I love London. I’ve lived in a few cities around the world and visited many more, but without a doubt London has proved itself as the best city in the world. There are loads of things to love about the Big Smoke – the markets, the people, the music scene and the buildings – are just a few examples and here are three more…
“I couldn’t live in London; I want my children to have a garden.”
Eugh, I hate hearing this, do you realise how many green spaces are in London? From Regent’s Park to Primrose Hill to Victoria Park, Hyde Park, Clissold Park and Hampstead Heath – I’ve spent more time enjoying the outdoors in the four years I’ve been in London than I did the 18 years in my countryside childhood village of Barton-under-Needwood.
The best thing about the parks in London are that you’ll only ever be a few minutes’ walk from civilisation to pick up your picnic supplies, for friends to find you and for when the weather changes and you need a pub, sharpish. Sit on the verge in my favourite green space – Primrose Hill (above) – and you can enjoy the city’s beautiful skyline Shard and all.
“What shall we do this weekend?”
I spent this last weekend raving to Jamie Jones in wasteland by Canary Wharf at Eastern Electrics Festival. We could see people climbing the roof of the Millennium Dome in the distance, travelling on the cable cars to the right and the boats coming in on the Thames to the left.
The Olympics were broadcast on a big screen and we got chatting tactics with some random guy we’d never even met before. With Julio Bashmore playing some tunes in the background and a pint of cider in my grasp, we watched Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah going for gold with around 200 of our new best friends. Where in the world could you ever do this? London, that’s where.
Included in my love of the randomness in London is the people. I love the new display on the building next to Primark on Oxford Street showing one face to represent each of the many nationalities living in London right now.
“Be there in 20 minutes…” Neeeoooowwwmmm.
I live on Abbey Road just on the border of Camden and I work in Holborn, so my day starts with a joyous 30-minute cycle to work through Swiss Cottage, Camden, King’s Cross, Bloomsbury and finally into Holborn. I absolutely love it (on a sunny day). I have been known to get quite stressed on occasion when trying to find somewhere I don’t know when I’m cycling, but on the whole I’d much rather use my bike than deal with the Underground. It also means it stays a little exciting to use the Underground – a bit like a tourist, rather than an angry local.
My favourite place to cycle is over Blackfriars Bridge with the sights of the Southbank on my right, St Paul’s Cathedral behind me and the OXO Tower and the IMAX in front. You just can’t beat that feeling of freedom when you get to overtake cars, whizz around pedestrians and give a knowing nod to your fellow cyclists. If you want a great night ride there’s not many better than whizzing down an empty Oxford Street of an eve; or try going around Hyde Park via Serpentine for a magical feeling in your belly.