London Living Link Up: Love London

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London has to be one of the best cities in the world, whether you’ve lived here for all your life, spent a few years here post university or whether you just can’t stop visiting, it really is a city like no other. So in the spirit of getting to know each other for our fist London Living link up we’re sharing our favourite parts of London…. and I’m expecting it to be a pretty long list!


I was initially going to go for a classic top 5 approach, as London is rather large and there are so many things about it that I love, but instead, I’m going to focus on one thing, and something that I have to admit I think I’ve overlooked and underappreciated for a long time now…

Culture

Whether you’re an avid museum fan or you’d rather go to the West End and see one of the incredible shows on offer, there’s always something cultural and fun to be doing. I’ve been desperate to go to the Imperial War Museum recently, and in fact, I promised myself I would go yesterday, but a bed day really won in the end! Anyway, when I’m not feeling tired, and frankly, lazy, London is an incredible spot to get stuck right into everything cultural. Whether you want to go to the National Portrait Gallery, the National History Museum or visit Buckingham Palace in the summer, London really does have you covered.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been to the National History Museum, and spent hours just wandering around, taking in as much information as I can and soaking up the beautiful environment.

Or just being able to nip into the National Portrait Gallery and see a totally different side to London. I’m also very fortuante, as one of my oldest and bestest friends in the world also happens to be a wonderful singer and has been lucky enough to sing with the choir in residence there, so I’ve got some great memories of watching him sing and being able to take in all the beautiful portraits as well.

Not bad for a Saturday afternoon, eh?

At Christmas time I took mum to the ballet, and we made a real trip of it, and had a beautiful lunch in Covent Garden beforehand (I’m really hoping someone writes about the wonders of Covent Garden for this link up!). It was such a treat!

Just being able to nip up to the big smoke and enjoy such a beautiful production of the Nutcracker was really incredible. We can’t wait to do it again next year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we booked an opera or a ballet even before then.

Not feeling like a serious ballet or a museum? No problem – what about the West End? Who doesn’t love a good musical or a show?

One of my best memories from last summer, when Iwas working in London, was waking up one Saturday (with a small hangover – okay, a very, very large hangover) and deciding with Ellie that we had to do something to get us out of the house and to have a little fun! So what did we do? Headed to theatre land to get some last minute tickets to a show. We had no idea what show to see (Ellie is a bit of an expert though!) and discovered that there were two second row seats to the matinee performance of Phantom of the Opera at a very reasonable price. Who could say no to that?

Andy and I also had a little spontaneous trip to see Miss Saigon last autumn – if you’ve not seen it yet, it’s beautiful and a real must see!

What a dream! So it doesn’t have to be a big plan, or an expensive day out (most museums in London can be accessed for free) but you can certainly be cultured in London.

I’m determined to stop letting it pass me by!

What is it about London that you love? I can’t wait to read all your #LondonLiving posts! There’s no rules here – all Amy and I ask is that you read some of the posts, sprinkle some comment loving here and there and maybe even share a few posts. When you share your posts don’t forget to use the #LondonLiving hashtag.

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  • While other cities have great history and some great culture, I think London is one of the best at combining the two…there is just so much to do here! It's one reason why I love it so much.

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • Alina Isaev

    Sounds cool! There's so much to explore in London for sure x

    The Fairytale Pretty Picture

  • Kay

    Okay, I have a confession. I've been living in Lodon for two years, and I haven't visited a museum! I need to be more involved in the London life for sure!

  • I completely agree! There's always something to do – and usually something totally different. Ahh London, I've missed you! Thanks for linking up, Angie – I loved your post!

    Lauren xx

  • There really is! Would love to have you join the linky if you can – still 5 days left! xx

  • Ahhhh make it a priority! Start with the Imperial War Museum – they have some incredible things going on this year to mark the anniversary of the end of the war. Also the National History Museum is a must – especially before they change the dinosaur at the front! xx

  • London has to be the best city in the world, well I'm biased as I love it, but the parks are particularly special

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • Olivia Boyd

    I'm adding an older post of mine to this link up – one from when I went to see Les Mis in London last year.. it was incredible!
    Olivia xxx
    http://www.sunshineinadress.com

  • Ahhh yes! I love that in such a large city there are so many open green spaces – it's wonderful xx

  • Amazing! Looking forward to reading it! xxx

  • I definitely agree that one of the greatest advantages of living in London is having culture at your doorstep … that's why I refuse to move out of the city! I couldn't imagine being restricted in what I could see/do after work because of train times … but that's just me! xx

  • I know! It's such a faff when you have to consider train times etc and how you're getting home. You're so right – in London, even at the end of the working day there's no reason to go straight home as there is so much to do before you get there! xx

  • JustGoPlaces

    I love the history and culture too! It's also very accessible and easy to get tickets for stuff probably because there's so much on, there's bound to be something that you can go see.

  • Yes! I couldn't agree more – it's wonderful that there's always something you can do!