After 3 months in London, here is a list of 25 things that I found to be different:
- No guns!
- Police don’t carry guns either.
- You find pubs, parks, and curry shops in every street.
- You can drink in public in London!
- Manicures cost a fortune.
- Seamless has a much smaller list.
- You get hot food at grocery stores.
- Buses and trains are newer and way better connected.
- Subway is the path across a busy street from under the road, not the underground train!
- Apart from driving on the other side, streets are much smaller making driving a challenge.
- You hear more languages than you would in New York.
- Everyone seems to have traveled more than you- the average English Londoner has more stamps on their passport.
- Everything closes early on Sunday.
- Chips are french fries, and chips are crisps here!
- There are no closets!
- A lot of apartments have separate hot and cold water faucets.
- There a lot of period houses- older houses have terrible windows so sound proof doesn’t exist.
- Most showers have half doors and no curtains so high risk of spillage.
- Everything is smaller- from refrigerators to groceries.
- None of your electronics would work- either spend a ton on converters or just get new ones!
- Outlets have switches, something very different from US.
- Gardening is a national hobby, however small your garden is!
- People are always ready for the rain- umbrella, boots, the works.
- There is one bathroom feature I now adore: towel warmers.
- There is no “Bed, Bath, and Beyond” equivalent- you have to get bed. bath, and beyond in separate stores! Similarly, there is a Boots pharmacy, Superdrug for cosmetics, but there is no Duane Reade.
If you found other things, share your observations in the comments!