Posted 5 Dec 2013 by Laura
I signed up to take part in the Universities Business Challenge last month. It started off ok as the group got on well, and we started working on the first tasks and began reading the company profile we were acting for.
It was very interesting as it really did put you in the real business environment. The team were acting as a company which supplied solar power systems to countries in need of development. Unfortunately I had to withdraw from the process as my compulsory work was getting heavier so that had to take priority. This was a shame as I knew the UBC would have looked great on my CV but this is a situation anyone could find themselves in at University - extra curriculars can't take priority over the compulsory work!
Even though assignment briefs are starting to be handed out, I can't escape the fact its nearly Christmas soon! I'm very much looking forward to being at home but also I am off to Iceland for a few days with my Mum in December. I'm so excited because we are hopefully going to go husky sledding which would be awesome! Fingers crossed we will see the Northern Lights too. I will upload some photos of that trip soon...
Before I go though, a couple of those Disneyland pics I promised you -
Winter is upon us and soon all the festive London events have started - or are starting very shortly! When I moved to London I had only ever been here before on short weekend visits, so I didn't really know where to go to do things, and what there was to do in the area!
Over the Christmas period, loads of new things pop up in and around London, like all the markets! There's one on Southbank, at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, in Belgravia (just to name a few), and of course - we have our very own in Kingston! These markets can be great places to get funky gifts for your friends and families, as they are often full of hand crafted or quirky items! And of course, the majority of them serve brilliant food and drink, so even if you're too short on money to shop, you can have a browse and enjoy a pork roll and a mulled wine to warm you up!
Loads of ice rinks pop up as well, there's one in winter wonderland, one at the natural history museum and one not far from Kingston in Hampton Court! They normally cost between £10-£15 per person, but it's a great day out and you can go and have fun falling over (if you're anything like me at ice skating) with your friends!
Talking of Winter Wonderland, it's a place you all HAVE to get yourselves to! It's such a good event and is always worth a visit! It's full of rides, big and small, mirror houses, Christmas cheer and lots of food and drink! My favourite place there is a little barn bar which does live music, always worth a look! I make a tradition of going every year with my friends and we always have a great night! If you're skint (like most of us are at this time of the year!) don't worry because it is free entry, so even if you don't want to spend much money on going on the rides and into the attractions such as the circus, ice rink and ice palace there is still plenty for you to look at and do without spending a penny! Also, if you're walking there (which is always fun in Christmas, as you'll get to see all the Christmas lights) check out Harrods when you walk past, there is always mad decorations in the windows!
So, that was a short and sweet list of some things that you might want to check out over Christmas, and if you know anywhere amazing to go at this time of year, or find anywhere, give me a shout!
Salut beautiful people!
I hope everyone is doing well, and not sleep-deprived like me (it's hard out here in these law streets). This weekend I got a great break and went out to a club in central London called 'Moonlighting' for a friend's birthday. I don't go to central London much for clubbing, given that trains stop running earlier than when I usually leave a club, night buses are a pain, and taxis (especially the black ones) can be expensive. I do love going there for dinner/a few drinks/concerts though. If you ever end up in Soho definitely check out 'Zenna Bar'. I also LOVEEE to hop over to Piccadilly and get a CINNABONNNN (can you see how much I love them).
As great as central London is, what really drew me to Kingston was that it is large and has so much to do that I don't feel like I am missing out living outside central (Kingston is only about a 20 min train). It's great to just take the uni bus (which is free and runs Monday-Friday) to town with a few friends and grab some food and do something fun to relax and hangout.
Yea there are clubs such as 'Hippodrome,' 'McClusky's', 'Ama-gi,' 'Oceana' (well... was Oceana, it is now shut down and being replaced by 'Pryzm'), but sometimes I am just not in the mood to party on the few days I have off to unwind. If you do go clubbing in Kingston, it is worth stopping to 'Weatherspoon's' first as they usually have really cheap drink specials and meals, and play great music.
So what do I do instead? Well I love stopping at the Rotunda, because you can go bowling there, there's also a cinema, and great places to eat such as 'Frankie & Benny's' (their pasta is so good!) In Kingston there's also 'Byron Burger,' 'Gourmet Burger Kitchen,' and you have places that not only have great food, but great happy hour specials like 2-4-1's at 'Las Iguanas' (they serve amazing Mexican food). 'Las Iguanas' has to be my favourite place to eat! And how could I forget the oh-so-good 'Nando's!'
As great as all of this sounds, I always keep in mind that I am a student - I have to budget and I can't always spend an exorbitant amount of money during my outings. Thus, I have become OBSESSED with 'Groupon' (groupon.co.uk) where you look up specials in your city (even though I am in Kingston, I look up London since we're so close) for restaurants, shows, beauty and well-being, travel, and the list goes on and on and on!
I have purchased boot camp sessions, hot yoga sessions, beauty products and so much more on Groupon. I even purchased my trip to Venice back in October - 3 nights, 4 days including hotel and return plane ticket for less than £200 (will post about my amazingggg trip next month)!!! Trust me, registering on Groupon will be one of the best decisions you've ever made. The only downside is that specials only last for a few days/while supplies last, but they always have many to choose from all the time, so make sure check it out!
If you have any more questions about nightlife, don't hesitate to ask! xx
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