London – Capital of Culture

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What an opportunity for me

I have now lived in the capital for a while now. It was a little bit of a transition from my hometown of Liverpool and my adopted hometown of Newcastle. As much as I continue to love each of my previous hometowns and I thoroughly loved every single minute of living there, London life is completely different.

It is not just as straight forward as the mere fact about 8 million people live within the confines of London and its surrounding suburbs. The sheer complexity of the city, whether it be people, cars or bikes, is enormous. Sometimes it can seem a very daunting place.

I looked on it in quite realistic terms, I am a sportsman on a career journey and I get the opportunity to ply my trade in one of the world’s truly multicultural cities. I mean its like living in New York, LA, Milan, Rome or Paris. Sorry to any inhabitants of great cities I have missed out! Anyway, I couldn’t pass this life opportunity up.

Yes, there’s was going to be all the difficulties that face any young couple moving to an alien city. The fear of the unknown, so to speak. As a couple we had a few friends that were already embedded in London life and that made things so much easier for us both. The club were also extremely helpful in helping us adjust.

I have tried to immerse myself in London life, not so much the nightlife but in the cultural lifestyle our capital city offers. From art galleries to concert halls, from the history and nostalgia of Trafalgar Sq to the idiosyncrasies of Soho. There is just so much to do in this city, that the mind boggles at times.

I recently visited the Tower of London and was blown away as to the size and complexity of what I initially thought of as just another castle. How wrong I was. It was a sprawling city within a city. It was a place that was built to protect and support the monarchy from any form of danger. To the point were the controls of the Tower were said to control the whole country, such was its importance in this country. If you get the chance to visit it, its an informative day out.

I could be here all day talking about the sights of London, without wanting to sound like a tour guide too much, I will finish up there. Whether you are into music, theater, sport, politics, food or whatever else takes your fancy, its available in the big smoke. Yes, you’ll have to put up with loads of people and traffic and all that. But they are obviously there for a reason. That reason is it’s a great place to be.

Maybe not everyday of the week mind…

 

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NathanMcfcOK
NathanMcfcOK

As a 21 year old Mancunian that will most likely be moving to London next year to work, I find comfort in this article Joey. I've never lived away from Manchester, and it is comforting to know that even the famous can suffer from a bit of homesickness, and miss the home comforts. I'm still nervous to leave my family, we're very close - but after reading your piece, it is hard not to be a bit excited. Having Scouse blood (Grandad was an Evertonian), I love Liverpool only a little less than Manchester. If I had to be anywhere in the UK rather than Manchester or Liverpool, it'd be London.

Lilacyoda
Lilacyoda

Sad 2 c, that some don't like my city. I'm a proud Londoner. London is so diverse. So rich in cultures. People are so friendly if u r willing 2 meet them 1/2 way. I agree there r some dumb asses here. But go in 2 a pub meet the locals look at its history. Have in traveled all over the world I Love my cockney people.

DrNakano
DrNakano

Worst. City. In. The. UK.

 

Full of pretentious morons with an attitude problem.

 

Give me Liverpool any day...

garyausterfield
garyausterfield

Ok a lot of money has been spent on olympics.. fine.this isn't spent on promoting England but London. I would rather see all my money spent on this rather than a road in slough.But if tourists are going to visit England in 5 years time after seeing olympics were they going to visit? Leeds ? your beloved Newcastle  or Lliverpool?? no London. we pay southerners benefit for years to come. I agree with the olympics but London isn't the be all and end all of England. you seem a good bloke (just a lovable div vy)..

PeteMcCullagh
PeteMcCullagh

Love London. Greatest city in the world. Simple as that.

CintaArsenal
CintaArsenal

I am a proud Londoner and glad to see you enjoying this great city. But I am not so glad to see you spell theatre as the American 'theater'. 

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