Let’s see if I can make it through this without saying London Calling. TBD

One month in London is not enough time to explore the city, but I only had 2 weeks (due to aforementioned NYC stopover and trip to Milan for BEYONCE’S CONCERT).

I played number one tourist while in London, visiting sites like the Tate Modern, the British Museum, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London. Also included were more touristy boroughs like Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, etc. I even got to see a friend stationed in Cambridge. It was cool because he was in the Air Force so I got a lot of military specific history about WW2 as well as info about the campus and its prestigious colleges.

Tower Bridge as seen from a window in the White Tower in the Tower of London

Tower Bridge as seen from a window in the White Tower in the Tower of London

We lived in a co-living space called The Collective (SUCH a culty name), and worked from our living location or the co-working location near Bedford Square. I had a very busy month work-wise with a lot of potential business in London so I spent time all over the city.

For the first time ever we were all in the same building, but the weird thing was I didn’t really see that many people. The co-living space preached fostering a sense of community, but this month felt the least cohesive yet.

Many took side trips because it’s so easy to travel elsewhere, including me (but like, Beyonce), and because we didn’t have a singular, central office space my best chance of seeing anyone was in the 2nd floor laundry room.

I liked London, but our apartment building was about a 45 minute one-way journey to the center of the city so we felt pretty removed. Remote Year did hook us up with unlimited Oyster cards for the month so we were able to get around the city very easily, but we lived far, there’s no getting around it.

Pubs were a welcome surprise to me. Obviously I know what a pub is, but I didn’t realize how much of a community center they formed. It’s nice to have a neighborhood spot everyone goes after work to hang and eat. I don’t know if there’s an equivalent in America.

The last thing I’ll give London a shout out for is its architecture. It is a weird, strange, cool mix. You’ve got these incredibly modern structures like the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern next to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s like that everywhere in the city. A museum that’s older than the country I was born in sits next to buildings you can really imagine men with ponytail wigs coming out of and glass houses.

Millennium Bridge aka the one the Death Eater's destroy at the beginning of HP movie 6 and St. Paul's Cathedral

Millennium Bridge aka the one the Death Eater’s destroy at the beginning of HP movie 6 and St. Paul’s Cathedral

Though two weeks is not enough time, and London is too big to even begin to chip away at the culinary experience, I will still leave you with some recommendations like I always do.

Opium — cool craft cocktail bar that serves dim sum in Chinatown

BYOC — 25 pound cover, bring your own 1/5th, and they make you craft cocktails with it. Really, really cool kind of speakeasy

Duck & Waffle — Fancy fancy restaurant open 24/7. It’s worth it simply to go to that kind of restaurant at 3am. Where else can you do that?

Sexy Fish — delicious Japanese

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