Did you move away from your hometown? For me, London is always a great and strange place to visit as it sparks so many memories – some good, some not so good – of growing  up. This is mainly because I lost my mum in my 20s, so when I go back, it’s always likely I’m confronted with something that reminds me of her, which can be comforting, yet tough at the same time. Dan and I moved to Brighton 15 years ago, and even though we’re settled and visit London all the time, there are still things I miss – and don’t miss – from my hometown. Here’s my current list:

Things I miss:
  1. That I feel like I’m ‘at home’ when I’m there
  2. My old friends
  3. Proper London accents
  4. Diverse culture and neighbourhoods
  5. The V&A Museum
  6. Having a favourite Tube line
  7. Discussing the best Tube journeys
  8. London pubs 
  9. The energy of being in one of the world’s best big cities
  10. Pretty Georgian streets
  11. Night-time drives over Chelsea Bridge into central London

 

Things I don’t miss:
  1. The cost of things, especially houses
  2. Taking aaaaaaaages to drive just one mile
  3. Squeeeeezing onto a train or Tube in peak morning rush hour
  4. Being pushed by people on the Tube
  5. Scary, super-fast angry cyclists
  6. Smog
  7. Swathes of commuters dressed in grey and black
I assumed the longer I lived away from London, I’d never want to move back. Even though I’m settled in Brighton with a house and my Dad lives around the corner, I always consider London my proper home and never rule out the idea of moving back – much to most of my friends’ frustration probably! “Move back already,” I can hear them thinking whenever I say I miss London. (True, my friends?)

Post inspired by Nora Ephron’s list, What I’ll Miss,What I won’t Miss.

Top picture via Georgian London

3 Comments

  1. I miss my 2 best friends and the food from Rome. That's actually it! I really meant it when I left. Infact, I tried to escape once earlier when I moved (unexpectedly) to London. I miss many more things about London than Rome! The friends I made, how exciting and a bit alienating it can feel, neighbourhood life, SE London, pub life, park life, bookstores and second hand shops, amazing gigs/retro nights/dance halls, the juxtaposition of traditional and modern, vegan fare, youth culture, the freedom/quirkiness in dressing, people watching, people calling me "luv" and when it starts getting chilly in September. These are just my favourite ones! Sorry I don't think I'm helping you in not missing London…

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