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Life Outside of London

Nov 20, 2017

Hello everyone, welcome back to this weekly British blog!

A lot of my students choose me for my accent. They tell me that they want to practise talking to a British person because, one day, they want to live in the UK. More specifically, they often say they want to move to London. 

I get it, London is great. It’s everything you could ever wish for all in one place. The lights, the big city, all that jazz.

I have never lived in London. To be honest, I’ve only visited London three times in my whole life. I’m not here to ruin your dreams of living in the Big Smoke (go for it!) … but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. 

Britain has so much to offer. Its people, its food, and its scenery all vary so drastically depending on where you are. I thought that this week, I would share a few of my favourite places to visit on the island of Great Britain - outside of London.


The Lake District

If you love walking in the hills (and don’t hate the rain), the lake district is heaven. As Elizabeth Bennett* describes, “What are men to rocks and mountains?” 

*recommended reading for full context: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*


Manchester is my home city. It’s the city my parents are from and I love it’s oddness and history. 


The sea is in my soul and fills my heart with joy. It also fills my belly with delicious Cornish pasties (yum yum!). Todays's photograph was taken sitting on a Cornish cliff side this last New Year's Day - so cold, so beautiful!




I’ve lived in Edinburgh for the last four years. I studied at the university here and loved every moment.


The home of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The Highlands are a hiker’s dream and they take my breath away (but sometimes also from the cold!)




A small island north of the Snowdonia mountain range. I have spent my happiest holidays here, cycling along the coast, eating ice cream and searching for fossils!


Unfortunately, I have never visited Ireland but how can a place called “The Emerald Isle’ not be beautiful? Hopefully, one day I can update this list with my thoughts on Ireland.


Thank you for reading! Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.


I get it = I understand

All that jazz = informal; to mean "and other similar things"

The Big Smoke = a nickname for London

To (not) be someone's cup of tea = To be to someone's taste; to like something (or not)

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