Leaving London: Things I miss about London

Three weeks ago we switched life in the fast lane of London to the home comforts of Leeds and we’re already pleased as punch with our decision. Everyone tells you moving is a stressful thing to do, but moving to a top floor flat 200 miles away with two cats in one weekend was our biggest challenge yet! Last month I posted about all the things I won’t miss about London, and a lot of you agreed with some of the points! Leaving the capital was the right decision and we’ve already fallen head over heels for Leeds. This week I’m already getting a bit nostalgic, so here are a few things I will miss about London.

My best friends

Since arriving in London six years ago, I’ve managed to meet some pretty amazing people. Some I’m lucky enough to call my best friends, and others have played such a big part of our lives over the years I’m not really sure what I’m going to do not seeing them around. Twitter was a huge catalyst in some of these friendships, going along to some ‘tweet meets’ when we first arrived and generally forming friendships over the internet. I was also lucky enough to have had 3 jobs while living there, allowing me to work with some incredibly inspiring people. We really made friends for life and I hope they’ll all come up North to visit us!

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The Natural History Museum

The saddest moment when leaving for me was our last visit to NHM (and probably our last time seeing Dippy in person). It’s my absolute favourite place in London and I enjoyed two years of membership before we left. Next time we find ourselves in London I’ve no doubt we’ll pop in for a visit, but I liked knowing it was just a 30 min tube ride away whenever we felt like going. We probably won’t be able to afford the next Dino Snores for Adults either, sniff!

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Buses turn up every 3 minutes

One thing I’m struggling with slightly in Leeds is the fact I don’t have the ease of an Oyster card anymore and the buses average one every 10 minutes. A couple of bus routes I can get are one an hour too! Imagine the chaos in London; waiting an hour for a single bus! Transport in London is bloody infuriating, but it’s the most frequent public service I’ve lived with. Come winter, waiting 13 mins for the 72 will get boring very fast. However, I do have a good chuckle at how polite everyone is up here at bus stops! People actually queue single file to get on – can you imagine that of an afternoon on Oxford Street?! Gone are the days of the door scrum for the 140 to South Harrow. My elbows are in retirement.

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Those summers

A summer without London is hardly worth having. I’ll miss catching the train to Marylebone on hazy August afternoons, picking up a picnic feast from M&S and lazing about in Regent’s Park until our bums got tingly. Or walking through Soho with a raspberry Starbucks, trying to find Hummingbird Bakery by memory as our iPhones had long worn out of battery. Or catching the end of a matineée spilling out onto the streets of the West End and awkwardly dancing around the pavements. Going back to visit instead of having it on my doorstep might mean I take less advantage of it, and love it a little bit more.

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And one superficial one…Papa John’s

Papa John’s doesn’t deliver to my postcode – SHOCK HORROR. They, of course, do deliver to other parts of Leeds. But this particular postcode is just out of their range. So that means we have to add *another* tick box to the already huge list of things to consider when house hunting. Papa can you hear meeee…

What do you miss about London? Tell me in the comments.

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  1. 28th May 2015 / 1:05 pm

    I think friends are always the hardest to leave behind! It’s the worst thing about moving. But it makes visiting that much sweeter. Hope you’re settling in well, I’ll have to come visit one day when you’re free! :)

    • 8th June 2015 / 10:48 pm

      Yes definitely! We have a few weekends in July that are open :)

  2. 29th May 2015 / 9:59 am

    I don’t think it’s at all unreasonable to exclude house hunting options by way of Papa John delivery areas…