I’m constantly moaning about living in London, just ask my husband. From the dreary weather to non-stop city life in general, living in the capital can get a girl down. This morning on the bus I started thinking about how one day N and I plan to leave London to move back to Kentucky and I realised that there are some things that I actually love about London that I’ll miss when we go.
- The Food
Okay, yes, I am a total fat kid at heart so of course food would be high on the list of things I love about living here. There’s so much variety all of which is easily accessible, particularly in the area I live in. For any culture you can think of, I could probably tell you a restaurant or takeaway in London that serves their food. And if I can’t, Lou at LardButty can! Her blog features honest food reviews and (so far as I’ve tried) she’s been spot on!
- Cultural Stuff
I’m talking museums and theatre experiences galore! As cliché as it sounds, London is a veritable mixing pot of different cultures, languages and experiences. With some of the best museums in the world (and most of them free!) London is great for tourists and locals alike looking to discover other lands or learn more about their own history. My favourite museum is The National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square—just gorgeous!
- Public Transportation
I have a love/hate relationship with Transport for London (TFL). I won’t go into my issues with TFL and their management as well as extortionate prices, however I will say that they’re very good about covering London. The Tube map is easy to understand (and indeed memorise!) and buses seem to get the bits of London where there aren’t any Tube stations—though that’s very few spots! I live along the Northern Line which seems to be the heart of the Underground and can get you across town super easily… again, when there’s not a signal failure or something. I think my biggest “like” about the transportation system in London is that it virtually eliminates a need for a car and, despite the price, is still cheaper.
- Access to the Rest of the World
Do you want to go to Madrid for a long weekend? No problem. Paris for a day? Yep, they can do that to. London is a travel hub when it comes to Europe and the rest of the world. Madrid is just a 2 hour flight and 4 hours of flying will get you to the gorgeous beaches of Fuerteventura and the Canary Islands. And getting to Paris is an absolute snap on the Eurostar. This is one of the things I love the most about living in London—it’s so much easier (and cheaper) to travel.
- Opportunities Abound
This is very personal, but I know that had I not moved to London there’s no way I would have been given the brilliant opportunities I’ve had so far, particularly in the last year. I’ve gotten to meet and interview some amazing people as well as build up a strong reviewer relationship with large and small publishing houses alike. Living in Kentucky would have made this infinitely harder, if not impossible. London is truly a place where I can make things happen for myself.
And there we have it. There are more reasons to enjoy living in London, but these are the main ones for me. If you live in London or if you’ve visited before, what did you like about the city?