London Vs. NYC
I went to London for my first time a few weeks ago, and I can't stop thinking about going back. I absolutely loved it. Having lived in NYC for almost two years, London didn't seem all that overwhelming or intimidating. While we were there, my boyfriend and I were actually more interested in non-traditional touristy things (Read about it here and here). However, I've found myself daydreaming about returning several times, so I've decided to make an unbiased as possible comparison of NYC versus London.
First of all, this is a given for most girls, but the English accents are just so cute. Their accents make the Brits seem more aristocratic and chipper. Accents aside, the men also dress more refined. It's not like they were all
walking around in Prada suits or anything, but they seemed more put together. The majority of the men wear dress pants or slacks, and if they do wear jeans , they aren't baggy and don't have holes in them. NYC houses the majority of the same designer stores as London, but for men I noticed more custom-made suit shops. I didn't notice the women as being anymore fashionable than New Yorkers, but again, similar to the men, their casual clothing does not mean hoodies and sweatpants.
Secondly, I enjoyed the sense of royalty surrounding London….or at least by Buckingham Palace. I suppose you get a feeling of patriotism in DC near the White House, but for some reason, all of London seems more regal. Other observations include the following: the streets are cleaner in London, and this includes the trains and train platforms. BUT, the tube is much smaller than the NYC trains. There is no personal space; you're all like packed in sardines. Also, London's population is 7.8 million and NYC's is about 8.2 million, but London seems much less crowded. It could have also been due to the fact that Kevin and I didn't flock towards the touristy areas though.