Given what happened in London this week, I felt like I couldn't publish my usual blogs without mentioning the terror attack on Westminster on Wednesday. With that in mind, I thought I'd list the things I love about London.
1) Its Diversity
If I had to choose one word to describe London, it would be diverse. For example, I love that on Leather Lane you can buy 10 pairs of knickers fo £2.50, yet one can walk one street along to Hatton Garden to buy diamond laden jewellery for five figure sums and above. Also, London wouldn't be London without all the different people from all walks of life.
2) Its Resilience
Unfortunately the Westminster attack is not the first tragedy London has been through. I don't want to get into writing a list of all it has seen, but I don't want to ignore the fact that when they sadly have occurred Londoners get up the next day and go to work - often by hook or by crook in any way possible.
3) Its History
Few capitals, let alone cities, in the world can boast the historical buildings that London is home to. From the big cheeses like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace to the lesser known buildings like the College of Arms, London is so obviously steeped in a deep history that no one can help but be swept up in it.
4) Its Modernity
Conversely, places like Canary Wharf and the ever growing number of high rises are just as awe inspiring as the city's mansion blocks and palaces. Plus so many of its restaurants are sleek and slick in direct comparison to the century old pubs that would not look out of place on a Sweeney Todd show.
5) Its Depth Of Culture
The amount of culture that is available to Londoners is absurd. From the big hitters like the British Museum and the Royal Opera House, to the smaller theatres and museums away from the center of town, there is absolutely no shortage of things to do in London that appeal to the widest range of tastes.
6) Its Openness to Change
Walking down London streets is always a reminder of how much it has changed over the years, but also how it embraces that change. For example, around Borough, you can't help but notice that its historic market is overlooked by the Shard, the tallest building in London.
7) Its Quirkiness
I love that in London, I rarely bat an eyelid at the craziness that goes on there. From wacky fashions near Shoreditch to the pop up shops selling the latest food fad, there is always something to look at to interest even the most straight laced of people.
8) Its Heritage
At any one time in London, there are multiple TV shows making use of its beautiful streets as a back drop for its crime shows, soaps and of course, its period dramas. It makes for second to none scenery thanks to evident heritage on every central street. My favourites are around St James's Park and behind Fleet Street.
9) Its Food
My love of food may have started with my mother's deft hands in the kitchen, but it was certainly further nurtured by growing up in London. There aren't many places in the world where you can eat a different cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week for a month to fit all manner of budgets.
10) Its Street style
Whilst loads of other cities have a fantastic sense of style, I never tire of people watching in London. There is such a wide assortment of tastes that one can't help but be influenced by all the ladies and gents using the pavements as their catwalk. It certainly helps that London has the best collection of shops and markets in the world.
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