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So, I’ve been living in London for a couple of months now and i have to say that i really like it! Sometimes i have to stop and think- wow, all of those times where i said i wanted to live in London and now here i am, in one of the best cities in the world, with so much to do and so many places to see!
As amazing as London is it does get a bad rap sometimes, its main complaint is how expensive it is because well.. it is! How busy it is because well.. it is! And how bad the weather is because well.. most of the time it is!
I read a blog post recently which claimed that London itself gets blamed for people’s bad days and i do think its true. If you’re late for work, you say it’s because London is so busy and the tube is so crap, not because you got up late, and you say that the people in London are so rude instead of blaming the fact that maybe you’re just in a bad mood and could be in the Maldives and still think that the people are rude, so maybe we all need to lighten up on London just a little bit??
Anyway, here are a few points (pros & cons) which i think (personally) sum up the reality of living in this crazy, big, incredible city.
- First things first, just because you live in London and load’s of your friends live in London, it DOES NOT mean that you’ll actually get to see them that often! Whether its to do with the long journey from their place to yours or just the fact that one of you is always busy. It does take some serious commitment to actually see your friends.. But if they’re good enough friends then of course you will make the effort!
- You have a never ending list of brunch spots, cafes, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants that you want to go to and sometimes it’s never ending because you just don’t have the time or money to actually go and tick them off and sometimes its never ending because by the time you’ve been to a few you head on Instagram and all of a sudden have a load more that you want to visit!
- Going somewhere new is literally my favourite thing to do and thankfully due to London being so big and so diverse there’s no shortage of new places to explore. Each neighbourhood is so different you could spend weeks going to a new area every weekend and they’d still be so much that you haven’t seen!
- You quickly start to hate tourists! Whether it’s the selfie sticks, the slow walking pace, the lack of tube etiquette or just their general annoyance.. it will get to you!
- One of the biggest pro’s to living in London is surely being able to leave it! With Europe so close on the doorstep as well as the rest of the UK you can get a train, a bus, a flight, a boat or drive yourself out of this busy city very quickly and often pretty inexpensively!
- You’ll never have any money.. end of!
- And Yes, rent is as expensive as everyone says! You’ll be lucky to get a room in a houseshare for less than £600.00 a month (and even that is classed as cheap) unless you want potential bedbugs and a stealing housemate (I’m talking from my friends experience) so you do end up working mostly just to pay rent but hey that’s what you get for wanting to live in one of the best cities in the world!
- There may be over 8 million people in this city but if you want a date and aren’t on [all] of the dating apps then think again! This may well be true of most places now but from what I’ve heard/ my own experience it’s certainly true in London. I’ve heard it dubbed the worst place to date many times!
- With all the amazing food and drink places plus the expensive contract ridden gym memberships don’t go thinking you’ll come to London and lose weight.. but then who needs to be bikini bod ready in England anyway??
- Your dream house list just continues to grow and grow and grow, even though you know you’ll never be able to actually afford to live in any of these said dream houses!
- You pay an obscene amount of money a day/week/month/year to use the Tube (compared to most other Cities and Countries public transport) and all it does is turn you into a fast paced walker who gets annoyed at people who stand on the left side of the escalator and people who don’t stand in the middle of the carriage to make more room during rush hour and to basically turn you into a sweaty mess (I’m dreading the Tube during summer!).
- Although everyone say’s it’s the best city to be in in the Summer. So far in May we’ve had a sneak peek but I’m looking forward to actually seeing if its true!
- Life suddenly becomes really busy and even if you’re not busy you still feel like you are! (Still not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing).
- English fashion is some of the best in the world and with so many shops all that money that you don’t have will be spent on shopping, even if you aren’t a shopaholic, hello shopping spree on a random Tuesday on the way home from work!
- You’ll meet so many like-minded people, whether it’s through friends of friends, social media, work, travel meet ups, houseshares etc etc. With 8 million people in the City your number of friends will most definitely increase.. If you have time to see them of course!
Ok, so generally all these points basically sum up my own life in London..
And you could be in a really good job and therefore not having to worry about money (and lucky you!!) or maybe you do actually get dates without being on all the apps (although hardly likely!) but generally for myself, my friends and the people who I’ve met since living here, plus binge reading blogs i think this is a pretty accurate description of life in your early-late 20’s and looking to live in London and this goes for all the native Londoners, as well as the British that have been lured into the South like myself or for all the Kiwi/ Aussie/ Canadian etc etc etc expats currently living here.
It certainly has its down sides which we all like to complain about (especially us Brits as complaining is what we’re good at) but it definitely has some incredible positives too!