Posted 2 Nov 2011
There is this saying that you learn from your mistakes. For me personally, it seems like I'm learning (or not) from doing the same mistake again and again. But I'm getting ahead of myself, first thing you need to know, is that my brother visited me from Germany over the weekend.
Of course I was totally excited since it was the first time he visited me in the UK and of course I wanted to make those three days count. Unfortunately the timing was a bit difficult for me, since I was constantly busy with university and non-university related stuff, so I wasn't able to plan anything ahead.
Despite all the difficulties, the weekend went really well, although I had to learn one lesson (again): For this you have to know, that nightlife in Germany usually starts a bit later and also ends a bit later, so me and my brother went into central London (Leicester Square) around midnight, to see if we could find a random club to go into. We ended up wandering around for two hours for a club which was open for more than two hours and got a bit lost on the way back, so we arrived home around 6am in the morning (which by the way would be the time we would also start coming home from a night out in Germany).
Don't get me wrong, I have had good nights out in central London, but every time I go spontaneously, I end up a bit stranded in central London, or even worse spend a lot of money on clubs that I actually couldn't afford in my budget. The good nights out in contrast, were most times organized by friends or by myself in advance.
Therefore my top tip on going out in central London is to plan your night, starting from finding information about the club events (especially entry prices, opening times, dress code and/or the theme of the party), booking yourself on a guest list (sometimes saves you queuing up) down to looking up www.tfl.gov.uk to find out how to find your way back after the party.
It might sound lame, but once the details are sorted, you have peace of mind and can concentrate on enjoying yourself!
Course: Psychology with Business
Level: Alumni 2012
Other information: I came to university after doing a gap year. I am a member of the Kingston University German Society, Jiu Jitsu Club and Scandinavian Society. I am a Kingston University student ambassador. I chose Kingston because... it had a broad ethnic diversity in students and staff, which allowed me to learn about different cultures and to make friends from all over the world. Furthermore Kingston a nice place to live, it is not too big and if you want to London Waterloo is only 3...