Snapshot: 17 Photos of Umbrellas at Their Best and Worst in London

Has your umbrella become your new best friend these days, always at your side? Even if it’s sunny in the morning, an April shower may catch you off guard. But, if you planned well, you have your trusty umbrella nearby.  The thing is, that umbrella can transform into a “frenemy” and turn on you with no notice. Check out this snapshot of Londoners out and about with umbrellas at their best and worst:

This is what people typically picture when thinking of London.

Shoppers shelter from the rain under umbrellas as they walk along Oxford Street in London, Wednesday, April 25, 2012.  Britain's economy has fallen back into recession for the first time since 2009 after official figures Wednesday showed that it unexpectedly contracted during the first three months of the year.  The Office for National Statistics said economic output as measured by gross domestic product fell by 0.2 percent in the first three months of the year from the previous quarter. The first quarter drop follows the 0.3 percent decline recorded in the last quarter of 2011 and means Britain has returned to recession as two consecutive quarters of negative growth are required for a country to be officially deemed to be in recession.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

It’s a sea of umbrellas on Oxford Street in London. (AP/Matt Dunham)

But wouldn’t it be cool if it looked more like this when it rains?

UK's biggest umbrella, measuring 6 x 8 metres took three weeks to create and is made up of over 500 individual umbrellas, MORE COPY UK's biggest umbrella, Canary Wharf, London, Britain - 21 Oct 2013 Canary Wharf will not see any rain on its parade over the next two weeks with the magnificent O2 umbrellas exhibit being displayed for the first time in one of London's most vibrant business and shopping districts.   The UK's biggest umbrella, measuring 6 x 8 metres took three weeks to create and is made up of over 500 individual umbrellas. Over the next two weeks over 1.2 million people who pass through Reuters Plaza are expected to be covered under it.    The canopy of umbrellas has been opened to celebrate the final O2 hotspot being switched on, as part of the partnership with Canary Wharf Group which means access to free O2 Wifi for the entire estate, including the four shopping malls, 240 cafes, bars and restaurants and the 20 acres of parks. Created by artists from Helix 3D, the interactive design will shelter visitors and local business people from the coming November rain, being placed in situ until November 4th. The exhibit comes to Canary Wharf as O2 revolutionises internet usage in one of the world's most foremost business and shopping districts. The presence of free, accessible O2 Wifi has already proven popular with visitors and workers in the area with an average connection time of 6.9 minutes per session, and average daily usage of 16.6mins per user*.   Gavin Franks, MD for Commerce at O2 said: "We're delighted to celebrate the fact that O2 Wifi has Canary Wharf covered through such a visually stunning display in one of London's most iconic landmarks.    "We understand that access to free public wifi is becoming a right rather than a privilege and nowhere is the demand greater than in Canary Wharf. Every day, hundreds of t... For more information visit http://www.rexfeatures.com/stacklink/KOPWCKBAL (Rex Features via AP Images)

A canopy of umbrellas, made up of over 500 individual umbrellas, was installed at Canary Wharf in 2013. (Rex Features/AP)

The rain reminds us that chivalry is not dead.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive under an umbrella for the UK Premiere of 'African Cats', in aid of Tusk Trust, at the BFI Southbank  in central London, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Prince William makes sure Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is sheltered from the weather. (AP/Joel Ryan)

Folks showed up prepared at Wimbledon.

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A million or so spectators had an umbrella in tow. (AP/Alastair Grant)

Some, doubly prepared.

Spectators shelter under an umbrella as rain stops play at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Two Wimbledon spectators find shelter under a clear umbrella, allowing them to watch the tennis tournament unhindered. (AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

You can’t complain too much with a view like this on the walk to work.

A pedestrian holding an umbrella featuring a Union flag walks across Westminster Bridge back-dropped by the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Britain is bracing for a May 6 general election that may alter the landscape of its politics _ a race that offers at least three unpredictable outcomes and one of the most dramatic since Tony Blair defeated the Conservatives in 1997. (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

Pedestrians walk across Westminster Bridge back dropped by the House of Parliament. (AP/Akira Suemori)

Emma Watson had no problem camouflaging her coverage.

