I have been wanting to visit Kew Gardens since moving back to London around a year and a half ago. Exploring its grounds and conservatories is one of my fondest memories of living in London as a child. I decided it was finally time and planned a trip for my birthday last weekend. My distant childhood memories had created some huge expectations but the gardens exceeded every one of them, helped along by the fact it was such a beautifully sunny day.
I’ve lived in London three times in my life. I was born here and lived here until I was eight when my family moved to Dorset. I moved back after graduating and I was here for most of a year, but left at the first chance and moved to Brighton… That didn’t really work out and I was back in London after a year. I’ve now been back for around a year and a half and it’s safe to say I have a very love/hate relationship with living here.
I mostly think I hate it, but I’m starting to wonder if it’s more my circumstances than the city itself. And as I’m going to be here for the foreseeable future, I reckon it’s about time I start making the most of London’s good bits so I see it for more than just overpriced everything and squashing yourself against strangers on the morning commute, so here are some things I’m looking forward to doing this year.