London Love Story

London is open...

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Times are tricky. We’re still recovering from a certain shock US election and our divorce from Europe is on the horizon. But despite all the doom and gloom, London remains open.

TNT loves to travel but no matter where we roam, we retain a soft spot for the English capital. And for good reason for in London, there is always something to do. You have everything you want in terms of activity and accessibility. Every week a new (independent, naturally) bar or restaurant is opening.

The city also offers a cornucopia of world class carnivals, museums and art galleries in addition to gorgeous gardens and parks, meaning it’s nigh on impossible to get bored.

Of course, critics counter that the city gets crowded and can be costly (true, but the same could be said of any metropolis) not to mention lonely but, here at TNT towers, we've never understood that argument. Next time you’re in town, look around: you’ll find that you’re surrounded by Londoners - aka some of the most interesting, outgoing and open people on the planet.

Londoners are people who want to participate in life, with many having moved to the big smoke so as to escape their humdrum hometowns.

On any given day, expect to find the Windrush generation interacting with immigrants from India, Asian neighbourhoods juxtaposed alongside Jewish communities – and Poles working alongside Portuguese. Very few places on the planet opens its arms, to so many...

Or, in the words of British fashion designer and businesswoman, Vivienne Westwood, "There's nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere."

Here's why we think London is just capital:

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Food at Brick Lane Market credit: LanceB

Food glorious food

London caters to every pocket and palate. Blow the budget in an acclaimed Jason Atherton restaurant or spend a fiver eating from a food truck at the upcoming Night Market, a bustling outdoor dining experience organised by the London Evening Standard, that will take place over 12 evenings in June - it's your call.

The cosmopolitan mix

London is one of the most diverse destinations in the world: 37 per cent of the population were born outside the UK and over 300 languages are spoken.

Shop to it

From the shopping mecca that is Selfridges to the flagship Topshop and markets such as Spitalfields and Portobello, London’s shops rock.

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Park Life, Hyde Park, London credit: AndyJarvis

Park life

Thirty per cent of the capital is given over to green space so wherever you find yourself in the city, a leafy retreat is never far away.

Fab theatre

London’s theatre land is the best in the world. Whether you want to see a straight play like The Ferryman or a musical such as Book of Mormon or Beautiful, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

See TNT's review of The Ferryman here.

London knows how to party

The Royal Wedding, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, London 2012 Olympics... we could continue, but you get the gist. All were London based celebrations that were enjoyed, in recent years, by people all over the planet.

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Notting Hill Carnival credit: AmyLaughinghouse

And how to put on a world class festival

The Notting Hill Carnival – aka Europe’s largest street party – takes place annually over the August bank holiday. It’s a colourful riot of reggae and rum. And the best bit? Everyone is invited!

Escaping is easy

Should you need to leave London, it’s easy to do so. The capital is home to five international airports and the main Eurostar terminal. Paris for the weekend? We say oui.

Last word

But don't just take our word for it... over to Benjamin Disraeli, the British politician and writer who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

“London is a roost for every bird.”

Benjamin Disraeli

Words by Kaye Holland