America’s defeat of Britain in the Battle of Baltimore virtually decided the War of 1812 and left British forces retreating in disarray. But ever since then there has been a strong Blighty presence in Maryland’s largest city, which is a commuter base for thousands of people working 30 minutes away by train in Washington.
Like all America’s older cities, Baltimore has a reassuringly old-world atmosphere from a Brit’s point of view, backed by a decent selection of pubs and restaurants. Brits infiltrate the city’s art galleries and comedy clubs, which are a world away from the poverty of east Baltimore depicted in the hit TV series The Wire. Definitely a place for the younger crowd. A group called Baltimore Brits claims to offer “the finest in British banter, beer and football discussions,” meeting every month for a few halves of lager shandy. Such innocence.
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