I like to think of myself as an old hat when it comes to London as I’ve lived here since 2014. In London years that feels like an absolute age – for these four years I’ve been doing long distance with Irish who lives in the Midlands so at times it’s been a really lonely place at times so I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve learnt about living in London.
There’s nothing better than walking down the river at night as the sun sets and the lights are dancing off the water, visiting one of the many beautiful parks or strolling around in the crisp winter air. The architecture, the mix of old and new offices, grand buildings and homes and the way the light changes depending on what part of the city you’re in.
There’s no denying it. London is hella expensive. I’ve been here for a while, I’ve had a few jobs and a few promotions and it’s only now that I’ve started to be able to afford my rent, my food AND my ASOS orders. In all seriousness it’s not the most affordable city but if you know how to budget you’ll be ok there’s so much free stuff to do in London.
It can be lonely
I’ve been with Irish for four years and most of it we’ve been long distance. My friends have moved in with bfs, bought houses in the suburbs or are partying away their 20’s. I sort of sit awkwardly between all of them. I’ve got a lovely bf who I consider my better, more patient half but none of the comforts of having him close by.
One of my favourite things about London is its vibrancy – the variety of cultures, foods, ethnicities. There’s pretty much anything you can think of to do – any time and place. The city feels like it’s alive and never sleeps and you’ll meet so many interesting people along the way.