I've spent nearly a third of my life in London,left it in the mid sixties not liking the changes from the forties and fifties...parking wardens,nasty highrise buildings,muggings and the closing of small shops etc.Didnt much care for the drug scene and flower power either.Somerset and the friendly locals was a step back in time and a change for the better.
But.... I still miss London and still think myself a Londoner,still miss the walks in the park on a sunday,and still miss the youngsters on the street,but there are a lot of things I dont miss now and unless London could transform itself back to the forties and fifties I could never go back to live there.(couldnt afford it anyway!)
photo of Regents Park from the Telegraph