Yorkshire life is pretty special - from our glorious countryside to our charming pubs, more bang for your buck in the property market and of course, Yorkshire puddings.

London may have the royals and Parliament - but that hardly beats the beauty of the Dales or Yorkshire's friendly folk.

When it comes to Yorkshire vs London, God's own county comes out on top - and here's why.

 
  • House prices - It’s no secret that you get more for your money up north compared to the south of England. The cash you part with for a two-bedroom flat in west London would get you a 10 bedroom, Grade II listed, detached house with three acres of land in Lindley, Huddersfield. Ouch.

  • Friendliness - It’s something Yorkshire folk are known for (even if Tour de France organisers are worried our constant ‘loves’, ‘ducks’ and ‘mates’ will cause offence). Strike up a conversation on the tube in London, and the whole carriage will look at you like you’ve got mental health issues. Strike up a conversation on a bus or train in Yorkshire, however, and prepare for folk to tell you everything and anything, from what they made of last night’s Emmerdale to what Mrs Jones has been up to with Mr Smith at No.17.        

  • Pubs - London, you can keep your pretentious little gasto pubs and wine bars, with no chance of a seat, skinny chips served in obnoxious little frying baskets and a flat pint for £6. Here in Yorkshire, we prefer a proper pint of John Smith's, Yorkshire puddings overflowing with stew and a nice table from which we can sit and bemoan the state of t'country as we know it.
     

  • Local delicacies - Yorkshire puddings vs jellied eels. Need we say more? Plus we do proper fish and chips - The Quay, in Whitby, was voted the best chippie in the UK.
     

  • National parks - There is not a single national park in London, whereas Yorkshire’s got two: the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales. Hyde Park and St James’ Park just don’t cut it.              


The Yorkshire Dales, one of two national parks in the county
The Yorkshire Dales, one of two national parks in the county
  • Happiness - A Rightmove survey found that that happiest folk in the UK were living in Harrogate - whereas nine of the most unhappy places to live were in Greater London - East London, Croydon, East Central London, Ilford, South East London, Enfield, North West London, West London and North London. Sad times in London, it seems.
     

  • Annoying tourists:  While people come from all over the world to visit Yorkshire (and can you blame them?), we don’t get invaded by holidaymakers quite as much as London does - we don’t have to cope with week after week of Americans asking us where to find the Queen, for a start. If you’ve ever been in the capital during a royal event you’ll know what we mean.               

Annoying tourists: Yorkshire doesn't get invaded by holidaymakers quite as much as London does - as shown by this scene on the Mall
Annoying tourists: Yorkshire doesn't get invaded by holidaymakers quite as much as London does - as shown by this scene on the Mall
  • Fresh air - Even if you live in the city, in Yorkshire you’re only a short drive away to some nice green fields and bracing fresh air - in Huddersfield, you're only a 15 minute drive from rambling heaven, Marsden Moor.  In London, not only do you have to travel further to find some countryside, but you’ve got to take on the horror of the M25. Yikes.
     

  • Rent costs - A budget of £400 a month in central London bags you a box room in a shared house  and the potential hell of horrible housemates. The same budget in Huddersfield town centre? A two bedroom flat with parking, located a short walk from the station - and privacy. Blessed privacy.
     

  • Cycling - Cycle on the roads of central London and you’re taking your life into your own hands, thanks to impatient cabbies, endless buses and clueless pedestrians. Come to Yorkshire and you can cycle the Calder Valley Greenway, a four mile, largely rural route that connects Huddersfield and Dewsbury via woodland, farmland and riverside paths - and you probably won’t be run over. No wonder Yorkshire was chosen for the Tour de France.      

Calder Valley Greenway
Calder Valley Greenway
  • The sky's the limit - Yorkshire is home to Emley Moor Mast - the tallest structure in the UK, even taller than The Shard in London. Emley Moor Mast broadcasts digital TV and digital radio as well as the Capital Yorkshire and Real Radio stations. It’s coverage area is also one of the largest areas in the UK, covering most of Yorkshire and also parts of Greater Manchester. In contrast, the Shard is essentially fancy office space. With a viewing platform. Yorkshire wins.

Emley Moor Mast and The Shard
Emley Moor Mast and The Shard
  • Bumper bridge - Opened by the Queen in 1981, the Humber Bridge was the longest single span suspension bridge in the world for 16 years. It's now the seventh longest, but at at 2,220 metres, it's still pretty impressive. London has its own single span suspension bridge, the Millenium Bridge, but it’s only 325 metres long - and sometimes wobbles.
     

  • We don't freak out when it snows - Up here, a bit of snow can cause some traffic problems, but we just wrap up warm and crack on, taking time out for the odd snowball fight or to build a snowman. In London, however, a solitary flake can fall from the sky and all of a sudden it’s SNOW CAUSES HEATHROW TRAVEL CHAOS!/ LONDON BROUGHT TO A STANDSTILL!/ SNOW GRINDS CAPITAL TO A HALT! Get a grip, London.               

We don't freak out when it snows: Yorkshire folk simply wrap up warm and crack on, pausing for the odd snowball fight or to build a snowman
We don't freak out when it snows: Yorkshire folk simply wrap up warm and crack on, pausing for the odd snowball fight or to build a snowman

  • Yorkshire Day - That's right, Yorkshire is so special it even has its own celebration day. Ever heard of London Day? Nope. 

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