The new Starbucks is bound to leave you penniless!

The new Blackfriars Circus Starbucks, taken by Kaleb Harvey

The new Blackfriars Circus Starbucks is bound to leave you broke, but satisfied, so if that sounds appealing to you, go right ahead and try their delicious coffees. If not, I warn you to stay away.

Do you ever think our society is cruel? Well I do! A new Starbucks has opened opposite my university halls of residents, I mean come on. Talk about the biggest tease ever! Being party enthusiasts as well as hard working students, really knocks the life out of you.

So, tell me: how are me and my fellow broke, and exhausted students, supposed to resist the urge of buying a delicious, warm coffee on the way to university every cold and wet London morning?

We aren’t!

The inside of Blackfriars Circus Starbucks, taken by Kaleb Harvey.

Of course, I end up going to the Starbucks and it all went down-hill from there. Almost being December, they have their Christmas collection and I decided to try the ‘Eggnog Latte’. I had to, every American Christmas movie talks about eggnog, so it was simply a must.

Bad Decision!

The moment I took my first sip I was in love, the frothy, cinnamon spiced coffee filled my mouth with, what I can only describe as, a little bit of liquid heaven. I was stuck in between wanting to down the drink then and there, or treasuring it for as long as it would stay warm.

No, I haven’t bought 4 within the last week…and no I didn’t use my overdraft.

So, as you can tell, I couldn’t stay away for long. If you are a university student I urge you to stay away or else you’ll be living off coffee for the year. Due to your addiction, you won’t be able to afford anything else.

Georgie

A Taste of Christmas in November

Some believe Christmas in November is ridiculous, but head to Southbank’s Underbelly Christmas market and I guarantee that your mind will be changed by the cosy atmosphere and delicious food that takes you around the world.

It was the mulled cider that sealed the deal for me. Although it may seem impossible after stuffing my face with a juicy sausage, crispy halloumi fries and fluffy pancakes, I somehow managed to become cold. The sweet tasting drink with a slice of berry infused orange hit the right spot. Warming my body and driving my taste buds crazy, as I sat around a fire pit sipping away and feeling right at home.

Talking about home, this market was a delightful taste of it. Having lived in Holland and visited German Christmas Markets, when I saw ‘Mini Pancakes’ which were a Dutch snack called ‘Poffertjes’ and German ‘Bratwurst’ sausages, I had to take a bite and fill my mouth with a pleasant remembrance of home and it did just that. When talking to a man from Spain called Jose Fernandez he had the same ideas, telling me that being at the market is the “one time I feel at home” with a massive smile on his face.

There are many people in this world that don’t agree with a Christmas market in November. Fortunately, I am not one of them. You won’t regret coming to this beautifully decorated, deliciously catered and festive Christmas Market, trust me!

Below you can find a video of mine and my friends experience at the Underbelly’s Christmas Market. It displays the food that we ate, the drinks that we drank. As well as an overview of the entire market, from start to finish! 

Georgie 

‘FREE’ Jack the Ripper Tour leaves you feeling guilty!

Jack the Ripper tour group, taken by Victor the tour guide.

Being a Sherlock Homes fanatic and always wishing I was smart enough to be a detective, when I saw a ‘Free Jack the Ripper tour’ pop up on my Facebook, I couldn’t resist.

I was impressed with how in depth the tour was, the tour guide didn’t only talk about the murders. He discussed the responses to the murders, all the different suspected people, the evidence as well as conspiracy theories.

Another viewer, Kaleb Harvey, agreed with me saying “there was a lot more to it than I expected, it put you in the timeline of events and gave you the chance to work things out for yourself.”

The tour guide who was an actor, Victor, played a big part in the tour. He knew how to send shivers down your spine when telling the story. He also had a really clear and easy-listening voice.

‘White Chapel’: the area where the Jack the Ripper murders took place, taken by Georgina Blackwell.

We soon found out that a mystery was being hidden from us, much like the mystery of Jack the Ripper.

‘Wonders of London’ offer the ‘free’ tours, however during the tour Victor asked if we would leave money for him at the end. Considering they offer the tours for free. It’s a cheeky way for the company to go about things.

My seven university friends and I stood there, with not a penny in our pockets and had to leave him empty handed with guilt staining our faces.

This personally, slightly, ruined the tour for me. I left feeling so terrible that I couldn’t give him any money. Especially when he had done such an amazing job. They should definitely go about things in a different way.

Georgie