I know a lot of Londoners profess to hating tourists – I know I did when I was at uni, with various campus’s around Oxford Street! I dreamed of cattle herders, fast lanes for non tourists and/ or a big scary dog! But in fairness, I was ready to blame anyone for being late for lessons, without the emotional awareness to realise that actually, being on time was my own responsibility (although it’s something my siblings and I are still trying to teach our parents)!
As I’ve got older and have been lucky enough to enjoy many years living in central London, I am grateful for the seemingly pointless and slow mearanderings of the tourists who come to visit this beautiful city – they remind me of how very fortunate I am to live here – while being relatively well travelled this place, my home, still remains my most favourite city 🙂
I loved living in London Bridge and seeing how excited tourists were about places like Tower Bridge, Borough Market and wandering (slowly!) down the Thames taking in the beautiful sights, with smiles, photos and genuine excitement – even in the rain! It made ME smile and appreciate how very lucky I am to live here.
Now I’ve moved to Bayswater, I just love wandering around Hyde Park, Mayfair, Marylebone, Kensington and (surprisingly!) Oxford Street 🙂 which, is now only a stroll away from where I live 🙂 And if you are thinking of coming to visit but need to be discrete, it’s a very good excuse to disappear for an hour or two for a shopping trip in the capital or to attend some of the amazing museums or art galleries near by or maybe combine the two 🙂