09 Feb So much to do, so much to see
So much to do, so much to see
With the plethora of weekend events and career speaker series that Absolute Internship offers on all their programs, life in London has been non-stop and no minute has been left spare. So without further ado, I have compiled my ultimate list of things to do when in London.
Shopping in London is an experience once thought to be experienced only in dreams. Take the tube to Oxford Circus and experience the frenzy of time-poor after-work shoppers and frustrated parents with young kids. Navigate your way through the crowded streets (weaving through large herds of people becomes a newfound talent) and spend your entire life savings in the space of three hours. Plus, who needs the gym when you can get a full body cardio workout from power-walking through the kilometres of shops and arm muscles from lifting all your shopping bags?
If there is one thing I have learnt from my time in London, it is that the food scene is huge. More often than not, your biggest dilemma of the day will be deciding where and what to eat for dinner. For amazing 360-degree views of the city, head to Duck & Waffle and Sushi Samba, located in the Herron Tower at Liverpool Street. Looking for some authentic Italian food nestled in a secluded alleyway? Head to Mayfair Pizza & Co. For the best pizza in town, check out Homeslice Pizza in Covent Garden and if you’re feeling like some curry, Brick Lane has you covered. Oh, and don’t forget to try some fish and chips, washed down with a pint of beer, at your local pub. Grocery stores, such as Sainsbury’s, are also located on almost every corner to satisfy those midnight cravings.
The world is your oyster (literally) and getting around on the tube using your Oyster card is easy once you get the hang of all the complicated maps and ‘minding the gaps’. Hop off at a random station and simply explore the area. That’s the magic of London- every suburb is so contrastingly different that when you step out of the underground, you feel as if you have transported to a new city every time.
Even if it’s just learning how to speak in a British accent or trying to use some of the local lingo, there is always something new to learn or experience in London. As a part of our Career Speaker series, we had the chance to listen to inspiring speakers, including 23-year old entrepreneur Jamie Dunn, who gave us extensive yet practical advice about how to be successful in your career and how to maintain a work-life balance.
5. WEEKEND GETAWAYS TO PARIS
A weekend in the city of love is just a short train ride away thanks to the EuroStar. Leave early Saturday morning and return as late as possible on Sunday night to maximise your two days and the amount of Nutella crepes you can eat before feeling sick. Stroll through the picturesque streets of the Champ-Elysees and whilst you’re there, stop off for a baguette at Paul’s patisserie followed by a box of macarons from Ladurée. Soak in the beauty of the streets and be mesmerised by the French language. However, be prepared for a lot of walking and heavy breathing, especially up the stairs to the Sacré-Coeur and Eiffel Tower.
6. TAKE AS MANY PHOTOS AS POSSIBLE
How else can you remember your trip for many years to come (and make all your friends and family incredibly jealous) than by taking hundreds of photos and posting them to all social media platforms? Regular pit stops to get the perfect angle and lighting are a necessity and more interesting and unusual photos are recommended. But don’t forget to get the generic Big Ben and red telephone box photos, because no trip to London would be complete without these standard tourist shots.