As a born and bred Londoner I am fantastically defensive of the city. I love both it's intimacy and it's ability to provide you with complete anaonymity depending on how the mood takes you.
When I was a kid my mother used to tell me, that when you're walking around London always look up, all the good stuff is on the roofs. It's absolutely true and next time you're in the centre of town do it, it'll pay dividends I guarantee you. The other thing is, if you can avoid it never get on a tube, there is no point you will have a far better time walking.
The following are just a few of the reasons why I love London.
1. Walking across Waterloo bidge at dawn in the summer and stopping to look both ways
2. Sitting on the benches in the rookery on Streatham Common on a cold winter's day
3. Taking a stroll across the millennium bridge from Bankside Power Station to St Pauls
4. Standing on Parliament Hill and looking across the city on a clear sunny day.
5. Visiting the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park in high summer
6. Walking across Wandsworth Common to work on a clear spring morning and watching the swans with their new born cygnets.
7. Tumbling straight out of Fabric at 7am and going on to Trade at Turnmills until 2pm - the best clubbing double header on earth
8. Staying at the St Martin's Lane for the hell of it, despite the fact you're 4 miles from home
9. The film and supper club at the Charlotte Street Hotel, preferably to watch 'It's a Wonderful Life'
10. Eating at Chez Bruce the finest most unpretentious restaurant in christendom
11. Singalong Sound of Music at the Prince Charles in Leicester Square, the campest night out ever.
12. Walking the South Bank from Vauxhall to Greenwich
13. Cycling in Ham and pretending you're in the country
14. Star spotting at J.Sheekey - forget the Ivy this is where you're more likely to spot someone famous.
15. Bloody marys and shepherd's pie at the Grenadier just off Sloane Street
16. Walking through Belgravia and realising what a stunningly prosperous country we live in.
17. The Dublin castle, The Brixton Academy, The Balham Kitchen and Bar, Lupo, The Duke of Devonshire, The Bedford to name oh so few
19. Skateboarders at the NFT
20. Rollerbladers in Hyde Park
21. Dulwich gallery
22. The Polka Theatre
23. Walking up Whitehall with Nelson in your sights
24. Being astounded by the Palace of Westminster every time you see it.
25. The guilded grasshopper on top of the Royal Exchange
26. Fresh chorizo sandwiches from Borough Market
27. Buying a ridiculously expensive tailored suit in Jermyn Street
28. Looking down on the Gerkin from Tower 42
29. Sinking Stellas sitting on Clapham Common in high summer watching a movie on the big screen
30. High summer at Brockwell lido
31. Boat parties in Little Venice
32. Being able to get away to the country when you need to
Of course there are thousands more, but hey I like to keep some things a secret.