Despite its somewhat average weather, London will always have a magnetic charm. From beautiful parks, interesting and free museums to some of the best restaurants in the world, historic pubs and a vibrant nightlife.
We have been asking members of the team here at Tti what London means to them, and they have given us a range of opinions about this multicultural and diverse city. One thing that is for sure is that #LondonIsOpen.
“London means important places for a music lover like me! From visiting the mythical Abbey Road to any of the clubs and places where so many movements were born: New Romantics in Holborn, Punk Culture and Amy Winehouse in Camden, raves in Brixton, festivals in the summer London has it all if music is your passion!” – Ophelia, Senior Registrar.
“As well as being my home, where my work, friends and connections are, London also means free time. And all my free time is spent around delicious food. The food scene in London is to.die.for. Without a doubt the most varied and exciting in the world. Forget the old (old old) myth involving England and food, London is where you can find anything you want to from anywhere in the world, for any pocket. From the swanky restaurants owned by Michelin starred, celebrity chefs of West London, to the food truck scene all over the city come rain or shine, to the hidden cheap-eats BYOB gems of Brixton, Clapham and Hackney to finally the intimate, unique experiences that the supper clubs provide – such as dining in a tube carriage, have a famous chef cook for you and your friends in their home, pop up restaurants at the back of clothes shops in Bricklane and the millions of cooking lessons-turned dinner dotted around town. If you’re looking to tickle your tastebuds, look no further than London!” – Marianne, Director of Studies.
“London means cycling down terraced streets at night, watching foxes streak out from between parked cars. It means reading in the park on sunny afternoons in June and July, sometimes dozing off while others kick footballs and crack open beers and listen to music out of their phones. It means colonising pub benches in the summer, enjoying the slow process of evening fading. It means always having too much to do, of being spoilt for choice.” Tom Gatehouse, Teacher.
“Apart from all the day to day pace, London is a place of cultural depth and diversity, innovation and history. Millions of different worlds contained within one city. Every day is an opportunity to discover a new one.” Jonny, Teacher.
“Learning a language isn’t just about learning some new words and grammar rules. It’s about learning another culture. It’s also a journey of self-discovery. Where best to do that in the world? London.” Ado, Teacher.
“I consider London my new home. I love its diversity, multiculturalism and from different backgrounds. In particular, I love its food markets and the fact that you can find food from anywhere in the world. And you can always find something fun to do.” Vesna, Teacher.
“London is a city I love living in because I can see or experience something new every day. No two days are the same in a city where there is something for everyone, 24/7. But the best part for me is the cosmopolitan nature of London. I bet you can find a teacher for almost every language that exists in this vibrant city.” Sally, Teacher & Social programme Organiser
“London is a city of unlimited things to do and a place where I can find unlimited excuses not to do them. A city with 70 Michelin-starred restaurants, and the Tesco Meal Deal. In galleries here, you can find some of the greatest works of art ever created by human hands, and under the bridges, some of the laziest graffiti to ever come out of a spray-paint can. It is my home, by choice, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.” Tom Miles, Teacher.