Ah, the ultimate expat fantasy: a New Zealander and a New Yorker on a split screen talking about the differences between the French and British capitals.
To give you a taste, here are some of the main differences:
- Paris is more compact and walkable, while London is a lot larger and more spread out, with neighborhoods that feel more like small towns than part of a larger city.
- Despite being so large, rent prices in London are 30% higher on average for the same type of accommodations in Paris, and it’s more likely for people in an older age bracket to have roommates rather than their own apartment.
- London’s food scene has a bit more diversity (though any Parisian would tell you that doesn’t always make it better).
- Whether you’re going to a pub or taking an apéro, your weekend probably involves a few drinks with friends.
- If you’re not wearing the right clothing, you might get a bit of a stink eye
- You’re not allowed to make eye contact on the metro.
And of course, you’ve got the work culture, which is very different between cultures. To learn a little more in depth about French work culture, check out this video by Not Even French.