As you may know, I lived in London when studying for my law degree. It quickly became my favourite city during a family trip at 14, and through thick and thin it stayed at the top of my list during my years of living there. I have since lived back home in Aurland, in Orlando, Florida and in Oslo, where I am currently located. I miss London a lot, and have every intention of being back in my city quite soon. Here are my reasons why I miss living in London.
☞ The people.
Say what you want about Londoners, but British people are the nicest in the world. Thus, even though the natives of LDN rank quite high on the rudeness scale they are still way below Norwegians and the rest of the world in general. In London you will never have to carry your own suitcase down the steps of the tube, as there is always a handsome fella nearby to offer his assistance. They were simply raised that way.
☞ Since I’ve mentioned it: I miss the tube.
Actually I miss London’s public transport in general. There is nothing they do better than moving massive crowds of busy Londoners from A to B, usually without too many complaints. When we went to see the Rolling Stones at Twickenham we were amazed at how smoothly they moved the entire audience back into central London without us even noticing we had left a huge stadium and gotten on a bus.
☞ Black cabs.
I have never felt as posh and grown up as the first time I got into the back of one of these alone! Sitting there with my bag and iPhone made me feel like I was headed right to Chelsea every time, even though I was heading back to my apartment in dodgy Southwark.
The houses and buildings of London killed me every time I went for a walk. Especially the area around Mayfair, where the houses are so aristocratic and grand that you will be in complete awe after a stroll there. One of my favourite things to do while living in London was to plug in my headphones, listen to my favourite music and walk around looking at the buildings and people of the city.
☞ The nightlife.
You can’t move from London and back to a village of 600 people without missing the clubs, bars and evening crowds of the city. I particularly miss the nights out in Piccadilly, the drinks at The 55 Bar and the feeling of the crowd at Ministry of Sound.
Excuse me if this sounds dumb, but Sunshine and I lived 20 metres from a massive Tesco in South London for 2 years, and it made our life so much easier. I love grocery shopping, particularly when there is so much fun stuff to look at and buy! I have never seen or heard of a store that big here in Norway, and if I could go back to London and shop at only one place, Tesco would be it. Don’t judge me.
☞ Speaking of shopping: I miss it.
I miss Westfield and River Island, I miss Primark, I really miss Selfridges and Debenhams, I need Waterstone’s back in my life, I can’t wait to go back to NikeTown, and in general I miss paying in ££. Just don’t get me started on TopShop.
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