Compared to my twenty year old memories of London, the city of 2014 was almost unrecognisable, with the Southern end of the Thames completely reinvigorated and many familiar locations such as Victoria Station having been gutted and refurbished.
The food has radically improved and the city seems far more cosmopolitain and outward looking than I remembered. London is abuzz with new energy and seems to be undergoing something of a renaissance.
One of the things that truly struck me this time around, was that the Asian and West Indian Londoners had know taken their place within the mainstream, rather than the margins of the city. The British class system was also way less apparent, though admittedly, this time I was a tourist whereas previously I was living in a suburb, some twenty minutes tube journey beyond central London and mixing with a good number of ex-pats.
For anyone coming from a former British Colony, as I do, London instantly seems familiar, thanks to the nursery rhymes, literature and games such as monopoly, so it is not hard to feel at home, or fall in love with central London and the more visited parts of town.
There is just so much to do in London, that it is essential visitors to the city plan their time carefully and also plan for alternative indoor activities when inclement weather strikes, as it does, year round!
Fiona Ludbrook was born in Ballarat but spent much of her adult life as an educator in Melbourne.