1. It’s incredibly easy to get around. As much as we like to grumble about it, London has excellent public transport… once you come to terms with the three words that strike fear into the heart of every Londoner: planned engineering works. In any case, the Tube is pretty awesome, especially now that parts of it are 24-hour! If that’s not your thing, London is one of the most walkable places you’ll find.
2. From London you can easily reach the rest of the UK by train, or grab a cheap plane ticket to the rest of Europe. Rumour has it there is also a train that can get you to Paris in 2 hours! Should you wish to venture further, London’s position as a global flight hub means it’s fairly easy to get cheap tickets anywhere in the world.
3. London boasts an impressive array of world-renowned museums, including the likes of the National Gallery, the British Museum, and the Tate Britain and Tate Modern -- but that’s barely scratching the surface. London has more art and history than you can shake a stick at, and is home to three of the world’s top ten museums. Best of fall, most of its museums and galleries are free!
4. When people think of British food, it’s normally fish and chips or a Sunday Roast that comes to mind. While there’s no denying that these two things are British (and awesome), London has so much more to offer. Whether you’re into street food or Michelin star restaurants, the UK capital’s got you covered with it’s world-class food scene.
5. London is one of the most multicultural cities on Earth. 37% of the population were born outside of the UK, and there are over 300 languages spoken. With such a diverse mix, everyone blends in, and the city is home to an array of delicious cuisines, cultural events, and festivals all year round.
6. London is made up of lots of smaller areas, all with their own distinct personalities. Whether you’re a hipster, hippy, fashionista, budding entrepreneur or wandering antipodean, you’re sure to find a place that feels like home.
7. Alongside all the perks of big city living, London has a wonderful array of green spaces. In fact, London is one of the greenest cities of its size in the world: it boasts 35,000 areas, or 11,000 acres, of public green spaces – equivalent to 40% of its surface area. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, you’ll be happy to know that we have a 60 acre sand beach at the Ruislip Lido, and a 6,000 acre forest in Epping.
8. London has a world-class music scene, with over 300 venues putting on a over 17,000 performances a year. From sold-old shows with world-famous bands, to smaller gigs and open mic nights, there’s something for everyone -- and let’s not forget classical offerings like the Royal Opera House and Royal Festival Hall.
9. There’s pretty much always something going on, or something to celebrate. London’s event calendar is filled to the brim year round, including favourites like the Notting Hill Carnival, Winter Wonderland and Southbank Centre Winter Festival, Bonfire Night festivities, and New Year’s Eve near the London Eye.
10. For those interested in a new take on city living, London is home to the word’s largest co-living space, The Collective Old Oak. The emphasis is convenience, experiences, and community -- residents rent self-contained studio apartments, but have access to an array of shared spaces and daily community events (everything from film nights to potluck dinners, and exercise classes to guest speakers series).
All in all, London’s a gem of a city. You’d be mad to want to live anywhere else.
Written by Grace Waters