4 reasons why I love living in London
Student Ambassador and MA Media and Creative Industries student Ashley Suen spoke to us about her move from China to London, and why she loves living in the Capital.
Moving to London has been a great experience. Having spent 4 years living in the largest city in China (Beijing) I am used to the fast pace of life. London has been described in many books and movies as a vibrant place with endless entertainment and social opportunities. It takes a lifetime to explore, and as the old saying goes: if you get tired of London, you get tired of life.
1 – London is the center of culture
It is well known that London is one of the world’s most famous centers fpr fashion and culture. As a creative arts student, galleries and museums are always attractive to me. The British Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Tate Modern, and The National History Museum to name a few — you never get bored in London as there are so many great places to visit, especially given that most of them are free-entry! Besides, there are numerous outdoor activities to engage in and explore, such as the weekend market in Notting Hill, or the second-hand book market by Waterloo Bridge.
2 – Beautiful City views
I have travelled a lot and visited many places but there is something special about London. The whole city fascinates me. From the well-preserved Victorian architectures to the modern and trendy buildings in the city, walking in London is like time travel, revealing the entire history of the country. In the winters, the sunrise comes very late, but when it comes out, the whole city is alive. There are also plenty of green spaces and parks with incredible views such as Regent Park, Richmond Park, and Hyde Park.
3 – A lot of places to chill out
On the weekdays I wake up very early in the morning. Normally I like to grab a coffee and do some coursework in one of the cafés nearby. Aside from my daily routine, I also enjoy seeing the city by walking and capturing photos (my camera is a great companion)! There are cafés everywhere and a lot of nice places to have a full English breakfast or a traditional English Afternoon Tea.
4 – London is a multicultural city
I like the multicultural mix in the city. You never know where the person sitting next to you on the tube is from! I’ve found that people in London are generally more open and comprehensive, which sometimes comforts me as an international student. I love talking to new people and getting an insight into different cultures – it is something that I find inspiring. London is like a museum, but on a larger scale where there are lots of things that are worth exploring.
Ashley is also a photographer and translator. Follow her on Instagram (ashleysuen) and visit her website.