Even if youve never been to the city before, youve probably heard a few of the stereotypes that exist about Londoners. Like most stereotypes and generalisations, the majority are untrue so try and keep an open mind when welcoming new friends in London into your life! Below are some of the most popular myths about Londoners debunked.
1) Londoners are antisocial
Not true. While some commuters can develop a concentrated thousand-yard stare that warns you to stay well away, a long, sweaty, standing-all-the-way journey home after a stressful day in the office would bring out the grouch in the best of us. For those who arent trapped underground come 6pm, however, antisocial is far from the truth. Londoners usually have places to go and people to see but that doesnt mean they wont exchange a friendly word, give directions or stop to help. If youre under the impression that city people hate other people, open your mind for a day or two and youll be amazed by how wrong you were.
2) Londoners drink too Much
The UK is known as the binge-drinking capital of Europe and while Shoreditch on a Saturday night doesnt do much to challenge this label, not all Londoners will be staggering out onto the pavements to hail a taxi at three in the morning. Pubs and bars are a firm part of British culture but this doesnt mean that were all closet alcoholics. Just like anywhere, youll get the people that overindulge occasionally but there are also many here who dont drink at all or enjoy a relaxing glass of wine in the evenings.
3) City folk are reserved and typically British
Oh yes, that stiff British upper lip… This stereotype has been around for so long that it will be pretty hard to shake any time soon. At one time, this may have been a just generalisation to make but its been out of date since about 1960. Londoners know how to have a good time, whatever that might mean to you.
4) They all speak like cockneys
Nah, guv. While you might find a few pearly kings and queens still living it up in the East End, the true cockney is a dying breed. Today, London contains people from over 270 different countries. This level of diversity means there is no typical London accent or lifestyle. The huge mixture of people is part of what makes the city an exciting place to stay in or live.
5) Londoners never leave the city
Actually, some Londoners crave the countryside. As great as the city is, the stress, fumes and noise often drives people out into the wilderness for day trips and holidays. When youre surrounded by people for most of the day, getting away from it all can be an appealing prospect. The city is surrounded by beautiful countryside, impressive buildings and many other things to visit. As hectic as life is, most Londoners try and take advantage of that as much as possible. There will always be people who never feel the need to leave the city but there are also many who view it as a welcome break.