Crunch Time

It’s my last week in London before the holiday break which means I have a lot of researching to do for my final papers, but also a lot of activities to squeeze in before I leave on Saturday. I’m torn between my desire to frolic around the city and the knowledge that I have papers that won’t write themselves (unfortunately).

However, one can’t sit in the library all day long. Especially not when there are so many other more exciting options. Study breaks are important, after all…

Thus came about the decision to go skating at the National History Museum.

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National History Museum

National History Museum

It was a fun night, but skating in London almost isn’t worth it… First off, it’s expensive. This was the cheapest rink we could find, with a student deal of 8.50 pounds for 50 minutes. Secondly, the rinks are tiny and over-crowded. I’m actually excited to go skating back in Toronto, where the rinks are free and there’s space to move!

However, something we don’t have in Toronto is Winter Wonderland, which happens every year at Hyde Park. My friend was visiting London so we decided to check it out. It was quite a sight to see! It’s essentially a huge carnival with rides, a skating rink, a Christmas market, and pubs. Lots to do, but you’ll have to pay an arm and a leg to get on one of the rides. So, my friend and I just walked around, sipping hot cider and ogling the pretty lights.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland


The next day, we headed to Portobello market, which is one of London’s most famous markets. It’s up in Notting Hill, which is a lovely area to get lost in.


Portobello Road

Portobello Road


When we went, the market was having an antique fair with stalls all the way down the street.


The area was bustling until late at night when the market shut down. It really is one of the must-see attractions in London.

Admittedly, I may have overdone it with the study breaks, which I will definitely pay for later. Off to the library I go!

Good luck with revision to all…

Until next time,