England

brightonEngland livin’ came about to be a pleasant surprise in my life. I had the opportunity to live in a super cute southern seaside town called Brighton for majority of 2017 (April – December). My job also brought me up to live/work in big ol’ London town – a city with never-ending things to do.

London 

Getting around:

Citymapper app is the answer to your prayers to the London tube/buses/overground.

Accommodation:

I lived in New Cross and worked in Soho while living in London.

Things to do:

– Visit the Old Spitalfield Markets & Brick Lane Markets & Maltby Markets

– Go to the Camden Markets and eat, shop & drink

– Walk from Tower Bridge along river thames to London Eye

– Visit Nottinghill suburb and visit the markets

– Go to Hampstead heath pools

– Visit the Museums (British Museum)

– Walk around Soho & Covent Garden / Seven dials area

– Go to Buckingham Palace

– Ride the London Eye

– Walk across Westminster bridge and visit Big Ben

– Take a day trip to Cambridge and go punting

– Walk through the canals into Regent Park & picnic at Primrose Hill

– Go up the Shard to have a bird’s eye view of London

– Have a drink at rooftop of the Madison

– Rent bikes and go through Greenwich

– See a show at theatres (Matilda, Harry Potter, Wicked etc.)

– Visit Harry Potter studios in Watford

– See platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Pancras station

What I wish I knew/did:

London is very very busy but so much fun and there is heaps to do (gigs, music festivals, theatre, nightlife, outdoor movies, resturants, rooftops) – need I say more?

Brighton 

The rest of my time was spent living and working in Brighton/Shoreham-by-sea/Hove, which is located on the south coast of England.

Getting around:

Down south in Brighton – Trainline as well as google maps & stagecoach (buses/transport are privately owned outside of London) were necessary for getting around.

Accommodation:

I lived in Hove which is walking distance to the heart of Brighton.

Things to do:

– Walk down the Brighton pier

– Go for a jog on the seafront

– Have dinner at the Brighton Marina

– Have fish and chips on the pebbled beach

– Explore the North & South lanes (I love love love the lanes!)

– Take a day trip to Arundel Castle

– Hike the Seven Sisters Cliffs hike

– Visit the South downs

– Visit the Indian-Chinese inspired Pavillion

– See the iconic Brighton & Hove beach houses

– See a premier league football game

What I wish I knew/did:

The lifestyle in Brighton is much more relaxed than London. It is also much smaller but I just love living by the sea!

Bristol/Bath

Getting there:

I took the train from Brighton which is about 4 hours. Trains go all over the UK and are usually cheaper if booked in advance. www.trainline.com. Bath is about half an hour drive from Bristol.

Accommodation:

I stayed with a friend here as well as at the Rock N Bowl hostel in the centre of Bristol. See link: https://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Rock-N-Bowl-Hostel/Bristol/36731

Things to do:

Bristol

– Have ciders – Bristol is known for its cider!

– Walk to the Clifton Suspension Bridge

– See the Bristol graffiti

– Go up Cabot tower for a view of Bristol

– Go to Motion

Bath

– Go to the Roman Bath Spas

– Walk around the town

– See the Royal crescent

Overall Recommendations:

I wish I got the chance to see Cornwall/Devon, Manchester, Liverpool and so much more. Although setting up life here wasn’t the easiest in comparison to Australia – I did grow to love the British culture (bangers & mash, sunday roasts, sweets after every meal, british pubs, and the accent)!

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