London Underground train departing station
The London Underground

Moving to London from New York City has been a relatively easy transition mainly because the similarities between both cities were helpful in readjusting my life.  I do confess however that when anyone asks me to explain what New York is like in comparison to London, I exaggerate the similarities due to a laziness of having to think too hard and give a generic answer. I realise now that this probably does a disservice to both cities.

While they are both major and expensive financial centres that contain a diverse and cultural population with entertaining options, there exist rich differences that add a profound level of charm to each city.  I’ve come to notice there is a sort of “Grass is Always Greener “ Syndrome between some lifelong New Yorkers and Londoners. This form of self-deprecation normally comes in the form of a contorted and confused facial expression from Londoners whenever I mention that I’ve moved out of New York and chose to live here. I suppose this is a form of taking things for granted.  As a New Yorker, I am definitely guilty of that at times.

I am on a mission to discover the “ins and outs” of this city and become a true local.

London has distinct areas with personality and flare.  Over the course of the year, I want to visit most of these areas, take part in events and markets, become a foodie, and be able to offer tips, tricks and resources for anyone wishing to pay a visit and receive a local vibe.

London Guide: North, South, East and West

I’m looking to compile a London guide of touristy and local must do, top attractions, arts & entertainment, historical context and essential information.

These are the areas that will receive its own profile (not necessarily in this order):

  • Chelsea
  • Knightsbridge, Kensington and Notting Hill
  • Marylebone and Fitzrovia
  • Mayfair and Oxford Street
  • Westminster and St. James
  • Soho, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus
  • Bloomsbury and King’s Cross
  • Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden
  • Holborn and the Inns of Court
  • St. Paul’s and the City
  • Southwark and the South Bank
  • Camden and Islington
  • Shoreditch and Dalston
  • Brixton and Clapham
  • Greenwich

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” ~ Samuel Johnson.

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