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New York v/s London

Updated on December 29, 2013

Big Ben vs Statue of Liberty? Tate vs MoMA? London vs New York? There is so much to debate, as both the cities are akin in their wealth of culture. Londoners are very proud of their city and its history, whereas New Yorkers are proud of their city and unique lifestyle. A recent survey stated that the New York gets more lively and vibrant than London, once the sun goes down. On the other side, London is an artist’s paradise and has a better theatrical culture.

New York v/s London
New York v/s London

One thing that is common in both the global capital cities is unpredictable weather. The Big Apple (NY) freezes in January, whereas The Smoke (LN) gets rain in the summer. Though it is quite difficult to claim the winner, here are some of the areas where you can do a comparison between both the cities.

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Left is London Eye; Right is Wonder Wheel
Left is London Eye; Right is Wonder Wheel

London has London Eye; New York has Wonder Wheel

In the race of the Ferris wheel, New York Wheel promises to be one of the world’s tallest observation wheels. However, it is expected to open in 2015. Presently, New Yorkers enjoy a spin at Wonder Wheel, which is an eccentric wheel built in 1920. The height of the wheel is 150 feet (46 metre), which is smaller as compared to 443 feet (135 metre) London Eye. The Eye is the world’s third tallest Ferris wheel where passengers enjoy a full 360-degree panoramic view of London skyline.

Score: Of course, London Eye would be better as compared to the old-constructed Wonder Wheel.

Above is New York's Subway; below is London Tube
Above is New York's Subway; below is London Tube

London has Tube; New York has Subway

Tube is world’s first underground railway, but New York’s Subway has gained the reputation of world’s most extensive public transportation system. The Subway serves 468 stations and is the busiest public transportation system in the US. The best part of this transit system is that it provides 24-hour rail service. In contrary, London Tube starts from around 5:30 am and run until between 12:30 am. It sounds a little uninviting, right? But, that’s the way, London is.

Score: No doubt Tube offers a rapid transit system, but Subway scores high for its 24 hours rail service and widespread network.

Left is Museum of Modern Art; Right is Tate Modern
Left is Museum of Modern Art; Right is Tate Modern

London has Tate Modern; New York has Museum of Modern Art

It’s no secret that Tate Modern has gained the title of world’s most-visited art galleries, but its collection scores a little lower than the rival Museum of Modern Art. Both the art galleries exhibit the collection of drawing, painting, sculpture, and illustrated books. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and View of Notre-Dame are some of the famous collections of MoMA, whereas Baigneurs à Moritzburg and Endless Rhythm are must-see collections of Tate Modern.

Score: Tate Modern gets an extra vote as it allows free admission to discover the national collection of British art. And Museum of Modern Art accepts $25 dollars to allow each entry, but the exhibitions are worth the money.

Left is Fifth Avenue; Right is Bond Street
Left is Fifth Avenue; Right is Bond Street

London has Bond Street; New York has Fifth Avenue

When it comes to serving the shopping enthusiasts, both the cities offer hundreds of street markets where you can happily part with your money. But, the New York’s Fifth Avenue remains the number one shopping street in the world. The street is famous for its renowned shopping stores like Disney Store, Abercrombie & Fitch, and H&M, whereas Bond Street has gained a huge reputation for its Alexander McQueen and Bulgari store. You can’t really afford to miss any of them while visiting these cities.

Score: Fifth Avenue is obviously a better choice, as it is home to some of the most expensive stores of the world.

Left side is One World Trade Center; Right one is Shard
Left side is One World Trade Center; Right one is Shard

London has Shard; New York has One World Trade Center

The 87-storey skyscraper, Shard is renowned for its numerous architectural features. Its great observation deck is commonly popular as the ‘Views from the Shard’ that allows Londoners and travellers to enjoy an unobstructed view of London Skyline. Besides, New York feels proud to have One World Trade Center, which is the world’s tallest all-office building. Standing on the height of 1,776 feet, this skyscraper has 104-storey that is quite enough to beat London’s Shard.

Score: One World Trade Center is a better skyscraper to enjoy spectacular views, as it is the fourth-tallest building in the world.

