I live in London, but it’s often easy to get caught up in the everyday of commuting and visiting favourite places. Before long, you’ll realise that you haven’t been anywhere new in weeks. This is particularly awful in the capital city, where there is so much to see and do. From cobbled side streets to imposing world-wide icons, London has it all. I think it would be impossible to see it all, but I want to make sure that I get to see and enjoy as much of my city as possible.
My parents and sister decided to come down to visit for a few days, which was the perfect excuse to get out and explore more. We walked over 45,000 steps over the three days, so it’s fair to say that we got to see a lot of the city.
Here are some of my highlights.
I have learned a lot about friendships over the years. When I moved away from home to study at uni, I began to realise the importance of friends that will always be there to help you through the harder times, as well as being there to enjoy the best bits. Friendships naturally come to an end, often allowing others to begin. One thing that I have noticed on social media over the last year is an increase in the number of people that say you should ‘cut people out’ if they ‘don’t deserve you’, and similar inspirational quotes. I completely agree with this. In fact, at times I may have gone too far.
Here is my advice to you.
Do you know your ‘Go The Distance’ from your ‘Almost There’? Try my new Disney quiz to see how well you really know your movie songs.
These Disney singalong CDs inspired me to make my first Disney quiz. I love singing along to all the classics in the car, and these instrumental versions will mean that I can belt out the classics and feel like a pro. Live performance in the car? Sounds perfect. Thanks to Universal Music for sending over the Animal Favourites and Disney Duets CDs!
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 was a weird day. In many ways, it was completely unremarkable. I’m lucky in that, for my job, I get to do a lot of work on twitter so I was checking our feed when I noticed a tweet about reported shots fired in Westminster.
Within minutes, or even seconds, more of the story was developing. I was giving everyone else in the office the information that was coming through as I saw it reported on Twitter.
My office is about a fifteen minute drive away from Parliament so there was never a major concern for our safety. We carried on working throughout and didn’t leave the office so much as a minute early. The office is on the ground floor of a very busy road, though, and we listened to endless police cars streaming past in packs. Three or four would tear down the street, usually about five or ten minutes apart, for what seemed like hours. I couldn’t believe that so many police were available, let alone that all of them were needed at once. It made the whole situation feel uncomfortably close.
The more information that filtered through to us, the more terrifying it got. Some people were cracking jokes. Others were still on lunch and had no idea, or were trapped in dull meetings when they would rather have their eyes glued to the news.
I have enjoyed getting to know ‘my’ London so much over the last two years. As much as I love the lights and buzz of Leicester Square and Covent Garden, there are other parts of the city that make this new Londoner feel a lot more at home. Here is my run down of my favourite slightly lesser-known parts of the city, as well as the ones that I want to explore more.
Even though I live here, there is so much to see and do, so why not try something different next time you’re in the capital?