On Saturday morning Hayley, Shiva, and I went on a University College London sponsored double-decker bus tour of London (try saying that five times fast). Afterwards, we explored the neighborhoods around our campus and checked out the British Museum!
Hayley and I didn’t arrive early enough to sit on the top, but we were okay sitting inside on the bottom, where it was a bit warmer. We learned a lot about the city, and it was fun to hear about all the rich history in London!
After the tour, Hayley, Shiva, and I visited a few of the gardens around UCL. We went to the Tavistock Square Garden in Camden (where we got to see a statue of Gandhi) and the Russell Square Garden.
Between gardens, we got to see a ton of beautiful houses and buildings around our campus. The area is incredibly beautiful; UCL couldn't be in a more lovely spot!
After visiting the parks, we walked to the British Museum ! Although we didn’t go in, it was awesome to see the building (and realize that it’s practically down the street from where I live!).
There are so many beautiful buildings around the museum area; just across the street are some gorgeous apartments in different shades of brick! I love all of the history behind some of the older buildings.
Across from the museum we stopped into the Highland “Scottish Goods” Store to check out the tartans and gloves. The scarves were absolutely beautiful, and super soft! I might have to go back and get one if it stays cold!
Our final stop of the afternoon was a visit to the LondonReview Bookshop. We browsed the shelves, and then grabbed tea and snacks at the London ReviewCake Shop. Hayley and I both got an absolutely delicious tomato soup with crème freche, a baguette, and olive oil. It was the perfect way to warm up!
After doing schoolwork for a few hours, we ended the night at the UCL student union (which is sort of like a university activity center and a bar rolled into one). On Saturdays they have karaoke, and I had a blast listening to the performers and dancing (plus, you really can’t beat pints of Strongbow for 1.65 pounds!)!