A Wee Guide to Whitstable.

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Whitstable is one of those lovely places in the UK that I’ve been secretly dreaming about visiting since I first moved here three years ago. The beach (yes, England does have beaches!), the quaintness, the location. I just wanted to be there! And now, I can say I’ve finally been! It lived up to all of the expectations I had, plus a whole lot more. I honestly wish I could have had more time there.

Whitstable is a seaside town that sits on the coast of Kent, a lovely, luscious, green county. It’s only a stones throw away from Canterbury, and less than two hours from London. TB and I booked some much needed time off work and spent two nights here to relax, unwind, and get a teensy bit sunburned!

The fishing town is a very sought after destination for people visiting the UK, and is very much worth the hype. If you’re ever in this part of the world, do add it to the list! The cobbled streets, hidden alleyways and charming beach front will surely win you over.

I enjoyed it ever so much, so I thought I’d share my recommendations with you and also share my experience so you can feel like you’ve visited Whitstable, too! Sadly not everything was open when we were there, as there’s a tonne of local businesses, so quite a few of the ones we wanted to pop in and see where shut, being a Sunday and Monday. Which was a shame, but just gives us an excuse to go back!

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Head to the beach: Now, let me warn you, just because it’s a beach, doesn’t mean it’s a ‘beach’ in your eyes. We’re talking pebble beaches with minimal warm weather a year, people. But it’s just so charming! So grab some fish n’ chips and a selection of beer, bring a towel or two to perch on (your toosh will need it) and watch the world go by. Just perfect.

Take a walk: The High Street of Whitstable (Harbour Street) is really quirky and full of extremely hipster shops from gift shops to hole in the wall cafes. Take your time and pop in and out of each store (be sure to put the Cheesebox on your list), meet the locals and get inspired. Once your done with some window shopping, head towards the beach and head east, towards Tankerton. Check out the harbour on your way. Along this walk is a heap of gorgeous beach huts, some loved, and some forgotten, and is a quieter part of the beach, so feel free to take a dip down this end. You can keep walking all the way around and hit Herne Bay, which is about a four mile walk.

Try an oyster: Whitstable is famous for its oysters so, you know, when in Rome! There’s a little hut on the beach (very easy to spot) that sells them by the half dozen so you can grab some and eat them on the beach. Or there’s also Wheelers Oyster Bar on the high street that’s got a pretty good reputation! TB dabbled in a couple of oysters and enjoyed them. His tip is to chew them twice before swallowing, and add some Tabasco, sherry vinegar and lemon to really amp up the flavour. Me? I gave it a miss. I don’t see the appeal!

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Samphire: Right on the High Street, this rustic restaurant is great for a more high end style meal. With an extensive range of choices and excellent range of wines (the Shiraz was delicious) it’s one to go for to enjoy a relaxed (and slightly boozy) lunch date or cosy date night.

David Brown Delicatessen: An excellent delicatessen with Italian and Spanish vibes, serving cheese, hung meats, quiches, olives, and local beer. All of those naughty treats. All home cooked, too!

The Tapas at English’s of Whitstable: A very popular tapas restaurant on the High Street. Sadly TB and I had an afternoon siesta that meant we missed out on eating here, but it did look truly delicious! You can’t beat a tapas. Their opening hours are a little limited so be sure to check them out, and book ahead while you’re at it.

The New Inn: For somewhere quieter, head here for a good pint and local feel. This pub sits a street back from the High Street so you’ll be happily greeted by friendly locals and helpful bar staff. If we lived in Whitstable, it would definitely be our local.

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A popular accommodation choice for visitors is the Whitstable Fisherman’s Huts. Right on the beach front, this row of former fisherman’s huts are an awesome option. They’re reasonably priced, and can fit from 2-4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children. However, they are very close together and will get noisy. So if you’re planning on having an undisturbed weekend away, this might not be the quietest option.

TB and I rented a cottage and absolutely loved it. I would recommend it to anybody. We were a street back from the beach (less than a 30 second walk) and right on the edge of the High Street. I booked it through the site ‘Places to Stay in… Whitstable’ which gives you a selection of self catering cottages in the town. We were kindly greeted by the owner upon arrival and he gave us some great tips on where to eat and drink. Couldn’t have asked for more!

