London VS New York – The Battle of the Big Cities

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They’re both giants in a world of culture, great food and exciting events, but which is better? London or New York? Team SuperBreak’s Amy is most certainly a fan of the bustling New York, whereas Team SuperBreak’s Millie prefers the cosmopolitan feel of London. Find out which city won below!

Food:

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London: Think of London’s food and think of quintessentially British fare, including sumptuous afternoon teas, impressive patisserie displays and delectable flavours of tea from across the world. As well as the more traditional options, London is home to a varied selection of street food vendors and fashionable sushi spots for you to explore (and then post on Instagram, of course).

New York: Rule number one of travel: a city which has a cheesecake named after it is a city worth visiting. Oh hello, New York! It’s no secret that New York is a city which has a very healthy appetite for food, and this juicy Big Apple is full of flavoursome eats which will have your taste buds all aflutter. Known and idolised by many, these New York noshes need no formal introduction, they simply go by the names: pizza, bagel, cronut and, of course, New York cheesecake. If you ask us, a country which united the doughnut and the croissant is a country we take very seriously.

Attractions:

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London: No trip to London is complete without a trip to the glittering West End! From Wicked to Matilda, the shows on offer are beyond compare. Other must-dos during your trip to The Big Smoke include the London Eye, Madame Tussauds and London Dungeons. If museums are your thing, some of the best in the city include The Science Museum, The British Museum and The V&A.

New York: It’s not just food keeping New York ticking, its world-famous attractions are something to scream, shout and wave those jazz hands about. Speaking of jazz hands, Broadway and Times Square offer the perfect place to see an award-winning theatre show, while Luna Park in Coney Island is a great seaside stopover for theme park fanatics. If an afternoon of baseball and, (attention all guacamole gurus!), a nacho helmet takes your fancy, take a trip to NY’s impressive Yankee Stadium.

Landmarks:

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London: The city is most definitely a sightseer’s dream! Get your walking boots on and head out into the city with a camera in tow. Big Ben and London Bridge are popular with tourists, and nothing beats pointing out all the weird-sounding buildings during your trek. The Gherkin… The Shard… The Cheesegrater… The Walkie-Talkie – told you they were silly!

New York: A kaleidoscope of striking architecture, the New York skyline includes some of the world’s most recognised landmarks. You can take a ferry to meet and greet The Statue of Liberty, soar above the city in one of the Empire State Building’s Observation Decks or witness the twinkling silhouette of NYC by night with a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Nightlife:

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London: For all you night owls, London is a veritable hub of activity once evening falls. Schmooze with the stars at trendy Soho or explore the grungy Camden during your down time. Fan of clubbing? Ministry of Sound, Fabric and Heaven are all within easy reach. If you’re in the mood for an altogether quirkier experience, The Doodle Bar provides great drinks and a blank canvas of chalk board walls for you to, you guessed it, ‘doodle’ on. For a great night out and a comfy seat (bliss!), head to one of London’s popular comedy, cabaret and burlesque shows.

New York: Known by Sinatra as the city that never sleeps, it’s safe to say the NYC nightlife is something special.  Head skyward to the 21st floor of the Strand for a drink with a view in the cosmopolitan bar, or marvel as the mixologists work their magic at classy cocktail lounges such as Clover Club in Brooklyn and The NoMad on Broadway.

Green Spaces:

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London: Whether you fancy a relaxing stroll or need some fresh air for the morning after the night before, London is filled with green and vibrant spaces. Hyde Park is an obvious choice for some blue-sky thinking (we live in hope) and Hampstead Heath is awash with your favourite movie and TV stars trying to be normal whilst walking their pooches. For a day out with a ‘bit of greenery’, Kew Gardens is where you need to be.

New York: The city may be an urban oasis but it also has its fair share of greenery. One must-see is undoubtedly Central Park, the park sweeps 843 acres across Manhattan and flaunts an array of lakes, classic architecture and even its own zoo. Prospect Park in Brooklyn is also worth a look for outdoor activities such as horseback riding, fishing or boating.

Verdict: It’s a tough one so we declare a London and New York tie! They’re equally impressive in every way and both deserve a visit…