When I think of London I think about home, born and raised in Greenwich I had the pleasure of a London education, from supporting Charlton Athletic to being raised next door to the Thames Barrier and Woolwich Arsenal.
They may sound like insignificant names, but they opened my eyes to a diverse history that this beautiful city has bursting out of it.
As a child in Greenwich I was also able to learn about the history of the Cutty Sark, as well as travel on the DLR when it first opened.
It is these seemingly un-important events, along with several trips to many of London’s wonderful theatres, museums, art galleries and parks that helped to shape my education of British and world history and turned me into the adult that I am today.
London is the greatest city in the world, although I would argue it’s not because of the Houses of Parliament, or Buckingham Palace, but because of the truly beautiful architecture that surrounds the city and the diverse backgrounds that create the London society.
My favourite view of London can be found on the middle of Waterloo Bridge, looking out across the Thames, and viewing the stunning design of the City, a sight which I find breathtaking regardless of the weather.
London is also one of the most innovative cities in the world when it comes to culture, a fact the creative industries remind us of every day as we turn on the Radio or TV to discover which Hollywood star is filming their latest movie in the city or which major band is performing at one of our many venues.
If that wasn’t enough, every year London offers a platform to some of the most passionate people in the world, from hosting charitable events such as the incredible London Marathon right through to giving passionate groups the opportunity to protest on behalf of causing ranging from Top- up Fees to the Iraq War.
I grew up and live in London and I can’t think of another city in the world that has more to offer than our capital, so I ask readers of The Collective Review, what are you favourite parts of this great capital city of ours?