As far as the transport situation goes, i just went out my garage looking for my bike, (which i haven't used in 10 years and incidentally had 2 flat, punctured tires anyway!), and found one of those old metal handheld scooters from the 90s! lol, they may look a bit odd, but they are mighty fast!
Do you think if i took one to speed up my 40min treck to streatham that it would be a good idea? or that I would look like a dweeb? lol