London and Paris Compared


London and Paris Two of the largest, the most important, most famous, most powerful cities in the world. I mean, they both really are kind of a big deal. London is both the capital and largest city of England and the entire United Kingdom. Paris, is both the capital and largest city of France. Both cities not only dominate the culture of their countries, but dominate the culture of the entire continent of Europe, or even the world, man. In terms of metropolitan areas, London is bigger. The London commuter belt has just over 14 million people, while the Paris metropolitan area has over 12.5 million people. So London is basically around 21% of the UK’s population and Paris is basically around 19% of France’s population. The two cities are just 284 miles, or 457 kilometers apart, and there are probably more options than you realize for ways to go back and forth between the two. You can fly. You can take a train and ferry across. You can drive all the way. Wait…huh? Drive?!? Well, kind of, thanks to the Chunnel, an underground tunnel underneath the English Channel. Channel plus tunnel equals Chunnel. What you really do with your car, though, is drive it onto a train, which then carries you through the Chunnel. The quickest way to get between Paris and London is a train that goes straight through the Chunnel. The journey only takes 2 and a half hours. Both are two of the most visited cities in the world. After Bangkok, Thailand, London is the second-most visited city in the world and Paris is the third-most visited city in the world. Both have horrendous traffic, although it doesn’t seem to be as bad in London. But yeah try not to drive if you go to either one. Both are two of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. However, the cost of living is lower in London compared to Paris. And yeah, both are among the wealthiest cities in the world. In terms of GDP, London is ranked 5th and Paris is 6th. Both are financial capitals of the world, although London is uh, more, yeah. The main industries of both are the service industries. Especially, the professional services in London and commerce in Paris. Both have lots of universities but London arguably has the highest concentration of prestigious universities in the world. Both have a bike sharing system. Both have hosted the Olympics. Paris twice, and London thrice. Both have a ridiculous amount of landmarks and tourist attractions. A few attractions of London include the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, and The London Eye… oh oh oh sorry, The Coca-Cola London Eye (I forgot that Coca-cola was taking over the world). London Bridge is actually really ugly and small. Big Ben is the bell, not the clock, and it’s currently being renovated. And according to my wife, Leicester Square is “the most Londony part of London.” A few attractions of Paris include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Notre-Dame, the Arc de Triomphe, The Unknown Soldier and Eternal Flame, Pont de Sully, Le Marais and Champs-Élysées. London does have more museums than Paris. Both aren’t that far from major bodies of water, although London is closer, right there near the North Sea. Paris, not too far from that English Channel I mentioned earlier. Related to this, both have temperate oceanic climates. While both have four seasons, the temperatures don’t fluctuate too much. Paris gets a tad bit colder in the winter and a tad bit warmer in the summer. This may surprise you, but Paris actually gets more rain than London overall. London has more of the lightly spitting on you type of rain, and maybe seems gloomier with less sunny days and more fog. They speak English in London and French in Paris. Actually, a lot of Paris residents do speak English. They often just pretend like they don’t understand you speaking in English. London often jokingly gets called France’s sixth biggest city due to having such a large French population. In fact, more French folks live in London than in Bordeaux. Paris is more densely populated than London. In the city proper, over 73% more dense. London residents are younger than Paris residents, on average. London is growing at a bit faster rate than Paris. London is more multicultural and diverse. More than 18% of Paris residents were born in another country, which is a lot less than London. Watching videos like this from a couple years ago, and reading stories like this, you’d think that Paris is being overrun with immigrants, but apparently those stories are exaggerated. Yes, an increased number of migrants seeking asylum have arrived in Paris in recent years, but apparently they number only in the thousands, not hundreds of thousands. London has more billionaires and a lower unemployment rate than Paris. Ah, but Paris has a lower poverty rate. Regular settlement in Paris goes all the way back until at least 2000 BC whereas the London area appears to be first settled about 500 years after that. Both used to be part of the Roman Empire. Paris is older than London. A Gallic tribe known as the Parisii established what would later be called Paris around 250 BC, while the Romans established London in 50 AD. By the Middle Ages, Paris had become the most important commercial center in France and London had become the most important commercial center in England. However, Paris rose more quickly. In the early 1300s, Paris was twice as big as London. The Black Death, which spread throughout Europe later that century, killed about a third of London’s population and a fourth of Paris. During the Hundred Years’ War, the English took over and occupied Paris for sixteen years. Paris remained more of a Catholic stronghold in the 1500s and 1600s, while