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Living and Loving London: The Best Bits So Far

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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 hereย means I get to discover, explore and experience daily. And in doing so there are definitelyย a few things that make me pinch myself every day that I really am here.

The people

Obviously Aussies are lovely, I’m one and I’m one of the loveliest people I know ๐Ÿ˜› 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 areย all so kind, sweet, fun and funny, as well as giving.ย Honestly, the kindest of people in this city astounds me.

When I first moved to London,ย I crashed with a friend for four weeksย whichย 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 dayย my stranger neighbour helped me carry my suitcases up three flights of stairs before myย other neighboursย found the WD-40 when I couldn’t get my key to workย 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 proseccoย and helping me laugh my ass of.ย And of courseย my BFF/personal tour guide/eating partner with all the LOLs, who picked me up from theย Kings Cross on 28 August and my life hasn’t been the same since.

The skyline

There’s a spot along the south of the River Thames that makesย 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 theย Cheese Grater, Walkie Talkie Building, Gerkin and Tower of London right in front of me. I walk past City Hall before looking overย to my right to Canary Wharf and if I turn around there’s the Shard. For me this is London.

Theย convenience

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.

The food

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.

Movie moments

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.

 

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All about Rebecca

Hi there

I'm Rebecca, an Aussie girl, born and bred in Canberra.

In 2015 I packed my life into one 19kg suitcase and moved to London.

When I'm not exploring London and providing expat tips, I'm travelling. I'm just back from China and am now planning my 2017 travels.

I'm also a massive foodie who loves eating out and trying new things in the kitchen.

This is my little place to connect with people across the world to share my learnings and experiences in the hope that it inspires or helps you.

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