This time of year is always a strange one because it is not only the festive period but it’s also the time I tend to get a bit nostalgic about New York. Two years ago today, I packed up my life and moved to London so I could be with P! Last year, I wrote a post, about some of the things I’d learned in the first year of living here, which I do think still hold true, but this year, I want to share some of the really great things I love about London, because it’s a really incredible city!
The Old and the New
One of my favorite things about London is how much old architecture is engrained in the new. I’ve seen buildings being built, but preserving the original shell of the building. Or walking along a street and seeing beautiful architecture that is houses a Tesco Express or a Cafe Nero. I find it so fascinating! It’s not always nice, but the way the new modern city has grown up in and around the old city is certainly something I’ve come to appreciate!
Hidden Little Corners
I’ll never believe that I know all of London’s secrets, but I will definitely keep looking for them! I love wandering through various neighborhoods and looking for new little corners. I find Instagram is really great for that. I follow a few accounts that share snaps from all over London, and as a result have a cache of all these little corners that I want to visit and explore!
Cozy Little Coffee Shops
In a world of Cafe Neros and Starbucks, sometimes it’s nice to go the more independent route. A few months ago, I did a post about my favorite coffee shops in London and honestly, that list has grown since then! There are so many that pop up all over the city that in addition to exploring all the hidden little corners, I find myself looking out for coffee shops as well!
Stumbling Through History
A city as old as London is bound to be dripping with history, but sometimes it really fascinates me, and I find myself stumbling on those blue plaques constantly. The other day,I must have passed about 3 or 4. Coming from a country that is so young, compared to the rest of the world, I find these little moments very enlightening and a nice reminder of how lucky I am to live in a city that is steeped in the history of not just the UK, but also my own home country. One day, I’d like to organize a little Blue Plaque tour of London!
Lots of A-mews-ment
I’m sure you’ve noticed from my Instagram that London is chockablock full of mews… the remnant of a time when the coolest mode of transportation involved horses… These days, mews tend to be adorable little flats, and usually feature a pastel house or two, which is probably one of my favorite things to photograph. There are some genuinely gorgeous mews in London, and they’re well worth a little stroll. It’s like being in a different world, of cobbled streets and archways, one that I’m sure I will find fascinating, for all the days that I live in London!
There you have it! My favorite things about living in London. There are loads more things, but these are the ones I certainly find myself ruminating on the most! London, like New York, is a brilliant city, filled with character and life, and it’s ever-changing. That’s what makes it so cool. The things I love about it now, might change in a few months or years. It certainly isn’t boring, and as we know, when one is bored of London, one is bored of life!