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I’d recommend definitely staying in Whitstable for at least 3 or 4 nights. There’s quite a bit to keep you busy in the town itself, especially in summer, but it’s super easy to get to other places in Kent, too. Heading to Canterbury for the day would be a good place to start, and is less than £10 return on the bus, from what the locals have told me. Or head further around the coast to the more old school British seaside towns, like Margate.

The best time of year to go if you want to experience ‘warmer’ weather would be during June to August. It is quite busy at this time of year, but nothing compared to the likes of major cities, so it’s still relaxing. Whitstable has it’s Oyster Festival coming up soon and a bunch of events on throughout the year. Take note of what’s going on and plan out a little itinerary before you go!

Have you ever been to Whitstable? Is it somewhere you’d add to your list if you were visiting the UK? Let me know in the comments!

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Buzzing Piccadilly Circus.

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For some reason Piccadilly Circus is the first place tourists seem to turn upon arrival in London, and I just don’t get it! Maybe it’s the bright lights? Or the noisy double deckers? Whilst Piccadilly Circus is cool in a way, it’s incredibly hectic, busy, loud and filled with an abundance tourist traps (think Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and street performers).

Piccadilly Circus is a kind of half roundabout junction in the heart of the West End, connecting five main roads, has links through to the theaters, and is a main meeting point for tourists, especially at the Statue of Eros. It’s known for it’s bright Times Square like display (although only a teeny fraction of the size), with huge advertisements and changing screens igniting the area in colour.

It’s one to check off the list, but not one to spend too much time on, as there’s so much more to see. I’d also recommend not having lunch around this area or in Leicester Square, as it’s far too busy. The restaurants are mostly fairly priced, but just not that great! Head into Soho for some hole in the wall style grub, or take a packed lunch down to Green Park before you head off to Buckingham Palace, for example.

 

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Situated between Leicester Square and Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus will allow you to hit up the famous shopping districts, as well as give you the ability to walk to many major tourists sights around the capital, including Soho, Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben.

The area of Piccadilly Circus sits above the Underground, so it’s easy to grab a Tube there using the Bakerloo or Piccadilly line. The station itself is a little confusing as it’s also in the shape of a circle, but just follow the signs and you’ll find yourself in the center of Piccadilly Circus in one way or another.

I must admit that I don’t mind the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly Circus, but it can get a bit much. So nowadays I do tend to avoid it if I can, and as you know, I always prefer walking!

Is Piccadilly Circus something that interests you? Would that be your first stop in London? Have you been there and enjoyed it more than I do? Let me know in the comments!

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Finding the Little Moments in London.

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There’s something remarkable about taking a step a block back from a main street in London and being welcomed with a row of charming houses. It’s a real treat, and something everyone should take the time out and do every once in a while.

Go for a stroll down a random street, and see how some people live their lives in London. (I probably do it more often than any normal person should!). But I love it. I get a thrill when I try and imagine who settles in these homes, what they look like, what’s behind that brightly coloured door, or where they work. I’d hate to think how much the rent would be, though!

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Seeing where people live and what day-to-day life is like in another country is one of those rewarding things about traveling. You get to take a peak into someone else’s existence, and maybe even imagine yourself in their shoes for a minute.

It’s too easy to get caught up in the main attractions when you’ve got a long list of things to see in a city, but just take a step back and immerse yourself in the real vibe of a hardworking city, especially one like London.
Take a picnic and sit in a square or park (they’re everywhere in London) and eat amongst the commuters on their lunch  breaks and the locals catching some sunshine, instead of vying for a table in an overcrowded restaurant just off Leicester Square. Even though it sounds so simple and may seem boring to some, it’s one of those experiences that you’ll always remember. A local experience.

Drink at a local pub in a neighbourhood that’s not in Zone 1, or see how the rich live whilst you walk around Mayfair and Belgravia, or hit up the lesser known markets where locals grab their weekly shop and ride their bikes home. There’s all kinds of ways people live in London so it’s worth it to try and get a taste of them all.

Treat yourself to the little moments. The quiet streets, the grand houses, the lives.

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English Pub Culture.

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There’s something about English pubs that make me fall even more in love with this country. These pubs aren’t just places to drink, they’re social hubs and the center of a community. A pub is literally like the neighbourhood living room. Everyone comes together – strangers, locals and friends, and connect over a tasty pint. It is the best representation of English culture, with it’s quiet atmosphere, traditional setting and classy ways.

