I was back in England for Christmas, and after all the festivities I insisted on some countryside romping to walk off at least a little of the Christmas choccy I’d gorged on. Here are a few snaps I took walking around the reservoir.
I lived in London for two years, and went from someone who didn’t know the difference between the tube and the overground, to someone who could navigate brunch, a gig, and three birthday dinners in one day. Still kinda not sure about the difference between the tube and the overground, though. Don’t even get me started on National Rail. Anyway, here are a few good apps you highkey need on your phone if you’re living in London.
Any Aussie moving to London would expect to find a few differences between the golden sandy beaches of Aus and the rainy grey city of London, but it’s not just the weather that’s the difference between living in Australia and living in England. We speak the same language, but there are heaps of cultural differences between the Brits and the Aussies, which you’ll discover living in the UK. I’m a Brisbane girl, and I moved to London when I was 21 to personify that Aussie-in-London stereotype, and I discovered some big differences in culture. And before anyone jokes about Aussies having no culture, you’ll start to recognise the Aussie culture as soon as you move to England and see what Aussies look like to a Londoner. You might be a bit embarrassed (and secretly a bit proud) of your own Australian culture.
The London rental game is a competitive minefield, but if you dedicate some time, you’ll be able to find a flat (especially as an Aussie or a Kiwi). If you’re just moving to London as a single person, your best option is finding a room in an existing flatshare. London flatshares typically come furnished, and if you move into a room of a flat with people who’ve been living there for a while, you won’t have to worry about anything except making your own bed.
Ideal for a day trip or a long weekend break from London, the Cotswolds are an area of quintessential British beauty, featuring rolling green hills, quaint English villages, palaces, gardens, and historic towns. A few years ago I took a long weekend road trip from London to the Cotswolds. We hired a car to drive from London to Oxford and Bath, stopping by some of the loveliest villages and towns in England. Here’s a guide to the Cotswolds, including the best places to visit, where to stay, and what to do (as well as the perfect place to watch the sunset in the Cotswolds).
For my friend’s birthday we took the train from London to Brighton for a girls weekend. We did it on a super tight budget – living in London we were all poor as hell! We stayed at Smart Brighton because it was so cheap and had a good location (right next to the Walkabout, which… yup, that’s where we ended up going).
Did you know there are wild deer living in London? Richmond Park is a massive park in the outer zones of London, and there are wild deer roaming throughout the park – if you can spot them! We hired bikes to ride around, so we found the deer pretty easily, but if you’re walking, it can sometimes be hard to find them because of how big the park is.Continue reading “Where to find deer in London.”
Sadly it rarely snows in London, so the white winter you’re dreaming of is unlikely to happen in the capital. But London is still gorgeous in the winter, and here are a few of my favourite spots in London (including a few “secret” instagrammable locations).
In November my flatmate, Helen, from London took me and our other flatmate, Keziah, to her hometown near Middlesborough, in the North of England. There we walked to Roseberry Topping, a tall hill near Great Ayton. Fun fact, Great Ayton was the childhood home of Captain Cook, the first British guy to discover Australia.
The Cambridge May Ball fireworks were such a magical experience, and if you ever have the opportunity to be in Cambridge in June (not May), I’d highly recommend it! We had a few days in Cambridge, but Cambridge is also an ideal day trip from London (which I’ve also done!). It’s a university city, with lovely old buildings and gardens.
If, like me, you’re travelling a long distance to Glastonbury, or taking the coach, or just don’t want to carry a mountain of stuff with you from the carpark to the tent, then you’ll want to pack light.