There’s approximately 163.241 miles distance between Manchester and London. And differences are equally miles apart. Cleverly embedding pictures from Instagram, we’ve illustrated our favourite things that you just can’t get in London. Or anywhere else for that matter.
1. Pints for under £4 and cocktails for under £10.
Because who’s going to buy a whole round on payday when a pint costs a fiver?
2. Flats that cost less than a small yacht per sq metre.
The chances of buyers scoring property in London that is a) conceivably affordable, and b) not a prison cell is very low. In contrast, the housing market in Manchester is far more palatable.
3. Gay Community.
Despite a vile bill in 1988 that banned the promotion of homosexuality by councils, Manchester City Council hired four lesbians and gay men. Canal Street boasts three full blocks of harmony and competes with other top gay villages around the world.
4. Chips & gravy.
When you’re drunk and on your way home from a night out, chips, ketchup & mayonnaise will just about do. But they’ve got nothing on proper chip-shop chips covered in gravy. Like most dishes in Manchester; covered in gravy. Why not throw a sausage in the mix?
5. Chip barms.
It must be possible to track down a chip barmcake/butty/muffin in London. But they’re certainly not widely available, which is a great shame because they’re probably the world’s greatest food. Especially with gravy.
6. Hot Vimto.
That’s warmed-up Vimto, typically in the winter months.
7. Magic Buses.
Who wants weekly bus travel for just £7.50? Everyone does. This is something that is not even feasible in the capital.
8. Northern Quarter.
In Manchester, it isn’t necessary to trek miles of pavement and underground track just to flit between your favourite haunts. They’re all there in one magical, indie and diverse place. We like to call it the Northern quarter.
9. Central Library.
The iconic circular building; Manchester Central Library. The architecture of which is based on the Pantheon in Rome. Morrissey is said to have studied for his A-level exams there.
10. People’s History Museum.
Located in a Grade II-listed former hydraulic-pumping station, the museum tells the story of Britain’s working people.
11. More green space.
That’s Heaton Park, just a short journey from the city centre – the largest green space in Manchester.
12. Curry Mile.
More than seventy Asian restaurants ALL IN ONE PLACE. Nowhere in London caters quite so profusely to the raging desires of someone hellbent on having an Indian. #rusholme
13. Media City UK.
Just when London were getting smug with all their BBC monopolisation, Manchester goes and builds a futuristic media hub to end all futuristic media hubs.
14. The Lowry.
A theatre and gallery complex situated in Salford Quays (stone throw from Manchester city centre). Named after the early 20th-century painter, L. S. Lowry, known for his paintings of industrial scenes in Manchester.
Smiling at someone remains a basic human communication in the Northern capital, while cold shoulders remain the London way.
16. Tim Bacon.
Mr Tim Bacon, who is from Tasmania and chooses to live in Manchester because it “is phenomenal” has brought delight back into our city with Willy Wonka style creations for grownups ranging from underground bars to real life Oast houses moved from overseas and recreated piece by piece.
17. All the world of football.
Is there a person from Manchester who has not been immediately greeted with the words ‘Rooney’ or ‘City’ or, ‘Manchester United’ when asked by a foreigner which city you are from? Here, football lives in the minds of the globe.
18. Proper brews.
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