It is said before about London – it is dreary, expensive and can be one lonely city.
Yet, people remain fascinated with London. All around the world, people flock over to London to work, study or live there.
So there are 2 camps about London as a city – liveable or not?
Well, having lived in the most liveable city (as up to 2014) previously, I must say that London was pretty dear for our pockets.
But upon stepping into London after a week in Italy, it felt like home again for me.
To hear English being spoken again, seeing cars on the ‘right’ side of the road, and experiencing the cosmopolitan scene that so resembled Melbourne’s, it did bring me much warmth in the cold wintry weather.
So yes, I did grow fond of the city. But whether I can envision myself living there, that would be something to think about next time – I’m quite happy where I am now 🙂
Anyway, here are my 5 reasons to warm up to this city!
1. The Tube
It’s soooo expensive (2.20pounds for a single trip!) but oh-so-reliable.
We never had to wait more than 2minutes for a tube and that made our short trip to London so much more efficient.
And it was so refreshing to ride the tube that felt safe (as opposed to taking the metro in Rome or Barcelona)!
2. The vibrant city life
London is definitely not a snooze city and there are things to do after the sun sets. I was surprised to see the city as lively at night in winter, even in the freezing cold weather!
And yes, if your wallet can afford it, I must say the shopping scene is quite tempting in London.
And finding something else to do in London? How about a musical at the West End?
And let’s not forget that the New Year’s Eve celebrations in London are pretty special…
Yup, London is one happening city.
3. It is a mishmash of cultures.
I love how cosmopolitan this city is.
As opposed to really sticking out in Italy, we blended into the crowd seamlessly in London. And it was an added bonus that we spoke the same language!
4. Its British Character
Despite its globalised nature, London still has its British side, which gives the city much charm.
It was really cool to spot things around the city that were distinctly British.
As you can tell, there are lots of landmarks to see in London. Would have loved to do the free walking tours if we had more time.
5. The Food
And of course, how can you miss out on the food scene in London??
Can’t go past Burger & Lobster!
I have to say, we enjoyed nearly all (I say nearly, ahem) of our meals in London, from the neighbourhood Fish & Chips to our lunch at a 2-Michelin star restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
AHHHH the famous Meat Fruit by Heston Blumenthal
With such exciting foodie episodes we had in London, it won’t do much justice to squeeze them all in 1 post. So wait up for more posts on those experiences!
There you have it – 5 reasons to fall for this city. Whether it is liveable or not, it’s really up for debate. But to live it up as a Londoner for awhile, I reckon it’s worth the experience!