Cast member Emma Watson takes shelter under an umbrella as she poses for photographers upon her arrival at the world premiere of the film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince at a cinema in London, Tuesday, July 7, 2009.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Emma Watson’s umbrella adds to her ensemble at the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince premiere in London. (AP/Matt Dunham)

This is not working at all, but he doesn’t seem too bothered.

People struggle with umbrellas as they walk on a road in London, Monday, March 10, 2008. Winds that topped 80 mph (130 kph) battered Britain's southern coasts on Monday, uprooting trees, toppling power lines and shutting several busy ports. Coast guard tug boats rescued a petroleum tanker that ran into trouble in a stormy English Channel. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Winds topped 80 mph during a rain storm, which proved too strong for the wired frame. (AP/Sang Tan)

At the least, this woman attempts to reverse the situation.

A woman struggles with her umbrella in central London, Monday, March 10, 2008. Winds that topped 80 mph (130 kph) battered Britain's southern coasts on Monday, uprooting trees, toppling power lines and shutting several busy ports. Coast guard tug boats rescued a petroleum tanker that ran into trouble in a stormy English Channel. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

A woman struggles with her umbrella in central London. (AP/Sang Tan)

He may as well go back home and try again tomorrow.

A man struggles with his umbrella as he walks across London Bridge in London, Monday, March 10, 2008. Winds that topped 80 mph (130 kph) battered Britain's southern coasts on Monday, uprooting trees, toppling power lines and shutting several busy ports. Coast guard tug boats rescued a petroleum tanker that ran into trouble in a stormy English Channel. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

A man juggles his umbrella and luggage as he walks across the London Bridge. (AP/Sang Tan)

Jude Law is picture perfect, framed by umbrellas.

British actor Jude Law is surrounded by umbrellas as he gives a television interview upon his arrival for the U.K. premiere of his film Sleuth at a cinema in the West End of London, Sunday Nov. 18, 2007.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Jude Law is surrounded by umbrellas as he gives a red carpet interview for his movie Sleuth. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Oh Charles.

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Prince Charles doesn’t quite get how the umbrella works. (AP Photo)

Ah, there you go.

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It happens to the best of us: he was able to get the umbrella functioning properly. (AP Photo)

Sting was just hangin’ out with his multi-color umbrella: “Nuthin goin’ on here.”

British singer-songwriter Sting carries a large umbrella in London, England, United Kingdom on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1987. (AP Photo/John Redman)

British singer-songwriter Sting was spotted in London during 1987. (AP/John Redman)

American actor Gene Kelly was welcomed in style with an umbrella brigade.

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Gene Kelly received the Britished up treatment when arriving to London’s Hilton Hotel in 1980. (AP Photo)

Queen Elizbaeth II was protected, as much as she could be, at the unveiling of her father’s memorial statue.

Queen Elizabeth II sits under an umbrella in heavy rain at the unveiling of the memorial statue to her father, King George VI, at the Carlton Garden in London, England on Oct. 21, 1955. In the background facing her are the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. At far right is Princess Alexandra of Kent. (AP Photo)

Queen Elizabeth II sits under an umbrella in heavy rain at the unveiling of the memorial statue to her father, King George VI, at the Carlton Garden in 1955. (AP Photo)

Umbrellas proved quite handy as walking sticks.

With umbrella furled, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, center, of England is shown on a peaceful stroll in St. James Park, London, after the stormy cabinet session on Feb. 20, 1938, when Foreign Minister Anthony Eden resigned. With Chamberlain is his wife Anne and Lord Swinton, air secretary. (AP Photo)

With umbrella furled, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, center, is shown on a peaceful stroll in St. James Park with his wife Anne and Lord Swinton, air secretary, in 1938. (AP Photo)

Do you have a love-hate relationship with your umbrella?

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