How to Become a Real Londoner in a Week

When you arrive in a new city it can be a bit of a culture shock. Every place has its own distinct feel and that’s certainly the case in London. However, if you stay in London for more than just a couple of days, you’ll soon start to feel at home. Whether it’s gazing up at the many beautiful and historic buildings, strolling by the river on a sunny day, visiting the many world-class museums or taking in a show, there’s a huge amount to keep you entertained.

But how do you know when you’ve crossed that imaginary line from wide-eyed tourist to proper Londoner? Staying in London for a week or a month is probably not quite long enough to develop a cockney lilt, but there are some other sure signs to look out for.

 

You’re no Longer Surprised by the Cost of a Pint

 

When you arrive in a new city it can be a bit of a culture shock. Every place has its own distinct feel and that’s certainly the case in London. However, if you stay in London for more than just a couple of days, you’ll soon start to feel at home. Whether it’s gazing up at the many beautiful and historic buildings, strolling by the river on a sunny day, visiting the many world-class museums or taking in a show, there’s a huge amount to keep you entertained.

But how do you know when you’ve crossed that imaginary line from wide-eyed tourist to proper Londoner? Staying in London for a week or a month is probably not quite long enough to develop a cockney lilt, but there are some other sure signs to look out for.

 

A Four Minute Wait for the Tube is a Disgrace

 

For the first couple of weeks in London, you marvel at the frequency of public transport. After that, you’re absolutely incensed if you have to wait more than four minutes for the next tube.

 

Nothing Seems Strange Anymore

 

Strange things in London

Stay in London for one month and you’ll soon become completely immune to weirdness. A gentleman sat on a park bench dressed in a white faux fur suit, top hat and cane is not even worth a second look.

 

You’ll Find Yourself Eating Brunch

 

Brunch at Eggbreak in London

You may have never brunched before in your life, but within a week or two of living in London, you’ll be trotting out of your beautiful mid-stay apartment in desperate search of brunch. This commonly takes the form of avocado mushed onto toast washed down with bottomless booze. What better way to set you up for the day?

If you find you’re craving eggs, avocado and smoked salmon, we think EGGBREAK in Notting Hill and Soho House in Soho are two of the best brunch spots in the city.

 

You Criss-cross the City with Effortless Grace

 

You put the Citymapper app (a must for visitors to London) away and overcome the signalling problems on the Northern Line by hopping onto the 43 bus without a second’s delay. Before you know it, you’re at your destination and feeling heroic, even if you don’t look it.

 

You Walk Faster Than Most People Run

 

“I’m busy and important so get out of my way”. Although you might not say it, that’s the internal monologue of at least 43 per cent of Londoners as they slalom their way in and out of the foot traffic. This is something you’ll need to learn quickly if you’re ever to become a real Londoner on your stay.

 

Ready to Book Your Stay in London?

 

Beautiful London apartment

If you’re ready to begin your transition from civilian to real Londoner, just browse our range of personally verified, furnished apartments in London and book your short stay today.

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