Reasons To Be Happy You Moved To London (Part I)
If you’re suffering from that post-holiday slump, you’re not alone. The tinsel and brightly-coloured wrapping paper, along with all the festive decorations, has been chucked in a box and exiled to the garage or cupboard, and along with it goes some of the joy in our hearts. Early January is never the easiest of times and it’s normal to miss the jubilation and togetherness that’s receding farther into the distance with every passing day. So what better time could there be than to reflect on all that is good? It’s now, more than ever, that we need to keep our spirits aloft and the fact that we live in one of the world’s most exciting cities is cause to celebrate. It’s easy to overlook our good fortune so let’s look at five reasons to be happy we moved to London (or had the good fortune to be from there in the first place).
1. Culture. Everything from theatre (both West End and off-West End) to cinema (arthouse, mainstream and repertory) to the British Museum and the Tates (Modern and Britain) is here, plus much more besides. Everything that’s great about culture either originates here or comes here, with nothing, however niche or minority-interest, left out, and much of it is affordable.
2. Music. From the pub scene all the way through to arena shows, there’s not a musical event of note that doesn’t happen here.
3. History. London is built on two millennia of history and we get to explore it every day. Roman, Tudor, Stuart, Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian architecture greets us wherever we roam and various heritage sites allow us to peer further into the past and discover more about the capital’s fascinating stories.
4. Public Transport. For all the gripes it’s possible to harbour about the Tubes and buses, the truth is that both are wonderfully frequent and more often reliable than not. Of course, our perception can be coloured by the crowds and the strikes but mostly we have a network that works and works well.
5. Parks and open spaces. Everyone has a favourite. For some it’s Hyde Park and Kensington Garden while others favour the more landscaped qualities of Regent’s Park. Then there are the larger, more rugged spaces like Richmond Park and Hampstead Heath that feel like the wild countryside. There are plenty of smaller ones dotted throughout the city, too, like the public squares that also allow us a moment of escape during the day.