Walking into a pub encourages you to feel like you’re walking back in time (most of them are centuries old, after all). With it’s low beamed rooves, doors that are a little too short for the typical height of a person these days, uneven and creaky floors, and some questionable decorating. Not only that, but you’ll be welcomed with local beers and hearty, traditional food (think along the lines of bangers and mash, fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, or a ploughmans). The English love nothing more than a relaxing pint, and a hot, carb filled meal.
In the winter you’ll most likely find a roaring fire, with punters competing for the closest seat, and in the summer, a nice beer garden, with drinkers catching the last of the sun.

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One of my favourite aspects of pubs is their interesting names. There are a lot of pubs that celebrate the Royals, which is reflected in their name, like The Crown, The Prince of Wales, The Duke, that kind of thing. But there are some truly strange ones, like The Bull and Spectacles, The Cat and Custard Pot, The Bunch of Carrots, and Leg of Mutton and Cauliflower. Strange, right? Then you’ll find the classics, like The Nags Head, The Black Horse, The Red Lion, The Royal Oak, Fox and Hounds, you get the picture. I love it!

I also love the fact that dogs are allowed into pubs. Hello, heaven? Is that you?!
Customers can bring dogs into pubs and share the experience with their four legged friend, as well as it being a great opportunity for dogs to socialise, or to just take a nap by the fire. Some pubs will even have pub or house dogs, which is where the landlord has a dog that basically lives in the pub, treating it like it’s home. It’s amazing. If I ever go into a pub and there’s dogs, I almost pass out, I can’t handle it! I seriously love dogs. And the combination of dogs and pubs makes me so, so happy!

The culture of a pub is something you won’t find anywhere else, but in the UK. Strangers will share stories and become friends, the locals will sit in there regular seats, chatting nonsense and constantly have a full pint in their hands, and the nights will slowly roll on by. Heading to a traditional, old pub is something everyone should do with they’re in England or anywhere in the UK. The people are lovely, the beer’s good, and it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Have you ever been to an English pub? Did you love it as much as I do? If you had a pub, what would you name it? Let me know in the comments!

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Liberty in London.

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The Liberty store in London is easily one of the classiest and most exclusive department stores in the capital. In the center of the West End, just off Regent Street, you’ll easily stumble upon the classic building due to it’s Tudor style, standing out from the buildings surrounding it. It’s only a short stroll down from the famous Oxford street and will lead the way through to Soho and Carnaby Street.

It all began in 1875, when Arthur Liberty (who was born in Chesham, just around the corner from where I’m currently living), took a £2,000 loan from his father-in-law and began leasing 218a Regent Street with only three members of staff. Mainly selling carpets, furniture, and oriental goods, the business grew, and so did the property.

Inside the store you’ll find an aesthetically pleasing floor layout, with wooden floors and walls, designed perfectly with product placement and fancy pieces. There’s intense attention to detail, with amazing displays hanging from the atrium that sits in the middle of the store, being able to be seen from every floor. And of course, upper class customers and tourists. You can’t take pictures inside, but you will see these tourists being not so subtle and taking pictures of the interior on their iPads.

Liberty sells a range of the highest standards of products and luxury items, from clothing to jewellery, to beauty products and homeware, and most famously Liberty’s own fabrics, prints and scarves.

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I personally don’t shop at Liberty, as I can’t afford anything in the store! However it’s definitely worth a look, as it’s nothing like I’d ever seen from a department store before. I find it’s a little more exclusive than it’s lead on to be, and I really feel like I don’t fit in! But walking past it is always lovely as they have beautiful flowers out the front of the store. So do check it out!

If you’re around Regent and Oxford Street, you may as well make a quick detour and pop in to Liberty. You might come across something you like and splurge during your travels. Or you might just stare and take in the beauty of it, like I do!

Have you ever been to Liberty in London? Would you shop there? Let me know in the comments!

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Taking a Gap Year – Yes or No?

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Ah, yes. The old ‘Should I take a gap year?’ question. It’s a good one. It’s a popular one. And it’s one I’m going to attempt to shed some light on.

A gap year, or sabbatical, is technically a 12 month break taken after someone finishes high school and before they start university, but I believe it can be taken at any time, at any point in someone’s life, and it could be for a year, more than a year, or even a month! Taking this break may not be for everyone, and may not be at the top of someone’s list of priorities in life, and that’s totally fine.

But I think it’s important that we take breaks, and have time for ourselves in our busy lives.

