Is London culture/lifestyle/city more American than European?

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I think London is more similar to an US city than other EU cities. Culture, lifestyle, way of think business and architecture
Your thoughts?

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Jun 28, 2017

Yes I believe culturally very similar to the US. Much more than any European cities in my opinion.

I am British and I recognise much more lifestyle and cultural similarities when visiting major US cities (NY, SF) than with EU cities.

In terms of business. London is less hours than NY but more than pretty much any EU city.

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Jun 28, 2017

London > rest of europe.
Unfortunately Brexit will change some stuffs. But Brits have money thinking so I'm sure they'll find solutions

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Jun 28, 2017

Agreeing

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Jun 28, 2017

London wants to be like a US city. But that doesn't work with the crap rest of UK around it.

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Jun 30, 2017

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Jun 28, 2017

What if it's US culture that is similar to London?

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Jun 28, 2017

Interesting question to pose this close to the 4th of July.

Jun 28, 2017

Merica > EU

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Jun 30, 2017

The same.

Jun 30, 2017

Exactly the same and this is in IBD throughout the world.

Jun 30, 2017

Varies.. M&A is the same. LevFin - slightly less - friends of mine are putting in 80hpw at BBs. Will depend on firm as well though - Jefferies is fairly unknown in London, for example, so if dealflow is low, I can't imagine the hours will be as punishing. I stand to be corrected though.

Bb.

Jun 30, 2017
Bb.:

Varies.. M&A is the same. LevFin - slightly less - friends of mine are putting in 80hpw at BBs. Will depend on firm as well though - Jefferies is fairly unknown in London, for example, so if dealflow is low, I can't imagine the hours will be as punishing. I stand to be corrected though.

Bb.

I know somebody who was working at Jefferies in London as an analyst, only lasted a year because the NY guys were trying to do a big push into the European client base and hence ended up really wrecking the analysts. He moved on to boutique work..

Jun 30, 2017

exactly the same than in NYC

Jun 30, 2017

I would say slightly better than NYC but not much.

Jun 30, 2017

...take a trip there during spring break!
It's a great city.

Jun 30, 2017

You've just opened up the floor for annoying debate.

I've lived both places and love both for different reasons. I'll just go through with your question.

In New York you get the hottest women from all over the US that move there. In London you get the hottest women from all over Europe and the hottest south asian women you'll ever see. I think that one is a toss-up because native Brits offset the gains.

It is awesome being a foreigner. You are much more approachable and you are always a conversation starter. Be a polite American (assuming you are American?) respect people around you and try to fit in as much as you can and people like you. Don't be a douche and start talking British if you aren't. It's not so often you can walk up to a bar in your native country and say, "Can I have a beer?" and the girl standing next to you says, "Hey, where is your accent from?"

Food, I give the nod to New York.

I felt as though work life balance was better in London.

In general it is hard to determine which is better, but I'd move back to London in a heartbeat if that shows you anything.

Have fun!

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Jun 30, 2017

cool -- glad to hear that london is a happening city -- yea i think it'll be really fun, but also somewhat different, although im a little sad that all of my friends will be in nyc or bos.. oh well