London is definitely the city to go to if you want to meet a variety of different people with different opinions. It may seem like everything is pure bliss in the area to the millions of tourists who flock to get here, the case is completely different for its residents who have a love-hate relationship with the capital. I interview a man on what gets him going and what get under his skin about London.
Who are you?
My name is Damian. I am 26 years old and I live 10 minutes away from Elephant & Castle. I work at my dad’s MOT just north of the river and I am a part-time layabout. Ha!
Is London all that it’s cracked up to be?
That’s a hard one! There are days where I just hate London and I just want to get away from the noise, pollution, and unfriendly passersby and then there are days where, even though I have lived here all my life, I am still in awe at what this city can do.
For someone who rarely or never goes to London, yeah, it’s amazing and I completely understand that. There are a lot of things to do here and there are so many opportunities here for so many fields of profession. If you want to be a circus act, you’re sorted. If you want to be a lawyer for the famous, you’re minted.
But for someone who lives here, sometimes you can’t get past the traffic jams, underground train problems, and crowded pavements. It really does feel like you can’t get pure peace and quiet, there is always something going on.
Where is the best place to eat?
How can I pick? There is so much to choose from! My favourite place to go is this little Caribbean shop right near the Elephant & Castle station. They make the best jerk chicken and rice I have ever had! A close second is probably this Indian restaurant called Dishoom near Leicester Square; they’re the reason why I am so in love with a good old-fashioned chicken curry.
Where is the worst place to eat?
Oh! This could get me in trouble. If I’m being honest, never eat any food from a pub. I won’t name names but I’ve had one too many illnesses from dodgy meat pies.
Where is the best place to take a date out?
I’d probably suggest, take a girl out to a nice meal at Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Nothing fancy, just something to get the job done. Then take her for a stroll in Hyde Park and rent one of the pedal boat things. But if you want something crazier then take her out to XOYO; it has a really great atmosphere to really let go of your inhibitions.
Where is the worst place to take a date out?
Westfield in Stratford or Oxford Street. I mean you can but only if you want your date to be a party of 1,000,000 than a party of 2.
What is the best thing to do in London?
It might sound corny but definitely all the tourist sites in London. I’ve never been to many of them but I definitely want to. I should start planning now! I’d also suggest booking a concert ticket for any singer at the O2. I went to a Justin Bieber concert a few years ago and mind you, I ain’t not belieber but the whole experience was definitely great… I took my sister to the concert; it wasn’t for my pleasure!
What is the worst thing to do in London?
Taking any form of commute during rush hour, which is between 4 and 6. Should be called ‘rush hours’. Plural.
Any final words?
Don’t take my opinions as facts. The great thing about London is that what I dislike could be what someone else loves. There is always something for everyone.