No one can quite prepare you for living in London. No matter how talented, rich or educated you are – this incredible city will forever change you. I’ve only been here since the beginning of the year and I can already feel the effects of London – and I mean that in the best possible way.
Before commencing your flight to Heathrow, however, there are many flaws to this concrete jungle that you should know about.
Rush hour is an absolutely terrifying dog-eat-dog world akin to that of a scene from the Hunger Games and it always reminds me of the sprawling spectrum of humanity through the cumulation of all our individual journeys. God forbid you should NEVER stand on the left hand side of an escalator and lastly but most importantly – sell absolutely everything you own before you move to London because it will suck you dry! One beer sets you back easily about R144 and you must accept the fact that you will never pay less that 7 pounds for a burger.
On the plus side, London is worth every single penny you have and there is truly nothing quite like it. It’s quite hard for me for some reason to elucidate the style that this city encompasses – it’s more of a “come and see for yourself” type scenario.
People in London certainly dress well. Very well! Men are so comfortable to wear Tweed coats and striking scarfs – and confidently walk the streets in the most stylish loafers that I’ve ever seen. Signet rings are somewhat of a hierarchical fetish here and tend to adorn a large number of British men’s pinkies.
I have also noticed that the streets are full of people wearing the newest Nike Huaraches. When I first saw them in Dubai I remarked in disgust that they look like alien shoes – but I must admit, I have grown to quite like them.
The white Huaraches are on my lust list for sure!
The streets are busy hum-drums of formal frantic businessmen, the pubs are little havens of overworked and fantastically interesting Brits and the shops are never-ending possibilities to file for bankruptcy.
There’s an electric energy that pulses through the heartbeat of this incredible city that simply makes it impossible for it not to change you!
Here are a few (photographic) reasons to come to London:
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