Worst things about New York – NYC vs LDN 🇺🇸🇬🇧

Posted by

♪ De-Be-De-Be-De-De-Da ♪ – Hi guys.
– Hello everybody. – I’m just putting this
blanket on for modesty. – It’s called a modesty blanket. – A modesty blanket, I did
get a message, an email from my grandma saying that
she watched the Paris video. However, you were able to see up my skirt during the first bit. And I said, that wasn’t really the point. – It wasn’t really what
you should have been looking at, Grandma. – It was the subject matter. – But, if you do want to
go and watch Lia’s knickers we will link it up in
the cards above, actually it’s above my head ’cause
I’m sat on your side. – Oh my gosh, what is this? – That’s weird.
– Controversy. – Lia and Joel.
– Joel and Lia. Lia and Joe today. – But anyway, as you know,
as some of you loyal viewers will sense that we are in
our apartment in New Jersey, which is just sort of not
that far from New York, our New York trip, basically.
– Yep. – So, this video, as you
can tell by the title is going to be about comparisons between New York and London. – Yeah, and I’d love to
wear a Skinny Legend hat if I may. – Yes, which one. – Just the black one that’s right there. So, a lot of people have said
to us, “Oh, what’s the main “differences between New York and London? “How are you guys finding
it? Are you missing home?” I’m going to ditch it
just because of the light. Not because I don’t like
it, I absolutely love it. Link in description, think it’s sold out. (laughs)
– Cheers. – But yeah, I just think we
should touch on a few things so like he vibe here,
transport, and the size. – Yes, so I think we
should start with the size ’cause it’s the most maybe obvious one. New York feels so much bigger than London, and I guess it is much bigger than London. – It is, it’s so overwhelmingly big. Like, it’s not like everything’s
a walking distance away. You were saying that in
London if I’m in Marble Arch and you’re in, I don’t know,
Holborn we could just walk it. – Yeah, and like I can walk
from where I live in London, which is fairly far out
to the center of London within about two, two and a half hours. If I was to walk the length
of Manhattan that alone would probably be two,
two and a half hours let alone going into Brooklyn,
Queens, all the other places. – All the neighborhoods,
like one night we walked like 35 blocks home. And, we were just like cool.
– Crazy. – Not home, that was just to the station in order to get home. And, stopping people for
direction ’cause we didn’t have internet on our phone. And we’re like, “We’re
just checking we’re going “in the right way.” And they’re like, “Just get on the metro.” – They’re like, “It’s
about a half an hour walk.” – We were like, “You’re
joking, that’s like nothing.” They’re like, “No, you
wanna get on the subway.” We were like, “No, we’re
Londoners we walk everywhere.” – We’re like we’re not Skinny
Legends for nothing, you know. – Yeah, exactly we’ve gotta
do 16,000 steps a day, minimum.
– Minimum, literally. – So funny when we met that
viewer today and she only does like 3,000 steps. (laughs) She’s so sweet. – She was so lovely. But yeah, so size, I
think that’s a big thing. – It’s like, if you have
to get the metro everywhere how much do you really wanna,
do you know what I mean? When it kind of, every
time I go on my maps it’s gonna take us an
hour to get anywhere. So, we finish up at a
meeting and we have to allow sort of like 45 minutes to an
hour to get to the next one. – Yeah, so it’s just a bit time consuming. But, talking about transport
that’s the next big thing. And, I definitely, definitely
100% believe that London wins on this one.
– London wins. – I’ve been told that
London has the best public transport system of any city in the world. And, I’m starting to see that. Went to Paris, the metro doesn’t compare. New York, the subway doesn’t come close. – Berlin doesn’t compare, Germany. Like, but London it’s not
