London; home of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the West End and more shops, restaurants and bars than you could possibly visit during your time here.

Putting aside all the tourist attractions – what does it feel like to be a Londoner?

If you’re thinking about spending a couple of years living and working in London you’ll probably want some help to affirm your decision; the kind of stuff to make your skin tingle.

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We asked the Smart Teachers team in Covent Garden what being a Londoner means to them;

“Being a Londoner means being immersed in different culture, arts, music, and food from all over the world all in one place. It’s the best city in the world.”

Being a Londoner means I party till dawn. You’ll never catch me on an early train home.”

Being a Londoner means being annoyed when you have to wait more than two minutes for public transport.”

“Being a Londoner means hiring a ‘Boris bike’ in a suit.”

“Being a Londoner who was born and raised in the North East of England is knowing the city like the back of my hand; from where the best cheap pubs and restaurants are to a history of the city. To me, being a Londoner is living in a city that isn’t my birthplace and knowing it well enough to call it home.”

“Being a Londoner means building up a tolerance to alcohol. Because you will drink – a lot.”

“Being a Londoner means you could bump into the Queen on your way to work.”

“Being a Londoner means having a range of cultural activities on your doorstep, the only problem being choosing which to do next.” 

“Being a Londoner means always being prepared.  In my handbag you’ll find sunglasses, an umbrella and a pair of gloves.  It’s all about expecting the unexpected, especially when it comes to the London weather.”

Being a Londoner to me means living in the beautiful, leafy suburb of Hertfordshire but having the hustle and bustle of the capital a short journey away.”

Being a Londoner to me makes me feel lucky every day that I live in the best city in the world with fine art, theatre and culture at my fingertips whenever I want to feed my soul.” 

“Being a Londoner means not caring about the weather. London has more personality and brings more happiness than that big yellow ball in the sky.”

Being a Londoner means having no excuse not to take up a hobby of any kind. It’s got it all, from knitting to rowing on the River Thames.”

“Being a Londoner means you can easily meet up with all your favourite people at short notice in any bar, restaurant, museum, gallery or café that takes your fancy.”

“Being a Londoner means enjoying a quintessentially British afternoon tea and pretending to be rich for the afternoon.”

Queen

Visit the big city and tell us what London means to you.

Victoria Bull
UK Administration
Smart Teachers

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