Since I spend half my time in New York, and half in London, people often ask me which city I like best. In some ways, it's like choosing between children. In other ways, it's not. They are not children. They are cities. And I do, as it happens, have an opinion. Here's my dissection:

Delivery men of NY, I salute you. Photo from Jason Yung on Flickr

Delivery men of NY, I salute you. Photo from Jason Yung on Flickr

1. Haven for the lazy

New York takes this title. In London, I am my own delivery person. I have to actually take my own clothes to the dry cleaner. And collect them again. I have to get my own food!

In New York, my husband and I argue about who is going to order dinner from seamless.com. Shameless.

Winner: New York

2. Shopping

Shopping in America is an embarrassment of riches. Want a Prada suit jacket for $200? Want $120 silk Lanvin pants? Go west young lady.

When I'm in London, I'd like to think I don't shop. But honestly I can't help myself so I only buy things I can't find in New York, like stuff from Tara Jarmon and the Conran shop.

Winner: New York

3. Prettiest city

In New York, I live in the West Village, which is fairly easy-on-the-eye. But I like old buildings, so there's no contest for me - London is a prettier than New York. In fact, when I was young and living in Australia I would pore over books on London and Europe, dreaming of the day that I would see it myself. That's why I moved to London when I was 21. It did not let me down. It's just as beautiful as in the books.

Winner: London

Chiltern Street Firehouse, London, is now a hotel. We were turned away twice so it must be hip.

Chiltern Street Firehouse, London, is now a hotel. We were turned away twice so it must be hip.

Monocle coffee shop, London, opposite the firehouse, and always busy. V. pretty yes?

Monocle coffee shop, London, opposite the firehouse, and always busy. V. pretty yes?

Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village. Random comment: I stopped eating there because I can't have a relaxing brunch on tiny metal folding chairs. You shouldn't have to rely on your core body strength for Sunday brunch.

Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village. Random comment: I stopped eating there because I can't have a relaxing brunch on tiny metal folding chairs. You shouldn't have to rely on your core body strength for Sunday brunch.

Brownstone in the West Village, NYC by Dan Deluca on Flickr

Brownstone in the West Village, NYC by Dan Deluca on Flickr

4. Career

I have been told by my London friends that I say things like "Let's do this!" which is a sure sign of too much time spent in America. New Yorkers are enthusiastic and are almost self-selected to be ambitious, can-do type people. No plan is too ambitious to share with a New Yorker. I like this.

Winner: New York

5. Drinking Culture

London has pubs spilling over with office workers on summer afternoons. There's a lot more drinking with your colleagues. There's a lot more drinking, full stop. I find it very convivial.

Winner: London

London pub by Stacy on Flickr

London pub by Stacy on Flickr

6. Making Friends

I am Australian. I think we get long more naturally with British people than Americans. That being said, if you're single, then Americans think that the Australian accent is just divine. In London, an ex-colleague told me that whenever he hears me speak he feels the urge to order a beer.

Winner: London

7. Weird things to worry about

The British are very concerned with being electrocuted in the bathroom. You can't have a light switch in your bathroom - it's outside the bathroom or it's one of those switches where you pull on a cord. Is this  a big risk? Seriously?

In New York, they are very concerned with fire. This means that all front doors swing out onto the street and the city is covered in fire escapes. The city is pretty high density so this concern could have merit.

Winner: London wins for having the weirdest thing to worry about

8. Financial newspapers

The Financial Times trumps the Wall Street Journal. Firstly, it's pink. Secondly, Tyler Brule writes for the FT - I love him and I love to make fun of him at the same time.

Winner: London


So there you have it. It's been fun living in both cities at the same time. Never-the-less, as of Monday, I'm giving up the London flat and I'm going to be based in NYC full-time. So long London.

 

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