Sharing some film photos I shot around London last week. I just spent the full weekend here, which was of course a very patriotic and British one. The combination of the royal wedding and FA cup final meant Saturday was a boozy day, and the atmosphere in the city was at it's very best. On Sunday I caught up with a friend who has just moved down here - I was asking the all important questions, "how much out of 10 do you like London so far?", "what is your most and least favourite thing so far?" And it got me thinking about my own answers to that too. I will have been down here for a year this Summer, and honestly don't even feel like I have scratched the surface so far. Whenever someone asks me where I want to have a meeting, I only know of about 5 decent places I can ever think to suggest. My weekends are usually spent around West London, because I am away so much I want to make the most of this amazing neighbourhood, but it also means I restrict how much I actually explore!
To answer how much I have loved living in London out of 10, it has to be a solid 9. The endless opportunity to be social and meet so many interesting people is the best thing, combined with the incredible work ethic of this city. It really does make it a city where you feel like you have to burn the candle at both ends, which is why it is dropping that extra point. Of course it's eye wateringly expensive - but I feel like so many people I know just make the most of the fact they get to live here as much as they can. Working like mad to afford and enjoy the best life possible.
That is pretty much my favourite thing about it, that and the general British sensibility to a day of sunshine and a beer garden, which is by no means restricted to London. I have always loved how much we appreciate and the make the most of sunshine - all parks in London will be heaving, beer gardens and the streets outside the pubs rammed with people in the highest spirits. I personally think the British summertime (when we actually get the sun) is the best place to spend the Summer. I cannot tell you guys how much of a buzz there was walking through Notting Hill over the weekend. It was INSANELY busy (don't always love that when getting to Tesco is like some high adrenaline obstacle course), but the atmosphere was incredible and it made me so feel so lucky and happy to get to live here.
The least favourite thing has to be the London attitude on those less sunshiney days. It's so true what people say about Londoners being grumpy and a tad rude, and I have totally adopted the fast paced walking and moving around the city, and the huffs and puffs at any tourists who might slow that down. You totally get swept up in it! It's a heads down city for sure, no idle chat with strangers on the tube (or anywhere really), which is very different from living in the North. And, like with that fast paced grumpy walking, you also adopt the heads down attitude living here really quickly too. Except when the sun is out - which is maybe why that makes things feel even more special?