I love visiting London during Christmas time! There’s such a buzz and magical atmosphere all around the city. I first visited London two years ago while I was living in Paris. I took the Eurostar from Gare du Nord and in less than 3 hours, I had arrived at St Pancras! It felt weird that I knew Paris better than my own capital city. Paris and London are always being compared, however I like them for many different reasons.
London’s infrastructure is constantly changing whereas I once spoke to a woman who had returned to Paris after 30 years and she told me it looked exactly the same as before she had left. Whether you think this is due to a lack of modernity or an initiative to preserve its historic infrastructure, I think there’s something nice about it. Every city should be different, right?
Despite London’s growth and development, you can still see glimpses of London’s history when you’re wandering through its cobbled streets and alleyways… I actually love getting a little lost in London and stumbling upon new shops and historic buildings that I would never have found otherwise! Ditch the maps for a few hours and go on a little adventure!
Covent Garden is one of my favourite districts in London. If you don’t want to get stuck in and do a bit of shopping yourself, it’s a great place to sit back in a coffee shop and watch the bustling crowds pass by. There’s so much competition between coffee shops here that you will struggle to find a bad cup of coffee.
London is also home to many food markets and this is where most of my money is spent during my visits. One of my favourite food markets to visit is Borough market along the River Thames. It’s a perfect spot to take a break from site seeing and taste some of the finest produce from all over the world.
The crowds in London can be a little overwhelming and sometimes you need to escape the hustle and bustle. I love sitting on one of the benches along the river and admiring the view of Saint Paul’s Cathedral from afar. There’s something so peaceful about being near water. Plus, I always feel like I’m part of the scene from Love Actually… (HA I wish!)
I always imagined that I would be working in London after returning from Canada. I’m still conflicted about whether I want to live in London or Manchester – both cities have so much to offer but I think I’m a northern girl at heart!
Having said that, I’m excited to get to know London a little better over the next few years and who knows, I may be calling London ‘home’ in a year or so!