T's Introduction to Living in London

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

So Kids...here is my first real blog entry about living in London and some of the commom misconceptions or mere facts that I have learned during my first two months. Here goes:(please feel free to comment on anything I say here)

1. People in London have the worst manners I have ever encountered (and this coming from someone who has spent their entire adult life as a Manhattanite). This was something very unexpected as I thought I would walk down the street and people would tip their hats at me and men would throw their coats down over puddles...well instead I get elbowed in the face by both men and women trying to fit on the tube and knocked over for a seat. Men do not hold doors open for women or let them pass first. They say they don't because women don't appreciate it and I would have to agree with them. But I have made it my mission to bring manners back to London and I am doing it one thank you at a time! ...I'll be sure to keep you posted on this task of mine :)

2. The water is disgusting. OMG...its horrible. A cup of tea looks like an oil spill. The water is the kind that makes your hair flat, your skin dry and your face break out. So basically its bad hair and ugly days for Tamara until she finds a way to bath in Brita.

3. Fact: Britain has a real drinking problem. People are drunk everywhere...any night out in London and you are sure to view one or all of the following: Someone puking on the tube, someone peeing into a bottle on the tube (or skipping the bottle and going straight for the floor), someone falling flat on their faces while getting off the tube (mind the gap). Its actually pretty serious and when you can buy alcoholic beverages cheaper than a coke, it explains why!

4. Anything you order online can be delievered the next day at no extra charge. Something you don't really think about is how small the island actually is. And when you can drive end to end in mere hours, the world is your oster when it comes to online ordering...sweet! Which leads me to my next point and to why online ordering is so key...

5. Everything closes by 6pm. Thursdays are late night shopping nights so shops may stay open until 7pm or even (gasp) 9pm but otherwise don't expect to run any errands after work. I have had something to return for over a month now and have dragged it back and forth to work but haven't been able to make it in time before the store closes...ugh!

6. Sunday is for roasts, where the whole family gets together and basically has a Thanksgiving sized meal. Restaurants don't usually do brekkie (pick up the English lingo as they like to add 'ie' to everything) and will serve whole roast "dinners" (starting at noon) with all the fixings all day long.

7. Its Spring here all year 'round. Or that's what you would assume looking at all the people walking around without coats on or tights or in short sleeves in 40 degree whether. Britains certainly do not dress for the cold and simply choose to ignore and dress for whatever season they choose that morning.

8. Don't expect to find any power outlets in the bathrooms...they don't exist. So have fun trying to find a place to do all your morning primping. I have resorted to the kitchen table.

9. Two random words that are used quite ofter but I had to look up: Bespoke - meaning custom or made to order, Punter - meaning customer.

ok...those are just a the first few with many more to come as I learn more about my city and my new home country!
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ldoggwatters on

best list ever - response
1. what a bunch of ignorant tossers!!!
2. does the yucky water make your teeth yellow and crooked too? scary...
3. when is the next flight over? a place where you dont need an excuse/reason to drink? i'm in.
4. as a self-proclaimed ebay and kijiji addict, this is bad...very bad...
5. SOOOOOOO ANNOYING! i once had to choose between H&M and Sainsbury's no-name vodka b/c both were closing at 5pm. WTF??? (went with the vodka, of course).
6. roast beef and yorkshire pudding. every week. again...when is the next flight?
7. what a bunch of wankers. i saw someone here in flip flops the other day. it snowed that nite. cripes!
8. best excuse ever to rock the hair we used to in jr. high/high school before straightening irons and 'product' existed
9. hahahah punter. ahahahahaha

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