A Manc in London

Jul 16th, 2008 | By | Category: Readers Contributions

Composed and submitted by Becky Colley

As a Mancunian girl, and therefore a Northerner through and through, it’s bred into me to hate ‘The South’. So imagine my surprise when I visited London for the first time this time last year and instantly fell in love.

Don’t get me wrong, Manchester is a fantastic city and the developments that have gone on there in the past 10 years have improved it dramatically: in fact it is now officially considered the UK’s second city (after London of course) according to a nationwide poll commissioned by Marketing Manchester. But there’s just something about London. In fact I love it so much I have just moved almost 200 miles to live here permanently.

The first thing I noticed was the buzz. As soon as you arrive in London you can feel the excitement bubbling up inside you, whether you have lived here all your life, or whether you are arriving here as a welcomed visitor.

One of the second things that strikes you is the fact that it really does look like it does in the movies. Tall, narrow townhouses, tree-lined streets, little red phoneboxes dotted along the pavements – it’s like the British version of Disneyland, made just for Americans. [For research watch Disney’s animated version of “101 Dalmatians”.]

Everyone knows the Americans love a ‘British’ accent (although by that they usually mean proper English) and they adore our culture – but when is the last time we English stopped to appreciate it? Well up North we don’t really. But down here in London British traditions are embraced. Except for when visiting Italy, I have never had so many cups of tea than since moving down here.

The thing I love most about London is the unexpected surprises it can spring on you. It feels like several different cities combined. There truly is something for everyone. Hippy-town Camden, the upmarket Mayfair, celebrity-ville Hampstead, and the fast moving City – all have completely different atmospheres and are amazing for people watching. Although popular for weekend breaks there is simply too much to do and a weekend is not enough time. Between first visiting and moving down here I have spent at least 8 weekends visiting London and still feel like I’ve only experienced about 10% of what it had to offer.

Personal qualities needed to be a Londoner, or at least survive here, are: ruthlessness when it comes to travelling on the tube (especially in rush hour), resilience, and most importantly a sense of (British) humour.

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