3 Things in the City I Love: London

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…

The parks

“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.

Beautiful Primrose Hill

Plenty more green space where that came from my friend...

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.

The randomness

“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.

View at Eastern Electrics

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.

I Love London
My pregnant friend Rula trying out my bike…

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.

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Field Day Festival in London


  1. by Kathleen @GlobeTrottinGranny.com on August 8, 2012  11:15 pm Reply

    I haven't been to London. Sounds like it would be a good place to visit, OR live. Thank you for the post.

    • by Vicky on August 9, 2012  1:15 pm Reply

      No problem Kathleen - I'm glad it's inspired you to come! Too many people think it's just Oxford Street and Buckingham Palace, there's loads more to it than that :)

  2. by ANGLO/Dale on August 10, 2012  2:58 pm Reply

    Followed through here after I enter the 'City I Love' contest & I really like your choices.

    More than that, I LOVE the picture of your friend on the bike. Sometimes the best pictures from travelling are of the people enjoying themselves, not the locations they're in.

    The colours are my favourite too!

    Best of luck Vicky

    • by Vicky on August 10, 2012  7:32 pm Reply

      Thank you! She looks so happy doesn't she? I love it too – she's actually pregnant in that shot. I'm sure her little boy will love that pic when he grows up :)

      Thanks for your comment!

  3. by Spencer on August 14, 2012  12:49 am Reply

    I am off to London in 3 weeks. After reading your post I am even more excited to get there.

    • by Vicky on August 15, 2012  8:19 pm Reply

      Yay! You're going to love it. Have you got much planned?

  4. by Anita on September 9, 2012  7:54 pm Reply

    I will visit London in two weeks, your post is really a great inspiration. Besides, cycling in cities makes fun, tried this in Paris & Strasbourg last week. You get so far in such a short time & see much more from the city than in the tube, so thumb up :-).

    • by Vicky on September 13, 2012  6:32 pm Reply

      Yeah exactly. You see pockets of the city you didn't know existed without being told to. I love cycling in cities, but my boyfriend still doesn't know how to ride a bike and me teaching him didn't go so well :) He definitely needs to learn so we can go more when we're on holiday...

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