INTERVIEW: Londoner Insider Tips

Today I have a very special blog post for you to read. As you might know, I spent one week in London a few weeks ago to visit my friend. I totally fell in love with the city and thought it would be fun to interview some people who lived there longer to see what they think about London and what insider tips they have for us.

So, that’s what you’ll get today. Three lovely Londoner talking about their city.

Have fun!


Annika

Hey, my name is Annika and I’m a 19 year old girl from a small, rural town in Austria. After I finished my A-levels I desperately wanted to get a change of scenery and see what it feels like to live in a big city. Since I love the English language and have been to London for a competition once I knew that this city would be the right choice for my gap-year as an au-pair. So I started to look for families with the help of an Austrian agency and moved to London on the 2ndof September.

// Describe London in three words

Beautiful, magical and diverse

// Where is your favorite place in London?

My favorite place definitely is atop of the Primrose Hill. The view (London laid out at your feet) is breathtaking.

// Favorite Shop?

Would have to be Pull & Bear (their sweaters are simply to die for).

// Where can you get the best coffee/tea/hot chocolate in London?

That is actually really hard to decide. In my opinion it is a tie between Fulham Palace in Bishops Park (for a regular hot chocolate) and Waterstones in Putney (if I crave a dark chocolate).

// What can you do on a rainy day in London?

On rainy days I loved to go to one of the many amazing museums in the city. Usually they change up the exhibitions from time to time so it never gets boring.

// What on a sunny day?

On sunny days having a picnic in a park (Hyde Park, Regents Park,…) or going for a walk along the Thames with my friends is my idea of a perfectly spent day in the sun.

// Best place for food?

First off, I love, love, love food! So this might as well be the hardest out of all these questions. I literally am in love with Nando’s but the Wheterspoon chain is delicious as well (also has a bigger variety of different foods). Should you be a pizza lover you definitely have to go to Pizza Hut during the week. Thanks to their all zou can eat buffet you can eat as many slices of delicious pizza as your pizza-loving heart desires.

// Is there something you don’t like about London?

I love everything about London. I’m just a tad bit confused as how they call three centimeters of snow a snowstorm (we have loads of snow during winter at the place where I’m from in Austria) and shut down school because of it. It really wasn’t tragic at all, it was actually quite interesting to see this always busy city buzzing with energy so tranquil.

// Did your view of London change over time?

I know this sounds utterly cheesy but I fell more and more in love with London as time went on.

// Would you choose London all over again? If yes, why? 🙂

In a heartbeat! I love London as a city, the memories I was able to make there, the people I got to meet and how this one year has become the best year of my life so far. I am forever grateful for everything I got to experience last year that has allowed me to grow as a human being. I just can’t imagine my life without the amazing people, I can now proudly call my friends, anymore and I’m glad I don’t ever have to do that

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JULIA

Hey there! My name is Julia, I’m 19 years old and I’m from a very small village in Bavaria, Germany! When I was living in London I lived in the royal borough of Hammersmith and Fulham which is about 30 min from the city centre: the perfect combination of family friendliness and proximity to London life. I chose London for my gap year because I am in love with British culture and as I thought I needed a COMPLETE change of scenery I chose the biggest city in England!

// Describe London in Three Word

Busy, multicultural, Home

// Where is your favorite place in London? 

My favorite place has got to be the Thames Path, which is a walking path close to my London home, Primrose Hill which gives you the perfect view of London in all its glory and of course the National Gallery!

// Favorite Shop?

Is it weird to say the Harry Potter Store at King’s Cross Station? 😀

// Where can you get the best coffee/tea/hot chocolate in London?

Fulham Palace Drawing Rooms. Every time.

// What can you do on a rainy day in London?

As my host dad likes to say: If you wanted to go horseback riding underwater, the one place you could actually do that is London. So: Literally EVERYTHING.

// What on a sunny day?

That kind of goes with my last answer but you just got to love a good Hyde Park picnic!

// Best place for food?

Nandos, Bills, The Farmgirl Café, Locale, every Lebanese place ever!

// Is there something you don’t like about London?

The way they freak out over snow. A little frozen water doesn’t need to affect the entire transport system in my opinion 😀 

Also how expensive it is.

// Did your view of London change over time?

Absolutely. When I first arrived I was shocked by how busy it is. This city literally NEVER sleeps. Planes over my house every 50 seconds, buses tubes, cars, ambulances, police cars, people everywhere at any time! It was overwhelming. Over time I realized that’s exactly what made me fall in love with London. There is no place you feel so ALIVE. 

// Would you choose London all over again? If yes, why? 🙂

In a heartbeat. It’s my happy place. People say it’s the people that make a place (which they do 100%, I met the best people) and London provides all the right people, all the love, the sights and something I can only describe as the “London feeling”. Trust me: Go there and you’ll know what I’m talking about. 

Samuel Johnson once said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life. For there is in London all that life can afford.” Truer words have yet to be spoken.

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JUDITH

Hi, I’m Judith and originally from Germany. I lived in London for 9 months as an Au-Pair.

// Describe London in Three Word

Cosmopolitan, fun, expensive

// Where is your favorite place in London? 

My favorite place in London is The Shard. But to be honest if you’re on budget I would definitely visit Sky Garden instead.

// Favorite Shop?

New Look and Superego – can’t decide!

// Where can you get the best coffee/tea/hot chocolate in London?

Definitely Starbucks!

// What can you do on a rainy day in London?

On a rainy day, I recommend going shopping in Westfields (Shepherds Bush).

// What on a sunny day?

Explore Little Venice or walk up Primrose Hill to see London’s skyline.

// Best place for food?

Wagamama.

// Is there something you don’t like about London?

I personally think that open air pools and bins are pretty rare.

// Did your view of London change over time?

My view of London definitely changed over the time. I have to say that now, I love the city even more.

// Would you choose London all over again? If yes, why? 🙂

Yes, I would. There are so many things to do and places to visit. I am very thankful for this opportunity and the time I had.

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