After nearly four years living in London, we returned to the U.S. today. Here’s what I’ll miss:

1, Pub lunches with the family

2, the Jubilee Line

3, Match of the Day

4, Nunhead Cemetery


5, “flytipping”

6, Two hours to Paris

7, Borough Market

8, Graham Norton

9, the Jamaica Wine House in the City

10, riding fixed wheel cycles at the Herne Hill Velodrome


11, Yannick Bolasie

12, day trips to Brighton

13, adventure playgrounds

14, canoeing on the Dart

15,  the Oval tube station

16, running through Dulwich Woods

17, “could do”

18, Ocado

19, Peckham Plex

20, Holmesdale Fanatics


21, The Heber Parents Disco

22, the Evening Standard

23, watching my daughter rider her scooter down Crystal Palace Road to school

24, lunch at White Cross Street market

25, Paolo Ucello at The National Gallery


26, wolfing down pasties on the train home

27, sunset at 10 in June

28, the view from the top of Canonbie Road

29, “faffing about”

30,  running along the canals in Birmingham

31, The Richard Serra at Liverpool Street Station

32, watching the moon through the skylights of our flat

33, weekends in Vienna

34, blue plaques


35, Cambridge

36, blackberry picking in Dulwich Park

37, climbing Ben Nevis with my son

38, date night at Franklin’s

39, “can’t be arsed”

40, Foyles Bookstore

41, sunrise from our flat


42. Haunch of Venison Yard

43, “Stand in the Rain and Stand in the Sun, We are South London’s Number One”

44, Ye Olde Mitre, London’s oldest pub (allegedly), in Holborn

45, the canals of Paddington Basin

46, Southwark Tigers Rugby

47, The Olympics

48, St. Pancras Station

49, “a right barney”

50, The Walkie Talkie, the Cheese Grater and the Gherkin


51, Bath

52, Forbidden Planet

53, Christmas Curry

54, lunch at an Oxford college

55, concerts at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

56, “sorted”

58, Bird-in-Bush Road


59, track & field on television

60, the V&A

61, Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday

62, Joel Ward


63, heated towel racks

64, Snowdonia

65, Peckham’s car-park bars

66, SE22

67, “pootling”

Here’s what I won’t miss:

1, Elephant & Castle

2, roundabouts

3, TV tax

4, the Northern Line


5, trying to find a bin

6, cling warp

7, “hiya”

8, the 176 night bus

9, Theresa May