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12 Things You Learn Within One Hour Of Being In London

As soon as you land, you’ll be learning new things nonstop. Might as well get the basics down now. Like, for starters, that Air Canada offers the most daily nonstop flights there!

1. Street signs are impossible to find.

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'Cause they're located on the sides of buildings rather than sign posts. Nifty!

2. Speaking of the streets, cars don't yield to pedestrians...ever.

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Please don't learn this the hard way.

3. The public transit blows other cities’ systems out of the water.

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So, OK sure, rush hour is still a nightmare sometimes. But on the plus side, trains in London run pretty regularly, so you won't have to wait too long. (Just don't expect them to run after midnight; that's when they shut down for the night.)

4. And there's very little talking during commutes.

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Seriously, it's eerily quiet.

5. If you're going to take a cab, make sure it's a licensed black cab.

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London cab drivers are some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable in the world. Treat them kindly, and ask for their recommendations!

6. There are about a zillion streets, places, and monuments named after royalty.

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Everything is "Her Majesty's" this and "Her Majesty's" that.

7. People will constantly ask, "You alright?"

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Don't worry. They're just saying hello. They're not trying to subtly tell you that you look like you're hungover.

8. They tend to drink their dinner rather than eat it.

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Pints on pints on pints.

9. You'll overhear a mix of many accents and languages everywhere you go.

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It's incredibly cool.

10. It does rain a lot.

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But a lot of the time it's just a light drizzle. As long as you've got an umbrella, you'll be fine! Besides, that skyline looks good in grey.

11. That said, you can't walk more than a few blocks without stumbling into some sort of green space.

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There are eight royal parks alone in London, totaling up to 5,000 acres.

12. And finally, you'll learn that one hour is not nearly enough.


Thank god you're staying for longer than that!

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