Around the world and back to Westminster

Sharon P

Sharon Papapetroi was born in Kingsbury hospital, London.

“My parents are from Cyprus but decided to come to London in the 1970s because of the war.

“When the war had ceased my parents were able to return but not to the same area they grew up in, as the land had been occupied. They decided to stay in London.”

When Sharon was six years old she moved to Cricklewood. As a teenager, she worked a Saturday job in a salon but dreamed of travelling.

“When I was 19 I realised that I wanted to see more of the world so I decided to travel. My first destination was Crete, and then I moved to Athens, travelling to Israel and Egypt.

“After six years of travelling I decided I wanted to return home, to London. I travelled back through Europe which allowed me to see more of the world. I visited Turkey, stopped off at Germany and then boarded a boat to Holland which brought me back to London.”

Sharon returned to the UK when she was 25 and stayed with her mother in Pinner until she got a job in Queens Park, Westminster.

“In 1992 I moved to Westminster although I was offered temporary accommodation in Willesden. I loved Westminster.

“When I fell pregnant with my first child I moved temporarily to Leyton in East London. Eventually I was offered a two bedroom flat on the Mozart estate, back in Westminster.

“Moving to Mozart estate was great. I had a big two bedroom flat in Servern House with a garden and lived there up until the regeneration of the estate. Everyone in the neighbourhood was very close and your home always felt safe, the neighbours were friendly and all my children grew up with the other neighbour’s kids. I do miss living on Mozart estate and I do wish that I had taken the option to return after the regeneration."

Now Sharon lives in Abercrombie Place in Maida Vale and owns her own business as a mobile hair stylist.

“Westminster feels like home and my neighbours are like family unit.

"The place is vibrant as there are loads of tourist spots to visit in the area. Abbey Road Studios are close to where I live. The studios are such a big tourist attraction as it’s where famous recording artists like Cliff Richard and The Beatles and many more.

“I like Westminster and always have. Although I’ve moved away, I’ve always found my way back.”

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