Reasons I miss living in London

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.

Reasons I miss

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.

Architecture.

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.

Tesco.

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.

 

Are you currently missing your favourite city? Tell me about it!

 

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  • We live really close to a Tesco here in Malaysia, and weekly grocery shopping is definitely essential. 🙂 I’ve never been to London, though, the rest of my family has. Apparently they decided to take their most epic family vacations after I was already grown up and out of the house, haha!

    • Ah, that’s so typical! My parents went to Thailand without me and I was so bummed, haha.
      I had no idea Tesco existed in other countries! That’s so cool! 😀

  • Kiara Catanzaro

    London has been my top priority on my travel list for awhile now. I studied abroad in Italy in college, and I know what you mean about missing a foreign place. And, you’re definitely rights about people from London, they’re incredibly nice! I’ve talked to awesome London-based bloggers who are so kind. Commenting from The Blogging Elite from blissfullybrunette.com

    • I love Italy, and I would have loved to study there! All British people are so polite, it’s insane compared to the citizens of Oslo, haha 🙂

      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  • I love London. Nothing makes me happier when I’m there than walking through Borough Market in the morning to get breakfast then walking along the Thames.

    I lived in Edinburgh for a few months though, that city has my heart and I don’t know if I’ll ever get it back (for most of the same reasons, but minus the Tube and include Hiking)

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • I lived right near Borough Market, I loved visiting there! 🙂

      I absolutely LOVE Edinburgh! I’ve only been once, but I remember the gorgeous buildings and the modern feel of the city being so intertwined! It was so fascinating and I hope to go back soon 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • I’m jealous that you had the chance to live in London! I absolutely love London – everything. Yes, even the tube;-). Still, with a Ryan air fare of just 15 euro London is pretty close 🙂

    • Haha, I’m the same, I love everything about it, even the dodgy side streets and the dirty tube 😉 Where are you from? That’s not bad at all!

  • All these points make me want to travel to London! It’s truly one of the greatest places in the world! 🙂

    • I completely agree! I miss it every day! 🙂

  • This is why I love blogs ha! I am publishing an article soon about why I think London is super overrated and I love reading things like this because it’s so great to see that everyone does have a different idea about certain cities. I do totally understand your points, but London, I just never understood the fascination.

    Xx Naomi in Wonderland

    • I completely understand, that’s exactly how I feel about Paris (in my opinion the world’s most overrated city), haha 🙂 I’m glad you still enjoyed the post! 🙂

  • I absolutely love Piccadilly – would love to live near there! So pretty and near gorgeous parks and shops. Great location!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

    • I completely agree – Picadilly has so much life! Perfect for people watching 🙂

  • Oh I totally can’t wait to go one day!! You make it sound amazing!!

    • I’m so glad you think so! London really is an awesome city to visit, I would love to discover it for the first time! 🙂

  • Becky @Disney in your Day

    I lived in Oxford for about for 4 months when I studied abroad and I absolutely loved it. The feel of England was wonderful. I definitely miss it. What did you think about living in Orlando?

    • I had no idea you studied in Oxford?! That sounds amazing, I would have loved living there!

      I LOVED Disney World and Universal and living, working and breathing in the parks for an entire year 🙂 The living standard for the program participants wasn’t ideal and the wages were insanely low, but it was all work it to get to play in the parks every day and make friends for a lifetime <3