London Vs New York
London and New York - two of the greatest global cities. And since I have lived in both, I always have people asking me which one I prefer or what are the differences between them. Both may appear very similar in many ways, such as both are very international, English is the spoken language, they are both financial and economic hubs, and the amount of things to do are endless.
But don't let these similarities deceive you as both can be very different too and that’s what I am going to talk about today. Please note that this is also my opinion and how I see both cities, but feel free to share your point of view as well ;).
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If you are looking for a place that has very distinctive seasons, New York is the place for you. The winters are very cold and the summers are very hot. You can wear shorts for a good part of the year and the spring and fall have the mildest temperatures. However, there is the casual hurricane or the snow storm (where you have to shove some snow), which can disrupt a lot of the services.
When it comes to London, you will find that the weather is a bit more stable, meaning it is normally chilly, grey and/or rainy. Apart from the one month in the summer between July and August, where you will see the nicest weather around. In any case, you will always have to bring a jacket. In the winter it is rare that it snows as temperatures don’t normally go below 0°C, and you probably wouldn’t want it to happen, as the city becomes a bit of a chaos when it does.
In both cities you will find foods from all over the world, but in New York you will find more authentic central and Latin American cuisine. There are more options when it comes to food delivery and you will always find a restaurant that is open until late, even if it’s 4 in the morning. Also, I found that the portions are bigger and that Michelin star rated or fancy restaurants are more accessible here in terms of price. You will also find a mixture of cool hipster spots and typical restaurant chains.
In London you will also find high quality restaurants, but I really enjoy the fact that there are a lot of street food in the markets, serving food that are locally produced. Here you will find more authentic European restaurants as you can easily get authentic Italian or German ingredients even in supermarkets. The restaurants close quite early, and you will only see one or two kebab or McDonalds open after 1am and, if you are not located near central London, the options for different food deliveries are not as vast. Fancy restaurants are also more expensive.
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The funny thing about New York is that you feel like you belong right away. It is a real melting pot and people are not afraid to show their roots and personalities. People normally talk to you and you can meet them easily, but the hard thing is to actually find a time to catch up with them. Everybody is always on the run and if you walk slow or directionless you may get the New Yorkers annoyed.
In London, on the other hand, you will find that people are more reserved. It is harder to make friends and meet people, but when you do make a friend you will know that this is a true one. It is also harder to get inserted into the English society, unless you are married or dating an English person. People also tend to stick to their area and not travel too far to meet you, and are more well-dressed.
Parks and Green Spaces
When we consider the idea of parks, we always associate New York with the famous Central Park. It is like the safe haven in the middle of this concrete jungle. But don’t forget that you can find other parks in Manhattan and the other boroughs as well, such as Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
However, when It comes to parks, London is definitely on the win here. In this city you will find green spaces everywhere, even when you consider private communal gardens and royal parks. The air here feels less polluted as well probably because of that and the lower amount of tall buildings.
Nightlife and Entertainment
New York nightlife is definitely very vibrant and eclectic. Here you can find places to party for 24 hours and you don’t have to worry about the subway closing down. From comedy shows and Asian karaoke rooms, to Broadway musicals and rooftop bars, here you will find a wide array of entertainment options, and the city is always organically changing, with new innovative spots opening each day.
In London you will find that your weekend meet up will normally end up being at the pub. They are super cosy and serve very good beer. You will also find places that serve great cocktails or has some kind of entertainment. Like New York, you will also find musicals and a lot of things to do, but I think the options don't change as much as in New York. However, the museums here are free and you will get more of a history feel from the different spots. You also find that there is a lot going on outdoors when it starts getting into summer, such as festivals and sports events.
In London I found that the prices are sometimes the same as in New York, but in pounds, so everything ends up being more expensive. The main affordable store is Primark, which can get super busy depending on the area you are going. The positive side is that, when it comes to luxury items, I think London provides better options and more varieties - Selfridges is probably one of the best department stores for this kind of shopping. Also, in general, the quality of the items are slightly better here as well in my opinion.
So that's about it guys. I could go over other aspects of the differences between the two, such as cost and standard of living, but you can find more information online. And just by curiosity, based on this description: which city would you prefer to live?