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Old 05-22-2016, 06:33 AM
 
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So I always hear that the the two greatest cities in the world are London and New York. Am I the only one that finds London underwhelming? London's museums were nowhere near as good as the ones in NY and all the nightlife ends super early comparatively. Absolutely ridiculous.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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I'm American and London is probably better at this point in terms of being new and modern, etc.
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Old 05-22-2016, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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So I always hear that the the two greatest cities in the world are London and New York. Am I the only one that finds London underwhelming? London's museums were nowhere near as good as the ones in NY and all the nightlife ends super early comparatively. Absolutely ridiculous.
I don't know how anyone can find the museums in London underwhelming, there are nearly 300 and many such as the British Museum, Museum of Natural History, The Science Museum, The Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum are vast national museums of international acclaim. They are also free unlike many other cities where you have to pay.

Best London Museums - Find out more about museums in London with visitlondon.com's guide - Things To Do - visitlondon.com

London's most unusual museums: 50 of the best - part one - Telegraph

London's most unusual museums: 50 of the best - part two - Telegraph

Secret London - Time Out

In terms of the nightlife, there are over 300 night clubs in London as well as vast casinos which also open virtually all night long, whilst there are numerous bars and pubs.

London's Best Nightclubs - Where to Boogie 'til Dawn

London's best late-night bars, restaurants, clubs and attractions - Telegraph

Night Tube map: What London Underground lines will run and when | News & Advice | Travel | The Independent

24-hour restaurant to open at 22 Bishopsgate tower

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The most fun cities in the world revealed: London is top for nightclubs, but Berlin wins overall (and has the cheapest beer)
  • Research analysed reviews on 17 websites including TripAdvisor and Yelp
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  • Tokyo is best for shopping while Bangkok is best for 'adult entertainment'
The best city in the world for having fun is Berlin - which also serves the cheapest beer, according to a new survey. Statistics revealed the German capital was the top city for young people, while London came in second, Paris third and New York fourth.
The most fun cities in the world revealed | Daily Mail Online

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Old 05-22-2016, 07:02 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Somehow, I can not understand why people have to *compare* one city/area/lifestyle/whatever with another.
Each city on earth has its own characteristics, unique to that place.
The same can be said for *area*, *lifestyle*, or *whatever*.

Unless one has to make a choice which is in itself life-changing, then I can see where one would make a *comparison*.

Oh well ...
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Old 05-22-2016, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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London is not underwhelming, New York is just overwhelming.
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Old 05-22-2016, 07:23 AM
 
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My sister has more experience than I do with both cities - she's lived in Manhattan for decades (love to visit her there) and she sees her friends in and near London relatively frequently. Like many people, she considers NYC and London to be sister cities - and of all the cities she's visited, London is most comparable to NYC.

From my own experience and understanding - just in terms of museums alone - London absolutely has world class museums that stand up with any NYC museum. An advantage London has over NYC, is the depth of history and architecture all around you - for me, it's like Rome compared to Paris. The advantage NYC has over London, IMO, is the very distinct neighborhoods and districts - very different feel. Yes, London has distinct neighborhoods but I just think NYC has the edge on that one. Again, this time it's like comparing Paris to Rome.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Placitas, New Mexico
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So I always hear that the the two greatest cities in the world are London and New York. Am I the only one that finds London underwhelming? London's museums were nowhere near as good as the ones in NY and all the nightlife ends super early comparatively. Absolutely ridiculous.
To say that London is underwhelming compared to NYC while giving two examples (museums and nightlife) seems nothing short of loony to me.

As an avid ex-New Yorker, I'm a boaster of NYC for sure. But to discount London because of its nightlife?
That is funny.
What about London's history and architecture, its theater, restaurants, shopping, wonderful hotels, glorious parks?????
And its museums are right up to the top in the world with NYC. NYC may sizzle later at night, but London rivals NYC in every way.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:21 AM
 
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NYC > London, but London is still a great city, in the top 3 on earth, to be sure.
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:34 AM
 
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NYC has had a 24 Hour Culture for a long time, however London has become much more of a 24 Hour City in recent years and I think changes such as 24 Hour Tube Services and London Overground Trains at Weekends will have a major impact in terms of the future.

A lot of major supermarkets already open very late or operate 24 hours a day, whilst there are also a lot of smaller shops and takeways that open late. Even coffe shops such as Starbucks have 24 Hour stores in London such as the one at St Pancras.

There are even 24 Hour Gyms now in London, as well as hairdressers, whilst late night restaurants and 24 Hour Takeaways are becoming ever more popular.

After dark | The Economist

24-hour drinking was 'best thing Labour ever did', says report - Telegraph

Transport for London seeks cultural partners for Night Tube launch | Museums at Night



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Old 05-22-2016, 09:54 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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So I always hear that the the two greatest cities in the world are London and New York. Am I the only one that finds London underwhelming? London's museums were nowhere near as good as the ones in NY and all the nightlife ends super early comparatively. Absolutely ridiculous.
The British museum is one of the greatest museums (if not the greatest) in the world and ITS FREE. Nightlife goes on all night so how is it 'super early'?
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