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London does it the best!!

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Lancaster, PA
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London does it the best!!

We started a wonderful European vacation in London for the Queens birthday. That week was near perfect weather but in addition we found London to be friendly, safe, welcoming, clean and that was a pleasant surprise to us. The taxi drivers charged us fairly and were all very helpful. The tourist maps in center city were also well designed & placed. You also had information officers that even located restaurants on google!! Very helpful. Your metros ran on time--without any strike--and all were safe & clean. We can only compare to Cannes (smaller of course) , Paris (also nice), and now Barcelona (where the only English comes from French interns!?) Keep up the good work----America & Europe can learn some good things from you Brits!!

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Actually, that's a really helpful report! Yes, it's can be nice to read my wittering kind of report, or the kind that goes into detail about every site visited and every meal consumed but what people really want to know is that the place is welcoming, friendly, safe and clean! Glad you enjoyed it.

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Glad you enjoyed London but I hope that is not a complaint about the lack of english speakers in Barcelona?

Learning some words of any local language is much appreciated and a little spanish will help.

Glad you missed any tube strikes. Can make London somewhat less pleasant.

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thank you very much ... how lovely that you felt welcomed in my lovely country

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Thank you. It's lovely to hear that people have had a good time here.

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"we found London to be friendly, safe, welcoming, clean and that was a pleasant surprise to us. "

I'd be interested to hear why that was a surprise.

What were you expecting?

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Especially glad that you found it clean and that may surprise a few Brits reading this because litter in some locations can be a real problem in the UK. Thank you for your posting and glad it all worked out well for you.

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Comments 5 and 6, I would not say that London, even within the UK, is regarded as 'friendly, safe, welcoming and clean'. Rightly or wrongly London is seen as the least friendly city in the UK, the least safe and possibly, therefore, the least welcoming. Clearly, the perceptions of Irish Fan were exceeded and perhaps that should be welcomed rather than the knee-jerk reference to Mogadishu. Unfriendly and unwelcoming? Of course not, we'd just rather disparage a visitor trying to make a positive comment.

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Sadly........we were expecting trash and dirty streets....you know like New York city!?

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<<Sadly........we were expecting trash and dirty streets....you know like New York city!?>>

But, thankfully, you still decided to come! Don't forget to spread the word will you?

As for parklandwalk's comments about Mogadishu......................Two people lost their lives today and fourteen others were injured in an explosion. The Al Shabaab militant group have vowed to carry out attacks against what it terms as the western backed government of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

An unfortunate comparison eh?