I personally took some sort of gap year back in 2012, and it has continued for me up until now, and will continue for a while in the future! Why did I embark on a gap year, you ask? I found myself very, very stuck, hitting a huge slump in my life and needed a drastic change. I didn’t go to university, and felt a little overwhelmed at the thought of signing myself up for something my heart wasn’t set on. So instead, I bought a one-way ticket to London.

Not everyone has to do what I did, and it hasn’t necessarily helped me decide what I want to do with my life, but I don’t regret anything and wouldn’t change my experience at all.

So I’m always going to tell someone yes if they ask me whether or not they should take a gap year, and here’s why..

YES

Taking time out from education or work will allow you to see the world and your environment with fresh eyes and realise what it is that you really want in life. However, taking a gap year, in my eyes, doesn’t have to mean that you gallivant across the globe on an epic, exotic round the world trip. It could simply be a year taken off after you finish high school to get a job and save up money before you actually start university. It could be to take a year off and try new jobs and activities to see if you actually want to go to university, or if you are even interested in traveling at all. It could be a career break, where you go away for a while and discover new things about your life, and yourself.

It all seems very clichéd, inspirational and a little bit of a joke when I talk about ‘finding yourself’ and ‘seeing the world’, but look past that and honestly ask yourself what you want.

During a gap year, I feel there’s a lot of expectation to do the (not so) glamorous backpacking trips and legendary adventures, but there’s definitely more you can do to enhance your experience and give you better results that suit your needs.

Here’s a list of some options to get you thinking – volunteering, working abroad, studying abroad, teaching, adventure travel, internships, or a ski season. You can learn a new language, meet like minded people, explore (whether it be your home town or a major city on the other side of the world), master a new skill, take a short course, buy yourself some time, or just take a break. You’ll increase your confidence by taking yourself out of your comfort zone and have new experience for when you’re ready to get back to reality.

Take a step back from the life you know and come back to it feeling refreshed and ready to begin something new.

NO

It’s easy to see where most people are coming from when they are hesitant or not too keen on taking a gap year, especially for those focused on study. Well done you for knowing what you want! But if there’s a part of you that wants to take some time off, that’s fine, too!

I’ll admit, there are a few cons when it comes to taking a gap year, so let’s discuss them.
Having time away from your studies might affect your productivity when you return. You might lose momentum, and interest and might generally be stuck in a rut. It needs to be the right time for you. Whether it’s before you begin your course, or maybe you defer your course for next year, and head off for a while. Make it happen.

It’s also freakin’ expensive! Funding yourself for a gap year or period of time where you won’t be working is a demanding task, so you need to be able to afford it, and have the right mindset about it all. How will you fund it? How long will that money last? Will you have to work during your gap year to fund yourself? Sadly these questions need to be asked, and answered!

Your gap year experience might also turn out to be not what you hoped for or what you wanted. These are all possibilities and things that need to seriously be thought about before embarking on a sabbatical. But I think it’s worth it.

Have you taken a gap year? What was your version of a gap year? What are you thoughts about sabbaitcals? Let me know in the comments!

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London’s Glorious St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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There’s something about St. Paul’s Cathedral that makes it one of my favourite sights in London. Even though I’m yet to go inside, I still can’t help but spend hours just staring at it’s beauty.

I’m not normally one that admires or deliberately takes time out to discover churches when I’m traveling, but there’s something about St. Paul’s that entices me. It must be the London charm, striking again!

St. Paul’s sits at the highest point of the City (the Square Mile), amongst some of London’s most famous buildings including the Gherkin, the Leadenhall building and the Heron Tour, really emphasizing the old meets new theme that is constantly flowing throughout London. So mesmerizing!

The church has been witness to it’s fair share of major events. From the Blitz in WWII, to Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding, and Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. It’s bursting with history.

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Sadly being able to get into the church does come at a price, which will set you back around £18. To some people, that might be worth it. To others, it might not! It totally depends on your time schedule and your priority of things to see when in London.

From the glances at pictures I’ve seen of the inside of St. Paul’s, I’m sure it is worth it. It looks spectacular! There’s an exciting list of things to do inside (making the price a little more convincing), from walking along the Cathedral floor and standing where some of the most famous and royal have stood, or squeezing in some exercise and climbing the dome to the Whispering Gallery, or climbing even further (with a hefty number of stairs) up to the viewing point, giving you breathtaking views over London. The viewing point is what I really want to see!

