This was my second time in London — the first time didn't leave such a good impression, but I'm always in favor of giving a second chance, the benefit of the doubt. So I did.
I didn't stay for long (4 days), and I didn't try to be with every single person I know there, on the contrary; I spent 2 days with one friend and the other 2 with another, and I had breakfast with another. That was it.
I'm really not the touristy type so, for me, being relaxed and just sort of "living" normally, alongside with people who make me feel comfortable, is my personal strategy for a happy trip.
I didn't take a selfie with Big Ben, I didn't visit Madame Tussauds, no London Eye, no Buckingam Palace... I took walks, took pictures, I ate out, ordered in, watched movies, watched (half) of the Oscars, discovered cool hidden places and coffee shops, talked to strangers, and last but not least, took the Double Decker at night so that I could peek inside people's houses and imagine their stories — my favorite part. :)
This time around, it felt like a good trip, it felt warm and honest and cheerful.
I'm always in favor of giving a second chance, the benefit of the doubt.