1. What makes you happy in this city?

Local

Taking in the many different scenarios and the many different people you can find within them.

Visitor

I love the green squares scattered throughout the city. It’s the best in the summer; it seems like everyone comes out of the woodwork to drink and relax together–even on weekday afternoons. This is London Fields, a popular park in fashionable East London. On a sunny day I can ride my bike here and it is guaranteed to be packed with all kinds of interesting people. I think it’s important to not work hard all the time; life is really about enjoying its pleasures.

2. WHAT INSPIRES YOU IN THIS CITY?

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The life along London’s canals. There is nothing like having breakfast while watching the boats in the canal. There are more than 4,000 vessels that often also serve as residences for their owners. It makes me think about how many different lifestyles you can find at the same time in the same place in this city.

Visitor

London is so diverse. I find the melting pot of cultures inspiring. You can turn a corner and feel like you’ve entered another part of the world. This photo, taken on my friend’s roof, is of an area of London called Whitechapel. Its inhabitants are predominately Bangladeshi, and you can get some of the best curry in town around the corner. And if you walk just walk a couple blocks north, it starts to mesh with the creative center of London. I love it when unexpected things come together. Because of the especially diverse nature of London, this happens all the time, which can be challenging but also really interesting and exciting.

3. WHAT WORKS FOR YOU VERY WELL IN THE CITY?

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The many different options you have when it comes to seeing art: from small underground galleries to the renowned London art museums. Tate Modern usually has a great range of art. I have seen some of the most inspiring pieces and exhibitions of modern art there. If, after exploring the bases of contemporary art, you still want to keep investigating and look further into art history, you can always get a boat which takes you literally from Tate Modern to Tate Britain. Tate Britain has some of my favorite pieces of art in its permanent collection, dating all the way back to 1500 CE.

Visitor

I love all the ways of getting around London. I hate driving, but in London it is so easy to be mobile in other ways. I love being on the Tube, whizzing underground with all the commuters. The buses are great; I love to sit on the upper floor and watch the city below. But my favorite way of getting through the city is walking or biking along the canals. Several waterways wind through the city. This one is Regent’s Canal. It runs for miles East to West across the city and comes close to my flat. When you are on the canals it doesn’t even feel like you are in the middle of a huge metropolitan city. It is so refreshing to have a little break while in transit.

4. WHAT WOULD YOU DO BETTER?

Local

I currently live in a typical council flat, which is very different from the place where I spent my childhood days–living amongst nature and beauty. I would love to find a way to bring nature to the place where I live now.

Visitor

London is very drab and grey. Everything can look a bit rain-soaked. Grey buildings, grey pavement, and grey sky can make me weary. London is a very creative city, I would like to see that aspect improve the city more and make it more exciting.

5. HOW WOULD YOU DO IT BETTER?

Local

London has a very dreary climate and some days, at a certain point in the year, there are very few hours of light. It is usually raining, and grey is the color you would usually use to describe this city. It can get you down, and it can make you feel sad on winter days. I think that there should be more color in the city to compensate for our inevitable weather and brighten the mood for everyone in the city.

Visitor

The ex-council blocks all over the city make me feel uneasy, and if it were up to me, there would be more affordable housing available with an inviting and positive atmosphere. Making these existing spaces greener–I think–would be a great way to improve the ambience. Our living environment is so important to our well-being, and can support a more harmonious community.