It was not love at first sight. Paris was a much prettier city, New York was home and Madrid had the late nightlife. When I first moved to London, my favourite aspect of the city was the easy access to the rest of Europe. I could not get past the seemingly endless grey sky and drip, dripping of rain. I was going to do my two year rotation at work, travel around Europe and head back to the United States.
Lo and behold, 17 years later I am still here. In the intervening years, I’ve had the chance to move back to the United States but I was never ready to leave London. Could I actually have fallen in love with London without even knowing it? Yes, indeed.
We live in North London which feels like a suburb without actually having to live in the suburbs. I can get into Central London with its theatre, restaurants and nightlife in a quick few stops on the tube. It’s a great place to raise children with lots of green space, a good quality of life, great education and an inclusive multi-cultural attitude. This December we are going for a long weekend to Dublin and spending New Year’s in South Africa. So, yes, London is still a great hub to get to the rest of the world. It’s also a great place to call home.
Like many great love affairs, London has ben a slow burn which has turned into a meaningful relationship. Here are some of my favourite places in London.
Have you ever fallen in love with somewhere that you did not expect to?