By Ruth Margolis | Posted on January 28th, 2014
These rival cities are immeasurably fabulous. But they could both stand to make some changes, based on how the other operates. Here’s what London can do to make itself more like NYC—in a good way.
1. Restaurants should deliver food quickly
Order an early dinner from any London eatery, and you could still be gnawing your fists off at midnight. Each of the seven times you’ve called to track their progress, you’ve been told the driver is merely five minutes away. Of course, he’s not. Turns out he went via Scarborough, so now your chicken korma has hypothermia. In New York, where the people delivering your food rely on tips for wages, this almost never happens.
2. Larger measures and pubs that are open later
Once you’ve ordered a whiskey in New York (it will be BIG, whether or not you asked for it that way), there’s no going back to the thin, obscenely priced line of amber liquid you get in any London drinking establishment. Then, despite U.K. licensing laws easing up in recent years, most pubs will call last orders at 11:30 and you’ll have to search for somewhere open late. There’s absolutely no turfing punters out before their bedtime here in NYC where bars can legally stay open until 4 am.