London commuters brave the elements for annual 'No Trousers Tube Ride'
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London commuters brave the elements for annual 'No Trousers Tube Ride'

THE LONDON underground was a sight to behold this past Sunday thanks to the return of the annual No Trousers Tube Ride.

Now in its 11th year, the phenomenon started out with just a handful of trouser-less enthusiasts riding the New York subway system.

Dubbed the No Pants Subway Ride the craze has since gone global with participants from over 60 different cities around the world stripping off for the annual shindig.

People exit the Underground as they take part in the annual 'No Trousers On The Tube Day' (No Pants Subway Ride) at Waterloo Station in central London on January 12, 2020.  (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
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In cities from Tokyo to Moscow, people have been getting involved in the scantily-clad fun but the movement has proven particularly popular in London.

As many as 500 brave souls descended on tube stations across the English capital this past Sunday, January 12.

People use an escalator as they take part in the annual 'No Trousers On The Tube Day' (No Pants Subway Ride) on the London Underground in central London on January 12, 2020. -  (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Crowds of half-dressed folk descended on Trafalgar Square before setting off for the underground where they boarded trains on different Tube lines across the city.

It was an impressive effort, especially considering the bitterly cold temperatures.

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People take part in the annual 'No Trousers On The Tube Day' (No Pants Subway Ride) on the London Underground in central London on January 12, 2020. -  (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

There were only two strict rules.

Firstly, participants were required to take their trousers off and keep them off at all times. while on the Underground.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: People ride the District Line without trousers on January 12, 2020 in London, England.  (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Secondly, they were expected to maintain a straight face at all times.

Revealing undergarments such as budgie smugglers and thongs were also prohibited with organisers eager to amuse rather than offend their fellow travellers.

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People pose as they take part in the annual 'No Trousers On The Tube Day' (No Pants Subway Ride) at Waterloo Station in central London on January 12, 2020. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Thankfully the whole thing went off without a hitch.

And with an estimated 900,000 Irish people living in London, there is a good chance the Emerald Isle was well represented on the day.