19 Things That Stick With You When You Grow Up In South London

    "South" will be "saaf" forever.

    1. Growing up in south London means you have a very high tolerance for what can be considered “out of the ordinary".

    2. And you've never been able to shake that particular way of saying "saaf London".

    3. The fact you've probably been waiting for a tube station to be built in your area for years means you've learned to keep expectations low.

    4. You feel an instant bond with anyone who reveals they're also from south London.

    5. And finding out a celebrity is from there is even better.

    6. You still have flashbacks when you see any of these items.

    7. And this song is basically south London's national anthem...

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    Giggs is from Peckham, so you have us to thank for this masterpiece.

    8. ...which is why you know every word.

    9. You'll never forget your first trip to the Cutty Sark.

    10. You have dark memories from the many nights spent at Venue.

    11. And if not there, then Tiger Tiger in Croydon, which was always a trek.

    12. You're still traumatised from painfully long journeys on the night bus.

    13. You're used to travelling to see people rather than them coming to you, because you were always told you "lived too far".

    14. Every other chicken shop will forever pale in comparison to this:

    15. A small part of you still sees the tower in Crystal Palace as the south London version of the Eiffel tower.

    16. And you'll always be slightly baffled by the mystical place they call “zone 6”.

    17. You'll never forget skating in Streatham, and probably falling on your arse.

    18. You become instantly defensive when someone tries to say south London's shit.

    19. Because no matter where you go, and what anyone says, you'll always have a soft spot for the south.