Moving to London from New York City has been a relatively easy transition mainly because the similarities between both cities were helpful in readjusting my life. I do confess however that when anyone asks me to explain what New York is like in comparison to London, I exaggerate the similarities due to a laziness of having to think too hard and give a generic answer. I realise now that this probably does a disservice to both cities.
While they are both major and expensive financial centres that contain a diverse and cultural population with entertaining options, there exist rich differences that add a profound level of charm to each city. I’ve come to notice there is a sort of “Grass is Always Greener “ Syndrome between some lifelong New Yorkers and Londoners. This form of self-deprecation normally comes in the form of a contorted and confused facial expression from Londoners whenever I mention that I’ve moved out of New York and chose to live here. I suppose this is a form of taking things for granted. As a New Yorker, I am definitely guilty of that at times.
I am on a mission to discover the “ins and outs” of this city and become a true local.
London has distinct areas with personality and flare. Over the course of the year, I want to visit most of these areas, take part in events and markets, become a foodie, and be able to offer tips, tricks and resources for anyone wishing to pay a visit and receive a local vibe.
London Guide: North, South, East and West
I’m looking to compile a London guide of touristy and local must do, top attractions, arts & entertainment, historical context and essential information.
These are the areas that will receive its own profile (not necessarily in this order):
- Knightsbridge, Kensington and Notting Hill
- Marylebone and Fitzrovia
- Mayfair and Oxford Street
- Westminster and St. James
- Soho, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus
- Bloomsbury and King’s Cross
- Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden
- Holborn and the Inns of Court
- St. Paul’s and the City
- Southwark and the South Bank
- Camden and Islington
- Shoreditch and Dalston
- Brixton and Clapham