What New York Taught Me About Living In London

I recently went to New York City with my mum. I just moved to London and thought that was a big city, but actually visiting New York blew my mind! I must admit, before leaving for NY, I didn’t really feel like going.

I thought I had everything I needed in London, and I didn’t know what to expect, New York is different to London in a lot of ways, but there are some similarities too. Here’s what New York taught me about living in London.

‘The subway is not like the tube’
The subway and the tube are soooo different from each other! I am used to taking the tube here in London, so I thought I’d be able to just transfer that skill to my NY trip. But while the tube in London is easily divided into different colored lines with easily remembered names, the subway is a whole different story! In New York, the subway was really tricky for me since there were no “Eastbound/Westbound” signs, but only letters and numbers all over! I’m sure it would be easier if I was a true New Yorker, but since I’m not, I had a little trouble finding my way underground. It got easier, though, and the CityMapper app is a life saver for people unfamiliar with the subway.

‘Every street has a Starbucks’
I thought that Starbucks was super popular here in London because we have one in every town, but apparently my ideas about popular are wrong. Coming into New York I quickly learned that a Starbucks in every town is not that many. In New York, there seems to be a Starbucks every couple of metres. Good thing I love Starbucks and find myself needing another coffee every couple of minutes. 
‘Healthy food isn’t that hard to find’

Both cities have so many great options, food-wise. Finding delicious sandwiches, salads and sweet, healthy treats is not easier anywhere else in the world I guess. Of course, if you long for that 3am-burger there are plenty of choices for that too, but I have to say that smaller cities should really watch and learn from New York and London’s awesome range of quick and delicious healthy foods!

‘Both cities value nature’
I L-O-V-E how both cities combine the fantastic feel of a big, busy, city with the breathtaking beauty of nature. I, of course, am talking about places like Central Park and Hyde Park, but both cities also provide so many other small breathing spaces that are also free from tourists! Go to Bryant’s Park for example and enjoy your lunch beneath the trees in peace.

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  • Juliana

    Awesome!! I’m going to New York for a month next month, so these are good facts to know!


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  • Melissa

    Nice subject of write blog

  • camille

    Awesome post

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  • hannah

    I would love to go to NY, love how you’ve compared it to London
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  • Laura Mareno

    I’m going to London next year!! I’m so excited! And I hope I will be visiting New York soon!!! great post! kisses:D


  • Carina

    I never thought the subway would be THAT different from the tube!! I’ve never been to NYC and I’d love to go someday. Gotta brace myself for the subway when I do!

    X Carina
    Running White Horses – Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle

  • Marcelle

    As a London and NYC lover, this was a really nice and interesting read!

    Loved the post!

  • Sarah

    I honestly could not agree more.
    I went for 10 days two years ago and I still pine after it.
    I would love to live and work there for a year.

  • Serviced Apartment London Lady

    That’s so interesting about the subway, I assumed they’d be similar!

  • Pippi Hepburn

    Love you noticed Starbucks are even 2 on the same block, haha! It’s crazy, but that is our town NYC. http://www.pippihepburn.etsy.com

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