London or Dublin: which one is for you?

Most of my readers know by now that I have a seriously unhealthy obsession with London. After trips to Dublin and London early last year, my boyfriend and I talked about which city was our favorite and why. Of course, he had fallen head over heels for Dublin, and I remained firm in my feelings for London. The truth is, they are both great options that give off a slightly different vibe. So, London or Dublin: which one is for you? 

London or Dublin: which one is for you?

Affordability

In your dreams. Both are expensive AF.

Atmosphere

London and Dublin each have incredible atmospheres, but in different ways. Dublin tends to give off more of a ‘home town’ vibe while London is more of a ‘big city’ vibe. So it really depends on what you’re looking for! Visit London if you love the big city culture and visit Dublin if you’re looking for more local hospitality.

London or Dublin: which one is for you?

Restaurants

If you’re looking for a more variety in your restaurants, then London definitely takes the cake. London has so many unique restaurants which generally focus more on experience and design, and their food is more culturally diverse. If you prefer more quaint restaurants that have a simple mom and pop vibe, then Dublin is your choice.

Sightseeing

Sightseeing definitely goes to London. London has a lot more to do in terms of seeing both historical and modern landmarks. Because while London is rich in history, it’s also a modern city with much to experience. Dublin is a smaller city with less sightseeing activities. However if you’re okay with getting on the road to experience nature, then Dublin will have your heart.

London or Dublin: which one is for you?

Locals

If you’re looking for a warm welcome, look no further than Dublin. The people are some of the nicest and most welcoming! You’ll always find great conversation at a bar or cafe. London is a little more like New York and the locals are usually in a rush to get somewhere, really not noticing tourists unless we’re in their way (oops).

Nightlife

Where London has more variety, Dublin has more tradition. A night out drinking pint after pint of Guiness in Temple Bar just cannot be beaten. The live entertainment and the safe roads make it easy to carry your boozy evening into the streets. However, London definitely takes the cake for more variety in their nightlife with more options for different kinds of people.

Which city do you get on with more? London or Dublin?

30 comments

  1. Nice article.
    London and Dublin both are on my list for future, hope I could make to both the places.
    Most importantly your images are damp unique, I didn’t saw like yours in any blog which I read.
    Thanks for the share. Cheers!!

  2. I am absolutely and irrevocably biased and this possibly because I am from London and also because I’ve never been to Dublin, haha. In saying that, though, Dublin is on my travel bucket list – hopefully I get to visit it soon!

    Agree with what you said about the locals. Don’t talk on the underground (because why?) and please don’t walk so slowly, especially in central London. Lol!

    1. Haha honestly I have always felt like a local in most big cities. I hate talking on transportation and anyone who walks slowly. I fit in so well!

  3. I love how you compared London to NYC with the rush and noticing tourists only if they are “in their way” it is 100% true ! I been living in NYC for past 12 years and ugh as much as I love this place I would totally moved to more “smaller homey town” . Keep telling hubby to move to NJ but he won’t leave brooklyn. LOL London and Dublin are on my bucket list πŸ™‚ But I really do want to see Dublin a bit more than London πŸ™‚

  4. As someone who is fortunate enough to live only an hour from London, I think I’ve got a pretty good feel for the place so I’d definitely like to get to know Dublin as I’ve never actually been, believe it or not!

    Musings & More

    1. Dang! It’s so close! I can only imagine if I lived where you lived haha. I swear I’d be off on an adventure every month lol.

  5. I haven’t been to either cities before but wouldn’t mind going! I can imagine how expensive traveling to popular cities in Europe can be! I love the table setup of your breakfast! Everything looks so nice out there. I really need to make a trip out one of these days!! Though, to be honest, London is higher on my list than Dublin. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

  6. I do love London, I live in Stoke Newington which is really cute and worth exploring on your next trip!! But the cosiness of Dublin sounds so inviting, I definitely want to go soon, then I can decide! But I have a feeling London will come out on top for me too! x

    Jenny | localleo.co.uk

  7. I’ve only been to London once but I definitely want to go back again! After reading your comparison London definitely sounds more like my type of city, I still have so much to explore!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

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