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“Pros and Cons” section: Advantages of living in London

“Pros and Cons” section: Advantages of living in London

10 REASONS WHY LIVING IN LONDON IS COOL!

 

LONDON IS ONE OF THE SAFEST CITIES TO LIVE IN

London policeman

This, of course, depends on your location but London’s safe areas are numerous.  Also, considering how massive the city is, you’ll feel pretty safe at any time of the day and night. Policemen and CCTV cameras are everywhere. Having  travelled many times alone, I’ve never perceived any sense of danger, not even at night. London is also a city that never sleeps, so don’t worry about taking that night bus home.

LONDON PARKS

London parks

Source: The Independent 2014

47% of London is green space.

With its 3,000 parks, 65,000 woodlands and 3.8 million gardens, London is a city with a fantastic array of beautiful green spots. Some of them are so wide you’ll wonder if you are actually still in the busy metropolis. Perfect for relaxing and strolling, they offer plenty of activities to enjoy: from live-music concerts, to open-air theatre, sports events and playgrounds for children.

The largest of all is Richmond Park. It consists of 955 hectares and even hosts 650 resident deer.

LONDON’S BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE AND SIGHTS

london-sights

No matter where you go, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful buildings, with a mix of old, futuristic and beautiful sights. It’s a promise! In particular, London by night is a must see. Don’t miss The Shard and the Tower Bridge illuminated at dusk.

LONDON’S ENTERTAINMENT SCENE AND RESTAURANTS

london-theatre

London is the biggest European city, followed by Rome and Berlin. It is the unquestioned Capital of top-notch Music, Musicals, Theatres, Concerts, Museums, Entertainment. The best of everything is here!

London is ALIVE! 24H a DAY 365 DAYS A YEAR!

There is a wealth of great entertainment and places of interest in London. It offers the very best of everything: from pubs, great international restaurants, to top-notch theatres offering musicals and plays, to clubs, cinemas, open-air cinemas, concert halls, and 250 music festivals a year (40 of which are free), to museums and galleries. The West End is the perfect place for theatre fans, and the venues for music lovers are too many to count, offering 32,000 annual performances. You name it, London has got it. Happenings appear first in London, then the rest of Europe follows.

LONDON TRANSPORT

London Bridge

London transport is close to perfect. With its efficient train, tube and bus services, having a car in London is not necessary. You can reach anywhere in the city in a short time and at very reasonable prices. London airports are strategic, as from here you can easily reach any European and worldwide destination.

LONDON IS A MELTING POT

London melting pot

Image copyright:Fabio Venni

London’s metropolis is a huge melting pot of cultures and languages, making it a very interesting place to live. The 2011 Census revealed that over 100 languages are spoken in 30 of London’s 33 boroughs, meaning that this astonishing diversity is to be found across the capital. The most widely used is, of course, English, but around 22% of residents have another mother tongue. Last but not least, Londoners and British people in general are very polite and open-minded. That is why this huge melting pot can live well together.

LONDON’S EXCELLENT JOB MARKET

london city district

Most of the job offers for skilled workers are concentrated in London, so young and not so young professionals have got plenty of opportunity to build or continue their career. London and the UK in general are great for setting up your own business. Corporate taxation is generally low when compared to other parts of the world. This is why, together with the strategic location, London is home to the European headquarters of more companies than any other city.

SHOPPING IN LONDON IS GREAT!

Camden Town

The British capital offers so many mind-boggling opportunities for shopping! You can find shopping for all budgets and tastes, from wacky to luxury alternative! Luxury stores such as Harrods, alternative markets of worldwide fame such as Portobello market, major shopping centres such as Westfield and much, much more can be found here.So if you’re a shopping animal, this is your place!

THE WALKS IN LONDON

London walks

There are so many things to do outdoors on a sunny day. Probably one of the most enjoyable is discovering one of the many footpaths and spots along the Thames. Though it is a long walk, London’s stretch of the Thames Path is claimed to be a modern wonder. The walk along Southbank is probably one of the most popular. To be fair, it is impossible to say which stretch of the London Thames I love best. Could it be the 8 miles from Putney to Richmond?

Want to know more about London hidden walks?

 

LONDON IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF DAVID BOWIE AND SO MANY TOP-NOTCH ARTISTS

david bowie

David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Amy Winehouse, Adele,  Sid Vicious,  Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Seal, Ida Lupino, Charlie Chaplin, Julien Temple, John Lydon, Rod Stewart, Twiggy are just a few of the celebrities who were born in London.  Not to mention that London was and is still home to great artists, musicians and actors. Look out for them!

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