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24 Things You'll Totally Get If You Grew Up In Southeast London

Don't ask me where my closest tube stop is. Your guess is as good as mine.

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1. In your eyes, there are two types of London: the London where you grew up and "touristy London", where people pay £20 to ride a massive ferris wheel.

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This is also known as "London, London", "up London", or "Central".

2. Your true south London background comes out whenever you tell someone you're from "souf" London.

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It's just an automatic reaction to swap the "th" for an "f".

3. Or when you're given the opportunity to rep where you're from.

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4. If your postcode didn't have "SE" in it, you were regularly accused of not actually being from London.

5. And if you were from Bromley, you didn't know whether to say you were from southeast London or Kent.

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It depends on how posh you were feeling that day.

6. There are plenty of things you recognise as only being possible in southeast London.

Myles: "Deptford is cool, it's like the Shoreditch of south east London." Are you sure Myles? ARE YOU SURE?????

7. You've probably been waiting for a tube station to be built in your area for years.

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Just put one in Lewisham, at least.

8. You get extremely irritated when someone claims you live "so far away" when you live in zone 3 or 4.

But you do slightly judge anyone who lives in zone 6.
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But you do slightly judge anyone who lives in zone 6.

9. You remember when the Cutty Sark was out in the open and readily available to the public (before it got burned down in a terrible fire).

And you probably went there on a school trip.
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And you probably went there on a school trip.

10. Although London is a very big place, you're still convinced that south London is the centre of it all.

South London is the capital of London.

GMT means Greenwich Mean Time means southeast London means centre of the universe.

11. You remember when Peckham wasn't "hip" and "cool" like it is now.

Good old gentrification.
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Good old gentrification.

12. And when Lewisham's "Model Market" was actually the "Black Market".

13. You hated getting the night bus because it meant committing to 60-90 minutes' worth of extreme exhaustion, agony, and regret.

14. And you knew not to sit on the top deck of the bus at peak "end of school" time.

#GrowingUpInLondon "seats are available on the upper deck"

It's just not worth the hassle, nor the headache.

15. Although there's every chance you've been on a Southeastern train to or from Sevenoaks, you've never actually been to Sevenoaks.

Unless you went to a posh school and had one random friend who lived up there.
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Unless you went to a posh school and had one random friend who lived up there.

16. You've experienced the cramped and sweaty pleasure of raving in Venue.

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17. And if not there, then Tiger Tiger in Croydon, which was basically on the other side of the world.

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You'll never quite get over the fact it's closing, too.

18. You remember the hysteria surrounding the 11-plus tests and the fight to get into a decent secondary school.

Even though you had no idea how the fuck you'd get to Bexley every day.
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Even though you had no idea how the fuck you'd get to Bexley every day.

19. You've battled the blistering cold to get to Blackheath Fireworks at least once.

And ended up walking a few miles for 10 minutes' worth of sparkles.

20. There is no doubt in your mind that Morley's is the best chicken and chip shop on the planet.

And you remember when six wings and chips would cost you a mere pound.

21. You've seen this sign multiple times.

You've probably tried to follow it too.
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You've probably tried to follow it too.

22. And you know exactly what "Blue Borough" refers to.

If you saw the blue bins and blue signs, you knew you were in Lewisham.

23. No matter what event it is, whenever someone asks which Londoners are in the building, south Londoners' cheers are always the loudest.

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24. Because sure, southeast London may be a little bit shit, and it's definitely not as "cool" as east London, but it's home.

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