London Town

London is the city that captivated me first when I was 19 years old leaving home to live on my own for the first time. It was the first time I had the opportunity to really travel alone, and it was really eye opening.

London is a spectacular place. It’s rather safe for women, compared to most megacities, and I certainly find a similarity in St. John’s, and London customs. Though, I’m really into the brown leather shoes and navy suit combo in London moreso than the overalls and mucked up boots in St. John’s.

London definitely didn’t disappoint when I was 19, and it has never ceased to amaze me since. This is my second time in London in the past three months – so eveidently, I have a love for the city.

This time when I was in London was a little different because I was attending in part for a conference (post about that to come later), and in another part to visit some amazing friends I had made while there for three weeks in august who were returning to Australia soon.

I stayed at the astor hyde park, and honestly, not really a fan. It was directly on a 24 hour tube line, which was great for going out on the weekends, but, it was pretty darn dirty. I needed a shower after taking a shower kinda dirty. Plus, the staff were awfully rude.

After the conference ended Thursday, I met up with some friends and we went out to a party at fabric. A must go to if you’re interested in the night-life in London. It was a special party for some DJ, which went on til 7 am. My friends and I left around 4, as 7 was just not happening for any of us. Of course, after getting the drunken McDonald’s, taking the underground to the right stop, and chatting with someone special back home, It was nearing 6am when I hit the hay

The next day was sadly wasted mostly on sleeping, and when I did meet with my friends again to go to Winter Wonderland, the line up was so long we were going to miss the comedy show at angel comedy we had planned on checking out. But of course, we were also late for the comedy show, and we had plans to meet with some other friends around 10 to eat food, drink and listen to music at their apartment in Canary Warf – a place I’d definitely recommend checking out if you’re interested in checking out the suburbs of London.

Though, I did treat myself to a Lunch and Gym date and got to see St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was absolutely phenomenal. There’s really something about seeing the images we google searched as kids in real life. The fact that people get to live and work near there, is even more phenomenal. My eyes would hurt with the vast richness of art and beautiful architecture I’d be taking in.

London is interesting in that there is so much to do but so little time. While there for three weeks over the summer, I didn’t even get to see Kensington palace, Buckingham palace, or the tower of London.

I could never encompass the things you should do in London in one post, often, ive missed out on the mega touristy things in London just for the opportunity to check out a few of the small things and explore the town on my own terms.

Of course, going to see the imperial war museum, or Camden market, or the church street market, or any of the plethora of things that lonely planet will tell you to do is exactly something you should do  – I want to tell you about the real London. The one I experience most everytime I come back. It’s tantalizing and intoxicating culture, its 24/7 party vibe, it’s big spenders, and its residents.

Last time I was in London, I was single, and had plenty of party to attend to. Now, it’s a little different, but that doesn’t mean it’s not all of the things I just described. I have been blessed to meet so many amazing, phenomenal people, from all over the world – right here, in London.

London became an especially strong place after all of the terror attacks it’s been feeling threat of. Over the summer, I met a group of young Londoners who explained that before the attacks, they felt safe to wander the streets alone any time of day or night after any amount of drinks. But, after an increase in both acid attacks and terrorist attacks, there’s a real concern for many young women who want to partake in the London after hours life.

Returning this time, it seems as if there is less fear of acid attacks, but still the same sense of community that doesn’t like to see any one of their own, or anyone who is visiting get hurt. I am always reminded when I come to London, that being a global citizen IS possible. You’ve just gotta go to the right places, and hopefully, meet the right people.

My global community started in London. With friends scattered all across the US, Europe, Australia, and god knows where else because they all cannot stand to be in one place for longer than two seconds.

London is far more than an overnight stop, or a weekend trip, it is its own world that can never fully be discovered.