I’m writing this because I feel totally obliged to. And anyone who went to Fabric will understand.
Fabric is good.
Freshers is good.
So I’ve been in London for just two weeks now, but it feels like a life time. Due to difficulties with Camberwell Campus accommodation, I was moved into temporary halls in Elephant & Castle on the 8th, and then to Chelsea earlier this week! And as horrible as that sounds I’ve actually enjoyed the chance to get to know both areas (and nobody can be too annoyed about living in Chelsea).
Freshers is going really well, what I like about London is that while there aren’t tons of events dedicated entirely to students, you have an entire city in which to find whatever you might want, day or night. Hope everyones looking forward to Fabric tonight!
Posted by kittykittyking | 26th Sep 2012
It’s officially Wednesday, which is nearly half way through Freshers week… I hate to admit Freshers Fair will be my start of it tomorrow.
On Monday afternoon I decided to go to my parents house in Oxfordshire for a bit of TLC and home cooking. Unfortunately neither of those were available, and being at ‘home’ felt very strange. My old room has been piled high with my possessions from elsewhere in the house and generally lacks personality. When I got into my flat this evening it was so nice to see two of my flatmates finishing their tea and welcoming me back. Feels a bit weird to say it, but halls definitely feel like my home now!
Pretty excited to see what Freshers Fair has in store for us, hopefully lots of exciting freebies, a few Dominoes vouchers wouldn’t go amiss!
See y’all there.
Well I’ve been here a little over a week now and I’m loving it more every day, as cliché as that sounds. Coming from a tiny town in Florida makes London a bit too much of a good thing some days, but overall it’s so exciting to think about how much I have left to explore. It seems like every two blocks there’s a different niche.
So far I’ve ventured out to Bath and Brighton, both of which are worth taking a day trip to if you get bored before classes start. The train lines are really efficient and pretty easy to figure out. Just make sure to look up the train times and what station to leave from in advance :) Sometimes they do deals for group tickets, so going with a few friends from your halls will make it much cheaper and probably a lot more fun as well. You can find info on the trains here and suggestions for day trips here: (closer) / (further)
After my parents left last Thursday, I was feeling a bit lonely so lovely fellow blogger Kat and I took advantage of their leftover hop-on/hop-off Big Bus Tour tickets, which were good for 2 days. We decided to go ahead and overlook the tacky tourist implications and I’d say it was well worth it - educational, even! Spent a solid 4 or 5 hours cruising about London with the wind in our hair. It even included a river boat trip, so that was really nice to do while the weather is still so nice and sunny. It’s really laid back and not nearly as tacky as I had braced myself for, so to those of you who are completely new to London and want to pack in some historical facts and condensed introduction to the city, I’d actually recommend it. Since the tickets are good for 2 days (and honestly, they don’t check your ticket for date or details at all), it might be a really good deal to split the price between a group of people in your halls and pass the tickets off.
I also went to Borough Market, which is one of London’s oldest, biggest, and best-known food markets. I’m a self-proclaimed hardcore foodie, so I’ve been anticipating that trip for a long time! It lived up to its hype, and seeing as it’s walking distance from my halls, I’ll definitely be venturing out every couple of weekends. I’m on a mission to visit at least one market a week. There are plenty of online sources listing London’s wide range of markets, and a few are here, here, and here.
Today I went out to the Somerset House to catch the last day of London Fashion Week. Even though seats for the actual shows are invite-only, plenty of people hang about just to see what’s going on. There’s loads of press there and more than enough entertainment provided in the form of bizarre outfits and flashy clothes. PRIME people-watching, lemme tell ya. I brought my new moleskine and was happy just to sit and sketch some of these characters. Point is, there are tons of interesting things to do for free in London. If you get bored of the galleries and art exhibitions (although we’d never admit it!), don’t fret.
Do take advantage of those shows and events though, and keep an eye out for different venues in the city lest you miss out on something you really want to see. I for one feverishly booked tickets for Taming of the Shrew showing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. I’m a sucker for good literature and the Globe only does productions during the summer!
Phew, that’s a mouthful. Sorry for the wordy post, there has been a lot going on in the past week. I hope all of you are keeping yourself just as busy, because there’s no shortage of things to do here - or people to meet :)
So the last time I posted I’d just had my first night in Tufnell Park, and it’s been a little bit over a week now.
London is exhausting but incredible.
I live about a 20-30 (depending on how quick you’re feeling) walk from Camden town, so we’ve spent a few nights there. On Tuesday there’s a night called Juicy in Proud which is pretty sweet - mash ups of Kanye/Snoop Dogg/Outkast/Kelis/Jay-Z, £3 entry and something like £4 for beer which, I hate to say it, in London is really not that bad.
Since I’m an art student I’ve done some obligatory trips to galleries - Hirst at Tate Modern and Saatchi, Hirst was a bit confusing (really don’t know whether I liked it) but definitely recommend Saatchi as there were some really cool pieces, in particular the vases made of soap which we enjoyed sniffing!
Today we got to the Tate about 20 minutes before closing so only saw a couple of rooms, so I’ll revisit that this week as I’ve completely skinted myself (thanks Oyster!) and need to abuse some free London stuff.
I’d also like to add that on Saturday night I met Peter Stringfellow. My drunken explanation of who the man is, was - “He’s that man who’s in charge of all them women and puts them in that building and lets ‘em do stuff”
Excuse the chronic red-eye problem and generally how pissed I look… I was pretty pissed.
Keep the tweets coming, especially since some of you have just moved in! It’s so weird having a flat full of people after a strange week alone, but very nice.
It’s been a couple of months since I was last in London, and I feel the need to re-visit some of my most favourite galleries. So here are just a few exhibitions that caught my eye…
On Right Now:
Korean Eye, Saatchi Gallery
Another London, Tate Britain
Antony Gormley, White Cube
Penelope Slinger, Riflemaker
Valentino, Somerset House
Light from the Middle East, V&A
Cecil Beaton, Imperial War Museum
Posted by knowlesj | 14th Sep 2012
Now that the Deutsche Börse photography competition has ended, the Photographers’ Gallery London will be opening a number of new exhibitions in the next few weeks, including the annual graduates exhibition, which opens on the 15th September.
It’s free and there’s bound to be some interesting stuff on display, so go and check it out.
Posted by knowlesj | 12th Sep 2012
I’ve had an amazing time travelling over the last six weeks, I met some fantastic people, saw a great many things and it’s fair to say that I should have enough inspiration to last me a short while!
The last few days have been hectic, as this is the only time I have to sort out everything for uni, halls, freshers etc. aswell as adjusting to normal life after a month and a half on the road. However I’m nearly there, the halls are decked with cardboard boxes and I’m set to move into London this friday!
Fellow residents of Camberwell Campus will share a short stay in Sidney Webb House, until we’re moved back into Camberwell. But the accomodation team seem to have done a brilliant job in setting up social events during this period of nothingness before freshers & enrolement week begins.I’m just a few cans of baked beans from ready…