until you, you know when they say you don’t know what
you’ve got until it’s gone? You don’t know what you’ve
got until it’s gone. – No, I didn’t think anything of it. I’m just like, “Well, that’s what it is.” Whereas, now I’m here like you
go on some of the platforms on the subway there are no
electronic boards saying, “The next train will be in two minutes. “The next train will be in four minutes. “The next train will be in eight minutes.” Like, you don’t get that information. The only things it wins at
are the fact that the trains are all air con. – Air con train, or AC,
’cause I know the word air con is triggering some of you. I’ve had some comments about that. Yeah, they were like, “If
they say air con one more time “I’m gonna shoot myself.” – AC?
– I know. I was like, okay AC then. – It takes the same amount of time to say – [Both] AC as it does to say air con. – Same syllables, so get over yourselves you triggered Skinny Legends. – Getting so triggered, you lot. Yes, so air con wins. We get on the tube and we sweat. You guys get on the subway and you’re– – De-sweat.
– Yeah, you de-sweat. – De-sweat.
– You de-sweat. – But, in terms of the
platforms everything’s dirty, everything’s smelly. – Someone was like, “Have
you seen any rats yet?” Seen loads.
– Yeah, loads of rats. – So many.
– In London you see mice. – You see these tiny little
mice, and they’re adorable. I always put them on my
story, tiny little mice. – Yeah, and I just think
it’s just general transport is a lot better in London. I also think it’s less
confusing, but I don’t know if that’s just because I am
a Londoner and I’ve got used to the system, but I genuinely
think it’s less confusing. There are maps everywhere. – Yes, there’s maps everywhere
but there’s one really, really, really annoying
thing about the subway. And, that is if you make a
mistake you have to pay again to get back on and fix it. – You have to exit and then
swipe your Metrocard again. – That is so bad. – In London, you don’t do that. – You don’t, you just literally
get out a the next one walk over the stairs
down to the other side of the platform and go back
to where you came from. But, you can’t do that in
New York without coming out and then swiping back in. – And, it is cheaper, it’s
like one dollar something, isn’t it, per journey, regardless
of your length of journey. Whereas in London it’s judged
by zone and the minimum fare is like two, three pounds.
– Is it? – Which is like four or five dollars. – Is that the minimum fare? – I think so. – I thought minimum fare was like 1.85. – That’s if you’re a student
yeah ’cause you’re like with your under 25.
– Yeah, interesting. – But, if you’re not, like
me, then you’re gonna pay full fare which is like two
pound 30 minimum, I think or something like that. – Yeah, on the zone,
on like zone one, two, three or something. – But, linked on from
that is the Metrocard. Oh my gosh, we have
contactless so you can use your bank card, you just
tap it in and you go in. Or you can use your Oyster
card, tap it or you can use a paper card if you have
to if you’re a tourist. Here your Metrocards are just flimsy paper and you have to like
swipe it through a groove. – Yeah, swipe it through a groove. – Drive through groove.
– Swipe it through the groove. – Can you believe you’ve gotta
swipe it through, but also– – And they all expire.
– They expire. – So then you lose your
money on these cards that are not even cards.
– You have to get another one. – There’s all this paper,
just loads and loads of paper. Amena was showing us like
10,000 bits of paper. She was like, “One of
these won’t have expired.” And you’re just like–
– I can’t believe it. – 2018.
