One of the things you tend to forget about London is that you have to walk an awful lot. Yes you could take a Taxi but you would miss so much. Yesterday, my friend David and I spent most our time in the Tate Britain and the Royal Academy, taking the tube between the station and the venues yet we still managed to walk almost 10km (This is per my Apple Watch which is actually quite accurate).
London really is a city state apart from the rest of England and Britain. Many British people hate going there because of this but I find it energising and vibrant. I’ll give you one example…whilst waiting for our train home at St Pancras we sat in the Starbucks and watched the world go buy. As I waited to collect the over priced coffee I watched the Starbucks staff going about their business and I was struck by just how multinational they all were….it was much the same for the people sitting around in the store itself. Now, of course, St Pancras is slightly unusual in that it is the Eurostar hub but there was an energy there which is really lacking from other major European cities – for this I am using the very very unscientific methodology of travelling to other European cities on the Eurostar and its connections. This is one of the reasons why I find it really difficult to take seriously all these so called threats and inducements from other European cities to try and lure businesses away from London after Brexit. They city is much more than its constituent parts and London has a soul that I don’t think can easily be recreated in Frankfurt, Paris or even Berlin. Only time will tell if I am being self delusional.