Visit London - 10 Things That Will SHOCK You About London, England

Published 2016-06-11
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From Sticker Shock to Almost Being Hit By a Double Decker Bus to The International Flavor of the Capital of Cool, London, England has a lot to offer travelers, tourists and trip goers alike. Here are our list of 10 things that shock tourists when they visit London.
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Copyright Mark Wolters 2016

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All Comments (21)
  • Randothol H
    To anyone thinking about visiting England (and I am a proud Englishman), do not just visit London as it does not reflect "England". Go to places like Oxford, York, The Lake District, Yorkshire, Cornwall, Devon, Bath and of course Suffolk (my home county). It pains me to say, Wales is also stunning, so make sure you visit this gem of a country.
  • C. Law
    Full-time Londoner here - this is pretty accurate. Tbh I do wonder how many tourists come here and are actually a bit disappointed at how un-English London is, in the sense that they came here for a more English experience. London is really its own country. And it's great if you actually live here, because you can pretty much travel the world without having to leave the city.
  • Dani Davies
    I live in the North of England and have been to London twice, that was almost 10 years ago. I'm in my 20's now and married, my husband is on leave from the army in January and I'm taking him to London for his first time. This video isn't just helpful for foreigners but for every first time visitor to London, I can't wait to show him the best of our countries history and culture and your video has been incredibly helpful! So thank you. I'm counting down the days!
  • WeMuckAround
    NOTE TO AMERICANS: Whenever you pronounce words like 'Buckingham' and 'Nottingham'. If you want to sound less like a tourist, you don't pronounce 'ham' like the food. You would pronounce 'Buckingham', (bucking-um).
  • ThewayICit
    I've been visiting London many times over the years and the biggest "shock" for me is how much friendlier and service minded the city has become. Gone are the surly cashiers and the apathetic wait staff. People are largely helpful and friendly and seem genuine with it. At first I thought may be it's the influx of eastern Europeans but no, this change of attitude applies across the board.
  • Sarah. K
    I've been trawling YouTube getting an American's perspective on the UK and I think this is among the best of the bunch :D As a Brit who doesn't live in London but has been loads of times during my 23 years, I whole heartedly agree with pretty much everything here :D Make me sorta proud of our small little Island :) Thank you!
  • GherkinTV
    You should do the things that will shock you about Britain.
    As a Brit myself I can tell you that Britain/England is a completely different world once you get outside the capital.
    Liverpool and Newcastle are my favourite cities.
  • The Maiden
    I agree. I live in Birmingham, England and take drives down to London for day trips. It is very international. Most of the people I was served by at landmarks, shops and restaurants etc were foreign. It’s a great city but also be prepared, it is very, very busy. It’s a fantastic city. Like I said, I live in Birmingham which is only about 95-100 miles away from London and when I visit, I feel like a foreigner in my own country. It is so, so different to my home town where I live. It’s so busy and their way of life is so different. Don’t visit London and think you’ve visited England. You’ve seen nothing. The rest of England is nothing and I mean NOTHING like London. Hire a car and venture out of London. Come to the Midlands, Worcestershire, Warwickshire etc. Take a day trip to Henley In Arden, Stratford Upon Avon where you can see the old buildings, villages and towns. There’s so much more to see.
  • Jessica Bartels
    My husband and I are heading to London and several places in the UK as well as Germany for the first time at the end of July and couldn't be more excited! We've been pouring through all of your videos for tips and ideas for our trip and you guys have been super helpful!
  • JessLiveGaming
    I think the most shocking thing on my first visit is how easy it is to use the tube. It was something I was actually very nervous about. The first time I went I stayed near St. Pancras and took the Circle Line everywhere (not efficient.. I know). The next time I went I took the correct lines to get where I needed to go, it's very easy to navigate.
  • Ilona Kirnos
    I'm planning our very first (month long) Eurotrip for next year and I'm so glad I found you. Your videos are so helpful. You and Jocelyn take away so much anxiety out of this process.
  • hannah
    I live in England and honestly I think it's a shame if you only visit London - my county (Warwickshire), along with many others like Cornwall, Devon etc, are worth a visit too! You really get to see England's past and true beauty if you stray from London :)
  • J Maker
    What shocked me the most while in London is to realize how safe the city is, i was walking through St James’ Park at midnight and felt so safe, people were talking in benches in was very dark. I live in LA, and i would never do such a thing in any park here.