London shifted to Protestantism. After more and more Catholic Church property was privatized in London, many folks got rich there and trade went way up. During the English Civil War the majority of London residents supported the Roundheads. The Great Fire of London destroyed much of the medieval remnants of the city. Meanwhile, in the 1600s Cardinal Richelieu led the investment in architecture to make Paris the most beautiful city in Europe. By the 1700s, both Paris and London became THE places where the great philosophers and scientists of what became known as the Age of Enlightenment hung out. Paris was arguably where the Enlightenment began, which later gave it the nickname the “City of Light.” In 1789, Paris was also the center of a lot of the violence and chaos that came out of the French Revolution. The Industrial Revolution began in Britain, so London had a head start compared to Paris in terms of the huge economic growth related to the rise of machines. Workers came to London in huge numbers during the 1800s. From around 1831 to 1925, London was the largest city in the world, while Paris trailed behind, although Napoleon III helped revitalize the city in the 1850s and 1860s. During that time, Paris residents lit the streets and monuments with tens of thousands of gas lamps, and that City of Light nickname now made even more sense. Flash forward to the World Wars. Thanks to the French and British victory against the Germans in the Battle of the Marne, Paris was spared. During World War II, however, the Germans easily took over Paris, and later bombed the crap out of London. The reason why Paris is relatively intact today and much of the older buildings in London are no longer around is because they were destroyed by bombs dropped by the German air force in the Battle of Britain. Paris didn’t get those bombs. They just surrendered. Since World War II, both London and Paris have been much more peaceful and prosperous places. So that wasn’t easy, summing up 2,000 years of history. Anyway… As far as religion, most of Paris and London is fairly secular. In Paris, you drive your car on the right side of the road. In London, you drive on the left side of the road. Public transportation is much cheaper in Paris, but that cheaper public transportation often comes with the constant smell of feces and urine, the random armed guards at train stations, and tone-deaf karaoke singers singing on the subways for money. And public transportation BETTER be cheaper in Paris, since it’s much more difficult to finding a parking space while driving there. Indeed, the Tube in London is much cleaner, and you can use your Oyster card to pay, unlike the primitive way of paying with cash for the Metro in Paris. Other random differences. London has less air pollution. Paris has more people just hanging out outdoors. Outdoor cafes are definitely much more of a thing there. Every morning, the amazing smell of baked goods fills the streets of Paris, and if you go out to eat in a restaurant there, expect to be there MUCH longer than you would be at a restaurant in London. In fact, Paris is just more slow-paced overall. Also…in Paris, you can drink in public. In London? Nope. After my wife visited both Paris and London, she wrote her first impression of Paris “was not one of love and romance, it was of graffiti, dirt, and vomit.” First of all, Paris has a big rat problem. I’m serious. Rats are talking over the city. Also, apparently it’s more normal for homeless folks there to sleep on mattresses on the side of the road. You just don’t see that in London. London does seem to have less clutter and trash on its sidewalks and streets compared with Paris. Wait a second…hold on….that’s just an apocalyptic movie…not real life…there’s that’s better. See how clean London is? Sorry Paris, I’m just reporting facts here. The lights on the Eiffel Tower go on for 5 minutes on the hour every hour every night, so that’s pretty groovy. And yeah, Paris does live up to its romantic stereotype. It’s common to actually see random people making out in the city. Sorry, London, you’re not as romantic, although London residents are nicer to visitors compared to Paris residents. Let’s see what else? There are more scammers in Paris trying to sell you crap on the street. And you have to pay to go to the bathroom there. I mean, sometimes you have to pay to use the bathroom in London, too… but in Paris some fast food restaurants are even strict about letting you use their restrooms- they make you show a receipt to a security guard or enter a code to prove you’re a paying customer before you can enter the restroom. So this video has turned into one of my longest Compared episodes yet, so it’s time to wrap it up knowing I have left out A LOT. In conclusion, London and Paris are two extremely important global cities, two of the most exciting places to visit and inspiring places to live in the world. They’ve been through a lot, yet continue to lead the world into the future. Alright, you may or may not have noticed that I am wearing a Mr. Beat Tee-shirt right now because I am tacky like that. If you want to buy a Tee-shirt just like this one check out the description of this video. There’s a link to my new store with all kinds of goodies. A special shout out to my wife, Mrs. Beat, who helped me as I researched for this video. She went to London and Paris back in 2008. I have never been but hope to visit both soon. What did I get right? What did I get wrong? What did I forget to put in the video? And, which is better? (of course) Also, which two cities do you want me to compare next? There’s so much stuff to comment about. Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “London and Paris Compared