But fear not! If you don’t end up going inside, you can take advantage of being outside and source out some impressive views of St. Paul’s. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, the view from Millennium Bridge is one of my favourite views of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and is a great starting point for any day out in the City. Another viewpoint I’ve recently sussed out online, is at the top of the One New Change building. I’d personally never heard of this building before, but it’s a shopping mall right next door to the cathedral with a roof terrace providing stunning views of St. Paul’s, as well as London’s forever progressing skyline. And is also free to get up to! Bonus!

Add it to the list! It’s definitely on mine.

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Getting to St. Paul’s Cathedral is no hassle at all, with the closest Tube station being an obvious choice – St. Paul’s (on the Central line). Upon exiting the station it’s no difficulty to find the church, as it’s sticking out like a sore thumb amongst the sleekness of the City and it’s futuristic buildings.

Exploring the rest of London after a visit to St. Paul’s is easily done, with the East End and the likes of Shoreditch just a stones throw away, or you could pop back on the Tube or get a bus heading back to the West End, or even cross over at Millennium Bridge at tackle the south of the River Thames. As always, the options are seriously endless in this magical city.

Did you visit St. Paul’s Cathedral when you were in London? Is it something you’d add to the list as a first-timer? Let me know in the comments!

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Tips For Surviving Rush Hour on the Tube.

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We all know London is an incredibly famous city, and it’s especially famous for it’s impressive transport systems, and most notably, the Tube (or the underground, if you will). This is the subway or metro train system that runs underneath the crazy city.

Having been commuting into London for my internships for the past couple of months and needing to jump on the Tube, I’ve learned a thing or two about surviving the journey during the most horrendous time of the day – rush hour.

Between the hours of 7am and 10am, and 5pm and 7pm, being on the Tube is the last place anyone wants to be. But sadly, it happens to be where millions of people are. Millions.

So whether you’ve had a job change and are now commuting into London, or are a visitor arriving in London and are unaware of how to handle these dreadful times, here are some of my tips to make your commuting or traveling on the Tube during the busiest times of the day a little more bearable. (But only a little bit – there’s only so much I can suggest!).

If you can avoid using the Tube during these frantic times, I couldn’t recommend it more. You’ll have a less stressful experience, plus, it will work out cheaper! Tubes and regular train tickets are insanely expensive during rush hour. If you’re thinking of jumping on a bus instead, sadly my friends, the bus is just as bad, or worse.

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KNOW YOUR ROUTE//
Knowing where you’re going and the fastest way to get there will make your journey so much smoother and will avoid any run ins with fast paced commuters. If you’re not familiar with the tube map, and figuring out how to get from point A to B is a bit difficult, using the Tube Map App will make you’re life so much easier. It can be used on the Tube as it doesn’t need WiFi, will tell you what line to be on, and in what direction (northbound, southbound, westbound, or eastbound). So once you get off the tube you can easily follow the signs and navigate your way to the next changeover. Easy!

GIVE WAY TO PEOPLE GETTING OFF THE TRAIN//
When you’re standing on the platform and your train has just arrived, be sure to stand to the right or left of the doors and let any passengers off before you get on. It’s polite, and allows everything to move faster.

GIVE UP YOUR SEAT FOR SOMEONE ELSE//
Seeing an elderly person, someone that’s looking a little ill (and sweating profusely), or a pregnant woman standing up and struggling is not on, especially when they’re crammed during rush hour. Stand up and offer them your seat, especially if you’re already sitting in the designated seating area for these people! Some of them will politely decline, but most of them will thank you and sit down, breathing a sigh of relief.

MOVE DOWN THE CARRIAGE AND THE PLATFORM//
It’s scary how many people can actually squeeze into a Tube carriage during rush hour. So to help the forever frantic push to get onto the Tube, move down the carriage and stand in the space between the people sitting down. I like to think you have a little more breathing room here rather than in the main standing area. So no faces in sweaty armpits. Win!
And when you’re waiting for a train to arrive on the platform – same thing – move down the platform. Walking through the entrance and stopping immediately isn’t going to make commuters happy. So look and see what end of the platform you’re on and keep moving down. The first and last carriages are usually the quietest but this still doesn’t even really apply to rush hour. So, good luck!

