8 Things You Learn From Staying in London

1. There is no such thing as personal space.

A thing I noticed while in London is that people don’t really have their own space bubble. Most places you go such as the tube you will be crammed close to people not caring about your personal space.

2. Beauty is everywhere.

Literally everywhere you look there is beauty. Whether it be a park or a part of history, every single thing in London is beautiful. 

4. Restaurants work a bit different.

Almost every restaurant we went to while in London had a bar inside it. Now we didn’t know at first but quickly found out that you order not only drinks from the bars but also your meals. You go up to the bar and order and pay for your food there and then they bring it out to your table. I think this is a cool way but personally I like being lazy and having the waiter/waitress come to me. 

5. People get drinks after work.

One thing I loved about the London social scene was that people go out with friends to grab a drink after work. People will be outside all pubs enjoying a beer almost everyday around the 5pm. I think we should bring this norm to America personally. 

6. It’s more expensive.

London is a very expensive town and we knew this before going but it really doesn’t hit until your paying $14 American dollars for a meal that seems cheap in pounds. The conversion rates reall get ya. But honestly every extra dollar is worth it because I mean you’re in London! 

7. Water.

Water is very different in the UK. A popular thing is sparkling water. At restaurants you have to ask specifically for tap or still water if you want it, and most of the time they will look at you like you’re crazy. Also if you want ice be sure to ask for it because most places don’t give you ice in your water!

8.  Museums and Churches.

In London it’s kind of funny because you pay to see the churches but most museums are free to enter. That’s almost completely opposite from America. However, paying entry for those churches are 100% worth it. 

Although many of these things are different, they are all the small parts that add to your trip. London was amazing and I can’t wait to go back! 


Dinos, Dodos, and more oh my!! By Elizabeth Oliver

There are many museums to explore in London. But, there were two I knew I had to visit while I was there. They were the Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.  At 136 years of age, the Natural History Museum contains an array of collections that include minerals, birds, mammals, and dinosaurs. I was attracted by the dinosaurs and they did not disappoint. I grew up with Jurassic Park and I knew I had to go and see these colossal creatures. The dinosaur exhibit had two moving dinosaurs, several  dinosaur skeletons, and dinosaur tracks.


dinosaur track
Dinosaur tracks above, to the top right a skeleton of an Iguanodon, and in the bottom right is a moving exhibit of Deinonychus dinosaurs.


moving exhibit of Deinonychus

On my way out of the Natural History Museum, I visited the bird area and had the opportunity to see a dodo.dodo 1

My next stop was the Victoria and Albert Museum. This museum’s collections include furniture, clothes, paintings, silverware, and jewelry.  One of the most interesting exhibits is the cast courts. These cast courts are copies of famous works including Michelangelo. baby grand.JPG

cast of Michelangelo


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