Being the vast, diverse, and awesomely fun metropolis that our nation’s capital is, it’s inevitable that you’re going to get people coming to stay from other parts of the country and/or planet, during which time you’ll realize that their grasp of London’s peculiarities mean they might as well be from an entirely different country and/or planet. With that in mind, we prepared this primer on the things you’re going to have to explain to visitors...
1. Leicester (as in the Square) is pronounced “Lester”
Also, don’t go there.
2. While we’re at it -- Marylebone is pronounced “Mar-le-bone”
If you try to say it like it's spelled, you WILL be laughed at.
3. On the Tube escalator, you stand on the right and you walk on the left. Or you die.
There is a whole world of Tube etiquette. Do everyone a favour and read this before you attempt it.
4. Cockneys don’t really exist anymore
No, Jamie Oliver doesn’t count.
5. It’s big. Like, really big.
Everything is 45 minutes away, minimum.