Ok so you may have seen my earlier post which was a slightly tongue in cheek look at being a Londoner, so in contrast I thought I would share with you some things I really love about London, because I do love it, I really do…I’m not moving and you can’t make me.
- The weather – seriously, London has better weather than anywhere else in the UK* FACT. It’s always* warm and doesn’t seem to bear the brunt of some of the worst rains and storms even when they pass close.
- Public Transport – yes it may be expensive, smelly and hot, but on the whole it’s reliable and runs at reasonably good times. At my mum’s if you don’t drive you don’t go out…seriously, there’s actually a bus route that only runs one way into town…
- The people – it’s always said that Londoners are so unfriendly, but I don’t think it’s true. I’ve always known my neighbours really well, after all they see you in your PJ’s, you often live on top of each other and we’ve rarely had any issues** But it’s not just neighbours, during the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings there was a real comradeship amongst strangers, directing people how to walk to places they have only seen from underground before, offering lifts, sharing support.
- The shopping – Forget your Bond Street or Kings Road (well don’t forget exactly…) we have our very own high street in one borough of London, if I want something a bit posher I walk to the posher high street. Not just chain stores, but the boutiques, little nooks and cranny’s and more recently farmers markets which are popping up all over.
- The art – you might find it hard to believe but there’s some amazing street art in London, you can do your very own tour around. Sadly my local Banksy has recently disappeared, but the splurge of art that has replaced it is really interesting.
- The parks – I don’t care where you live your parks cannot beat ours. In addition to the big ones (I love St James’ and have spent many happy lunches in there…back in the day when I used to not desk eat) I can walk to 5 lovely parks within a short walk, it’s pretty darn amazing.
- The pay – yes ok so everything costs more, but I get a little uplift for working in London and it makes me feel special…
- The centre of attention – strange as it sounds I get a little bit excited when something close to me happens on the news. If it’s local news then only if it’s proper close, but anything London on the national news has me talking about it like an expert using my “local” knowledge.
- The variety – who needs to eat in the same place week after week or drink at the same watering hole? Not me*** when there’s such a wide choice around not only my local area, but the next area too; and the next; and the next (get the picture?!)
- The opportunity for culture – ok so a confession is that I am not really a culture vulture, but a broad
narrowpoll of friends a friendput this at the top of the list. The museums, the theatre, to be fair even if I don’t use them I do like the idea of being able to get to them at a moment’s notice (plus have done impromptu breastfeeding & nappy changing in many a random museum or gallery…)
*based on no scientific facts ever…FACT
**apart from the neighbour that stole our bike computer thing, and that time we had to save our neighbour from her abusive husband and then me be stuck inside calling the police when he tried to break in…and the Turk sat outside in the snow round the corner…oh or the morning of my birthday one year when we got woken up by a drunken man continually pressing our buzzer to get into our drunk neighbour’s flat….and that noise complaint we had about loud music.
***this is mainly because I have a child and no childcare, but that’s not helpful to the point I’m trying to make