– 2018, why haven’t you got electronic boards? Why haven’t you got like
contactless or just make it easy for people. – Anytime something
triggering, anytime something triggers us we literally
look at each other and go, “2018.”
– “2018.” Like seriously.
– We go onto the platform there’s no signs, there’s no (mumbles). We’ve got no idea how long it’s gonna take for a train. We haven’t got an app because
we haven’t got the internet. We just go 2018.
– 2018. – That’s also triggering
to Americas to say 2018. They’re like, “I can’t
believe you say 2018.” But, that’s how Brits say it. – 2000 and that’s gonna
be in the merch lines every single year. Right now it’s 2018, next year 2019.
– Next year, 2019. The next year will just be – [Both] 2020. – 2020. – That’s gonna be so weird. It’s 2020, it’s 2020. – Oh, I don’t like that. – I don’t like that at all. – That means we’ve become Americanized. – Yeah.
– We’re losing our Britishness.
– Are we losing it? 2020.
– We love being basic Brits. – Basic Brits, everyday, basic Brit face. Oh my gosh, like today, when
I just pulled that chair away I forgot to ask the woman,
“Is anyone sitting there?” I just took the chair. – That was so funny. – I was like, “I’ve never been
any less British in my life.” – Yeah, you were just like
grabbed it and she was like. – Someone had come to say
hello to us and we were on a two seater. And, I was like, “Pull up a chair.” And, I just grabbed the
nearest chair that was like connected to a big table. And then like, this woman looked over. And, I was like, “Oh
my gosh, I am so sorry. “Was that chair available.” Before you know it I’ve created
a scene in Panera Bread. And, I made such a scene.
– Of course you did. – I kept apologizing and
she was like, “it’s fine, “it’s genuinely fine, it’s fine.” And, I was like profusely apologizing. – So, what about the
people, the last thing? – The vibe.
– The difference between the vibe and the people, things like that. – We said it a few times,
I think the pace is slower. – I do, I don’t know if
that’s just ’cause the city’s more spread out so it’s
less intense, less people in one space but it does feel less busy. – Yeah, it feels less like London chaos. – Like get out of my way.
– Get out of my way. Maybe , okay, we haven’t
traveled in at eight a.m. for a nine o’clock start sort of thing. – Yeah, but I do think
Americans and even New Yorkers, you’ve got some Americans
saying New Yorkers are the rudest Americans. I still think they’re more
patient than Londoners. – Yeah, they’re quite
patient especially when you cross the road. – Yeah, like if you get
in the way of the car they might honk but
they won’t be like angry or like revving their
engines whereas in London they might not even stop. They’ll just like try to scare you. – They’ll just hit you.
– They’ll just hit you. Like Londoners they tut,
they huff, they puff, they bash you out the way. – They’ll never say anything
but they’ll just go, (sighs) – Yeah, or they’ll swear
at you under their breath. Like I think London is
more passive aggressive than New Yorkers.
– New Yorkers. In our neighborhood where
we are here in New Jersey there’s actually quite
a nice community vibe. Like, someone said, “Good morning,” to us when we were walking. – Yeah, and we were like.
– And we were like, wow. Like a few dog walkers were
like, “Good morning, morning.” We were like, “Hi.”
– That was nice. Also, everyone here thinks were Spanish. – Everyone in our neighborhood. – Sometimes they’re like, do you speak Spanish?
– Do you speak Spanish? – And, I’m like, a little bit. Un poco.
– Maybe not enough. No one assumes we’re
like British, English. Everyone’s just like,
“They must be Spanish.” In fact, a few people are
like, “Do you speak English “as well as Spanish?” We’re like, “No, just English no Spanish.” – It’s so funny.
