As of 28 August 2015, I’ve been living and loving London. My love for London was instant and all consuming. From the double decker buses, black cabs, side streets, markets, bridges, skyline and of course the River Thames, there is nothing about this city I don’t love – well maybe the constant grey and rain could take a break!
Living London is very different from travelling London and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Building a life here means I get to discover, explore and experience daily. And in doing so there are definitely a few things that make me pinch myself every day that I really am here.
Obviously Aussies are lovely, I’m one and I’m one of the loveliest people I know 😛 but in a city of over 8.6 million people I’ve been lucky enough to meet a lot of Brits – pretty much 90% of the people in my life are Brits – who are all so kind, sweet, fun and funny, as well as giving. Honestly, the kindest of people in this city astounds me.
When I first moved to London, I crashed with a friend for four weeks which soon turned into 12 weeks when I couldn’t find something permanent; and for the live in landlord, crashing in her house for 12 weeks wasn’t a problem.
When I did find a permanent flat to move into, on moving day my stranger neighbour helped me carry my suitcases up three flights of stairs before my other neighbours found the WD-40 when I couldn’t get my key to work the very next day.
Then of course there are my lovely, chilled, chatty and fabulous roommates. My very helpful colleagues who get to spend their days explaining all things British to me, before plying me full of prosecco and helping me laugh my ass of. And of course my BFF/personal tour guide/eating partner with all the LOLs, who picked me up from the Kings Cross on 28 August and my life hasn’t been the same since.
There’s a spot along the south of the River Thames that makes me pinch myself every time. Starting from London Bridge and ending at Tower Bridge, a walk of few hundred metres means I get to take in the most amazing London skyline. From the BT Tower in the far left, to the Cheese Grater, Walkie Talkie Building, Gerkin and Tower of London right in front of me. I walk past City Hall before looking over to my right to Canary Wharf and if I turn around there’s the Shard. For me this is London.
Need a new outfit for this weekend? Need some groceries but can’t be bothered to go to the supermarket? What about furniture now that you’ve moved house? Well, then get on the laptop, phone or table and order it all online and get it delivered today. Everything you could ever want is just a click and collect away.
Something else that’s super convenient? The public transport! In Canberra, you’re lucky if Action get it together to get you a bus when they say the will. Here there’s a tube roughly every 2 minutes. Then there’s the 24/7 buses, the DLR and Overground.
Living here is actually so easy you can’t believe you didn’t do it sooner.
From cheap eats, food markets, a pret on every corner and some of the best restaurants in the world, the food here is superb! You can read all about my food journey across London here.
Only yesterday was I walking to the Green Park tube station when I passed by the Ritz, and suddenly was smiling like the Hugh Grant fan I am. Here was the scene from Notting Hill.
The week before I figured out where Mark storms out of his flat when Juliet watches her wedding video and realises he’s in love with her. Because Love Actually.
And what Londoner would I be without visiting the bookstore from Notting Hill.
Of course there are many other movie moments to be had, and lucky living in London means I can.
What are your favourite bits of living in London?
And because I can, a few sneaky snaps from my life in London.