I was supposed to visit London twice this week, but due to poor Busby catching the dreaded Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease I had to cancel my Tuesday trip as she was absent from Nursery. To be honest I was rather grateful for this excuse as it has been utterly sweltering, and after spending the day in London yesterday and melting (Wicked Witch of the West style), I’m not sure I could have survived two days in the capital in one week!

I’ve come to the conclusion that I really dislike London.

Whilst making pushing my way through the crowds of Oxford Street on Thursday I found myself wondering why, as a teenager and early-twenty-something, I would actually choose to come up to central London and visit. I still understand my love of visiting The Royal Court and their bookshop – that makes sense, but central London (Oxford Circus etc)? How is that ever a good idea?

I find London so overpopulated; constantly busy, constantly fast-paced, constantly rude. A perpetual whirl of people – worker drones – going through their daily rigmarole for the pursuit of money.

At the grand old age of 26 I have come to the conclusion that my city days are over.

I enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside.

I like that I can’t get food 24/7… and this has assisted the postpartum weight loss magnificently!

I love that I can wander down country lanes with Busby and not bump into anyone. Not meet a single soul.

I relish in the bird song and the gentle hum of buzzing bees as we adventure, hand-in-hand, to the park.

I’ll happily take fresh air over smog any day.

If we do move to Yorkshire I think this is what I will enjoy the most; the space, the scenery and in someways, the isolation. Who’d have thought this Brightonian Mama would turn into a country bumpkin?

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  1. Tea, Cake and Make

    4th July 2014 at 8:15 am

    I think I would be able to live in London, but it would have to be somewhere specific, with lots of open spaces and on the outskirts! So almost Herts, almost Surrey and almost Essex, but not quiet, you know?

    But I love living in Hove right now!

  2. Danielle A

    4th July 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I love London, but I always come away feeling stressed as I can’t handle busy crowds-I get pedestrian rage πŸ˜‰ x

  3. You Baby Me Mummy

    4th July 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I’m with you hun. Sometimes I think it would be better to be able to walk to the shops/activities and not have to drive everywhere. Then I look out of our windows and see fields and know I would hate it.

  4. Ting Dalton

    4th July 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Even though I still consider myself a Londoner, I now live in the commuter belt about 45mins away and love hearing the peace and quiet, rather than the sirens and traffic. I still have to travel in everyday, but can’t abide the crowds, either. I don’t think I’m quite country bumpkin yet, but I’m slowly getting there πŸ™‚ #WotW

  5. Kim Carberry

    4th July 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I would hate to live in London….Far too busy for me….I like the quiet life….hehehe

  6. Hook, Line and Sink Her

    4th July 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I hate how rude and cross everyone seems to get on public transport. I’ll keep Lewes any day- fields and Paperchase on my doorstep is the perfect combo. Xxx

    1. Hannah

      4th July 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Yes! This is exactly what I mean πŸ™‚ xxx

  7. Timewaitsfornomum

    4th July 2014 at 8:40 pm

    As one of those “worker drones” πŸ˜‰ you seem to disapprove of I will just say that we’re all people and most of us are pursuing money for one reason or another! I love London but I love coming home too. I hope your move goes well if it happens.

    1. Hannah

      4th July 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Not disapproving, just definitely not my cup of tea – I could never work (or live) in London πŸ™‚ xx

  8. Hannah Brooker

    5th July 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I like the atttactions London holds but I could never ever ever live or work there. Cornwall in high season is bad enough!xx

  9. Eco Gites of LΓ©nault

    5th July 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I am you and I claim my £5! I could quite happily never set foot in London ever again and love living in rural France. G

  10. Sophie Wearing

    5th July 2014 at 11:26 pm

    YES, THIS! For years I tried to convince myself I liked living and being in london and one day I suddenly realised, it just isn’t me. I like quiet. Head space. Fresh air. Feeling freedom. For me, Sussex has that balance. I actually get stressed even going up for gigs nowadays, which seems to be the only time I visit! Having said all that, whilst I love the countryside, I couldn’t be isolated so need the balance.

  11. Franki

    6th July 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve never been to London. It really doesn’t hold much appeal for me, I’m a country girl through and through. I’d like to visit to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be but whenever we look at weekend breaks I always end up choosing the Lakes or somewhere more rural. That’s where I’m happiest. Xx

  12. pixiedusk

    6th July 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Me on the other hand miss all the city chaos. I live in the city in my country and have gone bonkers when I transferred here. We live in a sleepy village and I miss the noise. Now we live in a busier town. Good enough. Better than a sleepy village =) #wotw

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