In contradiction with Watching the English, I have found the streets here wonderfully easy to navigate. The street names sometimes blend into the wall, but they are never too difficult to find and the numbering of buildings is always present. I have noticed that people in the countryside are more likely to give names to their property, but this appears to be a similar phenomenon in the US. Some English apartments and homes have the name of the occupants next to the door bell. I find this rather peculiar, because we have come to understand the country as a nation who loves privacy with people who rarely introduces themselves by name. London does not have the city grids that many American cities have and conversely, American cities don’t have all the roundabouts (or circuses) that the English do. Despite the presence of the grid system in the US, I have sometimes found it more difficult to locate places. This is probably because English streets are short and change names upon an intersection, but American streets can be very long and the house numbers are much more hidden.
One thing that helps with navigating around London is that we either walk or talk public transportation everywhere. Since we’re travelling at a slower pace and need to know how we’re getting places, we are more aware of out surroundings. Yet in the US, if you’re driving by an area you are unfamiliar with, it is easy to drive past the place you are looking for. Furthermore, the roads and highways in the US have more lanes than the ones here, which also makes it more difficult to slow down and locate yourself.