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I Don’t Know Why I Love London

Maybe its the sound of British accents over the intercom every time  I arrive at Heathrow Airport that makes me question why I left in the first place. Or maybe it’s those random cobblestone streets that you find yourself walking through and thinking ‘wow! this looks old’. Or maybe its the Saturday afternoon pubs filled with people yelling at the TV screens as they watch the Rugby Match.  I can’t really tell you what it is, because I  haven’t figured it out yet. All I know is that I am came back and I love this city. (And no! I didn’t fall in love with anyone out here.)

I lived in London in 2013, for the first time, while I was completing my Masters. I will never forget that year, it was a year to remember! I’ve lived abroad before, in Spain, but never for a full year. Maybe it’s the ‘big city’ vibe. Who knows!

When I first lived in London I had a one bedroom flat (yes, OD expensive), and I lived alone. I lived across the street from this French bakery (omgosh! I swear I could smell the fresh bread from my window every morning and lets not even get me started on the chocolate croissants). I lived in Russell Square, and if you know anything about London, Russell Square is right smack in the middle of London. I walked about 10-15 minutes each morning to Uni. Life was sweet! I then moved 6 months later, to a cheaper flat, but only a couple of blocks away, closer to Kings Cross.

Kings Cross is one of the major train stations in London, as they have trains and buses leaving for all over Europe at anytime of day.

During my year in London I learned the tricks to traveling throughout Europe and throughout the UK. Granted I had traveled Europe before, but I was a newbie then and a lot younger. Although I didn’t travel a lot that year, because I was studying, I did do some traveling…

  1. Went to Northern England (York, Leeds, Manchester)
  2. Road trip throughout Ireland
  3. Sevilla
  4. Belgium (Tomorrowland Festival)- that was epic.
  5. Brazil (was living there for 2 months)- studying!
  6. Ibiza
  7. Paris

I swear I was studying! (Don’t worry I will share those trips with you all in later posts.)

Because I lived in Central London, going to places throughout London was also pretty easy. Most of the time I walked or took the buses (a lot cheaper) around, and lord know that during the summer months being 10 feet underground (London Tube) without any air condition isn’t pleasant.

London is a beautiful city with lots to see. I saved all my ‘touristy’ visits for when friends and family came to visit me. So I’ll share the obvious (the must see).

  1. Buckingham Palace
  2. Hype Park
  3. London Eye
  4. Tower Bridge
  5. House of Parliament (AKA Big Ben)
  6. Tower of London
  7. British Museum (you could spend a whole day there)
  8. Greenwich Park
  9. Trafalgar Square
  10. St.James Park (my favorite park)
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Buckingham Palace

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Rainy Day…. Tower Bridge

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Big Ben (photo credit to my friend Lilli)

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London Eye (photo credit to my friend Lilli)

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St. James Park

 

Also, one of my favorite parts of London are the street markets! London markets are amazing. Usually the best day to go to any of these markets would be a Saturday. My top 5 favorite markets:

  1. Camden Lock Market
  2. Borough Market (best food!)
  3. Old Spitalfields Market
  4. Portobello Road Market
  5. Greenwich Market
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Best place to pick up some cheese and wine- Borough Market

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Busy day at Camden Market

I mean living in London allowed me to explore London (and England). Which means I can give you lots of lists, like, best burgers joints, what to do on rainy Sundays, where are all the speakeasies, where to take the best (and cheapest) weekend or day trips, but I will save that for another post.

As you can see, London has lots to offer. But like I mentioned before, maybe it’s the accents or maybe the cobblestone streets, or maybe it’s the food, energy, or maybe it’s just the people. I can’t seem to pin point what it is. And not to say that another city around the world wouldn’t be just as amazing, but there is just something lovely about London.

“When a man is tired of LONDON, he is tired of life; for there is in LONDON all that life can afford.”- Samuel Johnson

Wouldn’t you agree fellow London expats? Where are all my expats at, can you all figure out why you love your city so much rather than your home? I’d love to hear stories and feedback on this post!

Ps- I know everyone wants to know about where I stand with my job hunt? If and when am I off on another adventure? And where? Haha I promise to tell all. Keep reading! Hehe (Happy Easter Everyone and See you next week!)

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A cozy London pub off Portobello Road.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Zee Deghaili April 3, 2015 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I am with you 100% on this post!!!! Just visited London in November with the Hubz and it was a beautiful trip!!! I enjoyed London just as much as you love it! We stayed in Picadilly at the Cafe Royal and it was super memorable! Going again in May with my
    Bestie and can’t wait! Especially for
    Tea time (scones and deliciousness) and the amazing LOBSTER BISQUE @ Bentley’s in Harrods!!! Ahhhhhhh!!! To
    Die for!!!! Please recommend more amazing restaurants and must sees! Love you beautiful

    • thesocialgirltraveler
      thesocialgirltraveler April 3, 2015 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      haha thanks Zee! I am really happy that you enjoyed it and agree. 🙂 Did you have tea time at Harrods? It’s a bit pricey, but so so worth it. Also, yes! the Lobster Bisque is so good! I have a few places that have really good Lobster Bisque. I will make sure to share and post before your trip in May. Thanks so much for the support! All the best and I hope to see you soon. 🙂

  2. Cora September 10, 2015 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Hey Jen, I totally get it, I don’t know why I love London either. I’m not a city girl, I love the outdoors, but there’s just something about London that says “Home” and “comfort”, even though I never truly lived here.

    • THE SOCIAL GIRL TRAVELER
      THE SOCIAL GIRL TRAVELER September 10, 2015 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Yessss. Exactly!! It’s so weird. I did get to live there for a bit and I absolutely loved it. Felt like I could live there forever.

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