"We are Londoners. We are one." London by kit_mc
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The title of this page is taken from an advert from the Mayor of London's Office that was also a play on words; We are Londoners. It's a sentiment that I truly agree with. It might be a massive city, but bump into a fellow Londoner while abroad, and just like the smallest town, you'll get into that conversation about where you live (especially North vs South of the River!), where you work and, in my case particularly, where you drink!!
It's the kind of city where you can have a FAB birthday and where lots of mates make it a few days to remember. In their various ways! I love London! I also suggest you always look on the Bright Side of Life, de, de, de, de, de...
Anyhoo, I originally put off constructing a London page for a variety of reasons. Essentially there is so much information regarding this city on VT that I wondered what I could really add and whether I could do justice to the London that I really love (no matter how much I may also complain about it!).
I've tended to use VT to gather information about cities I've never been to, but recently I've been taking a look at the London pages to see if there are any tips to help me see more of my home town, especially during the summer months as I try to extend my horizons away from my usual haunts of Bloomsbury, Soho and Covent Garden.
In my pages I try to give a personal flavour of what can be a confusing and daunting city.
I've also set up a page for Cricklewood which is listed on VT under England rather than as a suburb of London. You'll find tips for both Cricklewood and nearby Willesden Green on that page. The two areas kind of merge into one, and this part of north west London has been my home for a few years now.
With the joys of renting and changing flatmates over the years, I've actually managed to live in a fair few areas along the way, including Finsbury Park, Walthamstow and Wood Green all of which I know fairly well. As I get my tips up, Locals will note that there is a bit of a North-Of-The-River theme running through my pages!
I've lived in London now for nearly a decade and I really feel it to be my home. About 5 years ago I visited Australia for the first time and was miserable coming back to London. In 2005 returning from another visit to Australia I was actually quite excited about returning home. I realise that over the last few years as I've moved house less and found areas that I feel at home in, found restaurants and pubs that I know I can keep going back to and just generally settled into this vast city, I can honestly say I've made London my home.
I've also been lucky enough to have worked the whole time in central London. This means that I'm really familiar with central London (and it's drinking establishments in particular...) and I guess it would be selfish not to share!
It can be very easy to visit London for an extended period and yet miss the soul of the city, feeling like it's an unfriendly place where you just pay over the odds for not much return, so I'll be marking the cards of those places that need kicking into shape and pointing out the little gems I've found along the way.
Needless to say, like a life in London, these pages will always be a work in progress.
- Pros:One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
- Cons:Expensive and difficult to negotiate!
- In a nutshell:Good enough for an Olympics! :-)
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