There is something inexplicably and achingly familiar about London in the springtime. The sunlight illuminates the creamy froth of the clouds above. The trees are in beautiful bloom. Petals drift all over the city, soft on the ever-present wind under a familiar, drifting network of patchwork blue.
Nestled in the streets and alleyways around Brixton train station are a chorus of market stalls catering to the broad tastes and palates that make up modern London. Next weekend or on a midweek afternoon off hop on the Victoria Line and take it to the end to get some of the tastiest and comparatively cheap food in London while browsing the numerous street stalls.
The semester in London is coming to an end just as the summer begins. As well as cramming in all the touristy things you never got around to doing, check out these great events in the final few weeks.
Land of the Lions at London Zoo If you haven’t yet made it to London Zoo in beautiful Regent’s Park, make sure you check it out soon, as it will soon be opening a brand new and enormous exhibit of Asiatic Lions in an enclosure designed to look like a ruined lion temple. You can explore the temple, cycle rickshaws (and “race” a lion!), as well as learn about Gujarat, the state of India where the lions are from.
As someone who had listened to Innerspeaker and Lonerism with a fan’s dedication and yet lost contact with Tame Impala up until attending their ascent onto Alexandra Palace last month, I was in an interesting position on reviewing the band’s performance. I was familiar enough with Tame Impala’s psychedelic style to appreciate it accordingly, but I still had high expectations for what the band would amount to as a live production. I laid in wait to witness if Kevin Parker could translate his genius as a producer into a live concert on foreign ground.
Regardless of the debated quality of British cuisine, eating out in London can quickly become tiresome and expensive. After long hours of class, heading home to relax often becomes the most tempting option. For many of us that are trying to adjust to the unfamiliarity of a study abroad experience, there is nothing more reassuring than realizing that amidst this dizzying change some things just don’t change after all. The easily replicable diet of microwaveable meals — or food that shouldn’t even be counted as meals — typical of the poor and lazy college student is a reminder of home. Or at least, a reminder of your second home, your life back at your home campus.
English food can often be heavy and lack a good helping of vegetables that we all know our bodies and taste buds are craving at this point. Although we are not as much in the struggle as our fellow NYU peers abroad in the land of meat, Prague, it can still take a little bit of searching to find a clean, healthy, and student-budget friendly meal here in London.
It’s always summer in the world of Swim Deep, a five-piece Birmingham pop rock band who decided to try their hand in London for a one-off concert. Taking place at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, shorts were abundant, girls showed off their midriffs, and boys discarded their tops after one drink. It was about 7 degrees outside.
Fish and chips? Bangers and mash? Meat pies? Hardly a vegan’s paradise. Traditional English food can be a challenge for the London vegan or vegetarian. However, with this guide in hand and a little bit of exploration, those living the plant-based life or even those veg-curious carnivores can fill up on some delicious eats. The Russell Square area will give you a much more fulfilling and fun experience abroad, and can give you a chance to meet new people and learn more about the extensive cultural scene in this city.