I can’t believe I only have two and a half weeks left of my program! Time really does fly! With that being said, I think everyone should consider London for a vacation or study abroad program. There is so much culture, diversity, arts, and potential adventures. While there are many amazing things to see, it is definitely not possible to see everything in a short trip, or even a semester-long study abroad program. Below are my top three sites in London:
- The Shard: I had the opportunity to go to this magnificent skyscraper through CAPA’s cultural event. The views were truly spectacular and there were even posters that pointed out the location of all of the landmarks. I loved going right at sunset since the sky was so pretty. The view compared to the London Eye was so different, so I would definitely recommend it!
- Victoria & Albert Museum: So far, the V&A is the best museum I have been to in London. There really is something for everyone whether you like fashion, theatre, photography, casts, materials, etc. I really enjoyed the theatre and performance section since it had a huge collection of things from the West End and other performances. I even got to see the jacket Chris Martin from Coldplay wore one of their tours!
- East End/Brick Lane: I went to this area of London with my Urban Studies class and several times after. This area has so much culture and it is super interesting to see all of the different types of shops. Street art is also an important thing to this area, such as the Stik picture below, which is definitely a reason to check out this area. If you’re into vintage shopping or little cafes, this is the place for you! This past weekend I even got to go to the London Coffee Festival through CAPA which was held on Brick Lane. It was so cool getting to see different coffee vendors from around London, especially those located in the East End.
Now onto the more important things…food.
My top restaurant is actually a market: Camden Market. While I have only been to it once, the plethora of options is incredible. They will have whatever type of food you want, which is the best thing about it! I got this incredible taco mac and cheese, which I highly recommend! There are also lots of little vendors selling clothes, prints, and other unique gifts. Other contenders include Nando’s, Addie’s Thai, Spitalfields Market, and The Churchill Arms.
With my remaining days in London, I hope to still explore more of London while also going back to the places I love so much! Until next time, cheerio!