– Yeah, really funny. – But, I think in terms of the buildings, the buildings I love. They’re so tall, so big and
they’re just very New York. – They’re very New York,
love all of the like, just the outside stairwells,
staircase things. – Yeah, outside the fire escape. – The fire escapes, that’s it. They just look so cool and
obviously they’re really useful. But, they just look great
and really, really cool. – It’s cool, I think, yeah.
– I would live here for a bit if I could have
my own washing machine. ‘Cause I don’t like the
idea of taking my laundry over the road and waiting in
there and wasting my time. – It’s really weird that people
don’t have washing machines in their apartments. – Yeah, and it’s apparently
not that unusual that in New York you might
not really have like much kitchen stuff either, like no hob. ‘Cause everyone just buys food. – Yeah, it’s true but
that’s quite triggering to Brits, also like the kettle debacle. (sighs) The Americans don’t
– I don’t know if I want – have kettles.
– to talk about it again. – It’s okay.
– Just the kettle thing. – Just a kettle, just
tea. Brits love hot tea. We boil it in an electric
kettle, but people don’t really have electric kettles here. There’s a few differences. I wouldn’t mind spending an
extended period of time here, maybe like a couple of
months max, but I couldn’t live in New York.
– Max. – I’d miss London too much.
– Max. – I love walking in London. I love the aggressive people in London. – I already miss London
quite a bit, actually. – Yeah, me too. – But yeah, I have really,
really, really enjoyed New York. Every time we walk we’re
seeing something new. Whereas it’s like in
London we do just kind of, we get out of Soho we’ve got our meeting, same sit, same stuff, same
stuff, same surroundings. We’ve seen loads of new stuff. I actually really like
finding our way somewhere and then when we find
it we’re like, “Yes.” – We’re New Yorkers.
– We found it. – Yeah, it’s so satisfying. I think my favorite area
so far has been Chelsea. – Yeah.
– That’s where I’d move too if I moved here.
– Loved it. – Lots of dogs, dogs everywhere. – Lovely, so nice. So, so nice. Yeah, we’ve explored
quite a few places but and a lot of people are
quite worried for us when we’re in Brooklyn,
but I did really enjoy down like in Williamsburg
where we went to a festival. There were so many like
cool arty people there. Love that area, love Chelsea. Yeah, I even love being in
the Lower East Side, as well, I thought it was very hip.
– Very hip. But yeah, we move to Brooklyn
in two days from now. But, by the time this video is up we will already have been gone – Probably back here.
– From Brooklyn. – We’ll probably be in England. – Hopefully, we will have survived. – Yeah, fingers crossed guys. – ‘Cause so many people when we say that they’re like, “Oh no.” And we’re like, “What’s
so bad about Brooklyn? “Thousands and thousands
and thousands of people “live in Brooklyn.” Yeah, but thanks for everyone’s concern. It’s actually really, really nice. – No, it’s good to know. – Especially after Paris,
where we’re super high alert all the time.
– Oh definitely. – It’s a lesson that you just, yeah cool. Anyway guys, if you enjoyed
this video please like, subscribe, press the
notification bell to be notified when we upload thrice weekly.
– Thrice weekly. Yep and we kind of said everything. We’ll see you next time.
– We’ll see you next time. Bye.
– Bye. London, where dreams are
made and crushed and reborn. ♪ In London ♪ ♪ Concrete jungle where
dreams are made of ♪ ♪ There’s nothing you can’t do ♪ ♪ Now we’re in London♪ Thumbs up for Joel and Lia EP. ♪ The streets will make you ♪ ♪ Feel brand new ♪ ♪ The lights will inspire you ♪ ♪ Let’s hear it for London ♪ ♪ London, London♪ We need to get in a studio ASAP, 2018.


