One of the most stressful things about living in London - apart from the cost - is commuting.
No matter how long you've lived here, no matter how many times you've had a stranger's armpit in your face, it's never fun. Though over time, you get used to it and eventually reach pro level status. But if you're new to London, it can be quite daunting. As I imagine it would be in any city.

Here's some completely serious tips on how to successfully navigate through London:

  • If you're walking and there's people behind you, don't suddenly stop. (Not really a tip but it's annoying)
  • If the Tube is super packed, I wouldn't get a seat unless it's by the doors. It's a pain if you're in the middle of the carriage as people don't tend to move. Barge if necessary.
  • If you get lost, like seriously lost, just head towards Central London. Everywhere leads there.
  • Speaking of Central London, if you're in Oxford Circus and want to get to a specific shop i.e you don't want to browse, use the back roads.

  • Use the buses as often as you can. You can't always rely on the Tube so knowing the bus routes can help.
  • Check if there's a football match on and at what time so you can avoid the hooligans. ESPECIALLY when it's a Derby e.g. if Arsenal are at home to Spurs, then the Piccadilly line is to be avoided.
  • Avoid Kings Cross station whenever possible. It'll shave a good 10-15 minutes walk off your journey.
  • Go to Leicester Square station if you want to go to Covent Garden. It's literally a minute walk away. The lifts at CG are always crazy and the stairs are even crazier.
  • If you manage to find one of those rare moments when the Overground isn't delayed or cancelled and it's along your journey, take it! It's quite nice to be above ground sometimes 

Final tip: If there's a Tube strike and you've got work in the morning, good luck :)

As my Tumblr would suggest (shameless plug), I'm quite the graffiti (or street art) fan.
I don't actively hunt for it but my camera rarely has an outing without the odd street art snap.
All taken in the East side - *cue Drake*

🎶 Spendin' all my days on the Eastside oh 
Forgettin' who I was on the other side oh 🎶

With the number of pale grey office blocks, overpriced cafés and “affordable” housing on the rise, it's refreshing to see that there's still life left in this concrete jungle.

LDN: Street Art in the East.

As my Tumblr would suggest (shameless plug) , I'm quite the graffiti (or street art) fan. I don't actively hunt for it but ...