Rhi­an­non Wil­liams, 28

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“I am drink­ing in a bar near where I live in the east hip­ster dis­trict, Shored­itch. This area is one of the city’s busiest at the week­end, and hosts every­one from poor art stu­dents to griz­zly old men. The price of ev­ery­thing around here went up a lot in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics and has never read­justed – the bars, pubs and restau­rants are su­per ex­pen­sive thanks to gen­tri­fi­ca­tion. Just over the past five years, the price of a pint of beer has gone up by a pound.

Lon­don’s nightlife is among the best in the world, from pubs with beer gar­dens (which will be packed in the sum­mer) to rooftop spots and ar­ti­san cock­tail bars. House par­ties are still re­ally pop­u­lar too, but we’ll usu­ally head out to a club af­ter 11pm to avoid wak­ing the neigh­bours’ kids. Our nights usu­ally end queue­ing for a Jewish bagel on Brick Lane in the early hours, or in a McDon­ald’s.

I am a tech­nol­ogy jour­nal­ist for a na­tional news­pa­per called I, so test­ing out new phones, speak­ers, and lap­tops is a big part of my life. Be­cause of my job, I also travel a lot for prod­uct launches and con­fer­ences. I adore my job, but jour­nal­ism is a tough gig with gen­er­ally low pay. Few of my peers earn more than £35,000 (S$61,400) a year, whereas my friends in dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing and PR earn much more. It feels as if al­most every­one un­der 30 here works in some form of mar­ket­ing.

All my friends are work­ing to buy their own homes – even if it’s in­sanely ex­pen­sive to do that. A stu­dio apart­ment in a cen­tral lo­ca­tion can cost £290 a week. Some of my friends talk about mov­ing back to their home towns to raise chil­dren, but most of us love Lon­don too much to se­ri­ously think about leav­ing.

Lon­don is also a very lib­eral and mul­ti­cul­tural city, but dissatisfaction about Brexit and the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is rife. We’re un­cer­tain about what the next decade will hold. The re­cent ter­ror at­tacks have shaken every­one up, but it hasn’t got in the way of our ev­ery­day lives. Things are back to

Chill­ing at a neigh­bour­hood hub is par for the course on a week­end for Rhi­an­non (above) and her friends.

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