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Love London

We chatted with bloggers from all across London to find out exactly what it is that they love about life in the capital. From the buzzing nightlife and independent cafés to the eclectic street style and unlimited career opportunities, they’ve shared all of the best bits. Take a look through our collaged collection and share your own #LoveLondon suggestions with us on social. Not living in London? What are you waiting for?!

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Monica at Helloo Monica

Helloo Monica

“London makes me excited about life. Whether there’s a unique new bar open down the street, a festival in the park or a museum that I’m yet to tick off my list, there’s always so much going on. I’ve learnt to love the hustle and bustle and I’m always discovering new areas of this wonderful city!”

Lucy at Oh So London

"What I love about living in London is its constantly evolving food scene. You could travel the world through your taste buds any day of the week, without ever leaving the city..."

“What I love about living in London is its constantly evolving food scene. You could travel the world through your taste buds any day of the week, without ever leaving the city. My local neighbourhood is Brixton, home to Brixton Village, the fantastic Electric Avenue and the quirky POP Brixton. This whole area is a food-lover’s paradise!

In Brixton Village you have everything from no-frills Caribbean joints like Fish, Wings and Tings, and delicious Thai restaurants like KaoSarn, to gourmet burgers and slow-food restaurants. Electric Avenue is fantastic for buying fresh produce and Brixton Station Road Market has a great Sunday farmer’s market.

Over in POP Brixton, you have a world of street food. It’s a great place to go at the weekend for a cocktail or craft beer, and they have loads of community projects going on. You could find yourself eating anything from Ghanaian goat wraps and Japanese gyozas to Mexican tacos and good ol’ fish and chips. You get loads of live gigs here too.”

Anoushka at Anoushka Probyn

Anoushka Probyn

“Being London born and bred, I can’t imagine living anywhere else. London’s diversity and wealth of culture is why I love the city. You can hear a dozen different languages on the tube, but everyone is just as much at home. Plus, where else can you eat Asian for dinner, European for dessert, and Caribbean cocktails to finish, all on one street? (Usually in Shoreditch!)

One drawback is that you can be going out every night of the week, and still suffer from FOMO. When there’s three new pop ups and five new concept bars opening every week, it’s impossible to do everything! London is a city buzzing with never-ending opportunities and ideas, and I’m proud to call it my home.”

Helen at Helen Graves

Helen Graves

“As food and drink editor of Londonist and Food Stories I spend my days immersed in the London food world. It’s the most exciting city for food in the world right now simply because it’s so diverse – other countries may beat us on specialist cuisines, but nowhere else can you eat as globally as in London. It’s very exciting.”

Laura at Lucky Pretty

"Bustling and buzzing, I love London for its utter mishmash of old and new. The city is such a visual feast and so much of it is free!..."

“Bustling and buzzing, I love London for its utter mishmash of old and new. If I fancy heritage grandeur, a stroll down Bond Street and an ogle at the Harrods’ food hall usually does the trick.

For something more hip, Shoreditch is my favourite haven – bustling Old Spitalfields Market has hand-made treats (from edible to wearable), and Brick Lane’s underground Vintage Markets are perfect for retro shopping.

London’s such a visual feast and so much of it is free! Whether it’s a stroll down Finsbury Park on a street-art hunt or a cheeky glass of Champagne at the Royal Academy’s members bar, you’ll always be surrounded by freedom of expression. And that’s what London is all about!”

Ed at The Discerning Man

“In such a big and vibrant city such as London, it can be easy to blend in. However, what I love about this city is that everyone seems to have their own style..."

“In such a big and vibrant city such as London, it can be easy to blend in. However, what I love about this city is that everyone seems to have their own style, and I think the not-wanting-to-blend-in element encourages people to dress in their own unique way.

Career-wise, I think London has a lot to offer in terms of opportunity, and quicker progression once you’re in a career. As much as companies have a bigger pool to recruit from, there are a lot more companies than you’d find in the suburbs and companies always need workers, so landing your dream job is certainly achievable.

London has a wide range of bars to suit all drinking preferences, whether that be a high-end cocktail bar (I’d recommend Archer Street and Beach Blanket Babylon), gay bars (such as The Bridge and Freedom) or unique bars such as 46 & Mercy in Shoreditch, which used to be Banksy’s old print studio!”

