Everyone knows the stats about rats in London - 'you're never more than 4 ft away from one'(?) apparently. The river must be a prime spot for them, too. But, hey, I rarely see the things, and if they don't bother me, I don't bother them ;)
Rubbish has got to be the main reason for their huge presence, it'd be great to see that addressed in this dirty ol' town, then maybe the rats'd check out, too...
There are hundreds of rats all around the tate and the south bank.
I often walk home this way and most times will see a rat. Amusingly they are always in the flowerbeds and shrubberies that are planted to prettify the place
Curiously enough, this would be the location of Q's workshop that James Bond is seen entering through the real door under the South Bank lion in the recent Die Another Day, even though it leads to the supposed "Vauxhall Cross" abandoned tube station (filmed at the old Aldwych station). One for the conspiracy theorists - maybe talk of these mythical rats is just cover for something else going on down there!
Thanks for some great replies !!!! - From my home here, in North-West England, I can adopt a fairly philosophical approach over these rats !! - However, I don't know how relaxed I'll be in my bed at night, in the dark, in my hotel room there in County Hall, where I stay many times throughout the year, knowing what I now know!! - If only I hadn't read the damned "rats" article !!!Fortunately, I think that I will just about manage to overcome this,.... due to the much improved provision of wine suppliers in the area, in the last 8 months !! - I now have a valid excuse for having that extra glass of wine at night and the 2.5 million rats below me will become a distant memory .......?????!!!!!!!
re: " do they ever cross the rd to the hospital"
When I was a junior doctor on call at said hospital (St Thomas' ) the only plague we had to contend with was that of the smaller rodent variety - MICE!
I remember regulaly having to change on-call rooms at night because of small furry creatures waking me up by running round the room....