Loving London

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A poll by the Institute of Public Policy has revealed that the majority of the capital’s dwellers consider themselves to be Londoners first and foremost and English second.

Around four out of five Londoners confessed that they feel either “very proud” or “fairly proud” to be a Londoner, while 68 percent feel proud to be English.

As a lifelong Londoner, it’s something I can identify with. When asked where I am from, I always inevitably answer: London. I don’t mean to knock the rest of Britain – I am sure it’s not all grim up north. However surely it says something when the North’s most famous sons and daughters no longer choose to stay in their home towns. Case in point? Liverpool’s Cilla Black lives in Belgravia while the Gallagher brothers can be found hanging out in Primrose Hill and Cheryl Cole has swapped her native Newcastle for London.

Sure London has its problems – as the riots of summer 2011 showed only too well – and it can be insanely expensive, but the bottom line is this: it’s still the greatest city in the world. Or as Samuel Johnson once said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”

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