So this is probably going to be one of my last posts from London for about a year. In September I will be moving to Prague and studying history as an Erasmus student at Charles University. I’m really excited about living in a new city and having the opportunity to experience a new culture in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But I’m also very sad to be leaving London behind. In my first year everyone said that your first year was for getting to know your university campus and your second year was when you got to know the real London. This was definitely true for me. After my second year I now feel like I know all the really cool places to eat, drink and hang about and I’m no longer terrified to go a bit further out of Central London to try somewhere new.
Here’s some of the things I am really going to miss about London:
The amazing view from my balcony. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to find a place as cheap/student budget friendly with such a great view again.
Cupcakes from Chewie’s, a bakery that I spent a lot of time revising (and mostly eating) in during my exams this year. Who says revision cannot be both tasty and productive?
The absolutely massive slices of Victoria Sandwich they give you at Tapped & Packed. This was most definitely my favourite find of this year. This tiny independent coffee shop is a stone’s throw away from the Roxy, a nightclub that many a UCL student can barely remember.
The coffee at Tapped & Packed. Ok, I also drink a lot of coffee and I always take my friends to this place for coffee dates.
Bumping into your favourite celebrities/musicians anywhere and everywhere. Even though it’s a huge place, London can seem so small. I’m forever bumping into Dominic Cooper. But my favourite celebrity spot was Doctor Who last week.
Soho. In general. Anything goes. Great restaurants. Amazing for people watching.
How frequent/reliable transport is. I know people love to complain about tube maintenance and delays, but when you grew up in a small village that had one bus into town every hour, and none on a Sunday, you really appreciate the regularity of the London Transport system. And anyway, look how scary the Prague transport map looks:
Seriously, who puts the underground and the trams on the same map together? How does that even work?!
My favourite place to escape – Primrose Hill. There’s no where better for a dog lover to escape the hustle and bustle of London. Primrose Hill is like my home away from home. I’ve already planned to replace it with Petřín Hill in Prague.
The strange and interesting people on the tube. Like this old man who brought his really huge dog on the tube. The dog went and sat down in front of the fold up seats and refused to move for an old lady. Someone should teach it tube etiquette!
Also, I don’t want to forget what seems to be like a regular occurrence nearly every Friday/Saturday night on the underground around 9pm, when the passengers are a little tipsy and it’s guaranteed that someone will attempt to pole dance on the tube.
The halloumi shroom burger and the cheese fries at Meat Liquor. Mmm. Me and a friend used to have Meat Liquor Mondays. No wonder I ended up having weird vivid nightmares Monday nights after all that cheese.
I’m still going to blog using this url, but I’ll be posting about places in Prague and university experiences until my return to London, when I will be blogging as a true London student again!