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. 4th July 2014 / 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. 4th July 2014 / 1:17 pm

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

  3. 4th July 2014 / 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. 4th July 2014 / 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 🙂 #WotW

  5. 4th July 2014 / 5:17 pm

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

  6. 4th July 2014 / 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

    • 4th July 2014 / 9:39 pm

      Yes! This is exactly what I mean 🙂 xxx

  7. 4th July 2014 / 8:40 pm

    As one of those “worker drones” 😉 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.

    • 4th July 2014 / 9:38 pm

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

  8. 5th July 2014 / 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. 5th July 2014 / 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. 5th July 2014 / 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. 6th July 2014 / 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. 6th July 2014 / 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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