You've seen them as they get on at the same stop every day for the last year. Time stops as the doors behind them close in slow motion and everyone else just seems to fade into the background. Over the days/weeks/months you notice they read the books that you like, drink the same size coffees you do and you've gone as far as to call them your future girlfriend or boyfriend whenever you've mentioned them to pals.
But before you know it, they're sharing that morning commute with their new – and real – other half. Bummer. There's no point waiting for the New Year's resolutions to step up to the next person that catches your eye. The time is now – so here are five (non-creepy) ways to help you pull on London public transport:
1. Give yourself a reason to chat
On your next travels, bring along a puzzle like a crossword or sudoku or maybe even a word-search as a joke and ask them if they can help you with the diagonal ones. Sure, it's cheesy, but any excuse to chat is better than not doing anything at all.
2. Cause a scene
You need to get yourself noticed. Offer your seat to someone who needs it more than you (as you bloody well should anyway), but even if that person doesn't need it, offer it to them anyway and they will see that you are a genuinely nice person. Pulling the fire alarm or having your bag stuck in the door are definitely NOT the type of scenes you want to cause.
3. Work the tube
Stand next to somebody who is less attractive than you. Seriously, hear me out on this one. I would definitely fancy my chances standing next to Zach Galifinakis a lot more than I would standing next to Channing Tatum. Right?
4. Get yo' flirt on!
Never take yourself too seriously when flirting on the tube. Stick your tongue out, flare those nostrils - just have some fun with it and make them laugh..... Just don't get too carried away and overdo it. Once you've broken that ice and made them giggle, that's your cue to make conversation.
5. Take a stand
It's hard to be seen when sitting down in rush hour. Standing up generally gives you a better view – just try not to stand right in front of them with your crotch or bum in their face (slightly awkward). Stand to the side and glance down if you have taken that bold step and engaged in a conversation – it's better for everyone that way.