Pacific Nw is at least as wet as the UK, and London is normally drier and warmer than most parts. re prices, London has always been a bit of a rip off but go to Paris, New York, Tokyo etc they're all the same. Go to the 3rd world if you want cheap. Re "the English", our governments have embraced diversity and multiculturism which we are told is good for us and if you don't agree you are a racist. Having said that, if you spot a white person, chances are , they are tourists.