Left is Thank-you Tips; Right is Table Overcharges
Left is Thank-you Tips; Right is Table Overcharges

London has Thank-you Tips; New York has Table Overcharges

Eat wherever in London and you can add anything less than 20 percent to the bill as a thank you tip. In fact, you can tail off the tip if you don’t like the service. But in New York, tips are like tableside extortion, as restaurants secretly add service charge to the food bills. Even if you don’t like the service, you have to pay the bill with added tips.

Score: In New York, 15 to 20 percent of the bill is customary as tip, whereas London asks you to add anything more than 10 percent to the bill.

Right one is Notting Hill Carnival; Left one is Labour Day Carnival
Right one is Notting Hill Carnival; Left one is Labour Day Carnival

London has Notting Hill Carnival; New York has Labour Day Carnival

Since 1966, Notting Hill Carnival is organized every year by the associates of West Indian society. One of the world’s largest street festivals, Notting Hill Carnival draws the attention of over 1 million folks. The festival displays an electric mix of sounds, multi-coloured costumes, and social unity. In contrast, Labour Day Carnival is also an annual event held on American Labour Day. The main draw of the carnival is the West Indian Parade, which attracts between one and three million spectators and participants.

Score: Quite naturally, both the carnivals are big and important. And, they attract a certain group of population.

Left is London in rain; Right is New York in Snow
Left is London in rain; Right is New York in Snow

London has Unpredictable Rain; New York has Random Snow Fall

London has cool summers and heavy rain falls, where New York has long and hot summers. The weather of New York is much sunnier than London. That’s the reason, when the sun shines in London, locals prefer to visit public parks to drink a beer or two while enjoying the sunbath. Perhaps, New Yorkers don’t drink in public places due to the strict drinking laws. However, it is true that New York enjoys more sunshine and snowfall than London

Score: It is undeniable to say that the weather of New York is better in comparison with the climate of London.

Above is London's Traditional Tea; Below is New York's High Tea
Above is London's Traditional Tea; Below is New York's High Tea

London has Traditional Afternoon Tea; New York has only High Tea

It is true that nothing is more typically British than an afternoon tea in London’s top traditional hotels. Claridge's and The Ritz are some of the famous hotels that offer delectable afternoon tea in a British style. Though the Big Apple is not famous for its traditional hotels, it is chock full of ultra high-end accommodations and coffee houses that serve delicious tea in an extravagant style. The Pierre and Mandarin Oriental are the famous places where New Yorkers and travellers enjoy the high tea with dainty finger sandwiches.

Score: Everyone has a different taste, so it is quite ticklish to claim the winner. London’s afternoon tea is perfect to enjoy tea in a traditional style, while New York’s high tea is great to sip tea in a luxurious ambience.

Left is Tower Bridge; Right is Brooklyn Bridge
Left is Tower Bridge; Right is Brooklyn Bridge

London has Tower Bridge; New York has Brooklyn Bridge

If you love taking a leisure walk while catching riverside views, then both the cities are perfect. A Grade I listed construction, Tower Bridge offers amazing views and has become an iconic structure of London. On the other side, The Brooklyn Bridge has become an icon of New York capital, since its opening in 1883. It is one of the oldest suspension bridges, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Score: Both the bridges are perfect to enjoy incredible views, but the Brooklyn Bridge looks a little snazzy at night.

These comparisons of sights and scenes between London and New York will help to decide where to plan your next getaway.


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    • ameliam.michelle1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ameliam Michelle 

      4 years ago from London, England

      Thank you srsddn & vibesites! I'm glad you enjoyed it- thanks for stopping by!

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      4 years ago from United States

      I love the comparison you make there. I'm being Anglophilic there, but I also love New York -- both cities are very cosmopolitan to boot. Each of the cities has their own strengths, unique characteristics and beauty. Thanks for posting :)

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      4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      ameliammichelle1, Quite interesting comparison. Comparison of structures makes it more interesting. Terminology is quite different- Tube vs. Subway but at New Delhi it is metro (both under and above ground -mixed). Thank-you tips vs. Table Overcharge is the masterpiece. I think the quantum is the choice of the visitor to an eating place rather than the person who serves. Anyway quite interesting Hub. Thanks for sharing.


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