  1. You clearly know nothing… New York is literally half the size of London… Unless you mean the entire state…

  2. Have you visited Chicago yet? L system is very organized – lines are by color; contactless cards; electronic signs; and most train stations within the city are clean. The city is extremely clean. It’s very walkable with so much to do. Go and enjoy!

  3. A majority of New Yorkers don’t have cars and use bikes instead, it is mostly flat so it is easy to bike and there are designated bike lanes in most of manhattan. It is faster then driving, doesn’t take a ton of physical exertion, and is cheaper then a car. I would say biking easily makes New York the better city in terms of size

  4. I can tell you only visited cities. Out in the rural areas like where I am in Ohio we have washers and dryers in our houses, I even have a clothes line to hang my laundry to dry. We walk a lot here too. I keep my teakettle on all the time.

  5. I find it interesting that you thought New Yorker's were more polite than in London. That scares me.

  6. I was just in London and I loved riding the buses but I dreaded riding the tube. It made me nauseous and was horrible. Don't get me wrong I liked London but was kind of happy when I left.

  7. Also My darling please do something about this abomination who pro-ports to your President….. I mean really he is becoming a laughing stock and more than that a frightful dreary bore.

  8. The Tube is amazing!!! Used it for 2wks my first visit to England. Studied it & learned it before I went, so had no problem. I even still have $$ left on my Oyster Card from my 2nd visit.

  9. You need to actually visit different NY areas when it's busy. You can't get the full vibe unless you visit all the different areas of NY. It's way too big with 11 million people. Also the subway is extremely old and is used a lot to go everywhere. The people you meet might have been nice, but if you go to certain areas and when it's crowded the people are extremely rude and aggressive (not passive aggressive). They will definitely use their horns and run your butt over. Lol 😅

  10. I just went back to NY after 10 years and having lived in London for 21 years I can really say that the NY Metrocard felt so 1990s… The Oyster and contactless system in London which we take for granted is centralised a traceable… my Metrocard kept saying "swipe again" because it wasn't reading and each time it was deducting my credit… and when I mentioned this to the official there was a huge protocol to go through so you basically lose money.. and maps are everywhere to figure out your journey in London.. I heard that oyster cards or similar are coming to NY so that will sort it… but AC is wonderful and the city … well it's fabulous.. and a walk never hurt anyone 😉😂

  11. Man New York isnt the best its horrible… it has so many opportunities but the way of life is horrible too expensive. Time consuming the metro system.. love life sucks .. family life sucks and it's only getting worst.. the food is fake and horrible although there's many options.. I'd rather east real affordable food….

  12. Passive aggressive is corny, most brits are. They have this snotty sarcastic demeanor until confronted, then act like victims. Not all but most.

    Im generalizing, sort if the way you guys do.

  13. I live in Brooklyn and I live off of Uber eats and door Dash. And yes New York is very dirty I don’t like the rats in the parks

  14. I think NYC is too big to stop an entire metro system to update it. That’s like the only reason NYC has yet to update their metro system.

  15. Love your videos. My boyfriend and I spent around about one week in London. The Tube is great and not at all confusing. We got ourselves two Oyster Cards and it was great. It is relatively expensive but after the third ride a day the following ones are free.

  16. I agree.. London is toooooooooooooooo busy… I like London and I love England but still it is soooo busy… Paris is more relaxed.

  17. wow, it's pretty commendable that you guys took the trip over here to the big apple! i know how Brits and Europeans in general basically despise the states and especially Yanks. i think by now most of us realize that we're viewed as fat ignorant loud annoying uneducated culturally inept etc. i lived in nyc for 12 years and as i bartender, i met many awesome UK people. i always wondered though, why the US? why waste all that money and vacation time on a place which is basically dead last in everything? i didn't want to draw any ire, so i'd just try to be super professional and congenial, like a butler lol. i dont think i'd ever be comfortable visiting your country. i don't mean to be cheeky, but i don't think i'm comfortable in places that i'm pretty much not welcome in, not to mention openly ridiculed

  18. The subway in New York is like a sewer, it’s disgusting, too complicated to use. New York bars are nice tho, New York food tastes horrible but portions are good. Women are nicer in New York because they talk to you more, just a few comparisons

  19. I have an old fashioned kettle- I had an electric kettle but call it religion/ritual, but turning on the burner and filling the kettle with water and hearing it whistle when it’s done is a nice feeling.

  20. Public transit bus in San Antonio would be so much better if it were a private company. That way if some employees act up or don’t deliver decent customer experiences, or if, like what happened here, employees were cited with tickets and traffic violations and still gets to keep his or her job, then that private company or employee would be fired. But the city and unions run it. So it is exceedingly difficult to fire people for their traffic violations. That is why people don’t use transit. It is almost always late. Some people are great there. But man, even people who don’t use cars don’t use transit funny enough.

  21. I haven't been to New York but I have been to London. And London did have great transit. And Singapore. Singapore had a great trans system.

  22. I am originally from Milan, Italy. I moved to the UK when I was 16 to finish my studies. I have lived in London for 7 years, 8/9 in the UK. After visiting NYC, I soon reliased London's quality of life is much higher.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *