ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Travel and Places»
  • Visiting Europe»
  • United Kingdom»
  • England

Living In London, England: You Know You’re A Londoner When….

Updated on March 20, 2013

The Signs That Show Your Adopted City Has Become Your Home

You don’t have to be born in London to be a Londoner. A sizable proportion of people living in London, England have moved here, from not only other parts of the UK but also from nearly all parts of the world. Becoming a Londoner is a process of adopting the city and a feeling of the city belonging to you, rather than one of heritage or birthright. This ‘adoption’ process is quite unusual, only occurring in a few other major cities in the world, New York being a good example. It is part of what makes London what it is. It wonderfully creates a world culture within the city, embracing uniqueness in its diversity.

The realisation that you have become one of the locals is different for each person but there are some common signs, that many share, that reveal that London has become your home and your identity.

View from the London Eye
View from the London Eye
Houses Of Parliment
Houses Of Parliment
Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge, London | Source

So what are the signs that you have become a Londoner?

Nothing surprises you. You have got used to seeing celebrities out and about and you don’t get at all excited when you see them. It’s more a case of “oh yeah, she works around here, I think. I see her all the time”. This is while your friend, visiting from outside the city, is hyperventilating with excitement at spotting someone who appears regularly on TV.

You’re not surprised at what people wear. There is such a mix of everything in London that nothing is actually unusual. A large crowd of mouse costume wearing individuals outside of London would be a major event. But in the capital, they draw just half looks from the locals who would be doing nothing much more than wondering what this latest demonstration or advertising campaign is about. Anyway, A real Londoner doesn’t have time to stop and stare, far too busy!

Londoners can get easily annoyed when people walk slowly, stroll around seemingly aimlessly, or appear to be taking in the sights, slowing them down in their busy, busy lives. And don’t get them started on the subject of entrances and exits of the tube being blocked by large groups!

London Tube
London Tube | Source
London Pubs
London Pubs | Source

Remember the time when you first used the tube and marvelled at its efficiency and the frequency of the trains? Well, if you are a true Londoner, those days are long gone. Nowadays, 5 minutes is just about acceptable but 10 minutes, that will be an eternity to wait for a tube train. How annoying! And then there is the horror of the carriages being too full and having to wait for the next train. That could mean maybe a 15 to 20 minute total waiting time….!!!

It feels normal to be surrounded by the familiar sounds of different languages being spoken by other passengers while travelling on public transport. A trip outside the Capital can feel a little alien, where everyone speaks the same.

You laugh when you look at prices of items in shops or buy drinks in pubs while on a weekend break from the capital to another part of the UK . You imagine how rich you would feel if you lived there, with prices so much lower than back home in London.

You get spooked on holiday if you find yourself somewhere that is completely silent or has total pitch blackness at night. You realise you now find the distant hum of traffic or the constant sounds of the city comforting, and have got used to the soft illumination of light pollution over the city.

Living in London, England is a wonderful experience, but there are differences to living here and being a Londoner. Have you seen the signs? Are you a Londoner?

How many times have you visited London?

See results
A markerLondon, UK -
London, UK
get directions


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      House Sitter 5 years ago

      It may sound like a joke but is not funny at

      Good Luck!

    • dilyana1976 profile image

      dilyana1976 6 years ago

      Thank you! Good luck! :)

    • jasmith1 profile image

      Adrian Smith 6 years ago from UK

      Also - I love your profile pic! :)

    • jasmith1 profile image

      Adrian Smith 6 years ago from UK

      Great points! It's funny all of the quirks that Londoner's have when you stop to think about it! :)

      Thank you - I am glad you enjoyed this!

    • dilyana1976 profile image

      dilyana1976 6 years ago

      Is eating on benches in parks and gardens a characteristic of a Londoner? Also, sitting on the grass? What about running along the escalators in the Tube past the rest people?

      Thank you so much about the hub! I liked it!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)