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  • Taylor Swift released her new album “Lover” on Friday.
  • One of the tracks has caught a lot of Brits’ attention: “London Boy.”
  • Swift’s ode to the English capital and her British boyfriend Joe Alwyn is undoubtedly catchy, but has left many true Londoners cringing at the lyrics.
  • Fans questioned Swift’s choice of afternoon walking spots, which are actually some of the busiest areas in London, and wondered how she would manage to travel to all the places she mentions.
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Taylor Swift loves London. Loves it.

She is desperate for you to know how much she loves London, and pints in the pub, and the rain, and her tea-swilling British boyfriend Joe Alwyn.

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In her new song fittingly entitled “London Boy,” Swift waxes lyrical about the English capital, and the many, many, many places she likes to visit in the city.

To settle any immediate doubts about just how embedded in London culture Swift might be, “London Boy” starts with a soundbite from the most London man in the world: Idris Elba. “We can go driving on my scootah [scooter], uh, you know, just riding in London,” the “Luther” star says in his patented cockney drawl.

Taylor Swift’s British beau, Joe Alwyn.
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In case you weren’t sure where Swift hails from herself:

I love my hometown as much as Motown, I love SoCalAnd you know I love Springsteen, faded blue jeans, Tennessee whiskey

I’m fairly sure these are all American things.

They say home is where the heart is, but that’s not where mine lives

Her heart belongs to London. Or Alwyn. One of the two.

In the choruses, Swift details her favorite walking spots in the city that’s home to 10 million people: Camden Market and Soho.

I enjoy walking Camden Market in the afternoon

Let’s be clear, there are very few worse places the singer could have chosen for her afternoon strolls — no one in their right mind visits these places for a ramble. They are stressful, very touristy places with little to see or do other than the obvious: shops and restaurants.

Soho: A nice relaxing spot for a mega star to wander around.
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More than 100,000 people visit Camden Market each weekend, and SoHo occupies the busiest square mile in the capital. Does Swift also spend her Sunday afternoons in New York ambling around Times Square, taking in the sights?

It also seems very hard to believe that someone with the omniscient celebrity of Swift could remain incognito in these places, let alone go

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