  1. I have lived in both cities and I can tell you that in Paris you are and always will be a foreigner while in London you feel part of the city. Tolerance is what makes London the greatest city in the world. London is so diverse and multicultural.

  2. 1:34 LIE, Paris is THE MOST visited city in the world with more then 80m tourists per year , check your facts …

  3. French people pretend that they don't speak English because of Americans automatically thinking that all french people speak English. So if you do go to France at least try to speak french then they may help you.

  4. There isn't an oyster card in Paris like there is in London. They give you tiny paper slips which are a third of the size of a credit card. I think they do this on purpose because the slip doesn't slot into a wallet like an oyster card would. It's so tiny, very easy to get lost in a handbag and this is their way of making more money by people having to buy new slips to replace the one they lost. I find it disgusting and so annoying

  5. Yes, go to London and you will be surprised of the low % of native still living in there, the city now belongs to muslims, indians and pakistani, it does not belong to the natives anymore. Sorry, but Paris is much better and more romantic. They are not both on my top list cities to visit, but guess what, I have never seen a more racist country than UK. And speak that from my own experience. Oh, french hate brits and whenever I visit Paris, if I ask something that is in englis language,they refuse to ask, so I don't see where do you get the part with more french speak english. The brits refuse to learn even a basic hello and thank you in any country, that obtuse they are. Don't get me wrong, I am not a fan of french, but they are not fake as brits, I hate it when they shoe you a big smile but they would smack you right there.

  6. Get the fuck outta here u fools. I’ve lived in both London and Paris hoods towers blocks . I’m born and live London but Paris is hood let me tell u. There is no difference between us.

    And all the rich shit tourist shit and food shit and river shit with boat ride is all the exactly same. We dress the same , streets boys and gangs act and walk and dress completely the same just different language. Even the posh hipsters are thee same…. I’m living proof. Not much difference at all. When I went France I felt like I was walking around London and when I was walking French hoods I felt like was walking London hoods. Same vibes and feelings. We love u Paris and Marseille

  7. To those who say that this video is biased against France, this video is base largely on facts. London is just better in most ways, mostly because of differences in culture. Sorry bout that.

  8. I prefer London anytime then Paris or even France prefer UK British are more open down to earth French are stuck up stupidity no end french are a dumm not quite up there

  9. How this guy pronounces Bangkok and all of the Parisian landmarks is absolutely deplorable and it makes me want to cry or burn him at the stake. 😂😬

  10. I've been to both countries (not onl the capitals). From my own experience, I must say that I liked London and the entire UK much more than I like France

  11. So many bitter frogs on here, just face it London trounces Paris. Paris is still alright I guess but London is just a country mile better.

  12. Wow, the London bias with this guy is SO obvious, but it's thanks to his wife who probably went there as an 18-year old and was bummed she didn't get French kissed.

  13. Both cities are beautiful but London does top it, it’s more multicultural and has more character! It’s impossible to get bored in London. Easily the best city in the world

  14. Neither compare to NYC, since Brooklyn has the architecture of both !! Terrace apartment buildings , Tudor and Huassman, everywhere !

