Hi everyone and happy April! As you may have noticed, I decided to stop posting twice a week and go back to posting solely on Mondays. Now, I know that I am late with my Monday post, but the last few weeks have been a bit hectic – I’m finishing up my Master’s project and packing for moving out (eek!). Yes, you read that right, I’ve officially decided to leave London for some months and I will be moving out of my dream apartment in Mayfair tomorrow!
Now, anyone who knows me or has been to my place knows that I love Mayfair, I love being in the centre of all the craziness of London and I love my apartment. It has definitely been my dream home and I will miss it very much when I start looking for a new place to live in. However, it wasn’t necessarily my choice to leave the place, and there’s no point in dwelling on things you can’t change, so I’ve decided to list my top 3 reasons why I can’t wait to leave Mayfair. (But hold your horses, I will buy a flat here in the future – mark my words! 😉 )
1. My House Was Making Me Sick
I moved into my current place November 2015 and started noticing eczema on my hands around March. I’m someone who’s no stranger to autoimmune conditions – I have a multitude of food allergies and acne, and originally I thought my eczema was related to some foods that I was eating. I do keep a pretty healthy diet so it has been really frustrating for me to figure out what exactly I was doing wrong and what my body was trying to tell me. Around December last year I was also diagnosed with psoriasis and it just seemed like there was no end to my health woes – daily life was just getting more and more painful (literally) and I was on anti-histamines constantly. It wasn’t until my friend Marinka stayed over at my place during London Fashion Week and had a huge eczema breakout around her eyes that I became more and more convinced that it could have been the house that was causing the majority of my pains (see her eczema vlog here)! As is common to a lot of houses in London, our apartment has a fitted carpet, and I really think there must have been something growing there!
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2. You Never Get To Leave Central
One of the best parts of living in Mayfair is that everything is 20 minutes away. I have become so spoilt that even going to London Bridge to my campus (which is 5 stops away on the tube) felt like the longest journey – the norm was 3 stops max, always. BUT, living in central has it’s downsides too. I lived on Maddox Street, which is essentially in the middle of Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street, making it possibly THE MOST polluted area to live in EVER! And, you might have guessed it: the crowds never stopped. You were always in the middle of all the tourists, all the weekend shoppers and all the people going to fancy clubs. My local Sainsbury’s was opposite Nobu and the Ritz, so going to buy my toilet paper in my joggers was always hilarious.
I think that if you are a commuter you get to appreciate the beauty of London a little more – you need to have your peace and quiet every now and then. I’ve been stuck in the city for the past two summers and haven’t really had the chance to get out, which is why I feel a bit tired of it. As my friend Sabrina put it: “If you work in central, you don’t want to live in central.”
(Unless you get to travel lots, of course!)
3. You’re Constantly Running Out Of Money
My last point is not exclusive to my living situation – my rent was actually very affordable for the area, and for London in general (£900 pcm). It’s more of a reflection of what it is like for students here. My brother goes to university in Estonia, and we both receive the same amount of money in grants per month from our government. By the end of each month, he’s managed to save more than half of what he’s granted, where as I am living on rice in order to make it to the next one. Living in London you kind of just accept the prices as they are and don’t question them too much, but whenever I go back home I can get by spending €9 on a fancy meal + wine in a nice restaurant (e.g. here ), plus the public transport is free (!!!). London is my favourite city in the world and probably always will be, but the living standard isn’t great when you compare it to the rest of Europe. (Granted, there is more to do here which makes it all worth it.)
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On another note, even though I’m moving away from London temporarily, I will still be back every 3 weeks or so to do my exams, go to prom and graduate, so you’re likely to continue seeing the same content on here! 🙂 My plan is to move back permanently end of July/beginning of August, so tell me: What neighbourhood should I move to next?! What do you think is the best neighbourhood in London in terms of value for price?
I personally love the West: the architecture is great, the people seem nice and it’s clean. What I don’t like is that it’s so far from everywhere – if you live in Fulham and work in the East, you will probably spend about 2 hours per day on commute, which isn’t ideal! And on the contrary, if you want to live in the East or nearer to the East, you get the opposite: shorter commutes but the housing may not be as nice, and it’s definitely not as clean! Sometimes I feel like finding the perfect neighbourhood in London is pretty much impossible – what do you think?