The Acceptor: the London girl who can't say no

I started my quest outside the glamorous HQ of Press Gazette on Fleet Street and ended up at Waterloo station, picking up any free papers I was offered along the way.

Pickings were poorer this week, with noticeably fewer distributors scattered along my route down the Strand and over Hungerford Bridge.

It could be that after an initial flooding of the marketplace distributors have decided to concentrate their energies on the most rewarding spots.

In contrast to last week there was no aggressive selling, no shouting or shoving the newspaper in my face. Distributors were cheery and enthusiastic but relatively unobtrusive.

Surprisingly, I reached Charing Cross station without encountering one London Lite distributor and with six copies of thelondonpaper stuffed in my bag.

However, London Lite caught up, with throngs of distributors outside Charing Cross and Embankment stations.

Distributors of both descriptions dotted the approach to Hungerford Bridge and Waterloo station.

No one offered me a free paper outside the front entrance to Waterloo or on the station's main concourse, which was surprising.

An Evening Standard vendor outside Charing Cross station commented on falling sales: "Tell me about it! I've been standing here for two hours and I've only sold two papers."

Another vendor at Waterloo station, Andrew Beasley, said: "Sales are quite a bit slower. They're down by 150 or 200 copies a night."

"If it's a really good headline, it doesn't matter what they're giving away," he added, "People are still going to buy the Standard."

I boarded the train at Waterloo with my bag significantly lighter than last week. London Lite had scored a slender victory.

Score: 11 London Lites, 10 thelondonpapers

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