Last week, I carried out a residential Land Registry compliant lease plan in North London where the view from the flat was just breathtaking. It got me thinking how lucky I am to live and work in such a vibrant and dynamic place.
I moved to London from Sussex about 10 years ago and if I’m honest, I was terrified. I’d always been something of a country mouse so finding myself living in Westminster was a shock to the system. I didn’t sleep for the first two weeks – jumping at every siren and shout but after a while the Edgware Road started to feel familiar and homely and I would actually get a homesick feeling when I went to the suburbs. I’d breath a sigh of relief when I saw the signs for Central London on the A40.
It’s hard to explain to those who’ve never lived in the capital. Most of my friends think I’m mad, forking out the sum of money I have on a one bed flat. But London just feels so alive. That’s not to say it’s perfect, but I love experiencing the mix of cultures, having world class art and entertainment just a bus ride away, watching excited people clamber into a phone box for a tourist photo, the beautiful and varied architecture, the grandeur of the Thames, the cosy village feel of so many areas but most of all, I think it is the patient way that most people rub along together that makes me so fond of the city I now call home.
London’s fluidity means that businesses like Lease Plans Online can flourish and grow and this in turn helps me support my family, better my circumstances and give back to my local community.
If you’re not sure about London, I challenge you to watch the sunset from the Millennium Bridge with St Paul’s on one side and the Tate Modern on the other and just stand and take in what you see – the mix of people, the sounds, the smells and the views. I’m sure you’ll love it too.