My London: Essentials Not in the Guidebook

So you want to go to London…let me tell you something right now: this is the best decision you have ever made. London is my favorite city in the world, and trust me, you will fall in love in no time. The first link is to download the guide, but click the links below for things NOT in the guide. Please feel free to download and share this with any of your friends or family members thinking about going abroad!

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Borough Market Saturdays

I have lived in London since January and have yet to go to Borough Market until today!

Cardinal sin, but after my lengthy run through I think I can be forgiven.

I assumed the market would be packed, as is everything in London on a Saturday, but we went for brunch (around 10AM and left around 12PM) and it only began to get very busy on the tail end of our trip!


The DL on UCL

Before I came to UCL I had no idea what to expect of the education system.

I knew it would be different, I knew it would take time to assimilate, but I did not know how drastic the change would be. So, following, is a (hopefully) helpful outline of what I went through in the beginning of my time as an English affiliate at UCL.


Lust List: Reading Week AKA Online Shopping Week

I can’t seem to sate my online shopping addiction, even in the UK.

So, even though I’m not buying anything (yet) (just kidding mom I won’t), I thought I would share what is catching my eye!

It’s essentially all rain jackets (it was raining today) but because I don’t have one I think that it’s justified with the dreary weather we’ve been having in London. If it’s going to be chilly and damp, you may as well look great!

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Harry Potter Studio Tour (Valenfives Day 3)

Thursday Jack and I went to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour and it was the happiest day of my life.

The HP Fandom has a special place in my heart. Those books were my entire world, and the only time I could watch The Deathly Hallows pt. 2 was at the midnight premiere because I can’t stand the thought of it ending in front of me again.

This past week I’ve been lucky enough to be both where it began (Elephant House, Edinburgh) and now where it ended. I honestly have no words to describe how incredible and emotional it was to be there, and while pictures do not suffice, they do follow.


(WARNING: tour spoilers ahead!!! Not many, but still enough)

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Sketch London (Valenfives Day 1)

If you are, like my friend most eloquently put it (thank you Paige) “ballin’ on a budget,” then you have to take advantage of Sketch London’s coupon. Until March 1st, use the code from their Facebook page to get fifty, oh yes, FIFTY pounds off of a dinner or a lunch. The catch: Monday-Wednesday only, must be at least two people who both eat at least two courses, and you have to give the code at the time of reservation. After all the hoops, it really is an excellent deal.