Hi :) I'm Katie...
South London wanderer and general adventurer. Follow me @Weekend_Notes
Published May 22nd 2013
The Cliche guide to falling in love with London
1. The London Eye – Opened in 2000, it is still the tallest ferris wheel in Europe and has now launched 'Eye nights', including amazing night time views and food for modest prices. Check it out here: www.londoneye.com
2. The Thames – Wandering along the river front, stopping off for coffee in a chic little cake house, how romantic. Check out where to go here: www.visitthames.co.uk
3. Nightlife – London has a vibrant club scene with many destination 'super clubs'. Ministry of Sound, Proud, Heaven, Pacha, Fabric ... it is definitely worth checking out the club website for special events so you can party from dusk till dawn.
4. Houses of Parliament -. The Palace of Westminster is beautiful and quintessentially British, located in central London. It is well worth exploring and you can even get involved in some of the public debates. Find out how to get involved here: www.parliament.uk/get-involved
5. Food of the world – Forget Turkey, Greece and India. Get them all in one city
Flags of the World
6. The Tube – Celebrating 150 years since its first station opened, despite the delays, the crowds and quite often the smell. Ask any Londoner and the tube will secretly be one of their favourite places about London.
7. No matter how many times you walk down the same street. You will always find something new.
8. London Cabbies – Some of London's finest 'gentlemen' can be found in the famous black cab.
9. Markets. You name it London has it, From Portobello, Borough Market, Camden Town, Spitalfields and Brick Lane. World famous markets for every purpose. Check out my favourite Borough Market:www.boroughmarket.org.uk
10. Vintage London - London is the capital of quirky fashion. Check out Brick Lane and trendy East London for some of the best vintage bargains
11. Tower Bridge, The Shard, The Ritz, London is steeped in beautiful historical architecture and still one of the most cutting edge cities in the world.
12. Natural History Museum (best for kids). Tate Modern (best for dates). The British Science museum (make sure you check out the basement), London hosts some of the UK's most famous and most popular galleries and museums, the perfect venue for a first date.
Check them all out here: www.nhm.ac.uk, www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern & www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
Natural History Museum
13. Earn more - On average people in London earn £539.80 a week compared to the national average of £410. Quid's in.
14. Better opportunities – London is consistently ranked in the top 5 places for business in the world; there really is no better place to be an entrepreneur.
15. Royal parks – A little unusual in a city, but there are 5,000 acres of beautiful fresh air and green space in London's 8 national parks. Check them out here: www.royalparks.org.uk
16. Music and Comedy – London has some of the most memorable music and comedy related evenings available. From Jazz stores to the Comedy store, there are quirky venues for every taste. Check out what's on at the comedy store: www.thecomedystore.co.uk
17. Shopping Darling... Selfridges, Harrods, Oxford St. Carnaby St. and Westfield.
Carnaby Street during the Olympics
18. Eurostar – If you are feeling overwhelmed by all of London's brilliance, hop on a 3 hour train to Gare Du Nord, and Bonjour you are in France!
19. The Night bus – never find your self lost with London 24 buses, and see some of the weirdest sights and get the best stories to tell your friends at 3am on a Sunday morning.
20. London has Boris Johnson. No other point need making.
Leave your reasons to love London in the comments below.