• Hannah Cartwright

10 Things I've Learnt Since Moving to London

At the end of July 2019, immediately after graduating from University, (literally the following morning), I moved to London. I’ve spent most of my life living in Cornwall in rural villages or by the sea. It was idyllic and an amazing place to grow up. But in terms of jobs and opportunities, there’s not a lot there. I always knew I would end up leaving after University but I never quite expected myself to end up in London. The contrast between the two different places has been like leaving the country. It’s crazy. In Cornwall, we have one or two busses per town that come every hour or two, if you’re lucky. Everybody knows everybody, so you can’t leave your house without running into someone. London has been crazy different. I’m still settling in and not convinced that it will ever feel like home. But I’m proud of how far I’ve come from the Cornish girl who freaked out at just the thought of the tube back in August. Here are a few things I’ve learnt about London:

1. You don’t have to wait for the barrier to close before tapping your Oyster. Honestly this one blew my mind. I only found out through a tweet of someone complaining about other people doing this holding everyone up. I was that person!

2. If you stand on the left side of the escalator, you’ll be shunned by the rest of society.

3. Public transport in unbelievably cheap. £1.50 for the bus. In Cornwall it’s like £7 to go to the next village and you’re lucky if the bus shows.

4. Public transport is the only thing that’s cheap. The £1.50 bus makes up for the fact that everything else is ridiculously over priced.

5. There are people everywhere all the time. I leave for work at 6:30am most mornings and everywhere is as busy as you would expect it to be at midday.

6. These people are always in a rush. We can’t all be late for work surely? There is no such thing as a leisurely stroll around Central London.

7. Sirens become background noise. In Cornwall, if you hear a siren you can guarantee someone on Facebook knows exactly what’s happened and it’s be the talk of the town for days. In London, the sirens are just constant, and I never have any idea what’s going on and never will.

8. You can go clubbing at 7pm on a Sunday night. On my first weekend here, we walked into a cocktail bar early on a Sunday evening for a couple of chilled drinks and it was like walking into a club at 1am on a Saturday night. Music blaring, people doing shots, grinding, slut dropping. On a Sunday night…madness!

9. Foxes are everywhere. I see them as frequently as I would a cat back home. They kind of scare me.

10. Rent is e x p e n s i v e. It’s insane. We are incredibly lucky to have found somewhere nice and affordable. But we’re about an hour away from central London, the house is almost definitely haunted. And it’s still expensive.

I'm excited to see what the next few months of living in London teach me!

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