An American woman living in London claims Londoners are “not friendly” and says people look at her like she’s “crazy” for thanking bus drivers.
Aurora Lofton, originally from Virginia, moved to the United Kingdom almost two years ago and is often surprised by the stark differences between the two countries.
The 27-year-old posts candid videos on her TikTok account (@aurora._victoria) about adjusting to life in the UK and has built a huge fan base, with 628,000 followers and 2.2 million likes to date.
We’ve previously reported on his thoughts on “confusing” road signs, UK cinema snacks and his difficulties finding long-lasting bread in supermarkets.
MailOnline Travel spoke to Aurora to find out more about her “whirlwind” life in London and what she loves and hates about the city.
Aurora Lofton, who posts TikTok videos about her life as an American living in the UK, spoke to MailOnline Travel about what she loves and hates about London.
The 27-year-old claims Londoners are “not friendly” and says people look at her like she is “crazy” for thanking bus drivers.
The content creator and management consultant said: “In general, people are not ‘nice.’ I wouldn’t use that word to describe people here.
Your reasoning? She said: “When I get off the bus, people look at me like I’m crazy for thanking the bus driver.”
Aurora, who lives in east London, said the city is very “individualistic.” She explained: ‘People don’t smile back at you, or if you pass someone on the street and say good morning. They don’t say good morning to me. People don’t open doors for each other.
He even claimed that people are friendlier in New York, having previously lived in Brooklyn, where he said “people say hello to each other.”
He added: ‘Here (London), stay in your own lane. You don’t interact with anyone. You have your specific coworkers, your specific friends and acquaintances, and everyone else you don’t interact with at all.’
Aurora moved to London almost two years ago and said she has now “adjusted” to life in the city.
Aurora has become so accustomed to the London way of life that she is stunned when she visits other countries.
When he visited his family in Switzerland, he said: ‘Someone greeted me on the street. I was like, “Oh my God.” Now I’m the baddest person on the street. Because I have adapted to the London way of acting. I just forgot that’s what you’re supposed to do.
However, he said: ‘Apart from all those things, I have built an incredible life here. “I love the friends I have and I have met such amazing people.”
Aurora claims that London is the best city for 20-somethings to be in. She said: “Whatever you want, London can bring it to you.”
‘I don’t know of any other city that has so much diversity, green spaces and access to the world and Europe. Nothing compares to London.
Aurora said she has built an “amazing” life in London and loves the “diversity” and “green spaces” the city offers. She is pictured on the left at a cafe in Little Venice and on the right in Holland Park.
Aurora told MailOnline Travel: “Whatever you want, London can bring it to you.” She is pictured above at The Standard Hotel in London.
‘You can meet people from anywhere in the world. “It’s a melting pot of cultures.”
But he warns those thinking about moving to come in the spring. She said: ‘Winter is horrible, it’s terrible. It cannot be denied.
‘But spring and summer are a vibe. So wait and come in spring.
When asked if he would ever return to the U.S., he said, “Maybe one day I love America, so my heart is in two places.” “I still love being an American.”
But she’s not ready to change her life in the UK any time soon.