Lianne grew up in London and has spent most of her life there, besides her long-gone university days in Manchester and an adventure-filled stint spent globe-trotting. A busy freelance journalist, she is also mum to three young Londoners, born and bred.
Where I live:
I live in the borough of Barnet, at the far reaches of the Northern Line. It’s certainly not the pumping heart of London, but it has an abundance of beautiful green spaces for a calmer pace of life.
Best way to get around the city:
Unquestionably on public transport. London has a fantastic system, composed of buses, trams, underground and overground trains, as well as riverboats. There is also a great bike hire scheme (a.k.a. bike-sharing) if you’re brave enough to tackle the London roads.
Don’t leave without having:
A trip to somewhere farther afield: Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, the Lake District, or Edinburgh, Scotland, or beyond.
But the local favorite is really:
Hyde Park, a sprawling oasis of calm and beauty amid the mayhem of central London. You can easily switch off and while away the hours. Keep your eyes peeled for the park’s most unusual inhabitants: a flock of wild green parakeets.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
The huge variety of things to do on any given day, night or weekend — and the choice of cuisines on offer is truly global.