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21 Things Everyone That Grew Up Near London But Not In London Knows

Please don't ask me where I'm from.

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1. You grew up either in the home counties, or past zone 4 of London.

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2. So even if you actually technically grew up in "Greater London", whether or not you're from London London is a contested subject.

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Is it Essex? Is it zone 9? Is there a difference?

3. And anyway, even if it is technically in London, no one from zones 1-3 believes you.

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4. So you really struggle when asked to say where you're from.

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You can't just say it, you have to explain it.

5. If you say you're from London, you regret it when people then ask if they can stay with you when they're visiting.

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"Sure, but you'll have to spend an hour getting to mine from London, then an hour getting back in the next day."

6. If you don't say you're from London, you immediately regret trying to explain where you are from.

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No one's heard of it.

7. There's probably a fast train for all the commuters so it doesn't take that long to get into London.

8. But you have to make sure you leave at the exact right time so as to catch the fast train.

Lie-ins are tempting but incredibly risky.
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Lie-ins are tempting but incredibly risky.

9. And it costs so, so much more.

10. So you hardly ever go unless you have to.

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11. Because London's so close, you don't feel the need to do all the touristy things.

There are places that are apparently famous but you've never been to or paid any great attention to.
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There are places that are apparently famous but you've never been to or paid any great attention to.

12. But because you don't actually live there, you don't naturally know all the cool hidden places in the same way Londoners do.

13. So instead, out of sheer laziness, you sometimes just hang out in your town centre instead.

It's crap, but it's close.
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It's crap, but it's close.

14. You can go ~out~ out in Central, and it's great.

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15. But you either have to leave early before the trains and tube stop working...

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Because taking a taxi home isn't an option unless you're actually made of money and don't mind essentially going on a road trip with a stranger.

16. Or you would need to make sure you can stay over with a friend who lives closer.

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No spontaneous nights out for you.

17. If you've now moved to London, you probably still go home on the weekends occasionally to eat all your parents' food and enjoy their ample use of central heating.

18. Or maybe you still live at home because you can't justify paying so much just to move only a few miles closer to London.

Either way, you still get ample food and central heating.
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Either way, you still get ample food and central heating.

19. If you commute to London, you are probably super strict with how long you can linger in the pub after work.

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If you stay too long, you'll miss your train home and have to wait another half hour for it to arrive.

20. And indulging in a nap on the way home is a risky move.

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You might wake up halfway to Bristol.

21. But even if it's only for a visit, it's always a relief to get back home.

It's not far away but feels like a different world.
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It's not far away but feels like a different world.