Let’s be real, there’s nowhere quite like London.
Trendy, intoxicating, extraordinary and, despite what you may have heard, it doesn’t actually cost £6.50 just to sniff a G&T in the capital.
Sure, it probs costs a bit more than your average Blackburn local, but London is a complete cultural powerhouse. Plus, it’s cool AF so probably gets away with it.
Basically, if Carlsberg made cities… Well, you get the picture. And as if that wasn’t enough to be proud of, here are 15 other reasons to love being a Londoner.
1. ALL THE PROPER PUBS
With a pub on literally every street corner, you’ll never go thirsty (or sober) in London.
And while many have been transformed into swanky lounge bars or gastro eateries that serve burgers on chopping boards, there are still loads of old historic boozers that look and feel just like they did one hundred years ago.
Only, you know, a bit cleaner. With fewer rats. And less brawling.
2. IT’S FASHION FORWARD
We’ve found that it takes approximately 12 minutes of walking around the capital to realise it’s definitely one of the most chic cities in the world.
From classic vintage finds to the latest quirky trends, there’s a reason why London Fashion Week attracts thousands of uber cool fashionistas every year.
3. FOR THE LOVE OF BRUNCH
Now, we don’t know if Londoners invented the idea of brunch, but they’ve certainly made it what it is today.
Perfectly poached eggs, sticky French toast, avocado on just about anything, all washed down by litres of Mimosa… New must-taste brunch places are popping up around London every single day. It’s a feast for your eyes on Instagram.
4. IT’S COMPLETELY BONKERS
Home to an annual ‘goat race’ (don’t ask), a nude bike race starting at 2am, and a tradition that sees a man-covered-in-foliage emerging from the Thames, on January 5th, to inspire ‘fertility in the coming year’. WTF.
Yep, that settles it… You just can’t out-crazy London.
5. THE STREET ART
From the exhibitions in the Tate Modern, to the colourful artworks in Camden and the super-cool graffiti across trendsetting Shoreditch, it’s safe to say that the art is all around you in London.
And when you see literal queues to take a picture of the newest piece (that to the average mum looks like a squiggle on a wall) it’s hard not to be a lil’ bit proud of it.
6. MULTICULTURAL MELTING POT
At least a third of all people living in London today were born outside the UK, making the Big Smoke one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
So whether you’re from Venezuela or Venus, you’re more than guaranteed to find like-minded souls and more importantly, a restaurant or bakery serving up fodder you’re familiar with.
Culture AND variety? Name a more iconic duo. We’ll wait.
7. IT’S WONDERFUL MARKET CULTURE
A living, breathing, huge part of London’s culture: street markets are all over the city.
Fish markets, flower markets, farmers markets, vintage, art, antique and craft markets… If you can think of it, London probably already has a road filled with stalls (a.k.a gazebos and garden furniture) devoted to it.
8. THE BLOODY TUBE
You might complain about it every single day without fail, but let’s be real…
You’ve never waited more than 10 minutes for it turn up, you can get anywhere across LDN in about 40 minutes, it’s even got Wi-Fi now, and sometimes, just sometimes, there’ll be a cute lil’ pupper on board.
Plus, the people-watching perks on your way home? Unbelievable.
9. THE PARKS
You don’t really get it when people call London the Big Smoke, seeing as it’s absolutely full to the brim with magnificent parks, green spaces and gorgeous secret gardens.
In fact, it’s actually ‘the greenest capital in Europe’. Which, if you like ladybirds (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) is pretty damn cool.
10. THE RICH HISTORY
Look, London is old. Like, older-than-your-Nan old.
And with all that age, comes a city full of stories – from Jack the Ripper to the Black Plague, to Henry VIII and a bunch of rolling heads – round every single corner.
Thought history was boring? Check out what London got up to back in the day.
11. THE SOUTH BANK
Ah, the walk along the South Bank and over the Thames. You know that fuzzy feeling? Yeah, we get it too.
And if you ever need to show off London to a pessimistic newcomer… This should always be your first port of call.
12. IT’S NOT ALL SCENIC BEAUTY
Sure, the Southbank is one of the best views you’ll ever see, but every Londoner knows that there’s a layer of grittiness to the city, hiding just beneath the surface.
It’s a stark reminder that London has an edge to it, and depending on who you speak to, that’s what the people love just as much as the gleam. If not more so.
13. THE MUSIC SCENE
With over 300 venues putting on a staggering 17,000 performances a year, London is by far the best place to come for anything music related.
That weird obscure band you loved back in 2002? You can BET their long-awaited one-off reunion gig will be in London. It always bloody is.
When the first mentions of watching Home Alone start, we know Christmas is coming… And Londoners know there’s no place better in the entire world.
With the entire city transforming into a magical kingdom with sparkling lights, stunning Christmas trees, ice skating under the stars and a Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park…
London really knows how to do Christmas right.
15. YET ANOTHER REVOLUTION…
Londoners, the lucky sods, are spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious cocktails, (better than) decent food and DELIGHTFUL flavoured vodka shots!
With no less than FOUR Revolution bars already, London’s about to get a BRAND NEW one!
We’ll be landing in Putney before you know it, so get ready for something a lil’ bit extraordinary and in the meantime…
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