Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All Change to LST* *That's London Summer Time; WORK Unlimited Holidays, Starting and Finishing an Hour Earlier and Cheeky Friday Afternoon Escapes -- the Capital's in a New Zone, Says Phoebe Luckhurst

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All Change to LST* *That's London Summer Time; WORK Unlimited Holidays, Starting and Finishing an Hour Earlier and Cheeky Friday Afternoon Escapes -- the Capital's in a New Zone, Says Phoebe Luckhurst

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Byline: says Phoebe Luckhurst

CONTRARY to the conspiracy theories hawked by large sections of social media, for many people summer doesn't mean 4am easyJet flights laced with vodka or sunrises on beaches shot through the frame of your hotdog legs. It doesn't mean islandhopping, yacht-hopping or city-hopping. Indeed, it doesn't involve much leaping for joy at all; most of the time you're staring out of your office window at the office window opposite. If your urban quarters are sufficiently cramped, you might catch the eye of another worker and offer a nod of recognition. "Hello, Comrade," you transmit with your eyes, "I too am oppressed."

The you drinking, earlier (might) finish, thereby minimising hangovers London Summer Time (LST) is a mixture of envy and politics. For every person who gets two weeks in Magaluf (not the bit where sex-pests gyrate through the city in mamadinging conga lines -- the classy bit. You think), there are others who prop up the office, business as usual, for months. And so for many, summer happens in the evenings: you front-load the week with boozy BBQs and spend the end of the week on roof terraces marvelling at how late the hazy light lasts. But for the lucky ones, the warm weather softens up the boss; many London workplaces run "summer hours" -- starting early and finishing early -- in order to maximise the evenings. At Net-a-porter, a few departments start at 8.30am and leave at 5.30pm, a slight shift forward from the usual working hours of 9am-6pm.

Others offer a weekend-facing concession to LST hours: ASOS closes up shop early on Fridays, as does Burberry, giving its CEO and creative director Christopher Bailey time to shuttle up to his Yorkshire home. Indeed, many use London Summer Time to hotfoot it out of the city for the weekend. Leaving makes a summer weekend feel like an event -- packing a bag corroborates the feeling that you're going on holiday. …

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