5 Favorite London Markets

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Although there is something for everyone at all of London’s street markets and food markets, these were my five favorite markets as a student living in London.

1. Borough Market 

One of the best food, drink and produce markets I have ever been to. In the time I was in London, I went to this market 3 times. They are open every day except Sunday and it is located near Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the River Thames. This market has cheese, bread, wine, meats, fresh produce and prepared street food from all over the world. The best part about this market is the generous samples. Go hungry, try everything, you will not be disappointed

2. Camden Market

For the young, eclectic shopper. Camden Market is made up of a few markets right along the canal in Camden Town. Best for its clothing, acessories, souvenirs, and other oddities, Camden also has tons of awesome street food stalls. Peek into Stables market and grab a falafel, curry, or crepe. Open every day, but busiest on the weekends.

3. Portobello Market

For a more relaxed clothing and antique shopping, head over to Portobello Road. It is located in Notting Hill, a quaint and pretty part of London called  that is worth taking a walk through. On Saturdays they have their street market chuck full of antiques.

4.Southbank Christmas Market

This market starts around November and is a must see. Located right along the River Thames, it is beautiful during the day, but especially amazing at night. See Big Ben, the Eye, and the skyline lit up behind stalls upon stalls of christmas gifts and seasonal foods and drinks. This market will surely put you in the holiday cheer.

 5. Brick Lane’s Sunday UpMarket

Much like the Camden Market, the Sunday UpMarket is eclectic and vibrant. Although it is much less “touristy”. You will not find London souvenirs here, but you will find vintage clothing, antiques, modern fashion and art, and awesome food stalls.

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What Study Abroad Program is Right for YOU?

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Once you decide that you want to study abroad for a semester, next comes the sometimes daunting task of choosing where you want to study abroad and what program you want to study abroad with. Luckily there are TONS of options out there for students. But it basically breaks down to these factors:

What parts of the world interest you?

Think back to your history and geography courses. Which countries and cultures interested you the most. For me, I knew that I wanted to see different parts of Europe.

Do you want to learn a new language?

While most people in the world do speak some english, if you have no interest in learning other languages, choose a region that primarily speaks english.

Do you want to earn academic credit for specific courses, or are you looking to fulfill general course credits?

If you need certain classes to stay on track at your home college, a traditional college setting that offers those specific classes is obviously the best option. BUT if you are like me and just need credits in your major, consider doing an internship abroad or taking classes that seem fun to you.

Do you want to live in a big city or the country?

The city life is not for everyone, which do you prefer?

Do you want to attend a traditional university?

Do you want to live on campus with other students and go to class with other students or would you rather live in an apartment separate from your university, and commute to your courses/internship.

Once you figure out these factors, it should be pretty clear which program your home university offers is best for you. And remember, you can always meet with someone at your study abroad office to help work through this decision with you.

My time in London

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I just wanted to give an overview of my time living in London. I studied abroad in Fall ’13 (first semester of my senior year) with CAPA. While there, I lived in a Flat with 4 other American students in Camden Town, took 3 courses taught by English professors in Kensington, and completed a 20 hour a week internship with The Walkabout Foundation.

I spent almost 4 months becoming a Londoner, and I would go back and do it all again in a heartbeat. I plan on posting some advice that I wish I had or would have been useful to my time in London and my travels. My short experience makes me no expert on the topic, but I do think that I have some practical advice that could be helpful to American students about to live in England.

 

More about my experience with CAPA:

CAPA International Education is not a typical study abroad program. I had the opportunity to complete a 6 credit internship  and still take classes full-time in order to stay on track for my graduation in May. The program offered opportunities to see the city and the world around us in a critical lens, and to get involved. Weekend and day trips and events were offered for free such as a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath, to Stratford Upon Avon, and tours around Primrose Hill, Abbey Road, and a curry dinner on Brick Lane.

I lived  in tight, but nice, living quarters with four other students who I grew to love and share experiences with that I will never forget. I also had the opportunity to travel to other areas such as Florence, Rome, Barcelona, Paris and on a school- organized trip to Amsterdam and Brugge.

The program gave me the freedom to do all the amazing and interesting things I wanted to do, but also gave me the support and guidance to make sure I was safe and educated while I explored the world around me.

Now that I am back in the US, I feel like the CAPA family is still near and dear to my heart. I still talk to and visit my roommates and proudly serve as a campus ambassador for CAPA programs.

 

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