Don’t get me wrong, I love our capital, it’s diverse people and everything it has to offer. I love the fact that everyone always seems really excited to visit London, no matter where in the world I’ve met them they’re always enthusiastic about the city and trips they’ve taken/want to take there.
But, when I personally think of London I immediately think of crowds of commuters pushing and shoving to get onto trains, busy and super expensive supermarkets, all the tourist hotspots heaving with people from what seems like every far flung corner of the world. It’s just too busy. Whenever I visited as a child (and then many times again as a teenager), I always remember feeling very claustrophobic yet vulnerable at the same time. I loved visiting the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Camden Market but always felt like everything was just too busy.
It’s not as if I come from a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, where there’s only one bus a day. I’ve lived comfortably in other big cities, and even another capital, but for some reason I just can’t get over this strange feeling I have about London. Perhaps it’s the fact that whenever I’ve been to London it’s for a trip or as part of a holiday, I’ve never actually experienced normal everyday life there.
These last few days here have certainly changed my views – not quite fully – but it’s made me appreciate London a bit more. I don’t know if it’s to do with maturity and I now know that not every single person is out to get me or steal all of my possessions. Or maybe it’s to do with the fact that I’ve seen a relatively untouristy side of the city? Maybe it’s just that my personality has changed and I’m more appreciative of bigger cities now?? I honestly don’t know.
What I do know is that there is more to London than meets the eye and if you can look past the hustle and bustle you can find some really lovely places and even lovelier people! These past few days have really opened my eyes, something my sister will be able to appreciate as she lives there!
Here a few photos of my trip, ones which I think really show how great London can be 😀🇬🇧