TAKE OFF YOUR BACKPACK//
Seeing people with backpacks on (whether it’s a huge backpacking one or a small trendy backpack), is a real pet peeve of mine. Take it off! Hold it in your hand it front of you, or if it’s big enough, place it on the ground in front of you. A bag on someones back is the same amount room for an extra one or two people to be standing. Even though the next Tube will be arriving within the next couple of minutes, commuters will see that backpack as a missed opportunity. You can literally see the hope leave their eyes when the Tube leaves the platform and that backpack is still plastered to someones back, where they could have been..

STAND ON THE RIGHT//
The escalators around the Tube get you to another line, and to and from the platforms. If you’re not keen on walking up or down the escalators, have some luggage or a little lazy – stand on the right.  Standing to the right allows the Londoners in a hurry to swiftly glide up or down the escalators to the left of you. I’m now one of those people that is on the left! It’s a fast pace to keep up with, but it’s good exercise at the start or end of your day!
If you’re bags get in the way or your sticking out a little too far to the left, don’t be surprised when you get a nudge from a speedy commuter on the left, or a blunt ‘excuse me’.

HAVE YOUR OYSTER CARD OR TICKET READY//
As soon as you get off the escalator you will be met with the barriers, where you’ll touch your oyster card or insert your ticket to end your journey. Be sure to have these things ready instead of holding up everyone behind you whilst you rummage in your bag.

GET USED TO LONDONERS//
Londoners are quiet people. No one looks at each other,  and no one talks (have headphones with you at all times), but if you do – you’ll receive quite the stare. These people are tired, they’re busy and they want to get to work or home as fast as they can. So don’t expect your rush hour experience to be fun or entertaining. If you get in their way, they’ll let you know!

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And quickly, be sure to always have a bottle of water with you (even if it’s the middle of winter!) and don’t be afraid to ask someone for help or directions. Oh, and avoid the Northern Line if you can. It’s seriously hell on Earth!

I personally wish I knew more about these unspoken rules for the Tube before I came to London two and a half years ago. There’s a lot of information to take in! But now I can happily say I am the master, and have sadly conformed into a typical commuter! I might pass you on the escalator as I’m (not so) glamorously striding up the left hand side (and struggling to catch my breath)!

Have you ever experienced London’s rush hour on the Tube? Any more tips prepare fellow underground users? Let me know in the comments!

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A Stroll Along London’s Millennium Bridge.

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Any Harry Potter fans out there? There has to be. Surely you recognise this bridge from the dark, dramatic dementor attack scene in the Half Blood Prince film. No? Just me getting excited? Stick with me, people!

Well, it looks a little different here because sadly I wasn’t in the world of wizardry and was surrounded my muggles. Ok, I’ll stop now.

In my opinion, the Millennium Bridge is a must see when you’re in London. The footbridge is phenomenal, and happens to be in a great part of London, connecting the Bankside with the City of London, and giving you a view of St. Pauls Cathedral that you just can’t beat. Win, win.

The closest tube stations to the Millennium Bridge are Blackfriars, Mansion House or Cannon Street (all on the Circle or District Line, running along the River Thames). Or London Bridge station (on the Northern line and is south of the river), or you could start at St. Pauls station (on the central line) and make your way down to the bridge from there.

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The location of Millennium Bridge gives you so many options to fill your day of sightseeing around London. So let me fill you in on what you could do and how much you can really see.
If you stay on The City side of the bridge, you can explore St. Pauls Cathedral and then make your way to the cooler, more alternative side of London – Shoreditch and the East End. I’m yet to truly explore this area myself but am hoping to this summer. Keep your eyes peeled.

When you’re standing on the bridge and facing St. Pauls, look to your right (like photo above) and you’ll see London Bridge, and then further down in the distance you’ll see Tower Bridge. I’d recommend heading that way and while you’re there you may as well see the Tower of London! On your way you can stop at the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and will constantly have the Shard looming over your shoulder. From Tower Bridge or London Bridge you could go south of the river to the Borough and check out the Borough Markets!

Or, instead you could head West around the Thames and make your way to the London Eye and then take on the West End for the remainder of your day. The options are seriously endless! You could easily achieve all of this walking, grabbing a bus to make it quicker, or even try out a river cruise!

I hope these tips were somewhat interesting! Hopefully it’s helped you map out a potential day in London. Millennium Bridge is definitely one to add to the itinerary!

Did you take a stroll along Millennium Bridge when you were in London? Is this somewhere you would head when visiting the capital? Let me know in the comments!

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