There's a lot of bathroom jokes over here that we New Yorkers find very childish. Which is surprising because we think of Londoners as being incredibly adult.
How does it compare to New York?
Well, I guess the
infrastructure in New York is generally newer so it works better.
In the States the
telephone system seems more efficient, the water is always hot. Stuff like that is not taken for granted here. But the oppportunities are vast in
London, if you work in any form of media, definitely. I think the theatre is probably better here than in New York now too. What would I do if I could
have a perfect day off in London? I
would ask to be shown around some of those delightful private Regency houses, just to see what they're like inside. And hang out in some beautiful gardens, maybe those out at Kew.
But my favourite place is the Chelsea
Arts Club. If you stay there it's a bit
like camping; but it's fun for parties.
That's where I'm going tonight. I
love the people who hang out there. Artists who live in London are the
most unpredictable and kooky in
John Berendt is the author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, published by Chatto and WindusReuse content