Does anybody actually read these ‘About’ pages? They are almost always boring, and really this one is no exception. Honestly, the last thing the web needs is another blog or site about London, right? Well unfortunately for you dear reader, I’ve decided to throw my hat in the ring and create a blog about the random things I see walking around London; along with other pieces of random London news, trivia, and information.
So who am I? My name is Ian Wright and I’m a
29 30 year old Canadian expat living London. I moved here with my wife in September 2010, and have been exploring some the different parts of city ever since.
I’d walked across large sections of London in the 15 months before I created this blog. However, I found that I want to start exploring London a bit more systematically, and far more importantly, I wanted a place to document the experience. This is part of the reason I’ve decided to walk all the tube lines in London.
In my opinion London is the greatest city on earth. It is the perfect combination of the historic being juxtaposed with the modern; with great pubs, restaurants, attractions, etc. thrown in for good measure. I’ve been lucky to see as much of it as I have, but there is always the feeling that there is so much more to see. In a very real sense London is an unknowable city, no matter how hard you may try, you can never visit all of it. Though I am going to give it my best shot!
I’m going to document my experience with random photos of things and places that I find interesting. In addition to these I will likely add the odd commentary about London life, interesting information from other London blogs, and other random facts I learn about London.
I should just state for the record that I do not consider myself a photographer. I’m using a
simple Sony DSC-T5 Cybershot slightly less simple point and shoot Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V, both because it is extremely light and because it’s what I currently own.
Moreover, all photos posted to this site appear ‘as is’. That means I don’t do any cropping, changing of lighting levels or any photoshop type changes of any kind. If I don’t like a photo I just delete it. Given the number of walks I plan to do, there should still be plenty of good ones left over.
While we’re on the subject of photography, I should also mention that I aim to take photos of things a little off the beaten (tourist) path. That doesn’t mean I won’t ever include pictures of major tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s, Tower Bridge, etc., but that these are not the main focus of the blog. I want to try and show the unique aspects of each part of London I visit, good, bad and boring. If nothing else this blog should serve as somewhat eccentric historic record of London from the first few years of the second decade of the 21st century.
I’m open to featuring work by other London based writers, bloggers and photographers. I’m not going to go out of my way to get other people to contribute to this site, but am always happy to add content that I think fits well here. I may also feature sponsored photos and other London information as a way to help pay for this site. Don’t worry though, these posts will be clearly marked and won’t occur too frequently.
Finally, as much as possible I try to explore London by foot. In my opinion this is the only way to properly experience a city. With that in mind, I’ve decided to take on the Tube in my Randomly v. The Tube Challenge. To find out how it’s going please see my Tube Challenge Page.
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Welcome to London , Ian. I know you have been here from 2010, but welcome anyway! I am noisy so love reading profiles. Glad to have found your blog. Enjoy your long walks. How do you plot your route?
Well either one of two ways: I either just go for a wander or with the tube I just use City Mapper and my phone.
What a wonderful challenge you set for yourself! Thank you for sharing — I came across it from a blog post by my friend Yannick Pucci and am so glad I did. Best, Daisy
Thank you very much for your kind words.
You’ve created an incredible resource for people moving to London and your exploration of the city is impressive!
My wife and I are former expats and created GoodMigrations to help others moving abroad. We’ve just launched expat guides for cities around the world that include detailed neighborhood profiles. We’re looking for tips from real expats for London neighborhoods (like this example for Angel: https://goodmigrations.com/city-guides/london/angel) and we’d love to feature you, so if there are any areas you’re passionate about and would like to share a tip for please let me know.
I also want to share a resource we made that you may be interested in sharing with your readers. The London neighborhood explorer (https://goodmigrations.com/city-guides/neighborhood-explorer/london) makes it really easy to find a London neighborhood based on budget, amenities, and location.
Very cool guides. I will likely be in touch soon to add some thoughts.
Hope you and your family are safe and well.
Just came across to your blog a very helpful for the people looking to move to London.
Thanks for sharing.