The Brit List: The 10 Most British Towns in America

San Francisco, California

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. (AP Photo/Alex Menendez)

There is a distinctly European air about San Francisco, partly because of its higgledy-piggledy housing and lack of an obvious grid system for the streets. The hippy era drew many Brits and established its latter-day reputation as a sophisticated city. Go to You Say Tomato or the Pig and Whistle for English accents mixed with the iconic British products, but San Francisco goes one step further. For the last few years the local immigrants have taken to the beach and organized a Guy Fawkes bonfire night on November 5, the time when Brits do their firework thing.

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William Kay

Bill Kay was a London business journalist until he emigrated to Pasadena, ten miles north of Los Angeles, from where he writes a financial advice column for the London Sunday Times. He was City Editor of The Times and the Mail on Sunday and has written a dozen books, including a Pasadena murder-mystery novel, as well as dipping into screenwriting and stand-up comedy. He attended Westminster City School and The Queen's College, Oxford, and still manages to follow Chelsea Football Club. He has two adult sons, Andrew and Ben - and two grandchildren, Jackson and Indiana - all in London.

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