Agree with LondonStan- these men are pretty scary, they always look threatening and are always there! Maybe they gather there for casual building jobs? Like the dockers used to do last century. Only scarier.
I feel really sorry for them. They get picked up by builders for casual labouring/ decorating work. I don't think they are scary, they just look like henchmen from central casting, but I think that's just because they probably have had hard lives and have weathered faces. I can't imagine that they get much work. I think they are probably from the Balkans or from Romania/ Bulgaria area.
I have found them to be quite nice and they have helped me carry heavy items back to my car. They are looking for casual work. Have to agree though, they do look a bit like henchmen from central casting, but they all seem very pleasant.
One to the roof top cafe/restaurant at The Exchange at London Bridge for a nice strong flat white. Met the chef, Angus who a very nice chap. They will soon be opening an open-air, roof top seating area, right in the shadow of The Shard.
On my way back passed the Immigration Office in St Thomas Street and noticed the long queues of young foreign men outside, which made me think of the all those men in the B&Q car park at OKR.
Second trip of the day was to B&Q, where I counted around 25 in the car park. A sure sign of the lack of work available. I find it difficult to feel sorry for them, when I am aware that many legitimate painters and decorators are finding it very hard to get work.
Those who have flocked to London must be realising the streets are not paved with gold....