Amanda at Rhyme & Ribbons

Rhyme and Ribbons

“I love London because, despite living here for years, I am still sometimes swept away by the magic of it – being in London can sometimes feel like being on a film set! I can’t resist the culture and the history, not to mention the food. There are always thousands of delicious food options just a short journey away!”

Sophie at Fashion Slave

Fashion Slave

“London is one of the most exciting cities to live in. You never know what you’ll end up doing and who you’re going to meet. It’s the kind of place where you really can do anything whenever you want, and it always feels a bit as though the world – well, London – is your oyster!”

Lucy at Shiny Thoughts

Shiny Thoughts

“I love London because everything and everyone is at my doorstep (well, you know, within an hour anyway)! I can’t imagine getting the same work opportunities in any other cities nor having the opportunities to taste, see and do so many things. I have an amazing apartment in a leafy area of London yet I can hang out somewhere totally different. I have the best of both worlds!”

Lela at Lela London

Lela London

“I love London because it is a melting pot. As well as being sometimes overwhelmingly trendy, there is a truly multicultural community around every corner and everything from food to fashion is able to benefit from it. It is a haven for the inquisitive and open-minded.”

Steph at Little Observationist

“I love London because it’s built with little snippets of the whole world. There's always somewhere new to explore, someone different to meet, and something new to eat..."

“I love London because it’s built with little snippets of the whole world. The diversity of people, architecture and food, along with the ever-changing nature of the city means there’s always somewhere new to explore, someone different to meet, and something new to eat.

At the same time, it’s possible to create your own slice of London – the places you return to that make it feel a bit like home. Life is never boring here, but if the daily grind does become monotonous, a weekend break is always at your fingertips.”

Luiz at The London Foodie

"There is such diversity in London – of culture, people and especially food!..."

“There is such diversity in London – of culture, people and especially food! On any one day, you can enjoy a Vietnamese breakfast, followed by Chinese dim sum in Chinatown, or perhaps afternoon tea at one of the capital’s many luxury hotels.

From gourmet burgers to 3-Michelin-star fine-dining, dinner time should not be a hard choice either. This diversity makes the city one of the most exciting places to live in the world right now, and this is why London is home!”

Lorna at Lorna Luxe

Lorna Luxe

“I spent my 20s as part of a long haul cabin crew travelling the world, but my favourite destination was always London. It’s a big city rich in culture, art, music, and of course food. What I’m most proud of is how much you can do for free – from mapping out Banksy art in Shoreditch to wandering the galleries at Trafalgar Square, then walking down the Mall to Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard.”

Paige at Paige Joanna

Paige Joanna

“London is such a vibrant, multicultural and charming city to live in and be a part of, from the buzz of busy life in the city and then quiet get-togethers on the outskirts eating brunch. People are independent, flustered and eager to succeed, but what we have in common is this feeling of community and pride.

There is never a dull day in London regardless of budget if you make the most of free museums, beautiful architecture and local cafes. You only have to see the views from Southbank to be reminded of how lucky we are to be here (or at least that is how I feel).”

Angie at Silverspoon London

Silverspoon London

“I’ve travelled to many big cities but I always leave thinking, ‘there’s nowhere quite like London’… So what do I love about my home city? It’s a city just packed with history and there are monuments from England’s great past scattered all around. You can’t help but feel proud of living somewhere with such an incredible heritage.

London is a city that never sleeps! If you’re looking for a late-night dinner or drinks, there are places that are open twenty-four hours a day and will still be lively right into the night. As a food-lover I absolutely love the diversity of the London restaurant scene – I can have Peruvian food one night, Italian the next, and Japanese after that.”

Rosie at Damzel in this Dress

"London is full of little quirks and eccentricities that make it so special!..."

Dear London,

I’ve been wanting to write this for a while now. To record my sentiments and express to you just how much you mean to me because I’ve never really opened up to you before. I’ve been thinking, about all the little things that make you so different from the rest.

Rain or shine, you’re always so full of life and character that it’s sometimes difficult to comprehend just how lucky I am to be in your company. You’re always up for something, be it a gigantic waterslide in Alexander Palace or recreating the gladiator games from your past. You sure know how to have fun! As if personality wasn’t enough, it’s an added bonus that you look stunning when you’re awake and even more beautiful when you sleep. Lucky I’m not the jealous type!

