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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…
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.