Issue 3 - London
IT’S ALL ABOUT LONDON
I’ve been living in London for just over 3 years now. My English husband lured me over from New York City and though I by no means can claim I’ve cracked it, from my experience of living here and after all of the research we put into this issue, I can now say I know a few things to be true about London.
1. It is not ‘just like New York City only with a British accent.’
2. The food is infinitely better than any reputation (good or bad) I’ve heard it has.
3. The London we see on TV and read about in the newspapers is completely different from the city that I live and work in.
4. It takes a long time to get to know it, just like the Londoners who live in it.
Though it isn’t war torn like Sarajevo or facing the huge economic crisis that Detroit is, London has its problems and the further we got on this issue, the deeper we found they run. But the thing that continually amazed us was the number of people with enough passion and energy to do something about them. Whether it is capturing moments on film from both sides of the recession, working at a youth club in the evenings after training for the Olympics, or setting up an organization to educate the residents of Peckham about local issues, these people work hard. Yes, London has some big challenges on its plate, but it also has the best people for the job, and these are the things we wanted to share.
When my friends and family come here to visit, my tour-guiding rarely leads them to the typical historic London spots. It’s because the expected route to Big Ben and Buckingham Palace doesn’t resemble the London I want to show them. What I hope we captured is something closer to the real essence of London and the people living here.
Erin Spens, Editor