London bees, set me straight!

posted 2 weeks ago in The Lounge
  • poll: If you have lived in London, did you:
    Love it? : (24 votes)
    69 %
    Like it? : (6 votes)
    17 %
    Tolerate it? : (5 votes)
    14 %
    Hate it? : (0 votes)
  • Post # 46
    2092 posts
    Buzzing bee

    OP just wanted to say, it’s ok if you don’t love or like London. I disagree with the notion that you just have to love it no matter what and that its a “privledge” to live there– that’s a pretty privledged statement! If you have the financial means to go out and wine and dine and explore endlessly for 15 months then sure– but it sounds like a pay cut, where you’ll need to pick up a 2nd job in a foreign country, so its not like a 15m vacation.

    Plenty of people don’t like Tokyo, Paris, NYC, etc– city living is hard to adapt to when you’re used to open greenspace, and a complete change in climate and continent is also a huge adjustment. Even if it is just for 15 months, don’t put pressure on yourself to fall in love with the city. Be open minded and try to enjoy it if you can. but no shame in saying it just isn’t your place and be happy to be back in Cali when you’re done.


    Post # 47
    8582 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    elliebee357 :  

    Put all that out of your head OP, you will love it. Yes of course there will be some culture shock, but embrace it . Yay London, lucky you!!

    Post # 48
    36 posts

    I would love to live there! Lucky you!

    Post # 49
    1453 posts
    Bumble bee

    fromatoz :  No one is saying she has to love it, but it’s 100% a privilege to be able to live there because 1) It’s regarded as one of the best cities in the world and 2) for the vast majority of people it’s completely unaffordable. I, along with most of the British public, can’t to afford to live there because of the cost of rent alone, how is it privileged to point out she’s lucky that it’s even an option for her? It’s 15 months, not 15 years, will be over before she knows it. If she changes her mindset then she’d probably have a much better time. 

    Post # 50
    29 posts

    I lived in London for a year as a student and loved it (especially the ease and efficiency of public transport at all hours in comparison to where I am from). I especially loved the summer months where everyone and everything looked so fresh and beautiful.

    That being said I could never see myself living and working there permanently.

    15 months is quite short in the grand scheme of things. Just go with an open mind and heart.

    Post # 51
    34 posts
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I grew up in a big city and loved my three years in London, it was not cheap and there’s no way I can ever afford to settle there, but I thoroughly enjoyed the night life, theatre, museums that London has to offer. My husband grew up in a tiny village, absolutely hates going to London. So depends on your views on big cities I think.

    Post # 52
    246 posts
    Helper bee

    What a fantastic opportunity. My sister lives in London and I would love to get an opportunity to spend a few years living there. As mentioned by bees, it’s very expensive to live in but other than that, it’s great. 

    Post # 53
    657 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    I’m Scottish, I’m an expat in the US currently, I’ve traveled extensively, globally, and I absolutely love London. I’ve visited some amazing cities but none quite  seem to match up to the character that London has (except my precious home town. Glasgow!) I would be delighted to have 15 months living there, it won’t be long enough!

    My best friend lived there for 5 years and I took every opportunity to visit her! It’s a fantastic city. I think most PP’s have covered all the points I would, I just wanted to chime in. 

    Post # 54
    657 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    supertrooper0101 :   missviolet92 :  I agree, I’ve been in the US 3 years now and don’t know how.. it made me really, REALLY appreciate Scotland and the UK even with Brexit currently. 

    Post # 55
    812 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    elliebee357 :  I have visited London a few times and my cousin lived there for a few months. I would kill to live there! Not sure where you are coming up with all these negatives but London is amazing! 

    so much culture and things to see, walking tours there are awesome, endless restaurants to visit, museums to see, the people there were super friendly and the architecture is so beautiful. It is hands down my favorite city. It isn’t scary at all. I’ve been to Egypt and even that wasn’t as scary as media made it out to be and I went there right when Mubarak was ousted from power and the country was in unrest. 

    im curious, have you never watched Notting Hill, or Bridget Jones Diary, or The Holiday? Not to mention all the great bbc tv shows. London is a magical city and those movies and tv do make it even more special to me. 

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