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10 things you only know if you grew up in West London

1. Nothing will ever be as good as eating Bolognese with a glass of milk at the café in Holland Park after school.

2. The 27 bus should cost 30p a journey, and the top deck will forever remind you of shouting, sweet eating and games of which teacher you’d snog. If you HAD to.

3. The blue whale at the Natural History Museum will always be a part of your childhood. While other kids were brought by the busload to see it once in a lifetime, you were dragged there to gawp at the darn thing once a week.

4. The big swings in the adventure playground in Holland Park still terrify you to your core. And despite being in your thirties and having kids of your own, you will always reserve a vestige of fear for the ‘big’ kids who colonised them…

5. You’ve got drunk in one of the two piano bars on Kensington High Street more times than you care to admit.

6. More to the point, you’ve imbibed at Janet’s Bar in South Kensington with tragic regularity. It’s the only place that’s open after the pubs, alright? Never mind that the drinks are eye-wateringly expensive and that the proprietress will likely tell you off for something…

7. Sticky Fingers will forever be associated with birthdays and treats. We will not hear a word against it, its outsize spare ribs or its deafening music.

8. You could be on the other side of the world, but you’d always, always cut a trip short to be back for Carnival. Where else will you wind up dancing with a ‘wacky’ policeman (there’s always one)…

9. You remember Kensington Market, albeit in its death throes. This is obviously where you bought all your best tie-dye and got your first piercings.

10. You’ve climbed over the railings into Ladbroke Gardens more times than you’d care to count. And, unlike Hugh Grant, you neither exclaimed ‘oopsidasies’ or were anything other than equal to the task. Most likely because you were well oiled with Diamond White…

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