Having moved to London way back in 2014 for university, it’s safe to say I’ve learnt quite a bit about the city.
1. Nope, Zone 6 is not part of London (even if there’s a tube stop, talking about you Metropolitan line)
I learnt this the hard way. No-one will want to come visit you and you won’t want to make the hour trip into London.
2. Travelling during rush hour is soul-destroying
There are no other words to describe the pain on everyone’s face when you hear ‘this train is being held at a red signal’.
3. Don’t walk slowly or stop in the middle of the street
Nothing Londoners hate more than slow walkers, except maybe being called Londoners.
4. An oyster card is brilliant
There’s no making sure you have the right amount of change or talking to rude bus drivers.
5. Only enter Primark Oxford Street if you have a death wish
There is nothing worse than visiting the biggest Primark in Europe on a Saturday even if you need a new top.
6. Smiling at strangers is seen as weird not polite
Don’t even think about talking to them
7. You can always find somewhere to drink alcohol
It is always acceptable to drink in London… 5pm Happy Hour yes… 12pm Brunch yes… 4am only place open yes…
8. The cost of a pint will make you cry
You will never get over the fact that it costs an arm and a leg to get drunk
9. The tube is silent despite crammed to the rim
No-one will utter a word on the tube expect maybe a sigh of despair when your train stops for the third time in a row because it’s waiting for an available platform at the station ahead.
10. You will never wake up early enough to do all the tourist things
You’d rather lie in bed with Netflix than get dressed and fight the crowds queuing to see the museum or get the next food craze
11. The rent is ridiculous
Sure you’re paying £1000pm for a shoebox but at least you’re in London
12. Cockfosters is always funny
No matter how many times you hear it, you will giggle
13. Every time you catch a glimpse of the London Eye, or Big Ben, or another tourist trap you will smile because hey, at least you get to live in a beautiful city
What did you learn when you moved to London?