I grew up in London so it's always been a second home to me but the sparkle definitely hasn't worn off. Yes it's expensive, yes you're constantly dirty, yes it turns your snot black (I thought this was a myth, it's not...), but it's also an incredible place to live. There's so much to do and see, I'm constantly busy, something which has done wonders for my sleeping pattern and I'm so excited to watch my city change with the seasons and be smothered with Christmas spirit.
The only downside to this is that I've been so busy recently with moving and adapting to my new routine that I've not been able to take care of my child (aka this blog). On top of that, my laptop decided to throw a tantrum and die on me so I can only blog on my boyfriends laptop when he doesn't need it. I'm hoping these issues will be sorted within the next couple of months as I have a ton of posts queued that I'm itching to post so keep an eye out!
As I've been adjusting to life in the big city I've learnt a few tips that have helped me maximise my time here and enjoy it even more. It's difficult to relax in a place where everything is so full on all 24/7 but it also makes it even better to explore as there's always something for you. I've put together a few of my favourite tips below, whether you're a London veteran, a newbie, or even just here for a couple of days, there'll hopefully be something you can take away from it.
- Never go in to Central on a weekend, you will die. I repeat. You. Will. Die. #deathbytourist?
- Don't be afraid to venture in to the unknown. Go to places you haven't heard of, explore your city. Chances are, you'll come across some absolutely beautiful places that you never even knew existed.
- Make the most of London's green spaces. For such a busy city, going somewhere like Hyde Park or Hampstead Heath is a dream as it makes you feel like you've been placed back in the countryside.
- Do nothing. Yup, you heard me right. Living in a main city is exhausting. There's no shame in simply relaxing at home or at a coffee shop, chances are you'll need it.
- Don't get het up over public transport. It's inevitable that your tube line will have delays or your bus wont turn up. Don't let it stress you out, it happens, and it will keep happening!
- Experiment with your food. London is a great place to eat out, there's every type of cuisine imaginable so make the most of that. Go to food markets, try something you've always wanted to try but haven't got around to, have dessert for dinner, go crazy.
- Be a tourist. We have some incredible museums here, famous ones and some that are less well known. Go to the Art Galleries, go look at the Dinosaur skeletons, admire the giant Blue Whale, cry over all the beautiful ballgowns in the V&A. There's no shame in doing the 'touristy stuff' and you'll definitely regret it if you don't.
- Go out! Go to the theatre/ballet/a gig, there are hundreds to choose from and if you do a bit of searching you'll be able to find cheaper tickets if you don't want to spend too much. If shows aren't your thing and you'd rather go and party, websites like Design My Night are full of recommendations, from beautiful 1920s themed clubs to posh Champagne bars, there's no question that you'll find somewhere that calls your name.
Hopefully this post has cleared a few things up about where I've disappeared to. I'm still here, still crazy about blogging, still being consumed by post ideas, I've just been unable to make it all happen yet. I'm loving my 'new life' and have been feeling a lot better recently so hopefully things are going to continue getting better for me! Fingers crossed anyway. I'm still yet to make any friends outside of work so if any of you are also from London and fancy hanging out, of course let me know and we can do some fun things (be my friend plz I'm starting to annoy my boyfriend by hanging out with him the entire time).