Hi Jamie and welcome. I have been out on the tiles a few times in London in my time!
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Hi Jamie - Ilford also do a D&P service too, before you do your own D&P.
Try their HP4, FP5 and Delta films too, see which one you like. Then try the Kodak films too. Either get them scanned directly at time of developing or get your own scanner.
Welcome to APUG Jamie
Almost all of us start with a loaned Camera and getting our films processed and printed at a high street shop - so you are in good company