My first home in London was in Little Venice, a picturesque neighbourhood in Maida Vale, which boasts a canal with bright-painted canal boats and was at that time home to Annie Lennox. It’s a tree-filled, leafy, moneyed suburb a forty minute walk from Central London. I know, because each week day for my first weeks in London I trekked down the Edgeware Road to the Strand to my job in a government trade office.