  • otakucat
    I went to London in 2018 and was amazed at how good the public transportation system was. The Tube and the bus system were great. It was so easy to get around, I only had to use a taxi a couple of times while in London.
  • Liz Becker
    London is my favorite city, and I found all these things to be very true. The Tower of London is a must-see, and Notting Hill was the most fun neighborhood. The most amazing thing I saw in London was while biking through Hyde Park. I saw a bunch of horse trailers parked, and there was a large group of people with show horses all riding around in a big circle. Being a horse lover, I stopped the bike, parked myself on a park bench and just sat there mesmerized. It was like a dream, and I'll never forget that experience. If you haven't been to London, definitely put it on your list of places to see.
  • John Wilson
    An excellent and accurate review. The London Tourist Board should pay you for this, Mark! I'm one of those workers - who probably walked by you in 2016.
  • Prospekt Arty
    You’re 100% spot on about London. It’s a very international city and often regarded as the centre of the world or the world’s capital city. It attracts everyone rich and poor to its many micro towns. London is divided into 33 boroughs or towns each with its own local government and parliament and each borough sends at least two representatives to the national parliament - the House of Commons. Within each borough are mini boroughs or what used to be villages that grew over time to make up the borough and each village or district is very unique in its own right and has its own unique history, architecture, migration and settlement patterns, languages and cultural flavours. Immigrants often flock to areas where there are concentrations of people or institutions from their own backgrounds and where they might feel most comfortable living. So you have Jewish people concentrated in parts of East and North London, Turks and Kurds in North London, South Asians in East, west and south London and pockets of Black and Irish settlements across the city. Each London district is so different that emerging from the underground tube could feel as if you’ve just arrived in a different country with different people, architecture and cultures. London also has two great divides and they often meet at the centre and that is the great North London and South London divide. The great River Thames is the dividing line between North and South London. You either live north or south of the river and it is not often that the two meet unless you live in Richmond Upon Thames which transverses the river. Londoners are most conscious of this North-South division especially amongst native Londoners. Firstly, your geographic place of birth determines your London ethnicity and there are only 6 london ethnicities Central (including the City of London and the West End, North, North West, West,,South West, South East, and East End. your borough is your political identity and your district represents your tribal identity. These identities are taken very seriously by Londoners and even migrants to the city soon get ensconced in them the longer they live in the city and it determines their whole lifestyle eg how and where they shop, neighbourhood preference , their social and economic class division, the type and quality of education and housing that can be accessed for rent or to buy, how and where they choose to visit and socialise, who they can or will visit or not visit in terms of friends and family , sexual lifestyles, dating habits, your voting pattern and political and world view, religious outlook, health, age, fashion, cultural and eating habits. These factors taken together will determine your basic london personality I.e the type of Londoner you are and the lifestyle you enjoy is centred on the district that you choose to settle in permanently or temporarily. Incomers to London often very quickly discover the importance of paying attention to those factors because they can make o r break you as a Londoner and they will most definitely determine your level of happiness or depression and contentment in the city as a whole. Choosing to reside in the wrong london neighbourhood is often one of the key reasons for hating or leaving London. In my opinion it is of prime importance to the native and non native Londoner as it will determine the quality of life you enjoy and level of happiness you achieve in the city and ultimately where you feel you truly belong in the scheme of things.
  • Ozzi
    Small tip for any travellers in London. If you get lost and cannot find anyone to help you, Look for a rack of hire bikes. Next to those are little blue maps of the surrounding area. There are some dotted about as well (shown at 7:40). The other thing to do is to navigate using the Shard as a point of reference. It is the largest building in London and can be be seen from most places. The last option is find a tube station and either ask or hop on a tube one stop to somewhere closer to your hotel etc.
  • jason owen
    Top Mistake tourist's make when visiting the UK, they spend most of their time in London. If you want to experience the UK then get out of London, public transport is quick and easy as you could travel to different cities within a few hours. And you would still save alot of money by doing this compared to staying in London. Spend a few days in different counties like the Midlands that have Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Matlock and the Peak District. Yorkshire for Sheffield, Leeds, York, Bridlington, Scarborough, Whitby, North Yorkshire Moors. Cornwall for St Ives, Penzance, Land's End. Scotland for Edinburgh, Glasgow etc. The whole of the UK is open to you in the same time it would take to look around London. And you would save alot more money.
  • Ollie Usher
    Really liked this video. I've worked in London for over 25 years and it was fantastic seeing someone with so much enthusiasm pointing out things I've just never stopped to think about in all those years. Cheers!