been taken over by immigrant Roma?
I don't object to getting money from tourists - it's a long-standing London tradition. But these new immigrants seem to be reinventing the scams that native London rogues and villains used to carry on. Have we no rogues and villains of our own, or have they all got jobs in City banks and businesses?
In any case, it's bad for London's reputation as a tourist destination, and perhaps it's something the Mayor should be taking action against.