20.9.14

Exploring Uxbridge

So I've been in London nearly two weeks now, and I feel like I'm finally starting to settle in. My room is completely unpacked - with the exception of a box of books in the post - and I've got a fairly good grip of the layout on campus. I live in an area of London known as Uxbridge, which is a small town in the Hillingdon borough. For those of you who are not familiar with the way London is set up (not that I really am either, haha), London is divided into 32 boroughs, each with smaller "towns" within. 


The past week I've been making trips into the Uxbridge town center, as well as a few other small shopping areas outside of Uxbridge. Uxbridge is mostly suburban, made up of hundreds of streets dotted with semi-detached houses and rose gardens. It's all very picturesque, really. 
The town center is about a 20-minute walk from the university, and unlike the suburban neighborhoods surrounding, is very modern and home to a mall, tube station, and lots of local businesses. I've yet to visit many of the shops, but there's an adorable coffee shop and some little restaurants that look quite charming. Plus, there's a Five Guys for whenever I get homesick. 
Uxbridge is, unfortunately, somewhat out of the way for me; it takes anywhere from 1-2 hours to get to other parts of London, assuming there's minimal traffic. My one convenience being 10-minute proximity to Heathrow. As a result, I've yet to make any further excursions into the city besides my trip to Picadilly Circus last week. But not to fret - my flatmate and I have reservations for afternoon tea this week at a tea shop in the city, so I'll have lots of lovely photos from that trip coming up. 







































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7 comments:

  1. Uxbridge looks so cute! All I know of it is that it's the name of a tube stop, lol. When I studied abroad in London I volunteered for London 2012 Ceremonies in the lead-up to the Olympics, and the rehearsals were all the way out at Dagenham. Yikes. It was a hike and a half (and I was coming from Tower Hamlets, which is on that side of the city!), especially when I had to get there for an 8 a.m. shift. So I can totally relate and SO don't blame you for keeping your trips to central at a minimum! haha

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  2. That's really pretty! I LOVE Five Guys! I love Soho - because I love FOOD! Also watching street performers in Covent Garden is an awesome way to spend an afternoon! I hope you settle in soon - and let's hang out!

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  3. Ah, I'm so in love with how quaint and adorable English streets look! Haha, Five Guys, nice comfort food there :)

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  4. Definitely! And I certainly can't complain about my town being adorable, even if it is a bit outside of the city.

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  5. Right?! I was expecting it to all look very modern, since this isn't exactly a historical district. But even the new buildings are so cute!

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  6. Sweet! I will definitely have to check out all those places! And yesssss please! I'll email you about plans :)

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  7. Awesome! I'll have to check out your blog! :) That's a pretty awesome reason to be in London, even if it did mean traveling long distances. Glad to hear from someone who can relate, though!

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