  15. Paris is the best, French are the best. London bragging with lots that stole around the world with their Indirect rule. French we shall win ✊🇫🇷

  16. Booooh ! biased american video.
    Paris surrendered ? and where the f**k were the americans in 1939 ?! too busy hiding themselves and making business with the nazis maybe ?
    And Paris and London are 340km (210 miles) far from each other, not 457km.
    And apparently you haven't heard of Pass Navigo, the equivalent to the oyster card, Which most of the people pay online.
    Half of what you say is biased.

  17. Typical French bashing. I'm the first to say that Paris is a multicultural shithole, but when I see you talking as if London is a paradize while it's exactly the same trash, I can see the hypocrisy of the typical American obsessed at insulting France and the French in every way he can because he can get "likes" from anglo-trolls that keep insulting France and the French everywhere on the internet like the little piece of shit they are just to get likes even if they don't know why and never were harmed in any way by French people, but funny they will never have the balls to do it face to face. I visited Britain and USA and also met British and Americans in France, all nice and friendly face to face these little hypocrit pussies then on the internet hidden behind their computer they all spend their life insulting us all the time talking behind us.
    Fat american piece of shit. Without France your country would not even exist. Without USA, France would still exist despite what you claim everywhere.

  18. I love to see so many Parisians annoyed by these video. What I love to see even more is not a single Londoner gives a f*ck about this video or Paris lololol

  19. "can't drink in public in London", Erm… Yes you can… In fact, I watched a video of Americans saying that that's a massive difference between the UK and USA is that you'll find people drinking on the streets in the UK… Of course we can drink in public 😅😂

  20. Um, I don't know what part of Paris your wife was in…. BUT their were no rats, didn't smell like feces or piss. .and no mattresses in sight This video is very biased. And clearly your opinion which is fine. But Paris is amazing, and the people are absolutely wonderful and kind.

  21. the tube is not markedly cleaner than the metro. Neither smells worse than the other. I don't notice a preponderance of urine or feces smell in either – that distinction must go to NYC subway. And you CANNOT use cash to get on the Metro in Paris. You must buy a ticket from an agent or machine – its been that way for years. Of course the Metro has something similar to a Oyster card. I think its called Carte Orange. You don't HAVE to have an Oyster card to ride the tube.. You can buy single ride tickets-just like Paris.

  22. London and Paris are very different cities- both are amazing places. If it gets down to which I would rather call “home“ then London wins by a mile because there is so much more variety in just about everything. Of course when English is your native tongue it becomes even more obvious which you prefer 🙂

  23. Great video 😊👍 However I found the map used very distracting! The map of the UK included the Isle of Man which has never been part of the UK. It would be very welcome and more accurate if you used a map not including the IOM. Many thanks 😊.

  24. This made me thought of French and British male travelers… The Brits are actually more handsome and have more variants. And the good looking Brits are all well mannered and kind. The ugly ones are all cunts. So the French are better, because they are Exotic. English is more like an aquired taste. Both are better than most other Europeans, except for Norwegians and Swedish.

  25. 8:46 We have the "Passe Navigo" with which we can also pay bikes and free cars… Anyway this video is a big stupid dung… So many mistakes !

  26. So glad I didn't see this before. It would have tainted my view, because half of your opinions on Paris is bull!

  27. what can i say we did beat france in many wars and saved them in 2 world wars. so its understandable we were higher than them in alot of things on this list

  28. Les deux villes sont magnifiques 😍😊 vive l'amitié franco anglaise 🇨🇵🇬🇧🙂et vive les plus belles villes du monde !!! Paris et Londres (London)

  29. From Norway here.
    I thought Paris was quite dirty in many parts, London too. But it was cleaner and more organised than Paris. Best of France in my opinion is outside Paris.
    Both French and British are nice in the rural areas. Parisian people are too rude and loud. I don't like that. Londoners tend to be more mannered and keep to themselves.

    Food is awesome in Paris. I also love their cafe culture, people seem more relaxed.

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