I'm from London, but that's not really specific enough, and I won't bore you by posting a ton of London photos that people have already seen. So instead, I'll tell you a little about where I live within London.
I was born, raised, and live in Forest Hill, in the London Borough of Lewisham. It's not really a London suburb, since we are very close to Central London and the area is fairly built up, but it's still a lot greener and quieter than Central London. This is the only home I've ever known, and I like it just fine. Not much to say about it, really. But here's some random facts:
- There's a museum near Forest Hill Station called Horniman Museum, named for it's founder, Frederick Horniman, a Victorian tea merchant. It has one of the largest collections of taxidermy in the Northern Hemisphere, and one of the finest collections of musical instruments in the UK. The gardens are especially beautiful, with a view of the rest of London, and a few years ago they added an aquarium.
- Forest Hill Pools, a swimming pool and leisure centre, was the last Victorian swimming baths in operation in London; it opened in 1884 and finally closed in 2006. A new modern leisure centre with a gym and two swimming pools was built on the old site and opened in 2012. It's next to Forest Hill Library, a Grade II listed building, which opened in 1901.
- Lewisham Borough is the most ethnically diverse borough in London, with only 53% of people of White European origin, according to 2011 census data. The two major ethnic minorities are Black African (11.6%) and Black Caribbean (11.2%).
- The Crystal Palace was a huge glass building originally erected in Hyde Park, London, in 1851 to house The Great Exhibition, a precursor to the World's Fair. After the Great Exhibition, the structure was rebuilt and expanded at Penge Common in Sydenham, the town next to Forest Hill, where it remained until it burnt to the ground in 1936.
- Crystal Palace Park, which includes an area with full-scale dinosaur models, remains, as does Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, which houses a 16,000-seat athletics stadium and an Olympic-size swimming pool. This is where I learnt to swim, played tennis, and trampolined when I was a child.
- Millwall F.C. is the only Football League side that plays in Lewisham; they are currently in the second-tier of English football. They've not had much success in their 128-year history, but they played in the FA Cup Final in 2004. The club is notorious for its fans, who are closely associated with the history of English football hooliganism and violence, and Millwall fans have been involved in two major football riots in the past 30 years.
- I went to secondary school (high school) at Alleyn's School in the neighbouring town of Dulwich, where my father lived for more than a decade. Alleyn's traces its history to a school built in 1619, and its alumni includes actor Jude Law, Bob Geldof's daughter, Pixie (not the one that tragically died recently), and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.