London is one of my favourite cities in the world, if not my favourite. I spent a year there and loved everything about it. It was very easy for me to fall in love with London. There are always things you like and don’t like about a place right? But truly, the only thing I did not like about London was the price. Expensive, yes. Wondrous, also yes.
The weather might be a deal breaker for some. But it was just fine for me.
10 Reasons why I fell in love with London:
1. The international feel.
Everywhere you go you overhear different languages and not necessarily from tourists, there is a culture mix in a really good way. Multiculturalism at its best.
2. The museums.
The Tate Modern, the National History Museum, the Science Museum, the National Gallery. Some of the best museums in the world. They are all amazing and I can spend hours in them. And the fact that they offer free admission!
3. The beauty.
Maybe you wouldn’t think of London as beautiful. But for me, taking a walk along the Southbank promenade, and the river with views of the Big Ben, and the bridge, and the vast pristine parks, the Golden Hour light bathing its surroundings making everything look mesmerizing and feel delightful.
4. The parks.
I lived about a 5 min walk from Hyde Park, one of the largest parks of London. It was the best thing to be able to walk there whenever I felt like it and take a long peaceful walk, or bring a book and sit on the bright green grass and watch the royal swans glide through the water, and watch the fluffy squirrels chase their friends, watch the flocks of birds create art patterns in the blue sky, and watch lovers and friends laugh and kiss.
It was especially magical covered in snow.
5. The Tube.
This may be an odd reason why I fell in love with London, but I love the London Tube (the metro system). As a person who has a broken internal GPS, and in my mind nothing is where it really is, the tube made my life very easy because it has stops everywhere around the city.
If you get lost, you can just take the tube back to a place you know. You can go across the city without worrying about driving on the other side of the road or worse, getting lost. You can meet friends wherever they tell you to meet, no issues. And after dark, when the tube closes, the bus public transportation is a saviour to get you home after a few drinks.
6. It’s in Europe.
Europe is just the best continent by far, sorry, not sorry. And one of the things that makes it so great is that neighboring countries are really quite close. You can drive or fly or take a train to a completely different country at a relatively close distance. Fancy a weekend getaway to Paris or Vienna? Easy peasy.
7. The shopping.
Oxford Street has everything you need. Of course, it is always crowded and full of tourists but I’ve literally had a few dreams about going shopping in Oxford Street. Covent Garden is also great for walking around, doing some shopping, and eating.
8. The accent.
Who doesn’t love a British accent? I do, and I love British people too. I get their humour. Since English is my second language, after about a year of living in London, I was starting to catch on the accent. I would’ve loved if it stuck, but after about a year of living the US, it went away. 😦
9. The style.
I’m totally into coats, boots and scarfs. That is my favorite outfit and it is so London. I may like wearing a bit more colour than local Londoners do, but nonetheless, I’m into it and black will always be in.
10. The tea.
I love tea! I’m definitely a tea drinker, not a coffee drinker. I’ve always been. My go-to drink in the morning is always black tea whether it is English Breakfast, Early Grey, Irish Breakfast, or Chai (if in India). I just love my tea. I don’t celebrate tea time like Londoners do, but I would love to. Scones, biscuits, tea sandwiches… I’m totally in.
and even the rain! I do love rainy weather.
And while English food might not be the best, the multiculturalism in the city makes up for it. Craving Indian, Italian, French? You’ll find great options for each and more. But I’m a little weird and do love some British food. Baked beans over toast and cheese? Love it. Fish and chips? Love it. Londoners are busy people, so they also have numerous excellent grab-and-go grub places. But more than anything, as mentioned, the tea and afternoon tea.
I think I was British in a past life. (And Italian in a different past life).
Do you have more reasons to be in love with London?
30 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why I Fell In Love With London”
You hooked me with this piece, now I am yearning to see London 😉
My home town, and you’ve done it justice! Awesome pictures and descriptions … will keep my eye out for banana man 😉
Oh! I’m glad to hear that from a local 🙂
London is great 🙂 Now we just want to visit there again!!
I so want to go there, but my friends are afraid I’ll try to stay forever.
Of course, they’re right 🙂
Haha! Yes! I long to live there again.
11. The pubs! 🙂
Yes! I thought of pubs when I was done with my 10… fish and chips, awesome beer, fireplaces… but then I thought 10 was a good number. hehe.
I forgot how much I enjoy London until I read this. It is beautiful and I had a lot of fun living there back in my 20’s
Beautiful photos! I have only left London less than a week ago and I am already missing it! The good thing about London is that is feels like home to anybody. You don’t even need to have lived there for a long period and London will still make you feel at home
Great list, Mani. I would add music to the reasons I love London. There are always concerts going on somewhere, classical or rock. Hope you come back here some day!
I didn’t really experience the music scene when I was there but the best bands in history are from the UK. 🙂
What a lovely list Mani and I really like your photos.
As a British person, I’m delighted that people like and love London. I live in Berlin now but still, I like to go back to the “Big Smoke” whenever I can. I guess another thing to love is that even though London is technically expensive, you can still find ways around this by going to theatres and restaurants on certain days like Mondays or on Saturday Matinees. There’s even a cinema just off the corner of Leicester Square that shows films for about $5.00 and if you really know where to look, you can even watch them for free as they are always looking for people to watch films and review them!
Thanks for sharing Mani. 🙂
Well I should’ve looked further into those deals when I lived there;) I loove going to the movie theater 🙂 I think I went to the Leicester Square one with a friend who had a bring a friend kind of deal from her mobile company. Thanks for stopping by!
Thank you for sharing this list, Mani! I’m excited to experience all of this when I move there early next year! If you have any further tips or places that you’d recommend to a London newby, please do share!
Oh my Mani!!! In the middle of the post I already wanted to live in London… seriously! I do believe in everything you said and agree with it! I have been to London only 2 times – planning the 3rd one now – and from my impressions it is exactly as you say 😀
I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 And that we agree 😉 Btw, I think NYC is pretty cool too.
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Yes I did, you could probably win this competition with your post 😉
Being British I might be a little biased, but I’ve travelled quite a bit and I’d still pick London as my number one city. You’re photos are so beautiful too. Really do the city justice!
Oh! I’m always happy to hear when locals/British people agree with me and doing it justice. 🙂
I’ve been living in NYC for 8 years and even though I have had a wonderful love affair with it, I am seriously considering moving to London within the next couple of years. Looking through your photos took me back to it and made me realize how much I fell in love with it! It really is a magical city with a little bit of everything for everyone 🙂
I fell in London with London too!. I love your inspiring article.
Perfect post, Mani. You have an eye for the romantic heart of the city. The thing I love about London, as aforementioned by many, is that it is a city for anybody, and if you can’t find it in London, you won’t find it anywhere! Jx
Yes, I love the diversity. 🙂 I didn’t realize my love for it has a romantic aspect but it totally does. London really does have a special place in my heart.
I hope you’ve been feeling better lately!
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Thanks, Mani ☺️
Thanks for reposting this, Mani. I, too, love London!
I agree with each of these points! London is one of my favourite cities!
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Hi Mani. I have never been to London, but it does sound lovely. After all, it is famous worldwide for reasons. Wonderful photos and yes, I agree that Europe is the best continent by far! 😀
Jost got back and I agree with all your comments. Now, if I can jut figure out how to move there.