I’ve been so grateful for just how accepting you’ve been too. You accept me and everyone else for exactly who we are. I know I can walk down the street and celebrate my culture and traditions with you and you’ll be there to support me through it.

Your little quirks and eccentricities make you that much more special too. London, you’re the only place where I can grab a bowl of cereal for lunch at a cereal cafe, then pose with some alpacas at the local farm, before heading off to visit a freemason’s lodge for the afternoon.

You’re tiny but mighty – heck I don’t know anyone else that would invite hundreds of thousands of people round to watch the games and not break a sweat.

There’s something about you London that gives me hope. I find this inner strength knowing that with you we’re a small but strong force that can withstand anything.

Times are a little uncertain now and with it, I really hope you don’t change. Regardless of whatever the future holds you’ll always be my first and greatest love.

Love Rosie x

Victoria at Aurora Stories

Aurora Stories

“I love London for its cultural, architectural and social vibrancy. You feel like you’re living in a small international bubble, surrounded by cultures from all over the world. Everywhere you look and turn there is something to do and something to see, and modern and medieval architecture side by side.
I particularly love the colourful houses of Notting Hill, the unlimited cuisine of Soho and the uniqueness of Shoreditch. You’re never left short of something to do.

Having grown up in the international metropolis of Dubai, I feel at home surrounded by contrasting cultures and feel that this hub of nationalities is what makes London the incredible and inspiring city that it is today. As they say, when you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life – and I couldn’t think of a better way to describe our amazing capital!”

Haydy at Squibb Vicious

"London is such a great place as it's forever changing and there is always something to do – pop-up bars open weekly and themed events come and go all year round. You will never be bored!..."

“Despite being a born-and-bred Essex girlie, I would consider London to be my hometown. I’ve worked here for over 7 years now and often spend my weekends wandering to the latest bar-opening or car show! London is such a great place as it’s forever changing and there is always something to do – pop-up bars open weekly and themed events come and go all year round. You will never be bored!”

Suze at Luxury Columnist

Luxury Columnist

“I love London because it’s a city of many facets, from casual food markets to Michelin-star restaurants. There’s always something going on and the cultural scene is world-class.”

Tania at The London Thing

The London Thing

“I moved to London 12 years ago and instantly fell in love with the cultural diversity available on every corner. I met friends from all over the world and learned so much about their cultures without even having to leave the city. The amount of things to do is overwhelming and you are spoiled for choice no matter what your interests are.”

Sarah at Sarah Woo

Sarah Woo

“Hailing from the north, from a small town in Lancashire, I moved to London four years ago with big hopes, dreams and ambition – and the capital still excites me every single day. I fell in love with the city instantly, as it has its own unique energy. I never tire of the endless adventure and the opportunity it brings, the iconic views and landmarks, and the stunning London skyline.

I love its heritage, the architecture, the people-watching, the fashion, the shopping, the food, the markets, the parks and the museums (most are free too). Quintessentially British at its finest, I do love a spot of afternoon tea (The Ritz is my favourite) and I’m a sucker for a rooftop terrace too (the Sky Garden is a must).

The public transport is incredible – it’s super easy to get round the city, especially for prestigious events (think Royal Ascot, the Royal Henley Regatta and the Wimbledon Tennis Championships to name a few). And of course, you must pop along and wave to the Queen at Buckingham Palace!

I have a never ending bucket-list, even now, as there is always something to do, wonderful to see, and new to discover. I also love how each part of London – whether you head north, west, south or east – offers its own special vibe too, and that’s the joy of renting. You can move about and explore as much as you wish. The fun is finding your favourite spot and creating your very own lovely little London life.”

Emma at Adventures of a London Kiwi

"London is quite simply one of the most vivacious cities in the world!..."

“London is quite simply one of the most vivacious cities in the world – sipping luxurious cocktails as the sun sets over Big Ben, walking through the halls of century-old homes, picking up a fork to sample the latest in gastronomy, the ability to traipse from brick homes to Georgian terraces within 3 streets, settling in on a rainy evening with a movie and a few snacks, and soaking up the sunshine in one of the Royal Parks. That’s why I love London.”