My UK Visa has arrived in the mail and my flight is booked! In about two weeks, I will be living out my dream of moving to London. Some people don’t understand why I’m so transfixed on the city. With recent world events, namely Brexit, many people have been asking me Why London? Keep reading to find out.
Why I’m Moving to London
Now or Never
This is the perfect time of my life to move somewhere completely new. Sure, as a recent graduate, the money situation isn’t ideal, but at this time of my life I have nothing else holding me back (no career, no home, no pets, no boyfriend). Yes, it is scary leaving family and friends behind and making such an independent leap in life, but whether I succeed or fail, I will be proud of myself. No regrets.
Why I’ve Always Wanted To Move to London
1. Ease of Travel
This one is quite obvious. How can you not take advantage of the affordable travel perks when you are in Europe? Round trip flights cost less than a short train ride in Canada. The travel bug in me will be much easier to manage when I’m over there, with lovely weekend getaways at my fingertips!
Something about British history has always been fascinating to me. The Tudors, War of the Roses, Elizabethan Era, SHAKESPEARE – I just can’t get enough. Even the more recent historical events intrigue me. Walking through the streets of London, and looking at the iconic architecture, you can’t help but feel that you are walking along an area of great significance. Many streets even take you back in time. When I went to Shakespeare’s Globe, I was geeking out! Yes, it was rebuilt after burning down, but it still made all the stories I heard come to life.
3. Job Opportunities
London is a world hub, with more job opportunities (in my field) than any city in Canada. Not to mention most of the biggest global companies have offices in London; as a Commerce grad who majored in International Business, that’s a big deal! I aspire to have an international career, so why not start there?
Similar to NYC, Christmas in London just seems like it’d be magical. The twinkly lights, the gigantic Christmas trees, Christmas music playing everywhere, and the beautiful window displays. I’d plan a whole day to seek out all those displays.
Since I’m moving to London alone without any family abroad, I may not be going through the holiday season like this:
But rather like this:
But hey, Bridget Jones is my spirit animal, so if she got through it and found two handsome gents, so can I! ;)
Movies made me fall in love with all things British. Of course as a child, Harry Potter was the first ticket into dreaming of visiting the UK, but as I got older, I became obsessed with British Romcoms (Notting Hill, Love Actually, Bridget Jones’ Diary, etc).
6. Hugh Grant (or British Men)
You may have noticed the movies I mentioned above feature a reoccurring theme … Mr. Hugh Grant. I can’t deny that I still dream of finding my own William Thacker or Mr. Prime Minister … or even (the dangerously charming) Daniel Cleaver. Pathetic I know! If you’ve never had a crush on a British man, I am judging you as much as you are judging me. Everything sounds better with a British accent!
7. Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a fictional story – sorry if I offended you believers, but your letter to Hogwarts never came and it never will – BUT, you can bring the story to life when you visit the filming locations around the UK. Even better, you can take a tour of the Harry Potter Studio OR go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the West End. Which brings me to my next point!
8. The West End
Every time I go to New York City, I check out at least one Broadway show. I’ve never been to the West End, but I am so thrilled that London has a huge theatre establishment with an elaborate history. Though tickets can be expensive, I hope to see a few shows. Especially when my mom visits!
Aside from classic pub food, like Fish & Chips or Bangers & Mash, I love the variety of food that London has to offer. I wouldn’t be surprised if every type of cuisine was available to Londoners, even Canadian … poutine anyone? I will be taking advantage of this and will probably be eating Pho on a weekly basis, because I can.
Events pop up left right and centre in London! Every week I see articles on “Things Going on in London This Week” and I can’t wait to read those articles and actually get to go to one of those events. There’s constantly something to do; the issue is not having enough time to do it all! Along the same lines, there are so many nightlife venues that it’d be pretty easy to find your party style.
London has so much variety, and it’s really shown through its’ boroughs. Each neighbourhood has it’s own personality and you just have to find the one that suits yours –though you may not get to move there until it suits your budget too!
12. The Hustle
I wrote about this in my New York post too, but being in a big city just inspires me to get shit done. People are hustling; climbing the corporate ladder, pursuing their own creative outlets, or simply participating in all their city has to offer. Sitting in the crowded tube, it’s interesting to people watch and wonder what everyone is doing with their lives.
The city is so grand that there’s always something to discover. Once you’ve sussed out the whole city (which seems like an impossible task) there are always new things popping up, so you can never get bored. It’s best said by Samuel Johnson:
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”
14. An Inexplicable Adoration
There’s something about British culture that has always made me wish I was born in the UK, and for some reason I can’t quite articulate it. So hopefully the rest of this post was explanation enough!