Emilie’s guide to London

A lot of you requested a guide to London so here it goes,

this post will be entirely in English so that my non-norwegian readers will understand!

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Favorite Public Park: Regent’s Park in the summer/spring. Visit the queens Rose Garden, bring lunch and sit on the grass and just enjoy the atmosphere. The colors is amazing and it’s a nice break from London’s pulsating life. I used to go here all the time since my old university is in the middle of the park.

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An area you can’t miss: Shoreditch. Go on Saturdays where Brick Lane is full of markets, street food and a wonderful vibe. It’s definitely worth the tube ride and it’s the go-to place if you want to experience the London vibe and life

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3 Favorite Cocktail Bars:

Mr Foggs in Mayfair

This place is literally stuffed with the detritus of the Victorian explorer of the name: every wall is covered with hunting rifles, stuffed animals, weathered flags and maps. All right, these are just the imaginary souvenirs of an imaginary traveller, but that doesn’t make the profusion of clutter any less dazzling – or any less fun. It’s not cheap – this is Mayfair, after all – but for sheer spectacle Mr Fogg’s is hard to beat.

Experimental Cocktail Club in China Town

Seek and you shall find. In the murky heart of Chinatown, hidden behind an unmarked door, lies the Experimental Cocktail Club. Spread over two floors of a once-elegant town-house, the space has a vaguely colonial feel: the design is opulent, faintly oriental and ever so slightly frayed at the edges. A piano stands in the cosy upstairs bar and the low lighting adds to the romantic and ever so slightly clandestine atmosphere. Even if it sounds pathetic this bar almost became a second home to me as i enjoyed sitting here for hours with my friends every weekend.

Cahoots in soho/kings court

Travel back in time… Cahoots is a glamorous cocktail bar where it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing… once you’re in, it’s 1946, and you’re part of a party that’s trying to rebuild the spirit of post-war Britain. The venue was once was used as an air-raid shelter and has since been transformed into an Underground station, complete with a tube carriage and sandbags. Enjoy your drinks in an actual tube carrier while the sax player plays oh’so beautiful.

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Places to eat

Breakfast / Lunch: Le Pain Quotidien

Spend every weekend here, try the waffles, newly baked bread with butter, fresh orange juice and their own brand of nutella (which I keep a stock of in my apartment)

The Grazing Goat

If you go to london you need to have a proper Sunday Roast. And oh how glorious it is! The pub’s tasteful blond oak-panelled dining rooms are Regency coaching inn meets modern-day manor. You’re in great British gastropob hands.

The Duke of Wellington

Great food, you can even sit outside and enjoy your food and a glass of wine. I used to go hear with my friends and we would stay for hours!

When it comes to shopping i recommend Shoreditch for Vintage and Knightsbridge for highend. Stay clear of Oxford Street, you’ll find those stores everywhere and really it’s just going to put you in a bad mood as you literally have to walk in line for every store. If you have any other questions, just send me an email or write a comment

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London Guide for University and Accomodation

A few of you have send me emails asking about London. A lot of the questions is where i studied and where I lived / how much you should expect to pay for flats and accommodation in general. I’ll try to give you a few tips which might narrow your questions down a bit.

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I took a degree in Global Business and Design Management from Regent’ University. I Transferred from a Danish University which meant that I only had to study at Regent’s for 3 semesters (1.5 years) in order to achieve a Bachelors degree. First of, the terms in the UK is a lot shorter compared to Scandinavia. Each semester is 12 weeks, which means long and hectic days. I do wish the terms were a bit longer in order to have more time for other things, but then again, it enables you to get internship’s and work experience in-between terms. It takes some time to get used to the the UK system, there’s a lot of essays and group assignments which almost always accounts for 50 or 100% of you grade in that specific subject. You have to learn how to write academic english which is very different from just writing normally. I did however really like it and I feel like I learned so much more from essays and group assignments rather than just having exams. Each term I had around 3-4 exams – they were heavy and in some of them you had to write 20-30 pages. What I found the hardest was math and all the financial subjects, i’m not really strong in those areas from the beginning so learning math and understanding it in a different language turned out to be a challenge.

The most important thing when you choose to study abroad, is to find a University that really suits you. I wanted diversity in terms of culture and I really got that at Regent’s. 97% of the students comes from all over the world and only 3% is from the UK. I made a lot of friends and they live in all parts of the world. This also enable you to develop a professional network throughout the world.

Tuition differs from university to university, but you should expect to pay between 7.000-10.000 pounds for a term. If you’re from Denmark and don’t have the opportunity to borrow the money from the state like Norwegians do, the UK.gov has a great system where you can borrow the money for your tuition and pay it back over several years. Make sure to check the scholarship page of your preferred university, if you have good grades from previous studies you have a chance to receive a scholarship.

Living in London:

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The hardest part – finding a place to live! London is crazy expensive, I think it’s one of the most expensive places to live in the world. Truth be told, you won’t find a room close to city center for less than 800 pounds, and then you’re lucky! I lived in 3 different places, Chelsea, Marylebone and Paddington where i payed around 1000 pounds a month for a small room. These are very popular places, thus a bit more expensive. For me it was important that my flat was close to my University in Regent’s park to avoid spending hours in the Tube. If you live in zone 3,4 or 5 instead you might find a room for around 500 punds, however the tube is expensive so take that into consideration as well. I recommend using an agency, since there is a lot of shady sites and landlords who just wants to trick you. Do NOT start looking for flats before you arrive in London, it’s impossible! Wait until you are there and make sure you have a couple of weeks to flat hunt. There’s also really great sites like http://www.londonswedes.com and facebook groups where fellow scandi’s help each other out. London Swedes is founded by one of my friends (who’s so inspiring and hardworking) and this page has everything You need when moving to or living in London. 

This was my first post about London, if you want advise on where to go and what to see thats not your typical tourist attractions, just let me know and i’ll prepare something for you.

Emilie