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10 things I miss about London

Before I moved to Montreal I lived in London for 9 years and part of me misses being there. Any time I see pictures or videos of it I think about being there.

London has been described as the least friendliest place in the UK, but when I was there I met lots of lovely Londoners and people from all over the world. Ok so no one talks to each other on their daily commute whilst you have someone's armpit in your face or someone breathing morning breath on you, but you make friends socialising. 

1. Fashion - I did not think London was the fashion capital of the world but having moved to Montreal I really agree with this. I really miss Primark, New look and Dorothy Perkins. I love that shops are open from 9am to 9pm every weekday including Saturday and open from 12pm to 6pm on a Sunday. I cannot wait to go to Primark again - I'm having withdrawal symptoms here. 

2. Food - I didn't know which ranked higher Primark or Food and Primark won. London has an amazing mix of food from Greenwich Market to Camden Market. You need to try it all! This was my trip to the Southbank in the summer. If you want to read more about my favourite places to eat in London then I wrote a post about them here.

3. Carboot Sales - Every Saturday and Sunday in the summer months there are 2 main carboot sales held in South London. Capital Carboot on a Saturday morning in Pimlico from 10am and Battersea Boot in Battersea on a Sunday afternoon from 1pm I know people can get in earlier than that but at a cost of £5. Battersea Boot is my favourite carboot sale to attend in London, I wrote a post about Battersea Boot here and Capital Carboot here.

4. Landmarks - living a short distance away from lots of iconic landmarks. Seeing London on the television now makes me feel really strange as it's no longer on my door step. I cannot just skip down to the train station and be in central London within 20 minutes. 

5. My job - I left my job that I loved as an Edit Assistant to move to Canada. All the people there were so welcoming and friendly I really miss them. They made work an enjoyable place to be, it really didn't feel like work. Miss you guys so much. This was my leaving meal before I came to Canada.

6. Weather - at the moment as I type this I imagine London is a lot warmer than the -25 degrees it is outside in Montreal at the moment. I know London summers can be hot and beautiful, but summers in Montreal are hotter.

7. Horse Riding - I went with my friend Carina several times and I loved it. Each time I would be petrified when I got on the horse, but after about 10 minutes in the lesson I would become relaxed and enjoy it. I even cantered in my last lesson, that was really good fun. I wrote a post on my horse riding fun here.

8. Events - no matter whether it was a weekend or a weekday there was always something going on somewhere in London and you didn't have to look far to find it. There may have been a parade, a fireworks show, an event or a shopping day on Oxford Street which is closed to traffic or the London Marathon, which I wrote a post on here

9. Markets - Markets are littered all over London and everyone of them is different packed full of exciting things to see and eat. I always got myself something to eat when I went to a market, just because the food is too good not to have. Greenwich market was my favourite market to get something to eat at. Borough Market is also another of my favourite markets to visit, I wrote a post about it here.

10. Royal Parks - Walks around Regents Park, Hyde Park, St James Park and Greenwich Park at the weekends. Although it would be slightly packed with tourists, the views from the park over East London are beautiful. I wrote about my day out to Greenwich Park here.

Do you live in London or want to live there? What's your favourite thing about the city?

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  1. London looks like a brilliant place for a visit and I don't blame you for being a little home sick. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    1. When I went back this time it felt different being there and I can honestly say I don't miss it as much as I imagined


  2. God I miss London too! I've been 2 times for summer english school program. One in 2007 when I was only 12 years old, and a bit more grown up in 2011 when I was 17. I has always been and will be my favorite place on Earth, and I hope to get back and live permanently there. Wish I've known you then, you are the first person I know that loves and misses London. This post is excellent, it reminded me of those care-free days when I was travelling all around England! :-D

    1. I think London is beautiful in the summer but so dull and dreary in the winter. Making me miss Canada. I do hold a special place for London but I dont miss it as much as i imagined. X