Living in our cool new flat in London, which seems pretty modern and art deco in the photos, is not entirely unlike camping to a very spoiled southerner. Â Although we were really excited to have the big open ceiling in the living area and the cool little office space that closes off, I underestimated how much I would miss the plugs in the bathroom, shower curtain, microwave, dryer, dishwasher, freezer, double sink, and en suite master bathroom. Â I am determined to make the best of living like a Londoner, though. Â They do it. Â Why can’t I?!
We have (many) fewer square feet in our flat here than we did at our house in Smyrna, but we probably utilize the same amount of space. Â Hopefully this will train me to live with less or find more efficient uses of space and translate well into my future homemaking ventures. Â For now, it means no yard work and less to clean! Â It also means more frequent trips to the grocery and lots of laundry everywhere. Â Whew! Â I am going to have to get in a steady routine when I start working and I’ll have to show Drew the system when its time to share the chores.
I have gotten used to the street noise and no longer have trouble falling asleep to it. Â I am afraid, though, that the untrained ear might not be so easily lulled into slumber. Â There is also a lot of light from the street lights, and in the morning, the sun. Â Sometimes Drew and I wear our goofy sleep masks if we want to sleep in. Â I just bring these things up so that you can pack with them in mind. Â However, they do give out eye masks and ear plugs on your flight over. Â House shoes wouldn’t be a bad idea. Â The bedroom has carpet, but when you come out for your coffee the chilly floor might be a turn off.
For your vacationing pleasure (and the demands of daily life) we have located all of the following within a quick jaunt:
- Barbican and Farringdon Tube Stations (very close)
- Angel, Chancery Lane, Moorgate, Old Street, Liverpool Street, and St. Paul’s Tube Stations
- Bus Stops and an Oyster Card dealer
- Starbucks and Costa
- Pizza Express, several delis, a diner/cafe
- Dry Cleaner
- Grocery: express, regular, deluxe
- post office
- Theatre and Art Galleries
- Art Store
- Famous Restaurant: Dans Le Noir
- Within approximately a mile: The Vue cinema, NEXT, Gap, Monsoon, United Colors of Benetton, Borders