I spent a year in London while I studied filmmaking and fell in love with this city. I have traveled to over 20 countries and many more cities, and London still remains my favourite. I truly loved everything about it (except for how expensive it was.) I haven’t visited since 2009 and I would love to go back.
It is hard to just pick just 3 things, but here are three things I love about London:
Everywhere you go, from the streets, a pub or the tube, you can overhear many different languages and they’re not all necessarily tourists. London has a culture mix bringing people from all over the world with all kinds of backgrounds and stories. I love this mix because it almost forces people to be accepting and nonjudgemental. Different is normal.
I can safely say that London is one of the most diverse cities in the planet, yet they still are a community and come together when it matters.
And with diversity, an extended food culture comes. From restaurants to street markets, you can find any kind of cuisine you can think of!
Because of this cultural array, there is also always something going on. From Chinese New Year celebrations to Pillow Fight Day in Trafalgar Square.
Diversity gives London its personality.
I’m not kidding you, the Tube was one of my favorite things about London. I have a terrible sense of direction and driving is very challenging for me in that sense. The Tube system was a lifesaver, it could take me anywhere I wanted and leave me at walking distance of my destination.
I also love that the Tube allowed me to catch up on my reading. London is the only place in the world where I actually read the paper because people leave them in their seats and you can read it and then leave it for someone else.
British people may be infamous about their quiet demeanor and lack of eye contact in public transportation, often just sitting with their ipods, books or papers ignoring the rest of the people, but I find this behaviour endearing and lovely. I love that you can be in your own space even around a crowd. I love that people don’t meddle in your business unless necessary.
For a night out, the bus system is also a life saver.
3. The indoor and outdoor beauty
By indoor beauty I mean a bounty of museums and art galleries, which by the way, most offer free admission! As an artist myself, I couldn’t get enough of many different museum visits from the Tate Modern to the Science Museum.
By outdoor beauty I mean the abundance of green space and parks. These parks are massive and very well taken care of as most are owned by the royalty.
I absolutely love that in the middle of the city you can quickly get out of the hustle and bustle and enjoy some peaceful time in nature surrounded by greenery, fountains and ponds.
I lived near Hyde Park, and boy do I miss my solo walks in the sunshine and in the snow.
London, I love you and I miss you.
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What is your favourite city?