This outstanding article is currently top of the FT’s most read list. Check it!
As a born and bred Londoner, I’m proud of my home city, although I have not lived there for twenty-five years. Many times, I have returned to London after extended periods overseas and it always seems to both delight and disappoint at the same time. Perhaps, as a visitor I can see more clearly the changes?
London is one of the world’s great cities. But unfortunately, it is a city of extremes, as highlighted in the FT article. For ordinary working and middle class families, London has become almost prohibitively expensive – certainly for millennials. You probably need to be seriously wealthy or have a very high income to appreciate the best of London.
Much as I love London, I’m generally glad to leave because of the pollution and sky-high prices. See in a related blog that Londoners are now likely to die prematurely because of poor air quality.
Let’s hope London does not become like Beijing.