Leaving London: the one-year stay comes to an end!

On September last year I came to London for my first year of masters. Now, after 2 semesters at Uni and a 3-month internship I’m leaving this city with very good memories.

I was living in Camden with 4 friends; my lovely flatmates, who I wish I could put inside my bag and take with me everywhere I went – Miguel, Zeta, Manel and Joana. Our house, the parties we did, the concerts we went to, the dinners we had and all other funny moments we lived were definitely the best thing about this year.

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Hister Party, May

London is a good city to live for a while. It has loads of stuff to do, nice exhibitions to see, cool markets to visit, many places to go shopping, people from all over the world, and most of all – MUSIC everywhere. Yes, music is for sure the greatest thing the city has to offer! All bands play here, there are bars with live music everywhere, the festivals are okay as well, and many of the places to go out are also nice. The problem is that it’s ridiculously expensive!

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Graffiti in Brick Lane

It’s funny to see that London is clearly divided in two, there’s Central & West and there’s North & East, and that’s something you only notice when you live here. My favourite? Definitely North and East, specifically Camden, and Shorditch/Old street/Brick Lane. Why? It’s where the best markets, cafes and restaurants are – needless to say that by “best” I obviously mean “affordable and yet good”. They are also the places where the best music is played and where the nicest people can be found.

Here’s a list of the very best things I did in London during this year:

Best Art:
Frieze Arts Fair
Tate Modern – Gerard Richter
National Portrait Gallery – BP Portrait Award 2012

Best Music:
The Roundhouse – The Drums
Heaven – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinossaurs
Field Day – Grimes & The Vaccines
The Union Chapel – Michael Kiwanuka

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Field Day

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The Vaccines @Field Day

Best Spots:
For picnics – Primrose Hill
For live music – Proud
For clubbing – Book Club, Koko, 1001, Vibe and Warehouse Parties
For Sundays – Brick Lane
For living – Camden
For shopping – Covent Garden
For dinner – Jamie’s Italian

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Primrose Hill

For the ones visiting London in the future, this is a list you will want to follow 🙂 It’s not the usual touristic route but it’s a better way to know the real London.