Why I 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.