Why I love London


Love London
For me this isn't a cliché, I love London with my heart and soul! We moved away from the city four years ago and it has proven to be the most difficult transition for us, so we're packing up and heading back to the big smoke. No escaping to the country for us – we're coming home.
I love London because it buzzes day and night. It's a huge organism with its own heartbeat and rhythm that's incomparable. From people who know instinctively to stand on the right of the escalator, because someone else will always go faster than them, to the old chap who catches the Number 137 every Friday to meet his old pal for coffee in Knightsbridge.

 There are so many more reasons like the 'Hummus Bros' who have turned one of my childhood favourite foods into an affordable eating trend, Spitalfields market which launches the funkiest artists and designers, Drury Lane theatre where I saw my first show, the Natural History Museum where I came as a child, Buckingham Palace, the British Library (where the Magna Carta really is). Markets, music, street vendors, buskers, performers – no street is the same, no one is the same, or looks the same.

Some watch and be, some chase and see. London has its own hodgepodge identity of a-bit-of-this and a-bit-of-that; anything goes, and it goes rather fast, so don't blink or you might miss it. It's eccentric and traditional, but modern and edgy. Ronnie Scott's any night, Hyde Park on a Sunday morning, Kew Gardens, Covent Garden, amazing steak and phenomenal music in Chez Paris, where the glamour of the 20s lives on.

I saw Dave Matthews busking in Leicester Square the same year that his tour outsold U2's, where else in the world would that happen?! The crazy and the chic walk hand-in-hand, it's unpredictable and it's London!

I don't care that Madonna made it her home, I do care that Kevin Spacey has turned the Old Vic around. I don't care that there's loads of traffic, but I do care that when I crossed the road the other day, Mayor Boris Johnson cycled straight passed me and greeted me with a big beaming smile.

It can be expensive and stressful, but if you look beyond and rise above that, it's a city of choice; people, cultures, age, race – it's a beautiful conundrum, a wonderful muddle of everything thrown together – and it works! My heart is there, our first home was in London and my babies were both born there too. I love London, probably because it's London and there's no place like home.

Pipa xxx


  1. Kristina Moore August 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pipa, I hope that you and your family have a smooth transition back to London. A few years ago I used to commute on a Friday afternoon from Rickmansworth through London to Ipswich and always watched the people who were in the trains, on the platforms etc. There are so many stories walking about and the person who has always captured the vibrancy and history of London best for me is Peter Ackroyd. It is an amazing place.
    Hope you are having fun.

  2. Hayley Ashford-Bown August 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa
    I know this might sound a bit cheeky, but I love your hair colour and style and would like to do something similar with mine for my holiday in september but in red and black. My hair dressers said she could do a better job if she could see your style but does not watch QVC, hears the cheeky bit, any chance of an up to date photo of you being placed on your blogg.
    Hope you do not find this rude it is not ment in that way at all
    I think you have great taste.
    Thanks Hayley

  3. louise August 10, 2010 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    I agree, to a certain extent; there is no place like home. I live in a small town called Workington in Cumbria (remember the floods, the footbridge collapsing causing the death of PC Bill Barker, and the murdering rampage of Derek Bird in Whitehaven where I work? I moved away for uni, obviously, and my fiance and myself moved approx 35 miles away to the country to breed our boxers, but I am back in Workington now. It would probably be too quiet for you, but I’m the kind of person who loves and only needs my own company. My mum and myself wouldn’t live anywhere else. Each to their own eh Pip? I couldn’t handle all of the hustle and bustle, but it’s whatever suits you.
    Keep well.

  4. Pipa August 24, 2010 at 9:01 am -  Reply

    Thanks ladies – I know it’s so true Louise, definitely each to their own – it would be awful if we all did the same thing, liked the same places, ate the same food, wore the same clothes – what a boring world it would be!
    Hayley – not cheeky at all…I’m next having my hair done on Sept 2nd – when do you need the pics for??? Contact me through my website http://www.TheRaphaelProject.com and I can email you some x x x

  5. Jan October 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pippa…you have got to be one of my favourite presenters…you are always so upbeat and vibrant…anyway, speaking of London…I absolutely love it…my husband and I often have a weekend doing and show and being proper tourists…albeit we only live about 90 minutes drive away, we feel as though we’re on another planet!…I love the hustle and bustle, the old pubs, all of it…but, I do like to get back to my quiet little house and dream of my next visit…I hope you settle back into your home with ease…maybe we will bump into each other one day…lots of love Jan from Peterborough xxx

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