The things no one ever tells you about London


1. You can see the vapour trails of airplanes, it makes a noughts and crosses game amongst the clouds

2. All the major attractions* are very close to each other, if the weather is ok forget the tube and just walk it

3. There are some amazing Facebook groups that can make living in London so much easier (Kiwis in London, I know this great little place in London…, Handpicked London)

4. Most art galleries are free, but you have to pay to go into Churches

5. Food can be ridiculously cheap if you keep an eye out for specials and shop in markets (I do breakfast and lunch for under £8 a week)

6. ‘pants’ means underpants (in NZ this means trousers/jeans etc), so when you are out at a pub don’t announce to the table “I just ripped a hole in my pants” – people will stare

7. British marmite is completely different from NZ marmite, it tastes more like vegemite

8. Mandarins are called satsumas/tangerines/clementines

9. Some of the tube stops are very close to each other. Embankment and Charing Cross are only 128 meters from each other – although Gordons Wine bar is right in the middle of this commute so it can take hours to get from one to the other

10. ‘box’ means vagina. So if you are about to move flats and are holding a brown cardboard box whatever you do, don’t say “my box is dirty and smelly”

11. Ugg boots are worn outside. In winter. In the rain.

12. Because of the alcohol licensing laws, the 24hour supermarkets close at midnight on Saturday and are only open from 11am to 5pm on Sunday.


*Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Tate Modern, St Pauls, Waterloo, London Eye to name a few

Author: runawaykiwi

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