So you’ve watched the Olympics. From every synchronized dive to world-record swim, every beach volleyball spike, and every long jump there was. But unfortunately, all good and exciting things must eventually come to an end. The 2012 summer Olympics in London will come to a close this Sunday, August 12. We know you’ve been on Olympics and British overdrive, so to keep that warm, fuzzy feeling with you, we’re pointing out a few New York highlights that can remind you of British culture:
· Double Decker Buses – The image of London is practically synonymous with double decker buses (of the red variety). In New York, double deckers are becoming popular with the tourist crowd, transporting curious visitors to every edge of the island. “Gray Line New York is the source for NYC’s best double decker bus and deluxe motorcoach tours, including Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and Night loops as well as full escorted foreign language city tours in German, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.” Prices run from as little as $29 for children to over $100 per adult depending on the duration of the tour.
· Fish & Chips – The Park Slope CHIPSHOP in Brooklyn is one restaurant around town that serves true British cuisine. It “was launched in March 2001 by Chris and Vicki Sell to bring life to Chris’s vision to provide authentic fish & chips and other English food and beers to New Yorkers. As an ex-pat and career chef, Chris was eager to dispel negative perceptions of English comfort food and ‘have a laugh doing it’.” Remember – “chips” is British-speak for potatoes! Though you probably won’t get the entire experience complete with mashed peas (for some reason, Americans just aren’t ready for that masterpiece yet), the restaurant will sell you as close to an authentic British meal as you can find in New York!
Park Slope ChipShop
383 Fifth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
· High Tea – Taking a break for tea is possibly one of the most admired British customs, and New Yorkers are fully embracing it. While many new tea shops are popping up around town, one of the most British-themed and immersive is Greenwich Village’s Tea & Sympathy. The restaurant includes a menu featuring “such favorites as bangers ‘n mash, shepherd’s pie, welsh rarebit, and roast beef with Yorkshire pudding. Finish off your meal with a treacle pudding or rhubarb and custard.” A full English Breakfast, Earl Grey or Rosie Lee teas are also available, and the shop sells items such as Alice in Wonderland teapots, gift baskets brimming with British products, and even jams and scone mix.
Tea & Sympathy
108 Greenwich Avenue
New York, NY 10011
· Art – Some of the most accomplished artists come from Great Britiain, both past and present. Wander through any of our museums here and you’re bound to meet some impressive works. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for example, you’ll find images of aristocratic women painted by Thomas Gainsborough, sailing ships and seascapes painted by J. M. W. Turner, sculptures by Anthony Caro, or religious watercolors and prints by William Blake. Admission to the Met is a suggested $25, but feel free to pay as little as a quarter if that’s all you can afford.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York, NY 10028
· Candy – Candy probably spans all continents, each country boasting a different sweet. But London’s sweets are some of the best. With this thought in mind, the London Candy Co. was opened in Spring 2011. “It offers authentic, approved-by-the-Queen Cadbury’s chocolate as well as sweets from Thornton’s, Nestle’s, Terry’s and Mars chocolate. Confections like Rowntree’s Wine Gums and boiled sweets round out the selection. Stumptown Coffee, rich Cadbury’s hot chocolate and Horlick’s malted milk drinks are complemented by classic English biscuits like HobNobs, Digestives and Jaffa Cakes. Fresh pastries are delivered daily.” You probably won’t be able to find any Hogwarts-inspired chocolate frogs or every-flavor beans, but the collection of candies offered here, combined with the candyshop bar will put you right back in London.
London Candy Co.
1442 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Wander around New York long enough and you’re sure to see some British influence. Stop by the Redbox kiosk to take out Sherlock Holmes, pick up a Jane Austen or a Charles Dickens novel at your local library, have a pint at the Churchill Tavern in the Flatiron District, or pick up tickets for “Potted Potter” on Broadway to get a taste of Britain right here in the Big Apple.