London Calling

“You’re going to London again?” 

Yes, yes I am. This will my fourth visit to the city – my third in the last three years and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Taking in views from the #LondonEye over #Westminster
View of the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye – by me

I did one of those BuzzFeed quizzes recently, ‘Where in the UK should you live?’ I got London. It probably shouldn’t have surprised me to honest. London grabbed me by the shoulders, shook me hard when I first visited the city in November 2010 and I guess I have never looked back.

I tried to write once about why London meant so much to me, not very eloquently I’m afraid. Since writing that post I have been back to London again, and the feelings haven’t changed. Seeing the familiar buildings like the Houses of Parliament or Buckingham Palace, still gives me a thrill. I can’t describe how I’m feeling when I am standing to these places.

Friday Night Lights | Oxford Circus
Oxford Circus, James Beard on flickr

I think if I had been around in a previous life I must have been in London around the late 1600’s / early 1700’s when Christopher Wren was in charge of two buildings that to this day stop me in my tracks whenever I see them. St Paul’s Cathedral and The Old Royal Naval College at Greenwich. They are the two places I must see each time I am in London – even if it’s just by going past them on a cruise down the Thames – I have to put my eyes on them. Sure there is some amazing architecture in London, and not all of it historical (I’m looking at you Gherkin!) but the thing I love about London the most is the history that is around every corner.

I’m going back to London in December, this time for something different – Christmas and New Years. And I’m pretty darn excited about it – just ask the folk at work where I already have a countdown happening. At time of posting, it’s still 11 months away but each day I get a little more excited. Of course watching video of last NYE fireworks and looking at countless pictures of London at Christmas, doesn’t really help.

Happy New Year!
Amazing photo of the Elizabeth Tower & NYE Fireworks by Chris Chabot on flickr

I’m sure there are people in London who would read this and be like “why would you come from summer to winter for Christmas?” .. well that’s just it, isn’t it. As a kid I grew up in New Zealand where (like Australia), it’s summer. You spend the summer holidays getting sunburned down on the beach, roaming around in shorts, singlet and jandels but all the while watch the classic Christmas movies where it’s snowing and everything looks magical.

Two Christmas songs spring to mind; I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, which makes you think of a cold, snowy Christmas with all the trimmings. But then there is the other side of the spectrum – DownUnder Santa gets a Suntan, which means running around the beach, having bbbq’s and daylight savings with the sun going down at 9.30pm. These songs show the huge difference between the Northern & Southern Hemisphere Christmas’s and having had 40+ years of a summer Christmas, I think it’s about time I witness a ‘proper’ Christmas for myself.

Early Christmas Day 2013 in Christchurch- by me

I will only be in London for a very short time, but honestly I don’t care. I would go to London for a weekend if I lived closer than the other side of the world! People think it’s crazy of me to travel all that way for a short period of time (nine nights) but then again, people don’t understand my love for this city and that nine nights in London is better than nothing at all. And travelling all that way, a 24 hour flight from Brisbane, Australia on a good day, is completely worth it to me.

I’m not done with London by a long shot and I know that this won’t be the last time I grace the city with my presence.

If you want to know why I think you should visit London, well check out this post.


  1. I’m not done with London…I feel the same;)) I do live closer to London than you, but still, it’s an expensive city so I don’t visit it as much as I want to but I did manage 11 trips in 8 years:) ok,a few of those trips were only day trips when I worked in England, but still I did a lot! and there’s so much to do, so much to see!


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