Walk along the promenade of the Plaza and you are often likely to run into an Englishman or two. British expatriates are among the most populous of the thriving international community at Waterside Plaza, and happily for all homesick Brits (and general anglophiles!), there are a few good British haunts in New York City. Tucked away in the West Village, the small and cosy Tea & Sympathy is patronized by many expats longing for a taste of home. National comfort food such as Welsh rarebit and bangers and mash are served up by the friendly and very British staff, along with flaky scones with heavenly clotted cream and jam, and of course, a pot of tea. Next door at Carry on Tea & Sympathy, you can stock up on all groceries British from Walker Crisps to Crunchies chocolate, which as any English expat will attest, is one of the things they miss most about home. 108 Greenwich Avenue on Jane St. (212) 807-8329.
Walking into The Red Lion on a Saturday morning or a weekday afternoon, the natives will be surprised to find hordes of English, Scottish, and Irishmen drinking beers and raucously cheering on their football (soccer to Americans) teams on the bar’s several televisions. The Red Lion airs the Premier League games, making it a haven for any British football fan. Offering affordable drinks, an English pub decor as well as live music from 7PM to 4AM seven nights a week, this is a lively New York solution to longed-for London pubs. See The Red Lion’s Premier League schedule here. 151 Bleecker Street. (212) 260-9797.
The exclusive members-only Soho House is a favorite New York social club for British expats. Originally founded on London’s Greek Street over a decade ago as a place for professionals from the creative industries to gather, the British-run New York branch endeavors to maintain the same spirit. Being a member or a friend of a member of the sleek establishment gains you access to the six-floor facilities, including the rooftop heated pool, the Cowshed spa, the Pantry Bar, the 44-seater cinema and more. While members from all over are to be found mingling in the elegant rooms, Brits still hold strong sway. Learn about memberships here. 29 9th Avenue between 13th and 14th Sts. (212) 627-3647.