Friday, January 23, 2015

Three things I love about London

London is one of those cities that are incredibly easy to fall in love with. After living here for over two years, I can say that despite this dreary January, London is still just as special as it was when I first saw it on holiday a decade ago. There is so much to see in London no matter what your interests are, and there always new things popping up all around the city. There are a multitude of reasons why I love London, but there are a few main ones, which surprisingly are completely different to what they were when I first moved here.

Every corner and cobblestone is bursting with history

London has so much interesting history, and everywhere has a story. That pub you love on the corner? That is probably hundreds of years of old, and if you dig a little deeper you might even discover some intriguing stories. If you look a little harder at that shop you walk past everyday, you might find out it's an old tube station that was used as a bomb shelter in WWII. Even if I had the time to walk around London all day every day, I don't think I could ever get bored. Every step can take you back through hundreds of years of history.

Sense of community

Since when is London a community I hear you ask? I admit, when I first moved to London I couldn't imagine how I could ever feel like I was in a community, especially after realising that Londoners aren't fond of smiling at strangers. However, after I was here for a little longer, I realised that everywhere in London is a little community. If you just open up a bit, you'll get to know people in your area and start to make London feel like home. Despite their stone cold stares, Londoners aren't all rude and most are willing to help, especially if they can use their local knowledge to give you directions!

Despite its flaws, London is a keeper

London isn't all glittery lights and steak & ale pies. It can be dirty, noisy and overwhelming. Some days I wonder why I still live here, but then I think about living anywhere else, and I know that few places will ever come close to London. It has a vibe that I have not found anywhere else, and it has a strong pull that keeps me here. No matter how long someone has lived in London, there is always more to see. More museums, more shows and more restaurants to try. The words of Samuel Jackson are certainly true when he said, "Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."


  1. On my short visit to London I loved the mix of history in the city!

  2. Oh... London is definitely an amazing city. I was there a few years ago and I just couldn't help but falling in love with it. there is so much history, and beauty around. I wish I could go back there now! Lovely post! With love,