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To be sick of London?

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schoolrunner2000 Tue 19-Mar-13 21:55:13

I know the old phrase..."to be tired of London is to be tired of life" and I'm not tired of life in the slightest, I'm just so annoyed at lots of petty things about London that never bothered me when I lived up North (up until last year).

- I'm sick of the really rude and aggressive London drivers...what gives them the right to tailgate and cut you up and refuse to signal and generally drive like they want to cause an accident?! I have to actively avoid an accident at least twice every single fricking day in my way to work and back. That's 10 hours a week of being scared for my's like I'm in the bloody army to avoid some of those cars
- I'm sick of not being able to stay out after 12am as that's when the Tube closes and it's nearly impossible to get home otherwise.
- The High Street is about 6 miles away and it's rubbish...Oxford St and the other big shopping centres are a nightmare to get through the crush.
- I get so excited when I hear another old Uni friend is moving to London, only to find that "London" means anywhere within a 40-mile radius and actually it was quicker and cheaper to visit them on the train up North than it is to see any of them now.
- Cashiers are really actively unfriendly at times and noone has time for a greeting, let alone a chat.
- £10 for a double vodka and coke!! £4 for a pint!!!
- Every single bar and pub I've been in Central London has been so full there's no room to stand inside, let alone get a seat, let alone hear your friend talk.

There's others...I'm just not seeing the glamour I thought I would see when I moved here. Thank God for London-born DP or I would have retreated long ago. I feel really disloyal now :\

DialsMavis Tue 19-Mar-13 22:15:29

I'm zone 3 smile

squeakytoy Tue 19-Mar-13 22:15:38

Night buses take a tiny fraction of the time that the same route does during the day, so thats not a really fair comment.

WeightyKaty Tue 19-Mar-13 22:16:38

Agreed RFLmum

DialsMavis Tue 19-Mar-13 22:16:44

All the bars are shit in the centre though surely, like every city

MrsDoomsPatterson Tue 19-Mar-13 22:16:48

God I miss London.

Yes, go back North - it's soooo different up there.

Misses London even more.

schoolrunner2000 Tue 19-Mar-13 22:16:52

1 hour commute by car to work and back again. It's a lot of time on London suburb roads...I did the same commute near Newcastle but that was mainly on the A1 so it wasn't half as bad.

I do love the Tube system...once you're in the centre of London it's amazing how quick you can zip around. I guess I just find it hard getting in and out!

Bogeyface Tue 19-Mar-13 22:17:25

why are you driving for 10 hrs a week?

Cos her commute is an hour each way?

Is this a trick question?

WorraLiberty Tue 19-Mar-13 22:17:37

While we're generalising OP

You are wearing a flat cap right now and surrounded by whippets aren't you? grin

idiuntno57 Tue 19-Mar-13 22:18:04

a few years ago when they updated the phone system it was the accepted opinion that an 020 7 number meant London. 020 8 was the burbs

HTH grin

Mintyy Tue 19-Mar-13 22:18:43

Where do you live thats 15 miles from the centre but still London? You live in Greater London.

Am interested to hear about other cities that have all night bus services and affordable taxis to 15 miles away.

montmartre Tue 19-Mar-13 22:19:15

You want rude shop staff? Move to Paris...

Last I heard though, UK was a free country, and one may choose to live almost anywhere one chooses.

AKissIsNotAContract Tue 19-Mar-13 22:19:41

Zone 5 isn't proper London.

Having said that, I too got tired of London and moved from zone 2 to Brighton.

HollaAtMeBaby Tue 19-Mar-13 22:19:47

Zone 5? Nothing glamorous about that. You don't actually live in London! YABU.

MrsDoomsPatterson Tue 19-Mar-13 22:20:44

15 miles out, in London terms, is waaaay out!!!

DialsMavis Tue 19-Mar-13 22:20:52

My SIL thought 0207 was home and 0208 was business, she couldn't understand why I kept calling her from work even late at night gringringrin. I thought the number in the postcode related to how near to central London you were. I lived here around a year before someone patiently explained its alphabetical. blush grin blush grin

squeakytoy Tue 19-Mar-13 22:21:32

an hour commute each way isnt really all that bad either..

Viviennemary Tue 19-Mar-13 22:21:37

You just need a change. I am sick of living in a quiet place and hope to move eventually. But there are rude inconsiderate drivers everywhere not to mention other road users.

Bogeyface Tue 19-Mar-13 22:22:01

Why do people say Parisians are rude? They are far nicer than Londoners ime! The nice traffic warden I ever met was in the centre of Paris who let me park for free when I couldnt work out the frankly ridiculous parking rules when I needed to get some food shopping. She said it was fine, she wouldnt give me a ticket as long as I was quick, she even guided me back into the mental traffic!

500internalerror Tue 19-Mar-13 22:23:12

I don't think the number of miles out counts, its just how quick you can get into the centre!

schoolrunner2000 Tue 19-Mar-13 22:23:55

Hm. Maybe I should change the title to "to be sick of Greater London" since the centre has many attractions I just never get to appreciate fully!

I do miss the countryside sad if only the countryside had jobs, and DP's college course, I'd move back in a heartbeat. I thought a year would be long enough to turn into a townie!

MrsDoomsPatterson Tue 19-Mar-13 22:24:11

The thing is, there are proper lovelies and proper arses absolutely everywhere!

idiuntno57 Tue 19-Mar-13 22:25:12

lets face it saying Zone 5 is London is like talking about Luton London Airport.

just bollocks

WorraLiberty Tue 19-Mar-13 22:26:41

Exactly MrsDoom and for anyone to think otherwise, would make them very ignorant indeed imo.

schoolrunner2000 Tue 19-Mar-13 22:28:01

This is going to be TMI, but why when you blow your nose after a Tube journey is it black, and is that something to be worried about? :\ (I'm being serious!)

DialsMavis Tue 19-Mar-13 22:28:30

I sort of agree about the night buses. I live in Ealing and wanted to go out in Farringdon. The journey home would have involved 5 buses and taken 2 hours. But that's my fault for still liking sweaty nightclubs but living in the naice leafy burbs for the DC

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