“And marbled clouds go scudding by
The many-steepled London sky.”
― John Betjeman
“I drive a motorbike, so there is the whiff of the grim reaper round every corner, especially in London.”
― Benedict Cumberbatch
“I met a British guy over in Sydney a few years back. So I left Uni and came here to be with him. I don’t regret my decision, not at all – I was following my dream when I was studying in Sydney, and once I met him I went with my gut. I’d strongly encourage anyone to follow their intuition in the same way; because if it feels right, then the rest will work itself out.
And, well, I’ve move here and we’re engaged now, so things have worked out really well. I only see better things to look forward to”
“I met them all though my ex-boyfriend. So it shows you really can find your best friends through any possible means!”
I teach in Cork to make sure I can pay the bills and that let’s me work on my music and perform at gigs. I just finished working on my first album actually; so the last two months have been full on. It will be on Spotify soon.
Ivan, 23 and Francesca, 24
He should be on one of these trains coming from Stratford. But I don’t know which one, I know it is soon.
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How we met, you can answer this, you’ll be good at this stuff.
I guess I should be, maybe, I’m studying film. The two of us met in a job interview. When I arrived to London, she had been here for one year already. And we were in the same interview group. But first we became friends for a long time, maybe 3 years. In the last 5 months we started seeing each other. In the future, I would want to become a Director, that is the dream, and London is the best for me to do it – I’m still close to Italy too, so it’s the best place for me.
We are both bartenders and we work as freelancer for techno parties when we have free time. I came to London because is a vibrant city and I can express my self as an individual. I feel like I can make my dreams come through in this city, I feel free to do what I want to do and be myself 100%.
- I grew up in Birmingham and I’ve managed to lose the accent after studying in London. People always seem to be pretty happy to hear that.
- I wouldn’t really go out much back home, but here, I find that I’m always doing things and wanting to go somewhere. Even after 4 months I still have a long list of what I want to see in London.
- There is such a big pub culture here – I’m an architect, so I had a lot of years of studying, being a student, and now I work and I find a lot of people don’t seem to do much on the weekend or with free time. Especially if you live a short distance from your work, it’s easy to forget what’s around you. Sometime’s there’s days I leave work and go home and wonder what to do. Then I have to remind myself that Shoreditch is right next door to me and there’s so much I can do. When I start to feel comfortable, that’s when I know I really need to pull my head out and just do something, explore, and that’s why my list helps.
- I always knew I wanted to move – whenever you hear about a big act coming to UK, it’s always in places like London, New York, the usual. And I could never understand – people would be so chilled about seeing famous people. My friend works at Harrods and would just tell me ‘I saw David Beckham today’ and I would think what, how can you be so chill about it. It’s crazy.
- One of my best experiences so far was when my friend got me into London Fashion Week. That was amazing – the people there live in a completely different reality. One person I got speaking to turned out be the guy who supplied champagne for the whole event, and he was telling me how he owned a number of vineyards in France. I couldn’t even imagine what his life is like. Meeting these people was so eye-opening, and I’ve only been here a few months!
Ruth & Oli
- We’re both from a small town called Bradford-upon-Avon. And we knew each other vaguely all those years ago.. I had a bit of a crush on him I think, He’s a bit older than me, but I just always thought he was really cool.
- (Me: I can tell.. He looks it!)
- …you mean the ‘looking older’ bit, right? haha
- I live in London and work as a producer, one day I walked into one of the local libraries when I was location scouting.
- Once every week, I volunteer at a community library nearby. And so this one day, she came in and I recognised her… I couldn’t place from where, but I just had the sense that I knew her
- …oh i knew straight away, and had a big smile on my face. So we got talking a bit but didn’t meet again for a while.
- She left me smiling… I really wanted to see her again and thought about her a lot. But I was out of the country so much – I had already planned my year so tightly without factoring something like this happening.
There were times I flew back to London and I would have to get straight on a train elsewhere. We’d grab a cup of coffee outside her work or at a train station if we were lucky! Eventually, after returning from a trip to Indonesia, Ruth came to meet me at the airport and we took the sleeper train together to Glasgow, and it just clicked really. We knew there was a connection. That was 7 months ago now.
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