An increasing amount of Americans are visiting London every year, and with Britain leaving Europe, and the sterling slumping to its lowest rate against the dollar in three decades, that trend is only going to continue to grow. So with that, what can Americans expect to experience should they visit the city? Let’s find out.
For one, from an American perspective, some words are going to sound very strange indeed. And not just because of the accent – but certain words and phrases are said quite differently. Besides that, Britons travel on the left side – as so does about one-third of the world. From a historical perspective, this is related to 18th century France; there was a convention where by aristocrats travelled on the left side.
At the moment, Americans might think that the UK is officially out of Europe. But for the foreseeable future, at least for another two years, the UK will be part of the European Union. While Americans often consider London to be the place to visit, they often forget that there are fantastic places outside London. Lake District, for instance, has an abundant amount of nature worth experiencing.
If you’re wondering what you should bring with you, then most certainly bring an umbrella. The city's reputation for its cloudy skies and rain might be overstated, but when it does rain, it most certainly does. If you're considering a hotel, the London has the equivalent of its Silicon Valley in the name of Shoreditch. Hotels in Shoreditch are plentiful and come at a great price too.
The area is also brimming with art and culture, as well as a range of different markets. For an American, London might just be the best practical choice for a holiday in Europe. After all, it's a speaking English country, with many roots tied back to America. Besides that, it provides the perfect balance between novelty and comfort. What mean by that is simple. You'll have enough new experiences here to make you feel like you've visited a new world. But you'll also have the comfort of recognising many parts of American culture in this city.